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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-17

Relatedly: "White shooter = mentally ill. Black shooter = criminal. Muslim shooter = terrorist. It's in the AP style book, I think." -- @billmon1, 2014-04-13

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-16

"Speaking purely as a developer, I handle requests to add a 'gender' field the way I treat requests to add a 'race' field.
When anyone complains I'm being PC, I'll tell 'em that I'm too busy to add another 'if' statement, don't take it personally."
-- Reginald Braithwaite, 2014-04-13, two tweets -- clicking either should make both visible if you scroll up or down far enough. (Thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting this where I'd see it.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-15

"Late last night, I found myself looking at the Passover Hagadah. 'In every generation,' the text says, 'there are those who would rise to destroy us.' This week, at seders around the world, those words will have extra resonance because they are so obviously still true. They were true before the Klan or Nazis. They are true now, even in cosmopolitan, liberal cities like London and Paris where anti-Semitism is couched in the language of Anti-Zionism. They are true even in my beloved America, in the city that both my grandfathers called home." -- Hampton Stevens, 2014-04-14, writing about the shootings in Kansas on Sunday

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:03am on 2014-04-14

Latest addition to our HCB, that is) performance calendar: We're playing at the Bostwick Heritage Festival in Bladensburg, Maryland, 4 May (the web site says 1PM - 4PM but the email the band got says noon to 5PM, and we'll be playing in the earlier part of that). Free admission. This looks like a smallish event, with period craft/trade demos, tours of Bostwick House, craft vendors, etc. Come on out for the afternoon and get a bit more War of 1812 history.

( Facebook event page)


A reminder about the other gigs coming up fairly soon:

Our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Saturday, 26 April at 8:00 PM. ( reservations) Adults $17 / Children $12 / Seniors, Students, and Military $14.

snowstorm the night before to scare people away from this one. ;-)

The second day of the Green Man Festival, also in Greenbelt, Maryland, Sunday, 11 May (Mothers Day) at 4 PM. (That's close to the end of the festival, so get there a lot earlier than that to check out the rest of it.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-14

From "Spring Cleaning Ritual on the Eve of the Full Moon Nisan" by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb:

"On the eve of the full moon
we search our houses
by the light of a candle
for the last trace of winter
for the last crumbs grown stale inside us
for the last darkness still in our hearts."

(quote found by way of Velveteen Rabbi, 2014-04-13)


To all of my friends who are celebrating the week of Passover starting tonight, a joyous festival to you!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-13

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-17:

"We can't live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true." -- Daniel Kahneman, psychologist.

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)


[I think this quotation makes him sound like a phenomenologist, but judging from the laziest of Google searches, that doesn't seem to be the school he associates himself with.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-12

"The apostrophe is the most powerful punctuation mark in grammar. It is far more muscular than the exclamation point, which has become so diluted by overuse in digital platforms that people feel compelled to use it in triplicate, if not greater multiples, to give it heft. The quotation mark needs a partner. The period is a lonesome little dot at ground level, a loose penny on a sidewalk. The semi-colon suffers from a confused personality and keeps showing up in the wrong places. But the apostrophe is elegant and kingly. It uses its graceful, airborne curve to define unquestioned ownership. It anoints possession." -- Tom Verduci, 2014-04-08 (thanks to [info] aliza250 for bringing it to my attention)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-11

"[...] as a Hearer, he is fascinated by their chaotic, extraordinary individuality. Nowhere does he find the communal engrams, the shared world-views like those any Tyrenni Father transmits to his young. These beings seem to have had no Fathering; even these mind-experimenters have no real communication. Each is utterly alone. They are aliens to each other." -- from Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978, Berkley Publishing Corp.; ISBN: 0-399-12083-1) -- Giadoc, a Tyrenni, comparing the humans he has just met to his own race.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-10

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -- Joseph Addison, (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-09

"In the thesaurus, the antonym of honesty is lying, and the opposite of arguing is agreeing. But in the minds of teenagers, that's not how it works. Really, to an adolescent, arguing is the opposite of lying." -- from "Learning to Lie", by Po Bronson, New York magazine, 2008-02-10 (quoted passage appears on the fourth of five pages in the web version of the article)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-08

"it's actually kind of funny(?) that emoji has done more for correct unicode support than, say, the existence of non-americans" -- @eevee, 2014-04-06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-07

"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves." -- 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 2014-04-06

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-14:

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." -- Naguib Mahfouz, writer and Nobel laureate.

