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I made another dollar origami! I did not make another elephant because it’s not a lucky dollar, I EARNED THIS DOLLAR BY THE SWEAT OF MY BROW when I accidentally busked in the subway today.

I took my ukulele out with me today because I wanted to get a case for it, and I didn’t end up with a case, but I did discover that a ukulele, even if it’s just the fretboard and knobs sticking out of your pack, is an invitation to conversation with ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. 

So I went fruitlessly shopping for a case and talked to some people, then I got lunch and talked to some people, then I went to the movies (I was seeing The Untouchables at the Arclight; 100% worth the $14 to see it on the big screen) and then I got on the train to come home.

I swung my bag around to rest it on my lap, and the girl sitting across from me, who was probably around ten? got these BIG HUGE EYES and elbowed her (probably) brother next to her, who was about six, and he said, IS THAT A UKULELE?

And I said, “Sure, want to see?” and took it out and added, “It’s new so I can’t play much yet.” Undeterred, this kid, and also his sister, and also their two probably siblings started clamoring for a song and their probably mother, definitely the person who had been putting up with them all day, looked REALLY TIRED so I said, sure, okay, I can play ONE SONG.

Which is true. There is one song I can play competently in front of other humans, more or less, and it is “Rolling Home” by John Tams, because it only has three chords. So I played Rolling Home, just the first two verses, and then after the second chorus I busted out my SECRET WEAPON: I know how to play the chorus to Never Gonna Give You Up. For reasons which should be obvious. 

Rickrolling is such a universal meme at this point that as soon as I started in on the chorus the kids started CACKLING which is good because I don’t really know how to end it and this way they didn’t notice. 

After the rickroll I went to put my ukulele away, because I really can’t play anything else without the tabs at least in front of me, and as I opened my bag the truly tolerant old dude next to me stuffed a dollar into it. And I said, oh no, I’m not busking, the kids just wanted a song, and he was all, but you played some nice music, take a dollar, LEARN YOU SOME CHICAGO BLUES OK. 

So I earned a dollar illegally busking and also now I have to learn me some Chicago Blues on the ukulele. My patron commands it. 

My life. *hapless handwave* 

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Octavia E. Butler by Gerry Canavan

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:00 am
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Octavia E Butler, Gerry Canavan, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books

Published: November 2016 by University of Illinois Press
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Genres: Non-fiction
Source: NetGalley
Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler’s life as an African American woman–an alien in American society and among science fiction writers–informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler’s career. Drawing on Butler’s personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler’s frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre’s particular canon. The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction.

As with Letters to Tiptree, I went into this without having read any of Octavia Butler’s work (don’t worry, it’s on my list) and without even knowing a whole lot about her. I feel that approach didn’t work for me quite as well this time around.

I’d been expecting a biography. And Octavia E. Butler is a biography to some extent. However, it is equally concerned with analysing her work. Throughout the book, the author puts forward a theory unifying her work, looking in depth at her significant published and unpublished works and examining how they fit together. This necessarily reflects on her as a person–and in particular her views on humanity–but may not be satisfying for people looking for more details of her daily life. As someone who hasn’t read the stories being examined, I found it reasonably accessible, though I have no doubt it will hold much more meaning for those who have.

Despite the heavy focus on her stories, I still learned a lot about the person. I found the examination of her writing process particularly interesting. Learning about the way she would almost compulsively write many different variations of the same story was intriguing. Her preoccupation with the business side of writing  was also something I think many writers will be able to related to, even if it was amplified by her poverty. This drive to make sales is also shown as being in conflict with what she felt was her artistic integrity; she needed to sell her stories but resented making changes in order to make them more palatable to publishers or the public. Unsurprisingly, she is portrayed as a deeply unhappy person, never satisfied.

The tone tends towards academic and may be considered dry by some. Indeed, the book started to drag a little after a while.

Nevertheless, I found it an interesting read. This will probably appeal to fans already familiar with Butler’s work.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Just One Thing (22 January 2017)

Jan. 22nd, 2017 06:42 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

3 Million!

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:11 am
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3 million of you (estimated) attended a march yesterday (for a myriad of reasons that might do anything from bore to scare one to death - including my phobias and the mostly rotten political climate of my particular swamp state - I did not). But I love every one of you who had what I didn't in order to be there. ♥

ETA: I think The Hill might've fubared the link. Directly after posting I noticed the URL has "womens-marches-draw-estimated-25-million-across-country" in its wording. That's not substantiated anywhere in the article, and I did doublecheck in case the URL was more accurate. There were marches across the world; maybe that's what the URL refers to, but the article doesn't break out numbers and the last word in the URL is "country", not "world".

wizz for coding! part 3, alan turing

Jan. 22nd, 2017 10:08 am
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alan turing invented the COLOSSOS, machine for understanding ger., lat., fr., ect which won the war for BRITTAN cheers cheers cheers. even tho he was a grate pionear of computer sience, the goverment did not respekt him, becos he did not hav a beard.

all mr turing’s discovereys are v popular at st. custards, eg the HALTING PROBLEM, which shos that you canot tell whether or not hedmaster’s pi-jaw will go on for ever.

mr turing also invented the turing test. this demonstrates that a computer is intelegent if a human canot tell whether it is another human. hence super wizard wheez to see whether sigismund the mad maths master wil notice if i send the MOLESWORTH-O-TRON 9000 to maths klass while i stay in bed.

