Saw Moana.

Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:28 am
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Good film after the traditional fashion of Disney films, but not worth springing extra for the 3-D.

The theater we saw it in has recently installed recliners, sooooo nifty. I don't know why they aren't a more popular theater, actually - they're pretty conveniently located if you happen to be in Lower Manhattan, the space is clean, there's food nearby and parks - but there's never very many people there. (That's part of the charm, if you ask me.)

We went with the girls' friend N, and I think I'll print out that article on traditional Polynesian maps to show her. I should've done that before we went, but forethought is never my strong suit.

Edit: Oh, something I haven't seen talked about, but I noticed - this film happened to show a wide range of female ages. Not just child, young, and decrepit - Moana's mom managed to look realistically middle-aged as well. Which is nice, and not something we really do see enough of.
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Michigan's elections board on Friday will consider President-elect Donald Trump's request to block a hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast in the state he won by about 10,700 votes over Hillary Clinton. link

The more he protests, the more I think that there might actually be something to hide. How can he, or anybody in his campaign, not see that this is how it looks? Stein is a "bottom-dwelling candidate?" Sure. There is no way she could come to any advantage by a recount? Definitely. She's only trying to raise her own profile? Quite likely. But if everything is on the up-and-up with the numbers, Trump, why on earth do you care how other people squander their money? It's not like it's your money, or even government money, so what difference does it make?
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And the thought appeared in my head... linguistics.

Linguistics is a science, and there are any number of easy experiments a child could do in linguistics, with pretty much NO equipment or fancy training. Talk about cost effective! And there is clearly a need for linguistics education in this country. (I'm not even just saying that because I'm interested in the subject. I'm saying that because it pains me to see people, interested people, struggle to talk about linguistics concepts that interest them because they simply don't even realize that there's a vocabulary for this.)

And yet, somehow, there's also pretty much no intro texts into the subject that are accessible to the general public, particularly children. (Well, I mean, there's the Language Construction Kit, and I won't insult it, but I'm thinking more experimental than going full-on conlang.) And the more I think about it, the more I think there might actually be a market for this. A small one, maybe, but maybe not - people really are interested in language.
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I'm having to make my stock-for-gumbo in batches. First the bones, then the veggies. Sheesh.


Ants communicate by mouth-to-mouth fluid exchange

A Fascinating Video Experiment Showing How Cut Fruit Reacts Under UV Blacklight

Platypus venom could hold key to diabetes treatment

7 Hotly Debated Movie Questions That Totally Have Answers

Nitrogen in ancient rocks a sign of early life

Return of the Ghost Cat

How Spanish Immersion School Made All the Difference for One Family

Language analysis reveals word popularity oscillates over 14-year period

11 Twisted Facts About ‘The Far Side’

Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes

Found: An Intricate 17th-Century Map, Stuffed Into a Chimney

Goodbye, Columbus: A new survey upends the conventional wisdom about who counts in American history (Article is from 2008)

Discrimination against spiders

Feds: Railroads slow to make progress on train technology

Sahel countries in race against time to regreen Africa's spreading desert

Blowing Up The Glass Ceiling: The Untold Story Of The Military's First Female Bomb Technician

The scientists who make apps addictive

Solar irrigation cuts drought risk, emissions for Kenya's farmers

The Long, Politically Fraught History of Seeds in the U.S.

was thinking about this also: don’t hide your child’s disability from the child themself, or pretend it doesn’t exist

For 'Satellite Babies,' Separation Can Take Its Toll

Seeking custody and answers: Sister of San Bernardino shooter hopes to adopt abandoned niece (This is ridiculous. They're her own family, they're capable parents, why on earth is this child in foster care? Other children whose parents were criminals would be placed with family unless the family was abusive.)

Poverty, despair breed new generation of Philippine rebels

Amid calls for recount, election experts ask: Why not audit the vote?

The Republican Vogue for Stripping Citizenship

Young immigrants who came forward now worried about future

Donald Trump’s Looming Mass Criminalization

The Significance of Overt Racism

In drawn-out battle of Mosul, limits of Iraqi military show
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In preparation for this, I picked up some andouille at whole foods yesterday. While I was there, I happened to see that they were selling real buttermilk - not the stuff you usually buy in the store, but made from whatever's left after you churn.

So I bought it and decided on the spot I'd make pancakes today.

Then, this happened. Eventually I escaped the gravitational pull of my bed and bravely went to make pancakes. I happen to have a box of cake flour, so I said "Screw it, I'll make 'em really light and fluffy! Where's my sifter?"

Took out the enormous box of cake flour. Took out the enormous box of baking soda. Took out the baking powder, the cinnamon, the brown sugar, the salt. Carefully measured out half my flour, all of the other dry ingredients into the sifter.

You know, when you're not paying attention it's really easy to add in a whole quarter cup of baking soda when you meant to add cake flour. Sigh. At least I caught that before I got to the cooking stage! The second round went better, and they were delicious, thank you very much.
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Destination Moon? Belgium joins the space race

Photos: Copycat Sticky Note 'Subway Therapy' Walls Appear At Union Square, Atlantic Terminal (The girls and their friends were super excited to share their feelings about Trump yesterday when we happened to be at Union Square. Which reminds me, the 9/11 memorial there is getting super shabby. Somebody ought to redo the stickers.)

