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2015-01-24 02:43 pm

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Well, this is new. We're in the introductory week to Philosophy of Religion; I was describing my academic focus on Human Identity, which has me looking a lot into how each of locates ourselves within and around a whole host of institutions, when someone responded to a comment about humans forming networks which become institutions by saying: "Or the big daddy [of] all -- peaceful societies."

Before I knew what I was doing, I replied:

"I tend to view societies as networks of institutions with the purpose of structuring daily existence and reproducing a given ordering of human existence through time. There is always resistance to any given order, particularly any order that presumes inequality. As such, the institutions charged with protecting that order will tend to violently suppress that resistance, until such time as it is either eradicated or a change to the institution itself takes place. Keeping all that in mind: I don't think humanity has ever constructed a society that could be deemed peaceful. Such a thing would require (at minimum) an ordering of society that truly privileged no one group over another, that made true room for individual autonomy and desire, and placed value in enriching humanity, individually and collectively rather than in economic activity.

My current work is in individuals (singly and in collective), institutions and the ways in which the struggle between these two entities affects how we view each."

Hmm, about that. I don't think I've ever intentionally, either publically or privately, admitted that I don't think of society as peaceful. I mean, there are social niceties we observe as a means of not always exercising violence on one another. There are systems and orders we follow because they make things easier. But a society is about imposing an order. There will always be those outside that order (individual motives for being outside that order are quite irrelevant here); the society, rather the institutions charged with protecting that social order, will react violently to re-establish that order.

talkendo: (jerky)
2014-10-14 09:59 am
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I'm sorry. I'm so sorry

Problem. While I have got my wife on a Doctor Who (re)watch. We're not far enough along for her to get "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry" in response to bad things.

Which is a thing I so desperately want. (Also, pouty "I don't want to go"s).
talkendo: (jerky)
2014-10-13 03:26 pm
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So, I have a paper due Wednesday. Yesterday evening, before dinner, I completed my draft and shipped it off to the prof to have it reviewed to make sure it's not critically failing some part of the instructions (like you do). The advice I received (just before dinner) assumed I was answering a different prompt. Which made me think my paper wasn't an utter disaster. I spent most of dinner and right afterwards convinced I needed to trash the ~1200 words already written and start over RIGHT THEN.
Fortunately, my wife talked me down off that limb.
This morning, I'm STILL worried over it. Until 930 or so, when the prof emails me that no, the paper is still OK, just needs an actual introduction and some additional clarity in certain areas. All of which is to say: Much Ado About Very Little.

But, oh gods, I was sure it was doomed to complete failure
talkendo: (jerky)
2014-10-07 12:06 pm

A warning

There is the possibility that, as this journal becomes more active again, it will be incredibly incoherent. Since it'll probably be (at first) a paste-blog for all the stuff I'm writing for class. Which I have a tendency to otherwise lose, unless it's an actual paper or something.
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2014-10-01 12:51 pm

Hey, is this thing still on?

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2009-11-19 09:35 am

Greyhounds for adoption

From my Gurnee Freecycle List (note, I have nothing to do with the track in question)::

Do you have any friends looking for a new, crate-trained dog? Please read
the message that follows and pass along adoption info to anyone who might be
interested. The Dairyland Greyhound Adoption Office can be reached at (262)

Dairyland Greyhound Racetrack in Kenosha, Wisconsin will be closing on
December 31, 2009.

900 Greyhounds will need to be adopted otherwise they will be euthanized,
now is a great time to consider adopting a Greyhound. They are very loving
and laid back. They don't need the space people think they need. They are
great for an active family because they have been crated almost all their
lives and they sleep about 18 out of the 24 hours a day. They are just
looking for someone to love them and supply them with a warm bed!!!!

They test the dogs to see if they are cat friendly and or small dog
friendly. They also know if a dog should be a single dog or if they would be
great in a 2, 3, or 4 dog house!!!

Please help me get the word out!!!!!!!!!!!

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2009-10-14 01:48 pm
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No, you were just bad at hitting.

tyring to beat Rob Neyer to a punch:

This from Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas's report on Rudy Jaramillo's decision not to return

Manager Ron Washington mentioned situational hitting as a big concern. The Rangers were 20th in the majors in runs scored and RBIs with runners in scoring position.

"I think we were very inconsistent at [situational hitting], and the players have to take the acceptance of that not being done," Washington said. "That's something we have to harp on in spring training -- play to the situation in the ballgame."