SIGISMUND: molesworth, why hav you not done your prep
MOLESWORTH-O-TRON: is it becos I hav not done my prep that you speke to me
SIGISMUND: what is the square on the hipotnus?
MOLESWORTH-O_TRON: some of the squares on the other sides
SIGISMUND: corekt
PEASON: sir sir i have a question sir
SIGISMUND: what is it peason
PEASON: ; drop table mathematiks; –
(with a grate CRASH the molesworth-o-tron fall to the floor)
SIGISMUND: well i never, molesworth is a computer

thus we see, my deres, that i, nigel molesworth, hav absolutely 0 brane at all.
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Sample comments, not usually in reply to each other, and sometimes slightly changed to keep divisiveness off of my blog. See if you can spot the errors - be they factual, logical, grammatical or otherwise. This is not a grammar, punctuation, style nor civics lesson, more of a deep dive into the right-wing hive mind. It might read like spam and won't form a coherent thought; it's an amalgamation of comments I saw in the last five minutes on a single blog (left-leaning and well-written - these commenters are tending to invade them, lately, I guess because they WON!), but are representative of comments I've read ceaselessly across the Web over the last 11 years:

In the mean time , OUR president did not whine,cry,or play golf nor fund terrorism.
ALL you can see is racism.
This is all lies I guess you only listened to CNN do your research.
Don't forget the lies he told about OBAMACARE.
We have ruled you snowflakes.
You don't like it….and yet you read the entire thing….and then commented on it.
Let's show he hit the mail on the head.
Nuff said, California was the reason for the popular vote.
No they did not they elected Donald Trump
I’m scared but I’m Not rioting Not burning cars.
None of you respect anyone not even the American Flag.
So support him to try and make our country GREAT again!
Am I to assume that you are a Psychologist?
Wow this is well said !!!!
Exactly…….
We as a Country are responsible to help make this country a better place instead of crying a and being angry out your energy into working on making this Country want it was!!!!!!!!
Quit your dam whining!!
Shut up and go home and tell your comments to your self.
You Democrats are being mean.
If you stood I felt by while obama shredded the constitution and circumvented the congress to impose his will, your complaint now means less than nothing, asshat.

After 11 years of viewing similar word vomit I've decided millions of commenters are actually all the same person. And I might not be that far off, though you might have to look to genetics and Russians other influences to explain it.

From the top:

In the mean time , OUR president did not whine,cry,or play golf nor fund terrorism. Commas have three and half defaults: 1) absent 2) surrounded by enough white space to fit more words on either side, 3) jammed betwixt words without any space, 3 1/2) jammed into the words, li,ke so.

ALL you can see is racism. LETS MAKE ALLCAPS GREAT AGAIN!!!! RANDOMLY CAPITALIZING ENTIRE WORDS or SCREEDS A screen AND A HALF LONG IS F,UN , CUZ I said so

Don't forget the lies he told about OBAMACARE. How can I when it's called the ACA? Obamacare, Obongocare, Obamocare, Obiongocare, ad nauseum.

This is all lies I guess you only listened to CNN do your research. CNN is to blame for EVERYTHING GOD EMPEROR's opinion FACT so there

We have ruled you snowflakes. In this game, everyone not worshiping the orange is the snowflake, but enough snowflakes drifting together can ruin an orange, so the object of the game is to drive off snowflakes by chanting the words "snowflakes" and "great again".

You don't like it….and yet you read the entire thing…. What is going on with the periods? Seriously. Do they have special keyboards in the United Keyboards of Emperor? Because I cannot recreate whatever the fuck just happened.

Let's show he hit the mail on the head. Why does this person wish to harm postal workers?

Nuff said, California was the reason for the popular vote. So if we "just" leave off flyover country then Trump lost. Great! Again! Also, about "Nuff": I had a dog that made that sound.

No they did not they elected Donald Trump Ah, the rarest case of right-wing infighting ever seen: the hive mind can't decide if California won or lost the popular vote for Hillary, so is losing its punctuation and its shit. Could someone please tell them it did both.

OK, I'm kidding. (It did not do either. Math, people.)

I’m scared but I’m Not rioting Not burning cars. Why super-randomly capitalize "not"? Was this person t,oo lazy to use ALLCAPS

None of you respect anyone not even the American Flag. The American flag's obtained personhood? Why didn't someone tell me?

So support him to try and make our country GREAT again! Some people are easy "sloganized" (taught to wield random words as weapons). Weaponized human blog spam intended to destroy snowflakes, badly designed. Possibly eight more years of GREAT. AGAIN! Sad! Except he's trademarked his 2020 slogan: "Keep America Great!" Or else! So. GREAT!

Am I to assume that you are a Psychologist? The correct answer is "No" until the day "psychologist" isn't capitalized.

Wow this is well said !!!! Like commas, exclamation points can turn up (or !!!! disappear) at any time.

Exactly……. One writer. One keyboard. Two kinds of periods (right-click/view source. Two kinds.) Almost as creepy as constant random allcaps.

We as a Country are responsible to help make this country a better place instead of crying a and being angry out your energy into working on making this Country want it was!!!!!!!! Sort of like a Greatest Hits.

Quit your dam whining!! But I like whining about dams. Dam it!

Shut up and go home and tell your comments to your self. Should I do that out loud or silently?

You Democrats are being mean. Anything Trump says about other people is actually him projecting onto others personality traits of his own. Looks like the rabble's trained well.

If you stood I felt by while obama shredded the constitution and circumvented the congress to impose his will, your complaint now means less than nothing, asshat. This was sort of like saying, "See, I just smashed my keyboard and pressed "send", so I win!"

