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|Saturday, December 7th, 2013|
|don't get me started on once in royal though
One of my ongoing irritations with a lot of modern ostensibly-Christian Christmas music is the fundamental misunderstanding of what Christmas is about
. I mean, there are eleven million "Christmas" songs about presents and parties and whatever, and that's fine; I don't mind non-religious Christmas music; in fact, I own plenty of it myself. I even like "White Wine in the Sun", which is pretty much an anti-Christian carol *g*. Then there are the traditional carols, which are mostly OK theologically or at least we've sung them for so long we've stopped noticing.
But we're doing a carol this year which has quite good music and incredibly fatuous lyrics, which among other sins takes as its basic assumption that Christmas is awesome because a baby saves the world! Everything will be OK now the baby is here! And "A Spaceman Came Travelling", which I really like, does the same thing - angels sing at the birth of a baby, promising peace and joy! In two thousand years they will sing again and everything will come right! But the point of Christmas isn't that a baby came and saved us, it's that the birth of the baby allows the Crucifixion. Christmas is vitally important, it's the Incarnation, God come down as a human being among us, but the reason the incarnation matters is because it allows for our salvation through Jesus' sacrifice to redeem us. Because of Easter.
I suspect it happens because a lot of people actually do celebrate Christmas in a vaguely-religious way who don't celebrate Easter (as more than a time to eat chocolate, anyway) - Easter is less culturally important, and the religious message of it doesn't spill over into the secular side of things in the way that Christmas does. People know the Christmas story whether they're Christian or not, I think, but Easter is much vaguer and certainly less prominent. So they're aware of the basic idea of Christianity, and attach all the messages to Christmas because that's when they celebrate. But it's still annoying! POOR THEOLOGY. And from people who seem like they ought to know better, too.This entry was originally posted at Dreamwidth. Comment here or there as you please; there are comments there so far.
|Poem for Saturday, Brookside, Doctor Bashir I Presume
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It poured all day Friday, and it was chilly and generally gloomy. Between the dark and having two cats sleeping on me, I had trouble getting out of bed. I wouldn't be so annoyed about the weather now if we didn't have a snowstorm looming that is going to ruin my birthday weekend, when we were planning to go to Richmond to art museums and holiday lights; right now it looks like travel on Sunday is going to be impossible, sigh. I spent the productive part of the morning finishing a review of Deep Space Nine
's superb "Doctor Bashir, I Presume"
, then I picked Adam up from school so he didn't have to walk in the pouring rain. He wanted to go to the bank to deposit some checks and upgrade his savings account, so we did that, then we went to the food store to get Nutella in case we get snowed in, lest he should be deprived for a few days.
After dinner we went to Best Buy to look at tablets and transformer books though I'm not sure that even with birthday and holiday money I'll be able to afford the one I want and may have to wait either till the Galaxy Tab Lite comes out or till my anniversary, whichever comes first. In happier news, Adam was admitted to the University of Wisconsin -- the first of what we hope will be several acceptances this month. When we came home, we realized that we had never watched last week's Nikita
, so instead of watching this week's out of order, I subjected my husband to my new bargain copy of Real Steel
, which remains very entertaining despite a really silly script -- action movies are all about the performances to me -- and has two fun making-of featurettes and a blooper reel. Sunny summer and fall flower pics from Brookside:
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|Friday, December 6th, 2013|
|More on Aging
Instead of going on with the other exciting prompts, I want to expand a little on the benefits of aging question, because the comments were so rich. cakmpls
brought up something I should absolutely have mentioned: "people seem to have stopped expecting me to conform to some image of what I "should" be." I think there are still areas where people expect me to conform at least somewhat (after all, I have a --relaxed, unfussy--day job), but she's close to what I describe as "When my hair turned gray, I stopped being fat and started being old." What I mean by that is that with brown hair, I often got the side-eye on the BART or the bus, that "you take up too much space" look. When my hair turned gray, people started offering me seats, even though I was the same size I had been. I thought that was fascinating, and even though I often refuse the offers of seats, I appreciate every one of them.cme
talked about how we fit into our cohorts in terms of age, the difference between being the oldest person in the group and the youngest. Since leaving high-school, I've never really been either; I've always hung with people of a wide variety of ages. But I think what she's talking about in terms of whether you are the flighty not-together one or the one people go to for advice is an important part of the discussion.
