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Originally published at Noel Lynne Figart. You can comment here or there.

“Why is it called a Bullet Journal and not a To-Do list?”

When a friend of mine online asked me this, it stopped me short. As a teacher, I love questions like this. They force you to analyze what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and distill it down to an easily-digestible essence.

I would say that 80% of what I record in my Bullet Journal is, indeed, a to-do list in some sort or another. Another 15% of it is a time-planner. But that other 5%?

There are times when it makes me feel like Margaret Beaufort and her Book of Hours.

A Book of Hours is essentially a prayer-book and calendar. Lady Margaret, Mother to Henry VII, was in the habit of writing marginal notes for the great happenings of her life, though the casualness of the dating is enough to send medieval scholars to distraction when using it as primary source material. She recorded births and deaths in it, as well as other great happenings of the day.

This book with its notes in it also make me think of my own grandmother. Nanny did word puzzles when she was on the throne in the morning. She made lots of marginal notes – about the weather, who was due to visit that day, births of grandchildren… We sometimes look through them to try to reconstruct family happenings.

And this is where the “Journal” part of the Bullet Journal comes in. It’s not necessarily journaling like writing a diary entry, or spending a lot of time writing out your feelings. It’s merely meant to record things that have happened – dates and times, if you want to. But the idea is that you record what happened, not necessarily what you feel about it.

I don’t do it a lot – mostly for dates and times on The Big Stuff. It records my granddaughter’s birth.

It recorded my granddaughter’s death.

It was a tool I used to stay organized in the face of that, too. Lady Margaret might have spent her time kneeling in prayer during the great tragedies of her life. Not having servants to take care of my needs, I need reminders to take care of myself. So, my Book of Hours is quite short on Compline and much longer on lists of things to do, meals to make, and reminders to space the activity out with rest.

I know it’s Thursday, my usual day to post a piece on the US Constitution. As you can imagine I haven’t been writing much on the US Constitution in the past few weeks. It’ll start back up next week, but one’s granddaughter passing away does throw your cognitive capacity for a loop. I chose to spend what ability I had to think on things closer and more immediate to home.

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My thoughts are with everyone around the world who have recently lost loved ones from any cause but especially the many unnecessary deaths that happen every day.

Latest news of the injured and dead from the terrorist attack in central London: twelve Britons, three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, two Greeks, and one person each from Germany, Poland, Ireland, China, Italy, and the United States. Three police officers were also hurt, two of them seriously.

London remains one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, currently with a democratically elected English Muslim mayor, and that's why extremists who believe human beings should be segregated by religion, or "racial" appearance, or place of origin, hate London and target Londoners (whether permanent residents or visitors).

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Interesting Links for 23-03-2017

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:00 pm

Originalism 2.0

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:26 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

An email from Jonathan Weinberg:

I’m passing along, for whatever interest it holds, Jonathan Gienapp’s new (to my mind very good) essay on originalism in constitutional law, which I thought you might appreciate.  [(myl) Jonathan Gienapp, "Constitutional Originalism and History", Process 3/20/2017.] His focus is on originalists’ shift from their initial position that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with its drafters’ intentions, to their more recent position that it should be interpreted in accordance with its “original public meaning” — that is, in accordance with what a well-educated person, at the time the document was promulgated, would have understood its text to mean.  Gienapp makes the point, which I had not before thought to put that way, that while “Originalism 1.0” called for the use of historians’ tools, Originalism 2.0 — the search for original public meaning — calls instead for linguists’ tools.  As a historian, he decries this; he urges that historians’ tools are essential to determine the meaning of a document in its original historical context.

As Prof. Gienapp observes, the main force behind Originalism 2.0 was Antonin Scalia. For more on Justice Scalia and the transformation of originalism, see

"Scalia on the meaning of meaning", 10/29/2005
"A result that no sensible person could have intended", 12/8/2005
"Is marriage identical or similar to itself?", 11/2/2005
"Everything is too appropriate these days", 4/5/2006
"Does marriage exist in Texas?", 11/19/2009
"The meaning of meaning: Fish v. Scalia", 1/4/2011
"Justice Breyer, Professor Austin, and the Meaning of 'Any'", 6/6/2011
"Scalia and Garner on legal interpretation", 7/17/2012
"What did Justice Scalia mean?", 10/7/2013

For Scalia's arguments against Originalism 1.0, or at least against its reliance on considerations of original intentions, see  his review of Steven Smith's Law's Quandary, discussed in "Scalia on the meaning of meaning". For a contrary view, see Larry Solan's 2004 article "Private Language, Public Laws: The Central Role of Legislative Intent in Statutory Interpretation".

