Codfish to Mr Banville, please

Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:45 pm
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At the very core of the English national character, the secret worm of despair gnaws constantly. This heartsickness may be disguised by rosy cheeks and well-cut tweeds, by displays of joviality and truculent common sense, but it will not be gainsaid. Some of the best of England's writers have chosen, with much profit, to explore this anguish at the center: Blake, and Keats and Hardy, and in our time Philip Larkin and Graham Greene. Yet it is perhaps the so-called comic writers who best capture the anomie that haunts the English soul: Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Chesterbelloc, John Betjeman and, especially, Evelyn Waugh.

What do we note about this vision of Englishness, my dearios?

Why, dr rdrz, 'the English national character' seems to be that of the male of a certain class, does it not? (Okay, we note that he does include Blake, Keats and Hardy, who I think did not undergo the soul-destroying effects of the public school system/Oxbridge.)

This is not a vision of the English national character that I would be able to discern in any except maybe a very few of the very numerous women writers of a similar era, even those who had a very much harder life than most of these sons of privilege.

Mr Banville, we may note, has significant form on gender plonkery, and a previous recommendation for a visit from Mr Codfish.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:30 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] gwyneira!

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:58 am
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] thnidu

Worst scholarly paper evar

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:34 am
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The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology has accepted (for pay) an article consisting entirely of repetitions of one sentence with the F-word in it. I am particularly amused, since I work for computer journals of the elitist sort where authors are expected to know what they are talking about.
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Courtesy of [personal profile] gingerschnapps, it's the [mental health] Downswing Party!

Bring your mood disorder, anxiety or other mental health issue! Commiserate! Hang out!

Important note: if you're worrying that you're not doing badly enough to qualify, you are welcome too!

And the courts say it's OK

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:13 am
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Too smart to be a cop

ETA: Warning: that link autoplays sound, extremely loudly. (Thanx [livejournal.com profile] pnh) I liked the Internet a lot more before it became television.

Not the dead bookstore

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:56 am
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Scott Alexander on borders. I particularly liked the hair dryer story, and he reminded me of James Park Sloan's marvelous line: "Many have thought they were Napoleon; only the first (a man named Bonaparte) was allowed to get away with it."

Thanx to Slate Star Codex

First pass...

Nov. 22nd, 2014 04:11 am
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...at timing schedule for thanksgiving. A surprising amount of blank space! That's with 10 min slots. Next step: shopping list.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:25 am
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This grass that grows in the neighborhood. I don't know what it is, but find it pretty impressive:
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One of the major women from early in SF's history.

I read Thor Hyerdal’s book on crossing the Pacific Ocean in a bamboo craft, the Kontiki, in which Hyerdal stated that every day at sea he and his crew saw trash floating. I brought this up at a Milford Conference and Ben Bova looked at me pityingly and said, “Katie, do you really think we can pollute the entire ocean? Do you know how big the ocean is?” He didn’t literally pat me on the head, but the avuncular pat was there.

Early holiday

Nov. 21st, 2014 10:24 pm
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I took the day off from work, went to a dog show with the puppy, and hung out with friends. It was both very low-key and very enjoyable. And there was (extremely good) homemade soup for dinner.
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Posted by Fred Clark

How bad is the politicization of white evangelical religion? How thoroughly has every trace of the gospel been replaced by partisan political sloganeering? It’s this bad:

After speaking to a Sunday school class about immigration, a woman asked if she could talk to me. She pulled me aside and whispered, “I think there’s a girl in my daughter’s class this year who is, umm, not legal. What should I do?”

She explained that her daughter had befriended a new girl. When they talked, the student was evasive and said she wasn’t allowed to say where she lived for fear someone would take her mother away and send her back to Mexico. The woman asked me, “What should I do? Do I need to turn her in?”

I assured the woman that she had no reason to report the girl or her mother and suggested she encourage her daughter to invite the girl over instead. “But couldn’t we get into trouble if she’s not here legally?” the woman asked.

I often hear these kinds of concerns when I speak about immigration.

That’s Dale Hanson Bourke writing at Christianity Today. What she means there when she says “I often hear these kinds of concerns when I speak about immigration” is that she often hears these kinds of concerns when she speaks about immigration to white evangelicals.

Because they’ve completely lost the map.

WelcomingTheStranger

Nice white Christian ladies welcome the stranger in Jesus’ name. (Dallas Morning News photo by Ron Baselice)

What does this show us? It shows us a people whose “concerns” — whose response to the actual stranger in their midst — is not primarily shaped by the gospel, by their “relationship with Jesus,” by “the authority of scripture,” the Bible, or any of the other stuff they’re always on about. Their response is not shaped by those things at all.

It is shaped by Fox News. And AM talk radio. And the National Religious Broadcasters. It’s shaped by the explicit right-wing partisanship of Charismanews and by the the implicit right-wing partisanship of Christianity Today.

It has been reduced to a shrinky-dink caricature of Christianity, one in which that phrase — “the stranger in your midst” — is not even recognized as a massive biblical motif, except perhaps maybe out of context, in reference to a fetus, because that is the primary and almost the only meaning that “Jesus” and “the Bible” have anymore, as a shorthand for criminalizing abortion.

Just consider how many utterly wrong turns one has to take to arrive at the position in which a little girl comes to your Sunday school class and your first thought is “Do I need to turn her in?” That’s sick.