And a few people talked about still feeling like the person they were when they were 20. I didn't mean to say that I don't know that person in me; I do have a lot of the same values, a lot of the same pleasures, and some of the same fears. But I feel (and of course, that doesn't say anything about how anyone else feels) like all of those things are mediated by the river of time that has flowed between me then and me now; I look back on them and I see both similarities and differences, I've had a mostly continuous life, punctuated by great earthquakes of change. If I tried to fit back into 20-year-old me, there wouldn't be room.
remembered that I have Haven
Christmas episodes that I set aside unwatched until this month! (Will there be a new one this year? Do any of you know? I have no idea how they happen, since I only just saw Haven
over the last few months and got into Warehouse 13
when season 4 was running, and it didn't get one.)
One of these evenings (after Casual Job wraps) I'll have to watch them. ^_^
ETA: The fact that I made this post while the show is airing is entirely coincidental. And fortunately I remembered in time to stop checking Twitter on the site. (I have the #Haven tag blocked on my phone app.) Two-episode season finale tonight, IIRC? Something to look forward to tomorrow afternoon.Originally posted at http://umadoshi.dreamwidth.org/479031.html. Comment here if you like, or comment there using OpenID. Comments at DW: Current Mood: cheerful
This afternoon, I went and helped pack up the book fair. Packing up was an order of magnitude easier than setting up because it didn't really matter which box the various books went into as long as they all got packed. There was another mother there, too, who worked as cashier for the last little bit of the sale and then helped pack, too. Cordelia helped out as well. She had a Girl Scout thing to go to at 4:30, and she was to leave from the school, so I thought it made sense for her to stay in the library with me even though Scott was home.
The librarian had me help with counting up the cash and checks. We had the register report that told us how much we ought to have. We should have been $50 over because that's how much the librarian put in as starting cash, but we were only $4.14 over which is quite a difference.
When I left, she was trying to figure out what she was supposed to do with the money and credit card receipts and how to fill out the financial report that Scholastic requires. I was every bit as bewildered as she was, so when she offered to let me leave, I went. I feel a little like I left her in the lurch, but I have no idea how she's supposed do all of that. She was having a hard time because she skipped lunch and because her two kids were running around the school and distracting her.
Cordelia's Girl Scout thing was an evening of science and engineering projects with some sort of women in STEM studies group from the university. She reports having had a good time. She didn't care for the dinner which was Domino's pizza. She says Domino's cheese has no flavor. She tells me there were two other troops there, one actually in uniform. She told me the three projects they worked on, but I've forgotten two of them. The one I remember was an egg drop.
Cordelia was (and probably still is) annoyed with me for signing her up for this without consulting her. It didn't even occur to me that she might not want to go or that I should ask her. I'll have to bear it in mind for next time. She's ten. She's entitled to have some say. I'd probably have made her go even if she didn't want to, but I could at least have found out what she thought.
Scott is definitely working 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. tomorrow and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Whether or not he works more of Saturday will be determined by who shows up at 7 a.m. If even one person calls in sick or fails to show up, he'll be stuck staying. There are currently two people off on his shift, so they don't have anybody else to call in. They're filling in the ranks with temps, but there's a limit to what the temps can be asked to do.
Birthday dinner/late lunch was: sushi with strawberry cheesecake for dessert!
For no reason I can name, I decided to walk to the grocery store where I'd be able to get packaged more or less authentic sushi. This was quite a trek and I am pretty sure my legs will be killing me tomorrow because hike took about an hour and some change. The route I took turned out to be extremely boneheaded, since there is a great deal of road construction going on in the general vicinity of the grocery store.
