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Quotes From Here and There

This clock may not be exactly “steampunk”, but it certainly tickles the dials-and-knobs delight!here (Oh my! I really do need to win Powerball.)

“A pedant or grammarian, I think, is the worst possible judge of literature—except the general public.”there

That flash of light is the first clue that the technology is too good to be true.here

Plagued by an apparently incurable case of idiot’s whimsy, yesterday I decided to perform all my household chores as though I were creating a work of art.there

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Well, maybe Mr Fashion Designer might have benefited from reading about how he treated the help, but then again, it’s my experience that a certain type of person never comes to realize when they are in the wrong.here

This is…ironic? Yes? The definition of irony has always eluded me, but I think that’s what we’ve got here.there

…and for one brief moment, I achieve a status in their eyes that is absolutely Gandalfian or Dumbledoresque.here

Once the skies had been thronged with gods.there

It dawned on me this morning that the most obvious difference here is between respecting practice rather than product. This doesn’t mean that product doesn’t matter, far from it, but by achieving the ends desired by using similar or identical means we offer a greater degree of respect for those who produced the products that we admire or are influenced by.here

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Forget parking spaces — I’m not sure these men have the intellectual depth to handle driving.here (Wow. Really?)

Which, in the end, proves that just having access to an encyclopedia won’t make anybody smarter. … The Internet has just allowed us to be who we already were on a much grander scale. It hasn’t changed us. It’s magnified us.there

If you are so scared of life that you have to cling to your world view despite proven facts, then I don’t need to waste time talking to you.here (and thanks for the link)

The avalanche of novelty quilting cotton holiday wear that invaded my blogroll last December irreversibly infected me on Christmas Eve. I raced to Hancock’s, and had a skirt for dinner the next day.there

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I don’t much do “resolutions”, because it always seems slightly unrealistic to suddenly expect to adopt an entirely new approach to life or something based merely on the flipping of a calendar page.here

One of the gifts I gave the DC* for Christmas was a low-temperature Stirling engine kit that, much like us, runs off a cup of tea.there

Happy New Year, people. And animals. Okay, yeah, and sentient plants and ghosts and any alien stopping by for a quick read before it’s time for a probing appointment. Let’s just get ‘em all in so no one writes to me, calling me a “species-ist” or something.here

My friends R, JC and I have always preferred to set a theme for the upcoming year rather than individual goals. Themes like “Expand Horizons”, or “Take Chances”.there

One of Those Silly Year-End Review Things

Everybody does it: a big Year-End Year In Review post. Well, I thought about going through each of my categories and picking one favorite post from each but then I thought, “That will take a long time.” So I settled on just two favorite topics: Books and Sewing Projects. Then I thought, maybe a few favorite quotes of the year. And then I thought maybe… but no, I’m getting into too much work. It’s a lazy time of year. So, anyway, here we go.

Favorite Books Read in 2014

When I think about all the books I have read this year I am a little disappointed that I did not manage to read more. I normally spend only about 15 to 30 minutes a day, before bedtime, reading so it takes me a couple of months or even longer to get through a book but in the last few months of the year I have been reading more, maybe an additional hour a day and I hope to continue that trend in the coming year. But, even though there have been relatively few books read, it is still hard to pick just a few favorites. They were all good. But there are a couple or three that stand out.

My favorite books that took me somewhere I was interested in but knew little about was This is Not That Dawn by Yashpal and Daughters of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong.

Well now, if I started listing every book that I enjoyed this year I would soon have listed all of them but there’s one more I have to mention. I read less science fiction and more history and travel books this year than ever before but science fiction is still my favorite genre and of course the book I must mention is the one written by one of my cyberspace neighbors, the closest I’ve come to reading a book by someone I actually “know” – I’m talking, of course, about Stardancer by Kelly Sedinger. Was it my favorite of the year? That’s hard to say; I have a hard time picking favorites and I have read several very good books this year, but this one is definitely good and definitely one of my favorites.

Favorite Sewing Projects of 2014

Oh my! I have made some lovely clothes this year. I love them all. Well, maybe not all. There are a couple that I don’t love quite so much and a few that I really do love but for some reason have not worn very many times but we won’t talk about those right now. I’m here to list favorites. So, first of all, there was this paisley top. Love the colors, love paisley, love the rick rack. In May, I made the lovely roses and lace dress. Then in early June (or perhaps late May and I only got around to posting in June?) was the simple dandelion dress, one of my most often worn dresses of those made this year. In between those I made this adorable romper for my granddaughter. Honestly, I love this so much I have been tempted to make a blouse or something for myself with this fabric and eyelet trim. I bought it at a local store and I know it’s still available.

