Home again, home again

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

I got home around 9 (thanks to the UIC person who kindly added twenty minutes to her trip to give me a ride home and save me waiting for an Uber), and kind of collapsed into a chair for a while, after snuggling the kids. Kev wandered down after a bit, said hi, made them bacon and eggs. They ate all of that but said they were still hungry, so I made them oatmeal. Anand, in particular, is eating twice what I do these days, it’s kind of amazing.

I managed to get myself a little lox and bagel, and started feeling slightly more human, and now I have finally managed to make tea and take my meds. (The little white Tamoxifen pill, I think of as cancer-be-gone.) Still kind of exhausted, but starting to come back to normal. I have a few more photos to upload from the march, and then, it’s time to get to work. 

“This is not a moment, this is the movement.”

New Vid: Hannibal "Vampire Smile"

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:44 pm
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Title: Vampire Smile
Fandom: Hannibal (tv)
Music: Vampire Smile by Kyla La Grange
Characters/Pairing: Will Graham/Hannibal Lector
Summary: you'll need me and we can be obsessed
Warnings: graphic violence

download + streaming here on lj, here on dw and here on AO3.

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Posted by Kevin Kelly

I’m a big fan of YouTube tutorials by folks who make things. One of the best YouTube channels for cool and unusual doable (by average person) projects is Grant Thompson’s King of Random. He has a well-deserved following of 7.5 million subscribers. His detailed instructions are impeccably researched, his build details clever yet totally reliable, and his project designs extremely fun and even “dangerous” in a good way. His videos are blueprints for projects but also teach me how to do my own. — KK

My first choice for getting money when traveling overseas is to use a credit card with no foreign exchange transaction fees. Credit cards give me the best exchange rates, and it reduces how much cash I carry. (If a card is not accepted, my second choice is local cash issued from an ATM, using a debit card without transaction costs. I don’t bother with Travelers Checks; they are unusable these days. And traditional money exchanges have unfavorable rates.) For a credit card without foreign transaction fees, I use a Chase Sapphire Reserve which has lots of other perks, but a high annual fee. Another good option is the Capital One Venture for $60 per year, but less perks. For the current lowdown on the best travel cards and their perks see ThePointsGuy, a free blog full of travel advice. — KK

Email App:
For many years I’ve used Gmail’s web interface. I’ve tried lots of standalone apps, but they always fell short and I’d return to Gmail. Then I tried Spark (Mac OS X and iOS) and I’m hooked. It’s smart, snappy, and has lightning fast search. I have not used Gmail since installing Spark. — MF

Here’s a funny anecdote from Isaac Asimov’s autobiography, It’s Been a Good Life. — MF

This feels like the golden age of movie theaters. I find myself making more movie dates at either dine-in theaters, like the Alamo Drafthouse or at ones with luxury loungers. Buying tickets in advance for reserved seating makes it really convenient. — CD

A while back I reverted to using an analog to-do list because it forces me to be accountable when I have to carry over my tasks to the next day. Then, this YouTube video on How to Bullet Journal entered my life and took my notebook skills to the next level. — CD


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We ALL contribute

Jan. 22nd, 2017 02:27 pm
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Posted by Sigrid Ellis

I am reading blog posts, tweets, Tumblr posts, Instagram posts, and y’all —

— y’all are amazing.

Don’t you DARE feel bad about what you personally are doing for the resistance. Don’t you dare be hard on yourself for your contributions. Don’t compare yourself to someone else to your detriment.

Marching alone will not save us. Phone banking alone will not save us. Donations alone will not save us. One-on-one conversations with strangers, friends, and family alone will not save us. Voting alone will not save us. Blogging alone will not save us. Town hall meetings alone will not save us.

There is no magic bullet, there is no prince’s kiss. We need the ENTIRE revolution for the revolution to succeed.

I see y’all out there, doing the hard work of this marathon resistance movement, and I tell you again:

You are valued. You are NEEDED.

Thank you.



Stay Woke

Jan. 22nd, 2017 02:49 pm
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Groggily awake, about forty minutes from home. Slept better last night, due to my seatmate not being here; she was coming back later on a plane; I got to curl up a bit, which helped mightily. I admit, if I’d planned this further in advance and could’ve gotten a reasonably-priced flight, that would’ve been a better option — I wouldn’t recommend the Rally bus for the experience alone. Well, maybe once. But it’s definitely a little rough. (And the WiFi didn’t seem to work; I’ve been tethering my laptop to my phone’s WiFi, and I don’t have unlimited data, so I imagine I’ve used it all up, and possibly then some.)