Umm, you were 17th in Batting Average and a laughable 24th in OBP.  Yeah OPS+ was 99, but that's juiced by your sick, sick .445 slugging (4th in MLB).  The ONLY teams ranked in the top 5 in both Slugging and OBP were Boston and (shock) the Yankees (the Red Sox slip to 6th in BA).  Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and the Giants all ranked in the Bottom 5 of Slugging and OBP.

So, it's easier to FAIL at both than to succeed at both.  Generally, you're going to be in the middle on both counts (unless you spend LOTS of money).  It's fair to say, given limited resources, you're going to have to balance hitting the snot out of the ball for situational hitting.  I realize he's had a track record of success, but "only 784 runs -- the fewest since Jaramillo was hired." is either a sign that you've got a bunch of young, inexperienced hitters (27.8 average, tied with TB and COL for 7th youngest) learning to play the game, or a hitting coach not getting through.  One thing it doesn't mean, is that ONE PARTICULAR area of your offense was bad.  It means most of it was.

All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference

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2009-07-10 01:07 pm

quick impressions: AuBonPain BBQ sandwich

Not so good.  Not enough bar in the barbeque, if you know what I mean.  No heat, no space, no OOMPH.  Nothing that makes barbeque something more than meat in tomato sauce.
 But YAY free wifi
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2009-03-30 06:39 pm
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Joe Cool

talkendo: (jerky)
2009-03-25 07:32 pm
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As of today, the Simon Dashiell set on my flickr account is the largest.  Yep, that means I posted more pictures!

The set itself

The Sitting Tag

The Eating Tag

View and enjoy
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2009-03-22 04:50 pm
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China cabinet

Given away. after truck rental, gas & baby sitter total cost: 160
China cabinet

edit to add: No the picture does it NO justice. It's currently at my mother-in-law's until we have place with more space.
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2009-03-14 11:49 am
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This is the sort of thing that alternately frightens, upsets and saddens me.

Yes, it's just one city, built largely on the growth of one industry, but the tarnished beauty of the UA Theatre (when it's not reminding of the scene in Congress from Logan's Run) opens a deep well of sadness.  The loss of the house in Brush Park anges me (architecture is one of the most joyous forms of human endeavor).  And the idea that this is something that, given our current economic state and the uncertain changes that face us in th near future, could possibly be repeated MANY times over in more and larger cities, scares the living daylights out of me.

Much as I may not like a number of features that come with cities,  in many ways they are necessary repositories of a great deal of human artistic and constructive endeavor.  The possiblilty that this could all end (or suffer a precipitous decline) is the sort of thing that fuels a great deal of apocalyptic and dystopian thought and art.

There is beauty in emptiness but great sadness, too.

Thanks [personal profile] matociquala!
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2009-02-22 09:11 pm

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On loan from [ profile] mezzosinger

The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:

How do your reading habits stack up? [bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish]

28 out of 100 --- does this mean I'm 4 2/3 times smarter than the average bear?

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (my father just gave me a copy, I should read it before more Hammett....)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (see #33)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (finished it two weeks ago)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(and that means every last story - at least twice)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (ugh.)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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2009-02-11 08:09 am
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Baptism Pictures

For those who either missed or didn't get the email, pictures from Simon's baptism (why yes, it WAS in November, thanks) have been added to the flickr stream.
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2009-02-08 03:27 pm

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sick.  Achy, chilly, miserably sick.

that's all.  back to the sweet sweet arms of sleep.  Where we're ALL vikings.
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2009-02-01 03:07 pm

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Note: Charles was one of my cousin's twin premature sons.  He died sometime Saturday night.  My mother called me five minutes ago to tell me.  This is a memorial.

Good-bye, Charles.  You came into this world too soon and left far sooner than you should.  We never met, but I loved you all the same.  Know that you have been spared all the pain and agony that this world can bring.  I grieve and mourn for your loss.  I weep for your parents, for the despair and sadness they now know.  My heart bleeds for your twin, Christopher, who will never come to know his brother.

Your all-too-brief life reminds me, sharply, of the fragility of my own and the preciousness and miraculousness of my own son's.  Know that you go to join a good and glorious company.  Greet your great-grandfather for me and pass our love to him.  We will all come to see you, all too soon.

Good-bye small one, your time was too short.
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2009-01-23 10:20 pm


Is it just me, or is KDE4 full of massive amounts of suck?