Oh, so many. You need to just go look at them all again. Okay, okay. Just two more. My true favorite dress to wear, this orange and teal batik dress and my most complimented garment of the year, the brown gingham shirt. (Darn, I wish hadn’t screwed up those buttonholes.)

And finally, Favorite Quotes of 2014

All is well, but nothing is complete. It goes on forever and I can only stand, watch and wonder. (link)

I personally have always considered committees as proof that human beings evolved from animals that had tails and liked to chase them. (link)

My theory with dresses and fashion is all about everyday is a celebration, everyday is worth dressing up for, everyday is awesome. (link)

…“if you cannot walk more than a block in your shoes, they are not shoes; they are pretty sculptures that you happen to have attached to your feet.” (link)

I thought I wanted a pair of trousers with a fly front, but turns out I don’t have man parts that necessitate a zipper in the front. (link)

Why do we want to celebrate our main events with foot sprains and blisters? (link)

If I had a dollar for every time a middle class, white, lesbian with a Women’s Studies degree tried to tell ME how to appropriately respect MY OWN CULTURE AND HERITAGE, I could probably buy a goddamn reservation and turn it into a theme park. (link)

I hope that it’s not just me who thinks that having speed bumps in front of a JoAnns is funny! (link)

Okay, this is getting to be more than just a “a few” and I’m only halfway through the year and I haven’t even had breakfast yet. You people – bloggers – write too much profound and quotable stuff.

Happy New Year everyone.

Quotes From Here and There

…it’s amazing how many years a big chain business can be “circling the drain” and still hang on.here

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a point here, about synchronicity and serendipity and the strange and magical nature of the creative mind of man.there

Schlitzie was a ray of sunshine, and his smile and unconditional love shined on all those around him.here

Mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia.there

I had no idea it would be this exciting and charming and funny and delightful and really, just utterly incredible, watching someone learn to talk.here

Litotes and bathos wrapped in a subjunctive mood hidden inside a false indicative: my regular manner of imparting information, either verbally or typed into an email’s oblong box.there

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Every thing in the history of the world that’s been worth doing has had to start somewhere, and that the world doesn’t always make a huge deal of things doesn’t mean they’re not worth doing.here

Oh, love! let us love with a love that loves,
Loving on with a love forever;
there

To put it another way, in the twenty-first century’s speeded-up time and vast platter of choices, the past seems to have become shorter.here

Because isn’t that really what we dream of? Not so much doing nothing but read all day but the luxury of being able to make that choice.there

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…I’d still like to punch the person who said, “The reward for doing good work is the opportunity to do more work.”here

One of the nicer news stories of a few years ago that made me smile? In my parents’ town, the members of the local Jewish synagogue went to the Salvation Army and offered to do the cooking for Christmas dinner for the people at the shelter there, so the usual cooks and servers could have Christmas with their families. I also remember the quote from one of the women from the synagogue: “We had to ask a lot of advice in advance; we don’t exactly have experience preparing hams.”there (Wow!)

Sorry, that’s it this time. I haven’t been spending much time reading blogs this week. I have been trying to hurry and finish an awesome book before the next awesome book arrives, which should be today.

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Also: the older I get, the creepier J. Peterman marketing copy gets. Is this happening to anyone else?here

Of course this entire narrative is utter nonsense from beginning to end, but that never stopped a good story.there

…but every sour review was met by the ringing of cash registers.here

Because of the way we are built, and because of the way we learn from our environment, we are all engines of misbelief.there

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Advertising agencies understand that you can sell a product by making it a solution to an imaginary fear. “Better safe than sorry” sells a lot of widgets.here

Often, movie-makers are not even aware that real science is often more amazing than the lame made-up ideas they come up with.there

… “you don’t necessarily need to get in the middle of some big dramatic fight at school, but just saying “Hi” to someone in the hallways or sitting with someone who sits alone at lunch can literally change their life.”here

…I had trouble finding a reputable source to confirm this nickname. I add this note in the interest of full disclosure, though I will retain the possible pseudo-nickname in the title on the basis of the sheer creepiness of the photo.there

Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic.here

The execution could have been better but I like the idea.there (I love that first picture!)

