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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-29

"I'm not a human, I am a dove
 I'm your conscience, I am love
 All I really need is to know that you believe"

  -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21), "I Would Die 4 U"

[Today is Orthodox Good Friday. Western Easter was kinda early this year, and Orthodox Easter is kinda late, so there's an especially long gap between the two this year. Next year they'll both be on the same day, then the following two years after that they'll be a week apart.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-28

"As a kid growing up with epilepsy, I made myself colorful as a survival strategy.

"Age 14, a sharp, distinct, intentional before and after: Before seizures, I was the shy, quiet girl drowning in baggy kitten sweatshirts and Wrangler jeans; after seizures, I showed up to school in fishnets, combat boots, heavy black eyeliner, and dyed red-platinum-orange-pink-black (whatever fit the mood that week) hair. While the other kids whispered Karrie is on drugs, Karrie is nuts, Karrie pisses her pants, Karrie is faking, Karrie is a freak, I said fuck it. I will show them a freak. My clothes got weirder. My writing got weirder. My musical tastes got weirder. My art got weirder. I got weirder.

"I didn't know until years later that Prince did the same damn thing. Prince had epilepsy, too. Prince got freaky as survival strategy.

"In 2009, he talked about his epilepsy publicly for the first time on PBS with Tavis Smiley. 'From that point on,' he said, 'I've been having to deal with a lot of things, getting teased a lot in school. And early in my career I tried to compensate by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could.'

"Prince was a walking disability poetics.

"After that, when I listened to his music, I thought: Prince has a Sparkle Brain."

-- Karrie Higgins, "Prince and the Sparkle Brains (cw: disability, ableism, sexual abuse), 2016-04-23 [thanks to [info] - personal twistedchick for linking to this. As she and [info] - personal anonymous_sibyl pointed out, not an easy or comfortable read, but worth it.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-27

"Around the rest of the world, Mr. Sanders represents a point on the political spectrum that is mildly left of centre. His 'wacky' ideas of free (and we'll get to that term a bit later) education, free healthcare, regulating banks and corporations and so on are all actually staple ideas of many of the happiest and most prosperous countries in the world. [...] Looking at the other candidates, Hillary Clinton would in most countries be considered right of centre, not left. Donald and Ted? Man, those guys are so far right of centre you couldn't plot where they exist-they're pretty much off the spectrum." -- Pete Ross, "Here's the Thing So Many Americans Can't Grasp About Bernie Sanders", 2016-04-25

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-26

"In times past, the question usually asked by women was 'How can we best help to defend our nation?' I cannot remember a time when the question on so many people's lips was 'How can we prevent war?' There is a widespread understanding among the people of this nation, and probably among the people of the world, that there is no safety except through the prevention of war. For many years war has been looked upon as almost inevitable in the solution of any question that has arisen between nations, and the nation that was strong enough to do so went about building up its defenses and its power to attack. It felt that it could count on these two things for safety." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1961-12-20

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The Homespun Ceilidh Band will be in the middle of Greenbelt, MD both days of Mother's Day weekend:

  • We're doing our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center on Saturday, 7 May 2016, at 8:00 PM. Come in and sit with us for an intimate concert, hear favourite Celtic tunes, and help support the arts center. ($20 General Admission, $16 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth. Call 301-441-8770 for more information or reservations.)
  • We're performing at the 12th annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival on Sunday, 8 May 2016 at 3:00 PM. Come see us outdoors on a fine spring afternoon after wandering around the festival, shopping for cool stuff from the vendors, seeing exhibits and enjoying craft activities, and hearing the other bands performing that day. You'll probably have more room to dance, if so inclined, at the festival.

Or make us really happy and come to both!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-25

"Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-24

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-10:

"It is a direct invasion of public space. It lays the counting, the pacing, the controlled frenzy, the Familiar undergarment-outergarments and skeletal look, on top of the ordinary practice of an outdoor walk. One thing that can be said for a gym is that an implied contract links everyone who works out in its mirrored and pungent hangar. All consent to undertake separate exertions and hide any mutual regard, as in a well-ordered masturbatorium. The gym is in this sense more polite than the narrow riverside, street, or nature path, wherever runners take over shared places for themselves. With his speed and narcissistic intensity the runner corrupts the space of walking, thinking, talking, and everyday contact. He jostles the idler out of his reverie. He races between pedestrians in conversation. The runner can oppose sociability and solitude by publicly sweating on them." -- Mark Greif, from his [wrong-headed -eds.] essay Against Exercise.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-23

"All of the people who told me it was okay to be weird are going away, and it is quickly dawning on me that it's our turn to do that now." -- @ohcatrina, 2016-04-21

To which, @themightyjerd replied, " I honestly think that is what #adulting means to me at this point."