I could have quoted more (I quoted maybe 1/1,000th of possible candidates for this post) but after copying and pasting the last few I got so terribly exhausted. So, while it's a small sample, and while almost every sentence is from a different person (presumably), it might be the only data set you need. I'd guess roughly 6 out of every 10 right-wingers, conservatives or Trump supporters writes in one or more of the above fashions (sometimes all of them at once).

Something tells me these comments seem similar not because they're from the same person, but because the genetics on the bloodlines responsible for them are so closely intertwined you'd need a tweezers to pick them apart. Because it's such a weird, yet predictably patterned way of writing (also: very childish) it's highly imitable, which worries me because there are two kinds of periods coming from one keyboard and you know, Russian influence campaigns underfoot.

FOOD for GREAT,Thought! AGAIN

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Preserve, Protect, and Defend by David Remnick, who tells it like it is.
Where is the slightest evidence of this magical transformation? Where are all the sober counsellors, the newfound ethics? Where is the competence, the decency, and the humanity? The reality is that the Donald Trump of birtherism, of Mexican “rapists,” of Muslim registries, of “grab them by the pussy,” of bankruptcies and lawsuits and colossal conflicts of interest—this is the same Donald Trump who, with his hand on Lincoln’s Bible, is taking the oath of office, vowing to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.


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A low-key mishmash post

Jan. 21st, 2017 11:28 pm
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--Such a strange amount/distribution of sleep today. We got our impending-furniture-delivery call fairly early, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I were both up by 8 or so, but as soon as the delivery was done, we both fell asleep on the sofa until early afternoon. *facepalm* And at some later point in the day, I lost another hour or two to dozing. Crap.

At least the fact that I decided to take the weekend off work means I don't feel guilty about the day vanishing that way, but I still wish it hadn't.


--I didn't go march today (for a few reasons, but the main one is that crowds here in Halifax usually give me some degree of anxiety--usually manageable, but sometimes awful, and I never know which it'll be). But I spent my waking hours largely glued to Twitter and retweeting a ton of photos of marchers and signs and news (poke my [twitter.com profile] ysabet_m timeline to see just a fraction of the awesomeness on display today). My Twitter feed was staggeringly busy all day, and I'd guess at least 95% of it was march-related...and it was wonderful. So much exuberance and ferocity and determination on display. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "happy", but it's uplifting. (And still going!)

(The Atlantic posted "Photos of the Women's Marches Around the World", and my favorite of the famous-people shots is by far Melissa Benoist's protest photo, posted to her Instagram. Yay, Supergirl!)


--Here at home, despite his cold getting worse, not better, [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose assembled the new coffee table. It's pretty shiny. *^^* And heavy, holy crap. I took a quick stab at helping him flip it onto its feet, but we wound up asking Kas for help instead. (Kas stopped in to help with that while he and Ginny were heading elsewhere, and then they picked up more cough medicine and lozenges and dropped those off while heading home later. Wonderful friends are wonderful.)

Where were you when...

Jan. 21st, 2017 06:47 pm
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Friday, 20 January 2017 I did five sessions of bodywork for trauma, cleaned the house, and hosted my weekly Balkan dance group. We had a fun time and folks thanked me for providing a distraction. I continue to strongly believe that connection, community, music, dancing, singing are important parts of resistance, surviving, and thriving. We need things that knit us together to counter the forces that strive to divide and destroy us.

Saturday, 21 January 2017 I biked up to Council Crest (one of the highest point in Portland) with a friend, shopped at the big downtown farmers market on the way home, went to a writing workshop I signed up for months ago (The Body & Writing), shopped at the coop on the way home, got a flat tire repaired (SIGH, thank goodness the nearby bike shop was still open because I did not have the energy to wrangle with it myself), and now I'm posting to Dreamwidth.

100,000 people at the Women's March in Portland!

500,000 people at the Women's March in DC! (with some good signs)

Some more good signs, especially this one. Never Again!

Pictures from Women's Marches Around the World including lots of US Cities, Canadian cities, European cities, African cities, South American cities, Bangkok, Antartica (!) and Tblisi, Georgia. Highly recommend scrolling through these! In snow, rain (hi, Portland), sun, so many people showing up.

I am so encouraged that so many people are marching! And in the name of women! I'm a little sorry not to have been there, but also relieved. I really really don't like to be hemmed in by crowds. On the way back from the bike ride this morning, I heard singing from the rally on the South Park Blocks, then saw a few people walking across the Broadway Bridge with signs, then saw a MAX train packed to the gills headed downtown, then saw a few people walking down 7th Ave near where I live with signs. One with a pink hat.

I'm hoping to acquire me a pink hat. Great sign of solidarity, hope, and again, encouragement. We all need our hearts lifted, supported.

Tomorrow I'm (probably, if I have the energy) going to a Safety Pin training on confronting hate in public spaces. Then in the evening taking my turn running the International folk dancing group down at Reed. I'm kinda peopled out, and at the same time, I want to solidly connect with people resisting.

This training is at a synagogue, and I'm finding it especially helpful to connect with other Jews. As a rabbi said at a meeting I went to last week, we know this. We have lived this for 5,000 years. There's a shared felt recognition of how much this is like the late 1930s and how BAD that is. A grounding, comforting, validating antidote to the ongoing gaslighting out there.

tricky body is tricky

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:49 pm
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Is my existence truly resistance?

body is not cooperating )

Hard week is hard. Hard body stuff is hard.