So after dinner I have just in general been very lazy, and I'm hoping that I get some asks on my contra legem askblogs. :\ Or prompts or something.
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|December Daily Meme - Day 6
(There are still spaces left! Ask me something on LJ
or on DW
!)Coffee or Tea? Black or with milk? Neither? Flavoured, with whipped creme and chocolate? Chai or herbal?
I'm sorry, this is going to be a terribly boring answer, but: neither. I think both of them are much too bitter no matter what you put in them, and I actively dislike the taste. I am not really a fan of hot drinks in general, and whenever I have tried herbal tea it basically just tastes like hot water, and then I burn my mouth. (My dad kept trying and trying to get me to drink tea when I was a kid. It didn't take. Probably I am an embarrassment to the English half of my family.)
On the rare occasions when I decide I want a hot drink after all, it's usually hot chocolate (made with milk, not water, please). Or, if at Starbucks or similar, steamed milk with vanilla or almond flavor, something like that. Then I just wait until lukewarm.
As a caffeine intake source... it used to be soda, but I cut out caffeinated sodas a few years ago and have never really missed them. (Uncaffeinated soda is still plenty delicious.)Read this entry on Dreamwidth || comments Current Mood: morose
|In which there are silent books and silent films
- Reading, books 2013: 120
116-119. Gunnerkrigg Court, volumes 1-4, by Tom Siddell
. The books of the eponymous webcomic
. Recommended. Gratuitous icon (from linked page)
120. Dragon Trouble, by Penelope Lively
. Competent story aimed at 7-9 year olds. The vocab is in that age range but the story skewed towards the younger end.
- Silent Movies
I watched some documentary footage of a women's motorcycle race
, 1928 (UK).
Having enjoyed Pimple's Battle of Waterloo, I watched some more Pimple films but none of them were as good. I saw the remaining clip from Pimple's Charge of the Light Brigade
, 1914, in which the Valley of Death is, of course, the name of a pub:
[ 'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldiers knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply, ]
Theirs not to reason why,
and as their throats were dry,
into the Valley of Death
flew the six hundred.Pimple and the Snake
, 1912, is the earliest surviving Pimple film. It reminded me of Sylvester McCoy chasing the fuzzy worm in Vision On: slapstick to the max (and, yes, I loled) but it's the British sort of everyone-falls-over slapstick, i.e. none of the individual star-turn pratfalls honed by Keystone in the US and none of the sophisticated mime favoured by Max Linder in France and none of the surreal dada theatre practised by Karl Valentin in Germany.Lieutenant Pimple and the Stolen Submarine
, 1914, is a surreal early spy parody. All the Brits are thick because self-deprecation, obv, and the foreign spies (?French?) are only cunning by comparison with the dim bulbs OHMS. The best moment is at the end of the comedy diving sequence when Pimple disguises himself by adding a hat and false beard to the outside of his diving helmet.Lieutenant Pimple's Dash for the Pole
, 1914, features Pimple, again OHMS, as an arctic explorer who, being British, can't even stand up in snow and ice without falling over. There's a great animal actor playing a polar bear, a stereotyped Russian Jewish pawnbroker (although, again, he's only rly cunning by comparison to the dim Brits), and then there's an amazing surreal sequence with a dinosaur/dragon/"Mangol-Wurzel" panto animal. Pimple inevitably ends up at a pub called the North Pole. I enjoyed this because all the Brits are shown, in true self-deprecating style, as pompous and/or thick and the panto animals were AWESOME. I honestly didn't think they'd improve on the rubbish panto horse in Waterloo but they did. Also:
Goodbye! England. Fare thee well,
we'll bring thee back the Pole or go to -
Blackpool for a few days.Pimple in "The Whip"
, 1917 (the last Pimple film was made in 1918). Another parody, of a stage play I don't know, about horse racing. The cast list includes characters such as "Lord Elpus" and "Lord For-Givus", and obviously there're lots of panto horses. It wasn't funny to me and reminded me of later unfunny Will Hay comedies. There was a historically interesting First World War related sequence though. Pimple and his fiance (aka "fiasco") were in Madame Tussaud's waxworks and the model of the Kaiser had the head of a pig but there were non-hostile jokes about other Germans and a Brit mixed in. The other Germans were (a) a joke I didn't get about "von Turpitz" (?something to do with ?turpentine?) and (b) "Von o'clock" who invented "dinner time", while the Brit was (c) "Charles Peace" who invented "Pease Pudden". I expected much worse from 1917. One of the jockeys was played by a dwarf actor in a completely standard role with no apparent height-based gags. It was all surprisingly unprejudiced. Go team 1917?This entry was originally posted at http://spiralsheep.dreamwidth.org/467621.html and has comments Please comment there using OpenID.
