Don't quit.

I posted this to another blogger, on another service. Thought others could use hearing it:

Richard Bach, writing to his months-previous self (who'd just had his car repossessed): "You survived because you decided against quitting when the battle wasn't much fun ... that was the only miracle required. [snip] Please don't waste your time worrying or being afraid."

From his book, A Gift of Wings, very much worth the purchase.

Slate: Mueller’s Russia indictment is full of bad English.

So scold on, pedants: It’s not just good again to pay attention to sentence fragments and dangling participles—it’s patriotic.

It's so funny ... if I see poor grammar or spelling, I just move on and never link. If the person can't spell or construct a sentence, my conclusion is that they're not a person to take an opinion from.

Mother Jones: Mueller’s Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime.

Interestingly, the recent bedroom revelations have pointed out exactly how Mr T operates. Cash payments from lackeys, no paper trail, etc. etc. All these subordinates enmeshed, it just takes one or two to cave, have some sort of written documentation (even Post-its), point a finger, and the whole house of cards comes down.

Bloomberg: Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw – and It Hurts.

Every office building that uses glass walls seems to end up with this problem. Architects tend to build for impact, not for real-world use. It's an easy mistake to make. A local State building was designed with glass walls - gorgeous when empty - and all the walls are now piled with cardboard document boxes and paper - absolutely hideous. You think you're walking into a recycling plant, instead of an office.

Atlas Obscura: Winterthur – Winterthur, Delaware.

If you live back East, and you've not yet taken in Winterthur, you absolutely must. Esp. if you love antiques and gardening. The gardens - a point not mentioned in this article - are built so that there are blooms throughout the year. The garden is laid out in a circle, and each of four segments bloom in the appropriate season. It is a stunning piece of work, the nature of which is only seldom attempted in our modern times.

Digital Trends: The history of the CD’s rise and fall.

Brothers in Arms? Yeah, I suppose so. If you were addicted to pop. But only certain albums got pressed on CD in the early days. The stunners were White Winds, Andreas Vollenweider and Harlequin, Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. Spin those today, I still get chills and can remember exactly where I was when I heard them on quality CD playback.

Here's Harlequin's lead track. Ivan Lins singing. Always incredible.

White Winds, I can only find (ironically) the vinyl version on YT.

Slate: It’s time to show the carnage of mass shootings.

This will be touchy. I don't expect agreement with my views. I grew up in the '60's, and I used to actively avoid the evening news. Once we got a color television, that is. All the reports from Vietnam - Jesus, they were traumatic. My child's mind remembers two things very distinctly: the green of the jungle contrasted with the gallons of red clotting blood. Every. Night. Over the years, it had a significant deterrent effect. Even the most hardened conservative veterans questioned the goals of the war by 1969 (in my hearing, anyway).

But today, we live on the other side of the 'minicam' revolution of the '70's, when earnest video crews would go out with their 60 pound reel-to-reel rigs and film the latest murders and car accidents in full Technicolor. Even more, now, today, we're soaked in the blood and gore of video games, wholesome families watching crime procedurals while eating dinner (frequently featuring gooey corpse dissections) ...

Would viewing any of yesterday's carnage have an effect on public opinion? I have a very sad suspicion it would not. I fear most that some will find it entertaining and enjoyable. Likewise surveillance footage; some would enjoy critiquing his strategy, and want to improve upon it.

So while I appreciate the idea and the goal of showing the carnage, the world is a different place nowadays. I don't think this would be the most effective method of changing people's minds and getting Congress off their fat butts.

Which brings me around to a bit of tangential trivia, since I mentioned Vietnam. Have you ever seen the memorial to Thích Quảng Đức, the Buddhist priest who immolated himself in a Saigon intersection? He generated more opposition to the war - worldwide - than anyone else, even though his opposition was to religious persecution. It is a beautiful and fitting piece of sculpture. I honor his sacrifice, as I will honor those who will involuntarily be sacrificed before America wakes up and climbs to higher moral ground.

Because you know there will be more. There is no tipping point for Republicans today; if they can rationalize Trump, they can rationalize mass murder. We have to take this on at the local level, starting at the schools and school boards, and work up. We get the culture we allow.

Hollywood Reporter: Judge Rules News Publishers Violated Copyright by Embedding Tweets of Tom Brady Photo.

Having carefully considered the embedding issue, this Court concludes, for the reasons discussed below, that when defendants caused the embedded Tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right; the fact that the image was hosted on a server owned and operated by an unrelated third party (Twitter) does not shield them from this result.

Every sentient person knows you don't go trolling in Google Images and then reproducing what you find commercially. For these news orgs to just grab stuff off the social media and ignore attribution ... well ... I understand the fair use argument, but it's not like there aren't tens of thousands of photos of Tom Brady around. The big boys will probably get this set aside on an appeal, but it's not good news for photographers. We'll start embedding our copyright information visibly.

Later: I'M WRONG. I misunderstood the nature of this issue - I thought they were PRINTING the images without consent. That they are just embedding Twitter links ... well ... this judge needs to smell the 21st Century. So my above opinion is WRONG. Next time, I'll choose a better originating news org to link from. Filed under 'Corrections' here.

Repost from 2013: NPR - Should Gun Owners Have To Buy Liability Insurance?

So, rather than sit and fear to do anything, Repubs, why not do something? You're not taking away rights, and you're covering necessary costs - normally right-and-proper conservative values.

Note this article was fielded after Sandy Hook, FIVE BLOODY YEARS AGO. Literally bloody, if you didn't catch the unsubtle allusion ...