- I volunteer as a tribute. (Related.)
- Why we need to run the experiment. We didn't know what we thought we knew.
- Never discount the idea that they are idiots.
- A different sort of FYI.
- China girls.
- Oh, art.
- I get the urge to go back to how things once were -- but time doesn't work like that, no matter how angry you are. Adapt.
"Trump likes to talk about leading a "movement" because he galvanized just enough disillusioned, credulous voters to eke out a victory in the Electoral College over an opponent nearly as unpopular as he is.
But he's about to see what a real movement looks like."
-- Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune
"But don’t you see, Scalzi? All of this is distraction from their true mastermind evil plans! Folks, you realize that needing these jackasses to be masterminds is a form of vanity, yes? We couldn’t have possibly chosen to be ruled by custard-headed bigots who can’t find their asses with GPS and an Eagle Scout! They must be smarter than that! Well, no, they’re really not, and yes, we really did. There are lots of ways to explain that — I favor the whole “the GOP’s decades-long plan to undermine its voters’ dedication to truth and public institutions really paid off” angle of things personally — without having to haul out the 11-dimensional chess board."
-- John Scalzi
This week's Dry Martini column is live. This one has a corgi picture!
I love knitting with beads. Really, really. I mean, not all of the time, certainly, but playing around with shiny stuff is always a nice break.
Which is why I knitted a necklace:
It came as a kit from Earthfaire. The hardest part, frankly was threading the beads onto the silk yarn. The rest zipped right along.
I love it - but it is a little much for routine office wear. Anyone have a gala I can crash?
- I wish I'd thought of this first.
- Our Vice President, ladies and gentleman. (Related.)
- Why we march. (Related.)
- I grew up visiting this museum and this particular diorama always scared me to death.
- The art of remembering and forgetting.
- I would like a lobster dress.
- Out on the ice.
- You never know what's in a cornfield.
- It's all in the titles.
- Cats, my dudes.
- In case you need a laugh.
"The writer Michael O’Donoghue used to say that the definition of insanity is the length of time it takes for a lie to be uncovered. The shorter the period, the crazier you are. By this standard, our president will be setting a new threshold for that definition."
- Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair
"People tend to think of activism as angry, and certainly there's a place for movements that express public anger. But activism that's effective doesn't all take place in the key of anger. Some of the most powerful actions to be a part of are those where people are coming together and celebrating community and resistance – anything from dance parties in the street to the Women's March, bringing people together more in the spirit of mutual affirmation."
- From this Rolling Stone interview with L.A. Kauffman.
From Mason Dixon Knitting, a little interview with a wonderful woman in Maine. If nothing else, go look at the pictures. They are stunning.
Also from MDK: some thoughts about the pussyhat and about activism.
- I'm a big Story Collider fan to begin with -- but this episode knocked it out of the park.*
- Finally someone put into words what I've been wondering about for years.
- I miss Iain Banks so much.
- I want to go there.
- Oh, Gwenyth.
- I'm sure this will be fine.
- Remember when our president talked in complete sentences? Need a little inspiration? Listen to Obama's last interview on Pod Save America.
- If only I needed another coffee mug.
- These are neat.
- Dr. Seuss, y'all.
Over the holiday break, I started three bead and tassel necklaces from Purl Soho.* Click on that link if you want pics of what the kit and finished product look like. I just snapped some detailed shots, not an overview. Because I'm all artsy and stuff.
It's an easy, zen-like project and satisfying.
* I have a Purl Soho problem. Something about the orderliness of the kits and the soothing tones of the site pleases me. One of these days, I'll pull the trigger on one of their quilt kits (even though I don't really quilt but love the Liberty fabric soon much.)
"Okay, seriously, what do you think is going to happen in the next four years?
I have no idea. But I know a couple of things. One, where I stand, and with whom. It’s not with racists and bigots and the people who would hurt the lives of others just for a goddamned tax cut. I don’t believe every Trump voter intended to enable racists and bigots and the greedy (even if that’s what they ended up doing), and I think in time some of them will regret their vote. At this point, I’ll take regret over a double-down, and welcome them when and if that happens. And in the meantime, I’m happy with where I’m standing.
Two, you know what, if I’m going to resist for the next four years, I’m gonna have fun doing it. I mean, come on: Thumping on racists and bigots and greedy assholes, and shoving sticks into the spokes of their shitty little plans? That’s holy work, that is, and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. Opposing Trump and his pals is serious business, but I think if you can approach the work with some joy, it will help. I’m going to take pleasure in sticking up for my country. I hope you will, too.
So let’s get to it."
-- Scalzi. Read the whole thing here.
Related: Let us all channel our inner Maxine Waters.