vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
In response to this comment:
I’d be very interested in the atheist-to-orthodox “take” on this sort of discussion.
I'm not even sure if I count, since I was brought up as a Christian before I became an atheist (de facto in my teens, explicitly in my twenties), but it did get me to try to articulate just what might've been going on in my head in the months leading up to my visit of St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Mission on the evening of February 1, 2014.*

Read more... )


*a date that I've always remembered as January 30 or 31 until I checked the day of the week just now. The reading of the life of St. Brigid I remember more distinctly.
vaecrius: a crude scrawl of a grinning, blazing yellow sun. (hier kommt die sonne)
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.



Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.
She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.
There is nothing not beautiful about this.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
Of course the project described here is doomed. Any language you could devise, each and every not-immediately-interested-in-this-exact-language member of the public is going to take one look at it and go, "Why? What makes this any bit better than English/Chinese/Arabic/French/whatever language I personally consider to be the unmarked ordinary mode of communication?" and stop caring. Similar goes for writing systems - the Roman alphabet is reasonably consistent for most European languages, but with so many people speaking the major outliers English and Chinese (no one who hasn't specifically studied it gets Pinyin right, ever, even though after studying it I found it perfectly straightforward) and I'm sure plenty of others who would much rather write in Cyrillic or Arabic or Hebrew or Chinese (in before traditional versus simplified). Trying to assert a Roman alphabet as unmarkedly universal would (rightly) be seen as a colonialist affront.

Also, IPA. (notwithstanding my last point)

This does bring up, and it's the only reason I'm even posting this, some speculation as to just what the ideal common language ought to look like. Obviously this is going to be strongly coloured with my own personal political and epistemological biases, and would be "universal" given only a tiny universe that, if expanded, would only expand through decades of conflict and long-term viral meme attacks.

Except with respect to gender, I've tried to avoid the usual pitfalls of starting with forms first, "they have no word for x hence they don't and can't think of x", and any notion that universally adopting this thing would have any relation to peace other than the startling and unprecedented fact that all the nations of the world went and did something together. My aim is my own biased idea of what features combined together may be more efficient than any current world language alone.

blah blah blah )

And now linkdumpery that's been sitting in notes.txt far too long.

http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/Ferry+Pink+Shirt+doing+more+harm+than+good+battling/8020667/story.html
And the reason the anti-bullying movement isn’t effective is that it’s engaged in a futile attempt to get rid of human nature — while acting like a bully itself.

“Some of the nastiest people are anti-bully activists ... and they feel completely justified being nasty,” Kalman said in an interview from Staten Island in New York.
I'll offer another reason: The vast majority of us haven't the slightest clue what standing up to bullying even looks like.

We have never experienced the imminent risk of being identified with the victim and being subject to the same treatment.

We have never experienced that moment when you're caught up in whatever our friends are doing and have bought into it as the perpetrator before we've had the chance to think about what's going on.

We have never experienced the extreme social awkwardness of backing out, being that one asshole who ruins it for everyone else.

Or we have, and literally have no concept of what to do except succumb to it every time.


I really like this redesign of Supergirl. Most likely because of the callback to this...


A study of what the "average" porn star is really like.


Related. Really, it doesn't matter what I could have posted with this, it's related.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
Mental health break: here's a picture of Pocahontas as Captain America.


And a gentle reminder.

(I remember when I was your age. We had internet, but it had to be fed through these lines - they were like the cable we have now, but a much thinner, more primitive wire that originally could only transmit a few electrical pulses at a time. They were so narrow you couldn't call on one machine and browse the internet on another - you could only pick one thing you wanted to do. Back then, when you were browsing the web, you could pick up the phone and hear the internet flowing through it...)

Related. If the right to decentralized, accessible telecommunications technology should replace the Second Amendment tomorrow, and were then pursued with the same fervour, only good will result (for the next 19 years anyway).

And one more from that blog, tl;dr Mario was the original Congratulations, You Have Died.
vaecrius: Duke2 Rigelatin overlord: "We'd kill you, you see, but our religion prevents the interruption of suffering." (rigelatin)
"When I followed the link I thought it'd be a cover, but no, it's the original, processed. It's uncanny - the song is just as familiar as always but the impact is utterly different. Kind of like finding a colour print of a film you'd only known in black and white, or seeing Garfield minus Garfield for the first time. I like it."
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
First: a doctor on dying. Almost perversely I find myself feeling much more sympathetic to the unreasonable family members than I have normally been in these discussions - the care may be futile, perhaps, but if I were in that room could I walk away having said no and forever guessing?

