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Every person, with the way he lives and acts, with the way he exists and expresses himself in the world, unifies or divides all humanity.

Georgios Mantzaridis

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@Miraz What a great day to be alive! I love the idea of a personal new year. I'd have to ponder a bit to decide what mine would be.

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@tinyroofnail Last I knew about Ray Kurtzweil, he was devoting himself to an elaborate life-extension regime because he hoped to upload his consciousness into the Matrix in his own lifetime. The clock is ticking, Ray.

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I’m still not seeing the Surgeon General’s warning on my Micro.blog timeline.

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@ablerism Don't get me started. In the early 1970s I worked at a state "school" (ha!) for the mentally retarded, as we said at the time. Many, many Down's folks who would now be living active lives in the community, warehoused in a closed institution, often severely held back mentally by environmental deprivation from infancy onward. So, many things have improved greatly, though I wonder about those group homes whose residents you never see...
I have a Down grand-nephew who just finished high school in a public school system and would almost certainly have been institutionalized at birth in those days.

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@annahavron @Denny One obvious application would be to ban adulterers from public office. Waiting to see if that gets enacted.

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@Denny In Hebrew I hope. As Kurt Vonnegut noted, you don't hear much agitation for similar displays of the Beatitudes.

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@dwalbert Resolution: after we agreed that the port was dead, they offered me a discounted "like new" replacement phone with a 1-year warranty. It's on the way. I'm also more aware of charger ports as vulnerable spots, and ordered some silicone plugs to keep gook out of them.

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@annahavron Long ago a friend of mine, who was new to Boston, asked for directions to "Fan-wee" hall. You can imagine how that went.

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@adders Oy. "Soft targets" says a lot about this common mindset.

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@ChrisJWilson Have phone cameras made portrait mode the standard in people's minds?

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@JohnBrady @mineinmono Also, I almost laughed at what a 1960s period piece it is in some ways: it's all about psychedelic drugs!

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@mineinmono I have theories about this being the director's effort to fix what I thought was a big hole in the book: lack of motivation, from what we know about the Fremen, for the big jihad.

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We watched Dune 2. Very pretty, lots of spectacle. I had trouble engaging with any of the characters except perhaps Chani. All the business about the “fundamentalists” was peculiar and definitely not from the book.

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@jabel It is the correct way.

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@ablerism I like it very well. V3 looks like definitely more than I want, though the camera is tempting. But from the camera it's an easy slide into the horror of QR codes and so on. And I've gotten very attached to V2's e-ink display.

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I sent a customer-support email to the light phone people: I think my charger port is dead and I’ll probably have to get a new phone, but I wanted to ask about repairs first. I got a delightful auto-reply: They’re not in the office on weekends! I’ll have to wait till Monday for a real reply. I loved this, ... abbamoses.micro.blog
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@lukemperez Not just bad form, but it tends to be pretty obvious, which makes one look vain and attention-seeking. I looked up an old acquaintance, found that they had a wikipedia page that was transparent self-promotion.

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@tinyroofnail It's really good. I noticed that my copy had notes on almost every page.

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Hatred is not a marker of moral seriousness, clarity, or urgency. It’s just a natural itch that it feels good to scratch.”
Thanks to Kevin Williamson for the reminder.

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@patrickrhone Odd, I don't think I've ever composed on a typewriter. In high school and college (pre-WP) I had to hand in typed papers, but I'd always write the paper in pen or pencil, then transcribe onto the typewriter.

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@jabel Some people need to watch her again with more attention.

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@dwalbert Occasionally in the middle of a frightening dream I'll realize Wait, this must be a dream, and I calm down. Sometimes the dream will even continue without my waking up right away.

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@patrickrhone Beautiful. I'm enjoying imagining sitting at that table. (3 participles in a row in that last sentence. Bad?) Is typing different/better than writing for you? (Of course it's better than the computer!)

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@miljko "Not everything in the world is a problem, and to see the world as a series of problems is to limit the potential of both world and self. What problem does a song address? What problem will reading Voltaire help you solve, in any predictable way? The “problem” approach—the “engagement” approach, the save-the-world approach—leaves out, finally, what I’d call learning." Thanks for the links.

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@annahavron Moments before I read this, my wife told me she'd seen our first firefly* of the season!
* She calls them lightning bugs, I call them fireflies, yet we've lived in peace for 36 years.

