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Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.
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The Koch brothers and their network, the financiers backing the Republican party, are telling Republicans not to vote for Trump-uncare. What was that about a house divided? ETA: Ah. They're concerned that the Trump plan *doesn't go far enough.* Scratch that bit about compassionate conservatism.

Trumpery doesn't understand technology and change. And, as you might guess, he's a laughing matter and no joke. Along with which, he threatened a 17-year-old girl who created a satire website with kittens clawing him. The question remains: how did this philandering, lying, cheating, abusive jerk manage to hijack the religious right? He's so far from the moral high ground that he couldn't find it with a compass and a platoon of Marines. But the religious right's ancestry is racism and bigotry, and it has returned to its roots with him.

Meanwhile, during the Senate hearing on the Gorsuch appointment, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that one of his previous rulings was wrong, wrong, wrong in every way it could be wrong. Yes, unanimously. The decision concerned education for disabled students -- Gorsuch said it could be as little as legally needed, and the court said no way to that.

A long long opinion from SIIP traces how what has happened here fits into Russian plans, and where we fit into it. A future article is to suggest some remedies.



The Wall Street Journal, bastion of the conservatives, tears Trump a new one, in detail.

Trap a self-driving car by using ritual magic. It works!

Verizon, AT&T and others pull ads from Google because of placement next to hate speech ads. Ads with hate speech in them, not ads against it. Google, of course, cannot look up the answer on itself.


Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:04 pm
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So for Christmas of 2015, hubby gave me a set of knitting needles, a skein of yarn, and a book after I mentioned maybe wanting to learn to knit.

Basically, I would see all this gorgeous, yummy yarn at the store and want a scarf. And while I have a few knitting friends, I couldn't bring myself to infringe on their time and ask them to make me one.

So it took a good amount of time poring over the book - and finding a good YouTube channel - before I finally got anywhere. Let me tell y'all, I thought I was too stupid to knit for nearly a full month.

Now I can say proudly that I am damn good at the knit (garter) stitch. I can do several other stitches, and have made a few scarves.

I'm pretty apprehensive, though, about trying other things. I find that I would rather have some one-on-one instruction, because not everything is easily understandable from the book or YouTube. I may check out the local yarn shop, see what they offer. I will also probably look at JoAnn or Michael's, too, see what they've got.

In the meantime, however, I've had to cut myself off from buying yarn. Man it's almost as bad as books, I can't seem to stop!

Does anyone else knit? What do you like to make best? What's your favorite yarn?

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:36 pm
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Melania, are you ok? Other people seeing what I am seeing: an abused and mistreated woman in a marriage with an egomaniac (to be polite), and whose son may also have been abused by her husband.

The real bombshell of the House Intelligence/Trump/Russia hearing happened in the hallway. AKA someone's either ignorant as an upstream rock, or else lying in front of cameras.

Yes, the FBI did wiretap Trump Tower -- to keep track of the Russian mobsters.

Trumpery fired Preet Bharara as a prosecuting US attorney -- so now he'll teach kids at NYU how to be as tough and critical and prosecutorial as he is.

Farewell, David Rockefeller.

Gorsuch, abortion and the concept of personhood.

White Pride and prejudice. I am not entirely in agreement with their version of what liberal thnking entails.

Trump's exaggerated new border rules keep all the Africans from the African Summit in LA. This is *ridiculous*.

An actual war criminal may become the US's second leading diplomat. Pass me the vomit bowl; I cannot stand this man.


These cities are divesting from the banks that support the Dakota pipeline.

The NY state attorney general has hired an attorney to go after Trump full time -- and he knows the territory.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Ivanka Trump's company over unfair competition.

The country is a mess. Meet the fixers. 50 people with ideas, guts and ability who are making change.

Apologies for typos; my eyes are very tired today.

thought experiments

Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:20 pm
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1. How long can you go without using phrases or idioms that are derived from war, battle, duels or other conflicts? When you are with others, how long is it until you hear them in conversation?

(I am exempting from this those of you who work in government or the military and *have* to deal with war and conflict in your occupation.)

2. How long can you go without using phrases or idioms derived from sports, any sports? How often do you hear them in conversation?

3. Do you notice any difference between war idioms and sports idioms?

Comments welcome.

