Some weather lore for Candlemas/Groundhog Day
If Candlemas is fair and clear
There'll be 2 winters in the year.
If a groundhog does not see his shadow today, spring will come early; if he sees his shadow, winter will endure.
Happy Groundhog Day
— Elsa (@ElsaMc1878) February 2, 2022
Candlemas (Imbolc, sheep’s milk, because that’s lambing season in Europe) is the cross-quarter between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Christmastide, in the Christian liturgy, is offically over; now comes the hard but hopeful days where our ancestors prayed the stores of food & fuel would hold out until Easter. Like most lunar holidays, the celebration proper starts at sunset, on February 1st… but the ‘holiday’ is mostly observed on February 2nd.
Snowdrops are also known as ‘Candlemas Bells’. They bloom around the time of ‘#Candlemas’, a Christian ‘celebration of light’, echoing the pagan tradition of #Imbolc, that is held on 2nd February to commemorate the ritual purification of Mary following Jesus’ birth. #wildflowers pic.twitter.com/tKjBmAPfNU
— VenetiaJane's Garden (@VenetiaJane) February 2, 2022
Today's Color: White. For those still celebrating Imbolc, blessed Candlemas to you! Those watching for the groundhog, may he not see his shadow! In the woods we'll be watching to see if Cailleach is out gathering wood (sunny) or if she feels she has enough to survive the winter. pic.twitter.com/QkihZ9uz9Z
— ??SpellFire?? (@fire_spell) February 2, 2022
Speaking of Groundhog Day… FTFNYTimes…
You're the guy to make it clear it's shocking! You can go Hostage Crisis Koppel about it! Your paper spent millions ruining a word game today! https://t.co/xXqr0eNQNb
— zeddy (@Zeddary) February 1, 2022
— Roy Edroso (@edroso) January 31, 2022
we have not and it's inexplicable imo https://t.co/6Csfnui4tI
— Gerry Doyle (@mgerrydoyle) February 2, 2022
Exactly right, @JamesFallows. What explains this compared to this? https://t.co/eCGbBJkmuJ pic.twitter.com/YpRYYTYh8U
— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@froomkin) February 1, 2022
Is it Groundhog Day again?
Happy 2/2/22 to those who celebrate numerology.
We have an ice storm warning here in Memphis. Ugh. Got my headlamp right here, hope I don’t need it.
Late last night I wrote a little poem for you all. I hope you like it.
What’s more apt for the second of February?
@Baud: I made that point at the first meeting of the day.
Of course, it sucks that my first meeting of the day was at 6:30am, but that’s Groundhog Day for you.
What’s more apt for the second of February?
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@Baud: Am I supposed to do some sort of ceremony tonight at 22:22?
@Ceci n est pas mon nym:
Of course. How else can we hope to awaken the Beast?
NHTSA forced Tesla to recall around 50,000 cars whose full self-driving systems allowed them to roll through four-way stops at up to 5 mph.
As the story in our local rag put it, “… Tesla programmed its vehicles to violate the law in most states.”
Of course it did. A perfect metaphor for the Age of Trump.
@SiubhanDuinne: Charming and clever. The poem. And you.
Gin & Tonic
@Baud: And you got the coveted #2 post to mention that. Truly fortuitous.
I loved that Stark woodchuck.
@Gin & Tonic:
Everything’s coming up
Speaking of electric vehicles, it looks like the shit weather headed for central Texas is going to keep me from getting my new one until early next week.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@NotMax: That was fun.
I can’t believe Dean Martin smoked while doing the bit
Talked to maybe 40-something woman born and raised in the little town where I stayed, east of Nuremberg, and she said winters had changed during her lifetime. That you now have snow in February, March, April. And less snow overall.
The area had a charming amount of snow this winter, on many days from November through January, but never a monster storm. Picturesque. Usually gone by sundown. (Allegedly, just about no snow last year.)
Candlemas is a great concept. I wonder what climate change has in store for us, in the coming years.