I have actually been crying lately, which is unusual for me but not unusual for the context I find myself in.

Part of my resistance is going to include food, friends, and anime. I hope you all are finding the ways to resist that work for you, too.

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*fist-bump* to everyone else who's been at/is still at/is getting ready to go to their march, as appropriate to timezone and location.

It was way better than I expected (given that it involved voluntarily going to a place with NOISE and PEOPLE and even sometimes SHOUTING, and that it turned out to be really fucking big). I'm presuming that I'm probably still going to crash with screaming overload shortly, but I'm glad I went.

(Also people liked my sign and that makes me happy.)

Will try to write up a more detailed report at some point in case it's of interest to other people who are considering trying to expand their activisting. But right now, cocooning.

Just One Thing (21 January 2017)

Jan. 21st, 2017 12:51 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Person of Interest

Jan. 21st, 2017 07:45 pm
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Sahaquiel and I recently acquired Season 4 of Person of Interest. I demanded we rewatch the series before we start on S4. It had been a while since we'd last seen the show and there was a big twist in S3 that I wanted to put in context.

Spoilers ahoy )

I'm not sure what else I want to say about that. I guess I'm curious to hear from other fans about their reactions to this development. But please keep in mind I haven't seen seasons 4 or 5 and am adverse to spoilers.

And before I finish, I must say that while I love all the characters in this show, Shaw may just have to be my favourite.
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My intention of going to bed by midnight has been thwarted by my usual second(-or-so) wind hitting around then--awkward, given that our delivery window for the new coffee table starts around 8 AM tomorrow. So there's already not enough time in bed even if I head there immediately after posting this and fall asleep promptly.

Last night sleep was grossly slow about arriving, probably due to the usual ineffable anxiety + night owl reasons with a hefty dose of apocalyptic dread on top...but I also think the too-bright night light we put into the bedroom a few weeks ago probably hasn't been helping, even if it wasn't the root problem. This morning we evicted it. Hopefully that'll help.

With all the talk today of protests and signs, the eternal geeky spark in my heart suddenly thought, Hey, someone out there may be making a "RISE UP WHILE YOU CAN" sign. The word of Georgia Mason, friends.

([twitter.com profile] Bibliogato and [twitter.com profile] megsaysthings are largely to blame--see Exhibit A and Exhibit B--but also, I saw someone mentioning a sign that said simply "RISE UP". It wasn't much of a jump, see?)

To everyone marching tomorrow, I'm thinking of you! Be fierce and mighty, and return home safely.

I logged into my Steam account for the first time in ages and finally did exciting things like uploading a profile pic after having had the account since July 2011. (It's the pic of Jinksy I'm using on this entry.) Apparently I have 89 games in my Steam library (damn sales); I suspect I've played fewer than ten, and in some of those cases "played" is probably an overstatement.

One of these days I should start taking better advantage of Steam functioning on Linux and actually try playing some more things. There are several Windows-only (or Windows/Mac) games in my list, which automatically makes them even lower priority, but a lot of the games I own are Linux compatible now. (I can't decide if I want Plants vs. Zombies to become Linux compatible. I'm so fond of it! But it's such a time-suck.)

In terms of games I have played, it looks like I'm about due for my every-year-or-two replay of original-flavor Quake. (Original!Quake is one of my two best-loved games, the other being StarCraft [original + the Terran campaign for SCII].) And I'm clearly never going to "get back to" Portal 2; at this point if I want to have any hope of finishing it, I'm gonna have to start from scratch. (I got stuck halfway through a level something like three or four years ago. >.<)

Interesting

Jan. 20th, 2017 06:15 pm
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So there I was in the art supplies shop circa 5pm contemplating foamboard and giant sheets of paper, when I noticed that the person next to me was clutching a handful of markers and assorted sizes of card and contemplating the polyboard.

"Making signs?" I asked.

She was also making signs.

Right. I have foamboard, paper, markers, scissors, duct tape, a candle burning, ginger/lavender tea in a Hope Not Hate mug, my fight music playlist playing, and no plan. This should be fun.

Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump

Jan. 20th, 2017 02:59 pm
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Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump:

Title: Choke If You Voted For Trump
Universe: Leader Of The Free World (President Barton AU)
Rating: Teen and Up
Summary: President Clint Barton, his very personal bodyguard Bucky Barnes, and Vice-President Steve Rogers have been kidnapped. This is not going the way the kidnappers thought it would.

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Just One Thing (20 January 2017)

Jan. 20th, 2017 10:04 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!


(Special note to American community members: My virtual space today is a blanket fort containing tea, biscuits and silent staring. I am happy to sit with you in it. Hugs are available if wanted.)
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More Joy Day, everyone.

Time to light some candles against the dark. Time to look to the things that will sustain us over the next four years.

(Anyone making signs/banners for tomorrow/today?)

Fiona Apple has contributed a helpful protest chant (warning for earworm, omfg).
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Remember that tomorrow is More Joy Day!

I'm so glad to be in decent shape for my pair of deadlines tomorrow (if not as on top of things as I wish I were); US politics continue to have me in a general state of distress and anxiety, and I imagine tomorrow's going to be hellish in terms of focus, given everything.

(It's not my country, and it's been a long, long time now since I felt any real connection to the States, but as many of you know, my mother is from New York, and I grew up as a deeply fond visitor with family ties. So that's all bundled up in my feelings along with my fears for what the political climate means for my many American friends and for Canada as a country.)

