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Despite earlier reports that Comet ISON might have broken up at perigee with Sol, it seems to have survived
. Yet another thing to be thankful for today.
Adjunct material for 50 Years of Doctor Who|
Yes. I saw The Day of the Doctor
and mostly loved it.
Here are three more things to watch, if you haven't already, that are well worth the time.( As usual, video goes behind the Pixel CurtainCollapse )
As sad and disastrous as it was, I believe that the assassination of John F Kennedy was only the second most important assassination of a Kennedy in the 1960s.
My thinking goes thus: JFK had accomplished a great deal, and doubtless would have done even more good for the country. However, RFK would have defeated Nixon, at which point Watergate either doesn't happen or doesn't discredit the Presidency the way it did. Add to that all of what RFK stood for -- serious liberal and progressive changes -- and the difference he would have made directly, far less in not having Ford, and possibly not even Saint Ronny of the Economic Golden Showers, and his loss is great indeed.
All that said, I was two years old when JFK was shot, and don't remember it. But it was a great loss for our country, and worth remembering solemnly.
Honda makes great commercials. The latest, for the CR-V is full of trompe-l'oeil. It's not as good as the Rube Goldberg machine made from (and the ad for) the Accord several years back, but it's still fun.sodyera
especially will want to see the newer ad.( And you can see both of them behind the Magic CurtainCollapse )
An Excellent Article on Poly at CNN.com|This article
is currently on the front page of cnn.com. It's an excellent piece, both fair and fairly in-depth. Yes, it presents the viewpoint of a therapist who asserts that poly amounts to people running away from their responsibilities in a relationship, but that contrasts with the overall poly-positive tone of the article:
It's not just a fling or a phase for them. It's an identity. They want to show that polyamory can be a viable alternative to monogamy, even for middle-class, suburban families with children, jobs and house notes.
"We're not trying to say that monogamy is bad," said Billy Holder, a 36-year-old carpenter who works at a university in Atlanta. "We're trying to promote the fact that everyone has a right to develop a relationship structure that works for them."
According to the flier Billy Holder handed out at the Pride Parade, which borrowed from The Polyamory Society and More than Two, there are many ways to define polyamory.
"Polyamory is the nonpossessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultaneously," it said.
"Polyamory is not a swing club or group."
"Polyamory is not about recreational or promiscuous sex."
Otherwise, there are no universal rules for "how it works," one of the most common question polys say they hear, Holder said. The most common dynamic tends to start with a couple, married or unmarried, who might identify as straight, gay or bisexual. Guidelines are set within each relationship -- ideally, a negotiated framework of communication based on trust and honesty, he said.
This is one to spread around, and I'm glad CNN had the cojones to publish it.
More on the SciAm/Biology-Online incident|
A link in this article
indicates that Biology-Online has apologized for the offensive comment and fired the employee who sent it.
Update: 5:24 am, 14 October – Alan Weisleder of Keebali, the company that operates Biology-Online.org, sent an apology (JPEG screenshot) to Danielle Lee overnight. On their discussion board, a slightly extended apology is directed to the community. Weisleder notes that Ofek was a new employee and has since been terminated.
That's good news. Now if only SciAm would admit that its policy which led to deletion of the dispute was in error and correct it, we'll have seen real progress.
By contrast, note that while there's "debate among authors" when a white male declines to write for free
, there was no racial or misogynistic insult as a result. A single anecdote is not anecdata; still, it fails to disprove the contention that there's a long way to go.
Privilege? Do ya think...?|
Stop me if you've heard this one: a female African-American blogger refuses uppaid work and gets abused for it
Scientific American’s blog network drew controversy Friday after removing a complaint about mistreatment posted by one of its scientific bloggers.( Video of her formal response behind the cutCollapse )
Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D., rejected a request for unpaid writing by Biology-Online.org, a partner site of Scientific American, notes Wired Magazine writer Maryn McKenna. In an emailed response, a Biology-Online.org editor wrote, “Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?”
Editors on the site subsequently removed the post without warning. “@sciam is a publication for discovering science,” Scientific American editor Mariette DiChristina said in a Twitter post as public reaction began to mount Saturday morning. “The post was not appropriate for this area & was therefore removed.”
