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Friday, April 19th, 2019 09:04 pm
Peterson's reply.

ZIZEK IS HAAAAAARD I don't know how to respond.

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Zizek you have never tried to be as short as possible.

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rebuttals )

questions )

Conclusion: That was really bad. Like funny ha-ha bad, but also just bad-bad. Despite the pretence of talking about Weighty, Important Subjects, there was really none of that, because you need the other party to at least have the same reference points, and Peterson is just not that well educated. Also because Zizek's a dick and has gone red-brown, making him a shit spokesman for contemporary Marxism. It was like a 4chan cartoon come to life.

I guess the best thing that came out of it was that some of Peterson's fanboys, having seen their idol soundly humiliated, might now flock to Zizek, whose ideology, though demented, is substantially less harmful.

Save yourself some suffering and watch the toilet speech again:

Friday, April 19th, 2019 08:20 pm
Do Not Make Things Too Easy by Martha Baird
Do not make things too easy.
There are rocks and abysses in the mind
As well as meadows.
There are things knotty and hard: intractable.
Do not talk to me of love and understanding.
I am sick of blandishments.
I want the rock to be met by a rock.
If I am vile, and behave hideously,
Do not tell me it was just a misunderstanding.

I've tried putting my feelings about this poem into words almost half a dozen times and they all ended up too revealing. It's. Reassuring, I suppose. To see another woman with raw, jagged edges who doesn't want the world to meet her cotton-batting first.

mostly okay, but only on tuesdays
Friday, April 19th, 2019 08:05 pm
Hitchcock and Scully are Time Lords.

Really bad, lazy, sloppy Time Lords.

But there is literally no other explanation for their shenanigans. "Life finds a way." My ass. Those two have a T.A.R.D.I.S.

I mean, okay, no other explanation except a Time Turner, but honestly, would you rather them be wizards or Time Lords?

(Seriously, which would be worse?)
Friday, April 19th, 2019 08:06 pm
Title: spelunking opportunities
Fandom: no fandom
Rating: G
Content notes: None apply
Summary: icons of random caves - images found via google image search

spelunking opportunities )
Friday, April 19th, 2019 08:03 pm
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 11 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."   Kenzie tells Pretty Ears about the attack.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 08:30 pm

Zizek starts by talking about China's economic success.

Zizek you are using big words Peterson will not understand this.

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Friday, April 19th, 2019 06:00 pm
This poem came out of the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "blue bird of happiness" square in my 11-5-19 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Friday, April 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
Writing is still going very slowly. I'm still having days when I write nothing at all. Given two assignments with due dates looming, it's a little worrying. I've passed minimum word count on one of those two, at least, but it still doesn't fulfill the conditions of the exchange. The other story has been sitting, untouched, for a while because it's not ready for writing yet. The due dates are a day apart, so I figure I'm good as long as I'm making progress on one or the other.

Cordelia didn't have school today because of Good Friday. She's very confused about that but happy to have a day off. The local schools do spring break in March without connecting it to Easter. I'm pretty sure that, when I was a kid, it usually floated to follow Easter.

I got a load of laundry done today and cooked some fish. I also put together my pillboxes for the next week. I have seven that are meant to be a week of storage and use one for each day so that I can open the bottles once a week instead of every day. I'd have liked to do dishes, but I couldn't manage that on top of the rest. The pills were hardest. Those run into both the osteoarthritis and the tremor, so I keep missing the compartments. I try to do the boxes when Scott and Cordelia aren't watching. I'm not sure why given that they know I have those issues.

The pillboxes are very helpful, though, because I can look at them and know whether or not I've taken today's dose of whatever goes in that compartment. There are things I really don't want to miss taking or double up on. Now I just need a way to track the take as needed stuff.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 07:50 pm
APPLAUSE! The Muppets have arrived! Announcer announces that there is to be no recording or heckling.

Stephen Blackwood is the moderator, says some self-congratulatory shit, and then welcomes the Muppets.

Lobster in a suit, Oscar looking slovenly as always in a polo shirt and pants that don't reach his shoes.

Oh shut up Stephen, this is not "real thinking about hard questions" this is mud wrestling.

IDEOLOGY! *takes a shot*

Stephen just claimed that neither are primarily political thinkers. Broken clocks, etc.

"Surprising agreement on deep questions" yes they both have cryptofascist leanings.

"Let's hear it for psychoanalysis!" Audience cheers.

I am pretty sure no one has ever called Zizek "dazzling" in his life until now. Zizek facepalms, then yawns, then claps for himself.

Audience is overwhelmingly Peterson fanboys, judging by the cheers.


There is far too much San Pellegrino and not enough coke on this table.

EACH OF THEM GETS TO MAKE A 30 MIN OPENING STATEMENT oh god. Then each has 10 min to reply. Then there's 45 minutes of fanboys asking questions. It's going to be a loooong night.

