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Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:21 am
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Chapter One and Chapter Two of The Wedding of Frog Fears and Anthropomorphic Nonsense, Giles/Willow by [personal profile] punch_kicker15.

Hypable podcast talks Wrecked & Dad .

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:27 am
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Ripper , Giles by wakeupinacoma.

Chapter One of Nightjar , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] sparrow2000.

Giles/Dawn video by wakeupinacoma.

daf bit: Sanhedrin 2

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:55 am
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We begin a new tractate, Sanhedrin, which discusses court cases. Unlike in many secular court systems, the judges are active participants (they're the ones who question witnesses) and the ultimate decisors; there are no lawyers or juries.

A court is made up of some number of judges, depending on the type of case (at least 3, sometimes 23 or 71 or occasionally other numbers). Here are some of the cases listed in the first mishna of the tractate (this is not a complete list):

  • Various types of monetary damages are judged by three.

  • Rape, seduction, and libel require three according to R' Meir, but the sages say libel requires 23 because it could involve a capital charge. (A note suggests this comes up with adultery but doesn't connect the dots. Also, rape and seduction can involve capital charges too, so I don't know why they only call out libel. Perhaps it's addressed later in the g'mara.)

  • Capital cases, as implied in the previous bullet, require 23.

  • Cases for which the punishment is flogging require three, but according to R' Yishmael, 23.

  • Calendar decisions (witnessing the new moon, adding a leap month) are judged by three, though R' Shimon b. Gamaliel describes a more complicated scheme.

  • A tribe charged with idolatry, a false prophet, and a high priest can be tried only by a court of 71.

  • The following require 71: authorizing wars of free choice, adding to the temple courtyards, establishing small sanhedrins (of 23) for the tribes, condemning a city, condemning frontier towns.

Why is a great sanhedrin 71? Because Moshe was commanded to gather 70 (other) men. And why is a small sanhedrin 23? It's complicated. (I don't completely follow their math, sorry.)

This is all from 2a. The mishna continues onto 2b before the g'mara starts there.

(Today's daf is 4.)

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Jul. 19th, 2017 03:04 pm
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  • Therapist: I was worried, you kind of dropped off the grid.
  • Me: yeah last week was trash found out I can't apply to DO school because they changed rules so I was literally suicidal and there was no point in recovery gonna puke all my foodhoard and then die, + then my car broke and I got screwed by repair guys, + then health insurance was zero help when I called (as usual) and everything was going wrong I was too busy throwing up 8 times a day to come in
  • Me: but then past few days I'd been getting kind of weak and ill until yesterday I literally could not move turns out because my blood sugar was fucked
  • Me: and then I panicked and started looking at treatment places again; I found this nice Res and this nice PHP with included housing (but also I can tell I am looking for ones I can cheat with so help)
  • Therapist: kay I can start talking to these places since your insurance says we have to do it this way
  • Therapist: but my dude I don't think the Residential place is going to take you much less the PHP
  • Therapist: when I said Inpatient I meant Inpatient.
  • Me: what? this is ridic? do not silly? I am health! I am mostly WR! I just need supervision not medical monitoring?
  • Therapist: mmmmmmmmmm we'll see what they sayyyyyyy but u crazy
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    Jul. 18th, 2017 11:16 pm
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    feeling too weak and tired to get out of bed all day

    only time i’ve felt marginally better is while binging, then back to too weak to move

    finally make the effort to take more than six steps from kitchen to room to bathroom in order to buy diet dr. pepper and sugar free energy drinks to see if that helps

    nope no improvement

    sitting in bed and starting to black out due to sudden wave of markedly increased hypotension 

    oh fuck oh fuck start flapping my arms to get some blood back to my brain what’s happening




    almost helpful

    Jul. 18th, 2017 08:52 pm
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    My (Android) phone alerts me when traffic is bad near me. This can be handy at the end of the day because I work downtown. Except... it's telling me about traffic on roads I don't use to get home. Sure, there's spillover so it's not unhelpful, but it'd be great if I could tell it -- maybe by gesturing on a map -- what paths I care about, so it could tell me about those ones.

    Does anybody reading this know of an app that does that, or a way to get Google Maps to do it? It needs to be fire and forget; I don't want to have to open the map app to look for red lines on it.

    It feels like all the information is already there, if only my phone were making use of it.

    (This would also let me know before I leave in the morning if traffic is still bad at the other end. At that time I don't really need extra information about traffic near my house; I need it 3-5 miles away.)

    A Hugo recommendation for next year

    Jul. 18th, 2017 05:29 pm
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    The truly wonderful What Football Will be Like in 17776 has finished so now's a great time to sit down and read it.