Other bloggers in the scientific community have been rallying to her defense over the incident, under the Twitter hashtag #standingwithdnlee and in subsequent commentary.
Do you think that maybe, juuuuuuust maaaaaaaayyyyyybe, a white male wouldn't have been treated that way?
[ voice style="sarcasm"]Naaaaaaaaaaah[/voice]
Saw Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited show. The NYCB Theatre at Westbury (I still want to call it "Westbury Music Faire") is a really nice venue; it's wide and bowl-shaped, with good sightlines from everywhere. It's still a theater in the round, though the sections behind the musicians were closed off tonight.
The band (Steve Hackett - Guitar; Roger King - Keyboards; Lee Pomeroy - Bass; Gary O'Toole - Drums, Percussion, Vocals; Rob Townsend - Sax, Flute, Woodwinds; Nad Sylvan - Vocals) was terrific; they had lots of energy, and aside from Hackett's known virtuosity, showed total mastery of their instruments. The high points included (but were certainly not limited to) "The Musical Box", which kicked butt and collected coccyxes, "Supper's Ready", which was twenty-odd minutes of total bliss; and "Firth of Fifth", one of my all-time favorite songs.
If I were to pick nits, there are three ways the show could have been even better: I would have liked more interpretation of the music, rather than (in many cases) a more or less note-for-note recreation of the original arrangements; several pieces ("Dance on a Volcano" and its bookend, "Los Endos") could have used the double drum kits that Genesis toured them with (then again, they had Phil Collins and Chester Thompson playing); and finally, Sylvan's voice, while good and (almost as importantly) reminiscent of Peter Gabriel's in the early 1970s, is not as full, especially in the highest part of his range, as Gabriel's was then. But those are all "gee, wouldn't it have been nice if", and not in any way really hurtful to the enjoyment of one of the closest things a fan can get to returning to 1973-1974 or so. (Interestingly, The Musical Box, the very best Genesis tribute/recreation band there is, is playing two shows at Westbury at the end of November: one recreating the Foxtrot show, and the other, the Selling England by the Pound show. While they were on special tonight, the dates are, I think, on Thanksgiving weekend, and I hope -- expect -- to be at The Ultimate Darkover Grand Council then.)
The universe is telling me something. I just don't know what.
Three times in the past couple of days, in books I've been reading, shows I've been watching, or online, I've come across the parable of the scorpion (and the frog, or the fox, or whatever animal he cons to get across the river, but fails to arrive as his nature overrides reason and he stings his ride to death, drowning himself).
I think I need to think this out again.
Live Music: Not So Much?|
Via Metafilter, I found this article: Guest Column - Are backing tracks killing live music by Public Service Broadcasting"
by J Willgoose of London duo Public Service Broadcasting.
I hadn't realized quite HOW widespread and prevalent this practice is. The author is a pro, and does a really good job of laying it all out.
For me, the key is THIS: "[F]or me, live music should have an element of risk, and an element of danger. It should be capable of going quite spectacularly wrong. Singers should be able to hit wrong notes, harmonies should occasionally go out of whack, drummers should go out of time - it should be the aural equivalent of a tightrope walk. There should also be room for improvisation, even if only in small measures. How else are you supposed to be able to tell a good performance from a bad one?"
I understand why bands, especially those with complex bits to handle, would use backing tracks onstage (and that applies, perhaps more than any, to bands in one of my very favorite genres, prog rock). The thing is, what I've always been taught as a musician, and have tried to teach in turn, is that if you mess up, it's part of the performance. If you crash and burn, the audience will almost always forgive, provided you don't just turn tail, whimper, and flee. I WANT variance in my live tracks from the studio ones; it's why I listen to live music.
I have been unwell since the Fourth. (No, not something I ate. I was sick on the day and ate nothing.) Due to the rules at work that penalize people for calling out on the day following a holiday if it extends a weekend, I shlepped in at midnight and promptly left at 12:45.
I've spent most of the weekend since then in bed, trying (and largely failing) to sleep.