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose has been home sick with a cold for most of the week. :/ So far I seem to be dodging it, and hopefully that'll continue, but it's another reason to be glad that my current deadlines turn over tomorrow; if I get sick in the next day or so, I'll have the leeway to rest up.

I've been sleeping more than usual this week, which could mean my system's actively fighting the bug off. I rather hope that's the case, honestly, because then I can chalk the oversleeping up to something that probably won't last too much longer.

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I saw Hidden Figures earlier this week. The internet promised that it'd be fantastic, and lo, the internet did not lie. Wonderful performances all around, and an amazing piece of history.

I'm so glad the movie's doing wonderfully; I wish I believed ~Hollywood~ will see that as anything but a fluke. More movies with glorious Black ladies, please!

Beforehand we grabbed dinner at a place Kas goes to for lunch that [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I had never been to (Ginny, I can't remember now if it was your first time too), and it had good pastitsio. Not nearly enough Greek places in town seem to have pastitsio, and the couple of other spots where I've had it in the past few years have been disappointing. This stuff wasn't life-changing or anything, but I'm delighted anyway, and glad to have a known food option in the vicinity that's tasty, a cut above fast food, not a chain, and less expensive than super-delicious-but-not-cheap Indian.

(There used to be a really affordable place with amazing pastitsio just a few minutes' walk from Casual Job, and I've still crushed that it's gone.)

Who’s Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis

Jan. 20th, 2017 08:00 am
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Earl Grey Editing, Who's Afraid Too? Maria Lewis, books and tea, tea and books

Published: January 2017 by Piatkus
Format reviewed: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Series: Tommi Grayson #2
Genres: Urban fantasy
Source: Publisher
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017
Available: Publisher (print) ~ Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review contains spoilers for previous books.

Tommi Grayson: all bark, all bite . . . and now she’s BACK!

After the worst family reunion in history, Tommi needed some space. She’s spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage – the one that comes with a side order of fur – as well as learning about her Maori ancestry and how she can connect to it. But she can only escape for so long.

When an unspeakable evil returns, Tommi will need every piece of knowledge and all the skills she has. With the help of allies old and new, frenemies both helpful and super-annoying, she’s going to take the fight to the enemy.

Although I had some reservations, I enjoyed the first book in this series. Who’s Afraid Too? makes an excellent follow-up, retaining what I liked about the series. Tommi remains sassy but practical. She’s a very grounded person, who knows how to have fun but is always willing to do the hard work where necessary. Nor does the story put her on a pedestal, but shows her flaws, allowing her to be hypocritical at times.

However, this is not a story for deep character studies. Most of the other characters gave the impression of being more style than substance: likeable, but I never really got to see what was beyond the surface. Admittedly, that’s a hard ask, considering the number of new friends Tommi acquires. And the importance of style was something I really enjoyed about the book. Each of the characters has their own distinct sense of fashion and there are plenty of references to music and pop culture. These are not characters that live in a bubble. Art and beauty is something that remains important to Tommi and brings a sense of balance to the narrative–she’s not reduced to being solely a werewolf but retains her interests outside of the weird world she’s joined.

Tommi’s relationship with Lorcan was also particularly interesting. I enjoyed the way the story highlighted the problem with their relationship as one of trust and not necessarily that they are mentor and student. Tommi often calls Lorcan on his mysterious bullshit; keeping things from her is not a way of keeping her safe but is actively detrimental. But there is also nuance, and Tommi is reminded that compromise is sometimes necessary.

The plot is a bit predictable in places, with the villain easy to spot. However, it is nicely paced. The sex scenes didn’t really work for me and read a little awkwardly, but the action sequences were dynamic.

All in all, I found Who’s Afraid Too? a fun read. There were a significant number of loose ends to be tied up, so I look forward to seeing a sequel.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Just One Thing (19 January 2017)

Jan. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
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I generally try to keep my linkspam posts to something like 15-20 links in the name of having them stay somewhat manageable, but my brain's been operating slowly for the past few days, mostly at about the speed where I can sift through saved-for-later links on Twitter (many of which have wound up in Pocket, possibly to never be seen again, at least by me). So the file is getting a bit scary and I'm dumping it out under a cut. If you venture in, I hope you find some things of interest.

34 misc. links )

gearing up for school

Jan. 18th, 2017 07:13 pm
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Spring semester starts tomorrow, Day of Doom is Friday, and my birthday is a week later on Thursday again. I feel incredibly grateful and lucky that I have the friends that I do; I put up a note on Facebook asking (sort of) if anyone wanted to celebrate the victory that I've been around another year, and a friend has offered to host a party for me and has emailed me an invitation to send to whomever I want. So my Facebook post was a success and I am so, so glad that I have the community that I have.

(Of course, the ex that I want nothing to do with, saw my FB post as well and has sent me a message asking if we can hang out and I just. Need to figure out a polite-but-firm way to say "Nope." I'm thinking something like: "Hi , I'm sorry, I'm not interested in hanging out with you one-on-one. Wishing you lots of success, and I'm sure I'll see you at some environmental actions in the future." What do you think?)

I did better last semester than I thought I would! *throws confetti* After making a big mistake on one of my exams, I was pretty sure I wouldn't do that well, but...! I covered so much ground in the first few questions that I managed to overcome my mistake, apparently. And it was criminal law, which I have no interest in whatsoever, so I am very glad there's no chance I'll need to re-take it. I did really like my professor in that class, though!