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@ReaderJohn Related quip from I think Andrew Louth, about the paradox of apophatic theology: St Maximos recognized that, though God is beyond human understanding, he is not beyond human misunderstanding.

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@jabel Moments before reading this I finished the great Bonnie Kristian's I think I'm getting tired of the internet. Coincidence? Though she focuses more on the increasing same-old-same-old factor than on the snark factor.

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@ReaderJohn Orthodox worship is so central to what Orthodoxy is all about that I'd probably encourage the curious to attend the Divine Liturgy for a month before they even looked at a theological/apologetic work. I'd go a little further and say that the whole content of the faith is built into the full cycle of services without need for any theological books.

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A post that passes along L M Sacasas’ 41 Questions about Technology.

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I subscribed to the print (!!) version of The Lamp. The content is very RC, and in a sort of leather-armchair, pipe-smoking way that I find especially unappealing. But they’ve really put some thought into making a beautiful magazine, and for that I’m grateful and plan to keep backing them.

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Finished reading Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine. Really delightful. The plot: the narrator buys shoelaces at CVS on his lunch break, in 135 pages. I laughed out loud in several places, and feel as if my awareness of everyday reality has been strangely sharpened.

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Ross Douthat said a while ago: “If you don’t like the religious right, wait till you meet the post-religious right.” No need to wait, they’re here and in control. The picture is just confused by so many of them calling themselves “evangelicals”. (and sometimes “trad caths” or whatnot.)

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I’m not much of a self-help reader, but I appreciated this Raptitude post. Basic idea: there are still small, simple changes we can make in our lives that can produce big, or at least disproportionate, gains in quality of life. It prompted me to take care to go to bed with the dishes done and the kitchen t... abbamoses.micro.blog
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It’s the Equinox! For reasons I don’t understand, day and night lengths actually converged a few days ago in our area. But this is the official day. Happiest thought: day length is increasing faster than at any other time (2.5 minutes more daylight every day!).

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I’ve been thinking about a critique of blog posts as “performative” and looking at my own. Conclusion: Yes, definitely performative. If I write anything online, it’s because I hope it will be beneficial (maybe enlightening, maybe just entertaining) to readers. So baring my real self, whatever that might be... abbamoses.micro.blog
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Very worthwhile review/consideration of A Web of Our Own Making. Whoever first called it “the web” said much more than they knew. Re AI etc: > It is not that humans will “lose” to autonomous technologies that will “learn to do without us.” Rather, he despairs, the danger is rooted in the kryptonite of our... abbamoses.micro.blog
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Would like to read: Food in a Just World. Learned about it on Marion Nestle’s always-good site.

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Three new family members. Amazing to see them walking around so alertly and realize they’re less than 24 hours old.
Triplets are a bit unusual for sheep: 1 or 2 is the usual lambing.

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De-Appification! I just cancelled two online subscriptions: (1) TeuxDeux, which I expect to replace with pen-and-paper journaling in the bullet journal style; (2) Raindrop. I created a text file with urls I want to save, along with brief descriptions of contents. Both of these apps are excellent at what th... abbamoses.micro.blog
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I’m trying (again) to move my to-dos, appointments, etc. to pure pen & paper. Will probably start out slavishly following the Bullet Journal method, then adapt it as needed. Any advice welcome from those on the same path.

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We had a small outbreak of mosquitos in our house. Mysterious, since it’s the dead of winter here. We finally found that they were breeding in a watering can that my wife uses to water houseplants. But there had to be a mosquito alive in midwinter to lay the eggs, right? Mystery still unsolved.

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We watched Sound of Metal a couple of nights ago and I’m still thinking about it. Sometimes it got uncomfortably close to being a Movie With a Message, but then went beyond that in striking ways. Deep.

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I’m happily settled into Linux and, frankly, feel a bit like one of the cool kids. When you get down to it, desktop operating systems are pretty much the same, and a lot of the partisanship about them resembles the pseudo-feud between Ford and Chevy pickup owners. But switching over was simple, and explori... abbamoses.micro.blog
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I think my sourdough starter is dead. SAD! The loaf has been sitting for 4 hours without doing much of anything. This evening I’ll bake it no matter what, perhaps use the result for a doorstop.

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It is worth thinking which kinds of “small steps toward a much better world” do not produce such countervailing effects.

This made me think a bit about the possibility of actions for good that avoid a neutralizing counter-action. I wonder if there really are any?