D.C.’s entire population is only about 670,000. The march concentrated 500,000 people on the Mall and surrounding streets. It was a little frustrating at the time, not being able to see the performers (or even come close enough to see the Jumbotron scenes), or to hear anything. But in retrospect, given those numbers, I forgive the organizers for not setting up more speakers and screens. This was an unprecedented event.

Very glad I went, though it’s going to take me a little while to really understand the experience in some ways. But at a time when the future is feeling so uncertain, it felt like in that moment, the best thing I could do was put my body out there, demanding to be counted.

I know not everyone who wanted to march could do so, due to physical, financial, or other challenges. But however you choose to participate, now is the time to do so. Stand up. Be counted.


(Pictured below, me and an old friend I haven’t seen in forever, Angeline Martyn. It ended up far too crowded for us to find each other at the march; we marched separately. But we were together.)

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Keidra Chaney has posted a most excellent essay on her process of coming to terms with progressive vision loss. You may know her as part of The Learned Fangirl. She addresses the barriers fandom erects as well as her own shame and confusion.

But I didn’t anticipate how much my vision disorder would eventually affect my own view of myself, my work, and my life in fandom.

In pop culture, disability is a trope, especially visual impairment.


wizz for coding! part 3, alan turing

Jan. 22nd, 2017 10:08 am
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alan turing invented the COLOSSOS, machine for understanding ger., lat., fr., ect which won the war for BRITTAN cheers cheers cheers. even tho he was a grate pionear of computer sience, the goverment did not respekt him, becos he did not hav a beard.

all mr turing’s discovereys are v popular at st. custards, eg the HALTING PROBLEM, which shos that you canot tell whether or not hedmaster’s pi-jaw will go on for ever.

mr turing also invented the turing test. this demonstrates that a computer is intelegent if a human canot tell whether it is another human. hence super wizard wheez to see whether sigismund the mad maths master wil notice if i send the MOLESWORTH-O-TRON 9000 to maths klass while i stay in bed.

SIGISMUND: molesworth, why hav you not done your prep
MOLESWORTH-O-TRON: is it becos I hav not done my prep that you speke to me
SIGISMUND: what is the square on the hipotnus?
MOLESWORTH-O_TRON: some of the squares on the other sides
PEASON: sir sir i have a question sir
SIGISMUND: what is it peason
PEASON: ; drop table mathematiks; –
(with a grate CRASH the molesworth-o-tron fall to the floor)
SIGISMUND: well i never, molesworth is a computer

thus we see, my deres, that i, nigel molesworth, hav absolutely 0 brane at all.

Moral Polarization and Many Pussyhats

Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:47 am
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Posted by John Holbo

I agree with a lot in this piece by Will Wilkinson. But I disagree with stuff he says after asking the question ‘why is our moral culture polarizing?’

One place to start is to ask why it is that people, as individuals, gravitate to certain moral and political viewpoints. Jonathan Haidt’s “moral foundations” theory—which shows that conservatives and liberals have different moral sensibilities, sensitive to different moral considerations—is perhaps the best-known account. But there are others.

In a 2012 piece for the Economist, I surveyed some of the research in personality psychology that indicates a correlation between political ideology and a couple of the “Big Five” dimensions of personality—conscientiousness and openness to experience, in particular—and then connected that to evidence that people have self-segregated geographically by personality and ideology. It’s an interesting post and you should read it.

The upshot is that liberals (low conscientiousness, high openness to experience) and conservatives (high conscientiousness, low openness) have distinctive personalities, and that there’s reason to believe we’ve been sorting ourselves into communities of psychologically/ideologically similar people.

Wilkinson goes on to talk about other, non-Haidt stuff that contributes to polarization. I like that better. (I think Wilkinson does, too.) But I want to grouse about Haidt, who I think has done interesting empirical work but who commits what I regard as terrible howlers when it comes to moral theory, and when it comes to reasoning about practical, normative implications of his work.

Let me start with a logic problem, pointing to a crack in the empirical work. (Plus pussyhats and protests, for topical value.) Haidt is highly bothered about two problems he sees with liberalism on campus – and in other environments in which lefties predominate. He’s written a lot of popular stuff about this.

1) An unbalanced moral ecology. Allegedly liberals have a thinner base of values, whereas conservatives have a broader one. Everyone, liberal and conservative alike, is ok with care/no harm/liberty – although liberals are stronger on these. Conservatives are much stronger on the loyalty/authority/purity axis, since allegedly liberals are weak-to-negligible here. (Haidt used to say there were five, now there are six foundations. I’m not going to quibble about that.) So: not enough conservatives in liberal environments to ensure a flexible, broad base of values. How illiberal!