|New information and plan
I appreciate that this doctor is willing to talk with me like I"m intelligent. Always good!
Today was a lot of tests and exams. I still have at least one more doc to go through. They might let me go home tnoight or tomorrow morning with pain meds and more anti-nausea stuff. Monday I come back for a colonoscopy. They said i did not have to hang out in the hospital just to wait for that! They look for colitis and other stuff. The gi doc will confer with the rheumatologist, is it related to immune stuff or not. If so, they probably give me lots of prednisone and I go back on Enbrel and see if that helps it.
If they aren't sure of that and if i'm still this bad by next week then I probably need to come back and have an exploratory laparotomy. like if something is stuck to that part of the start of my colon/small intestine/caecum, near the appendix it could be causing all this and they could ... i don't know... bust it loose. I did not think "adhesions" were something that could go on this scale as it has always been mentioned to me as something that may make your cramps vaguely worse and then they dismiss you as one of Those people with vague lady-parts problems.
With the passing of Mr. Nelson Mandela this week, I got to thinking about heroes. I think viewing someone as a hero is a deeply complicated thing because we learn to think of our heroes as flawless. I prefer to think of mine as people doing work that inspires me, and who I would like to emulate. Here are some links about a few of my personal heroes. Who are some of yours?
Dolores Huerta - one of the founders of the United Farm Worker's Union and a tireless advocate for the rights of the poor, immigrants, women and others. An amazing speaker and activist.
Joanna Russ - utterly brilliant science fiction and fantasy writer as well as a feminist scholar. If you haven't read her yet, what are you waiting for?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu - the only religious leader on my list and the closest thing to a true saint I think I've ever seen.
Emma Goldman - a firebrand organizer and thought-provoking writer
June Jordan - brilliant poet, writer and activist who also identified as bisexual.
|Didn't it used to run the other way?
I.e. science wanted religion to be okay with it.
I was given to think today that sometimes these days it seems as though religion wants to claim science.
This was underlined by a huge poster over the escalator to the Underground, which I think must have been referring on to this website - and while I know that there was a point when Islamic science and medicine were way ahead of anything happening in Europe, I'm not sure this was actually all out of the holy book.
But that came on top of receiving in the post a flyer for a novel on Darwin's Lost Book - description of the background here, but the hard copy flyer makes it sound much more of a slambang thriller (shades of The DaVinci Code perhaps) with murders, conspiracies, and maybe car chases and Stuff Blowing Up (I forgot to bring it home with me). However, the argument seems to be that there so was a lost posthumous work by Darwin, My Apology for my Unformed Ideas, which his official bibliographer considered apocryphal.*
Published by the same small press (?self-publisher) as this work that Clio and I wore out a codfish on last year, because we are defs in the same territory of hidden and lost secrets about Charlie D. (In fact I suspect 'Innes Brown' is the fiction-writing pseudonym, because I R SINIKLE.)
