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If I may wax tumblr-speak for a moment:

tfw you're like man i hate facebook but at least it's? probably? not owned by russia??
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http://news.livejournal.com/151767.html
http://faerypotter.tumblr.com/post/159175931762/suricattus-suricattus-digitaldiscipline

Count me among those very troubled by LJ's new user agreement. It's not surprising that it happened, but... yeah. I was not thrilled with the situation since January but now I'm feeling a rather stronger urge to up stakes entirely. At the very least, in the short term I am seriously considering stopping crossposting or at least turning off commenting.

I'm not sure what to do about the LJ community I own, though. I'm sure there are tools to just export it to a static file, but what I would really like is to import it to the DW community of the same name. I don't own that community, though, and despite poking [personal profile] elven_ranger about it a few times the agreed-upon transfer just has never happened. So I'm torn over maybe creating a new DW community just for a landing place, or what.

In other news, since Verizon and Yahoo closed their deal, I'm now also more acutely concerned about how to back up archives of Yahoo groups. I can't imagine that service is long for this world.
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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, from a letter to his son Michael Tolkien ca. October 1968:
The 'protestant' search backwards for 'simplicity' and directness -- which, of course, though it contains some good or at least intelligible motives, is mistaken and indeed vain. Because 'primitive Christianity' is now and in spite of all 'research' will ever remain largely unknown; because 'primitiveness' is no guarantee of value, and is and was in great part a reflection of ignorance. ... Still more because 'my church' was not intended by Our Lord to be static or remain in perpetual childhood; but to be a living organism (likened to a plant), which develops and changes in externals by the interaction of its bequeathed divine life and history -- the particular circumstances of the world into which it is set. There is no resemblance between the 'mustard-seed' and the full-grown tree. For those living in the days of its branching growth the Tree is the thing, for the history of a living thing is part of its life, and the history of a divine thing is sacred. The wise may know that it began with a seed, but it is vain to try and dig it up, for it no longer exists, and the virtue and powers that it had now reside in the Tree. Very good: but in husbandry the authorities, the keepers of the Tree, must look after it, according to such wisdom as they possess, prune it, remove cankers, rid it of parasites, and so forth. ... But they will certainly do harm, if they are obsessed with the desire of going back to the seed or even to the first youth of the plant when it was (as they imagine) pretty and unafflicted by evils.

The professor is speaking here of Roman Catholicism, but it's an interesting reflection on religion in general and I think it could be quite applicable to Paganism.
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Has anyone out there used the IRS's Direct Pay online bank transfer payment thingy when mailing a tax return (not filing electronically)? The 1040 instructions don't say you can't mix these methods (in fact seem to be encouraging me to do so in lieu of a paper check) but I can't figure out what would be the right order to do things in.

If I make the payment the same day, say, without first waiting for the return forms to be delivered in San Francisco, then they get this weird payment in advance and I'm not sure how it would be properly linked with the paper after the fact. But if I try to schedule the payment so that it falls after when I guess the return will arrive in San Francisco, then I've sent in a 1040 stating I owe but which doesn't include any payment (and I don't see, like, a box to check stating my intent to pay online).

Can anyone advise which way around I ought to go?
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Things I have eaten tonight:

1. Homemade corned beef that was a little salty, but then it was beef soaked in brine for ten days what exactly did you expect??
2. Cabbage braised with thyme, mustard, excess juniper berries from the corned beef (surprisingly complementary) and bacon (American bacon because tracking down Irish bacon was not happening, but actually it was quite good if you just cut off the soggy fat bits)
3. No colcannon because we decided we already had too much food for two people (trufax; much as I like colcannon, glad we didn't)
4. Soda bread whose dough was reaaally sticky and which I didn't believe would be done all the way through in time but which kind of stole the show
5. Too much Kerrygold butter No such thing

Just roll me out the door, I'm done.
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My work has a large TV/monitor in the foyer currently displaying these multilingual "Libraries Are For Everyone" slides in rotation: https://hafuboti.com/2017/02/02/libraries-are-for-everyone/ A couple of the librarians and I were joking the other night about having one in Klingon ("If we're going to be inclusive, let's be inclusive!") and then Tom said something like, "Or in Tolkien's stuff. The script looks so nice. But that'd be your department." And I'm like, deadpan, "Okay. You can get fonts, you know. [insert starting to go off about the weird character encoding Tengwar fonts have]" He laughed and said something to the effect of "of course you would know about that." (???) I don't think he was expecting me to actually take it seriously or come back in half an hour with a stab at it, though.

But actually, I'm struggling with this. What I came up with in limited time without others' input, so that I didn't spend all day and actually went back to getting work done, was this:


parmassi nar ilquenen

But I don't feel very confident about it.

For one thing, there is no attested word for "library", so we risk winding up with one of those neologistic kennings which often sound so silly in literal translation (I saw "flour-grass" for corn or grain plants and was like ugh). This is a plural form of parmassë, parma "book" + -ssë as an abstract ending, apparently coined by David Salo. I don't like it much, as it seems vague, but none of the ones that meant things like book-building, book-hoard, etc. were better IMO.