2) Political correctness. Haidt has a real bug in his ear about this one.

The logic problem is this. If 2) is a problem, 1) is necessarily solved. And if solving 2) is important, then the proposed solution to 1) is wrong (or at least no reason has been given to suppose it is right).

To explain: if the absolute very worst that Haidt says about PC run amuck is utterly true, then campus liberals/progressives are, in terms of his moral foundations scheme, shooting through the roof along the loyalty/authority/purity axis. Because that’s what PC is. An authoritarian insistence on ‘safe spaces’ and language policing, trigger warnings and other stuff. If it’s true that universities have turned into PC prison camps – narrow, orthodox, rigid authoritarian, etc. – then it logically follows that universities have successfully broadened their moral bases to flexibly encompass all 6 values. The university is, by hypothesis, filthy with folks who are strong on all 6 value axes: SJW’s, as they are called.

In short, if 2) is a problem, it is logically impossible for 1) to still be a problem, if ever it was.

There is another way to put it: Haidt likes the irony that liberal refusal to see the value of tribalism has made them paradoxically narrow – hence tribal. This seems like the joke is on liberals. But, so far as I can tell, the joke is also on Haidt. The problem solves itself. If the problem is as Haidt says.

Now, outside the groves of academe, and in the news: protests. Why is everyone wearing pussyhats at Protest Marches? (More power to them!) Because the Prez is a professed pussy-grabber, which is a harm but also (this is important) a purity violation. Sacred values are often sacred spaces. Women’s bodies. Trump – who has never attempted to purify himself for former violations – is now in violation of a second sacred space, the White House. It’s wrong for a guy like that to be sullying the White House with his presence. Also, the Russians. That’s a purity violation of the election, to put it mildly.

I’m not saying liberals/progressives just have some sort of weird cult of purity. Not at all. They care about justice. But, quite understandably, symbols and issues and talking points that reach out and grab you not just up here but down there (pardon my locker room banter) are more potent. They touch upon that-which-should-not-be-touched (without performance of proper rites, i.e. getting consent from the proper authorities over that space.)

And conservatives are unmoved by all this protest. They’re all boys-will-be-boys. (And the Russians love their children, too!) Maybe women should be open to new experiences! Not so uptight!

No, obviously conservatives have their own purity values. No transgenders in wrong bathrooms! Don’t say they lack old time religion.

What do we conclude from all this? First, I don’t think it would be sensible to grant Haidt’s premise that universities are PC hellscapes. I argued that IF they are, THEN it follows that universities must be very morally broad-based places, by Haidt’s lights. What we should conclude is not that PC is, or is not, a problem, but that having a broad moral base, in Haidt’s sense, is not as automatically ecologically sound as it sounds; neither here nor there with regard to the question of how to avoid problems of moral narrowness and rigidity, in individuals or communities or institutions. Haidt has a sense that he wants some kind of pluralistic, healthy ecology of values. But his recipe for that has no obvious tendency to correlate with anything of the sort. Why would it?

More generally – and relevantly to Wilkinson’s discussion – I think we should be highly skeptical of the practical, political significance of these correlations between personality-types and political ideologies. I want to be careful here, too, because there is interesting empirical work. But my suspicion is that we have a relatively small effect (the correlations are not that strong) that is going to be totally swamped, overwhelmed, by the vastly stronger tides of tribalism and group identity. It may be that liberals-progressives are marginally less tribalistic – more open and all that – because they have stronger cosmopolitan values of care and no-harm.

Well, I would like to think so.

But, honestly, I doubt systematic personality differences explain much about current polarization patterns, either to liberals’ credit or discredit, on Haidt’s story.

(Setting sociology aside: what matters, morally, is that liberal-progressive symbols of purity violation – pussyhats – and conservative symbols of purity violation – transgender bathrooms – point us towards justice issues, concerning which those on the left are in the right, those on the right in the wrong. I think. I have my doubts about any holiness that bends towards injustice. Why would it do that? Haidt tends to assume liberals are unaware of non-liberal values, rather than aware-but-skeptical.)

Getting back to Wilkinson: he’s right that we should try hard to understand both the mechanisms behind polarization and how – someday – we might get to a better place. I think Haidt’s foundations stuff has something to it, as moral psychology. That stuff has obviously bearings on partisanship, as a normal state of the human moral mind. But it has not much mechanical bearing on political differences between liberals and conservatives. There isn’t some piety gap, and the partisan warfare isn’t asymmetrical. As a result, the stuff Haidt (and others) say at Heterodox Academy mostly makes no sense whatsoever.

