How to explain..?

Mar. 26th, 2017 03:56 pm
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I've been quiet lately, here and elsewhere, and I'm sorry.

Good news and bad )

The Mathematics of Heaven and Hell

Mar. 26th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Heaven declares: the sum of Everything is Love.
Love never ends.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Infinity.

Hell disputes: Love is naught.
Therefore the sum of Everything is Zero.

Hell's ways are narrow and small,
grasping and desperate;
For the sum of Everything is Zero.
Giving is losing
Generosity is weakness
For nothing is gained without taking from another.
The laws of scarcity apply.
If resources are scarce, accounting must be strict.
The books must balance,
The beans must be counted
Even in a den of thieves.
Debts are never forgiven;
they are collected with interest.
Number One is greater than Everything, for One is greater than Zero.
Power is the only rule,
Selfishness the only virtue.

Heaven's virtues derive from abundance.
There is no scarcity in Love, no clock ticking down to nothing.
There are eternities of patience in Heaven's stores.
Mercy is more fruitful than Justice,
for Mercy adds when Justice subtracts;
Forgiveness multiplies while Vengeance divides.
Though the tally of Justice must still be filled,
The accounting of Love pays all debts in full, overflowing,
For debts are merely finite against the infinity of Love.
To give is to gain, for it delivers
Love to the power of two;
Both giver and receiver are blessed.
Heaven's ways are open-handed and kind,
Generous and full of hope
For the sum of Everything is Infinity.

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Mar. 26th, 2017 08:15 pm
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So tired, I feel floaty.

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Mar. 25th, 2017 09:14 pm
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1. What's happening in the US national news right now is ...well, as I told a project manager the other day, if we were reading about it twenty years from now, we'd find it hilarious. Actually, I find it funny now, much funnier than the book I'm reading. I think the actual news has trumped (no pun intended) Douglas Addams in the absurdist comedy department.

But I won't bore you with details. You can read about it yourself.

2. Saw the flick Doctor Strange courtesy of On Demand. I was hunting for Rogue One or Hidden Figures, but neither appear to be available at the moment. Also Supergirl, but early S2 episodes are currently only available for purchase. I'm trying to figure out how she got involved with the Daxxon, Mon-El, who is being played by the same actor that played Kyle on Vamp Diaries. I rather liked him on Vamp Diaries, thought he was an interesting actor.

Anywho...Doctor Strange surprised me. I'd gone in with low expectations. Watched it for the cast - Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwelth...(name I can't spell but was in the movie The Martian). It was good. Loved the metaphor about shattering the ego and discovering the spirit within. Basically the ego driven Doctor Strange, who has gotten to the point that he only chooses cases based on how interesting or impossible they seem and not on necessity, and how much acclaim he can get, drives himself off a winding road while texting. He's all ego in the beginning. And wealth. He has the fast car, unlimited number of watches, top position at a swanky hospital, professional success, critical acclaim, prestige. He's asked to go on a speaking engagement, where he can basically tout his expertise. His friend and ex-girl-friend, who invites to go with him, turns him down, stating she'd rather not be part of the Stephen Strange show. That it is all about him. Always is. So, driving to this gig...on dark twisty coastal roads, he is texting at the same time, trying to determine his next impossible case...when oops, he ends up careening of the cliff and every nerve shatters. (He's a neurologist, so that's rather apropos). His ego shatters. He loses his ability to do surgery. His hands shake and won't be steady. Nothing works, he tries physical therapy, countless surgeries...nothing works. Until he finds out about a man who shattered his spine, went to a mystical retreat and now walks with no issues. So he hunts it down...and goes through a dark night of the soul, he lets go of his ego, reality as his mind conceives it, and surrenders to the mysticism.
There's more of course. A nifty rift on time/space magic and natural law that I appreciated.

It was quite enjoyable and I learned something from it. Also, I'm realizing I'd probably watch Benedict Cumberbatch read the phone book.

3. Also saw the first episode of S2 The Expanse - which was also surprisingly good and stuck close to the books. Closer than expected. We're nearing the end of the first book, Leviathan Wakes. Haven't read the others, which I think they may have blended parts of into the series. I've Caliban's War -- book two on the Kindle, so may or may not read that after Hitchhiker's, assuming of course I finish Hitchhiker's. Hitchhiker's also talks about ego and how it rules out human life, just as Leviathan Wakes does...or how science is a reflection of ego. I think science can be like that. We get caught up in thought and think that's who we are, that this reality. It's not until you stop thinking and let go of thought, that you discover self and spirit. And reality sort of melts into something new.

In Hitchhiker, two lab mice are in reality an advanced species from the 5th Dimension who have been using Earth (and all the life on it) as a huge computer program to conduct scientific experiments -- to determine the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything. The mice want the answer because they want to be important, it's about their ego. They care about how others perceive them. How smart they are. If they can come up with the ultimate answer. They don't care who they hurt to get it.