“I want the car made by people with a libertarian, anti regulatory ethos and a complete disregard for safety!” Sign me up for that.
Where we’re going, we don’t need stop signs.
@Burnspbesq: I guess they assume only one of the vehicles is a Tesla!
For those facing flurries or more….
From Jef Smith’s delightful Bone, winter comes to The Valley.
Lordy. When I was a kid in Wisconsin, knowing that winter would only last six more weeks from February 2 was good news. When he doesn’t see his shadow it means we don’t know when winter will end, which meant it might go on until June.
@SiubhanDuinne: perfect last line! I didn’t see it coming.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@SiubhanDuinne: Lovely and lively
Snowing in Chicago area. Probably won’t be as bad as originally predicted. Downstate hit much worse, right WG? Anyway, Woodstock Willie predicted an early Spring, whereas Punxsutawny Phil predicted 6 more weeks of Winter. Sorry PA.
That juxtaposition of coverage of Clinton vs coverage of Trump is damning.
Trump probably already set his alarm for that.
They’ve named the Washington Football Team the Commanders.
Just like the first puppy
ETA: FWIW, I think it’s a weird name. For the team.
Here in my corner of Virginia, our friends at Bridgewater College were terrorized by an active shooter yesterday. Two campus safety officers were killed. One of them has connections here, so people in my sphere are processing the loss this morning. As per usual, the shooter was a white man. Who knows, or cares, what his motivation was. The ubiquitousness of gun violence in this country is an epidemic. I feel numb.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: No, but that’s undoubtedly when Two-Face will rob the Second National Bank of Gotham.
Someone on Morning Joe already observed that it will inevitably be abbreviated to “The Commies.” Oops.
@eclare: Good luck, we’re getting that right now here in SWMO. Ice on the car and the trees, but the roads were just wet thank goodness. It’s supposed to start snowing tonight, and they’re still saying 8-10 inches. Heard the stores were crazy last night. Geez, people, it’ll only last a couple of days, then you’ll be able to get out again.
@Elizabelle: Climate change has misery in store for us. Fires, food shortages, water shortages, and migration.
When I moved to Philly in 99, seasons were still balanced. 3 months of each, summer, fall, spring, winter. When I moved in 2016, winter was all but gone except for a few snow squalls that quickly melted. Vermont had a warmer than usual winter as well, although we’re getting a big dump of snow tonight/tomorrow. But even that is considered out of the ordinary, according to the local weather guy this morning.
Gonna be a rocky ride.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@mali muso: That’s awful.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey (WaPost). Celebrity marmot. I rather like that concept.
@Burnspbesq: Maybe they used a machine learning system, and trained it from the behavior of human drivers?
(A couple weeks ago, I saw one guy just cruise through without even slowing down. I got irritated until I realized he had no stop sign, because he was going the wrong way on a one-way street.)
That’s why you don’t judge based on first impressions.
@mali muso: Oh how sad.
The labor shortage is even worse than I realized.
No one should take anything conservatives say about politicizing the courts seriously, especially and specifically what conservative judges and justices say. It’s insulting that they even bring it up. THE LAST people who should be weighing in on this.
They live to insult us, so not surprising.
@japa21: It started here in Arlington Hts about 4: 30. At 7 I called a snow day. I’m old and I don’t wanna deal with it. I drive to S. Elgin ffs.
It’s coming down pretty good now.
@mali muso: That was so sad. Just senseless murder of two very kind gentleman.
Too many guns.
Snow has hit the “reassess your plans” level in Chicago South Side. Might not keep going like this, but if it does, we’ll make the high end of the forecast range easily.
@Baud: 02/02/2022 works, too [two]
@MagdaInBlack: it’s pretty in my part of Chicago.
reassess your plans = keep your ass inside, I assume.
@delk: It’s pretty from where I sit now, too ?
I don’t hate snow. I hate that I have to go drive around in it.
@MagdaInBlack: I have to go to CVS. It’s a four block walk. Trying to get motivated.