This Is Why Insects Rule the World

World's first farmers weren't humans. They were Fijian ants.

School in the 'scariest place on Earth' teaches English to South Koreans

The myth of self-control

The Push to Diversify Gifted-and-Talented Programs

Many teens have trouble spotting fake news, but it's not as bad as it sounds

The Standing Rock Sioux are also fighting for their language

Records Reveal the FBI's 7 Types of Protesters

The radically simple reason Hillary Clinton didn’t run a different campaign: she thought she was winning

Trump slams recount push as 'a scam,' says election is over ("The people have spoken and the election is over," Trump declared Saturday.)

What If Trump Wanted More Illegal Immigration? Wait, He's On It!

Female warriors worry Trump will roll back their gains

How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.

Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico

A private contractor tossed U.S. military waste in Iraq and Afghanistan into giant pits and burned it. Now soldiers forced to breathe the toxic fumes are sick or dying—and the government is using faulty science to evade responsibility.

Taliban leaders may have moved to Afghanistan from Pakistan

Hungry Venezuelans Flee in Boats to Escape Economic Collapse

Unchecked Arctic melting: How some communities are starting to adapt

For Newly Arrived Migrants, Paris Offers An Upgraded Welcome

Erdogan warns Europe that Turkey could open migrant gates
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so first I made kugel (they'd already eaten dinner) and then I made Swedish meatballs.

My goodness, kugel and Swedish meatballs is delicious, but an extremely heavy meal and I don't think I'll eat again for a month.
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And some of those same people are also worried that Trump will nuke the Middle East to glass, thus setting off WW3.

But wait! Only one of those things can happen.

Either global warming continues apace until we all drown or we enter a prolonged nuclear winter and nobody ever has to worry about coastal flooding ever again! So stop worrying, and love the bomb. There is a very bright side to global thermonuclear war, and I've found it! And unlike global warming, at least it will be over quickly.
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for a recount.

As far as I can see, this is a win-win. Either it turns out that there was no manipulation and we all breathe a huge sigh of relief, or it turns out there was and Trump's out and therefore we all breathe a huge sigh of relief. (Enormous, actually.)

I don't know if there was any manipulation, of course. I find the discrepancy with the exit polls concerning, and frankly Trump's repeated claims that the election was "rigged" smell more than a little like projection... but I'm well aware that I'd really like to believe the whole system is corrupt rather than millions and millions of people voted in a bigot. Just because I want to believe it doesn't make it true.

Cue the outrage from the Right. )

Gosh, the next month is going to be a barrel of laughs, I can tell already.
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Female monkeys use wile to rally troops

The Normalization of ‘Normalize’ Is a Sign of the New Normal (I think there are exactly 7 language people on-call for every question the media ever has on linguistics.)

The Strangest Calls to the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

Invasion Of The Big-Brained Sci-Fi Blockbuster!

Tuna’s Declining Mercury Contamination Linked to U.S. Shift Away from Coal

Never forget c’thurkey, the octopus-stuffed turkey from hell

Green Party filing for recount in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. (Well, thank you Jill Stein!)

Can DIY Flipbooks Become the YouTube of Prisons?

The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London

The enormous pop-up clinic trying to bridge America’s health divide

The upper Han: The world’s rising superpower has a particular vision of ethnicity and nationhood that has implications at home and abroad

The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old)

Impostor Syndrome Is Probably the Reason You’re Terrible At Your Job

After decades of progress, the earnings gap between black and white men is back at 1950 levels. The earnings gap between black and white men narrowed during the civil rights era. Then, starting around 1970, the gap between black and white men's wages started widening once again.

Why Kids Need Recess

How the Recession Left Low-Income Children Out of Shape and Out of Options

'Invisible' Children: Raised In The U.S., Now Struggling In Mexico

What It's Like to Raise Kids in a Refugee Camp

Babies For Sale: The Secret Adoptions That Haunt One Georgia Town

For Trans Women of Color, Safe Employment Is a Matter of Life and Death

Hacked or Not, Audit This Election (And All Future Ones)

Autocratic for the people: As Donald Trump’s populist wave recedes, an authoritarian regime in the making is revealed

Alarm In Germany And Israel At Emboldened U.S. White Supremacists

Literacy Not A Right For Detroit School Kids According To State (Oh, ffs already!)
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'Fufu' Diplomacy: How Food Is Helping Chinese See Immigrants As More Than Foreign

The Father of Modern French Cuisine Wrote a Very Misguided Thanksgiving Cookbook

Gut bacteria affect our metabolism

The Best New Maps, According to Cartographers

Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables our intelligence

Inside the Theme Park Where Thanksgiving Never Ends

Study finds some female fish evolve bigger brains when males have bigger genitals

The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horse

Education Secretary King calls for end to paddling students

Spanking Young Children Declines Overall But Persists In Poorer Households

NASA demonstrates EM Drive theory, but don't get too excited

The Origins of Our Misguided Hatred for Pigeons (I've always liked pigeons. They're feral, really, not wild, which is what gives them their amazing variety of patterns. Looking different from each other makes it easier to see them as individuals with real personalities, unlike other birds.)

