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"Holy shit, we just spent the past 14 years in a weird spirally timey-wimey loop!"

It's the continuity that gets me. They don't just reset arbitrarily every September, they continually talk about things they did the previous years without ever noticing that it's the SAME year over and over again. People have babies which age to some predetermined point and then start looping with everybody else. They date and break up and they remember these events.

(Was it really just 14 years, though? Even from the start, parts of Stoneybrook were weirdly anachronistically backwards.)

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‘I was stupid’: Huffman gets 14 days in college scam

Oh, poor her! Well, I guess that's how serious our society thinks the crime is.

Homeless Mom Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Using Friend's Address to Enroll Son in School

Wait, what!?

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This one is a dilute tortie, and I've been calling her Smokey. (Actually, she looks more like fog in the fall, but I don't like "Foggy" as much as a name.) I made the mistake of clicking my tongue at her once, and now every time I go by that end of the block without the dogs she wants me to stop for a scritch and a chit-chat. Happily, the neighbors at that end plan to get her fixed, so I don't need to worry about that.

I'm going to ask that neighbor to take a few photos, put up some signs at the vet. She's so friendly, that cat! She should be inside somebody's house, not living on a porch.

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*sniffle*

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The man's always been an asshole, I guess. I hate 9/11 to begin with, and with any luck this will be the last related article. I don't want to think too much about politics or the rise of the far right all around the world or why it is that the worst are filled with such passionate intensity or anything else.

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For reference, despite their claims they're not really for homeschoolers. They're for fundamentalist Christian homeschoolers who are really into spanking their kids. If you're homeschooling because, say, you hate homework and like sleeping in till noon, they don't want anything to do with you.

They're still happy to take your money, though!

And this is what they've been blathering about apparently the past few months.

In Maine, you're required to notify the state every year that you're homeschooling, by sending a notice with your child's age and the year you'll be teaching them. And apparently the HSDLA is trying to rile people up because Maine is now offering a form (!!!) and that form has space for the birthdate instead of age (!!!) and, for administrative purposes, sets start and end dates for the school year (!!!) and that's just wrong. Oh, and they also tell parents that if they don't provide an email address they won't get acknowledgement of receipt in their email, and that's bad too because parents might feel they have to provide an email address. And they ask parents in the form to confirm that they'll follow all relevant homeschool laws, even though the law doesn't require parents to confirm that.

I'm counting four articles about this up at the HSDLA website, one of which compares put-upon homeschool parents who are valiantly fighting against government overreach (how dare they ask for the child's birthdate instead of their age!) to Frederick Douglass. No, really, they quoted him: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

Because, you know, one day you're quietly agreeing to share your child's birthdate instead of their age, and the next you're on a plantation, hoeing cotton.

This, by the way, is also the most ridiculous deliberate misreading of the Bible I've ever seen. There is absolutely no way you can say "The Bible forbids me from ever giving even slightly more information to a government than is legally required, even if it's technically information that they already have" with a straight face.

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What the hell did I just watch happen!?

At least it's the more or less okay kind of WTF.

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The owner of the venue then posted an apology on Facebook, explaining they had met with their pastor and discovered no Bible passage forbidding interracial marriage.

“The revelation was apparently quite surprising for the author, who referenced being taught that races should remain separate while growing up,” Newsweek wrote, paraphrasing the Facebook apology.


Well, all's well that end's well I guess...?

But I'm damn certain that the author was 100% taught that growing up. There are fundiegelical types that still teach that, or at least strongly imply it. The rise of modern Evangelicism and Fundamentalism in America is very, very strongly linked to the Civil Rights Movement - and not in a good way.

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Shockingly, I don't support this. The fact that no public school students remember 9/11, and vanishingly few were even born then is, in my opinion, an unalloyed good. Time passes. All things fade. Well, except for the war. That's still here, but dwelling on 9/11 isn't going to make it go away any faster.

And it's not like the students will really contemplate the meaning of the occasion. They'll be thinking about their math homework they haven't finished, the cute kid they want to ask out, whether or not they'll get in trouble for checking their phone during this moment of silence. So why not just let them do that without the rigamarole?

Meanwhile, those students who were born in 2001 and graduated last June are old enough to fight in the ongoing war. A moment of silence for that loss of lives would not go amiss, but somehow I don't think anybody thinks that's what they should be discussing and contemplating at the start of every school year.

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Her cinnamon ones are good, but too heavy on the cinnamon. They could use a better cinnamon/brown sugar balance in the filling, and maybe a smidge of salt.

I digress.

When cleaning up she carelessly put one of my dinner bowls inside her next-smallest mixing bowl. It's a perfect fit.

*headdesk*

I've carefully tilted the water out and filled the inside glass bowl with ice. In a few minutes I'll submerge the bottom of the plastic bowl in hot water and hopefully that'll be enough to dislodge my bowl without breaking it due to the temperature differential.

I have, of course, explained this to Eva, with the caveat that she really can't ever put one thing inside another if it fits perfectly. Well, with luck she'll only make this mistake once. I'm sure I've made it more often.