I’m looking forward to Feb 22 which is also a palindrome!
I don’t. Drive around in it, that is.
To celebrate today’s date, I just emailed my family a photo of the late Archbishop of Cape Town and a photo of a prima ballerina in costume.
Now they all hate me.
Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes
A little candidate on candidate violence in a race that is near and dear to my heart, even as I remain unnamed.
I think it backfires on the incumbent judge, and all is not as it seems.
Badger isn’t always this tolerant:
@Baud: Ooo yeah, most assuredly! I’ll reconsider this afternoon, but right now I’d clearly just be in the way.
Two to three weeks.
Cloudy here, no shadow for Phillsy. But how do we explain the minus 5 ipredicted for Sat night?
And Washington named the football team after Joe Biden’s dog?
@SiubhanDuinne: Wonderful poem!
@germy: That’s pretty good. I bought one about 20 years ago on a good sale and have rarely worn it more than half-dozen times in any winter —it’s too much if the temp is above 20 or 25— but when I do need it, I really need it. Would have been worth full price.
Here in Colorado we’ve had a goodly amount of snow and I intend to spend Candlemas indoors by the heater, reading and playing games. Blessed be!
Oh, and thanks SiubhanDuinne for the nice poem. I gave it little kid claps.
The Moar You Know
We don’t have groundhogs in San Diego. Or anything that anyone else in the nation would recognize as “winter”, for that matter, save that the days are shorter.
Boris Rasputin (the evil twin)
What happens if Bill Murray sees his shadow today? Does that mean in 2 weeks the Cubs start spring training?
Or move today’s live rehearsal to tomorrow, set up shifts for family members to shovel/snowblow/de-ice so that we’ll be able to get out tomorrow, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Yes, I had to do this Saturday in Bwahstin. We made it to Sunday’s rehearsal. It still looks like Hoth hereabouts.
Candlemas, February 2nd, is not some arbitrary midpoint between Winter and Spring, but is tied to Jewish Law in Leviticus 12, which lays out the ritual uncleanness of a woman following the birth of a male child. She is ceremonially unclean for seven days after giving birth to a boy, and he can therefore be circumcised on the eighth day. (Leviticus 12:2-3; Luke 2:21). Another thirty three days are required for her blood purification before she can enter the Temple or touch any holy thing. (Leviticus 12:4; Luke 2:22).
Luke goes to great lengths to stress that Jesus was raised in a pious, observant Jewish family. February 2nd is forty days after Christmas.
The significance of the candles is that this is the first time that Jesus was revealed in public, and he is called “The Light of the World.” Traditionally, household candles were brought to the church to be blessed for use in the next year.
Here ends the pedantry for the day.
The Moar You Know
@Burnspbesq: AKA “the California stop” (it’s illegal here too). This is what happens when your AI is taught by the behavior of CA drivers.
@Baud: And btw, 2/22/22 will be a Tuesday…
@Chief Oshkosh: 2/22/22 is also my birthday, in case y’all want to mark the occasion with gifts of diamonds, precious metals, cases of fine wine, etc. :)
When you read about the book bannings and state laws banning discussions of civil rights, be aware that this is the context:
It’s white people directing what is taught in majority non-white public schools. The majority of the public school population is non-white now. Makes sense that the schools that serve mostly non-white kids and families would move toward incorporating civil rights history and discussions of diversity, right? Seems less like an attempt to indoctrinate/shame white kids and more like an attempt to serve the kids who are actually in these schools?
@SiubhanDuinne: That is great and a lot of fun – thanks! I sent it to both of my friends.
93/100 of the largest public school districts are majority non-white now. Okay, Marxist conspiracy that there is more of a focus on civil rights and diversity, or “93/100 of the largest public school districts are non-white now”?
I’m going with number two.
@Kay: I hate them all so much.
I also hate twitter. Now they seem to have some kind of time limit on how long you can look at tweets. I’ll never, ever sign up. Your tactics don’t work on me. I have other sources of news.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@RevRick: it’s one of those things I always mean to look up when I hear it and never do. Now I know. Thanks!