IT enough for ya?

Mar. 23rd, 2017 03:00 am
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Posted by Sharky

After a series of company acquisitions, this IT pilot fish is on the team tasked with migrating everyone to a standardized desktop.

"Naturally, some PCs had issues post-migration," says fish. "We were able to make many of them usable again, but a few encountered problems we had not seen before and eventually the PC needed to be reimaged.

"We had one user who objected to this and insisted we fix his computer. We were getting a 'User Profile Service failed the logon' error and, no matter what we tried, we could not resolve the issue.

"I explained to him in my best computerese that there was most likely some corruption within Windows preventing his new domain account from logging on, and that we had researched, found and tried multiple fixes, none of which worked.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:24 am
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"Let me be clear: nationalism and patriotism are not the same thing. It's vital we differentiate between the two." -- Kamala Harris, 2017-02-17

"Man if only they taught this in high school wait I think they teach in high school It's the WWI unit" -- Bryant Francis, (reply)

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Looks like schools in Boston are going to switch from using Mercator to Gall-Peters projection maps. Here's a rather simplistic Channel 4 video that I can only find on Facebook, and which caught my ire this morning for its bizzare claim that "The Mercator makes the Northern and Southern hemisphere look similar in land mass. The south is actually double the size of the Northern hemisphere." (their emphasis).

That sentence made me go "huh?", and I'm pretty sure is complete claptrap, but anyway. Boston schools might be on to something; and I'm glad that they are thinking about the maps that they use, and for elementary schools who aren't going to delve into projections, Peters might be a good choice; but much of the media commentary that surrounds it seems to be about jumping from an Unjust Imperialist Map to a One True Map, and that's rubbish. While I am delighted that people are becoming more aware of the shortcomings of Mercator, I am disappointed that they are focussing on a single other projection to replace it. Yes, Mercator is wrong. But ALL maps are wrong, because you can't accurately flatten the surface of a globe onto a bit of paper. Different projections are wrong in different ways, and useful in different ways, and it's important to select the best one for the task at hand (which, incidentally, is why Mercator exists: not to benefit imperial powers as some are suggesting with much hand-wringing, although it does have a side-effect of enlarging Europe, but because it's good for long-distance navigation).

Perhaps the most significant bit of map-wrongness in the next few decades, IMHO, is our treatment of northern latitudes as a boundary and a barrier. I wrote about this before.

In a tragic accident

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:51 am
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All the toothbrushes* fell into the toilet last night. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

In other news, went to the drugstore today. Bought toothbrushes! On sale!

* Ana swears it was just one. All I know is, I threw them all out.


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Red Sonja

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:52 pm
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It's been literally months since I came back from my London trip, but my stack of new media sitting in the middle of the floor of my room has barely shrunk. In fact, it's grown a little, thanks to the bunch of stuff I've been buying lately post-Rogue One. I know I should just put everything away, but I really do want to consume the DVDs and music at least once before shelving them.

I tried to start up again by watching Red Sonja (the movie version, with Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold's Conan expy). I've wanted a decent DVD version for some time now, and had held off getting one back when DVDs were still exciting and getting decent extras, but it's been too long of a wait for a special edition of some sort so I caved and got a basic version if only so I have the movie at all.

I did a rewatch and MAN OH MAN I forgot how much this movie did for my younger self's id. It's so aggressively eighties, with its style and special effects and earnest dialogue and matte paintings, plus Sandahl Bergman (who plays Queen Gedren) had a particular vocal quality that had me flashing back to the English dubbing of various cartoons and European films that I grew up with. I don't know whether it's the way she speaks as Gedren, or how her voice was recorded or what, but it pings a very specific sensory memory, it was most disconcerting.

Fresh-faced Brigitte Nielsen was also a delight, with her awkwardness working as a plus in selling the character to me as a child, though perhaps it comes off differently if I'd watched the movie for the first time as an adult. I'd also forgotten how non-subtextual Gedren's interest in Sonja was -- somehow I'd convinced myself that it was something I made up but, nope! Gedren really does want Sonja, just as it sounds. Tremendous.

You know....

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:41 am
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For a musical, that Flash/Supergirl crossover wasn't very, um, musical.

Read more... )

But at least everybody can actually sing. I could listen to them all day... just in another episode. One with a better plot.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:02 am
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I have written 2500 words of fic

It is not the fic I set out to write
It is much more miserable and angsty
and I have only the vaguest idea of how to fix it.

also as a story it only very tenuously connects to those bits of canon I've managed to absorb as spoilers, and will be super jossed by next tuesday.

but I wrote quite a lot of words in a row, for me.