Ilquen "everybody" apparently comes from the material published posthumously in The War of the Jewels; see http://eldamo.org/content/words/word-83477805.html. I have here attempted to apply the dative case ending -n to mean "for, to" (see http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/quenya.htm#Heading7 about case endings), but 1. I'm not sure what vowel it should take when the noun itself already ends in n -- should it be -in or -en? -- and 2. I'm not sure if the dative is the right case in the first place, since this construction doesn't seem to me to be the same kind of thing as I got a ___ for him or I gave him a ___, i.e. English indirect objects. However, in my defense I'm not the only person out there to have settled on ilquenen, although the contexts I saw it used in seemed mostly to be greetings (i.e. "greetings to everyone here").

For that matter I'm not even sure I've conjugated the verb properly. "To be" is one of those minefields of irregularity and variation - see http://eldamo.org/content/words/word-2562596025.html for instance. More minorly, if it's okay, should it maybe be a long vowel nár?

Or I might be barking up the wrong alda to want to form the phrase so strictly like English; perhaps some other phrasing would express the idea more fluidly (as I could see there were some variations in the primary-world-language signs that were not literally built of the blocks "libraries", "are", "for", "everyone").

Halp?

P.S. )
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A brief discussion offline led to an amusing question about Venus de Milo. Does the Work related to Venus de Milo have arms?

I've given the question some thought and I'd like to toss some philosophical ideas to the list.

The Work is a Platonic concept, and as such is perfect in Form. It is the conceptual whole conceived in the mind of its creator. But that means it cannot truly be described or measured by anyone else. This is reflected in the fact that Works have very few attributes. Specifically, Works do not have dimensions, carrier, media, or material. I suggest then that from a philosophical perspective, the Work 'Venus de Milo' cannot truly be said to have arms, or color, or shape, or any material characteristics at all. It is perfect in Form, but indescribable because we cannot perceive it.

This is on one of my cataloging lists, guys. Really. Although it's not actually as heavy as it sounds - in fact, to me, knowing that this is in the context of the Work-Expression-Manifestation-Item terms derived from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, it sounds rather whimsical (and proably was intended as such as a "Friday casual" post on this particular list). I just... life is weird sometimes, yanno?
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"I think a Syrah would feel thicker in my mouth. ...Will you feel thicker in my mouth, sirrah?"
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(opportunity to test the DW images interface here! ah, ok, looks like it's auto-thumbnailing. handy. click to embiggen.)

weird googly-eyed lobster dish

...IT'S LOOKING AT ME.

Must be one of those regrettable foods from a Sunset cookbook, right?

Nope. Larousse Gastronomique, Crown Publishers' 1961 English edition. I guess sad food photography was just endemic to the 1960s.
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"But if humans can take something relatively simple and then make it complicated and kind of bizarre -- they will."
--Andy Warner, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects
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" 'Commander' Spicer?"
" 'Commander'? Seriously? Commander of what?"
"...the U.S.S. WTF?"
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sass chicken: girl at the water fountain just complemented me on my hair and said it was like some kind of "intergalactic space thing"
sass chicken: i guess because my greys are shiny
sass chicken: (space hair?)
Stygian Syzygy: you are some intergalactic space thing

(My grey hairs tend to stick out among my purple dye, since I don't bleach my medium-slightly-reddish-brown and the rest of my hair thus looks pretty dark, especially if not backlit. The silver ones, on the other hand, turn !PURPLE!. As for the video footnote to understand what I was getting at with that last remark, uh, sorry for the earworm?)
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‘1984’ sales soar after Trump claims, ‘alternative facts’:
First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” topped the best-seller list of Amazon.com as of Tuesday evening.

Well I flippin' well hope so!

I wonder if people are buying it for themselves, or if e.g. people are buying quantities to distribute, or something like that.

eta: Apparently the publisher has ordered a new print run to meet demand. crikey.
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I was playing with https://coolors.co/ and...



...the heck?

I mean, it's not far off (the color specified in the CSS as "sacStateGreen" is actually #043927; I think #004f3d is maybe closer to "stingerGreen" #00573d). But... why?
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Because everyone totally cares what we had for dinner: homemade pizza with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, shallots, and crimini, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms. Inspired by having a totally, ah, uninspiring "forest funghi" pizza somewhere that involved only criminis. (srsly, I mean, we were not expecting the expense of morels on a $9 one-person-sized bar pizza, but maybe some effort towards variety...?)
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"Inauguration 2016: How Inaugural Luncheon wines were selected"

...oh, California.

(shouldn't that have said 2017 tho?)
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The LJ "like" notifications are about the most useless thing ever. For me, such a feature is in the "meh, I wouldn't probably use it and don't really care, though I can see why some people might want it and on the other hand 'oh no not more Facebook'" category. But that said, the notification is just a link to the liked post, with no other information, particularly not WHO THE USER WAS. I'm not even certain how people are managing to like any of my posts, since I have a legacy theme on my journal that doesn't include those kind of elements (although for that matter I don't even see it on, say, [livejournal.com profile] news - maybe it's only viewable if you're in the "feed" mode of reading a friends page? their supposed screenshot on http://news.livejournal.com/151114.html doesn't at all look like what I see). Even more confusing is when I get random "like" notifications for ancient posts (well, 2011) in random communities like [livejournal.com profile] rifftrax. It's like someone is sending bots around liking posts, or something... but if so, why?

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