Certainly a thing to be read which is about people.

Or, conversely, the slave owners of our history were and are parasites upon their fellow human beings. I despair at this issue being resolved to anyone's satisfaction.

Design Is War - a lesson on how to fuck around with visual messages and media. Read it all, no money quotes here lest I have to hotlink an image. (and yes that is how cigarette packs look like in Not-Soviet Canuckistan, it is as horrible as you imagine it is)

A voice of authority for those of us pixel fans out there.
Rule: In order to paper print an icon or a screenshot, you have to simply resize the image with no prior smoothing. If a printing person gets in your way saying: “72 dpi images for printing? Over my dead body,” go ahead and drive in the stake.


And now, fireflies.

And the best cover of this song I've heard yet (and I have looked):
vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
Artist wanted. For what I have seen to be a quite worthy cause.

In other news: it's "watch Matt clear out half the tabs he's left open in the browser" time again! I'm going to deliberately leave out anything that would normally catch the Helm's Deep* tag for my own sanity - the way things are now I'm sure everyone reading this has seen their share of the heads catapaulted into Minas Tirith already.

Time to slow down and sail on the river...

*(that said, speaking of Helm's Deep... which I have just read with this overlaid.)

Note that I list each tag only once in the descriptions below.

On a better empathy )
personal: matt is dumb: many stories, political: sex and gender stuff: manly!, pyxolytical: clothed ape

In which a man is more legitimately sure of his own humanity than most of us can dream )
linkdump: aural masturbation focus, linkdump: death by awesome, political: hoplophilia, pyxolytical: not a vegan, pyxolytical: is-ism

On the everyday life of our everyday lives. )
pyxolytical: evolution, pyxolytical: evolution: ants
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)

Heard, of all places, in the car.
vaecrius: The blocky spiral motif based on the golden ratio that I use for various ID icons, ending with a red centre. (Default)

(hat tip: [personal profile] flemco, the link by some terrible twist being neither hilariously gruesome nor politically... well, less hilarious in its gruesomeness I guess.)

EDIT: Unrelated but GOOD MORNING
vaecrius: a crude scrawl of a grinning, blazing yellow sun. (hier kommt die sonne)
This is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Be a tree. Be a happy tree.

On the evolution of signifiers. (The signified being assumed to have already been there)

This has just beat out Strife! as my favourte Homestuck album ever.

Heard this on the drive home. Lightning struck just as 4:27 came on. While driving home from dropping off the girl I'm seeing... after I told her about this. (The lightning literally began right after I dropped her off...)

EDIT: For want of a better place to put this. Or this.


Locked because things involving relationships should always be locked for at least a year. [2015-06-22: I don't and then I'm interrupted by a reminder of who this was. Welp. No need to worry.]
vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
I do not link this to condone the rabid Tolkien-hate or the nattering tone it reads a lot better now that I'm at home and I've had a night's sleep. This post does, however, do an excellent job of putting reasonably accurate words to things we've all sort of had on the back of our minds. (And to put my comment on that post into context, here's another thing.)

(and really if it weren't for [personal profile] helarxe's coincidental activity this week I would not have gone through that article without getting depressed. D: )

EDIT: Language Log has a rather timely kinda-related-if-you-squint-and-drink-more post.


Meanwhile:
Consider a distinctly US American product. Let’s say hot dogs: invented in 1870 on Coney Island and enjoyed in our great nation ever since. But in 2015, Korean scientists learn how to distill the noble hot dog into a lethal drug. Hotdogaine. International hot dog trafficking becomes a lucrative business and, over decades, people across Asia become addicted to hotdogaine, even while aw-shucks, overall-wearin' Americans continue to enjoy the hot dog in its "natural" form.

You see where I'm going with this? In 2030, the world’s sole superpower (China) pushes a hot dog ban through the UN. As part of its war on hotdogaine, it supplies the US Government with planes to fire bomb hot dog factories. A quintessential part of American life has come under attack; do you think we'd be pissed off?
The reality, as reality tends to be, is worse.


