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serendipitous reflections

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Free expression

Neil Gaiman wrote a blog post almost exactly eight years ago, yet it seems timely today. An excerpt:

"If you accept -- and I do -- that freedom of speech is important, then you are going to have to defend the indefensible. That means you are going to be defending the right of people to read, or to write, or to say, what you don't say or like or want said.

The Law is a huge blunt weapon that does not and will not make distinctions between what you find acceptable and what you don't. This is how the Law is made. ...

The Law is a blunt instrument. It's not a scalpel. It's a club. If there is something you consider indefensible, and there is something you consider defensible, and the same laws can take them both out, you are going to find yourself defending the indefensible."

As a journalism major at Tennessee I learned the value of the First Amendment, and that we have to defend expression, even if we don't agree with it, or risk losing our right to express as well. I will always defend people's right to express themselves. It's too important and precious not to.

The entire post is here: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/12/why-defend-freedom-of-icky-speech.html?m=1

Monday, September 19, 2016

Facebook message

I see that you sent me a message on Facebook but nothing on Facebook is loading right now...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kindness

I try to be kind to everyone I encounter, and respect others. Sometimes this leads to a feeling of being taken advantage of. While driving to work I thought to myself, "Do not mistake my kindness for weakness." Unwittingly, I was quoting to some degree both the Dalai Lama and Al Capone. 

The Dalai Lama said, "Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength." Al Capone said it with a little more force, "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me." 

Most days I'm more in line with the Dalai Lama, but every once in a while I want to be a little more Al Capone.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Packbasket

Jeni and I got a gift certificate for The Grommet at Christmas. We ordered three items, but I think my favorite is the Packbasket from ADK Packworks (http://www.adkpackworks.com). We use it every time we go to the farmer's market. It is so versatile and sturdy. I think we may need to get a few more. I like using a reusable bag, but I often forget to get them back in the car. This one is the exception -- it always goes right back into the car so it is ready to go. 

Our other purchases from The Grommet were a backpack that rolls up to a tiny size and a cool beach blanket from parachute material with pockets to catch the sand and anchor it down. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dungeon adventures

I don't post on the blog that often anymore, but it does serve as a place for me to drop an occasional link of something remarkable that I don't want to lose in the shuffle and flow of Facebook or Twitter. This site featuring dungeon diagrams for gaming is one of those gems. His artwork is fantastic and inspiring, resembling Charles Vess. It really makes me want to grab a sketchbook and see what I can do. Check it out here: http://blog.trilemma.com/search/label/adventure.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

How video games help with depression and anxiety

This is a brief, interesting article about video games and how they help you deal with depression and anxiety...
http://geekandsundry.com/how-video-games-can-help-with-depression-and-anxiety/

Friday, January 15, 2016

Star Wars the Pooh

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since July!

I wanted to save this link here so I could find it again. These are Star Wars characters as characters from Winnie the Pooh. These images are fantastic. I love Chewbacca Pooh, and the AT-AT as Eeyore.