Thursday, May 23, 2013

*TWEET* Improper cross block on five twenty-one! Do over!

SOURCES: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/free/20130522arizona-house-non-prayer-sparks-christian-re-do.html  AND http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/arizona-house-prayer_n_3322240.html


The Arizona House of Representatives opens each days session with a prayer and the pledge of allegience.  Tuesday, Representative Mendez offered a non-theistic recognition of the shared humanity of all those working. Instead of bowing heads, he encouraged everyone to look around at the other people in the room. He also quoted Carl Sagan, saying, "For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."

But some would not let this prattle stand!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

At the door, looking on.

I feel as though I stand under the lintel of a door. One step will take me through or back. How long can one stand without making a choice? Ahead: the unknown, spread wide and shapeless before me. Behind: the familiar lines of the past, familiar in the good and the bad. 

All life distills to taking a step, but either step is a risk. And standing still only heightens the discomfort. Even as I try to avoid making the wrong choice, I make it continuously -- for not deciding is the only wrong choice.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Commence au festival!

Today is the 2013 Spring commencements for the Conservatory. I was planning to attend, as (weirdly) I have friends graduating again. Meaning that, for a while, I didn't know anyone who was graduating -- apparently things have turned again.

I say "planning to attend" because I woke this morning with the sore throat I'd been successfully avoiding for most of the past year. So now I'm in bed, tapping away on a keyboard, while the live webcast from the Kauffman Center is being established. I just saw two of the music professors who'll be playing with the brass ensemble peek their heads on stage while adjusting chairs and stands.

It's a little "Rear Window" for my tastes, but at least I get to sit hear gargling salt water. If they can get everything running by show time, I'll be able to watch 200-300 pixel-high versions of my friends and professors getting degree-ed and hooded...-ed.

I watched one other Conservatory performance live streamed like this, and it worked great. Sound was excellent, picture was clear. This ceremony hasn't started yet, but I'm thinking it's not going to go as smoothly, for whatever reason. For one, I haven't heard a peep of audio. Crowd noise, chair scuffing, something.

Oh well.  Technology.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Storm Trooper Detachment

[This entry concerns Star Wars and my connections to it.  It does not -- by any stretch of the imagination in the grand scheme of the world -- matter.  I'm not writing this because I think it is suggestive of some sort of universal trend or a grievous act perpetrated by or on humanity.  It's just me talking about something I remember.

If you have no memory of these things, or have no interest in reading about me being nostalgic at LENGTH, please look away now.]

I love Star Wars.

Friday, May 03, 2013

A Reward for Myself

It snowed here yesterday. In May. For the first time since 1907 or something.

And this afternoon, I submitted my doctoral work for consideration.