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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-21

"For sale: burial shroud, hardly worn" -- Apocrypals (@apocrypals), 2019-04-16, responding to a challenge to "tell the Easter story using only six words"

[A joyous Easter to all my friends celebrating today! Christ is risen! (Orthodox Easter is next week. When the two Easters fall on different days, I celebrate both as days of joy and religious contemplation, because I feel a connection to both calendars, having Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox kin.) And may folks not of my faith have a joyous day too, just because.]

eftychia: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-20

"The process of storytelling -- the process of remembering and revising -- is in fact a fundamental function of community. It allows individuals to refold experiences anew year after year. If we are, as John Locke claimed, the sum of our memories, then we change not only the story but our individual selves every time we remember the Exodus. We fold that protein chain a little differently than the year before. Our brains are literally changed by the process of storytelling.

"It is significant, then that it is God who tells us to keep telling the story. In Exodus we are commanded again and again to tell the story in each generation. If you believe in an omniscient God, then surely God knew that revisions are inevitable every time the human brain uses a memory. It follows, then, that God must see some advantage in an ever-changing, unstable storyline. God wants that slight alteration in proteins to take place in our brains every time we gather in community. That is part of the dazzling sum of who we are."

-- JP, "Passover, Memories, and the Power of Storytelling", 2013-03-22

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-19

"Jesus, who began praying this psalm [psalm 22] from the cross, must have suffered the ultimate abandonment: doubt that his Father--who had always been a source of joy and strength--loved him. Fully human, not just play-acting, he descended to the depths of human exile. Yet the psalms have a remarkable way of pirouetting from one emotion to another, often from depth to peak.

"Kathy McGovern presents a positive interpretation in her blog 'The Story and You.' After Jesus, in agony, calls out the beginning verse: 'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?,' some women 'standing at a distance' respond, 'in synagogue style to his introduction by reciting the rest of it, all 31 verses, including the triumphant end, when the suffering one proclaims that 'all will proclaim the Lord to generations still to come, his righteousness to a people yet unborn.'"

-- Kathy Coffey, "A Reflection on Good Friday", 2017-04-11

[A blessed Good Friday to everyone celebrating Easter weekend, and chag sameach to everyone about to start celebrating Passover tonight!]

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-18

"I waved to a man because I thought he waved at me.

"Apparently he waved to an other woman. So to get out of the awkward situation I kept my hand up and a taxi pulled over and drove me to the airport. I am now in Poland starting a new life."

-- Just Sally (@MustardSally1), 2019-04-08

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-17

"So maybe the true marker of Jewish adulthood isn't the b'nai mitzvah but rather the first time you feel stressed about getting ready for Passover." -- Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR), 2019-04-08

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-16

"Back in the 1500s, the culture that we had built in the West embraced multigenerational projects quite easily. Notre Dame. Massive cathedrals were not built over the course of a few years, they were built over a few generations. People who started building them knew they wouldn't be finished until their grandson was born." -- Jamais Cascio

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-15

"And so the people had a grand old time for a bit anyway, until this fella now, the absolute horrors in his mind*, began to commit some less than pleasant crimes. This pure mad feen was called Grendel, a notorious outsider - he ruled the marshes and the swampy land [if this isn't Cork then I dunno where it is**]. This miserable boyo hung out for a while in thee home of the langers, ever since the Lord himself had had it up to here with these bloody relatives of Cain - the Eternal Lord (for ever and e
ver Amen) was getting back at him for murder after he gave Abel one too many clatters across the head."
-- from Boyowulf, Alison Killilea's translation (in progress) of Beowulf into Cork slang, ll. 86-109 (I didn't try to figure out exactly which lines match this excerpt from the longer blog post covering 86-109.)

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 06:23am on 2019-04-14

"It is true that behavior cannot be legislated, and legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04), speech at Oberlin College, 1964-10-22

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-13

"There should be a hotline you can call where you can safely pronounce words you've only ever read out loud for the first time, and they say 'oh sweetie' and kindly explain how it's pronounced." potch (@potch), 2019-04-05

[Note that some dictionary websites do have pronunciation samples (i.e. audio snippets, not just the written-out pronunciation) ... but not all of them are as reliable as one would hope.]