On The Expanse...the scientists want to be important. Their work is important. It doesn't matter who they hurt to accomplish their aim. They are advancing life. They are protecting the planet.

My mother tells me the real thing to be worried about according to one of the speakers she'd listened "genetic engineering" or "the genom" research, because there's no rules, no ethics...and they could do horrible things. I'm like, yeah, I know, I've been reading science fiction. And I'm writing not one but two sci-fi novels about scientists who do that with horrific consequences.

Anyhow...I found the Expanse interesting and informative. Recommend starting from the beginning. It is a little slow to start though, and confusing. Takes patience to get into it.

4. Flash and Supergirl -- watched both this week, because I wanted to see what they did with the musical. The musical was better than expected. But still not quite up to Whedon's Once More With Feeling standard. No one has gotten close to that. Whedon wrote all his own songs for Once More With Feeling and managed to make fun of himself, musicals, and his series at the same time. It was basically a meta-narrative on musicals, horror series, and the television art form all at the same time. I've yet to see anyone come close to topping it. Although people have tried. Some have been more successful than helps, of course, if your format lends itself to a musical and if you have stars who can sing and dance. The Flash and Supergirl sort of did. They even borrowed Victor Garber from DC Legends of Tomorrow. And they wisely did not make the folks who can't sing, sing, having learned from those series that attempted that.

It only had four to five songs. One was written by the writers. Everything else borrowed from elsewhere. And the plot while cheesy, lent itself to it. (But to be fair all the plots on these series are cheesy and campy. That's the fun of them.

I'm not really watching either...too cheesy for me. I like the darker Marvel stuff. DC never really was my comic series. I was more of a Marvel fan.

What Went Right - 26 MAR 2017

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:10 am
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I feel I've been saying "good grief, where does the year go?" a lot lately. But really - the end of March already? Feels like just yesterday was the beginning of January. Anyway, have another three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right".

Pearl producers turn wasted by-product into seafood delicacy by Tyne Logan (ABC Western Australia)

Great Southern Shellfish, based in Albany, have started selling pearl oysters which are unsuitable for producing pearls as oysters for eating. The akoya oysters, which are raised in beds where other seafood for consumption are grown, are reported as tasting more like abalone than rock oyster, but local chefs are giving the product the thumbs-up.

Dance Academy writer Samantha Strauss says creating children's TV isn't all fun and games by Jade Macmillan (ABC Australia)

Samantha Strauss, the co-creator of ABC TV series Dance Academy, uses her own experience as a dancer to inform the way she writes the show. The series has spawned a film version, which is picking up eighteen months on from where the TV show left off.

Keeping South Australia's' Barossa Deutsch alive over kaffee und kuchen by Simon Royal (ABC South Australia)

Efforts are being made to keep the Barossa Deutsch (the dialect of German which evolved in the Barossa valley) alive by getting people who speak the language together for "kaffe und kuchen" (coffee and cakes). Professor Peter Mickan, a linguist, also interviews the remaining native speakers of the language, gaining knowledge of the language from them by this means.

So there's my three stories for the day. If you've found any articles about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments, and boost the signal?
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(Well, the evidence is fairly overwhelming that he doesn't read books, full stop, but it has been specifically reported that he says he hasn't read any presidential biographies.)

This suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:

One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.

Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List" and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him.

(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook.)

ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those? Has nobody told them yet?

Also, these are beautiful words to read:

Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.

Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.

Class S1.6 Detained

Mar. 25th, 2017 07:40 pm
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I’m sure one reason there’s been such a gap between the other reviews and this one, is that I’m not sure I can do this one justice. The final three episodes are all so good (and in such different ways) that I just sort of falter.

Read more... )

Speaking of Brexit...

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:57 am
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Campaign for Europe on the 25th

Link goes to facebook, this is the main message:

If you're unable to attend [the March today in London] but wish your voice heard contact May today in other ways. Just a sentence or two (i.e. a placard's worth of text) will be enough to ensure your voice is represented. Encourage friends and family to send en masse. She doesn't speak for 65 million. The majority do not want any kind of Brexit at all. Tell her so today: text (you can text to landlines). By email. Online via her contact form. And phone message. Twitter @theresa_may

ETA: Nick Clegg tells EU march there is a 'perpetual sense of anger' over Brexit
Former deputy prime minister addresses tens of thousands of people protesting against decision to leave EU

It is a great and terrible world

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:54 am
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[personal profile] elisi
I keep feeling like I should write something... more.

But there are no simple platitudes. Yes the London attack was terrible, but UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul, Brexit grinds on, Trump's healthcare reform failed (\o/ for now at least), and Red Nose Day raised £71 million...

