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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-08-04

"A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones." -- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-08-03

"My main objection to the entire financial discussion is the word 'Grexit'. 'Exit' is Latin. It should be 'Grexodus'." -- johanevj, comment, 2015-07-28 [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-08-02

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-01:

"American dudes are driven by a Wizard of Oz-like desire to "curtain off" their genitals. They are impelled to gird up their loins with yards of fabric, thereby protecting--symbolically and literally--their reproductive equipment, while sinewy Spaniards, hard-body Greeks, bronzed Aussies, diverse Latin Americans, and pale squishy Brits take a reverse approach. These fellows prefer to wear swimsuits that say, "In case you wondered, I am the proud possessor of male genitalia, and in case you don't believe me, here it is!"" -- Simon Doonan, in Why Are Guys Afraid to Wear Speedos?

[ http://www.slate.com/articles/life/doonan/2013/06/men_in_speedos_american_men_need_to_get_over_their_fear_of_wearing_swim.html]

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-08-01

Manager of underground fight arena: "In a perfect world, there'd be no one interested in fighting for sport and thus no profit in it. But this isn't a perfect world, then, is it?"

Faye Whitaker: "I don't have three tits and my own helicopter, so no."

-- from Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, 2015-07-22

[I'm having enough trouble bra shopping with just the usual two ... but I guess having a private helicopter also implies being able to afford having custom bras made.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-31

"I never realized it was all a game,
 until I started winning."

  -- Eric Micha'el Leventhal

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[crossposted to Facebook]

Short version: anyone available to help at my house in Baltimore, mostly carrying medium-to-heavy things, tomorrow ("today" by the time many of you read this), Saturday, or Sunday?

Checking in with an update on my house: progress continues; waiting for estimate from roofer who came out Monday, still looking for somebody to repair the brick back wall of the basement. Clearing out the living room to have one big space to unload the storage trailer into is still, I think, several days with a helper or two, maybe a couple of days with more helpers. (Keith, can you sanity-check my impression?) Going to be up there tomorrow afternoon with Keith, and probably one day of the weekend. If anyone is available to help out Saturday or Sunday, I'll be there whichever day I have help. I also still need to put jacks in the basement before stacking all my books in the living room.

Doing every other day last week really cost me physically, even letting others do most of the muscle-work. I can make up,some of that with extra painkillers, but not enough to really step up the pace myself.

There's still a bunch of things I need help with other than carrying things up stairs, some more urgent than others, a few that can be done anytime between now and when the weather gets uncomfortably cold this fall/winter. And also some need-skills-more-than-muscles things which aren't absolutely needed to make the house livable but would make it much more comfortable.

(I gotta figure out what I can still do enough of to pay back or pay forward the help I've been getting and the help I'm asking for.)

Anyone available to help out either Saturday or Sunday? (Or tomorrow?)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-30

"If only we had vaccines against hysteria and hyperbole." -- Frank Bruni, 2015-07-04

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-29

"A tale is but half told when only one person tells it." -- from The Saga of Grettir the Strong, chapter 46 (via thequotescupboard.com)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-28

"I never practice my guitar ... from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat." -- Wes Montgomery

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-27

"We'd call it murder if a kidnapping victim died of fright during the job. Of course it's not legally the same thing, but a woman dying of depression during an illegal detention should be the same kind of crime. It's especially true given our long and sordid history of overpolicing misdemeanors." -- Matt Taibbi, 2015-07-24

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-26

"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break." -- William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Today is:
Gregorian: 22015 July 26
Julian: 2015 July 13
Hebrew: 5775 Av 10 (fast of Tisha B'Av because the 9th was on the sabbath this year)
Islamic: 1436 Shawwal 09
Persian: 1394 Mordad 04
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.2.11.7
Indian: 1937 Sravana 04

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-25

"Seriously, every sitcom trope is a cautionary tale. If you find yourself doing something you would expect to see in a cheap three-camera comedy, please, stop." -- Tailsteak, author's comment on Leftover Soup #342

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-24

"IMO cats are what women aspire to be: smart, graceful, strong, independent, beautiful, etc. I tell all female friends and family to run (don't walk) away from any man who hates cats." -- Sheila N., 2011-02-21 [thanks to [info] starmalachite for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-23

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-23:

"One reason the Internet fosters conspiracy theories is that its system of branching, crossing tunnels is shaped like paranoid easoning itself, and once inside the shadow maze you find yourself tracking elusive glimmers of light that recede as fast as you can follow them." -- Walter Kirn, in Blood Will Out.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-22

"I speak four languages. I am an alpha female. I scare dogs. I HAVE CAUGHT THE RED DOT." -- Tabitha, anchor of Gatos de Noticias, in Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn, 2015-02-05

[Happy birthday to Kat Wheatley and Miriam S. Benson!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-21

"Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world." -- Napoléon Bonaparte [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-20

"I don't know about you, but the idea that every single person in America who has ever had an injection has been protected because we harvest the blood of a forgettable sea creature with a hidden chemical superpower makes me feel a little bit crazy. This scenario is not even sci-fi, it's postmodern technology." -- Alexis C. Madrigal, regarding horseshoe crab blood, 2014-02-26

[Happy birthday to Lisa Dickson and Ruth Ellen Schoonover!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-19

"I lived in Spain during a period of ETA violence. ETA was to Spain as Sinn Fein to Northern Ireland and Great Britain. I don't know how to describe the feeling of knowing a bomb went off in a TWA office yesterday taking out also the cafe in which you'd eaten lunch the day before that. Of having your flight delayed because another airline office got blown up. Of never knowing when you might end up dead due to another attack, yet you go on living your life, for there is nothing else to do, aside from trying to remain reasonably vigilant.

"I'm pretty sure that's a feeling too many black people, and especially black men, live with every day. I expect a good number of women, regardless [of] skin tone know that feeling. As a white man, i've never felt that feeling here in the US. But i see how others would, and do, feel that here."

-- Seain Gutridge, during a conversation about what makes some violence terrorism, after the shootings in Chattanooga, July 2015 (non-public comment)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-18

"The story goes that there are so many Cypriots scattered around the world, that if they all returned to Cyprus and stood side by side, they would never fit on the island. One thing Roussou's research has proved, is that there are indeed many Greek Cypriots living abroad, with Britain housing the largest communities at around 300,000 Greek Cypriots just in London." -- Alexia Evripidou, 2015-01-18

[For scale, the population of Cyprus was 1.14 million in 2013 according to World Bank]

Happy birthday to my mother!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2015-07-17

"The sun never says to the earth,
 'You owe me.'
 
 Look what happens with a love like that.
 It lights up the whole sky."

  -- Daniel Ladinsky (who claimed that Hafez recited it to him in a dream)

[Eid Mubarak, to everyone celebrating Eid ul-Fitr!]

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