Edit: I thought I'd never succeed, but I persevered and now the bowls are separated once more.

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THIS is the most WTF article today.

Cops Digitally Erase Suspect's Facial Tattoos To Make Him Look More Like The Robbery Suspect Caught On Camera

This is, apparently, SOP. But even then it's not usually quite so blatant.

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I kinda feel like this deserves its own post for the sheer level of WTF BULLSHIT IS THIS in it:

A ‘curvier’ high school swimmer won — only to be disqualified because of a ‘suit wedgie’

I don't even know what to say here.

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and I tried this recipe.

Mmm, that is good! I couldn't find the apple cider vinegar so I subbed in rice vinegar, and as usual we added more garlic and ginger to the recipe than strictly called for. Also, I forgot to roll the meatballs in cornstarch, so after they had cooked I tossed the cornstarch in and made a quick roux before adding the sauce, to help thicken it. Rolled the meatballs around one by one as I dropped them in.

Had this with roasted broccoli and five-spice glazed carrots.

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Them: I am a bastion of good manners and common decency! Tell me one instance where I have been anything but unfailingly polite!
Me: Uh, how about reason 1, reason 2, reason 3?
Them: No, I disagree. I do those things but have no intent to change. People are just mean to me for no reason!
Me: They'd probably respond better if you didn't do 1, 2, or 3. Those things are really bad manners.
Them: I disagree. After all, I am a bastion of good manners and common decency!
Moderator: Except for the fact that you keep doing 1, 2, and 3. You should really shape up.
Them: You cannot point to a single example of me doing anything wrong!
Me: Well, there's always 1, 2, and 3....

Edit: "I disagree."

I'm sure you do, but like the man who insists on his absolute moral right to chew with his mouth open and clip his toenails at the dinner table, it doesn't matter much what you think. He doesn't get invited to very many dinner parties. You get progressively banned from every place you go. The whole world treats you like an asshole, and no matter how much you try to blame the world for this fact, the truth is that you are the cause of this.

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It turns out that the words bullion and bouillon are in fact related. They both come from the French "to boil", which incidentally is where the English word "boil" comes from. The older English word is seethe.

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Alas, I was looking for the wild rice, which rather perplexingly is not on its shelf with the other grains. It's a big jar! How could it get lost!? Well, if it started walking it must be halfway to New Jersey by now, as they say.

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Eva is still super excited for day two. Wonder how long the euphoria lasts?

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other than a persistent trickle of mucus down the back of my throat and now a little bit of the runs. Does excess snot in the stomach do that, do you think?

Anyway, at least there's no headache. In celebration, I got my flu shot!

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The Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors.

If you post a few ordinary nouns and verbs, she'll try to find a matching metaphor for you!

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I'd rather be lying down, but I think this'll help my sinuses drain. It'll certainly reduce the steel vise pain every time I have to stand up to go to the bathroom or help Finn onto the bed.

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Weirdly, my nose isn't clogged.

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The water is draining and the sink doesn't even have an inch of water in it as it flows out of the washer.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

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I just spent the past 7 hours in bed. This after getting to bed at a reasonable time and waking up at a reasonable time too.

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Bleh.

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And the plumber only cost $520.04.

Worth every penny - the laundromat has too many out of order washers, some with moldy clothes trapped inside.

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Actually make that two more thoughts - this show takes place in 2019, right? Something has gone very badly wrong with tech development in that universe, am I right?

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Some years back, half the buses on the Island were covered, in the spaces where the ads ought to be, in Christian graffiti. You know the sort of thing - Bible quotes and blah blah blah about Jesus saving us and so on.

All in the same sharpied handwriting.

And eventually I got tired of it and shot off an email to the MTA complaints department. They sent back a form letter asking for the specific bus line, to which I replied that it was epidemic on all Staten Island buses and that given the uniformity and the sheer amount of graffiti per bus it really must be somebody at the depot.

And do you know, that worked? Within a month the graffiti was gone and never came back. I should've filed that complaint a lot earlier rather than gritting my teeth every time I got on the bus. Live and learn, I guess.

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(She must, she never rewatches things if she can help it.)

So, somewhat belatedly, I have a few thoughts.

1. Whoever chose the music for this show is amazing.

2. I don't quite think the writers put the effort into making us feel the things they clearly wanted us to feel.

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Anyway, now that I've watched the show I've got this song running in my head. It's really catchy.

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20 years ago I put 50 candles on her cake. Nearly burned the house down. I am never making that mistake again, lol! I just got a 7 and a 0. I actually considered getting two zeroes, then I could've done 007, but, nah. (Or I could've done days. She is 25,568 days old now.)

Ana made a Belgian stew for dinner, and it tasted just fine. Of course, while we're sitting waiting for the food to come down my mother suggested I sing, so I started in on Happy Birthday which is evidently not what they expected. I don't know what they thought, I'd launch into a murder ballad or something? I mean, I do know a lot of murder ballads, the only trouble is picking which one.

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And when I say weeds I mean weeds that were eating our house and porch.

Whew!