Kudos to my son for not only waking up on short sleep on Friday at 2AM, but going out to the 24/7 Duane Reade for Gatorade. (His mom was in no shape to go.)
Feeling better, sort of, today. Managed to move the car from one side of the street to the other and sat with it until alt-side was cleared (a total of about 30 minutes, literally outside the building's door), and came in, exhausted. Stamina is just not there, so have called out of work (falling over onto my keyboard would be Bad).
Going to try eating some non-BRAT food tonight (okay, I had some grilled chicken breast on Sunday, and it stayed down) and see if I can gain some strength back.
Now I'm Jamming With Moxy Fruvous|
Heard this story on the radio about the King of Spain surrendering his yacht, and immediately got earwormed. This is to get past that, and to spread the joy :-)
News story: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spanish-kings-yacht-returned-donors-19585457#.UdcXZvltjhI
This one is for sodyera|
You've surely heard the urban legend that there's a warehouse full of virtually undriven 1950s and 1960s cars somewhere in the American Midwest.
It's true. Here's the video, made by the auction house.http://youtu.be/rRFiSUH4gdQ
The Doctor, in One Quote|
Diversity in SFF (in the LA Times)|
Nice article in The LA Times
on diversity in speculative fiction
(I LOVE that they use that term correctly). Short but well worth the read. I could only wish they'd allotted about five times as many words for the author to really explore the issues.
An Early Christmas Present|Matt Smith is leaving the role of The Doctor
, regenerating during the Christmas special.
There's a lot of speculation as to who will follow him. I've seen people rooting for Hugh Laurie, the four top young male actors from the Harry Potter movie series (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Matthew Lewis), as well as the possibility of a female and/or person of color (with no major names suggested there that I've recognized).
Personally, I think that anyone who can make me believe that he or she is going on 1,500 years old will be an improvement, and any of the names I mentioned can do it. I think it's likely to be a younger actor, both to handle the rigors of the action scenes, and because the trend has been to have The Doctor regenerate younger, which, along with the shot at the end of last series, suggests a possible faceoff between the young!Doctor and old/guilty/responsible!Doctor aspects next series.
Whomever it is, I hope we see an improvement and not a repeat of what happened when one bad Doctor regenerated into another, from Five to Six.
Jean Stapleton, 1923-2013|Rest well, Saint Edith.
I know she did a great deal of other work, and have actually seen a bunch of it (and wow, was it a surprise to hear her real voice, so much less shrill than Edith's), but she won my heart as Archie's foil, and holds it there still.
Copyright Trolls Smacked Down Geekily|
For those of you following the Prenda saga, it's finally gotten to a (first stage) conclusion, and Judge Wright slammed them as expected. What wasn't
expected was how geeky, in a Star Trek
way, his ruling would be. The best summary and analysis I've seen has been at Popehat
; DO read the comments because, well commenters there are generally smart and add value, as good commenters do.
I'm fondest of the footnote describing the financial penalty assessed, in which the judge explains that he fined them just under the cost of an effective appeal (largely because he'd earlier described Prenda's business model as sending letters demanding just under the cost of an effective defense against them posting the names of downloaders of pornography to which they asserted copyright).
But do go read the actual decision, too; it's a winner
Filk Hall of Fame 2013|
Congratulations to the newest members of the Filk Hall of Fame
: Cecilia Eng, Roberta Rogow, and Volker Tanger.
I am pleased to have served (as a representative of Contata/NEFilk) on this year's jury, and I can honestly say it was a very hard choice. I will note that of the three, I voted for one, and one of the others was my very last cut (in favor of the other eventual inductee). I only wish I could have been at FKO (particularly for the induction, but as always, for the entire excellent -- as reports indicate -- con).
Tough Day or So|
I cannot express in words how glad I am to see that the people I know and care about in Boston and its area have checked in as safe, either on LJ (or crossposted from DW) or FB.
It's been a rough couple of days or so. Boston Marathon bombings, a series of bombings in Iraq ahead of their elections (over 40 dead and over 250 wounded), and a deadly magnitude 7.8 or so earthquake in Iran (over 40 believed dead, with the gods know how many injured). Can we please get some peace and quiet, O Gods, to put ourselves back together? TYVM.
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