*Why was he not convinced? A certain amount of googling reveals to me that the journal in which the article providing evidence for the existence of Darwin's Lost Book appeared, The Advocate of Truth is the official organ of The Church of God (7th Day) with headquarters at Salem, West Virginia. Such a solid evidential source for the existence and nature of a book that was allegedly published in 1882, but no-one has ever seen. How could anyone be sceptical?**
**I suspect a misreading of Prof Moore's tone concerning the book in The Darwin Legend, which appears to be about Darwin's posthumous reputation and attempts to claim him by an assortment of parties, and which a review suggests was almost over-meticulous in its archival delvings.
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- Thu, 12:20: RT @AmySequenzia: Autism Speaks is trying to silence us after we launched @Boycott_AS let's RT! use #BoycottAutismSpeaks
- Thu, 13:19: Snow at the Legislature. #yyj @DowntownVicBC http://t.co/MxlUd9mXY9
- Thu, 14:25: MT @cbcdocs: Nelson Mandela has passed away. Please join us on #doczone @ 9 tonight for a celebration of his life. http://t.co/BAcK4Rna1l
- Thu, 15:21: My kitten will run up to me, purring, and then after I pet her for a minute or two she dashes off to play. Odd but cute.
- Thu, 16:37: Power failure at work!
- Thu, 18:47: My computer glasses are missing. Last saw them before I left for work this morning but they weren't in my bag when I arrived.
- Thu, 18:48: I thought I'd left the glasses at home but I can't find them here either. Now what? Can't use computer without getting bad headache.
- Thu, 19:32: Somehow my computer glasses wound up under the bed, but I found them eventually. Whew!
- Fri, 09:43: I'm at Starbucks (Victoria, BC) http://t.co/hAKA7NhjbS
- Fri, 09:56: I would like it if there were not three or four different types of music playing at the same time in @baycentrevic
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- Thu, 13:40: Photoset: buzzfeed: Talkin’ about anxious people problems. Me. Forever. http://t.co/KIMUMLCZkF
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- Thu, 15:17: "Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and..." http://t.co/W6CbKnYQCz
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a very simple painting from last night.
when i was pregnant with sweet pea, i painted
many orchids, and found the flow and twist of the
brush necessary to paint the orchid leaves very calming.
the leaves were such an elegant subject, more beautiful to
me than the flowers themselves. this is not an orchid flower
but they are orchid leaves.
i had wanted to add a sparrow or a bug on the leaf and my
teacher forbade me. that is a rare thing!
Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott
Mirrored from Cindy Pon.
Today I worked bagel Friday. It was a last minute sort of thing-- The one fifth grade girl who works every week and does the lion's share of the work is sick today (her mother said fever and asthma). I was supposed to watch her and her brother before school, so their mother told me what was going on. I knew that another adult would be needed, so I went and took Cordelia along.
It was hard work to do fasting, but it was doing it with no fluids that was really hard. The instructions for my radiology appointment were no eating or drinking (or smoking or chewing, but they don't apply) after 6:30 this morning. I thought for maybe five seconds about getting up early enough that I could have some coffee and a good bit of water, but I need the sleep. My biggest worry was that I'd be so dehydrated that they'll have a hard time getting the i.v. in. I was assuming there'll be an i.v. because they were talking about iodine contrast dye when I made the appointment.
As it turned out, I needn't have worried. They just made me drink barium. It's nasty stuff, but it's a lot better than getting poked multiple times while they try to find a vein that will support an i.v. The appointment went really quickly. They took me back early and were done around the time the appointment was originally set for. evalerie
went with me, and she hardly had time to get far in her book.
The good news is that there's nothing they didn't expect-- I have a 'moderate' hiatial hernia. It's apparently the better option for what I could have if I have to have a hiatial hernia at all. I didn't fully understand that explanation-- The two types the radiologist talked about sounded the same to me, but obviously there's some sort of difference. I have no idea what the gastroenterologist will do with this information. I'm hoping she's not thinking of surgery. I'd rather avoid that if I can. My old gastroenterologist said that such surgeries tend to be only temporarily effective, and he never sent me to radiology. Of course, a lot may have changed in the eight or so years since I saw him. I'll find out more in February when I see my current gastroenterologist again.
