dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-10-04

"You sail the sky as lovers walk
 Sharing in their sweet love talk
 Why do we name you cold and pale
 You colour every lovers tale"

  -- from "Harvest Moon" by Noreen Carden

[Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to folks celebrating it today and tonight, and Chag Sameach to everyone celebrating Sukkot starting this evening!]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-10-03

"Most people don't realize that since the time of Apollo we've been in a feedback loop: as a nation, we elect representatives who thwart NASA, and then we blame NASA for its lack of vision." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015

[Happy birthday to @Redshift42!]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-10-02

"Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process." -- US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (b. 1908-07-02, d. 1993-01-24)

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-10-01

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-19:

"I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years. With the cloud, you don't own anything. You already signed it away through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to. I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, 'Oh, everything is really on my computer,' but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it." -- Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, on cloud storage.

[ http://gigaom.com/2012/08/06/woz-worries-about-cloud-computing/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-30

"Experience only becomes a lesson
 When you learn why it happened"

-- from "Amends" by Miss E, April 2015

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-29

"As a 39-year military veteran, I think I know something about the flag, the anthem, patriotism, and I think I know why we fight. It's not to allow the president to divide us by wrapping himself in the national banner. I never imagined myself saying this before Friday, but if now forced to choose in this dispute, put me down with Kaepernick." -- Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, 2017-09-26

[To my friends celebrating Yom Kippur tonight/tomorrow, may you have an easy fast, and G'mar Chatima Tova.]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-28

"Ever notice you never hear any bitching about how there are no liberal bankers or hedge-fund managers?" -- LittlePig, commenter at Alicublog [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-27

"Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106BCE-01-03, d. 43BCE-12-07) Philippicae XII (March, 43 BCE)

(historical context)

"To err is human, but to persevere in error is only the act of a fool," or, "Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one."

[Tell me again how tax cuts for the wealthiest and service cuts for everyone else will fix all our problems?]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:13pm on 2017-09-26

"It's a general moral principle that the more power you have over someone, the greater your duty to use that power benevolently. Well, who is the one person in the world you have the greatest power over? It's your future self. You hold that life in your hands, and what it will be depends on how you care for it." -- Rick Hanson, Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom [via Goodreads]

[Happy birthday to [info] anusara and [info] - personal bodger!]

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:11pm on 2017-09-26
Looks like something has changed in the DW API -- again -- and I have to tweak my posting script. I haven't found the announcement / description of the change yet, so I'm kinda bulling my way through the problem. This entry is to test my progress so far, let y'all why today's QotD is showing up half a day late, and sort out whether "unformatted" is still an option the way I'm doing things right now.
dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:08pm on 2017-09-26
Looks like something has changed in the DW API -- again --
and I have to tweak my posting script. I haven't found
the announcement / description of the change yet, so I'm
kinda bulling my way through the problem. This entry is
to test my progress so far, let y'all why today's QotD is
showing up half a day late, and sort out whether "unformatted"
is still an option the way I'm doing things right now.
dglenn: Me in poufy shirt, kilt, and Darth Vader mask, playing a bouzouki (vader)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:34pm on 2017-09-26
testing
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-25

"For both men and women the first step in getting power is to become visible to others, and then to put on an impressive show ... As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as WOMEN see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we'll all be better off for it." -- Sandra Day O'Connor (b. 1930-03-26; US Supreme Court Justice 1981-09-25 to 2006-01-31)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-24

"[...] one of humanity's tragic flaws is to take for granted the gargantuan effort needed to create and maintain even little temporary pockets of order. Again and again, people imagine that, if their local pocket of order isn't working how they want, then they should smash it to pieces, since while admittedly that might make things even worse, there's also at least 50/50 odds that they'll magically improve. In reasoning thus, people fail to appreciate just how exponentially more numerous are the paths downhill, into barbarism and chaos, than are the few paths further up. So thrashing about randomly, with no knowledge or understanding, is statistically certain to make things worse: on this point thermodynamics, common sense, and human history are all in total agreement. The implications of these musings for the present would be left as exercises for the reader." -- Scott Aaronson, 2017-01-01

[To my friends observing Tzom Gedaliah, may you have an easy fast.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-23

"It is the most GOP thing in the world to create the Kimmel test for p.r. reasons, fail it, and then blame Jimmy Kimmel for being political." -- Brian Beutler, 2017-09-22

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-22

"This is a time for action -- not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery. It is also a time for facing the fact that you cannot use a weapon, even though it is the weapon that gives you greater strength than other nations, if it is so destructive that it practically wipes out large areas of land and great numbers of innocent people. " -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1954-04-16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-21

"Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future" -- <not sure who said this>

[To my Jewish friends: Shanah Tovah!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-20

"Rosh Hashanah is about relationships. Whether between individuals and the God in whom they believe, communities and the traditions which define them, or simply between individuals, whether any God or tradition is part of their lives, it's all about sustaining relationships which sustain us and help us do the same for others." -- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Today is...
Gregorian: 2017 September 20
Julian: 2017 September 07
Hebrew: 5777 Elul 29 --- sundown will be the start of 5778 Tishrei 01
Islamic: 1438 Dhu I-Hijja 28
Persian: 1396 Shahrivar 29
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.4.14.14
Indian: 1939 Bhadra 29
Coptic: 1734 Thout 10

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-19

[I feel, based on my own reactions each time I think about the loss described here, like I should provide some kind of content-warning to avoid ruining someone's day if this is their nightmare fuel. But I'm really not sure what form this warning should take.]

Linda Ronstadt describes what she can't do. May be upsetting to artists. Many people may just calmly think 'oh, that's sad'. )
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-09-18

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-03-08:

"I found much that was alarming about being a citizen during the tenures of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. But, whatever I may have seen as their limitations of character or intellect, neither was anything like as humanly impoverished as Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English." -- Philip Roth, novelist

[ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/philip-roth-e-mails-on-trump]

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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