E. Messily writes: This article delicately translates à poil as "off with his clothes". I would have gone with "strip him!" but whatever. (literally it's "to the hair" as in strip down until all you are wearing is your own hair. One of my professors used to always explain this as "your own hairs," which is much better.)
Heebie's take: quick, push the atom photo down the page!
This is so ridiculous. Franklin's a BBQ joint in Austin which is the place to wait in line, and there is an elaborate scene involved. They open at 11 and only serve lunch. The line starts around 7 am or earlier, and if you're not in line by maybe 9, they'll be sold out by the time you're up.
The local NPR did a focus piece on entreprenurial line-sitters and chair-renters. Franklin's just retaliated by banning line-sitters. It's all extremely ridiculous.
I like barbecue, but I refuse to believe that the Franklin's is notably more delicious than any other reasonably high quality barbecue.
SP is in town. I can get out of work the usual 6:30/7. SP -- have you got any location preferences? Fresh Salt will always be with us, but if it's inconvenient we can find a better venue.
I have unwisely accepted an invitation to give not one but two presentations/teach two class sessions at an actual college about anti-nuclear activism and the pervasiveness of images of nuclear war in popular culture.
This all came about because I foolishly started chatting with a tenured professor about my interest in these topics. She flattered my vanity! I said I'd do it! And now I am worried about having enough deep background to do a good job....especially as I'm on deck in two weeks, so not too much time to buy and read lots of books.
I've got some plans for class structure and intend to use lots of visuals, plus show some sections of When The Wind Blows and Barefoot Gen. I'd like to talk about international anti-nuclear activism, probably focusing mostly on the US, England, Japan and Russia unless someone has some rapid-expertise-generating suggestions. I feel fairly confident that I can manage the class with discussion, video clips and funny stories from my Cold War childhood, plus a little bit of amazing the kids with some of the details of mutually assured destruction if I absolutely have to, but I'd like the whole thing to have more cohesiveness than that. I'm going to talk about the Aldermaston marches, Threads, Alas Babylon, The Fragile Flag, the 1981 and 1986 marches, Minutes to Midnight, etc.
But I feel like I don't have enough deep background. What events and personalities should I be sure to consider? I could probably cruise through a couple of books the week before the presentation if I ordered them this week, too. How would you characterize the [limited] effects of international anti-nuclear activism? I feel like it was mostly pretty useless in its effects on policy, but I'd like to have some kind of upbeat message for the students.
What would you do? What would you not do? I have no PhD and have only taught classes where everyone definitely wanted to attend, so I'm a bit anxious. And what are kids today likely to know about this stuff anyway?
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I know literally nothing about this, other than that I think Sane/Freeze was probably a scam from the couple of months I spent canvassing for them in 1990. And I really have no idea what college kids would know about the history.
Wait, the 1986 march? Was that in NYC? I was at some big march in NYC that year -- my high school friends and I met up with the UFW contingent, who I kind of knew because Mom had some union-based connection with them. And they had a big banner but not enough people to carry it, so we carried their sign. But I have literally forgotten the primary subject matter of the march; as I remember it, it was a grab-bag of groups (which does make it sound like a peace march, come to think). We were marching next to a group calling themselves Potheads for Legalization, who suggested some more interesting grape-boycott slogans for us. ("Grapes are TOX-ic; Ate some, GOT sick!"). Irv Hirschenbaum, from the UFW, was unenthusiastic about the more creative slogans, but given that we had control of his sign, his veto power was limited.
Anyway, people with actual historical knowledge, rather than vague reminiscings, should give Frowner advice. Or people should reminisce vaguely about anti-nuclear activism. Either one is good, really.
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E. Messily writes: This is interesting. Becoming deafblind would be very challenging for me.
Heebie's take: It seems terrifying. I know that there is a general phenomenon where people find other people's disabilities scarier and worse than their own, and so you have to trust the person who has the disability. But still, communication seems so massively restricted and as an adult, it's so hard to learn complex new things.
Nrowb Werdna writes: I was wondering in the light of this story whether the word "ass/hole"* retains any physical connotations in US English, or if it has become a purely moral descriptor. "Arsehole" in UK English still pretty much means the orifice rather than the man.
Heebie's take: Pretty exclusively just means a jerk! I mean, I think it's funny to switch meanings back and forth sometimes, but it only works as a joke because no one ever means the actual poopchute.
*Slash added by heebie to stave off netnannies.
Way more often than I would have expected, I find a line from an Iranian poker player helps me get past my tendency to overplanning and overcaution: "In order to live, you must be willing to die." Go then, my friends, and die.
Sometimes I feel like Little Free Libraries are the Britta water filters of books: there's already a library system. It wasn't broken. Don't make the library a place where only poor people go to check their email.
The houses are cute and charming and friendly, and to a voracious reader, you can't have too many sources of free books. So on the whole, I'm not a sourpuss about them. Also the library has a zillion functions, beyond providing YA books to kids.
But I'm just uncertain about how they intersect the library system - is there an implication that they are filling a niche that was heretofore unaddressed? Is the problem is that the library is too far away for kids to get there on their own? And so these serve as little block-wide libraries? Surely these are not popping up in all neighborhoods equally. I dunno.
Dairy Queen writes: And exquisite manners boosts your immune system!
Be honest: Are you snacking right now? You are, aren't you? It's okay -- so am I.
Actually, I'm not! I am drinking coffee.
Also, from the sidebar at the link, "A Study Suggests You Should Force People to Tell You About a Time You Were Awesome". Sounds great!