[There's a parallel here to the story I've told many times about my prayers as a teen and the response I got. I'll tell that again if anybody hasn't heard it yet and wants to.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:39pm on 2016-04-22

I found this interesting and (being a goy) educational: "Finding room for non-traditional Haggadahs at the Passover table" (~24 minutes, on CBC's The Current)

And here's where [info] realinterrobang gets to giggle again at my listening to more Canadian radio than she does...

I was vaguely aware that "theme" Haggadahs exist (and that they're not everyone's cup of tea), but this explained somewhat how those fit in for folks who do use them. (I have no strong opinion here -- not my holiday, Not My Place. But always interested in unerstanding better.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-22

"It's been so lonely without u here
 Like a bird without a song
 Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
 Tell me baby where did I go wrong"

  -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21) "Nothing Compares 2 U" (recorded by Sinead O'Connor)

[And to go from mourning a celebrity to cheering a holiday with almost no transition ... Chag Sameach to all my friends whose Pesach celebrations start tonight!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-21

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-04-18:

"What kind of country do we want to wake up to: one that spends billions on an impossible, impractical symbol of fear or one that smells like breakfast?" -- John Oliver, comedian, on U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's promise to build a wall on the U.S./Mexican border.

[ http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-john-oliver-break-down-absurdity-of-trumps-border-wall-20160321]

(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-20

[...] "A corollary of that is 'just stop futzing with it'. Don't 'refresh' your interface. Gratuitous change is an easy way to break trust with your community, or break features you didn't even know you had." -- Maciej Cegłowski, "Fan is a Tool-Using Animal", 2013-09-06

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-19

"[He] is just angry because when he got his divorce from reality reality had a better lawyer and hence got all the good stuff."

"And in order to determine who gets custody of the conservative movement, the court will render a determination under the 'Best Interests of the Childish' standard."

-- ohsopolite and Bear OmNomNom, Alicublog, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-18

"Trans people aren't 'obsessed' with bathrooms, we don't care about bathrooms 'too much'. We want to not care about bathrooms at all. You're the the weird ones obsessed with bathrooms. Don't put that on us." -- Robot Hugs 2016-04-14

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-17

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-09:

"Last year, 44 Americans were shot by Muslim terrorists. By comparison, 52 Americans were shot by toddlers. Which raises the question: Why isn't the government doing more to protect us from toddlers? Think about it. They don't share our values. They barely speak English. They steal our welfare. They have no marketable skills. They're prone to angry outbursts. Worst of all? Most of them aren't even Christians. How long until we say enough is enough and deport these free-loading parasites once and for all???" -- Jeremy McLellan, comedian.

(submitted to the mailing lit by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:35am on 2016-04-16

"The mere sense of living is joy enough." -- Emily Dickinson

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:39pm on 2016-04-15

Things I currently need help with: (1) My van is still in Bowie. Once I have a way to pay for towing (because I'm not sure it'll make it to the mechanic under its own power), I can get a ride to Bowie to pick it up, but I'm looking for a ride back to Baltimore afterward -- some weekday next week, most likely. (2) I need to get a computer from Wheaton in the next couple days -- is there anyone going to be around there who could pick it up and hand it off to someone who'll be seeing me soon? (I.e. "fannish express"?) It doesn't have to get to me as quickly as it needs to get out of the current owner's way.

Other troubles: my Internet connection is messed up (antenna blown out of alignment), so most of my communication channels will be slow/spotty until mid-Monday unless I feel steady enough for the awkward climb onto the roof. Obviously it's not completely out, but it's dropping a third or more of the packets, so some things take a lot of retries. (Streaing vieo is right out. Still working on downloading this morning's podcasts.) And ... once the van gets to a mechanic, I'll find out just how expensive and/or catastrophic the repair situation is.

Better news: I've resumed making (gradual) progress on sorting/arranging stuff in the house. Mostly clearing space for other things to be moved into later, so far.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-15

U.N.I.T.Y.: "All I did was be nice instead of mean."

zombie Emperor Norton I: "It's remarkable how few leaders aspire so high"

-- from Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity & Jeffrey C. Wells, 2014-03-29

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-14

"We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable -- but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words." -- Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929-10-21), 2014-11-19

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-04-13

"Business profits are NOT the be-all and end-all of human existence -- not even close. We must stop treating them as if they are." -- Tom Smith, Facebook (thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier)

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