(Will I remember a year from today?)
Good Morning, Everyone???
The Dark Avenger
It’s Wilbur Whateley’s birthday, and I’ll scream if I want to.
@zhena gogolia: I’m a regular Twitter user, and AFAIK, there’s no time limit on how long you can look at tweets, though users sometimes delete their own tweets. I enjoy it for the humor, and reporters’ feeds can be a handy source for breaking news. That said, it’s not for everyone!
@rikyrah: Good morning.
In the middle of a bad storm. Have not ventured to my door to open and see how bad it is??
@Betty Cracker: I will mark it with a case of wine. And, of course, raise a toast to you with every glass I drink.
Happy birthday in 20 days. Saying it now in case I forget.
@Betty Cracker: If you’re not a member, now they cut you off after about 15 seconds.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: I can. He almost never made a public appearance without one.
@Betty Cracker: I loved the fact that they let non-members read their content, unlike Facebook. I was totally addicted to it and had no desire to tweet myself, so it was perfect for me to just be able to access their content without joining. Now they are adding more and more restrictions to people who just want to read and not tweet. It’s depressing. And in order to join you have to give them your birthday. And no, I’m not going to lie about my birthday. I don’t give false information. So I’m stuck. If I could sign up without giving them my birthday, I might do it.
@zhena gogolia: Viewing in a Private Window in Safari defeats that particular “feature.” Don’t know what the equivalent is in other browsers.
@The Moar You Know: The “California stop”. If you dig deeper, it’s the LA stop. No, the Hollywood stop. Finally, the Sunset stop.
@The Moar You Know: Around here it’s called a St Louis stop. It’s only illegal if a cop cares.
@The Moar You Know: It’s generally acknowledged as the “Tennessee Rolling Stop” around these parts.
@Betty Cracker: This is how I use it. I follow my favorite BJ authors and a bunch of reporters or academics.
That’s most of my Twitter feed. I also limit myself to following only about 40 people.
@Chief Oshkosh: I do that when I really, really want to read the stuff, but it’s a pain so I don’t do it casually.
Saw that yesterday. If irony died when Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s now buried at a crossroads with stake through heart.
I’m so glad we’re doing this. It was really past time to admit these evaluations are really subjective.
My husband is also a lawyer and he’s been making fun of it for years. “John Roberts was the smartest lawyer ever, until Alito, who then grabbed the top slot!”
They’re not baseball players. A preference for a corporate lawyer over a public defender on the bench is just a preference. It’s not a real “ranking”.
@zhena gogolia: I like to follow people like Mangy Jay and Ragnarok Lobster. So I gave in and signed up for Twitter this weekend. I just had to submit my name and phone number, which they already had, and a birth date (it wasn’t my real one), then designate a password. Nothing bad seems to have happened to me. Yet.
Mty favorite for all time was Barrett standing with McConnell, at some bullshit “McConnell Center” event, scolding us about politicizing the court.
Just stop. They can’t lecture their way to credibility.
@zhena gogolia: They don’t have the right to know your birthday, so even with a focus on your own integrity and determination not to give false information, I wonder if that has to apply to an entity that is asking for something that it’s not their right to have.
edit: What if they asked you how old you were when you had sex for the first time? What if they asked you if you have ever wondered what your life would have been like it you married someone else? The answer is the same as with your birthday, it’s none of their fucking business.
@zhena gogolia: I guess I noticed that from reading AL’s Twitter links. What a drag. Still not signing up.
@SiubhanDuinne: Love it!
@zhena gogolia: Oh, I didn’t know they put a time limit on non-account holders. That’s stupid of them! I don’t remember if Twitter required my birthday when I joined, but it’s not in my profile. If they did, I’m sure I gave them a fake one because I always do that when corporations try to harvest my data. I figure they aren’t upfront with me about what they plan to do with it, so I feel justified in giving them fake info.
