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Solstice: The sun is about to return; let us rejoice! Many years ago, some of those who celebrate the occasion falsely accused my ancestors of waging a War on Solstice when all we wanted to do was mind our own business. We kicked their ass, and we celebrate that victory as Hanukkah, but it's long past time for bygones to be bygones, so to those who celebrate Solstice, as well as to those who celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, Newtonmas, and any other holidays I left out, and don't mind if others celebrate theirs, happy holidays.

Thanx to the late Joel Rosenberg for suggesting this line of thought.


Dec. 21st, 2014 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-11-26:

"Sleep is an uncompromising interruption of the theft of time from us by capitalism. Most of the the seemingly irreducible necessities of human life - hunger, thirst, sexual desire, and recently the need for friendship - have been remade into commodified or financialized forms. Sleep poses the idea of a human need and interval of time that cannot be colonized and harnessed to a massive engine of profitability, and thus remains an incongruous anomaly and site of crisis in the global present. In spite of all the scientific research in this area, it frustrates and confounds strategies to exploit and reshape it. The stunning, inconceivable reality is that nothing of value can be extracted from it." -- Jonathan Crary, in his book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep.

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)

[Good Yule to all who celebrate the solstice! Astronomical winter starts in about twelve and a half hours. Hey, can we make Solstice Snakes a thing? They seem so cuddly!]

Write a story about the sum...

Dec. 20th, 2014 11:56 pm
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A primary school test asked me "write a story about the sum 6+4=10". I had no idea what it was asking me to do, so I made a guess and wrote "One day 6+4=10 went for a walk. Then it came back. The end."

Half price sale - one day left!

Dec. 20th, 2014 06:41 pm
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So I bought poetry from Ysabetwordsmith's End-of-year Half Price Sale, found here:

Everything is half price, and if you spend $100, it's quarter price.

I bought:

City of Angels

The Alpha Blight (which inspired John Palmer to write a short story, )

Dangerous Knowledge

Deceitful Looks

The Lair of Tomes (which I personally think works as a counterpoint to "The Alpha Blight," but I could be wrong)


Math by Hand

I encourage you to go look at the poems, and the others she's posted, and buy something at the sale!

Dragons to Give Away

Dec. 20th, 2014 02:56 pm
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I can't do this the usual way because I'm on my iPad mini and copying and coding HTML is a pain.

But if you go to my lair, all the hatchlings (and in case they grow up shortly, that includes the green-range wildclaws) are up for grabs. Just send me a Crossroads request for 1 T.

Ayala, green-range Imp lady, is up for grabs too.

The Lizard of Oz

Dec. 20th, 2014 06:18 am
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I've been getting spam for the "Dr. Oz Belly Buster," which wouldn't sound good even if it were reliably attributed to someone trustworthy. But my fellow doctor* turns out to be less reliable than flipping a coin.

*I have a Doctor of Divinity degree that I purchased from the Universal Life Church for $25.

Thanx to Pandagon.

One down, many to go

Dec. 20th, 2014 06:10 am
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Auxiliary cop who repeatedly blogged crude hate speech forced to resign.

Thanx to Making Light.


Dec. 20th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Il est dans la nature humaine de penser sagement et d'agir d'une façon absurde." -- Anatole France (b. 1844-04-14, d. 1924-10-12) "It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion." (via Wikiquote)


Dec. 19th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Presumably man's spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his record more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursion may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important." -- Vannevar Bush, inventor and scientist (b. 1890-03-11, d. 1974-06-30), "As We May Think", Atlantic Monthly, July 1945

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Alan Moore sends Chelsea Manning "the idea of a cake that has the idea of a file concealed within it"

Thanx to RAW Illumination.

A research question for my dwircle

Dec. 18th, 2014 02:38 pm
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This is for someone else, who is a friend in SL. She has run into a very difficult and hurtful situation and is considering her options. I can't say more.

I would be interested to learn which US jurisdictions have successfully prosecuted someone for crimes committed in cyberspace (stalking, harassment, etc.), and where on line the offense was committed -- as in, World of Warcraft, blogs, chat rooms, etc. I am trying to find out if precedents exist in the area where she is.

(no subject)

Dec. 18th, 2014 06:22 am
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So, some of you may have seen on Facebook that our apartment flooded early Monday morning. (Toilet exploded, but mostly water from the tank, only a little of the other.)

We've been scrubbing and drying and etc., for days and we seem to have salvaged our rugs by quick action -- thank goodness we don't have carpeting (which I hate anyway but I also hate our tile floors but I'm extra-happy we weren't able to lay wood floors just yet). Luckily, this is finals week and since I teach a writing class, it just means I'm further behind on grading than I'd expected, but I'll make it no problem. Yesterday I had to go in for portfolio review, but that meant M took off from work and frankly I'm sure made more progress than I'd have done (I came home to an almost-restored apartment; we'll finish the living room probably this evening, and today besides grading, I've just got to wash the kitchen floor and do some laundry which is mostly non-crisis-related).