Day 80

Mar. 21st, 2017 10:10 pm
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Big Little Lies

This show is incredible --

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Alexander Skarsgard
  • Zoe Kravitz
  • Laura Dern

And that's just scratching the surface. Go Check It Out Now!

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Mar. 21st, 2017 09:57 am
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A lying liar who lies. Who says so? The director of the FBI, in public, concerning unsubstantiated tweets and the investigation into the Russian incursion into the American election -- which is an attack on the US. You can see both video and text at this link.

Oh, but Trumpery doesn't want other people's truth getting in the way -- and is installing political aides in the agencies to be his eyes and ears. That's not democratic process. That's an authoritarian dictatorship, enforcing must-think.

And promoting American values at the UN apparently includes promoting right-wing-tip religious denial of women's rights. That's not American either -- well, in the 19th Century it was, but it shouldn't be now.

The guy with the hair (or toupee) also may have revealed classified information during a Faux News interview.

It's possible that a senior Trump advisor took a lifelong oath to a Nazi group.

Rex Tillerson, the minimalist diplomat.

Some truth to spread about 'taking back America'.


How Egypt's activists became Generation Jail, when protest was outlawed.

Brianna Wu wants to change the Democrats' playbook.


The passion of the Slayer, 20 years later -- now more than ever.

The life-changing power of happy food.

Exploring the twisted politics of dreadlocks.

A NY court will determine if a chimp is a person, and has human rights.

The rise of the parnoid citizen.

Books can take you where Trump doesn't want you to go.

How to break up the Silicon Valley boys' club.

Watch the placement of your Oxford commas.

Escaping from the erupting Etna.

Teenager discovers 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park.

yesterday's excitement

Mar. 21st, 2017 02:00 am
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Last week it was the ER for multiple tiny spider bites. Yesterday it was the clinic, because I came very close to fainting -- collapsed on the floor, very lightheaded, nauseated, for no reason. After two hours at the clinic (no, I didn't drive; SU's ribs are better enough that he drove) they determined it wasn't a stroke, it was just fainting -- nobody really knows why.

I think I'm not driving anywhere alone the rest of this week. Just in case.

You know, I like having an adventurous life -- but I'd like the adventure not to be medical for a while.

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Mar. 21st, 2017 01:07 am
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Whatever happened to Lucifer? Is it still on hiatus?

Day 79

Mar. 20th, 2017 11:25 pm
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The First Memory I Have Is:

A little background first - the house my parents owned until I was four, sat on ten acres. The house was at the front, with a detached garage, and a barn. The rest of the property was fenced, and my dad bought a calf each year to raise for beef in our freezer, and he boarded horses for a couple of guys who competed in the rodeo circuits in and around Misery.

One memory is really clear, I believe it is a true memory, rather than just hearing family tell the story over the years.

Cathy and I may have been four, but were probably still three. Our older brother, who was twelve or thirteen, convinced us that we could get pillowcases from our bedroom, and if we jumped out of the barn loft, the pillow cases would work exactly like parachutes and we'd float slowly to the ground.

I distinctly remember standing beside Cathy in the loft, looking down at my brother shouting encouragements up to us. Then, I remember my Dad coming out of the back door at a dead run, my brother taking off around the side of the house and continuing on down the road, never looking back. We climbed down the ladder and out of the barn, much to my Dad's relief. He told us that the next time Steve hatched a plan, one or both of us should run it by him or our mom first.

While it was actually happening, I do not remember being scared until our dad came outside and started yelling. Now, that I'm older, with kids and grandkids, I realize just how frightened he was.

When our brother finally made his way home, he was banished to his room the rest of the night, and again the next evening, after school.

Thankfully, it's only a story of what could have been, with a really funny ending.

Day 78

Mar. 19th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Sunday was a lazy day.

Other than running the dishwasher and doing a couple loads of laundry, my behind has been sitting or reclining.

  1. The Walking Dead is finally gearing up to the uprising and (hopefully) end of The Saviors. Since the season premier, I've wanted to see Negan's brains splattered all over the pavement, just like he did to Glenn and Abraham. Yeah...
  2. The Feud with Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange gives me the feels. It is definitely not what I expected, but I couldn't possibly enjoy it any more than I already do. My parents didn't go to the theater as they were notoriously cheap, and had no problem waiting a year or two for a movie to play on television. We watched it as a family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Whenever it plays on television, I still watch. Honestly, I had no idea that both Bette and Jane had such horrible lives, and I can definitely understand how that shaped them into the mean, jealous, competitive, and amoral women portrayed in The Feud.
  3. Hap and Leonard -- I found this on Netflix yesterday, and it's awesome. A Sundance original, Netflix only has the first season. The second is currently playing, but I don't have the channel. Hopefully I can find it streaming on one of the pirate sites, rather than wait a year for Netflix to get season two.

