October 29th, 2012

bilbo

on Texas, Latin, and funny hats

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Over at FB, this picture is making the rounds:

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My first thought on reading this (once the need for a head/desk moment passed) was a memory of a classic West Wing clip:

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Logical fallacies just aren’t cool, no matter which side is relying on them.

Also: where is there a progressive party in this country that actually gives the poor enough resources to buy their votes? Or that the GOP didn’t do just what this meme accuses liberals, through “culture war” issues, tax cuts, and chest-thumping jingoism? But if I get started on that rant we’re going to be here for a while, so I should stop. Just watch the West Wing clip and repeat after me: after does not mean because of. After does not…

bilbo

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Heads up to LJ-ers:

When I've been commenting today, often the sites don't load all the way and the comments I am making don't go through. I'm not sure if it's a local problem or what's causeing it. But it might not be a bad idea to copy your comments to your computer's clipboard (ctrl-A, then ctrl-C in Windows) before submitting. That way if the website doesn't load all the way you just need to paste (ctrl-V) your comment back into the webpage, rather than typing it all again.
bilbo

a blustery day

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Here in the Bronx, things are still rain-free and relatively wind-free, but the day is definitely looking… blustery. There are dark clouds moving at a pretty big clip, though the tree branches aren’t doing much more than gently swaying. I figure the storm will hit in the next few hours, though that’s just a suspicion. I’m kind of looking forward to it and may take a nap later so I can listen to the patter of rain as I fall to sleep. I always love that sound.

But I live in an area that’s not being evacuated, in a solidly-built brownstone and with lots of people on hand in case things go badly. I suspect we’ll probably be okay. I plan to stay inside until the worst of it passes, and then maybe go up to the roof to take in the storm’s after-effects. There’s nothing quite so beautiful as a skyline after a big storm. I suspect this qualifies. I’ll be safe, though, and keep my toesies dry.

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Last night, someone posted a pic of my city’s skyline:

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To which I can only say: The board is set, the pieces are moving; we come to it at last, the great battle of our time. …

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On the writing front, i’m thinking about doing something in honor of NaNoWriMo. Not the actually NaNo (not quite that crazy!) but posting something fannish every day – a character biography or an edited story, to try to build up a section of the WordPress blog where I’ll be hosting my fanfic. Is there interest in this? And would you prefer edited fiction or the biographies I do, which are mainly timelines of a certain character’s life (with both Tolkien’s and my canon, but making it clear which is which)?

Also, I’m making some headway on the non-fanfic writing front. I’m working on a short piece (appr. 600 words) for ThinkChristian.net, reacting to the conversation between Bilbo and Gandalf near the 2:00 mark of the Hobbit trailer. The site has tentatively accepted my idea, though I suppose if the writing’s off or something they may not publish it. I’ll definitely share a link to the piece if it does get published (or post it here if things fall through). I’m also talking with Jim Palmer about becoming part of the advisory board for his Religion-Free Bible Project. I’m trying to put myself out there and volunteer to help people I know and respect. Scary, but some interesting doors are opening up these days.

Here’s hoping hte storm is treating all my other east-coasters gently. May your toes stay warm and your internet connections stable!