Of course, my Yuletide story is due in at 1pm on Saturday, and I'm a bit worried -- well, I'm already at 800 and some odd words, so I'll make the deadline, but it's not going to be everything I wanted it to be. (My idea is COMPLETELY AWESOME; it's an unexpected crossover of the two fandoms we matched on.) Is it ok to leave a note to my recipient and etc. explaining and then adding a link to a longer version that I get written over winter break, do you think?


Dec. 18th, 2014 05:48 am
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"Let us take the media, for example. As progressive Muslims, ours is a narrative that does not fit the dominant story line. We were interviewed by a public television station, akin to the BBC, for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the executive producer said, 'your voice is irrelevant.' That is one example. Another is coverage of LGBT issues. They will interview the LGBT Muslim who has been discriminated against, and they will interview the homophobic Imam. But, even after interviewing me, they will not include us in the story. That adds to the Islamophobia. Because then the narrative is 'all Muslims are intolerant so why should we tolerate them?' [...] the progressive voices that are countering all that are not being promoted. The question we always hear from non-Muslims is 'how come Muslims are not speaking out?' It is simply not true." -- Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values, interviewed by Karima Bennoune 2014-12-08

(no subject)

Dec. 17th, 2014 11:21 pm
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My super's plan for replacing people's water valves is to bang on their doors randomly instead of giving people, like, any notice at all.

I do not like having strangers in my space. Especially unexpectedly. I am the person who yells "I'm not home!" when the Jehovah's Witnesses come to the door. And I have a lot of mess! Which I could make some attempt to clean up if I had any notice!

And now, after all that, he said he was going to change the faucet valve in the kitchen sink but he just took off a part and now the faucet sprays water everywhere. I would go to Home Depot myself and buy the part, except it's not a name brand faucet so I would have no way to figure out what's compatible.

I'm just here till the end of April. Even if I have to relocate myself to wherever. (For certain very limited values of wherever)

Superior Virtue

Dec. 17th, 2014 03:35 pm
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In 1937 Bertrand Russell wrote an essay entitled "The Superior Virtue of the Oppressed," in which he attacked the sentimental assumption of the title, pointing out that while the oppressed are no worse than we are, they are also no better, and given the opportunity, would act as badly we have. Since then, Robert Heinlein has dramatized the idea (the three-monkey parable in Stranger in a Strange Land), and the State of Israel has given us an object lesson. At a more trivial level, the whole Fake Geek Girl thing strikes me as a marvelous horrible example of learning the wrong lesson from oppression.
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This December, the most ambitious film audience research project yet undertaken launched. Based on research groups in 46 countries, and operating in over 30 languages, the World Hobbit Project has set itself the challenge of answering a series of difficult research questions.

With minimal research funding (just enough from the UK’s British Academy to create the complex website, multi-language questionnaire and associated database), we are totally dependent on our ability to use online means to reach a wide range of people around the world. Our survey will be at: from the day of the premiere (December 1st).

What questions are we hoping to be able to answer, and what discussions do we hope we will be able to contribute to? Very many – but not a fixed list of hypotheses. We will be gathering a range of demographic data (age, sex, country, education, occupation, etc). We will be asking a series of orientation questions (designed to show patterns in responses, kinds of evaluation, modal questions about the kind of story The Hobbit is seen to be, etc.). We will be probing how people watch (and like to watch) a film of this kind, and what else they do in connection with watching it (reading the book, taking part in online discussions, following particular stars, etc.). Crucially, the survey is designed on the principle of linked quantitative and qualitative questions, so that when people position themselves on scales we have generated, they are then asked to say in their own words what that positioning means – so that we can analyse and look for responses in their kinds of talk. (This will of course be immensely challenging in that we will be working across so many languages!) But we believe that if we can recruit a large and diverse spread of respondents, we can make contributions to many current debates: about globalisation, cultural identities, the role of online participation, changes in the role of film and cinema, and so on.

What can we offer In return? All our findings will be made publicly available, in as many forms as we are able; and once we have completed our own work on the database, the entire body of data and materials will be placed in the public domain for other researchers to use in whatever way they choose. Please, help us in simple ways:

- By completing the survey yourself, of course, if you have seen the films.
- By passing on this information to students, colleagues, family, friends, and asking them to do the same.
- By mentioning and pointing to the project’s address in blogs, postings, and conversations.
- By mentioning the project and showing the link on Facebook and the like, so that it is as widely visible as we can possibly make it.