Only I think they'll piss off everyone? Like, they start with the teensy tiny unfortunate point that the OTP tend to beat each other up and knock each other out and so forth, and then, like, foregrounds that, and compares it to the relevsnt family history of abuse. and like, if people like the pairing, they probably don't want their problems all front and center like that? and if they don't like it then they wouldn't read. And it's doing stuff with time travel and memory that makes them not even the canon guys anyway, not exactly. and I'm not sure who in the world would read it and like it.

I should probably go back to the other much more naked idea I thought I was writing when I sat down. There's always readers for naked.

but I've got my characters stuck up the tree and now have very little idea how to get them down, which doesn't hardly seem fair. can't leave them like that...

Young Severus by ekr1703 (SFW)

Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:01 pm
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Severus Snape (an Alan Rickman tribute)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: ekr1703 on DA
Why this piece is awesome: I just really like this imagining of Snape as a youth, and it's great to see Alan Rickman in his gorgeous days as well. Nice sepia colouring, too.
Link: Young Severus

(US) Political linkspam

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:03 am
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I have to admit I'm glad to not be posting nearly as much US-centric political stuff, although I'm still reading and RTing a fair bit (and more than is comfortable for my anxiety). But here are some of the best pieces I've read over the past couple of weeks. 8 links )


Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:43 am
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Lirya in the icon.

So much nostalgia...

So much WHAT HAVE THEY DONE?? with the new looting cruft.

Havva Quote
S_____ hmms. Seems the Pope John XXIII was the 21st Pope John.
C_______ says, "Antipopes?"
E____ says, "Each antipope subtracts 1 from the total number of popes."
S_____ says, "One case where a pope was listed twice (period of reign and period of captivity) misunderstood by later readers, one antipop that didn't get his claimed number reused."
M__ says, "They also react negatively when they make contact with a normal Pope."
arcangel says, "Heeee"
C_______ says, "Back when Darth Ratzinger was the pope, I played in a bar trivia game where one of the questions was 'What is the current pope's regnal number?'"
C_______ says, "My team /didn't believe me/ that it could be so high."
S_____ says, "They ever hear of Louis XIV? Whose line went back a lot shorter time than the papacy, and didn't have a tendency for old men to be succeeded by old men?"
C_______ says, "Possibly not. History is what I was there for. :P"
C_______ says, "(Roommate, who was often on the team, would often say to me, 'You need a better team.')"
S_____ says, "So, anyway, the 19th Pope John "corrected" his own number from XX (including the antipope) to XXI because they double-counted XV."
E____ says, "But if you touch a pope and an antipope in the presence of dipopium, the dipopium mediates the reaction and forms a sanctified warp field."
M__ [to E____] thought it was a Singularity of Righteousness.
M__ [to E____]: Or is that only Romulan Popes?
arcangel snickers!
E____ [to M__]: Romulan popes use a different kind of engine.
S_____ says, “Romulans don't have popes. They used to have a high priest and a council, but now they have rabbis, since they were driven out of their homeland and into exile.”
S_____ says, “And, of course, hold to the old ways, not those that some new guy with a five-letter name and a popular following came up with.”

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Bat in the house! Gone now, thanks to my sister and her son. But since I'm still having peripheral vision flashbacks (I keep imagining I see something swooping, but not really. It's more a sense that I might see something swooping. If that makes any sense at all.)Anyway, here have a late Wednesday reading post.

What I'm reading:

Slan by A.E. VanVogt. About 70 pages in and so far so good. His characters are bearable. The dialogue isn't stilted and dry. So you know its pretty good for a piece originally written for magazine publication in 1940. Once considered a classic, I've had this book since the 80s and never cracked it open until the other day. It's holding my interest, I want to know what happened to create the world I'm reading about and I want to know what's going to happen. All positive signs.

What I've read:

Apprentice in Death by JD Robb. Pure popcorn. Enjoyable read. My favourite sections are the investigations and anything involving the secondary and recurring characters. If I had a summer to do nothing but lay about and read, I'd get the entire series and read my way through it. That would get it out of my system for sure.

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. Very timely. Loved the book, the characters, the plot. Loved the interconnectedness of the characters. Didn't love the epilogue. It felt like the writer had finished his story, but someone said you have to tell what happened to everyone, people like that stuff. So he did. But, he wasn't happy about it. I'd have just as soon that had been left out. (I feel the same way about the epilogues in many books, so that might just be me. I'd rather imagine for myself what happened after.)

What's next? You know I don't have a clue, right? I think I've established that by now.


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