I still haven't done all of my homework for tomorrow or Friday yet, and I'm a little bit nervous about my time management skills. I've spent a lot more of the past few days cleaning my home and putting things up and mostly trying to feel like this is my home. And I've had a lot of cooking to do to make sure that I don't have to worry about food over the next few days. It all just keeps piling up though. I really, really hope that I manage to keep myself eating well throughout the semester, and cleaning my apartment regularly. I think those things would help with a lot of my stress and hopefully with my pain and inflammation as well.

Cross your fingers for me... Now to read a few of your entries.

Just One Thing! (18 January 2017)

Jan. 18th, 2017 01:53 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Introverts

Jan. 18th, 2017 11:37 am
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I've kicked this idea around before as a possibility, but I've been thinking more about it since.

People have a great tendency to expect to find underlying truths. Introverts and extroverts are *really* like this underneath. Men and women have blah blah bullshit different brains. Etc.

But my idea of introversion is almost the reverse. I speculate that it's best understood as a catch-all for people who are less social for whatever reason. Two axes I think of (I don't know if this makes sense for other people) is "how much you NEED interaction with other people" and "how EASY you find interaction with other people".

And some of that is who you are, and some of that is circumstance: lots of external factors can make socialising easier or harder, which forms a self-reinforcing feedback loop in how easy you find it. This would predict that some people who aren't that interested, some people who naturally find it difficult, and some people who are prevented by circumstance, are similar in many ways.

And it also ties into the "extroverts gain energy from interaction, introverts spend energy on it" idea which many people endorse. In my way of thinking, that's more of a consequence than a root cause, that you need it a certain amount, and it takes a certain amount of effort to do, and if it refreshes you more than it costs, it leaves you net positive on energy and if it's the other way round, you need a reserve of energy to spend on it.

For instance, I notice with Liv and I, when we're interacting with each other, we need quite similar amounts of time. We can spend a *lot* of time just interacting, but we both need a certain, not that large, amount of time having a break from it too. But it seems to me, Liv is like that with *more* people. Whereas the number of people I can interact with basically indefinitely is quite small.

So my theory is, some people don't *need* that much social interaction, whether or not they find it easy when they need to do it. And other people find it difficult to varying degrees, but act quite similarly when they're with people they *can* interact easily with, but vary in how often they are.

But I don't know if that sounds like it applies to other people, or just how it helped me to think of it.
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Or, how to hack search results from the comfort of your mom's basement

Since learning Jews are maligned and misrepresented in Google's search results thanks to white supremacists' SEO manipulations which pushes hate speech above facts, I've grown resigned to how this search company in particular, which is owned and run by Jews, lets any hate group, including those that specifically hate them, hack their search results just to make money.

Was this how Germany fell? Jewish newspapers letting their pages fill with hate speech about themselves because, "Wow, this sort of speech sells more papers than ever before, you SEE that guys?"? Was it?

Selling yourselves and your own people out just to make money is fine until the haters who hate you, whom you made this money off of so indifferently, seize it along with your lives, which is exactly how Nazi Germany turned out. A bit chilling? Sure. But hey, it's all fun and games until no one but the haters can laugh about it anymore, amirite?

In that spirit - one of pre-ackowledging defeat not at the hands of the enemy, but thanks to the indifference of some powerful and influential members of the very group of people in most compelling need of defense - I've kept a jaded but watchful eye over the racial, religious and political slant of Google's results.

While I've seen many instances of right-wing slant, there have usually been enough left-wing or simply neutral websites (such as factcheck.org and/or snopes.com) mixed in to keep me from speaking out. So I waited for a more egregious and flagrant violation of both my intelligence and common sense. And I finally got it.

Background: last night; myself and another person discussing politics. Opening salvo: the other person asked what I thought of the Clinton Foundation shutting down. My response: silent open-mouthed disbelief, then one word: "WHAT???"

So began my Google search to learn the truth. Here's how it went.

Google lets SEO experts employed by right-wing websites hack their search results - a picture of Google's search results for [clinton foundation] being hacked by SEO experts]

In the above picture the top three results - framed and centered across the top of the page in big, gorgeous, drop-shadowed lightboxes with splashy pictures included for each website in question - point to three right-wing websites with the following articles:

  • National Review - The Clinton Initiative's Ignominious End
  • Fox News: - Clinton Global Initiative to Lay Off Employees, Shut Down Amid Dwindling...
  • NewsBusters - Silence From Networks As Clinton Global Initiative Shuts Down

But wait, I thought the person I was speaking with said "Clinton Foundation". Yes, he said "Clinton Foundation"; I'm quite sure of it. Maybe Google's having an algorithmic brain fart of some sort, giving results for Clinton Global Initiative instead of Clinton Foundation. So I tried again, using [Clinton Global Initiative] this time as my search query.

Google lets SEO experts employed by right-wing websites hack their search results - a picture of Google's search results for [clinton global initiative] after being hacked by SEO experts]

In the above picture the top three results - drop-shadowed lightboxes with splashy pictures included for each website in question - point again to two of the same three right-wing websites, and one other besides, running the following articles:

  • National Review - The Clinton Initiative's Ignominious End
  • Breitbart: - Peter Schweizer: Clinton Global Initiative Folded Because They Can N...
  • NewsBusters - Silence From Networks As Clinton Global Initiative Shuts Down

Well, given these titles at the top of the fold in search results, it certainly looks like the person I was speaking with was right; the Clinton Foundation has indeed shut down.

At a loss for what to think, I scrolled down the page to the so-called "organic" results, but those were just a strange mixture of the same right-wing websites and a few more, besides, with similar titles on their articles, along with some links to the Clinton Foundation and a Wikipedia page.