    It's a lovely little SF piece. Be warned that you'll need to watch videos and animations as well as reading text. It's worth it, though.
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    I came home one night (a Thursday) a few weeks ago and promptly had a meltdown over the fact that I constantly feel like I'm too tired to do anything useful. That is, I only have one or two half-hour scraps of baby-free time in a day (at least on weekdays), and even though there are surely small pending tasks I could fruitfully accomplish in that half-hour, all I want to do is sit down and stare at the ceiling. Same on weekends during baby naptime: I think all morning about the things I want to work on when she goes down, and then once it happens, all I do is sit and veg.

    thinky )

    Oh, and, technically I am taking a vacation next week, except that the occasion is a weeklong visit from my mom, so it's not exactly downtime even though it will be fun times! Hopefully some extra downtime for Etrace though, if he can chill at home while we take Aria and go run around/pay social calls.
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    It turns out that there's no Music AH for Worldcon 75.

    I mean, on one level, I'm not shedding any tears over screwups with the convention after they booted me (and the way it was done). But on the other hand, my friends are going to miss out on a lot of the activity they enjoy at the convention because there's nobody put it together.

    Complicated feelings.

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    Jul. 15th, 2017 03:18 am
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    Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast , Buffy/Faith by [personal profile] beer_good_foamy.

    Chapter Sixteen , Chapter Seventeen and Chapter Eighteen of Magister 3 by [personal profile] gilescandy.

    Hypable podcast talks Smashed & Lullaby .

    Redemptioncast podcast talks Apocalypse Nowish & Habeas Corpses.

    HorrorPatch previews Season Eleven, Issue No. Nine . And AtS Season Eleven, Issue No. Seven .

    Eating in

    Jul. 14th, 2017 05:11 pm
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    One of the best things [ profile] etrace regularly does for me is roast me a chicken (over a bed of vegetables) every Friday night for Shabbat dinner. He's refined his technique over the past 3 years until he has it pretty much perfected. Which means it's kind of a pain in the ass relative to the "throw it in a pan and turn on the oven" I used to do, but he does it because he loves me, and it is fantastic. And while I love everything we do Friday evening -- lighting candles with Aria, opening a bottle of wine to go with dinner -- my hands-down favorite moment of the whole week is sitting down and pulling the beautifully roasted skin off my piece. NOM.

    Hilariously: A few weeks ago he made a roast beef on some other weeknight, using the same pan he roasts the chicken in. And when it was done and Aria saw it resting on the counter under a sheet of tinfoil, she said "Candle time! Candle time!" No, lovey, I know it looks a lot like a chicken, but it's Tuesday!

    Shul friends D (the lawyer) and R (also a lawyer) passed along some toys to us last weekend that their youngest grandchildren had officially outgrown... one of them being a little wooden Shabbat set: pretend candles, wine cup, and bread board with two loaves of challah "slices". I thought, Aria will get a kick out of the first two, but it's too bad I never make challah! Maybe I should get in the habit, just so she can have the full experience. Anyway, but we'll try them out tonight and see how it goes.

    Shabbat shalom, y'all.

    embedded geek

    Jul. 13th, 2017 09:58 pm
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    A friend shared this with me earlier today and I literally laughed out loud:


    The second-last column is about a famous Zulu leader. The last one is about walled cities under fire.

    "Shaka, when the walls fell" is a key phrase in a rather unusual episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, named "Darmok". The famous universal translator doesn't work when the Enterprise encounters these particular aliens, because their language doesn't work at the word level. They speak in what the crew calls metaphor. I've seen discussions of this over the years ("could that really work?" "improbable, because..."). The post about the Jeopardy episode links to this Atlantic article about the episode that argues that we're looking at it all wrong. I found it an interesting read.

    Also, Atlantic does in-depth articles about episodes of SF shows? Who knew?

    (I don't have a Trek icon. Here, have one from one of my favorite shows instead.)

    daf bit: Bava Batra 172

    Jul. 13th, 2017 08:56 am
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    The mishna teaches: if there are two men in the same town and both are named Yosef ben Shimon, neither may produce a bond of indebtedness against the other. Further, nobody else may produce a bond of indebtedness against either of them. And if a man finds among his possessions a quittance showing that the bond of Yosef ben Shimon was discharged, it applies to both of them. So how should they proceed, since we want Yosef to be able to borrow money? When writing the documents (both bond and quittance) they should write the names to the third generation (e.g. Yosef ben Shimon ben Reuven). If their names are the same to the third generation, then they should add a description (e.g. Yosef ben Shimon ben Reuven, the tall one). And if those are like too but one is a kohein or levi and the other not, they should indicate that. (I can't tell if they keep the description in this last case.) (172a)

    Neither the mishna nor the g'mara here addresses the case where Yosef ben Shimon was unique and then another one moved into town.

    I assume we're talking about small towns here, where it's not implausible for names to be unique and for people to know that. I'm a little surprised that a description (which could be subjective or mutable) has higher precedence than kohein/levi status (which is neither).

    When I shared this at minyan this morning, somebody told me that one of her family members has a last name that means "limp" (as in "has a", not as in "floppy"), which seemed peculiar to her. She said she was going to go teach him this mishna.

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