Sure, it’s good to see Christianity Today pushing back, ever so slightly, against some of the ramifications of this sickness. Hanson Bourke offers a helpful explanation for CT’s readers to correct some of the more ludicrous lies they’ve apparently ingested wholesale from Fox and “Christian” radio. But here again, the goodness of what’s being said is overshadowed by the fact that it needed to be said at all.

Here’s the final point in Hanson Bourke’s article. Just consider what it means that a group of Christians needed to be told this:

5. It is not against the law to welcome a family into your home or help them, even if they are undocumented.

Including new children in the classroom in your family events is a wonderful way to help them feel accepted. Showing hospitality to a child or a family whose immigration status is questionable does not create legal problems for citizens.

New children in any classroom often feel lonely and need a friend. Children whose families are from a different country or culture can feel even more alone. As I assured the woman at church, reaching out to such a child is not only legal; it is a special act of kindness that will benefit not only that other child, but her child as well.

OK, so now these Christians know that there is no legal barrier to stop them from helping undocumented children. Against such there is no law.

But consider the deplorable modesty of the argument Hanson Bourke has to make for her evangelical audience. She’s not reassuring them that they won’t get in trouble for all the help they’ve been providing to immigrant families, because their Fox-addled Republicanism has barred them from providing any such help up until now.

Actually, helping these families is an idea introduced by Hanson Bourke. The “concern” she’s heard from evangelicals wasn’t about whether or not they would get in trouble for helping other people. Their concern was, again, “Do I need to turn her in?”

Jesus Christ. By which I mean, listen to Jesus Christ: “I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.” Therefore you “are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Do I need to turn her in? Holy motherloving hell.

A century ago, American churches were busily expanding their “home mission societies” to minister to immigrants arriving in America. They cooked meals, helped provide housing and clothing. They taught English lessons and helped immigrants find work. That early-20th-century home mission work was also harmfully entangled in all sorts of colonial attitudes, problematic ideas about assimilation and Anglicization, etc. But even if their acts of mercy were, in part, due to imperfect motivations, those Christians were still responding to the arrival of new immigrants with acts of mercy because that’s what Christians do.

They knew this. They did not have to be argued into it or persuaded and cajoled into accepting the idea. White evangelicals today apparently do not know this. Such acts of mercy are not a part of their identity. Particularly not when it comes to the Others they hear demonized in their daily devotionals from Fox News and Christian hate radio.

Something has gone very, very wrong.

 

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Nov. 21st, 2014 08:13 pm
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My Wacom tablet bricked and I was working on a picture of Cheris. *sob* I guess I have to buy a new one after all.

(I've tried a Huion. It's not tilt-sensitive, and it's already been passed on to the lizard, who likes to draw with it. My Wacom lasted something like 15 years. I'm going with Wacom again. But first, I need money.)

"Bring it on"

Nov. 21st, 2014 07:45 pm
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John Boehner says Barack Obama is damaging the presidency itself. I am reminded of the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies: He would, wouldn't he? Jim Wright passes verbiage upon him and all of his ilk.

Malinda Lo: Inheritance

Oct. 21st, 2014 07:14 pm
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As any good sequel should, Inheritance resolves the threads left hanging at the end of Lo's previous novel, Adaptation.

Now that the presence of aliens on Earth has been revealed, the Imrians come forward and we learn why they are on Earth, and what they have been doing. Reese and David face massive media attention and government scrutiny over their experience with both secretive government organisations and the mysterious aliens. And they must come to terms with the changes in their personal lives and relationships brought about by Reese's attraction to the alien Amber.

Satisfying at many levels, not the least being the willingness of both Reese and David to explore more fluid understandings of sexuality and relationship.

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Robert A. Heinlein (15)

Rosemary Kirstein (4)
K.J. Parker (4)

Max Gladstone (3)
Larry Niven (3)
K.B. Spangler (3)
M.K. Wren (3)

Steven Brust (2)
Mary Gentle (2)
C.L. Moore (2)
Andre Norton (2)
Jerry Pournelle (2)
L. Neil Smith (2)
Arkady Strugatsky (2)
Boris Strugatsky (2)
Joan D. Vinge (2)
Martha Wells (2)

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Nov. 21st, 2014 06:15 pm
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"Recipe" for what I just did:

One Le Creuset 4 qt soup pot
Turn to medium-high heat
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dump in chopped up onion, celery, and carrots (my grocery store sells these in a nice package)
Stir around and let them hang out with the oil for a while (5 minutes? Ish?)
Smoked paprika and mudflats
Add two chicken breasts, chopped small
One 32 ounce thing of turkey broth
One tablespoon chicken better than boullion
Add season salt and lemon pepper
Cover and let cook on medium heat for the next 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your gnocchi according to package. (In this gluten-free household, we use CoraBella's gluten free gnocchi. A lot.)

As soon as the gnocchi and the soup are both done, drain the gnocchi and add it to the soup. Mix well, serve.

From start to us finishing up eating, this took less than an hour.

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Nov. 21st, 2014 06:11 pm
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Taken at the Baton Rouge Zoo during "Boo at the Zoo" (Sunday before Halloween, a group of us went):


All the animals were snoozing--it was a hot day. Aww, tigers. Tigers safely behind a wall. :p

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