Though reprieve is occasionally found where the reality of our imagination is worse than anything else, making the surrounding reality not quite that horrible.
vaecrius: The infamous cartoon of Darwin's head on a chimp's body, superimposed with a MSPainted Nazi armband. (are you a monkey)

[09:31] [personal profile] vorzac: there's an interesting debate on the film sucker punch
[09:31] [personal profile] vorzac: re: it's supposedly feminist themes
[09:31] [personal profile] vorzac: Zack snyder says it's a film that empowers women...
[09:31] [personal profile] vorzac: by...
[09:31] [personal profile] vorzac: er..
[09:32] [personal profile] vorzac: turning asylum innmates into strippers who fight giant robots
[09:32] [personal profile] vorzac: ...
[09:33] [personal profile] vorzac: a lot of people, as you can imagine, kinda disagree with this notion
[09:33] [personal profile] vaecrius: who's Zack Snyder and why should we give a fuck what he thinks :o
[09:33] [personal profile] vorzac: he directed 300
[09:33] [personal profile] vaecrius: why should we give a fuck what he thinks :o
[09:33] [personal profile] vorzac: and the Watchmen film
[09:33] [personal profile] vaecrius: why should we give a fuck what he thinks :o
[09:34] [personal profile] vorzac: and he's a big filmmaker who is influencing young minds with his skewed notions of what is empowering women
[09:35] [personal profile] vorzac: he could be breeding a new type of misogyny in the minds of teenagers as we speak :s
[09:35] [personal profile] vaecrius: ok :(


In less unpleasant news (albeit ameliorated by music):

The 8 most ridiculously badass protesters ever photographed.

A growing-up story about a teenage girl = Israel's Satanic Verses?

Also this.

EDIT: And this, which I'm sure caused some part of me to die from the awesome.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
Stealing from [personal profile] flemco:
Reply here, and I will post a theme song of what I think should be playing when you're in a sex scene or action sequence.
I will not post anything hilariously ironic unless specifically requested, lest I get into a habit of cop-out.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
Where the West helps bring freedom to Afghanistan after years of terrible prohibition under Taliban rule, restoring the fundamental human right to oh what the fuck now.

Seriously guys, enough with this Bond villain shit. I think Dark Knight is a bit more apt, but for the lack of inflicting of violence.

I think we can all agree on the basic assumption that this is just cheap-shot grandstanding before some gooey Russian stuff gets out and Putin falls into lockstep, but just like all my relationships I'm just going to ignore that inevitable revelation and enjoy this while it lasts.

I can't help but think... if another 9/11 were to happen at this point, the US will have lost so incredibly much cred that we might as well all just assume it was an inside job this time.


And now, a gigantic geekmusic linkdump, courtesy mostly of [personal profile] steorra and [personal profile] vorzac:
Tetris!
Mario!
Winnie the Pooh!
More motherfuckin' Mario!
Pokemon!!!
The only Final Fantasy!
X-MEN *_*
vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
"I've had it up to here with you lot!" screamed Brie Bristletail as she stormed out of the communual log, antennae waggling with indignity. "I'm running away to join the circus!"


Every day for eight days, post something that made you happy, and then tag someone.

Playing this to this.

Tagging [personal profile] helarxe since absent Fal on here he's the only one who comes close to appreciating this.
vaecrius: The blocky spiral motif based on the golden ratio that I use for various ID icons, ending with a red centre. (Default)



In other news, nothing quite like stumbling across this picture while listening to this song.


In the unpredictable intermittent breaks from being tempted to set "See You In Black" as my ringtone and deliberately maximize my own chances of being interrupted by incoming calls while negotiating with husbands' lawyers, I have slowly begun dying my brain to death in tiny, barely noticeable bursts.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
so I see a picture of Her with another man

which surprises me with all the shit that bubbles back up that I didn't even realize was there

which gets me all depressiobabble about my life in general

which gets me dwelling on the lyrics of this song

which has been stuck in my head all weekend

which gets me poking around on this TVTropes page (WARNING: TVTROPES)

which leads me to this comic

which is of course perfectly in line with all my relationships, ever, from at least one end.

(btw that comic up there? fuckin' awesome comic, click on the arrow thingies and you won't regret it.)

I know this

if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.

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