I go into the kitchen to discuss several household matters with Seraphine, and discover her holding Julius and weeping. My dear Seraphine, I cry, is the boy sick? There is a well-reputed surgeon-apothecary in the town, let me immediately instruct Hector to go summon him.
Oh no madame, she replies with a sob, 'tis Roberts. He has spoken.
I refrain from remarking that sure 'tis about time he does so, and instead enquire whether she has a mind to him.
Oh yes, she says very tearfull, but -
I do not desire to marry him without he apprehends the truth.
As he knows of Julius's fathering, I take it you wish that he should know the true nature of this household. She nods. I sigh. For it may be that, knowing all, Roberts will, providing he does not utterly spurn one that has been cook in a house of sin, immediately quit the place and require Seraphine to do so as well. For while charity may be extend'd to a woman that has once misteppt, it is unlikely that this will be so for one that impenitently lives by the carnal trade.
Well, my dear, I will go sound out the matter myself. For really, I have had experience of those who dislike my profession and wish to convert me from my sinfull ways. (Tho', I think, none that I have been so much prepossess'd by as Roberts, except mayhap for Mr T-.)
Oh madame -
No protesting, say I, I am quite determined.
I go out into the kitchen garden and find Roberts in one of the hothouses. Roberts, I say, I would desire some converse with you on the matter of Seraphine, as I understand that you have lately declar'd yourself.
Should I have sought your permission first?
I already knew you to be courting her, which I think implies that I have no objections. Is there somewhere I can sit? He finds me a stool.
Seraphine, I begin, has an admirable desire that you should know the full truth of her circumstances. This is a matter which concerns more than herself. I clench my hands into fists and fall silent.
At length I proceed, I should inform you that I am not, in fact, the wife of a sea-captain that makes some distant voyage -
Yes, madame, I am aware of that.
I am struck entirely dumb for a long moment and then I squeek out, What?
I first came to this place when the old General was here, that was somewhat of a lonely old fellow when he did not have visiting company, and would therefore converse with me unusual free. He would oft discourse of the very fine mistress that he had in Town and her excellent qualities and that he was much minded to make her his heir.
O, I say with tears in my eyes, he was the dearest of fellows.
My conjecture on the matter was further confirmed when young Prue was seeking spiritual counsel, tho' she was not entirely explicit about her concerns but seemed troubl'd as to whether she was oblig'd to quit an excellent place.
You do not object to working for a house of sin?
I am not sure, he says very thoughtfull, where one would find any house without sin. This is also a house of quite remarkable charity and there are many poor of the parish that bless your name. There are those who worry over the sins of others that would do better to worry over their own and endeavour to reform.
That is very true, I reply, thinking of Mr G-.
There is also good Gospel testimony that sinners are preferred over Pharisees.
I look at him. You are not going to urge me to repentance?
He suddenly laughs. At present the matter in question is my dear Seraphine and our marriage, and I should like to have that settled: indeed it quite overwhelms my mind. I daresay that makes me a sinner, and that my first concern should be your soul, but I am not at present minded to undertaking a conversion.
Go in to her, I say, and make up this matter. I don't suppose my blessing is worth anything, but you have it.
He leaves and I remain sitting there. I hope he does not feel oblig'd to return to any matter of conversion on a future occasion.
For example, a person of color might suggest that the terms "primary/replica" could be used instead of the technical term "master/slave", to avoid trivializing an extended era of structural violence which to this date the United States has never made amends for. A white person might reply indignantly, might condemn "language policing" and say "you can't tell me what words to use!"
Now suppose I make the claim that an adjacency list uses less memory to represent a sparse graph than an adjacency matrix does, at the cost of making edge-existence queries less efficient. Is anybody going to tell me that I'm algorithm-policing or that I can't make them stop using an adjacency matrix? I don't think so, because they would recognize that I'm stating that there's a trade-off implicit in your choice of data structure: make edge-existence queries faster, or use less memory. I'm not telling you how you should resolve that trade-off, just that there is one.
Like engineering, language involves trade-offs. Continuing to use the term "master/slave" in technical contexts where it's historically been used arguably has the advantage of being a well-understood term, as well as saving the time that would be spent explaining and possibly defending the decision to switch to new vocabulary. The disadvantage of continuing to use "master/slave" is that it alienates many Black Americans, among others.
It's up to each individual to decide whether they want to resolve this particular linguistic trade-off on the side of subjective clarity, or of making as many people as possible feel welcome. To point out that a trade-off exists isn't to demand that it be resolved in one particular way. It's just to help people make decisions that reflect their values, just as explaining engineering trade-offs helps people make wise use of the resources available to them.
Another politically loaded technical term is "divide and conquer". Recursive algorithms aren't inherently violent or militaristic -- why not "divide and solve" or "divide and organize"? Again, there's a trade-off: using the historically accepted term "divide and conquer" has the advantage of clarity, while "divide and solve" has the advantage of not normalizing violence or abuse of power. You might choose to accept "primary/replica" but continue saying "divide and conquer", and that's fine. Just realize that there are trade-offs involved in both, and that the choice to continue using an accepted term whose connotations are political is just as political a choice as the choice to adopt a new term.
If I say that QuickSort has better average-case performance while MergeSort has better worst-case performance, I don't think anyone would complain that I'm telling them what sorting algorithm to use, or dictating whether they should care more about average-case performance or about worse-case performance. So why do so many people seem to interpret observations as commands when those observations are about language trade-offs?