I've now had coffee and am throwing back as much water as I can. They told me to drink lots in order to get the barium through as fast as possible.
|Metabloggage (Toronto Day 203)
I want to get back into a more regular habit of updating you all about things going on in my life, but Life has been thwarty. Much of what I might write here, if I could, would be storytelling about other people: “I did X with person Y, and they did this unusual thing, and I felt this way about it!”
I cannot help but think the answer is to get back into taking pictures. This all but stopped when I got into the busiest part of my teaching quarter, but I will take it up again as I move into the last weeks of Novel 1.
In the meantime, a few things you may or may not know:
Self-care: I took an Intro to Self Massage from David Bruni at Downward Dog Yoga Studio, and it was pretty damned glorious.
Entertainment: Kelly and I saw Eddie Izzard live at Massey Hall with a bunch of friends. It was our third time seeing him, and he was hysterically funny.
House Plants: Though we have in the past eschewed all holiday decorating, I bought a small Norfolk pine and hung some brass-colored holiday balls on it. It came with a red bird on a stick; I don’t know why. I then posted the photo on Instagram, as is my wont:
We also bought a string of LED lights for our deck.
I characterized this burst of seasonal activity to a friend, thusly: “For us, this is like normal people stepping up from the usual holiday decorating and going Full-on Martha.”
Anyway. A week or so after the sad little Chuckie Brown tree photo went out to the Intertubes, one of my favorite students sent our little red bird a mate. (The gold blob is the new bird.) You know who you are, and we thank you!
Originally published at A.M. Dellamonica. You can comment here or there.
- Thu, 17:09: Very few people I consider great, but #NelsonMandela 1 of them. Is SA paradise? No. But he prevented bloodbath. RIP. http://t.co/tUvquv2gAF
- Thu, 17:45: Liberty is eternal struggle, not a gift from powers-the-be: US Government Has Secret Kill Switch for Communications http://t.co/DVMbDAsZSx
- Thu, 18:18: For those Whovians among you who missed it the first time, I reviewed The Day of the Doctor at http://t.co/FHHtrBd9xr. #DoctorWho
- Thu, 18:22: Where there's a motive: #Sabotabby sees hand of #RobFord in #AnthonySmith's murder | Gravyd�mmerung: Calling it now http://t.co/BrEq8dxwRG
- Thu, 18:27: 1 in 4 US journalists admits to self-censoring for fear of #NSA: http://t.co/zhZVNMxffp #Liberty #NeoFascism #Snowden
- Thu, 21:32: Brilliant. #Mandela far more complex than West's image: “The iconicity of “peaceful resistance”” by @3fingeredfox https://t.co/jYjNYgzDXn
- Thu, 23:53: RT @BumblePuppyPres: 1st review of The Old Man's Last Sauna! Ottawa writer Emily-Jane Hills Orford says 4 stars out of 5! https://t.co/7jCB…
- Fri, 00:23: 1st review of The Old Man's Last Sauna! Emily-Jane Hills Orford says 4 stars out of 5! https://t.co/vedZD4OvgU http://t.co/8mD5QD746j
- Fri, 01:02: #Sabotabby on the loss of a great man - and why we must remember who his enemies were! R.I.P. Nelson Mandela http://t.co/oG8zIY37Mg #Mandela
|And so it begins
The movement of stuff started today.
Tomorrow morn, my xomp will be disconnected. And moved. And then I shall see you guys on the other side.
Реформа РАН дает свои плоды. Итоги проверки в РАН.
Реформа РАН явно была не зря проведена. Спец . Комиссия пробела проверку эффективности работ 297 академических научных организаций в период с 2007 по 2011 год. Итоги было утверждены постановлением президиума РАН в конце 2012 года.
Проверяемым организациям были присвоены категории:
Третья категория (самая низкая) — досталась только одному учреждению-Центру скифо-аланских исследований имени Абаева Владикавказского научного центра РАН и правительства Северной Осетии.
Ко второй категории- семь учреждений РАН.
