But we got to the ending and...
( Spoilers )
I also would have liked to see a bit more Paris, because the show leaves her hanging at a terrible place and then we never see her again, and - fair enough - there's a lot of other characters and storylines they had to fit in (SOOKIE'S RETURN!!!! AAAAAHHHHHH I LOVED THAT), but still. THERAPY FOR PARIS. Although honestly she will probably benefit from it no more than Emily Gilmore and for exactly the same reason: being vulnerable for someone who is basically a stranger, PAH, that is not within their code.
...Also seeing Guardians of the Galaxy 2 while in the midst of a Gilmore Girls rewatch was totally hilarious, because the guy who plays Kirk is a minion in GotG2 and he is basically exactly what Kirk the Space Minion would be. SPACE MINION KIRK.
One of the benefits of being on a higher floor of the hotel, even if this also means a lot of rather tedious waiting for lifts. I was going to take and post a photo, but I really don't think that my present state of tiredness is a good state in which to get to grips with DW photo posting. Also, on essaying to take a photo for later presentation, realised that the grimy marks on the window would be rather obtrusive.
Quite a full day, which started with waking up rather earlier than I had hoped, but not horribly so.
Socialising has taken place. There was going to be a walk, but then it started to rain (I wouldn;t say there was no chance of a walk that day, but not at that particular time).
Also have been on one panel, which I think suffered a little from ambiguity in framing its terms but nonetheless evoked some interesting discussion.
Observations of note: in the stuffed toy and knickknackery shop just around the corner in State Street, there is a stufft swan, right at the front of the window display: also an inflatable pool version. However, I should eschew props for my reading.
I have been embracing Amazon Means You Can Get Burly Mans To Carry Things Home For You and got a whole pile of kitchen items. I used my sturdy as heck new roasting pan to cook pork tenderloin today JUST LIKE A GROWNUP WHO CAN COOK COMPETENTLY might and it turns out it is pretty easy WHO KNEW I DID NOT. I think I'll use my new blender to make a smoothie (ingredients: yogurt, frozen fruit, 1/2 scoop of pinterest) and maybe spiralize some cucumbers to make fetching hair clips tomorrow. Aw yeah. Ooh and I have a MUFFIN PAN which I used to make broccoli/cauliflower/cheese/egg muffins! That's a long name and almost the full ingredient list, I think I tossed in some garlic salt. You know. I just do that now.
Do you ever need to stay in a hotel in Seattle! I would like to recommend to you the Bacon Mansion B&B. Despite the obvious flaw that their free breakfast has... no bacon?! they are lovely in every other respect. Close to LINK (and thus the train station and airport are easy to get to,) in a beautiful neighbourhood, whimsically decorated, giant comfortable rooms with SO MANY PILLOWS, sitting rooms and lounges with like, a grand piano and hot drink stations, it's just SO NICE, and the prices when I have booked it have been lower than nearby actual-hotels and the tax is lower because classification reasons. (It is not wheelchair accessible, though, and all but two rooms involve at least a full flight of stairs.)
Everybody has heard about the devastating explosion in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert. What miserable fucker targets children? Jesus. Anyway, Ariana Grande was new to me but this touching essay explained who she is and why so many children were at the concert: Manchester's heartbreak: 'I never grasped what big pop gigs were for until I saw one through my daughter's eyes': Music aimed at teenage girls is derided but the likes of Ariana Grande provide the kind of empowering, transcendent experience that terrorists hate. Written by a dad.
I'm equally sure that everyone has read The Atlantic's essay "My Family's Slave," which left me puzzled and disturbed. I found this article helpful: It Is Really Important to Humanize Evil. Normal people -- people who otherwise have no signs of derangement or a lack of a grip on basic human moral principles -- do evil stuff all the time.
Fivethirtyeight has an excellent graphic about mortality rates in the United States. Really shocking differences among different counties, and don't neglect the drop-down box so you can select specific causes of death. Also click the word "play" to see how mortality rates have changed since 1980.