It’s just one more pernicious way to destroy the public schools. There’s a clear line from the desegregation of the public schools in this formerly red state (likely to return to that without some help from Congress as none will be coming from the justices) in the late 60’s and the fleeing to private, mostly religious based schools. This is really a loss to our country. It mostly explains why we have Trump and the far right fringes running the show. We stopped, as a people, interacting in the most fundamental ways with each other….in the classroom. Also, too, that the Republicans, down to the very lowest local level, have never been afraid to wield power to gain control, even in areas where they are a minority of voters.
@zhena gogolia: Eh, go ahead and lie about your birthday. FB thinks I was born 1/1/1905.
@zhena gogolia: Deleting cookies is still working for me. I delete them, the annoyances stay away for awhile. They come back, I delete cookies again.
We’ve been watching 1883 on our Starz channel through Prime. We watch everything these days with captions turned on, and because the scenario is a wagon train of Germans and Slavs heading for Oregon the captions often read: [background German and Slav voices], [man speaking German] and similar. I was tickled, when during a bandit attack, the caption was [screaming in Slav and German].
I also love how some sweet summer media child calls it “inexplicable” that Trump and the events leading up to January 6 have somehow received less coverage than BUT HER EMAILS. Really, “inexplicable”? Can you actually think of no explanation for this phenomenon? Because I sure can.
Can’t reply to everyone who commented, but thanks to all of you for the nice words.
Meanwhile, over at Bloomberg, under their (not irony here, no no) “The Big Take” byline:
Wall Street Bankers Heading for Biggest Bonus Payday in Decade
So, how much inflation caused by stock buybacks to flood these already saturated pockets?
@MagdaInBlack: Many years ago we were in Barrington and left at the start of a blizzard to come back to Georgia. I was on the on ramp to the tollway when I lost it and, in incredible slow mo, crashed into a concrete light pole and it fell across the road. It was snowing like hell and we were on the merge side of the ramp. I couldn’t move the pole and I thought, shit if I report it they’ll charge me for it, so we just headed south!
Here in the Ardennes it is Lichtmessdag, or St. Blaise’ eve. The small children go from door to door, singing a medieval period song which has them begging for peas. You are supposed to give them coins or candy.
As you can guess, this is the cultural memory of the season of starvation, also the season when the plague would strike. This does not end until the first Sunday in Lent, when every village has a huge bonfire, usually topped with burning crosses.
They try to make it quaint and cute, but it is really primal and a bit horrific.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: You’re welcome!
@WaterGirl: I assume Twitter is trying to determine whether the user is over 18 or not.
@Betty Cracker: Oh, my, Badger, what a saint! And Puppy Pete looking impossibly adorable as he tries to chew Badger’s ears off.
Yes, my morning is now complete.
@The Moar You Know:
Now that Tesla is headquartered in Texas, I guess future versions of FSD will include autonomous fire control for the owner’s guns when the are cut off.
What are you getting?
@Old School: That seems, shall we say, optimistic? If that was their goal, they would make you click on something to affirm that you are 18 years or older. I would say there is a large number of twitter accounts belonging to people who are less than 18 years old.
@Betty Cracker: Watching that made me so happy! Twice.
Badger must really not be in the mood to play, because those little puppy teeth are really sharp and ears are pretty tender.
The ears were always to go-to move for my little Henry when he wanted to get Tucker to play with him.
I took today off to celebrate the anniversary of my wife and I sneaking into this world mumble years ago. Our first birthday present is obvious: Here in Dallas, Son of The Storm is due to arrive later today, and it will bring with it the craziness of Texas drivers in winter weather. But I shall sit here snug at home and not be a participant, and my wife won’t sit here wondering if it’s going to be an interesting night waiting for me.
Tomorrow will be the ugly day here, if it truly is ugly. What, not ugly? It’s Dallas, down at the southern reach of that icy/snowy trough, and it would not be the first time Finegal laughed and yelled, “Psych!”
@SiubhanDuinne: thank you for that. Though meant for us all, it fits.