And the sun is shining on a beautiful and somewhat crisp spring day.

(Subject line from Kipling's Kim, which is my favourite book of all time)

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Mar. 25th, 2017 03:11 am
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Stereotyping , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Take the [community profile] seasonal_spuffy poll.

BufferingTheVampireSlayer podcast talks What's My Line, Part 2.

PopCultureRoleCall podcast talks Ted.

SoundCloud podcast talks The Wish.

Hypable podcast talks I Was Made to Love You & Reprise .

Is Spike's personality like a cat's? , thanks to [profile] sueworld2003 for the link.

Thinky thoughts on Cordelia's hair by [personal profile] kikimay.

CBR talks "15 Deaths That Mattered On Buffy The Vampire Slayer".

six months in the garden

Mar. 25th, 2017 03:43 pm
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[personal profile] tielan
September 2016:
Garden, spring 2016

March 2017:
Garden March 2017

Okay, so granted quite a lot of that is summer growth and the verdancy granted by three weeks of near-constant rain in 25-35 degree temps, (also, a new phone) but still!

I guess the big question will be what it looks like in September 2017... Hopefully it's looking even more crazily growth-fuelled...

SSR Confidential: Dear Author

Mar. 25th, 2017 03:05 pm
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[personal profile] selenak
Dear writer, thank you so much for participating in this challenge and creating a story for me. I included some prompts in my requests. Know that if none of these speaks to you, you can still make me happy simply by "Peggy and Jarvis fight crime" case fic. My prompts tend to go in a gen direction, but I'm not averse to shipping, either slash or het or multi, provided you don't put down another another relationship in your story. What I am averse to is character bashing: by which I don't mean character A having a bad opinion of character B, if this is the case in canon or can be extrapolated from it, plus one of my prompts involves villains in central roles, and these people are canonically responsible for horrendous acts. However, there is a difference between that and "ugh, X is the WORST, says every other character ever" type of storytelling, and I trust you, writer, are able to see it.

Re: all the characters not named in my prompts - I'm an ensemble fan and fond of everyone, though of course I have my favourites. Still, just because they're not listed doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading about them, though if you want to work your own favourite into one of the prompts in a prominent role, go ahead, as long as my listed characters have one, too.

Now, about those prompts )

What Went Right - 25 MAR 2017

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:59 am
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[personal profile] megpie71
Ah, it's Saturday, and I have plans to spend a lot of time doing very little. But I still have time to find three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Loggerhead turtles at Gnaraloo enjoy bumper nesting season in boost for endangered species by Sarah Tallier (ABC Western Australia)

It's been a bumper nesting season for loggerhead turtles this year at Gnaraloo, on the Ningaloo coast - over four hundred nests have been spotted this season.

World Science Festival: Reef twilight zone offers coral and species protection by Maudy Veltema (ABC Queensland)

When we talk of coral reefs, we often think of shallow, warm water - but corals can live at depths up to 700m below the surface. Dr Tom Bridge, senior curator of Queensland Museum, studies coral species and ecosystems in the tricky-to study mesophotic zone between 50m to 150m underwater.

US Air Force installs remote-controlled telescope in Western Australia to monitor space junk by Emma Wynne (ABC Radio Perth, Western Australia)

The US Air Force is trying to keep track of approximately 20,000 human-manufactured objects in space, in order to try and either prevent, predict or deal with the fall-out of collisions between them. This latest telescope in Gingin is part of the Falcon project, which is aimed at giving the US air force oversight of all objects larger than 10cm in Earth's orbit.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your news feed, why not share a link to it in the comments, and boost the signal?

Back Home to the Backlog

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:45 pm
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1) Back from my trip: the weather in Central Florida was a bit cooler than I expected, but there were some lovely sunny days and I got to spend time with friends. Also, good food.

2) Probably of surprise to no one: Trump’s Election May Be Making Men More Aggressive

3) Interesting project on retrieving FBI files on US citizens, though it's now being stymied by the automated format being blocked. "Many of the files are for activists. “If they’re a public enough activist to get a Times obituary, they frequently have an FBI file,”"

4) I haven't listened to the podcast but this case caught my eye because I can't remember many in which someone was prosecuted for an electronic threat, and I have to wonder how many other "weaponized" forms of electronic communication can there be?

5) Apparently when it comes to fanfic the search term "What do you do" turns up an awful lot of Character/Reader and Mary Sue stories.

New Zealand 3: Stranded!

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:40 am
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[personal profile] selenak
The last few days were somewhat more cloudy than our first few in New Zealand, but with treats like this one at Te Anau Lake, who cares?

Regenbogen ber Te Anau photo IMG_0883_zps1vczszxb.jpg

Though there was that time when a guy named Ben stranded me on an island in the Tasmanian Sea... )


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