Not really wanting to, still I scrolled back up and decided to click on the Fox News article, considering them the father of, but still the lesser of most online evil you'll see around distorted news these days. Well!

From the article (archived version, in case they rewrite, move or delete it):

The Clintons are moving ahead with plans to downsize their controversial foundation’s network of offshoots, a decision carried out as the powerful family’s political influence wanes and its once-lengthy donor list shrinks.

Wait, "downsize"? I looked again at the article title: Clinton Global Initiative to Lay Off Employees, Shut Down Amid Dwindling.... The title says "shut down", but the first sentence says "downsize". So this already looks misleading. But hey, let's give it a chance; maybe the "shutting down" part is further down the page, "below the fold".

In a decision announced last week, 22 additional employees are being laid off from the Clinton Global Initiative – known for its annual glitzy gathering of high-powered leaders and celebs. The layoffs are tied to a decision to shutter CGI that originally was announced in an Aug. 22 letter from former President Bill Clinton.

Here we have a big problem: "22 additional employees". Additional? How many - if any - were laid off in the past?

At the time, the Clintons were under pressure to explain how they would handle potential conflicts of interest with their namesake foundation if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were to win the White House.

OK, unlinked and unsourced, but probably considered (disputed) common knowledge.

Bill Clinton wrote in his letter at the time: “Nine years ago in my book ‘Giving,’ I wrote, ‘I want to continue these meetings for at least a decade, with the objective of creating a global network of citizen activists who reach across the divides of our interdependent world to build real communities of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and a genuine sense of belonging.’ ... That is exactly what CGI, its members, and its dedicated staff have done.”

OK, but Bill Clinton does not, in that specific quote, say that the Clinton Foundation is about to "shut down". Does he?

Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump -- but the family is proceeding anyway with its CGI plans, and those “dedicated staff” are getting the ax.

The 22 staffers are part of a wave of layoffs.

The last sentence appears to be, at best, an unsubstantiated rumor.

Syracuse.com reported on Oct. 4 about a WARN notice announcing 74 employees would be laid off. Another notice was issued on Jan. 12 stating 22 more employees would be let go. WARN is the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers to give 60-days advance notice of business closings.

The Syracuse.com article isn't linked to; because it's not, there's no way to verify what Fox News claims they've reported. So I right-clicked and googled the first half of the sentence about the WARN notice, which is where this gets a bit interesting. The Syracuse.com article says, and I quote:

The Clinton Foundation will lay off 74 employees at its Clinton Global Initiative office in New York City at the end of the year, according to a notice filed with the state.

The notice, required under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), said the 74 employees at the initiative's offices on the 42nd floor at 1271 Avenue of the Americas will be laid off on Dec. 31.

But the link to the WARN notice gives this message: This is an invalid WARN Notice ID. So there is no valid WARN Notice that Syracuse.com has linked to to prove their claim.

While I won't speculate if Syracuse.com created a false WARN number just to lie about what the Clinton Foundation is up to, it's quite possible. Getting back to the Fox News article, it goes on to say:

Under the form’s “Reason for Dislocation” section, a staffer wrote: “Discontinutation (sic) of the Clinton Global Initative (sic).”

Yep, sure they did.

The “layoff date” is set for April 15.

It’s unclear how many employees will be left at CGI after the latest round of layoffs, or if any of those workers will be shifted to other Clinton projects. A spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation declined to comment on the record for this story.

Again, the article's title is: Clinton Global Initiative to Lay Off Employees, Shut Down Amid Dwindling.... It says "shut down". Yet this far in we're still discussing 22 layoffs - in addition to 74 previous layoffs that supposedly occurred on Dec. 31st - and linking to another website which offers only an "invalid WARN Notice number" on yet another website as "proof".

Oh, and a Clinton spokesperson declined comment, so let's report this as the total annihilation of the Clinton Foundation, because they did. Moving on to the rest of the article to find any shred of linkage between this 22-person layoff and the Foundation going *poof*:

CGI, which began in 2005, is not a direct-action charity like the Clinton Foundation, but instead brings power players together to address “significant global challenges” through their own commitments to action.

While Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects were quashed mere months after Bill Clinton penned his August letter, other factors may have contributed to CGI’s ending despite the disappearance of looming conflict-of-interest issues.

OK, so now we learn that "CGI" (the Clinton Global Initiative, which Fox News cleverly disguises behind an acronym to make it seem like it's the same - or just another arm of - the Clinton Foundation) is in fact a separate entity, and that "other factors may have contributed". These are "weasel words", strung together to seemingly substantiate a claim without presenting any facts.

Here we go with the speculation, unlinked sources and unsubstantiated rumors again (seen behind the cut, from the front page):

Here lies the body of the Clinton Foundation - wait...nope, 'fraid not )

I quote the entire article to prove that not once did it explain Fox News's use of the title, which was, again: Clinton Global Initiative to Lay Off Employees, Shut Down Amid Dwindling... It says "shut down". But there's no proof of any shutdown linked to or spoken of, nor offered in any way, shape or form. Nothing.

Google allows - and expects - the entire Internet to believe the Clinton Foundation has already shut down, even returning results for the Clinton Global Initiative shutting down (which is in itself an unsubstantiated claim) when one merely searches for the "Clinton Foundation". "Desire to broadcast the actual truth 404, that's all we know!" And they don't care if that's all you know, either.