I find it fascinating that people see Twitter as a source of news. It is more an aggregator of information from various places.
BTW, as far as giving your birthday on sign up, in the early days of the Internet, it was presumed sometimes that providing some identifying information was a simple thing to maintain decorum, etc. Some sites theoretically did not allow minors.
Now with scams, hacking, ID theft, it can be dangerous to provide accurate identifying information. Where appropriate to a site I might be interested in, I would have no problem at all in providing a false birth date.
What the actual f**k? Have you lost your ability to reason?
Taycan. I’m getting to an age where my “if not now, when” list is getting pretty long.
Model S Plaid’s supposed “advantages” are all in the realm of Stupid Party Tricks that don’t have any real-world applications, and it’s an extra $30k. Elon will get his share of my money when we do rooftop solar + Powerwall later this year.
Cool. My interest has perked up now that some models are reaching my arbitrarily decided upon range of 300 miles.
I first signed up for Twitter so I could tell TFG to fuck off, so I did that under my own name, loud and proud (though probably a fake birthdate by a couple of days). But that bitch who lives at my house, Shannon, watch out for her. She’s a fake through and through.
I just checked the Twitter Terms of Service. Users are supposed to be at least 13 years old.
I clicked on the tweets in the OP. Twitter didn’t cut me off.
Jeff Zucker of CNN resigned “effective immediately.” Something to do with “failing to disclose a workplace relationship” of the romantic variety with another CNN executive during the investigation into former anchor Chris Cuomo.
Shitty men still run the media. Women can be horrible too, but maybe try giving them the top jobs for awhile. It couldn’t be any worse, right? Jeebus.
@Xenos: Thank you for reminding me of getting my throat blessed on St. Blaise day all through Catholic school many years ago! Not in the Ardennes region unfortunately ?
@Betty Cracker: Damn. That is pretty big news.
@Kay: it’s majority-minority across all public schools, but most public schools lean hard towards one or the other. It would be rare to see a school that’s 55% students of color.
and as usual, the biggest white panics are in school districts/divisions where the % of white students (ie residents) is slipping.
@germy: Yeah, that did not age well for Zucker, at all.
Betty’s right: CNN needs to let someone with a better view of people take the damn wheel.
@dww44: ‘they’ also very much don’t like funding public schools to begin with, and certainly not if they’re going to educate mostly students of color.
and naturally the religious right + government-haters would LOVE to get their hands on all those sweet, sweet education dollars
On February 2, 1922, Irish novelist James Joyce’s Ulysses was published in Paris. A hundred years of this freaking wonderful book. Thank you, James Joyce. Thank you, Sylvia Beach for supporting Joyce and publishing the novel.
I still regularly re-read the novel, along with my favorite or the latest translation of The Odyssey.
An appreciation of Ulysses in the South China Morning Post notes how the novel continues to be vital, necessary.
And how it has caused outrages.
And a reference to another notorious novel reminds us of who “literature” was originally meant for.
But Ulysses is profoundly democratic and messy. A novel about fornication and masturbation. It still may not be to everyone’s taste. But that’s the point, as we enter into this new time where banning books is a sudden rage.
Which is why I’ve been driving a Cayman S for the last seven years or so. The call of the “if not now, when” at work. Would love to hear more after you get a few weeks of seat time.
@Brachiator: Yeah, well…I love Joyce’s short works, but I’ve never managed to make it through Ulysses, and I doubt I ever will because at this point, life is just too damn short. And as for the barf bag that’s Finnegan’s Wake…let’s just say I’ll make it through Ulysses first.
@Brachiator: I couldn’t get through the writing.
@Betty Cracker: Head of Marketing, Alison Gollust is the lovebird. She says they have been friends for 20 years. But their relationship changed during COVID.
She is staying at CNN. Not sure how that will work out.
Also not sure why this isn’t just chalked up to another office romance.
I was surprised to see that many people had become used to the name Washington Football Team and regularly referred to the club as WFT.
I think someone noted that there used to be a brand of cigarettes from Phillip Morris called Commander.
