Blurt!Sben

If Republicans ram a conservative Supreme Court justice through the Senate, Democrats (both with a lowercase “d” and an uppercase “D”) must pack the courts when they retake the Senate in January.

Sep 23, 2020, 8:32am

The smoke is gone, I “mopped” the floors, and all windows are open. Feeling agitated by the fallout of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death yesterday, and by the upcoming two-plus months of political shitshow, but not quite so helpless/hopeless.

Sep 19, 2020, 12:09pm

Just noting the smoke for the record. Woke up to a yellow-beige light this morning.

Sep 12, 2020, 9:56am

Tonight’s picnic victory: bratwursts in sauerkraut on the grill; baked beans; nectarine/raspberry cobbler with ginger biscuits; peach sorbet with the bambina; coffee ice cream with the dude. Mom and Greg and Jocelyn and the kids came over to help us eat it all.

Sep 6, 2020, 8:43pm

The dude convinced the bambina to listen to “The Internationale”. She seemed into it, though maybe not as much as he is.

Sep 5, 2020, 4:34pm

Downloaded 1700-some photos from my Flickr account. Boy is that some nostalgia.

Aug 27, 2020, 8:58pm

Got sucked into Ancillary Justice, and then reread Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy in short order. A couple thoughts:

  • Of course the books are a criticism of imperialism and oppression, and a subversion of gender normativity. But Leckie also writes what strike me as neuro-atypical characters as well (Breq here, but possibly also one of the main characters in The Raven Tower).
  • By the end of the series, I had grown tired of Breq’s near-omnicompetence.

Anyway, I finally got back to The End of Policing last night.

Aug 27, 2020, 12:52pm

Talkin’ cosmology with the dude.

Aug 21, 2020, 9:40pm

Last night’s and tonight’s kitchen victory: assisted the dude making coffee ice cream.

Aug 15, 2020, 8:59pm

For years I’ve only read one book at a time. I’ve recently started alternating between two — one important, one fun. So, also currently rereading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

Aug 13, 2020, 9:41am

Also, I finished writing the first draft of my long walk journal. Next up, get a red pen and give it a vigorous editing.

Aug 11, 2020, 11:36pm

Finished reading A Memory Called Empire. First impression confirmed; it felt more like Leckie’s and Chambers’s second or third books than their firsts. That’s a strong recommendation.

Aug 11, 2020, 11:30pm