symphonic variations

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:21 pm
calimac: (Haydn)
[personal profile] calimac
Here's the problem I'm facing now:

The orchestra of modest prestige was surpassing itself with a flawless, even revelatory, performance of the great symphony. It ends with an elegant, quiet, dying fall. And on the final note: BLAT!

I can't avoid alluding to this somehow, so how do I bring it up in my review?

tidbits cross time

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:16 am
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[personal profile] marycatelli
Envoys bearing tribute to the Tang court were required to dress in their native costume, since the tribute from far off, strange lands was the point.

To cure a pallid complexion per medieval sources: use a thorn of Apocathery's rose to leave a drop of blood beneath the bush.
Read more... )

I know it is the nature of things

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:31 pm
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
But I am a little surprised there don't seem to be ebooks of the Pliocene Saga. Or a North American edition younger than about twenty years.

head medicine

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:46 pm
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[personal profile] kore


The Source feat. Candi Staton (Now Voyager mix 2006)
kore: (Brain fail)
[personal profile] kore
As Susan Tschudi, marriage and family therapist and author of Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder, would explain to me....ADHD is basically an allergy to boredom.


....ahahaha this is EXACTLY how I have been describing myself most of my life ("low boredom threshold," "I need a book going to calm down and think," "allergic to boredom," "if I get bored I will get in trouble"). Haha! //cries

(Yeah the treating the ADD thing has kind of gone by the wayside because I was on Vyvanse!, and Vyvanse! was motherfucking expensive and seemed to peter out, and they were also all hassling me about my blood pressure ((which is FINE)) and then a later doc terrified me about being overweight and taking stimulants and heart failure. sigh. I dunno. It also seemed to kind of set off my hypomania. On the other hand I've been napping every three hours again so....)

My FemslashEx story

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:18 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
I had tons of fun with FemslashEx, and highly recommend browsing the archive.

My recipient was [personal profile] iknowcommawrite aka Scioscribe, who wrote me two lovely Treats last Yuletide! FemslashEx allows prompts for original fiction, and this is the prompt I wrote for:

Female Revolutionary/Princess

Class issues, identity porn, loyalty kink, and compromised principles: hell yeah. I think ideally I would like this one in a fantasy world, but I’m open to other possibilities. I’d love to see about any variation on this I could think of. Is the revolutionary undercover in the palace, getting ready to overthrow the monarchy while falling for the princess? Is the princess on the run from the revolution, disguising herself, and falling in amongst the rebels? Do either of them begin to rethink their principles or their policies? Is the revolutionary agitating in the open, and the princess is intrigued by her radical ideas? Other things I’m totally here for: wearing a crown while being thoroughly debauched by a revolutionary, hurt/comfort, kneeling, undressing from gowns and corsets, and virgin princess/experienced revolutionary.

Isn't that great? I found it very inspiring.

I wrote Burn, an epistolatory exercise in Ultimate Identity Porn. The revolutionary hides her face to conceal her identity. The princess silences her voice to preserve her purity. They know each other. And they don't...

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] editrx!

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:35 pm
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[personal profile] malkingrey
(Adjust numeral on cake as appropriate.)

The most dangerous man in the world

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:46 pm
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[personal profile] thnidu
From Newsweek

IN THE MAGAZINE
U.S.

'THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD’: TRUMP IS VIOLENT, IMMATURE AND INSECURE, PSYCH EXPERTS SAY

BY DR. LANCE DODES, GAIL SHEEHY, PHILIP ZIMBARDO, ROSEMARY SWORD AND DR. JAMES GILLIGAN
ON 9/27/17 AT 8:00 AM

After the American Psychiatric Association expanded its so-called Goldwater Rule into a gag order on mental health professionals, the forensic psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee organized a conference at Yale with the title, "Does Professional Responsibility Include a Duty to Warn?" to discuss the rule and its relevance during the increasingly alarming Trump presidency. While only two dozen attended physically in an atmosphere of fear, the conference tapped a huge groundswell of interest in the forms of hundreds of communications from mental health professionals: just as football players don't give up their right to free speech when they take the field, they agreed that the moral and civic duty to warn about the president's dangerousness should supersede professional rules about neutrality. This led to Dr. Lee editing a new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals Assess a President. Here are excerpts from four of the essays in the book.


read the article )

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the world according to cat

Oct. 21st, 2017 03:05 pm
calimac: (Maia)
[personal profile] calimac
Seeking insights in The Trainable Cat by Bradshaw and Ellis, I found this:
As an illustration of just how flexible their behavior is [in their third month], one of the skills that young cats learn during this period is how to get our attention, specifically by meowing. This socialization is so characteristic of cats that it is often presumed to be instinctive. However, feral cat colonies are generally rather silent places, the cats communicating mainly by body language and scent, and not vocally: cats generally reserve this sound for communicating with humans. Young kittens instinctively meow to their mother to attract her attention, but she stops responding when she wants to wean them, and when they discover that calling out to her no longer provokes a reaction, they stop doing it. However, the meow, though dormant, evidently remains in their repertoire, and as they adapt to their new home, cats find that meowing has become effective once more, this time in attracting the attention of our own species.
The book goes on to say that meowing becomes an idiolect, with meows for different purposes understandable by each cat and owner but meaningless to anyone else.

I can testify to the motivation in which "every cat works out for himself which meow produces the desired result," because I could hear our former cat Pandora trying it out on the drive to the vet. She would meow constantly, using a variety of pitches, lengths, and other variables, in evident hope of hitting upon the one that would persuade us to turn around and take her home.

