Oh man this is so great! And so infuriating!
The great part: The central project of this book is to demonstrate that debt is a political tool whose moral valence points the direction that sustains hierarchies. I.e. there are occasions when we feel as a moral issue that one ought to "pay one's debts," and we feel equally strongly in other situations that the moral burden is on the lender to forgive. Interrogating the difference is incredibly interesting, and gets us into the history of monetary systems, some semi-radical politics, and a lot of deconstructive social thinking. I dig it. I've recently really gotten into finance and investing; reading this book predates that, but it speaks to the same interest. When you start talking about money – I mean talking about money as a tool rather than as a personal finance topic – you by definition start talking about a lot of deeply personal questions of valuation, measurement, and self.
The infuriating: This book is mostly anthropology, and, well. Anthropology. Christ. There's a field that puts the anecdote in anecdata. I swear sometimes what they teach in anthropology grad schools goes like this: "Okay, first you come up with your conclusion. Make it something really big and sweeping about the nature of society. Got it? Okay, then go find an obscure tribe from the Australian bush that no one has ever heard of. One of those villages of two hundred isolated people. Then explain how one aspect of that tribe's society demonstrates your conclusion. Voila! It's proved!"
The number of times I snapped, "Citation, please," while reading this book . .
It's worth reading, because it's interesting and wide-reaching, and like I said, you can't talk about this stuff without getting pretty fundamental. And he throws out great thoughts on every page, with hardly the time to complete them. There was this particularly excellent drop-in he made towards the end about how we're told that money/development will always corrupt. You know, like how discovering a diamond mine is the worst thing that can happen to a poor village. And he's like, "Well, yes, but then again, who does that story serve? Because if you think about it, saying that humans will always behave badly when given enough money is a great story if you want to excuse the bad behavior you have just committed."
And I was like, "Huh!" And then he was off on some other dubiously sourced and occasionally flat-out wrong tangent that was nonetheless great.
Or it may be because I still have a terrifying number of other tabs open, and I don't know where to start. Or because our recent spate of so-far-only-unsettling earthquakes has turned dangerous and disruptive. *knocks firmly on wood for NOT OPTION NUMBER 3, THANK YOU KINDLY*
The fic-flurry (AKA my White Collar renaissance) continues. pulangaraw said in a comment that it's like I'm writing a next season of WC, and (a) that's how it feels to me too (\o/), and (b) in that case, the next fic is the Mozzie-centric episode, more or less. And in the one after that, I'm mining an angst field. (Or fracking it? Heh.)
In other news, the boy has been showing me selected Bond movies. Until recently, I'd only seen The Living Daylights, which was my first and is still my favourite, and Daniel Craig's Casino Royale, which I didn't enjoy. (I'm in it for action/adventure/romance, not spies/grit/angst.) We watched the second Dalton one (which made me exclaim at several points, "Why is she kissing him? He's being a total douche!") and are now working our way through Pierce Brosnan. The second half of Tomorrow Never Dies was awesome. Michelle Yeoh FTW!
It's a shame Brosnan didn't get to be Bond when he was younger and prettier, though. *kicks Remington Steele producers, or whoever*
And on an entirely different note, Kdramas. We watched the first two episodes of Empress Ki a few weeks back and then had some problems with youtube and decided to wait till we had it on DVD, so now we're watching Dating Agency Cyrano, which is about the people who run an agency that uses social engineering to make people fall in love with each other, while various characters stand around going, "Are you sure this is ethical?" Plus some of the Cyrano workers are (adorable!) toasters/robots. It's not in my top 5, but it's fun and non-obnoxious. And Gong Yoo has a small part in the next episode. (OMG, I want to harvest all the pics from his facebook page. /dork)
FTR, as far as buying Kdramas on DVD goes, I've struck out three times now, and I think I'm done. From what I can tell, the Korean releases, some of which do have English subtitles, are gorgeous and perfect but usually retail for well over $100, and the more affordable versions (often Malaysian releases) are crappily produced, with poor picture quality and often in 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes me want to weep. So. I tried.
I know a lot of people stream their shows, but I don't want to watch stuff on my computer -- I want it on my TV, in front of my nice comfy couch. And while I could technically stream onto my TV, I'd have to navigate the web with my remote, which is just not happening.
Anyway. Lla lla lla... weekend! And still no Kdrama icon...
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Except, the catch is, none of the vets in the area will simply give them the rabies shots since they've never treated them before. They all want to do an examination first, which - as any of you with pets knows - makes the whole thing much more expensive than I'd been planning. Which is kind of an issue, because my budget for the next few weeks is pretty tight. I'll be fine after May 7th, but since the cats' licenses are due before then... well, yeah, not happening.
So... garage sale time. If you're interested in anything listed below, please let me know. Shipping costs will depend on exactly what you want.
The Abominable Charles Christopher, Volume One (softcover)* - $20
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires - $5
Oglaf: Book One (+ signed bookplate)* - $30
Questionable Content, Volume One (signed)* - $18
Questionable Content, Volume Two (signed)* - $18
Questionable Content, Volume Three (signed)* - $18
* The prices listed are what these books are currently being sold for on the webcomics' sites.