That's all I've got - I was a complete slug today.
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The Devil Problem -- the New Yorker's interview with Elaine Pagels about her life and her book, 'The Origin of Satan.' I recommend her writing highly -- all of it (though her book on Paul was a bit more dry than the Satan book or the first one she wrote, 'The Gnostic Gospels.')

Life In Progress While On Hold

Mar. 20th, 2017 09:45 am
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On the positive side of things, my mother is minus a foot and a half of her colon and healing as expected from major abdominal surgery. Also on the positive side, I'm heading back up north to my own home this coming Wednesday to stay. Really looking forward to seeing Jack and River (fine, and D too I guess ;), less looking forward to the inevitable week of cleaning to set things back to my standards. I don't necessarily think it's going to be a disaster, but D and I grew up with and continue to have very different ideas of 'clean', so even him making an effort will necessitate me jumping through some more hoops that he doesn't understand and wouldn't think of, particularly considering my dust mite allergies.

I'm mostly ignoring the negative side of things today, but I will say I've gotten far, far less pro-fic reading done than anticipated while here. The house has been hooked back into the edges of the internet - more or less, depending on how the well the range extender can connect to my brother's slow and patchy line next door at any given time - but my focus had shredded even before the increased distraction. Instead I managed to finally wade through the email backlog of AO3 update/fic notifications, Twitter fanwork links, and Rec Center newsletters that I'd tagged as having something interesting. It still involved plenty of reading, but was project oriented and more action than passive consumption.

At this point I've descended to repeated games of Solitaire/Freecell alternated with checking Twitter, Pinboard, and Newsblur. Pretty sure the only way I made it through high school was hyperfocusing on reading and the OTT need for sleep because of undiagnosed allergies.

Is It Supposed To Feel Squishy?

Mar. 19th, 2017 10:13 am
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Sherlock feigns addiction to drugs and women, ignoring Mycroft's suggestion of a fashion shake up - like Lady Bracknell can talk! This is all to get at one Charles Augustus Magnessen - media mogul, seasonal villain, fire-pisser. However, Sherlock gets himself engaged, and then shot by Mary, because oh no, she is secretly some dangerous assassin out for Magnessen herself - yet she lets lets him live with a good bitchslapping instead? Sherlock outs Mary to John and an awkward couple of months later, Sherlock steals Christmas and heads off to Appledore to whack Magnessen who has forgotten all about personal security it seems. Sherlock is exiled from England (how medieval!) for all of 5 minutes because Moriarty is missed!







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3x03 His Last Vow

Day 77

Mar. 18th, 2017 05:19 pm
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Eyes that don't see - to know much but understand little:

"...Knowledge always comes paired with responsibility. Any insight into who we are--our gifts and faults--and about who our neighbor is--their needs and suffering, comes with an equal measure of responsibility. Do we take what we know, about the world, ourselves and God, and knead it into the very fabric of our lives--acting with love toward others? Or are we as certain stoics and cynics, peering out at the broken mass of humanity, smugly clutching onto ineffectual knowledge, choosing not to put what we know into practice (or if we do, only half-heartedly) and be the hands and feet of Christ? Do we see a neighbor, or just someone else?..."

Eyes That Don't See - To Know Much But Understand Little

Day 76

Mar. 17th, 2017 05:21 pm
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The Christian Right Was Right!

"...As a lifelong Christian I’ve had a sick sense of déjà vu watching politicians professing to be followers of Jesus dismantling every program designed to care for the vulnerable and the hurting, seeing the way the powerful are being awarded greater power, watching empathy vanishing and hatred skyrocketing. I’ve heard this story a million times before; proclaimed on Sunday mornings from pulpits, unleashed in religious social media rants, and shouted through bullhorns on street corners. I knew this was coming, or at least I should have. We all should have. These harbingers of doom were absolutely right to warn us—and ironically they were the very ones they were warning us about. In the sickest kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, they were the plague of these days that they said would come...."

The Christian Right Was Right

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