Right Wing Watch on Liberty Counsel, who advise Kim Davis very poorly. And a closer look at Judge David Bunning, who sent Davis to jail. (Tell me that photo doesn't look like Harry Potter...)
Ken Burns remakes and remasters The Civil War, the way it always was supposed to look.
Why drivers in China intentionally try to kill the pedestrians they hit.
Some say we are called to enchant the world -- but it is already enchanted.
The kid is creative: https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/statu
Today was a teacher workshop, so no school, yay. Kid is feeling a bit blah, so boo.
Let the war rage on...
The Borg never bothered me anyway.
--Borg Queen Elsa's "Let It Go" Filk by @TheShyIon
( INwatch+Bookwatch )
( Dragons under fold )
Other than that, I've been doing some freelance copyediting, and some exercise (working around some joint issues yesterday). Conclusion: Word isn't a layout program, and Acrobat really isn't an editor.
( gym numbers, because why not )
A very kind friend printed off my proofs on Wednesday so I could do a paper read before it goes to the press, so I trailed to campus in the pouring rain to retrieve them from his pigeonhole. On campus, stomping soggily along a footpath, I saw a tiny nudge of movement by my foot and discovered a rather small toad. It was about 3cm long and had no dorsal stripe which suggests that it was a juvenile Common Toad. Obviously I couldn't leave it to get stepped on, so I picked it up and relocated it to some undergrowth that I hope is more conducive to its continued survival than a heavily used footpath. It was both wriggly and so soft and fragile - the skin on its throat was almost translucently pale. Such an exquisite little creature with such an important place in the world.
I keep forgetting how much I like amphibians. As a small child I remember being forced to accompany my parents to a tedious garden party of some description, and the only thing I remember about it was finding an incredible pond and watching the great crested newts in it. My mother very nearly had to haul me out of the pond as, yet again, her wayward offspring found animals more fascinating than talking to people.
The other thing this is a cross with is Benny Hill, unexpectedly.
Note that this is a 2015 movie that I'm getting on Netflix, and I don't think it was in theatres. This might be what good actors do to take a break and play someone different. I wouldn't know. At least they seem to be having fun.
2. Woolstack continue absolutely brilliant - the colourway I'd asked them to special-order came in today, and Lisa-who-seems-to-handle-communications-a
3. In related news, I am utterly baffled that my quick and dirty picspam of those shawls is the most popular thing I've ever put on tumblr by, like, two orders of magnitude. (I mention this in part because it's picked up another 150 notes in the past 24 hours.)
4. Braided nylon hoses for track pumps exist. I have contacted the UK importer for the pump I currently own asking if there's an appropriate part; if not I'll sell it on ebay (resale value high) and buy myself one of the brand that manufactures the hoses I got linked to, because holy shit being able to top up my tyres without worrying about allergen exposure. ♥_♥ (Context for those of you missing it: I've gone and done that thing where it's super easy to develop a contact allergy to latex, and it's easier still if you've got a bunch of other misc autoimmune/autoinflammatory bullshit going on. The hose on my current pump is latex, which is A Pity. This is additionally the context for the one-line story about The Time I Made An Unauthorised Purchase Of Latex-Free Gloves Using A NASA Grant.)
5. Food! ( Read more... )
Though since I know several friends of mine that have a hard time reading vast volumes of text and legal jargon, I've decided to post a rather rough summary. Now I have no legal background but I am pretty decent at deciphering this stuff, but there are parts where I could be wrong so please don't pass it around as fact but rather 'a really good guess'. First and foremost, I believe this reform includes federal and state provided services, as well as any services provided through the Health Insurance Marketplace. I do not know for certain if this includes private services. These adjustments are not in effect just yet, but will be in effect 60 days after the official 'publish date' which is projected to be some time this month.
What I've garnered from it is that they've reformed the term sex discrimination (as well as added it in general, I don't think it was in there before) to include discrimination against gender identity, gender presentation, and perceived gender, as well as one's state of pregnancy (including lack thereof) or other reproductive states. They specifically include non-binary presentation, and also make specific reference to presentation and identity not 'matching up' to typically assumed stereotypes. Because of this it no longer ties presentation and identity, to assignment or expectation or need for assignment, meaning you should not be discriminated for your presentation and identity regardless of what your marker says.
Additionally, if I'm understanding this correctly, the specific to include state of pregnancy or lack thereof means that choice or options refused by doctors due to a person's ability to reproduce or lack of desire to reproduce can now be considered sex discrimination. so not only does this cover denial of services due to gender identity/presentation, it also covers denial of services due to 'but what if you change your mind and want to have children!'. Huge deal, basically.
The other factor regards training of health care professionals to adhear to the new policies as well as appropriate conduct, and also includes technicians and non-degree holding staff in the health field, so it's not just doctors that will have to adhear to these practices.
Unfortunately, a lot of people have been interpreting it as 'health care providers must cover HRT' (this is of course at the fault of news posts that claimed such a fact and later redacted it) which is... not entirely accurate. But what it DOES mean is that if HRT is denied to you on the grounds that you don't appear _____ enough already, that can be grounds for sex discrimination and restitutions can be made. But health care providers who do not have HRT yet, are still not required to offer it, and it also doesn't prevent services that offer it from requesting an additional charge.
Obviously as with any of these policies, the upholding from paper to practice will not be without it's complications (much like with the current marriage reform). All this does is make this grounds for legal grievances, it makes it prosecutable, but is still no guarantee for restitution in a timely manner. That being said, this is no small change and something greatly needed.