I feel bad that Trump is President. But the hats are much appreciated.

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On January 21, over 2 million Americans crowded the streets of America to protest Donald Trump’s divisiveness and dangerous policies. South Asian women marched all over the country, including in Washington, D.C., Boston, and[...]

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During the March

Jan. 22nd, 2017 04:16 am
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Me and Katie. She’s not technically my sister-in-law; she’s my sister’s sister-in-law. But I might need to adopt her anyway. 

My sister, after some persuasion, gets up on her husband’s shoulders to take better crowd pics. I feel like there should be some profound metaphor here about the men who support us and lift us up, without hesitation.

Some researchers from a local university were asking every fifth person if they’d fill out a two-page survey about their participation in the march, and in politics generally. I was a little shocked, if delighted, to find that I was able to check off every box on the civic participation list. At least a full third of them would have gone empty three months ago. Something is changing. Something big.

(Reprinted this bit of their survey by permission.)

Arrival in D.C.

Jan. 22nd, 2017 02:11 am
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

We rolled into D.C. about half an hour after schedule — my sister kindly came to pick me up as I staggered off the bus. It really wasn’t so bad, except for the fact that my feet don’t quite reach the floor so my knees kept waking me up all through the trip. Oh, these bodies. But all discomfort was forgotten when I joined the stream of people (mostly women, but not entirely) leaving the parking lot — it was exhilarating, even those first few moments.


Of course, most of them weren’t going to go spend their first hour in D.C. with such adorableness as I was. Note Veera modeling Sharmi’s pink hat and her “The Future is Female” t-shirt. Tagore looks on approvingly with those huge eyes of his, that seem to gaze deeply into your very soul, asking what kind of future you planned to provide for the pair of them.


Could you disappoint those eyes? I submit that you could not. And so, we marched.

Getting ready to march. Wearing the right t-shirt is apparently important to us (me, SharmsKatie), even if it’s going to be covered by a jacket for the entire march. 


Jan. 22nd, 2017 01:48 am
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Thank you to EVERYONE who made it possible for me to read my Obama poem at Split this Rock before leaving D.C. — my sister, Sharms, who took me there, the fabulous Split this Rock hosts, the bus captain who held the bus ten minutes for me after my urgent text asking if it would be okay, Gowri Koneswaran, M.C. of tonight’s show, who squeezed me in at the very last minute, the myriad of poets who didn’t complain when I jumped the line so I could read a poem and still have a hope of catching my bus back to Chicago, the audience who gave me snaps and murmurs and clapping and silence at all the right places — they were amazing! — and the other Chicago passengers who didn’t utter a murmur of complaint when I ran across what felt like miles of parking lot and skidded onto the bus, full of apologies. It felt sort of ridiculous, the whole thing, but also sort of incredible. I felt like I needed to read my Obama poem there tonight, at the end of this strange and intense day, not far from the House that he occupied with such grace and brilliance and careful, deliberate thought for eight years. I managed to make it through the last line without quite breaking into tears. But it was close.

Women’s March Minnesota, 2017

Jan. 21st, 2017 09:56 pm
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Posted by Sigrid Ellis

I took today off of work, and went to the Minnesota branch of the Women’s March. Many pics follow.

My trip to the Capitol Building began when my daughter called. Her bus was late for her circus classes, and could I help. I said I would swing by and pick her up, take her to her transfer spot. When I collected K she explained that two buses had gone past saying “drop-off only” and had not stopped. They had been FULL of pink-hatted protesters. As we drove to her second bus stop, every stop I passed had a crowd of people waiting to go downtown.

I ended up driving K all the way to circus. Public transit was just borked. Every Green Line train station I passed had hundreds of people waiting. Hundreds. All the bus stops were crowded. Everywhere in St. Paul, everywhere, there were groups of people with signs, wearing pink hats.

I did drive back to the Green Line station I meant to depart from.


(Photo of a train platform packed with people.)

I ended up taking a westbound train four stops further away and getting BACK on the train eastbound in order to squeeze in standing-room only. I was touching people kneecap to groin to shoulder. We were all apologizing to each other.


(Photo of me, holding a sign reading “A Woman’s Place Is In the Revolution,” while wearing a rainbow-flag cape.)

One woman and I commiserated on how we had to get out our old protest pins, which we’d thought we were done with. A young man in a Tom Baker scarf and I talked favorite Doctors. The last three stops before the capitol, no-one could get on any more.