A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition) - $7
The Lion King 1 1/2 - $5
Monster's Inc (Collector's Edition) - $7
Peter Pan in Return to Neverland - $5
Ratatouille - $5
Serenity: Collectors Edition - $5
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition) - $5
Tangled - $10
Toy Story - $12 (crack in bottom of case but the disc is fine)
Toy Story 2 - $12
Toy Story 3 - $8
X-Men: First Class - $5
Crusade: Complete Series - $10
Dark Angel: Season One - $10
Dark Angel: Season Two - $10
Firefly: Complete Series - $8
Magnificent Seven: Season Two - $5
Hunger Games - $5
The Muppets - $5
I'm willing to haggle at least somewhat since, you know, funds are kind of tight. Please point anyone who might be interested at this post?
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When I woke up, I thought "My dreams are the patriarchy's nightmares!" and smirked a lot.
a) post links to perfume-related content they posted elsewhere (on or off DW)
b) talk about anything they want to talk about that isn't big enough for a full post
c) socialize and hang out without worrying about "off topic".
- I work for an employer that has actual retirement benefits
- made it to the HR information session only half an hour late despite oversleeping
- tea, English Breakfast, hot
- warm kitten purring on my lap
- my old favorite recipe blog Tigers & Strawberries, now sadly defunct but still extant and delicious
And the just man trailed God's shining agent,
over a black mountain, in his giant track,
while a restless voice kept harrying his woman:
"It's not too late, you can still look back
at the red towers of your native Sodom,
the square where once you sand, the spinning-shed,
at the empty windows set in the tall house
where sons and daughters blessed your marriage-bed."
A single glance: a sudden dart of pain
stitching her eyes before she made a sound ...
Her body flaked into transparent salt,
and her swift legs rooted to the ground.
Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem
too insignificant for our concern?
Yet in my heart I never will deny her,
who suffered death because she chose to turn.
- Anna Akhmatova
• New York City has just banned the Kafka-esque practice of using credit checks to evaluate job applicants. Now, in NYC at least, you can no longer be denied a job because you need a job.
The use of “credit scores” in hiring would be indefensible even if those scores were accurate. But those scores are not accurate — that’s the foundation of the credit-scoring agencies’ business model. If their “scores” were accurate, they wouldn’t be able to charge you a monthly fee for the opportunity to monitor and correct your credit score yourself.
• Kyle York’s “Lesser-Known Trolley Problem Variations” at McSweeney’s. Brilliant. Here’s York’s last one:
There’s an out of control trolley speeding towards Immanuel Kant. You have the ability to pull a lever and change the trolley’s path so it hits Jeremy Bentham instead. Jeremy Bentham clutches the only existing copy of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals. Kant holds the only existing copy of Bentham’s The Principles of Morals and Legislation. Both of them are shouting at you that they have recently started to reconsider their ethical stances.
Yeah, maybe elaborately constructed and convoluted, semi-sadistic analogies aren’t always helpful for ethical reflection.
But the infamous Trolley Problem — and all of its variations — isn’t just for philosophers and ethicists playing a hypothetical chess game between Kantians and utilitarians. It’s also the stuff of evangelical sermon illustrations in which these academic what-ifs tend to mutate into urban legends presented as actual events. The point of those legends is always to suggest that God is the one working the lever, and that he switched the trolley’s path so that it struck and killed Jesus instead of you.
Ugh. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to summarize the gospel as “God is a lethally incompetent railway worker.”
• “Also, too, ‘fellowship hall’ still sounds like a sex room, if you think about it for a minute.”
Post-Hobby Lobby, the courts have determined that sincerity and honesty are irrelevant when it comes to legal religious exemptions. That invites and incentivizes the kind of disingenuous mischief-making we see here from the Tennessee swinger’s club attempting to reclassify itself as a church so that it can get by local zoning laws. It’s brazenly transparent nonsense — but if the same standard applies to them that was applied to the patently disingenuous religious claims of Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College, then these swingers should be allowed to swing away in their self-proclaimed “church.”
This seems to really be a real thing, even though I can’t quite accept that it is. Collide lets users filter by age, location and denomination. And along with a photo, it provides the reference of a “favorite Bible verse” for each prospective partner.
Please, please, please someone get an account for this and list Ruth 3:4 as your favorite verse.
• “Judith on a Pasta Label” makes about as much sense as putting a picture of Jael on a carton of milk. “Organic tomato & porcini mushroom sauce” sounds delicious, but I prefer my pasta with a bit less of Holofernes’ blood in it.
You, tangled net within me
you old ball of bloody rags
encysted, enwebbed, encrusted in tears
You spearhead that stabbed me for decades
you physical sneer of failures
thief of strength, thief of time
You who hid for so long
have been found out
and you will be gone
(o blessed scalpel)
Away with you
and let me live free
and at last be strong.
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