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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-27

"A toad came to breakfast.
 He was small and he was fine,
 And for a short time, he was mine."

  -- Seanan McGuire, 2014-09-12

[Happy American Thanksgiving -- I decided I wanted to pick a quotation suitable for the tenth birthday of my niece today, more than I wanted to look for a Thanksgiving-themed one. Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, as well!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 02:43pm on 2014-11-26

The Homespun Ceilidh Band will be performing this weekend at Chessiecon in Timonium, MD. We'll be performing sometime during the Time Travelers' Social (7pm-?? Friday night; not sure when we'll go on, but latest word is "probably early"), and we have a concert slot in the Music Room at 3pm Saturday. Looking forward to playing there and seeing a bunch of my friends! (Not sure how much of the con I'll get to stick around for, as there are still some details to work out regarding Mom-care for the weekend, but I'll be on a panel about pronouns on Sunday and possibly another panel Saturday if I can get up there early enough.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-26

"Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-25

"The fundamental danger of a non-indictment is not more riots, it is more Darren Wilsons." -- Jay Smooth, 2014-11-24

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-24

From "A nun's secret ministry brings hope to the transgender community" by Nathan Schneider, 2014-03-02, Al Jazeera America:

Bishops have confronted her outright. In their offices and on their stationery she has endured lectures about everything from doctrine to identity politics from men who insist that "homosexual" is the only acceptable word to use for lesbians and gays. They have warned each other about her. At times she has had to let them believe she's doing "just" lesbian and gay ministry, which at least they have some concept of. Her superiors have required her to pass up chances to write articles or be quoted by reporters because they're afraid of what the hierarchy would do if she went public.

But her trans community doesn't necessarily demand more of her. They mostly tell her to protect herself, to do what she must to make sure she'll be able to keep on being available to them. "One of the things that makes her even more significant," Mateo Williamson says, "is that she has faced persecution just for reaching out to people like me." Yet, for her, that's not enough. In the inability to speak out, she feels traces of the dysphoria, the deep incongruence, that trans people feel about their assigned gender. It's not just a frustration or annoyance; it's a kind of death.

[...]

And this eats at her. "I am silent while trans people are being killed," she says, clenching her shoulders as if holding an invisible weight. "They're being murdered and committing suicide, and I'm silent!" When she's worked up like this Monica can flash a gaze that makes her eyes seem steely and certain, until they fill with tears. And then a saying from St. Catherine of Siena comes to mind, turning her anger to a duller sadness. She recites it: "Preach the truth as if you had a million voices -- it is silence that kills the world."

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-23

From the Quotation of the day mailing list 2014-10-30:

"Some people have called the book the "bible of software engineering." I would agree with that in one respect: that is, everybody quotes it, some people read it, and a few people go by it." -- Frederick Brooks, on his classic book The Mythical Man-Month.

[ http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2005/12/12/8363107/index.htm]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-22

"My best relationship advice: Make sure you're the crazy one." -- Allie Nicole, 2014-11-21 [thanks to @AD7VT for retweeting it]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:58pm on 2014-11-21

Some days I just want to tell Perrine, "You be the human for a little while; it's my turn to be the cat for an hour or two." But I'm sure that if she understood me she'd say, "No way, you're too big, you'll smoosh me if you try to sleep on top of me!"

This is a big part of the appeal of tigers, isn't it? Or is that just me?

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-21

"In ancient times, when someone lost an eye or a limb, it was common to take both of the guilty party's eyes or limbs in retribution. Leviticus teaches only an eye for an eye -- a radical limitation in its day on how people thought about justice and its limits that insists on basic human equality, even in the face of unequal behavior. It teaches us that justice is about more than vengeance.

"Leviticus is often contrasted to the New Testament teaching about turning the other cheek, which is widely assumed to be a lesson in passivity. Not true. Jesus lived in Palestine when it was ruled by the Romans, for whom it was a sign of weakness to strike another person with the back of the hand. Yet that's precisely what happens if I turn my cheek when you and I are facing each other and you go to hit me, and you, like most people, are right handed. You have to go past my left cheek and backhand me to get a good blow. In Roman times, that meant you were confronting your own weakness even as you exercised power over me. Jesus teaches us not to ignore the wrong done to us; he wants us to force those who would punish us to experience how they are diminished by their lack of mercy."

-- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (2007, Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing / Random House), New York. LC: BL624.H53 ; Dewey: 201'.5-dc22 ; ISBN: 978-0-307-38298-6)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:34am on 2014-11-20

[Today is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day on which we honour transgender people killed by anti-trans violence (mostly trans women of colour). Around two hundred murdered in the past year, IIRC; eleven in the US.]

"Let us continue to work for and pray for a time in which trans human rights will be an unchallenged reality and a time in which the Transgender Day of Remembrance events are no longer necessary. But until that day comes, let us remember our sisters who were killed because someone hated them enough to do so. " -- Monica Roberts, 2014-11-13

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-19

"I just realized: 'Life Hack' is Newspeak for 'Hints from Heloise.'" -- Rich Potter, 2014-11-14


Happy birthday to [info] aliza250!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 01:33pm on 2014-11-18

Just wondering, 'cause of what my brain did ...

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-18

"[...] Most cis people rarely question their gender identity because the gender binary system validates them, enabling them to operate without conflict or correction [gender-wise]. This makes it difficult for the majority of people -- including parents of trans youth and those close to trans people -- to grasp the varied identities, needs, and determinations of trans people." -- Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (2014, Atria Books, New York; ISBN: 978-1-4767-0913-3 ; LC: HQ77.8.M63A3 2014 ; Dewey: 306.76'8-dc23), p. 23

"I've heard parents say all they want is 'the best' for their children, but the best is subjective and anchored by how they know and learned the world. The expectations my father had of me had nothing to do with me and all to do with how he understood masculinity, what it meant to be a man, a strong black man. My father welcomed two sons into the world, and one was feminine and needed fixing. [...] My adult understanding of my childhood with my father doesn't erase the effects of his policing. I felt his gaze always following me, making me feel isolated as I quietly grappled with my identity." -- ibid., p. 39

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-17

"Real patriotism entails exactly this: publicly challenging the status quo in a country you believe to be capable of better things." -- Jessica Goldstein, 2014-11-12

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-16

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-10-25:

"Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues." -- Isaac Asimov, discussing creativity.

[ http://www.technologyreview.com/view/531911/isaac-asimov-asks-how-do-people-get-new-ideas/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-15

"I don't care about your sexuality, your sports affiliations, your politics, or your religion. What I care about is whether you are going to give me chocolate." -- Alana Suskin, 2014-11-14

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-14

"i'm never going to apologize for being incredibly confident or steadfast because these are things i worked really hard to be" -- KT Haché (@papierhache), 2014-11-08

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-13

"Boy George didn't make me gay, Feminism didn't make me gay, college didn't make me gay. The truth is, Allah made me gay." -- @wazinazondon ( previously quoted by @RUDouglass)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-12

From The Man Who Counts (1958) by Poul Anderson (b. 1926-11-25, d. 2001-07-31):

"It was your idea that we make all this newfangled apparatus instead of fighting as our males have always fought. Now, how do we get it down to the lowlands without demoralizing the army?"

"Oh, that!" Van Rijn shrugged. "You have sports -- contests -- nie?"

"Of course."

"Well, you explain these cars must be brought with us and, while it is not necessary we leave at once --"

"But it is! We'll starve if we don't!"

"My good young friend," said van Rijn patiently, "I see plain you have much to learn about politics. You Lannachska do not understand lying, I suppose because you do not get married. You tell the warriors, I say, that we can wait for a south wind all right, but you know they are eager to come to grips with the foe and thereofre they will be invited to play a small game. Each clan will pull so and so many cars down, and we time how fast it goes and make a price for the best pullers."

"Well, I'll be accursed," said Srygen.

Trolwen nodded eagerly. "It's just the sort of thing that gets into clan traditions--"

"You see," explained van Rijn, "it is what we call semantics on Earth. I am old and short with breath, so I can look unprejudiced at all these footballs and baseballs and potato races, and I know that a game is hard work you are not required to do."


Happy birthday to [info] keith-m043 and [info] dianec42!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-11-11

From Night Watch by Terry Pratchett:

"That's a nice song," said young Sam, and Vimes remembered that he was hearing it for the first time.

"It's an old soldiers' song," he said.

"Really, sarge? But it's about angels."

Yes, thought Vimes, and it's amazing what bits those angels cause to rise up as the song progresses. It's a real soldiers' song: sentimental, with dirty bits.

"As I recall, they used to sing it after battles," he said. "I've seen old men cry when they sing it," he added.

"Why? It sounds cheerful."

They were remembering who they were not singing it with, thought Vimes. You'll learn. I know you will.

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