Maia, however, didn't begin to meow until fully into adulthood, and has no special code. She comes into my office and meows in the same general way whenever she wants something, and since she only ever wants three things - food, petting (actually scritching and nuzzling), or playing with a peacock feather - I determine which she wants by where she goes on leading me out of the office.

If she wants food, she goes to the hall bathroom, where her dish is kept. If she wants petting she goes to the bedroom, because she's learned that petting only takes place on top of the bed, where cat and I can most easily be on the same level. If she wants playing, she flops down on the hall landing, which is cue for me to go halfway downstairs, fetch the feather from on top of a downstairs bookcase, and waggle it at her through the railing. Maia is the laziest huntress in the feline kingdom, her method of chasing the feather consisting of lying on the floor on her back and wiggling all four paws at it.

Corey Stewart

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:21 pm
[personal profile] ndrosen
Corey Stewart, the Minnesota-born Virginia politician who is big on Confederate heritage, and boasts of having been Trump before Trump was Trump, sent me a mailing recently. Having failed to obtain the Republican gubernatorial nomination, he now plans to run against Senator Tim Kaine, and wants me to contribute. I invested a stamp in replying, and sent a note that in my first national election, I had voted to re-elect Reagan, and that Reagan had said that he did not leave the Democratic Party; it left him.

I wrote that if the Republican Party completed its degeneration into the party of Trump, Bannon, and Stewart, it would have left me.
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[personal profile] oursin

Okay, this guy is clearly in a state of confusion: I’m in a kind of love triangle and am so confused about what to do.

But, really:

It has got to a point now that I have told my girlfriend that we need to have a break so I can sort myself out. She has moved out and I do miss her a lot.... The space away from my girlfriend, I hope, would make me realise that she is the one for me and come back to her in a happier place where I feel I can be happy and give 100%.

Whereas she is probably busily blocking his number and any contact they have on social media and telling her friends not to pass any details on.

I mean, I think Annalisa Barbieri is right that probably neither of these women is The One and he is just trying to make one of them The One because he wants to Settle Down, but I do wonder if at least the girlfriend, if not the ex, is going to wait around for him to get his head together, and it's not so much a question of he should break up with both of them, but that he is likely to find himself broken up with.

Let him go, let him tarry:

(no subject)

Oct. 21st, 2017 10:02 am
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[personal profile] twistedchick
I am jumping on the bandwagon for The Good Place with both feet! Philosophical discussion with disasters! Veronica Mars and Ted Danson and a lot of other excellent actors in a whacked out version of the afterlife.
It is wonderful!

Subversion

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:36 am
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gnpCqsXE8g

Ex-KGB guy lecturing about subversion in 1983.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Bezmenov

The beginning is ... amusing. He claims that the Soviet Union is immune to subversion because it's closed off from outside influences. It might also be amusing that he claims religion is the only thing which holds a society together, but fails to notice that the USSR tried to weaken religion.

However, his claims that it's possible to take a society down by amplifying its internal disruptive influences might be true.

The part that catches my attention is that cultivating no-compromise attitudes among people is very destructive. And that if you're looking to punish the other guy rather than get a good solution for the both of you, you're heading for trouble.

Unfortunately, it takes two to cooperate.

I'm wondering whether the world is worse than it needs to be, not so much because people are personally rotten as because there are organizations encouraging bad behavior for reasons which have nothing to do with the self-interest of the obvious culprits.

I suggest that malice is not adorable. Even if it's from people you agree with against people you don't trust. And that tear-it-all-downism might actually be bad for you.

There's a challenge here because hunting for negative foreign influence can also be a destructive force.

I'm not sure what the answer is. Look for people of good will. Don't make things worse.

Ireland day 14

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:31 am
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[personal profile] kmusser
Sad to say our final day has arrived. We still have most of a day before we have to surrender the car. Our first stop will be at the ruins of Monasterboice monastery, famous for having some of the finest surviving high crosses and they do not disappoint - much larger than the ones we've seen so far. From there we also stop at Ardgillan castle, really a Victorian manor house, but it has crenelations, so they get to call it a castle. A very nice house with a beautiful Ocean view and extensive gardens. We probably would've wandered more here but it starts getting cold and rainy again, but we do lunch here. From there the final drive back to Dublin to return the car. We're staying at an airport hotel for our last night and our flight leaves at the crack of dawn in the morning. There is a pub within walking distance of the hotel, so we do get one last Guinness in before saying farewell.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/karl.musser/media_set?set=a.10155515470862247.534887246&type=3

Map of our trip: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1n2v6c8ZEF3xPuuzPyGXtRWjFK9U&usp=sharing

Hope you've enjoyed the travelogue, in case you missed any of them all the entries can be found at https://kmusser.dreamwidth.org/tag/travel+ireland

Interesting Links for 21-10-2017

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:00 pm

QotD

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:24 am
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[personal profile] dglenn

"Don't push that button! Jesus, Ron!
 Don't push that button! Or we're gone.
 I know you hate the 'Russkies,' and wish they'd go away,
 But dodging falling A-bombs would just ruin our whole day!
 Don't push that button! Jesus, Ron!
 Don't push that button! Or we're gone.
 A war would be the worst thing our world had yet endured.
 Destruction would be mutu'lly assured."

  -- from "H
e Asked
a Question" by Roger Clendening II (to the tune of Duane Elms' "Don't Push That Button")

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I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago but forgot to post it here too. You've seen movies where shamanic types wore a kind of headdress with deer antlers on it? That was done, at least in Great Britain, during the Stone Age, and how they were made may provide interesting clues to a number of things. My post is about a study in which researchers attempted to deduce how these interesting headdresses likely were made. Go here for the entry.

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