А к третей все остальные.
Как в РАН объяснили слишком хорошие итоги собственной проверки институтов, в лице академика Алдошина : «комиссия РАН работает с 2000 года, и за это время было закрыто более 60 институтов. Кроме того, проверены были только 80% институтов.» «Двадцать процентов непроверенных институтов— это самые проблемные институты, которые мы оставили для комплексной проверки позже".
Как то странно получается. В институтах не вошедших в «категории» -все плохо, а оставить их «на потом» значит полностью запустить ситуацию. Или сама проверка крайне поверхностной была и нацелена на скрытие всех недоработок, дабы не чтоб бывшее руководство держало ответ за состояние институтов РАН.
В общем ясно одно и уже точно, реформа явно была не зря проведена и не могут люди науки грамотно распоряжаться финансами и имуществом.
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- Thu, 14:08: Tablet sales vs desktop and laptop sales. Could it be that tablets just don't last as long as PCs? Two year cycles vs more than four?
- Thu, 14:41: Oooh! My first royalty check for a book... #landmark
- Thu, 14:42: Of course, why couldn't they direct deposti like everyone else? :-)
- Thu, 16:03: Out comes the biggest and fleeciest hoodie as the storm reaches London...
- Thu, 16:13: Ibarra-powered mocha time.
- Thu, 16:52: The new @bingmaps Preview app on Windows 8.1 fixes many bugs - including using aerial view rather than Birds Eye. Huzzah!
- Thu, 17:05: Comparing aerial images from @bingmaps preview and the current version (preview at the top, same zoom): http://t.co/8AmhOFVSjQ
- Thu, 17:06: Intertesting point from @daveon on Facebook on the tablet/PC lifecycle question: higher battery cycles on tablets kills them more quickly.
- Thu, 19:06: RT @CITEworld: Microsoft: Bing and Xbox are "integral" to our business @marypcbuk http://t.co/X21NEge5P3
- Thu, 19:12: "And my traveling companions Are ghosts and empty sockets"
Акция протеста в Киеве трех президентов.
В связи с не успокаивающимися акциями протеста в Киеве, в поддержку протеста украинцев против отказа Украины от ассоциации с Евросоюзом, бывшие президенты Украины — Леонид Кравчук, Леонид Кучма и Виктор Ющенко — выступили с совместным заявлением за евроинтеграцию Украины, однако предупреждая о возможных опасных последствиях. Текст данного совместного заявления был опубликован на сайте партии «Наша Украина» в среду.
Президенты отмечают, что «на Украине разворачивается глубокий политический кризис, который может иметь тяжелые последствия для всего украинского государства, его территориальной целостности, независимости и суверенитета»
Экс- президенты предлагают: «Стороны должны немедленно отказаться от любых попыток решить политические вопросы силовыми методами», «выход из ситуации должен быть найден через открытый диалог с гражданским обществом». «Решение политического кризиса необходимо срочно начинать искать в формате общенационального круглого стола. Ценностной основой такого диалога должны стать демократия, равенство, свобода выражения своей позиции, европейские устремления украинского народа, доверие и честность всех участников».
Правительство Украины делает шаги на встречу и предполагала сесть за стол переговоров, однако представители оппозиции, по-прежнему, ведут себя агрессивно и не выражают готовности к ведению диалога. Будем надеяться на мирный и грамотный исход дела, так как митинги "элиты" это еще не здравый голос народа.
|Must-read! RIP Nelson Mandela, by Sabotabby
The death of Nelson Mandela was the death of a courageous man and a complicated man. Killer and peace-maker, he was no pacifist, but a revelutionary locked in a death-match with an evil system that — until they abandoned it like so much rats from a foundering scow — was backed by just about every so-called freedom-loving country in the Western World ...
The brilliant Sabotabby writes about Mandela's legacy, and why we owe it not so much to his memory, but to ourselves, not to forget the truth about his struggles. It's a must-read: http://sabotabby.livejournal.com/1162324.html.
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