If you have any questions about the project, we will do our best to answer them. Please contact either:

Martin Barker (
Matt Hills (
Ernest Mathijs (

Everything Shirt

Dec. 17th, 2014 12:37 pm
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OT1H trying to get away from T-shirts, OTOH this looks like something I need: Posted here because I suspect a bunch of my friends need these.

Yetanother Bush

Dec. 17th, 2014 05:57 am
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Andy Borowitz suggests:
Try to Forget That My Brother Left the Country in Smoldering Ruins-- rejected Jeb Bush campaign slogan


Dec. 17th, 2014 05:24 am
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"The equations of creation have an elegance inside them,
 And I hope the mathematician knows the way they will resolve,
 For the world is full of miracles with common things to hide them,
 And when man is faced with mysteries, he sees more things to solve."

  -- from "The Moon Alone", by Seanan McGuire (posted 2008-12-20)

[Yow, this has been sitting in my quotes file for a few days short of six years? Huh. (I quoted a different section of it in 2008. Coincidentally at the start of Hanukkah that time, too (as I've just noticed).) I wonder what else I lost track of in here.]

Don't Let the Light Go Out (Video)

Dec. 16th, 2014 09:57 pm
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Now that I've referenced the song, I need to post this wonderful recording:

(Peter, Paul and Mary, 1986)

Light One Candle

Dec. 16th, 2014 08:53 pm
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Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years ...
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears.

Chag sameach Chanukah, everybody!

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In September 2014, the Department of Homeland Security and approximately 100 corporate sponsors hosted the eighth annual Urban Shield training exercises in Oakland, CA. The event, billed as the largest first-responder training conference in the world, brought together 35 SWAT teams from across the country and as far away as Singapore, South Korea, Israel, and […]

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In August 2014, Der Spiegel and The Intercept reported “how deeply involved America has become in Turkey’s fight” against separatist Kurds along the Turkey-Iraq border. This report was based on documents from the archives of whistleblower Edward Snowden. In one of the NSA document Turkey is identified as both “partner and target” for U.S. surveillance. […]

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Indefinite Detention for US Inmates

Dec. 16th, 2014 10:07 pm
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Nearly 80,000 prisoners in the United States are held in solitary confinement for months on end without due process. As Sean Nevins reports for Mint Press News, in North Carolina’s Scotland Correctional Institution, “approximately 600 prisoners have been under intermittent lockdown since late December.” Lockdown involves confining prisoners to their cells for 22 to 24 […]

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According to Helen Caldicott, the founder of International Physicians against Nuclear War, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, the expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders is “very, very dangerous,” and amounts to the breaking of a guarantee that the U.S. made the last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, before the breakup of the Soviet Union, […]

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September 2013 Veolia, a transnational corporation that contracts with the City of Boston to transport school students, began an illegal lockout of Boston public 
school bus drivers for protesting the company’s union busting practices. Veolia officials fired four 
leading members of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union in an attempt to weaken the union […]

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Region mapper

Dec. 16th, 2014 09:37 pm
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Something I've wanted to do for a while: You know those sites where you can fill in which states/counties/whatever you've visited? I'd like to generalise that. You could zoom to a particular area and it would say "counties of Wales" or "police force areas of Wales" or "wards of Salford" or whatever. Then when you chose one you could colour the regions in as you wished, and make a key. And then you could save them as SVG or PNG, both with enough metadata that you could reload them back into the site and get your editable state back. Some sort of integration with Wikimedia Commons would be nice too. What do you think?


Dec. 16th, 2014 05:41 am
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Here’s the thing about men like David Koch: Making money is basically just a video game to them. For the rest of us, making money is about being able to pay for things we need and want, such as rent and food and actual video games. But David Koch has made so much money that he literally cannot spend it all. There is nothing he would want to buy he cannot already afford. The only purpose at this point in making more money is for the pleasure of beating your high score. In other words, it really is just a very consuming video game. But unlike when you kill people in Call of Duty or crush candies in Candy Crush, the game David Koch is playing is very real. Millions of people will suffer and die because he wants to “win” his video game by manipulating the public to avoid taking action on global warming. That is evil and hateful and selfish on a level that puts the word “selfish” to shame
--Amanda MarcotteThanx to Pandagon.


Dec. 16th, 2014 05:24 am
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"In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui (boredom) is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1787

[Jefferson had played Cards Against Humanity? Anyhow, unrelated to the quotation ... to all my friends who are lighting that first candle tonight, happy Chanukkah! (I know I'm about twelve hours early, depending oon your time zone, as usual.)

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Even as cell phones become almost ubiquitous, evidence is accumulating that their emissions can cause brain tumors and other maladies.  Peter and Mickey speak about the health hazards of cell phones with Kevin Kunze, Lloyd Morgan, and Max Anderson.Kevin Kunze is the producer of the new documentary  “Mobilize: A Film About Cell Phone Radiation. ” Lloyd […]

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