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Friday, April 19th, 2019 07:32 pm
Found a totally legal stream. No sound so far. No one on stage either, but it looks legit. Apparently there is no sound on the paid one yet either.

The audience looks about half empty. I guess not that many people wanted to pay $500 for a ticket? There's, unfortunately, a live chat as well, and it is full of fascists, tankies, and people just typing "sniff" over and over again.

Now faded to a galaxy thing with an ominous silhouette.


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Friday, April 19th, 2019 06:15 pm
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Friday, April 19th, 2019 05:10 pm
Okay, so! I made some pysanky again this year. :D

Photo under cut! )

This took roughly one evening + one day, as well as a bit of extra time for the guidelines and emptying eggs and such.

I like the colour scheme that I used this year (a so-called "Trypillian" set) but I wasn't as happy with the dyes themselves - I used a different company this year than last year, and I feel like I had to leave the eggs in them much longer than I had to last year, in order to get a nice deep colour. And even after leaving the eggs in the black for 10 minutes, it was still not as much of a nice, crisp, deep black as last year's shade - you can't really tell by the photograph, but it's very obvious in real life.

This year's dyes were by Ukrainian Eggcessories, and last year's were by Best Pysanky. I think I will use BP's next year - or at the very least for the black. I was, however, very impressed with UE's Yukon Gold; it's a gorgeous deep colour and I was very happy with that one and will definitely use it again.

When I was in Victoria, I was able to pick up a book on writing pysanky: Eggs Beautiful: How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs by Johanna & Loretta Luciow and Anna Kmit. Having a paper reference was really helpful with deciding how to do the eggs this year. Quite an improvement over previous. Aside from some actual designs, they provide lots of little ideas for individual embellishments and band styles etc. I didn't follow any of these exactly, but I did draw inspiration from there.

This year, I put down guidelines in pencil before applying wax. Just the main lines; I didn't draw everything. I was kind of worried that it would be visible through the dye, and to a degree it is. But a lot of it gets wiped off during the wax-removal process, and you can't really see it unless you look very closely, so I think I'll do this next year as well. It's still very difficult to get lines actually straight rather than wobbling all over the place, but at least with the pencil down it's easier to get them more or less in the ballpark of where I want them to be.

I bet next year's will be even better. ☆
Friday, April 19th, 2019 11:49 pm
To my disgust this hard drive came with Windows Vista installed, where the previous one had Windows 7; I'm getting an e-mailed receipt tomorrow and might grumble at them. In the meantime, this evening has mostly consisted of getting a usable Debian install set up (because for bonus points, I ended up overwriting my install media on Tuesday before the drive death because that was the convenient USB stick I had on me).

Doubtless I will complain endlessly about sharks, including sharks I'd previously solved but not bothered making a note of.

Other things this evening included: takeaway dinner from Roti King with A, in the vicinity of Granary Square, followed by ice cream, because the shop I got this laptop from in the first place was on Tottenham Court Road, so by the time we'd got there sitting by the canal eating dinner while the sun went down seemed like an excellent idea.

... but for right now probably I should just do some Duolingo quickly and then head to bed...
Friday, April 19th, 2019 06:40 pm
A couple of slow songs on the playlist that inspired 45k of marriage fic nonsense for my 2017 otp. (If you read these fics then yeah, this is where those titles came from.)

Shelter by Dermot Kennedy

Earthly Days by William Prince

(not certain what to call Dermot besides singer-songwriter, which there's no tag for?)
Friday, April 19th, 2019 10:51 pm
I first heard of Amal El-Mohtar when her short story 'Seasons of Glass and Iron' was nominated for the Hugo Awards a couple of years ago (and eventually won). That was the first year I paid attention to the Hugo short fiction nominations (and how I discovered Uncanny magazine, too); I read all of the nominated stories that were freely available online, and El-Mohtar's was by far my favourite, so I went looking to see what else she'd written. The answer turned out to be mostly short stories in anthologies, but there was one single-authored book available on Amazon: The Honey Month.

The Honey Month is a collection of very short stories and poems, themed around a gift of a month's supply of samples of different honeys. Each piece begins with notes on that day's honey - colour, smell, taste - followed by a story or poem inspired by it. El-Mohtar's writing is beautiful: lyrical, sensuous, atmospheric, and several of the pieces in this collection play with familiar fairytale narratives in the way I loved so much in 'Seasons of Glass and Iron'. It's a short book, but utterly delightful and deeply absorbing.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 05:50 pm
Turns out the livestream of the Kermit vs. Oscar debate is $15, because there is nothing that Peterson will not shamelessly monetize. Obviously I am unwilling to pay this (I wouldn't be if the filthy lucre wasn't going to Peterson, but it is). Unless something changes in the next hour and a half, I hope you're all cool with me holding off on the lulzy commentary until tomorrow when the torrents go up and watching the season finale of Disco instead.