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How tweet it is

Tweeted during Trump's speech accepting the nomination. First I laughed, then I got depressed.

(N.B.: It was actually Kennedy who used the "city on a hill" quote, taking it from the writings of early Massachusetts Bay Colonist John Winthrop, 1630. Reagan's slogan was "Morning in America." Nevertheless, damn funny.)

More good tweets ===>

Truer words were never spoken

Thank you, Jon.

Rara Avis

ladyoneill posted her results on this quiz, so I figured I'd take it too. I did the "official" Myers-Briggs Type Inventory as part of a management-training (ugh) thing at work years ago, at which time I was an INTP (3% of population). Of course one does get slightly different answers depending on the test; this one said I was an INTJ (female INTJs are only 0.8% of the population). Clearly my I and T are very strong, while apparently I'm becoming more judgmental in my old age.

What's fun about this one is that it looks not only at your actualized type (who you are) but also your preferred type (who you wish you were) and your attraction type (what kind of personality you're attracted to). It will surprise exactly no-one who knows me that who I am is also who I'd like to be.

Oh, and also "Combining laziness and dishonesty is the quickest way to get on ISTJs' bad side." So much yes to that.

Jung Explorer Test
Actualized type: ISTJ
(who you are)
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Preferred type: ISTJ
(who you prefer to be)
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Attraction type: INTJ
(who you are attracted to)
INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.

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Furry little guests

So this is who came to visit us this afternoon. I want to hug them, but I suspect they might object, in their small bitey way.

Best comment ever

I just got the best comment ever on my Modern Major Death Eater (parody of Modern Major General) and I had to share:



This is how I feel when I read a really good piece of fanfic, so I'm especially tickled :)

Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Thompson, suffragette, radio broadcaster, and war correspondent, was the first American journalist to be expelled from Germany for questioning Hitler. I recently ran across a couple of quotes by her that I really like. Both seem rather apt, the first one due to the current state of journalism with its non-substantive coverage of news and its mindless rush towards infotainment, the second due to the insistence of a certain political party to poke their noses into people's sex lives and bedrooms.

No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument [of] the Incorporated National Will. ... When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American. And nobody will ever say "Heil" to him, nor will they call him "Fuhrer" or "Duce." But they will greet him with one great big, universal, democratic, sheeplike bleat of "O.K., Chief! Fix it like you wanna, Chief! Oh Kaaaay!"

-- 1935, quoted in Watchdogs of Democracy? : The Waning Washington Press Corps and How it Has Failed the Public (2006) by Helen Thomas, p. 172

I know now that there are things for which I am prepared to die. I am willing to die for political freedom; for the right to give my loyalty to ideals above a nation and above a class; for the right to teach my child what I think to be the truth; for the right to explore such knowledge as my brains can penetrate; for the right to love where my mind and heart admire, without reference to some dictator’s code to tell me what the national canons on the matter are; for the right to work with others of like mind; for a society that seems to me becoming to the dignity of the human race. I shall pick no fight, nor seek to impose by force these standards on others. But let it be clear. If the fight comes unsolicited, I am not willing to die meekly, to surrender without effort. And that being so, am I still a pacifist?

-- 1937, "Dilemma of a Pacifist"

On a lighter (I guess) note, apparently the most frequent UK Google search AFTER the Brexit vote was, "What is the EU?" Probably should have done that googling BEFORE voting, guys.

Win a piece of the Fourth Estate

How would you like to own your own media outlet? The Hardwick Gazette, a 127-year-old local newspaper in Hardwick, VT, is the prize in an essay contest launched by its owner, who wants to retire.

What an amazing opportunity. I hope it goes to someone who will honor the traditions of a free press. Feel free to spread the link far and wide!!!

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Hic Dragones is accepting submissions

Submissions are open for two themed anthologies from Hic Dragones press:

Into the Woods -- "From magical places steeped in mysticism to evil foreboding places of unspeakable terror, the forest is a place of secrets, a place of knowledge, a place of death, and a place of life. But it is also a vulnerable place easily lost to the chainsaw and the drill. Our fascination with what may lie within the woods is an enduring one. Bewilder us, scare us, entertain us. Take us on a journey… into the woods..."

Nothing -- "Bleak landscapes, empty hearts, insignificant lives, dystopian futures, extinction, limbo, uncertainty, death. A beautiful void or a horrific state of being. The simple complexity of nothingness..."

It's a non-paying market but hey, at least you can say you got published :)


Just to be clear

So, just to be sure we're all clear on this: That was the MOLT I was posing with, NOT the actual spider. Please don't think me braver stupider than I actually am lol (For those of you want to look at it again, which may be none of you heheh, note how stiff the legs are and the clump of tissue filling the abdomen. Those are, er, "dead" giveaways!)

Also my apologies for not putting the picture behind a cut. I should have done, so as not to freak people out. There are things I just really do not want to see ever, and for some people, spiders are that. So sorry, guys!!

Here's the really funny part, though: when my brother and I were kids, he had snakes, rats and tarantulas. Our bedrooms were right next to each other, downstairs in a walkout basement. I had recurring nightmares that the spider had escaped and was sitting in my face. I swore that when *I* was a grownup, I would NEVER have those creepy things in my house no never not ever.

And now, here I am, *mumble* years later, with Mr Psmith, a room-full of tarantulas and snakes, and I'm letting him pose the damn thing's exoskeleton on my face.

Oh karma, you are a bitch, aren't you??

The things we do for love

Mr Psmith's biggest tarantula, Shelob, molted last week. He asked if I would kindly allow him to pose it on my face. In a moment of insanity (or possibly due to the three glasses of wine I had had), I said yes.




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