A miscellany of questions

borrowed from cloudiebub, via zmediaoutlet/deadlybride

  • are you a mountain or beach person? (beach in winter)

  • coffee or tea? (tisane)

  • smoothies or milkshakes? (fribble)

  • vanilla or chocolate? (vanilla)

  • sun or moon? (the inconstant moon)

  • traveler or homebody? (such a homebody it's ridiculous)

  • sunset or sunrise? (sunset)

  • mermaid or fairy? (mermaid, I guess; as a kid I'd spend so long in the pool I'd give myself mild hypothermia and have to go around in sweatpants and long sleeves despite it being the middle of august)

  • sunny days or rainy days? (...depends on whether I have to get things done or not)

  • watercolor or acrylic? (watercolor, but my preferred medium is ballpoint pen)

my darling

Poem: The Bait

(found inside a chocolate wrapper after dinner tonight)

The Bait
Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.

There will the river whispering run
Warm'd by thy eyes, more than the sun;
And there the 'enamour'd fish will stay,
Begging themselves they may betray.

When thou wilt swim in that live bath,
Each fish, which every channel hath,
Will amorously to thee swim,
Gladder to catch thee, than thou him.

If thou, to be so seen, be'st loth,
By sun or moon, thou dark'nest both,
And if myself have leave to see,
I need not their light having thee.

Let others freeze with angling reeds,
And cut their legs with shells and weeds,
Or treacherously poor fish beset,
With strangling snare, or windowy net.

Let coarse bold hands from slimy nest
The bedded fish in banks out-wrest;
Or curious traitors, sleeve-silk flies,
Bewitch poor fishes' wand'ring eyes.

For thee, thou need'st no such deceit,
For thou thyself art thine own bait:
That fish, that is not catch'd thereby,
Alas, is wiser far than I.

- John Donne

First Sunday of Lent

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
(Matthew 5:3-12, KJV)

Doodle like it's 2008

Since I'm planning to begin posting doodles again (as soon as I have access to the scanner at work next week), I thought it might be fun to revist the very, very beginning of it all--the whiteboard on my college dorm room door, complete with captions by my lovely roommate, Ms. A---:

Les Flupper-byes Essouffle Mr. Marx Consciousness Le Livre La Porte

Poll: Batmans

In honor of the new Lego Batman movie, I feel it's time to revisit the age-old question of best/favorite film version of the character. (I'm probably missing some of the animated versions; apologies, but there are too many for me to keep proper track.)

Poll #2063994 Bestest Batman of Them All (c. 2017)

Who's your quintessential Batman?

Adam West
Michael Keaton
Kevin Conroy (DCAU)
Val Kilmer
George Clooney
Christian Bale
Ben Affleck
Will Arnett (Lego)
Some other Batman not listed

Some other Batman not listed


Things I love about SPN 12.5-13

I am back! And still loving s12 of Supernatural, despite the long radio silence. Here, let me play a bit of catch-up (though hideously abbreviated, for the sake of time):

12.05The One You've Been Waiting ForCollapse )

12.06Celebrating the Life of Asa FoxCollapse )

12.07Rock Never DiesCollapse )

12.08LOTUSCollapse )

12.09First BloodCollapse )

12.10Lily Sunder Has Some RegretsCollapse )

12.11Regarding DeanCollapse )

12.12Stuck In the Middle (With You)Collapse )

12.13Family FeudCollapse )

Whew--didn't realize I was that far behind. But definitely a fun batch of episodes to revisit. Also, this new batch of writers is excellent--well done, Mr. Dabb.

Chesterton on the 'modern world'

The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful. For example, Mr. Blatchford attacks Christianity because he is mad on one Christian virtue: the merely mystical and almost irrational virtue of charity. He has a strange idea that he will make it easier to forgive sins by saying that there are no sins to forgive.

--G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, III