'They're a lot like us': Program pairs inmates, wild horses

Finding Help And Healing Through Santeria

Big in Brazil

Student school takeovers could be trouble for Brazil reforms

Thanksgiving, a Celebration of Inequality: For decades, Gilded Age populists and secularist crusaders criticized the holiday’s gospel of abundance.

A Photographic Chronicle of America's Working Poor

The States That College Graduates Are Most Likely to Leave

In a landmark lawsuit, the Rosebud Sioux tribe is suing its government-run hospital for failing to provide the free health care that they say has been promised since 1868. The feds, in turn, argue that they actually have no legal obligation to provide care.

Jared Kushner Isn’t Alone: Universities Still Give Rich and Connected Applicants a Leg Up

“Real Americans” vs. “coastal elites”: What right-wing sneers at city dwellers really mean

A Portrait of a Man Who Knows Nothing About Climate Change

Long Before ‘Hamilton’ Brouhaha, Theater Was Anything but Polite

Meet the 'Hamilton Electors' Hoping for an Electoral College Revolt (Good luck.)

Americans who live near border say Trump's wall is unwelcome

The Trump Protests Have Reinvigorated the American Radical Tradition

Road salt can change sex ratios in frog populations

Is It Racist To Call Someone 'Racist'?

Illinois hides abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities

When a Woman Is Raped in Rural Alaska, Does Anyone Care?

5 states struggle with surging numbers of foster children. In all five, a common factor driving the increase has been a surge of substance abuse by parents.

Jailed in Japan for a crime she didn’t commit, a young American teacher learns the meaning of the phrase sho ga nai — “It can’t be helped.”


Nov. 23rd, 2016 07:49 pm
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Just realized I forgot some stuff at the grocery store. Now I'll have to go back tomorrow.

Maybe if I go really early the lines won't be too tough?

For my own reference, my remaining list which I forgot to put on my list today )
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Got the VERY LAST bag of cranberries. GO ME!

Now, here is the question. Should I make the cranberry sauce tomorrow and serve it with Swedish Meatballs, or should I make it Saturday and serve it with duck?
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A bulb downstairs popped and made the whole room smell like Something Badly Wrong With The Wiring. Turns out this is completely normal for CFLs, nothing to worry about. I wish they'd put that information on the packaging, though!
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A day late and a dollar short. Honestly, this is ridiculous. If CNN can post an article, and USA Today can, then I expect to see news on this from all the major media, and I will contact them.

Let's see.

We've got the NY Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, all the major networks, the LA Times, who all else? (AND WHAT THE HELL AM I SAYING IN THIS NEW UNCHARTED TERRITORY OMG SOMEBODY HOLD MY HAND. Wait, don't literally hold my hand - I mean, ew, not in the mood for human contact.)
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Have you contacted any government officials since the election about anything?

If the answer is "no", I'm looking at you sadly and shaking my head. Go remedy it and answer again.

Was USA election stolen? (Also, seriously - just got an email back from Wisconsin - really fast, too! - saying they're already conducting an audit. So... why is it that the only mainstream American media source I can find with anything on this subject is USA Today? If they can find the bandwith to natter on about Hamilton and Trump Tower, couldn't they bring this up long enough to even reject it? Should I add them to my list of people to email/call/write? I mean, USA Today is not some fringe publication, and at least one state is actually conducting an audit, so... what gives?)
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And looking at his repetitive tweetstorms, it really does seem to me that the only thing more unpleasant than having to deal with Trump is having to be Trump. I mean, geez - "Somebody was mean to me on the internet! They're a big meanie!" ad nauseum. Does this seem like the ravings of a happy mind? Clinton is happier and, well - look who plans to be in the White House!

It's pitiful, really. Luckily for me, that completely unwanted sense of pity does not oblige me to want to see him happy, because I don't think anything would suffice. I mean, if stealing the presidency doesn't do it, exactly what will? (Well, insight and emotional depth might help, but I suppose it's not likely the man chose to be this way.)

This is all incidental. Recently, the news has been full of "Barron and Melania not moving to the White House!" and all about how this is a huge hassle for that neighborhood and how it's costing the city millions to protect Trump Tower. And this is all true, and it's awful, but at the same time there's a little bitty part of me that thinks "Well, this is probably the best thing for that young boy." I don't want to think that, and I certainly don't want to feel that way either, but I'm not a raging narcissist and so I have some sympathy for a ten year old child who never asked for any of this. And really, do any of us think that Donald Trump is a kind and loving father? The best his youngest kid can hope for is being away from that jerkface five days out of the week. (Just kinda wish he could be away from that jerkface somewhere else. Perhaps somewhere that voted for the guy.)


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