aeddubh: (dream)
The Smithsonian's first-ever Kickstarter:

Reboot the Suit: Bring Back Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit
aeddubh: (dream)
aeddubh: (dream)
Good news: Mungo had his stitches out today. Bad news: when the tech brought him back out, he still had the e-collar on. Said tech: "You're going to hate me." (Never a good sign...) Part of the incision is irritated and needs to have neosporin on it and be kept away from the Mungo-tongue for awhile. So, more cone for him. Luckily, I can work from home, but I'm getting oddly stir-crazy.

Commander Conehead in all his goofy glory... )
aeddubh: (dream)
Update on Mungo's medical issue:

- He came through the surgery just fine and is healing well

- The tumor was only Stage 1 and they got it all ::sigh of relief::

- He was bewildered by the E-collar at first, but now he has learned to wield it to enhance his blast radius

- We're going to keep him on the doggie downers until after the 4th because he hates loud noises and we don't want him to spaz out while we're away and rip stitches; our vet concurs

I've been working from home for the last several days, which is the longest stretch I've ever done. Kind of weird but not unpleasant after I got used to being a bit lonely.


Jun. 26th, 2015 01:28 pm
aeddubh: (thisislove)

(copied with permission from [ profile] ursulav)

SCOTUS rules that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

It's been a good week for SCOTUS decisions. I wonder whether Scalia is actually foaming at the mouth at this point...
aeddubh: (sauron)

Let's raise a glass to:

Lord Summerisle
The Comte de Rochefort
The Man with the Golden Gun

and many many others...

A man who had met Tolkien, re-read the Lord of the Rings every year, and told Peter Jackson exactly what sort of noise someone makes when you stab them from behind...

Actor. Warrior. And totally metal.

Hail to the traveler!
aeddubh: (russ sigh)
So, Monster Alice and I are a little worried about our dog Mungo. He apparently has what is called a "mast cell tumor". We're taking him in to get it removed and biopsied after FSG. We're really hoping it's only stage 1 and that will be that, but good thoughts or prayers for him would be appreciated.
aeddubh: (thisislove)
Morning Edition has been doing a series on attitudes towards gay marriage in North Dakota. This is the first one I've managed to catch so far:

A North Dakota family breaks the silence on gay marriage

Interesting and thought-provoking. Very heartening the way the family seems to be dealing with it, too.

There was a bit of nuance to the gay marriage debate that often gets forgotten in the news coverage (you have to go to the transcript to get this; the online article is a summary):

GREENE: ... To her back [when she was young, a born-again Christian], love meant convincing people there was really only one acceptable path.

M. HOFFERT: And I was doing it out of love. So I'm trying to understand and remember that there are people - and I'm not talking about the extreme people where I see that religion is a cover for hate. I'm talking about people who are truly thinking, out of love, that they want something different for the people in their lives that they know. And, you know, it's like I'm just trying to assume positive intent and to stop there. It's hard though, sometimes.
[at end of story]
GREENE: ... The impression we left with was of a loving family struggling with something really hard. When Melanie got engaged a few days ago, the whole family congratulated her - every member. Wherever the Supreme Court lands on gay marriage this term, the kinds of conversations we heard all this week are going to go on. They bring to mind something Melanie told us in that abandoned church on the farm where she grew up. People can be conflicted about something and still be thinking out of love.

Gives me some hope after reading a very different story recently.
aeddubh: (dream)
"The use of [fantasy] is to give you pleasure and delight."

She has a lot of good things to say about fantasy and the American attitude towards it... things have changed since 1974, of course, but what she says about Puritanism and the devaluation of anything that can't be monetized- that still rings true.

Found the link in an excellent recent interview with her.

Also: Wow, she's 85. So's my Dad. Time marches on...

Kate Hanna

Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:05 am
aeddubh: (dream)
Kate Hanna passed away this morning after a valiant battle against cancer. She was surrounded by love and support in her last days, and the generosity and compassion of her friends and loved ones was truly moving.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Snow Leopard Trust:

Most of you who knew her probably have (or will) find out about this via other means, but I thought it best to spread the word wide anyway.

Ave atque vale, Kate.

(f*** cancer)
aeddubh: (books)
I haven't read as much Terry Pratchett as many of my friends, but I've loved what I *have* read. The first couple of Discworld books are on my "re-read as necessary" list, as is "Good Omens". His writing was warm, funny , and generally kind. He also routinely had moments where he took my breath away- Death's speech towards the end of "Hogfather" will still bring tears to my eyes.

Another appreciation, entirely personal to me: I generally dislike being Told Something for My Own Good. Although I often got the feeling that's what Pratchett was doing in at least some of his books, it didn't bother me and I still loved what I was reading.
aeddubh: (panholio)
Reading this article, and this song came up on my mp3 player.

Love it...
aeddubh: (jack santa)

I don't agree with all his points, but his conclusion hits the mark:

So, if you're gathering with your family and friends this time of year, I personally don't care what you call the holiday as long as you celebrate it with this in mind:

You don't get many of these. Make them count.

So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus.
aeddubh: (solstice)

Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the earth was, my god that little thing is so fragile out there.

— Mike Collins

Wishing you a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season. May your new year be full of kindness and compassion.
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