We piled out at the capitol stop. Hundreds. Thousands. We trickled in towards the capitol grounds.


(Photo of the varied crowd, many in pink hats.)

The official march from St. Paul University was coming the other direction.


(Photo of the crowd stretching back into the blurry distance.)

The organizers kept exhorting everyone to bunch up more, as people were still trying to get onto the grounds from the march.


(Photo of the crowd with the Minnesota State Office Building in the background.)

I couldn’t hear the official proceedings very well. There was some music, and some speeches. I DID hear Illhan Omar speak, and she was fantastic. Mostly I wandered around and took pictures of people. I did receive permission for the following photos. All the photos of kids have permissions from the parent and the child.


(Photo of a young adult holding a yellow sign reading, “Dude, We All Think You’re Gross”.)


(Photo of a half-covered protest sign showing Princess Leia, with the text “A Woman’s Place Is In the Resistance.”)


(Photo of a woman with a sign saying “I am no longer accepting things I cannot change, I am changing things I cannot accept. Angela Davis.”


(I just wanted a pic of the dog.)


(Photo of two protesters, one carrying a sign that reads “Pussy Grabs Back”.)


(Photo of protesters walking by, one is carrying a sign reading “This is my body.”)


(Photo of a young child dressed as a tiger. She is holding a sign that says “Be Nice.”)

I asked the child if I could take her photo, and she said “of COURSE” as if that was OBVIOUS I mean, really, she’s UP on this WALL with a SIGN while dressed as a TIGER of COURSE I can take her photo I mean SHEESH. Her mother mouthed “thank you for asking” at me, and we gave each other a thumbs-up of parental solidarity.


(Photo of two protesters, one of whom is carrying a sign that says “Pence Sucks Too.”)


(Photo of two protesters, one of whom is carrying a Maltese dog.)

I wanted a photo of the dog, again.


(Photo of an older man and woman, one of whom is carrying a sign reading “Here for the Grandkids.”)

We chatted briefly. I said my mom was in Washington, they said their daughter was there.


(Photo of a woman holding a sign that says “Protests Are Patriotic.”)


(Photo of a woman holding a sign with over twenty different renditions of the We Can Do It art from WWII.)


(Photo of a statue of former Minnesota Governor Floyd Olsen, wearing a pink pussyhat.)

This is Floyd Olsen, the first Minnesota governor from the Farm-Labor party. He served from 1931-1936, and is considered one of Minnesota’s greatest leaders. He would most DEFINITELY be wearing a pussyhat.


(Photo of a young woman wearing a T-shirt that says “He’s Not My President” and holding a sign that says “I could be sleeping but you forced me to protest.”


(Photo of a woman laughing and holding a sign reading “I can’t believe we still have to protest this stuff!!”)


(Photo of a small child playing in a puddle as protesters walk around.)

There are so many families in these images. So many children. So many men. I saw a number of people of color. A group of Native Americans were smudging the march as they went. One of the speakers was a Latino immigration rights organizer. The Socialist party was out, tabling.

Young and old, all races, sexes, genders, and faiths.

Over 60,000 strong.

We shall overcome.



One fine day

Jan. 21st, 2017 09:21 pm
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Posted by Maria

Women's March London, 21 January 2017

Your opponents would like you to believe that it’s hopeless, that you have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t win. Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons.

Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes – you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the uncertainty of both optimists and pessimists.

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Darkness, 2005/2016

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. Hope gets you there; work gets you through.” James Baldwin (quoted in Solnit).

Fellowship carries many through the long years when faith is in doubt. A political struggle like the one many now face needs equal parts work, hope and fellowship. Hope and fellowship alone won’t suffice, but oh, how badly we needed them. The worst (yet) has happened. Now we can begin.

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Hey Astorians-

My gf and I have been doing the Whole30 since the beginning of the year. We only have 9 days left, though we feel great so we might continue into February. Anyhow, we're getting a little antsy and wanted a night off from cooking. We've been hesitant about eating out bc we're afraid of eating something non-compliant. For any other Whole30er's out there, have you found any W30 friendly restaurants in the area? I know Bareburger has some options but was looking to get some other ideas. Thanks!

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My wife and I have two trips coming up and our usual options are not going to work. Anyone have recommendations for services and/or individuals (price estimates would be helpful as well!)?

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Lab Closed

Jan. 21st, 2017 09:36 am
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Woke up today. Went over to the college. Saw that the lab was closed. Um.


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