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-12

"Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever." -- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

[1961-04-12: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space
1981-04-12: Space Shuttle Columbia launched]

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-11

"Legalized discrimination isn't just bad for the LGBT community; it's bad for anyone who just wants to use the restroom, go to work or live their life free of harassment. Laws like HB 1523 are a slippery slope to legalizing prejudice against just about anyone: women, children and even those who served in the military.

"When you make it easier to discriminate against one group, you make it easier to discriminate against everyone."

-- Nico Lang, "Think 'bathroom bills' and other anti-LGBT legislation don't impact you? Think again", Los Angeles Times, 2016-04-29 [thanks to Karen O'Donoghue for sharing this on FB]

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-10

"According to several studies, people's brains function differently when they perceive or anticipate scarcity. More specifically, people get dumber: One study found that when subjects simply thought about a big bill that would strain their finances, their cognitive abilities plummeted by an average of 14 IQ points - a similar deficit to pulling an all-nighter." -- Charlotte Cowles (@charlottecowles), "The Fear of Losing It All", 2019-03-21

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-09

"To be visibly Queer is to choose your happiness over your safety." -- mwalimu (@_iAmRoyal), 2019-01-29

"[...] In all seriousness, some heteros ask why can't we live our lives without 'throwing it in their faces' and it's never been about that. It's more about our happiness! Not our fear to be ourselves around hateful people who can't ride themselves of the toxic masculinity that has been embedded in the very fabrics of this country." -- Javarr Terrell (@javarr4), 2019-01-29

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-08

"We understand that it's important to 'meet people where they are' but we at Queer Theology believe that it's vital we not leave them there. We have seen that people are willing to do the work to change their beliefs when they are held to a higher standard around their actions.

"Our history of decades-long activism has shown this to be true over and over and our work continues to be rooted in this experience: When you demand people to rise to the occasion and do their work, they will but coddling them does nothing but further injure already marginalized people."

-- Queer Theology, "No, QCF, it's not 'possible to have a healthy relationship with your child' if you don't affirm them", March 2019

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-07

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2019-01-03:

"Glass will move as you stand on it, whereas Lego, you'll get one that will sort of stand proud and refuse to go down," says Bell.

-- Scott Bell, quoted in Smithsonian Magazine, on the problems of walking on Lego. Bell earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-ever barefoot walk, 250 feet, over hot coals.

[ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-walking-legos-hurts-more-walking-fire-or-ice-180970784/]

(submitted to the mailing list by David Bergman)

eftychia: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-06

"Love: <3
 Irrational love: <3.1415926535"

  -- Jens Ohlig (@johl), 2019-04-04

"It's even transcendent." -- Traummann Fidibus (@Kids_CoKG), replying to @johl

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-05

"America is a country that will require a 4 year degree to work as a secretary, but will refuse to demand that law enforcement take a single college course on race, psychology, or interacting with people from different cultures in general." -- Black Aziz aNANsi (@Freeyourmindkid), 2019-01-27

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-04

"I did three movie novelizations for Star Trek. I also did the first Pocket Books original Star Trek novel, The Entropy Effect. That was written from a teleplay I wrote in 1967. I started writing a screenplay for Star Trek during the first commercial break of the first episode I saw, in September 1966, the week before I went off to college! I watched that show and thought, 'I've never seen anything like this in my life. It's wonderful. I want to write for it.' I actually got a copy of this screenplay to the production offices, and they were reading it when the series was cancelled. I was heartbroken. When Dave Hartwell asked me if I would write a 'Star Trek' novel, I went back to this teleplay, which is surprisingly close to the plot of the novel version. It was like collaborating with myself from the age of 18 vs. the age of 32." -- Vonda N. McIntyre (b. 1948-08-28, d. 2019-04-01), quoted in Locus Magazine, February 1998

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-03

"Programmers are not to be measured by their ingenuity and their logic but by the completeness of their case analysis." -- Alan J. Perlis

[Happy Cheese Weasel Day!]

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posted by [personal profile] eftychia at 05:24am on 2019-04-02

"If the media would react to serial liars like an actual human being reacts -- refusing to trust them absent extraordinary evidence -- lots of what passes for political drama would just evaporate." -- David Roberts (@drvox), 2019-03-26

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