aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Planet of the Apes)
( Oct. 1st, 2013 05:59 pm)
The government shutdown here in the States brought this scene to mind. MAJOR SPOILERS for original Planet of the Apes movie )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfgyfu and Cnut)
( Apr. 15th, 2013 09:33 pm)
I cannot believe the news from Boston.

Hugs and prayers for everyone on my flist. I hope you and all your loved ones are okay.
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A lot of people are reposting appeals for Kony 2012/Invisible Children. Before you give money or repost, I urge you to read the following:

"Think Twice Before Donating to Kony 2012, the Charitable Meme du Jour" at Jezebel

and

Visible Children

Visible Children warns not only that this "charity" spends the vast bulk of its money, but it supports military interventions by armies with histories of war crimes.

The Charity Navigator page for Invisible Children is worth seeing--particularly at the bottom, where it is compared with other charities with similar missions, and in the middle, where the financial data are given (including administrative expenses of over 16%; Doctors without Borders, by contrast, is under 2% there).

Invisible Children responds here, so you can read their answers too before you decide.
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This discovery is awesome: Anglo-Saxonist Elaine Treharne, showing students an early printed text of Chaucer, found a Latin poem pasted in back that other people must have seen but ignored. So Prof. Treharne, in a sense, discovered a new, early modern Latin poem, by a woman, to her tutor. Read the article here; it's not long, and lots of fun. Patrick Conner, another Anglo-Saxonist, manages to get mention in the article as well.

Anglo-Saxonists can work in later eras and often do, quite successfully. Take that, pro-modern bias!
This discovery is awesome: Anglo-Saxonist Elaine Treharne, showing students an early printed text of Chaucer, found a Latin poem pasted in back that other people must have seen but ignored. So Prof. Treharne, in a sense, discovered a new, early modern Latin poem, by a woman, to her tutor. Read the article here; it's not long, and lots of fun. Patrick Conner, another Anglo-Saxonist, manages to get mention in the article as well.

Anglo-Saxonists can work in later eras and often do, quite successfully. Take that, pro-modern bias!
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Aug. 8th, 2011 04:30 pm)
I've been away from the news the last few days and just heard about the riots in London! Now, of course, I'm trying desperately to remember which of my LJ friends actually live in London. I can't believe the pictures I'm seeing and the news from the web and on the radio.

I hope all of you are okay. I pray that the violence ends soon.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Aug. 8th, 2011 04:30 pm)
I've been away from the news the last few days and just heard about the riots in London! Now, of course, I'm trying desperately to remember which of my LJ friends actually live in London. I can't believe the pictures I'm seeing and the news from the web and on the radio.

I hope all of you are okay. I pray that the violence ends soon.
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See this entry by [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg for a little bit of misinformation accidentally spread by German news.
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See this entry by [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg for a little bit of misinformation accidentally spread by German news.
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From The Ann Arbor News: "The male patient who swallowed rodent poisoning and breathed a toxic, potentially flammable gas is still isolated in his room. . . ."

Srsly? Who knew?

I do feel bad for the patient who took it; I won't speculate on reasons. I hope they can help him.
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From The Ann Arbor News: "The male patient who swallowed rodent poisoning and breathed a toxic, potentially flammable gas is still isolated in his room. . . ."

Srsly? Who knew?

I do feel bad for the patient who took it; I won't speculate on reasons. I hope they can help him.
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Those who don't want to read about politics may want to skip this. I'm not trying to be partisan, but each party has already staked out its own position on the matters I'm about to discuss.

Every time I turn on the news or read the newspaper, I am confronted by politicians in several states (including mine) saying that government employees get pensions to which they contribute not a cent—that my friends, colleagues, and I are freeloaders living it up at the expense of taxpayers. Less a rant than an appeal for understanding )
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Those who don't want to read about politics may want to skip this. I'm not trying to be partisan, but each party has already staked out its own position on the matters I'm about to discuss.

Every time I turn on the news or read the newspaper, I am confronted by politicians in several states (including mine) saying that government employees get pensions to which they contribute not a cent—that my friends, colleagues, and I are freeloaders living it up at the expense of taxpayers. Less a rant than an appeal for understanding )
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"The Royal Society's Lost Women Scientists" appeared a few days ago in The Guardian; I thought it worth reposting. I've heard of Margaret Cavendish and Mary Somerville, but I don't recall hearing of Caroline Herschel, for instance.
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"The Royal Society's Lost Women Scientists" appeared a few days ago in The Guardian; I thought it worth reposting. I've heard of Margaret Cavendish and Mary Somerville, but I don't recall hearing of Caroline Herschel, for instance.
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Benoit Mandelbrot died today at the age of 85. Brilliant Husband just came into my home office to utter the line that I've used as my subject title.

In honor of Mandelbrot, a video of the Jonathan Coulton song from which the line comes appears under the cut. The video, by one FlyByPC, uses the song as audio and shows a zoom into the Mandelbrot set as video. It's really cool.

Watch the video )
Benoit Mandelbrot died today at the age of 85. Brilliant Husband just came into my home office to utter the line that I've used as my subject title.

In honor of Mandelbrot, a video of the Jonathan Coulton song from which the line comes appears under the cut. The video, by one FlyByPC, uses the song as audio and shows a zoom into the Mandelbrot set as video. It's really cool.

Watch the video )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Martha)
( Sep. 24th, 2010 05:42 pm)
Via [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg: "City school hasn't got time or space for lost Dalek".

Who on earth would lose a life-sized Dalek, one that people can really sit inside, and not realize it? The BBC?
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