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izzy417  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 12, 2020

    The best part of each being those qualities aren’t centerpieces of their campaign.

Big mood. I still get "Isn't It Time?" Hillary episodes.

izzy417  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 12, 2020


New job continues to be ridiculously good. I jumped yesterday when my desk phone rang with the name of the paper I was currently reading.

My partner and I are changing life plans. We're no longer planning to move to Chicago for her to get a graduate degree, but instead are looking to stay local. Decision is 1/3 to keep this job I've landed, 1/3 economic, and 1/3 emotional (family, including the old and dying, are all local). Cost will be less than half that of the other degree.

The snafu of US Democratic primaries is frustrating, but I think overall it is a good thing. The post-2016 rules, largely instituted by the progressives, lead directly to a wider field (specifically, 15% threshold, more and more-populated debates), and gave voters the ability to express their first-choice preference, even if it's Marianne Williamson the Earth Mother like it was for 91 people in NH. In Political Science they talk about the primary cleavages between parties, the single thing that mostly decides which side of the aisle you fall on. I think the Dems are positioning themselves well to be the party of democracy, as opposed to the Rs, actively and vocally suppressing non-white votes. I'd love to hear others' views on it.

galen and I have been talking, only slightly jokingly, about writing music reviews/having an album listening club on here. If there's interest, we can do a thread this weekend. If not, we'll probably just continue to text each other our pretentious opinions about Coltrane.

izzy417  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

Mornin’. Merry Pubski!

After quitting my lackluster sales job, I managed to land a position with a non-profit near me. Now, instead of peddling some ironically “shady” solar panels door to door, I spend my days researching misleading or false advertising, compiling examples, and helping our legal team will to file complaints with the relevant agencies. Other roles: filing all of our media mentions, reviewing the legislation we are asked to endorse, adding to our website (WordPress HTML, but unlike the last project I had to do on WordPress this one wasn’t first coded by a stoned radio DJ), and more. In short, it’s kind of a dream job, and my partner and I are shifting other dreams to various back burners in order for me to keep it. Edit: My big project right now entails going after MLMs for misleading/false income claims. There’s a big one I’m working on right now that targets young men all across the developing world. It entails infiltrating their social media and marketing by pretending to be a struggling young man in need of direction (what a stretch...) and saving everything I can. In a couple months, we’ll file our complaint with the FTC.

The Superb Owl happened. But maybe more importantly, pitchers and catchers report in 7 days!?

It’s been my first winter in New England, and we have avoided winter almost entirely. Rhode Island had sharks because of how much warmer the waters were last year. Global warming is wild, and it is so frustrating sometimes to be an American in the midst of this (as well as the bigger headline news these days). Part of the reason I am so appreciative of this job is that it has given me new drive to try for elected office in the next few years. Hopefully that won’t be too late.

Oh yeah, and galen gave me a copy of The Art of Fielding, which I’ve been tearing through. Highly relatable for any young man who grew up in the rural US, I think.

izzy417  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Republicans defeat Democratic bid to hear witnesses in Trump trial

A more apt headline would be “Republicans Defeat America”.

izzy417  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Gospel of The Eel

Thank you for translating and sharing this piece.

I am no believer, but 1st Corinthians is one of the gems of Christianity. Historically, it gives insight into the foundation of the Church and its governance, with Paul urging the congregation to stop bickering over which apostle they should follow and instead chiding them to follow Christ. Spiritually, it gets to the heart of all that is good in faith, imo:

1 Cor 13:1-13

    If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

As far as eels go, the piece reminds me of verses 11 and 12, quoted above. My strongest spiritual experiences are tangible. They sit in my chest and bring me to tears, even as I can't explain what they are. 1st Cor/Eels gets it right - faith should simultaneously shake and ground you. It should be both uncomfortable to confront and comforting to partake in. It should make you aware of every facet of your being.

    "Let's think the unthinkable, do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."

Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

izzy417  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 25, 2019

That sounds delightful. I look forward to it.

izzy417  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 25, 2019

Christmas! The best to you and yours, Hubski.