D. Glenn Arthur Jr.'s Journal

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Rather than thinking of it as 'cleaning my apartment', I like to think about it as "ferocious battle against entropy." -- Emily Finke (@seelix), 2014-04-14

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Friday, April 18, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else." -- Mitch Albom

[Or maybe to everyone else? (Thinking of the holiday my faith observes today.)]

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

Relatedly: "White shooter = mentally ill. Black shooter = criminal. Muslim shooter = terrorist. It's in the AP style book, I think." -- @billmon1, 2014-04-13

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Speaking purely as a developer, I handle requests to add a 'gender' field the way I treat requests to add a 'race' field.
When anyone complains I'm being PC, I'll tell 'em that I'm too busy to add another 'if' statement, don't take it personally."
-- Reginald Braithwaite, 2014-04-13, two tweets -- clicking either should make both visible if you scroll up or down far enough. (Thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting this where I'd see it.)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Late last night, I found myself looking at the Passover Hagadah. 'In every generation,' the text says, 'there are those who would rise to destroy us.' This week, at seders around the world, those words will have extra resonance because they are so obviously still true. They were true before the Klan or Nazis. They are true now, even in cosmopolitan, liberal cities like London and Paris where anti-Semitism is couched in the language of Anti-Zionism. They are true even in my beloved America, in the city that both my grandfathers called home." -- Hampton Stevens, 2014-04-14, writing about the shootings in Kansas on Sunday

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Monday, April 14, 2014

6:03AM - Performance 4 May in Bladensburg

Latest addition to our HCB, that is) performance calendar: We're playing at the Bostwick Heritage Festival in Bladensburg, Maryland, 4 May (the web site says 1PM - 4PM but the email the band got says noon to 5PM, and we'll be playing in the earlier part of that). Free admission. This looks like a smallish event, with period craft/trade demos, tours of Bostwick House, craft vendors, etc. Come on out for the afternoon and get a bit more War of 1812 history.

( Facebook event page)


A reminder about the other gigs coming up fairly soon:

Our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Saturday, 26 April at 8:00 PM. ( reservations) Adults $17 / Children $12 / Seniors, Students, and Military $14.

snowstorm the night before to scare people away from this one. ;-)

The second day of the Green Man Festival, also in Greenbelt, Maryland, Sunday, 11 May (Mothers Day) at 4 PM. (That's close to the end of the festival, so get there a lot earlier than that to check out the rest of it.)

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5:24AM - QotD

From "Spring Cleaning Ritual on the Eve of the Full Moon Nisan" by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb:

"On the eve of the full moon
we search our houses
by the light of a candle
for the last trace of winter
for the last crumbs grown stale inside us
for the last darkness still in our hearts."

(quote found by way of Velveteen Rabbi, 2014-04-13)


To all of my friends who are celebrating the week of Passover starting tonight, a joyous festival to you!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-17:

"We can't live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true." -- Daniel Kahneman, psychologist.

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)


[I think this quotation makes him sound like a phenomenologist, but judging from the laziest of Google searches, that doesn't seem to be the school he associates himself with.]

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"The apostrophe is the most powerful punctuation mark in grammar. It is far more muscular than the exclamation point, which has become so diluted by overuse in digital platforms that people feel compelled to use it in triplicate, if not greater multiples, to give it heft. The quotation mark needs a partner. The period is a lonesome little dot at ground level, a loose penny on a sidewalk. The semi-colon suffers from a confused personality and keeps showing up in the wrong places. But the apostrophe is elegant and kingly. It uses its graceful, airborne curve to define unquestioned ownership. It anoints possession." -- Tom Verduci, 2014-04-08 (thanks to [info] aliza250 for bringing it to my attention)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"[...] as a Hearer, he is fascinated by their chaotic, extraordinary individuality. Nowhere does he find the communal engrams, the shared world-views like those any Tyrenni Father transmits to his young. These beings seem to have had no Fathering; even these mind-experimenters have no real communication. Each is utterly alone. They are aliens to each other." -- from Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978, Berkley Publishing Corp.; ISBN: 0-399-12083-1) -- Giadoc, a Tyrenni, comparing the humans he has just met to his own race.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -- Joseph Addison, (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"In the thesaurus, the antonym of honesty is lying, and the opposite of arguing is agreeing. But in the minds of teenagers, that's not how it works. Really, to an adolescent, arguing is the opposite of lying." -- from "Learning to Lie", by Po Bronson, New York magazine, 2008-02-10 (quoted passage appears on the fourth of five pages in the web version of the article)

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"it's actually kind of funny(?) that emoji has done more for correct unicode support than, say, the existence of non-americans" -- @eevee, 2014-04-06

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Monday, April 7, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-03-14:

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." -- Naguib Mahfouz, writer and Nobel laureate.

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

Playing piano is like politics [...]. The secret is not letting your left hand kniw what your right hand is doing." -- Col. Chet Kinsman, CO of Moonbase, in Millennium by Ben Bova (1976, Random House, New York)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

"Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli." ("Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.") -- Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams, Volume III, Books 11-14. (via goodreads)

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:49PM - Two Gigs In Greenbelt

I'm still trying to get the hang of this "tell people about gigs before the last minute" thing. Here's what's coming up next for The Homespun Ceilidh Band.

We're playing our annual spring concert at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Saturday, 26 April at 8:00 PM. ( reservations) Adults $17 / Children $12 / Seniors, Students, and Military $14. I'm pretty sure there'll be no snowstorm the night before to scare people away from this one. ;-)

The following month we'll be back in Greenbelt again, on the plaza above the arts center, for the Green Man Festival -- the festival is both days of that weekend; we're performing on Sunday, 11 May (Mothers Day) at 4 PM. (That's close to the end of the day, so get there a lot earlier than that, and check out the rest of the festival!)


In not-band-related news, Mom will be coming home from rehab on the 16th. I'm trying to get in-home care lined up by then.

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5:24AM - QotD

From The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan:

She squeezed his hand. "Don't lose hope, Frank. Rainbows always stand for hope."

She made her way toward the back of the store, leaving Frank alone.

"Hope," Frank grumbled. "I'd rather have a few good weasels."


Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5:24AM - QotD

It seems that attitudes toward criminals have changed substantially since I was a child. It may be that I am wrong, because I was largely sheltered from contact with those sorts of people until I met Laura, but it seems that, when I was young, one was a criminal, or one was an honest citizen, and the demarcation was well drawn. Today, most people break laws and don't think much of it, perhaps because of the odd things that have come to be illegal. But the result is that the line between law-abiding citizen and hardened criminal is much softer than it was.

[...] When I was much younger and much more naïve, I thought that the line between legal and illegal stayed close to the line between right and wrong. Well, either I was living an illusory life then, or everything has changed now, so that when the two lines intersect it seems only momentary, transitory, coincidental.

Or, more likely, it is because when I do what I must to survive, I am, technically, committing crimes; yet how can what I do be wrong, when it is only what I must do? Still, perhaps this is a justification that has been used by scoundrels ever since the class has existed; I do not know.

-- John Agyar, narrator and protagonist of Agyar by Steven Brust (1993, Tor / Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., New York, NY; ISBN 0-312-85178-2)

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