It is a bit nutty to think about how much time may have been spent on coming up with the “right name.”
Boris Rasputin (the evil twin)
@Brachiator: It’s also Joyce’s 144th birthday as well.
@germy: Like that party scene in Brazil where the most genuinely elegant people are the Black waiters.
Yes. There are people who say this.
I feel sorry for you. But I would still vote for you.
Problem is, at least as of the most recent data, 87% of school-age kids attended public schools. (10% private, 3% home-schooled.) There’s no way they can reverse that in any reasonable length of time. All they can do by starving the public schools is ensure the long-term decline of the U.S.
I love Finnegans Wake. During my fathers final, lingering illness, he asked me to read it aloud to him — and I did. Great, great bonding experience. I don’t think I ever laughed more, before or since. He gave me three huge gifts: baseball, Wagner’s Ring, and the Wake. I have a work in progress that explores the similarities and interconnections among these three monuments of genius.
@SiubhanDuinne: When I was in college, there was a yearly reading of Finnegan’s Wake. I can’t recall how long it took but I bet you know!
Ah yes, the legacy of Anthony Comstock. He’d died in 1915, but I see that the Society for the Supression of Vice was still active in 1922.
I must read Ulysses one day, which maybe should be rather soon.
@SiubhanDuinne: It is possible that I have been overly influenced by my father’s opinion, who observed caustically that the same people who thought Finnegan’s Wake was literature also thought The Fairie Queene was literature as well.//
So what followed after irritation for witnessing a clearly bone headed cock up?
@Sure Lurkalot: Well, my dad and I went on numerous diversions — I bought a copy of Joseph Campbell’s Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake just so I could find out what the hell Joyce was talking about! — and it took close to two years. Daddy died mere days after I read the last line (which is, of course, the first line) and I’ve often thought since then that perhaps he willed himself to stay alive just until the book was finished.
I should have read slower.
Thinking of having Chewy deliver some dog food to their offices.
Me too. Also a really, really bad name to have when they’re losing. “Not being very commanding out there, are they?”
And they lose a lot, so it’ll just make them that much more of a laughingstock.
I studied The Fairie Queene in college. Great stuff. I still have some disdain for people who think the Lord of the Rings stuff is great literature.
Also loves me some Chaucer.
@Betty Cracker: Delighted to hear that Zucker is out.
I cannot stand that fucker. I think he helped give us Trump.
WaPost on Zucker resignation:
There are a number of states that allow deductions for school tuition and fees. And increasingly 529 plans allow funds to be used for k through 12 schools, not just college.
This is in effect another way to chip away at public education.
@Brachiator: I don’t necessarily think that Lord of the Rings is great literature, but I did find it more readable than Fairie Queene.
I do love Chaucer, however.
@Elizabelle: Even had he been much better at CNN it would hardly have overcome his role in that stupid NBC tv show giving TFG such broad name recognition.
@SiubhanDuinne: That’s lovely! I see shadows of Blake.
@OzarkHillbilly: One of the “cool kids” a couple years ahead of me in HS actually got popped for rolling through a stop sign, because apparently that particular Sheriff cared that day. Flash forward about a decade, and said “cool kid” got T-boned by a semi because – he rolled through another stop sign. Sometimes those bad habits have a nasty habit of catching one up in a mighty hurry.
Didn’t Zucker give us the famous Empty Podium “we’re standing by waiting for Trump to appear” ?
I’ve tried to start The Faerie Queene once or twice, but it’s daunting. And while I’m fond of a well-turned metaphor, that kind of heavy-handed Christian allegory turns me right off (see also The Pilgrim’s Progress).
Not that the Wake isn’t terribly daunting itself. It is, and it’s easy to understand why so many people are put off. I doubt I would ever have picked it up if I hadn’t wanted to indulge my dad. But once you get into Joyce’s incredible wordplay and the way he lavishes adoration on the language, it’s very beautiful to the ear, if not to the eye.