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-05

Playing piano is like politics [...]. The secret is not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing." -- Col. Chet Kinsman, CO of Moonbase, in Millennium by Ben Bova (1976, Random House, New York)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-04

"Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli." ("Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.") -- Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams, Volume III, Books 11-14. (via goodreads)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:50pm on 2014-04-03

I'm still trying to get the hang of this "tell people about gigs before the last minute" thing. Here's what's coming up next for The Homespun Ceilidh Band.

We're playing our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Saturday, 26 April at 8:00 PM. ( reservations) Adults $17 / Children $12 / Seniors, Students, and Military $14. I'm pretty sure there'll be no snowstorm the night before to scare people away from this one. ;-)

The following month we'll be back in Greenbelt again, on the plaza above the arts center, for the Green Man Festival -- the festival is both days of that weekend; we're performing on Sunday, 11 May (Mothers Day) at 4 PM. (That's close to the end of the day, so get there a lot earlier than that, and check out the rest of the festival!)


In not-band-related news, Mom will be coming home from rehab on the 16th. I'm trying to get in-home care lined up by then.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-03

From The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan:

She squeezed his hand. "Don't lose hope, Frank. Rainbows always stand for hope."

She made her way toward the back of the store, leaving Frank alone.

"Hope," Frank grumbled. "I'd rather have a few good weasels."


Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-02

It seems that attitudes toward criminals have changed substantially since I was a child. It may be that I am wrong, because I was largely sheltered from contact with those sorts of people until I met Laura, but it seems that, when I was young, one was a criminal, or one was an honest citizen, and the demarcation was well drawn. Today, most people break laws and don't think much of it, perhaps because of the odd things that have come to be illegal. But the result is that the line between law-abiding citizen and hardened criminal is much softer than it was.

[...] When I was much younger and much more naïve, I thought that the line between legal and illegal stayed close to the line between right and wrong. Well, either I was living an illusory life then, or everything has changed now, so that when the two lines intersect it seems only momentary, transitory, coincidental.

Or, more likely, it is because when I do what I must to survive, I am, technically, committing crimes; yet how can what I do be wrong, when it is only what I must do? Still, perhaps this is a justification that has been used by scoundrels ever since the class has existed; I do not know.

-- John Agyar, narrator and protagonist of Agyar by Steven Brust (1993, Tor / Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., New York, NY; ISBN 0-312-85178-2)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-04-01

From Waiting for the Galactic Bus by Parke Godwin (1988, Doubleday, New York):

That plus the old Plattsville brainwash bullshit, Charity remembered honestly. Save yourself for marriage and marry as soon as you can, before you know anything at all, let alone how to love. By the time you do, it's worn out as the car and the furniture. "Jeezooee, I was dumb, Woody. Anything worth doing takes practice, doesn't it? Like playing the trumpet."

Sure. If you've never been bad, how do you know when you're good?"

"Or being a doctor even roller skating. But they expect us to be good at love right off."

That one true love stuff never did much but sell houses and diapers and keep dummies like me off welfare as unwed mothers. There's no more one true love than one true song to sing or dress to wear. Totally ridiculous, but so was I for buying it.

[italics in original]


[Reminder: Thursday is Cheese Weasel Day!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2014-03-31

"'This is the same old story,' [James Whitehead] says. 'The kind of transition that trans people are talking about is very similar to the journey of faith through darkness and desert that people have been making for thousands of years.' He has found, in his teaching and writing, that when he describes trans experience to Catholics in terms of a spiritual journey, a light goes on, and they get it." -- from "A nun's secret ministry brings hope to the transgender community" by Nathan Schneider, 2014-03-02, Al Jazeera America

[Today is the annual Transgender Day of Visibility ( Facebook, Wikipedia).]

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