I had never heard of the journal Evonomics before, but somehow I bumped into this essay, The Future of Work, Robotization, and Capitalism's Ability to Generate Useless Jobs. This is something I actually think about, no doubt due to reading so much Kim Stanley Robinson, but what will people do when robots and computers can do most of the work? I firmly believe that if a computer can do a job, it should do the job -- but where does that leave people? That's one of the biggest taboos of our times. Our whole system of finding meaning could dissolve like a puff of smoke.
I blame Nigel Farage for a lot of bad shit. Read him shoot himself in the foot: They Will Always Hate Me: Nigel Farage loves giving interviews. But if you ask him about his connections to Russia and about the consequences of Brexit, he'll put a stop to the conversation. Fucker.
I think this is an important discussion -- nominally it's a review of three books but it's a lot more than that: 'Bullshit is a greater enemy than lies' -- lessons from three new books on the post-truth era. I have the book On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt, and it is absolutely a must-read. Every library must own a copy by now, so go read it. I haven't read the other books discussed in the article, but they sound pretty good, too. [The bullshitter] does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of truth than lies are. You can't say that often enough: BULLSHIT IS A GREATER ENEMY OF TRUTH THAN LIES ARE.
A wonderful speech by the mayor of New Orleans about why they are removing the old Confederate monuments in the city. We have to reaffirm our commitment to a future where each citizen is guaranteed the uniquely American gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Librarians are awesome.
And Then There Were N-One, a short story by Sarah Pinsker that I really enjoyed. Science fiction. Cool.
That's a good place to end, I think. Here in the States it's Memorial Day weekend. It used to be called Decoration Day, which Wikipedia (an interesting read) says originated in the American Civil War. For me, it has another significance: on that day this year, Webster and I celebrate our 37th anniversary.
by Victoria Silverwolf
In recent days the eyes of the world were focused on the most important event yet during the administration of President Kennedy. No, not Scott Carpenter’s successful, if suspenseful, orbiting of the Earth, so ably reported by our host. I’m talking about Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to the leader of the free world in a skintight beaded dress that drew at least as much attention as her little girl's voice.
In other musical news, after three weeks at the top of the Billboard's Hot 100 with their smash hit Soldier Boy, the Shirelles, pioneers of the girl group sound, have yielded the position to British clarinetist Mr. Acker Bilk with his performance of Stranger on the Shore. (Bilk is only the second artist from across the pond to make it to Number One on the American pop charts. The first was just slightly less than a decade ago, when Vera Lynn reached that position with Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart. I suppose we'll have to wait another ten years before the British invade the Yankee airwaves again.)
Bilk's haunting, melancholy melody could easily serve as background music for the cover story in the June 1962 issue of Fantastic.
(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)
The NEA statement on being asked to close by Trump.
The Pentagon's response when Trump blew his mouth off in the Philippines: "We do not talk about subs. Ever."
The science behind why people lie. Very relevant to the current politics.
The House has dismantled a permits system that gave us protection against pesticides in our common water supplies. What do they think we're drinking, imported champagne?
The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump's travel ban, again. Here's the published opinion. Do read this, just for the list of who's bringing the lawsuit. Quoting from this document:
The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the
Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2,
120 (1866), remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if
so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks
with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance,
animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet
stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding
principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or
disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny
entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the
President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to
individuals across this nation. Therefore, for the reasons that follow, we affirm in
substantial part the district court’s issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction as to
Section 2(c) of the challenged Executive Order....
Former CIA Director John Brennan urges us to resist.
The Senate seeks a lifetime ban on Congressmen returning as lobbyists.
The ACLU demands an immediate end to using drivers' license photos for law enforcement facial recognition.
What happens when ou leave 15,000 coins on a sidewalk in London?
I know I linked this before, but it deserves to be here again, because it's beautiful.
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.
Chapter Summary: While on the hunt for the diary, Sei and Rin are attacked by a mysterious group of men, forcing the two to work together.