Not only do they not care what you believe, they're actively working against your ability to even know what to believe by highlighting lies, distortions, and twisted facts in their big, beautiful, fully photo-enhanced lightboxes along the very top of their results. If that's not caring, then I don't know what is.

Who's actually said (or even suggested) the entire Clinton Foundation - including the Clinton Global Initiative - is shutting down? So far, just some right-wing websites. Not any WARN Notice, not Bill Clinton in his above-quoted letter, not Hillary Clinton at any point in time, not any spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation, nor any unnamed source speaking for the Clinton Foundation.

But if right-wing sources say it (or merely suggest it, or enhance their search engine "signals" to "prove it" by showing up in Google's top results) then it must be true, so let's take their word - rumors, unsourced speculation, and invalid WARN Notice numbers included. Google takes their word, and expects you to do so, too! Google returns almost nothing but their articles in search results, which are all some flavor of the same words - SHUTTING DOWN - up in those big, fancy boxes, so it must be true, right?

Most people won't question that. They'll say, yes, you're right, it must be, simply because they trust Google that much.

My over-arching message: if Google won't fact-check what they let SEO experts push into their big fancy lightboxes at the top of results then they need to get out of the search business, because their results are misleading everybody, which is actively harming users while threatening Google's existence through hate speech about the very people who own and run the search engine.

Objectivity draws in audiences and is much more trustable, believable, quotable, and verifiable then left or right wing slant or any form of hate, so why not leave slant and vileness to bloggers, leave bloggers out of the results, and start either holding news organizations accountable via search placement and ranking penalties, or else start fact-checking search results before pushing them out to users?

Or does Google really want to restrict their entire US search business to the SEO-enabled right wingers and white supremacists? If they won't change their results to more accurately reflect reality, that's the only audience they'll have left.

Surprise R

Jan. 18th, 2017 02:52 am
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My buddy R is in town, which surprised me and I think maybe surprised him too; I was expecting him later in the month. Still, I have a very mellow social life so I was able to get out to see him, and we had dinner at a little Mexican place in our old neighborhood. He was telling me about this woman he’s dating.

For context: R is involved in helping California, which has just legalized some forms of marijuana (I don’t know the specifics) set up weed farms. His personal and professional life is heavily involved in many varieties of weed. 

R: Yeah, she’s cool, she’s like a break from all the work I do, because she’s not involved in that field at all.

Me: What does she do?

R: She’s an officer in the Navy. I don’t know what she does specifically.

Me: *choking on a chip* Does she know what you do?

R: What do you mean?

Me: Specifically what you do, does she know? I mean I know it’s legal, but.

R: She knows I’m working in agriculture.

Me: You should have that conversation.

R: Yeah, we…we probably should. 

It’s nice that no matter how far away he lives or how much he matures, it is apparent he will always need me for relationship advice. 

Then we got distracted because R’s friend Greg showed up and wanted to have a serious discussion with us about the fluoride in our drinking water and how it’s impairing cognitive function. 

I do miss R when he’s not around. He brings the circus with him.

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Just One Thing (17 January 2017)

Jan. 17th, 2017 11:39 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
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what resembles the grave but isn’t by Anne Boyer. What it feels like to resist, and resist, and resist.

Next Steps. I went to an amazingly well-organized and supportive gathering of Jews for Resistance, and this is a website they (already!) made offering next steps in Portland and online.

Safety Pin Box from @RissaoftheWay and @LeslieMac. Women of Color say, if you're going to wear a safety pin, support us financially and with your actions.

Resistance Manual, a project by StayWoke. Open Source list of ways to resist.

A thing I did!

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:09 pm
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I did a thing! A local activist-y thing, even!

I have been calling so many representatives lately that it has become (slightly) less terrifying and so I decided to contact my local board of representatives about a thing that has been bothering me For Awhile. Namely, that it's really unaffordable to use the local rec centers if you're on, say, disability benefits and yet while there is a very wonderful and deserving senior discount there is no discount for "disabled and poor af". (Another thing that bothers me: only one doctor has ever really acknowledged "I would love to get pool exercise, but it's too expensive" as a real thing.)

I got a response as well! Which is excite. The response was (translated from politics-speak) "huh this sounds like an idea that we would like the photo-ops and political capital from, we never thought of that. we're sending it to the correct department to see if it's in the budget and we'll blame them if we can't make it happen. but thanks for the idea!"

So, we'll see?

If you're interested in sending a similar letter to your own reps, here what I sent with space for specifics for your jurisdiction. It's US-focused since it's based on the US benefits system, but could be adapted for other countries. Places for specifics are marked with [[[parentheses]]] so you can find/replace.

text of letter for your editing pleasure )

Not being sarcastic

Jan. 17th, 2017 03:18 pm
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There's a title I didn't expect to use :)

I've always enjoyed sarcasm: not as a put-down, but as crafting just the perfect thing to say. And I still do, when I'm not arguing with the person I'm talking to. If I'm expressing frustration, or ranting, or humorously exaggerating, or doing anything where I don't expect someone to disagree, I often express things sarcastically if I find it funny.

But inspired by ciphergoth, I've recently been noticing that I often have an impulse to be sarcastic when someone says something I massively disagree with, but it usually means that I'm very certain, but I *don't* have any facts to hand which will be convincing to *someone else*. (It may be effective to onlookers who aren't already entrenched against what I think, but not at persuading someone who disagrees.)

If I think, "how would I phrase the basic point I'm making in a non-sarcastic way", it's generally something like, "I think that's really wrong", but without much specifics. And I've been making an effort to say nothing, or say the straight-forward version.

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