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To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.here

The next time you see a light bulb used in a cartoon as an image of a bright idea, remember at which end of the bulb the genius really lies.there

Ah, that’s why I felt I’d heard the tune before.here

It was a dark, moody night, I’d been chasing dead leads like a dog with a broken tail chases a rubber shoe down a blind alley full of tears and cynical calicoes.there

This deadly assassin claims hundreds every morning. It’s probably in your house right now.here

Technology is not (just) a smartphone with an app for locating a flunky to make you a sandwich.there

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Because of the way our brains work, something rare and exotic is much scarier than something that’s familiar.here

I would be irresistible to the ladies if only I had bright blue inflatable throat sacs…there

… it’s “only drudgery if you’re reading it for school.”here

…we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an opportunity to learn about the relative merits and downsides of randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, laboratory work, and more.there

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Of all the pro-education stuff our parents did, that may have been the subtlest but one of the most important: if you don’t know something, don’t just shrug and go “meh,” go find out.here

And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help.there

It’s all about the avoidance of catastrophe.here

The cumulus cloud of apathy has formed above our heads and is raining down a waste of time upon us; an absolute downpour.there

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Honestly, on the off-chance that I have kids one day, this scene is how they are learning the alphabet.here

From what I can make out, our indignant Guardianista is upset that some white female celebrities have been happily drawing attention to their fulsome hindquarters, which are, it seems, the latest must-have fashion item among the suggestible and insecure.there

Jackson’s life seems to have been generally free of drama, which surely disappoints anyone looking for demons and skeletons in her personal closet to account for the apparent darkness her imagination often generated.here

I wept, and wept again at the inequality of the universe, and then considered that what I save on gas I can spend on MORE HelloKitty stuff…there

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It’s hard to figure out the first question to ask when someone reads something like that, since “why” and “how” both jockey so effectively for attention.here

Tuesdays are ninja Mondays: just as bad, but you never see them coming.”there

I always include the legs – those are the scariest part. Naturalist type sites that give the size as “legs excluded” are totally missing the point.here
(I’m sure no one will appreciate this interesting bit of information but I saw a thing on Facebook that said you are never more than three feet away from a spider at any given moment. It was just one of those silly things you see on Facebook, though. Probably not true. Don’t let it keep you up tonight.)

Humans are prone to rely on examples and experiences that can be easily recalled. The idea is that if we can remember it, it must be important. This mental shortcut is termed the availability heuristic. A key drawback of the heuristic is that it leads us to overestimate the prevalence of memorable events.there

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Surely, someone who believes that saying “Satan,” repeatedly, to a glass of water will alter the water’s physical properties needs to be treated with a dash of skepticism—no?here

Of course it being the dictum that on the editorial front one must kill ones babies you’d think I should attack these sections more, or that later editorial input would see them getting chopped up. This is not the case, because that dictum is crap.there

What exactly went on in this room, with its wall of windows, high work tables, and piles of fabric on the side?here

It is a short trip, however, from banning someone for being a genuine troll, to using the label “troll” to ban someone who is simply expressing a contrary opinion. This can go from basic hygiene to sanitizing a site of any impurity of thought or opinion.there

The labelling of classical tracks on Amazon, where they offer you little snippets to listen to, is routinely done by naming the pieces with such things as their tempo or loudness markings, while neglecting to tell you what the piece is or what number movement it is. They just can’t be bothered to get it right.here

It is great to be around machines that make you laugh. We spend most of our days with machines that haven’t a funny bone in their bodies, machines that turn us into dour button-pushers, machines that conceal their workings in casings that cannot be opened, machines that invalidate their warranties if you even think about repairing them on your own, machines that are more likely to evoke a groan than a smile.there

Book Quote

From Orbus by Neal Asher:

“The introduction of technology slows the process of evolution, but it never actually ceases, … and when technology advances sufficiently to be applied to the bodies and minds of those wielding it, it becomes a tool of evolution.”

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Somewhere between Salvador Dalí’s illustrations of Montaigne, the weird and wonderful Codex Seraphinianus, and the visual history of Gotham’s imaginary apocalypse, the book is a singular shrine to some of the most eternal of human hopes and fears, and, above all, our immutable longing for grace, for mercy, for the miraculous.here

When the aliens come, as they must, I’ll remind them that this world of ours is so incredibly diverse that there’s a disambiguation page for “Puke.”there

apparently there was a lot of peeing going on in that duplexhere

(This post kinda went downhill after that first quote didn’t it?)

I have decided that I don’t believe in UFOs. (Spaceships are another story.)there

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As an aside, it’s interesting to note how nationalism could be such a potent force in driving the creation of some of the most wonderful music ever written, and yet, in politics, the nationalism of the late 1800s eventually led straight to the staggering catastrophe that was World War I.here

…blessed are the easily amused for they shall have no shortage of things to laugh at.there

My point is not that everyone must accept the legitimacy of abortion and same-sex intimacy. Reasonable people can disagree on these issues. My point is only that those who oppose abortion and same-sex intimacy should not look to the Bible to support their positions. That support is simply not there.here

The word alone evokes a “get off my lawn, you damn kids” reaction in so many people, and some cultural commentators even insist it’s a sign of our increasingly narcissistic times.there