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Gifted screening in pre-k is fucked up to begin with, but I can 100% promise you that nobody will take this advice well.

Bring on the popcorn!

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Shit just got real.

Also, Ana's lately been getting a ton of college letters and I could've sworn neither of them was this old yet.

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So what IS the difference between, say, mesquite and hickory and cherrywood and all? (Anybody being excessively literal here and saying "the wood used" can just pretend they said it without saying it. You know I mean "why would I use one instead of the other?")

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Daydreaming, mostly, when I ran out of books. I should start sitting outside more again.

In other news, I've made progress on the weeds today. Not that much progress, but some.

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pig-ear-dog-treats-recall-dog-goods-usa-recalls-pig-ear-treats-in-33-state-over-salmonella/

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Okay, well I don't actually like Friends, but somebody might, so have at it.

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which of course is not about her but her granddaughter, and not in the form of memoirs but in various people's letters and journal entries and receipts and oh yes, lots of translation of ancient myth. With footnotes. I think close to 50% of this book might be translation, with an additional 5% being footnotes of said translation.

This is 100% my jam, and I could read a thousand more books like this. I WANT MORE.

If, however, you like a little more action in your plots, pass this by. Yak herding was more exciting.

One thing in which I want to defend the ancients, both in the real world and not. Early in the translation one character complains that the Draconeans had an unnecessarily convoluted writing system, and our main character points out that it appears to be the first writing system so it's not that surprising that they didn't get it wholly right on the first try.

That's a fair point, however, it skips an important consideration.

To people who have seen the advantages of widespread literacy, and especially the advent of print, it's self-evident that you want a writing system to be simple and transparent. But is this obvious to scribes and rulers who haven't seen such a society?

Scribes might complain to themselves about the difficulty, but changing the writing system to make it easier would only serve to put themselves out of business, going in one generation from valued scholars to... nothing, really. I suppose they might put themselves to inventing and learning a simpler system if the ruling class told them "Do it or else", but is the ruling class going to do that? Sure, the peasants might like to write sales receipts and love letters, but what else are they going to write? Pornography? Heresy? Treason?

Writing is risky. Better keep it prestigious and difficult and elite.

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My big thing of red pepper flakes
My kindle (!!!!)

Any thoughts? Neither is in any of the obvious places.

Edit: Ana just texted me the location of my kindle. It was with the cookbooks.

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Recently, new book covers for books I grew up with have come to my attention. I was thinking about making one REALLY BIG poll with ALL of them... but there are just too many, and I'm not going to do that. Instead, I thought I might actually be able to focus enough to do one or two books at a time, whenever I remember, so I'm gonna do that.

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But if your first step is "each player takes a score sheet and places it in front of themself" you really cannot then go on and have all other instructions use "he" for the generic player!

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In response to this column, and you can blame [community profile] agonyaunt for the fact that I even read these.

Harriette's answer to this one was good. I can't help but say, however, that I am the only employee where I work, who has very long, red hair. That is not the reason I was hired, and I don't believe it has ever had any bearing on the way my co-workers feel about me, or the way they treat me.
You can say that isn't the same thing, but why isn't it? I was hired because my employer thought I was the best candidate for the job. I'm sure LW's employer thought the same about her. I go to work everyday with the intention of doing every aspect of my job to the best of my ability, and strive to be friendly and upbeat, even if I don't especially feel like it. I'm sure if LW goes to work with that same mind-set, she'll find the color of her skin doesn't matter any more than the color of my hair!


Oh, god, spare us your drivel. You know why it isn't the same thing? BECAUSE OF FREAKING RACISM.

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Likewise for every inane, stupid, awful, wtf, bad, lying thing some of them say. It's tiring enough to just read their garbage without amplifying all their shit, and I think we know that if I did nothing in my life but tell you which pol from which party* said which "never vote for me, I'm not fit to participate in human society" today I would never finish.

But I think this one might actually take the cake. I nearly vomited there. Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew! AND illogical, AND utterly lacking in compassion AND super gross. EW.



* Let's just pretend that one party isn't knocking it out of the park right now with the grossness.

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If there is, I certainly haven't found it!

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It's a Savage Love advice column, the person writing in wants to know if his penis could've shrunk since adolescence. (Answer: Probably not.)

What interests me is not all the discussion of penis measuring and how it might vary (though that is interesting as well) but the fact that the man writing in apparently thinks that "six and a half inches" is "pretty average".

It is not. An erect penis that length is well above average.

I'm not sure who's been telling people that six inches is somehow average, but it seems like the sort of fake statistic that's bound to make some people feel insecure, so now you know.

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which in retrospect is just as well.

After replacing the u-bend plunging still wasn't getting anywhere, and I was perplexed that I heard a hissing noise every time I pressed down. Was there still some leak somewhere?

Not exactly. After the shitty contractor took out the old toilet that used to be by the washing machine he failed to cap that pipe leading to the outlet, instead just shoving a sponge in there. Which I guess has worked more or less fine until now, but still. Still. According to google this is a fairly cheap and easy fix, which makes this all the more absurd. When I have a chance, I'll deal with that.

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