"As for the usefulness of poetry, its uses are many. It is the deification of reality. It should make our days holy to us. The poet should speak to all men, for a moment, of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten." -- Edith Sitwell (b. 1887-09-07, d. 1964-12-09), "Young Poets" (1957)
"You'd think that for a holiday that considers macaroni and cheese as appropriate festive food, that Americans would be obsessed with Shavuot [...]" -- Yael Miller, 2013-05-16
[Chag Sameach to folks celebrating Shavuot!]
"Mocking someone for being a 'snowflake' or being 'triggered' is bullshit. Some things are worth reacting to." -- Tailsteak, 2017-05-16
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask,
Mother, what was war?"
-- Eve Merriam [via Goodreads]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-11:
"I operate under the principle that my computer is owned by at least three governments." -- Costin Raiu, computer security researcher
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
I'm glad I took my piano to Balticon.
I'm glad I'm not bringing it with me tomorrow.
So much to be grateful for. So many to be grateful to. Which is another thing to be grateful for.
So much need of sleep.
"Saturn was the largest rocket in the world, the most complex and powerful ever to fly, and remains so to this day. The fact that it was developed for a peaceful purpose is an exception to every pattern of history, and this is one of the legacies of Apollo." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015
[A blessed Ramadan to everyone starting their fast today!]
"I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime?" -- Criss Jami, Killosophy [via Goodreads]
Gregorian: 2017 May 26 -- first day of Balticon
Julian: 2017 May 13
Hebrew: 5777 Sivan 01
Islamic: 1438 Sha'ban 29 -- sunset will start 1438 Ramadan 01
Persian: 1396 Khordad 05
Indian: 1939 Jyaistha 05
Coptic: 1733 Pashons 18
"Salute the last, and everlasting day,
Joy at the uprising of this Sun, and Son,
Ye whose true tears, or tribulation
Have purely wash'd, or burnt your drossy clay. [...]"
-- John Donne (b. 1573-01-22, d. 1631-03-31), "Ascension"
[A joyous holiday to everyone celebrating the Feast of the Ascension today!]
"My baby, she got me an orb.
My baby, she knows how much I love orbs."
-- Tailsteak, 2017-05-13
"I can't believe I tweeted about an orb the first time in the history of my twitter account and a week later Trump touches an orb.
-- Tailsteak, 2017-05-22
"The paid pundit suffers under no greater fear or anxiety than the threat of irrelevance. When factual data emerges with the capacity to destroy the pundit's acumen, it quickly finds itself in the incinerator, discarded and forever ignored.
"More than political bias or even crass fixation on ratings, the most deleterious condition of the pundits is that they have only learned to ride the surfboard. They are surface dwellers. Comprehension of the real stories requires diving equipment."
-- David Masciotra, 2017-04-23
"Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world. Canada, with those relations of friendly, affectionate intimacy with the United States on the one hand and with her unswerving fidelity to the British Commonwealth and the Motherland on the other, is the link which joins together these great branches of the human family, a link which, spanning the oceans, brings the continents into their true relation and will prevent in future generations any growth of division between the proud and the happy nations of Europe and the great countries which have come into existence in the New World." -- Winston Churchill (b. 1874-11-30, d. 1965-01-24; UK Prime Minister 1940-1945 & 1951-1955)), at a luncheon 1941-09-04 to honour Mackenzie King (b. 1874-12-17, d. 1950-07-22; Prime Minister of Canada 1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1930 & 1945-1948)
[Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!]
"Over a long time, the coming and passing of several generations, the old farm had settled into its patterns and cycles of work - its annual plowing moving from field to field; its animals arriving by birth or purchase, feeding and growing, thriving and departing. Its patterns and cycles were virtually the farm's own understanding of what it was doing, of what it could do without diminishment. This order was not unintelligent or rigid. It tightened and slackened, shifted and changed in response to the markets and the weather. The Depression had changed it somewhat, and so had the war. But through all changes so far, the farm had endured. Its cycles of cropping and grazing, thought and work, were articulations of its wish to cohere and to last. The farm, so to speak, desired all of its lives to flourish.
"Athey was not exactly, or not only, what is called a 'landowner.' He was the farm's farmer, but also its creature and belonging. He lived its life, and it lived his; he knew that, of the two lives, his was meant to be the smaller and the shorter."
-- Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
"I need more clones. Then I could get a lot more not done." -- from The Devil's Panties by Jennie and Obby Breeden, 2017-05-12 (mouseover text)
"I think Donald Trump's genius has been as an entertainer, as a reality show figure, who's really hacked the system.
"He finally figured out that if he gave these outrageous speeches, then cable news would cover him all the time and drown out his rivals and drown out any policy discussion. And we're seeing a continuation of that.
"People talk about Twitter. But Trump's real venue is television and he's a sort of sinister Chauncey Gardner, from the novelÂ Being There. There's this figure who watches TV, repeats what he sees on TV, and becomes popular, even though he knows nothing."
"Passwords are like underwear: you don't let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn't share it with strangers." -- Chris Pirillo
"The Evangelical support of Trump will be an indictment against its validity as a Christian movement for generations to come." -- Richard Rohr, 2016-10-10
"[...] it is the nature of oppression to try to divide people who are natural allies. The forces that threaten women from all races and incomes, the forces that threaten Transgender women and men and non-binary people, these forces are linked. Being for ourselves also means being for our siblings who are marginalized along the axis of gender. For white, cisgender women like myself, being for ourselves means being for the safety of the Transgender women of color who are in mortal danger every day. Women's lives are worth saving. For women who can afford new clothes, being for ourselves means being for the wellbeing of women who work in the factories where our clothes are made. Women's work is worth paying for. For those of us who have access to health care, being for ourselves means being for all people who need doctors, nurses, and medicines for their sexual health, birth control, gender care, abortion, and pre- and post-natal care. Health care labeled as women's health care is a human right, and we know that these categories of care affect people of all genders. If I am for myself, I am against misogyny in all its forms. We will be bold for change, unapologetic in our movement for equality." -- Rev. Lyn Cox, 2017-03-05
"These are folks who are good, hard-working people, who are still experiencing an America where we haven't lived up to our hopes and dreams for this country. And who remind me every single day that there is an urgent work to do. And so that's really who I am.
"I define my patriotism, I define my faith as a Christian, I define my blackness, in the sense of a continuous struggle to make this country live up to who we say we are. The fullness to become that more perfect union [...]"
"You are evidence of your mother's strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless she has always maintained her sanity." -- Criss Jami, Killosophy [via Goodreads]
[A good Lag B'Omer to everyone celebrating it!]
Gregorian: 2017 May 14 [Mother's Day in Cyprus, the US, Canada, Greece, Turkey, and a whole bunch of other places, but not everywhere (2nd Sunday of May)]
Julian: 2017 May 01
Hebrew: 5777 Iyyar 18 [Lag B'Omer]
Islamic: 1438 Sha'ban 17
Persian: 1395 Ordibehesht 24
Indian: 1939 Vaisakha 24
Coptic: 1733 Pashons 06
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