There’s been some dissatisfaction about what’s been done to the new cinematic version of Clifford The Big Red Dog. Same people who were upset by the cinematic Sonic The Hedgehog.
Here’s “Trump” weighing in:
(Not the scare quotes around “Trump”)
Twitter reports n Zucker:
This affair has been going on for many years.
Gollust used to work for Andrew Cuomo.
Katie Couric discussed in her book.
Gollust and her husband live in the apartment above the Zuckers.
Resigning gives Zucker an out better than getting fired for tanking CNN’s ratings.
Thank you. Yes, inspired by Tyger Tyger.
Formerly disgruntled in Oregon
@Brachiator: “Literature” is all about the tastes, standards, and aspirations of the readers. It’s entirely subjective and culturally constructed.
Arguing about whether a work should count as literature is as pointless as arguing Beatles vs Stones. There’s no right answer, and it’s all about what you like and/or respect. Opinions differ.
@SiubhanDuinne: Oh, Pilgrim’s Progress…that’s another one I keep thinking I’m going to tackle, if only because it’s so often quoted and referred to in other works of literature. I even rescued a copy of it from my late sister’s book stash for that noble purpose. But it may languish unread after all.
Some works – like that one, or Milton’s Paradise Lost, or for that matter, Faerie Queene or Finnegan’s Wake – might work better for me listening to them than trying to plow through them on the printed page.
But the state laws they put in apply to all the public schools. So it isn’t just (some) white parents directing what is discussed in mostly white schools. It’s some white parents also directing what is discussed in majority minority schools. They could have done this on a district by district basis, which would be bad enough. But they made it much, much worse by dictating it at the state level, thereby overruling majority minority school boards – often elected positions- and the managers of the schools themselves.
If you’re a majority/minority district in Texas you can elect all the civil rights supporting school board members you want- it won’t matter. Some white parents – far Right parents- will be deciding what’s offered in your schools.
I really wanted to like Pilgrim’s Progress because the March girls each got a copy of it for Christmas and they seemed pretty excited about it, but I. Just. Couldn’t.
Fair point. Over time it becomes harder for even students to deal with the language and the allegory. I don’t know if it’s actually the case, but I have heard that some colleges that teach Chaucer don’t even try to use the original texts, but teach Chaucer in translation.
@Formerly disgruntled in Oregon:
Jesus. That was the point of my quote of the outrage over “Lady Chatterly’s Lover.”
Also, Beatles. No question about it.
IMO, range in excess of 240-250 has very limited use. If you look at the Electrify America network map as it currently exists, there are five major holes where even a Lucid won’t get you from Point A to Point B (list below). Other than that, you rarely will need to go more than about 170 miles between chargers.
The big gaps:
I-20 between Dallas and Oxford, AL
I-90 west of Madison
I-94 west of Minneapolis
I-25 between El Paso and Albuquerque
US 84/I-27 between Sweetwater and Amarillo
@jeffreyw: Wow, I didn’t realize anyone was still speaking Common Slavic in 1883.
‘Big downy,’ for winter in Montreal, and now I live somewhere MUCH warmer. But cannot part with it.
It’s also good for CNN. If it tried to terminate him for cause, he would sue, and God only knows what might come out in discovery.
@MisterDancer: Not as important as Joe Biden visiting loved ones in a cemetery or going home to Wilmington every weekend. Or if course the obligatory “emails”.
First Energy has its annual maul the trees on the devil’s strip contract going. As always they took down all the squirrel nests now that the leaves are gone and they can’t rebuild.
@Gravenstone: People running stop signs is my husband’s pet peeve for this very reason – they become inattentive and sloppy in their driving and cause accidents.
Running red lights is more in fashion than ignoring stop signs in Rochester. I narrowly escaped two crashes recently by cars turning left after the light had changed to red. I had a green arrow left turn signal.
@sab: Poor fucking squirrells, tossed out in the elements in February in Ohio. Rainstorm then snowstorm coming. Those little rodents will freeze, and nobody will care. Emabarrassed to live here.