This week in the Slacktiverse, April 13th, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic.)

As a gentle reminder: we don’t run background checks or have some standard that we measure you against to determine if you’re a true Slacktivite. It doesn’t matter if you’re generally a lurker instead of a commenter. If you send in a submission it will be put here baring it getting lost in transit or extreme inappropriateness. Seriously. There is no need to worry about sending in a sumbission. If you’re considering submitting, and you’d like to submit, submit. Simple as that.

The Blogaround

Joe wrote:

I’ve started a food blog about my experiences as a working class guy who likes to cook.

My first posts:
Beginnings, or why I’m doing this.
Pasta é fagoli, one of my favorite recipes.

Catherine wrote:

So, on my food blog, I’ve been fairly quiet, mostly because I’ve actually been cooking from other people’s recipes. I did buy a rather wonderful vegetarian cookbook, which I’ve been cooking my way through enthusiastically for the last ten days or so. I also went to the market and gloated about what I was going to cook, and made some Sydney-Road-inspired granola for breakfast. And that really was all. Though my sweet spices vegetarian challenge is still running, and it would be lovely to get more entries for it.

On my music blog, I did eventually get an Easter post up, with one of my favourite Easter carols on it, after which I reverted to my Shakespeare obsession with Rossini’s version of Desdemona’s Willow Song, which is stunning but also offends my Italian father by making no bloody sense when you try to translate it. I re-posted an old post in which I was complaining bitterly about atonal music, and then I went and swooned about the gorgeousness that is Patricia Petibon – her voice is amazing, and she has the most expressive face, really wonderful to watch. Also, she does choose all the best music. Friday was a silly version of Carmina Burana, written, clearly, by someone with a toddler, and today was some Linley, with assorted bragging about the program for my next exam, and mild speculation about why all these artistic types *really* die young…

And that’s about it for me! Hope everyone’s having a good week.

chris the cynic wrote:

This week I’ve been working on a .hack//Sign post to get back into the swing of that and keep on getting distracted by other things so it still doesn’t exist. In the field of things that do exist, I wrote several things about movies.

I wrote about the giant plot hole in Marvel’s The Avengers, on watching Serenity I commented on how rather than giving us versions of a movie we need to be given the raw materials of it so we can put it together the way we see fit the way people made mix tapes in days gone by and make playlists today. There’s still lots of room for “This is the default version”, “This is the director’s vision”, and whatnot, but in this day and age there’s no reason that test audiences not liking Inara with a bow should mean we all get stuck with a movie that includes that ridiculous bolt shooter. And I had general comments on Jurassic Park because it was on.

There was a bit of a thing that caused Mirosoft to issue a non-apology. So first I had a post on how, “sorry if” statements mean the person/entity saying them isn’t sorry. Then I had a follow up looking at what the specific phrasing of Microsoft “sorry if” statement could tell us about the company’s values.

I dug up the Slacktivite version of the prodigal son parable that I wrote two and a half years ago (when, it must be noted, I understood the original parable less well than I do today.) I also prefaced it by pointing out the various aspects I don’t like about most discussion of the parable I have seen.

I wrote a fiction fragment in which Alice, unlike all of the canon-Twilight characters, proactively works to make sure that Edward won’t murder Bella when that looks like a possibility.

I talked about how knowledge is stacked upon other knowledge, without the foundational pieces you don’t really understand the higher up pieces, and the risk of leaving too much of the foundation unlearned is that the whole thing can collapse without you noticing, leaving you thinking you know what you’re talking about when you really don’t.

And finally I pointed to some deals on Amazon, but the only specific one (as opposed to “Look at this category, up to [number] percent off!”) ends tonight so if you’re not reading this on Saturday night, you missed your shot at getting the ultimate gift Jurassic Park Trilogy super special alpha and omega thingy thing thing for forty cents on the dollar. Sorry.

In Case You Missed This

Nothing submitted for this week, but if you have an interesting or important story mention it in the comments or email it in.

Things You Can Do

Nothing submitted for this week, but if you know of a cause people here can do something about mention it in the comments or email it in..

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

2 thoughts on “This week in the Slacktiverse, April 13th, 2013

  1. Timothy (TRiG) April 14, 2013 at 3:15 am

    And this week I’ve got … nothing. Not sleeping; not posting. Meh. I might get some done later today, and queue them for the coming week. Might not. Depends how awake I’m feeling.


  2. chris the cynic April 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    That happens, but I should note that sleep is incredibly important. Speaking only for myself, when I start not sleeping hydration and being well nourished collapse next, followed by everything else.

    Anyway, hope that this week is better than the last.

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