This morning it just hit me that basically all my "relaxation" things in life have become difficult and/or stressful obligations and none of them are even going well and I don't know what to do about it. :/
Politics, re the "US as failed state" takes: Show more
I can't help feeling that all the "America is a failed state" takes (of which there are plenty) risk being rather insular and unintentionally flippant about what "failed state" actually means for people in places where government has literally collapsed, which is what the term usually actually means. America has a LOT of problems, but the literal collapse of its central and state governments isn't actually one of them.
It's #WorldPangolinDay, so here is a pangolin for you all! :)
Pangolins, apart from being adorable balls of scalyfluff, are also super endangered, die easily in captivity & are the most trafficked mammal group worldwide - please, as well as cooing over cute pictures today, put money aside (if you have enough) for conservation efforts, and/or write to your legislators & ask what they're doing to help curb the trade.
Doing some small small good in the world, just got a motion I wrote (mirroring US sanctuary city policies) passed at UK's Y'Lib conference:
"Motion 3 - to prevent general public services from reporting undocumented immigrants using their services to border security - has been passed! #YLconf"
It's not much, but it's something. :)
Early on in "The Hobbit", Tolkien briefly mentions that, before she married Bungo Baggins, Bilbo's mother Belladonna Took would go on wild adventures with her two "remarkable" sisters.
I think that would be a prequel I'd be interested in seeing.
Pancakes! (this time with a picture/interesting info & without emotional guff): Show more
Two countries' Shrove Tuesday traditions in this picture: the Austrian "Krapfen" which upon investigation turns out to be basically exactly a jam doughnut, though with apricot jam, and a pancake which I made, one of several (and I flipped most of them properly without dropping any, so that's nice).
Pancakes and feelings: Show more
I had pancakes. They were nice. But it feels odd doing pancake day on my own. Not that I haven't done it before, but this time feels more like a reminder of how far I am from home. And I feel bad/weird about that, because it's not like I haven't met anybody here - I know quite a few people in Vienna, including my girlfriend, but... still. Feel isolated and generally small.
Update: I got food. I should make pancakes now, it is pancake day. (Though in Austria "krapfen" seem to be the main thing for shrove Tuesday, which upon inspection turn out to be apricot jam doughnuts).
Someone persuade me to go into the cold and get food
Tomorrow is CYRIL AND METHODIUS DAY 2018! And we've just launched our traditional annual charity fundraiser:
We're hoping to beat last year's total of £200 raised for Room to Read - any donation, however small, is very welcome :)
If you want to find out more about Cyril & Methodius Day, take a look here:
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I need to have another crack at the horror programming which always makes me feel like I'm terrible at my job, today :( Wish me luck, mastodon.
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I’m visiting my parents. They’ve just been on holiday and brought me back a carved elephant, which they left in my bedroom to surprise me.
I mentally classified it as “object that does not belong to me” and forgot I’d seen it until the next day.
I totally ignored the elephant in the room.
Our article for this week is by @JubalBarca again - it's "Realms of Myth: Somalia", and tells you some of the reasons why Somali myths and legends are fascinating and worth exploring further!
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Sometimes, you might feel you've mentioned the awesome things you've done slightly too much to do it again. Surely everyone must know by now, you might think
Here's the thing. If saying good things once was enough, a lot of problems would have been solved five minutes after the Sermon on the Mount. Clearly, there is some room for repetition and iteration here
Also, different people are online during different times, so posting things just the one time doesn't mean everyone saw it
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