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Who are you?
- Jewish, American, veteran, Portlander, age 54. Social liberal / libertarian, fiscal conservative / libertarian, pro-Zionist, anti-jihad, queer-friendly. Registered Republican. Co-parent to two wonderful kids, TNG and Bunny.

For those of you who have not run screaming from the room shrieking "Eeeeeek! A Republican!" - thank you for not doing that.

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DW Markup

While composing this morning's link roundup, I got a little bit of practice in editing html, because I'd copied article snippets to the DW rich text editor and wanted to give the page a somewhat uniform appearance rather than a mishmash of fonts.

Usually what I've done in the past is just copy the source as plain text, and add in any embedded links manually. Copying the source as rich text saves me that step, but it also preserves the font formatting, which in general I don't want to do. All in all, deleting or editing the font formatting takes more time than just copying the embedded links.

So, it was good to get the practice, but it took an inordinate amount of time (especially with my very modest html skills). And it reminded me of one thing that bothers me about composing on DW: I'm not seeing the formatting buttons on the html tab, only on the WYSIWYG rich text editor. The LJ composing page lets you click the buttons in the html editor and see the code as it is applied, which I find useful.

Hoping DW will consider adding this feature as well. Or is there a work-around I don't know about?

RWBY catch-up

Finally got caught up to V4 C12 'No Safe Haven'; this week I'll probably need to go back and review some of the parts of Volume 4 to really get up to speed on the plot. But that'll be fine, I love the show and Volume 4 does not disappoint. Both the animation and the characters are stronger and richer than ever. Volume 4, Chapter 10: Kuroyuri filled in the back story on certain characters and was very powerful. (I actually choked up a little.) One of my favorite episodes to date.

The villains are one of the show's most distinctive strong points, I think - especially characters like Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury, who come across as fully three-dimensional characters and not comic-book villains.


On living with Hebrew. Alan Mintz: '...Hebrew isn’t quite like other languages. Many of the American Hebraists who taught my generation never lived in Palestine, but their Hebrew was richer and more robust than that of most of their counterparts in the Yishuv (the Jewish settlement in Palestine). There, aside from the strange case of Itamar Ben-Avi, the son of the pioneering Hebraist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922), the members of the first generation to be actually raised in the language were born only in the early 1930s to parents who in many cases had learned their Hebrew in Europe. In short, nativeness in Hebrew is a relatively recent phenomenon.' Follow the link for the whole thing, including, in particular, the teaching of modern Hebrew on college campuses.

David Hardy and Boys' Latin.“I invite anyone who doubts what this does for our students to come to a graduation and watch 100 black boys sharply dressed in caps and gowns and proudly reciting their school pledge in Latin,” says the school’s chief executive officer, David Hardy. “Not only is this an unexpected sight, it defies the low expectations society puts on young black men.”...

How America watches North Korea. 'Whenever a U.S. official says the American government is closely monitoring the situation in North Korea, aerial snooping is undoubtedly an important source of that information. ...'

Berkeley mayor member of Facebook Antifa group. ''Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist [sic] group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017. Arreguin is allegedly also friends with BAMN leader, Yvette Felarca, on Facebook.


Lee Smith on Trump and Iran

'By certifying that Iran is in compliance, the Trump White House simply complied with a legislative milestone, designed to keep the administration that brokered the agreement honest. Critics of the deal, eager for stronger action taken more quickly, should probably see certification not as a disappointment, but as a delay.

It does not signal, the Trump official told me, that this White House has concluded the JCPOA serves American interests. Rather, certification is a placeholder during the review process. It is buying time for the administration to muster its resources while it plans how to move forward on Iran. ...'

This Week's Reading

'Jazz' - Toni Morrison
'Two Gentlemen of Verona' - Shakespeare
'The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories' - Gene Wolfe

(Yes, that's really the title of the Gene Wolfe collection.)

Thursday night quick update

I've been away from journaling for a while, but I'm still here.

LJ/DW drama - I have no plans to quit either LJ or DW, there are things I like and don't like about each, but for the foreseeable future I'm planning to continue posting on both. If I post photos it'll be to LJ 'cuz it's just easier, I'm too lazy to go through a third-party photo sharing site. Hopefully DW will be able to add that capability soon. Other than that, I don't play favorites.

Work - I am still working at TheBank, and it's been getting easier. I don't plan to be there indefinitely and I am keeping my eyes open for new opportunities, but I'm more comfortable with the job now and I'm glad I stayed with it. "L'fum tza'ara agra." (No pain, no gain.) 

Education - Don't look now, but I'm learning html.  Finally decided I wanted to know more than links and bold tags.

Life - I'm still living at the Admiral, and if I play my cards right, I might just be able to get my income up enough in the next few months to be able to keep staying here.  Decided it's a goal I'm willing to bust my ass for, plus I don't want to have to move again.  Related:  amid some very complicated feelings, I'm planning to start going to the liberal synagogue in this neighborhood once again.  Will post more on this later.

[RELATED:  Blog post from 12 years ago about "the shul I don't go to." ]


There's always that one kid.

Father: Son, here's two zuz. Go buy us a young goat for Passover. Be back here in an hour - and don't keep your mother waiting.

[Three hours later.]

Father: What took you so long? And where's the goat?!?

Son: The cat ate it.

Father: The cat ate it.

Son: Umm, yeah.

Father: I want to see this cat.

Son: The cat?

Father: Yes. I want to see this miraculous cat that ATE THE GOAT THAT COST ME TWO ZUZ. I want to see it. Where is it?

Son: Ummm, the dog ate it. ...

3/27 Monday morning

Last week's temp gig went well and I think I came away with a positive entry on my work record. It was even suggested that I apply for a certain open job position, which of course I had to clear with my agency but they're cool with it. So we'll see.

Saturday was an informal meeting at the Lodge to work on ritual practice. (ALL of us need practice.) Now that I live across the street from the Lodge, it's easy to attend these things.

Sunday morning I got caught up on housework, and Sunday afternoon I felt an urge for some mindless entertainment so I watched 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Lizzie Borden' on Amazon.

And wow, it's Monday morning again already!