Think good and/or calming thoughts, plz?
And gah, the really scary thing is this is the easy dentist visit in that it won't hurt or be very involved.
i just want my fucking smile back, you know?
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From Muslimah Media Watch:
I wrote part of this piece when Dr Laury Silvers asked me for a few words she could read in her khutbah at El Tawhid Unity Mosque in Toronto. She wanted to open with words from a South African, and I am grateful to her and the congregation for the opportunity to express these words on the passing of our beloved Comrade, President, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who returned to his creator on Thursday night, December 5 at the age of 95.
Tata (father), as we fondly call Nelson Mandela, represents so much to me, as a South African Muslim woman, as he does to all South Africans. His name is synonymous with struggle and sacrifice. His contributions to dismantling Apartheid in South Africa and his lifelong commitment to non-racialism and non-sexism has made my years growing up in South Africa an incredible experience. I still cannot fathom that he spent the total sum of my life (27 years) imprisoned!
I was born in one of the areas to which South African Indians had been forcibly relocated, at the tail end of Apartheid. Madiba’s rise to presidency, however, meant that I would no longer be confined to racially-segregated towns and limited options for education as my parents experienced.
Mandela taught us important lessons about the deeper meanings of peace and forgiveness but he was by no means a passive resistor against the indiscriminate violence of the Apartheid state, and nor was he without severe critics and opposition. Whilst I do not wish to sanitize or idolize the life of Nelson Mandela, neither is today a day to critique or analyse his policies and politics – it is a day to celebrate the immense goodness that one person brought to the world around him. What I do wish to highlight is that he overcame many of his own inner weaknesses (such as his rather tumultuous relationships with women) during the struggle years, and wrote openly about his development. He taught us to own up to our lives, our mistakes and our choices – and to walk for the ideals we profess to stand for.
Even after his rise to presidency in the new democratic South Africa, Madiba continued to show support and solidarity for global issues of social justice, especially HIV/AIDS, education for all
children, the occupation of Palestine, and of course, gender equality… all issues that still require our commitment and activism today.
(Left) Mandela with struggle activist Fatima Meer. [Source].
Madiba had a wonderful and open relationship with the Muslim community, and many of his closest friends during the struggle were Muslim. Figures like Ahmad Kathrada, Ismail Meer, Yusuf Dadoo, Fatima Meer, Rahima Moosa and Amina Cachalia are household names in South Africa and represent some of the key stalwarts in the anti-apartheid movement, many of whom were close confidantes and intimates of Nelson Mandela, and some of whom spent decades in prison with him. Read more…
Within the last week I have:
Turned down two requests from academic publishers to read and report on edited volumes well within my sphere of interest.
Politely, I hope, ditched a conference I had put in a proposal for a paper to, which is now immensely badly timed given forthcoming Important Lecture Next Year, quite apart from general pressures of first few months of next year.
Something's gotta give.
Even if I have got my chapter for massive Since The Dawn Of History edited volume out of the way all but final once-over and trying to find some pictures of a deeply unvisual subject.
My dr rdrz I daresay are already aware that 'Seldom performed Eugene O'Neill plays in obscure venues' are pretty much A Thing with partner and myself.
However, I am not sure that we shall be making the effort for a production of 3 short one-acters happening in a former East End music hall:
The same design team are transforming the bar area, re-modelled as the Hell Hole Saloon, into an extension of the world of the plays as if the audience members have been invited backstage to drink with the characters – and with O’Neill himself.
The live music will continue as re-workings of period cocktails, from this exciting and turbulent era in American history, are served by Joe Stokoe’s team. License to serve alcohol until 2am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. DJs playing on the main stage after 11pm.
Have these people ever sat through any O'Neill play involving bar-rooms? First you get all these people talking about their pathetic self-deluding sad lives, and then somebody dopes their drink and instead of going home to their family after years at sea they wake up to find themselves on board and well away from land on an extended voyage in exploitative conditions.
(Okay, possibly not in the same play...)
I'm finding that I'm not pushing stuff on people, other than retweeting, so I guess is my chance to do some of that.
When I was at Linden, Stephenson's Snowcrash was touted as a source and inspiration for Second Life, but I found Pat Cadigan's Tea From an Empty Cup, a police procedural set in a future virtual world, to be much better on how virtual worlds interact law and policy.
Bass' The Eudaemonic Pie, about a group of Santa Cruz grad students deciding to apply cutting edge physics to beating Vegas, with shoes with processors and transmitters embedded in the heels. Now you could probably run predictions for a roulete wheel on your phone, but Vegas is now looking out to make sure you don't.
I've been wanting to push @sisteroutsider (The Feminist Griote) on more people, but DW is a safer place to do that. She's been a great read on the intersections of feminism and race.
Fear the Fin (@fearthefin) is my go-to twitter for Sharks' hockey.
Hawkeye, Young Avengers, Captain America, and Saga are the current comics I push on everyone. Finder is awesome too but Carla Speed McNeil hasn't been updating lately.
Elanor Saitta's essay on survielance is essential reading, and gets at why fixing the problem isn't a simple thing.
Tom Slee's been good at unpacking the problems with the "sharing economy", so go read him to understand why AirBnB, Lyft, and Uber are problematic.
And then there's John Rogers' "crazification factor" which I think is one of the funniest blog posts of all time, and may have helped Barak Obama's political career.
I've been tempted to send this blog post on REST apis to our architects.
krb5-sync is the software we run at Stanford to synchronize principal information from a central Heimdal realm to Active Directory, allowing users to use either a Linux-based Kerberos environment or Active Directory with the same account and password.
The original intent of this release was to add a new feature to allow a subsidiary instance of an account in the MIT or Heimdal realm to be synchronized with the instance-less account in Active Directory. This allows, for example, an rra/windows instance to be used to set and maintain the password for an rra principal in Active Directory.
In the process of implementing that, though, I ended up doing a significant overall of the code, since the plugin architecture was quite awkward and dated. The code now uses the MIT Kerberos data structures in a more natural and native way, since MIT Kerberos has now added direct support for plugins of this sort. Kerberos contexts and Kerberos error codes are used uniformly throughout the plugin, which provides consistent and more robust error handling and reporting. I also significantly enhanced the test suite, although it still needs more work to test the core functionality that has complex external dependencies. This release also drops support for all versions of MIT Kerberos prior to 1.9, which required an external patch; to run krb5-sync 3.0, you should upgrade to a recent version of MIT Kerberos. This allowed me to drop support for the legacy API.
There are a couple of major backward-incompatible changes in this release
(and both unfortunately are not handled automatically by the Debian
package upgrade, since it's hard to find and safely modify KDC
configuration). First, the ad_ldap_base configuration option is now
mandatory when synchronizing account status and its meaning has changed.
dc elements for the realm were appended to a provided
partial base. Now, the complete DN of the root of the Active Directory
tree should be provided. This is more flexible and more useful with a
wider variety of Active Directory setups.
Second, I took advantage of the backward-incompatibilities to change the
module name to
krb5_sync.so, since the latter
sounded weirdly redundant and verbose when installed in the Kerberos
plugin directory. This will require a configuration change to the plugin
configuration for the KDC or kadmin server.
Also in this release are a couple of new options: ad_queue_only, which forces all changes to be queued for later processing instead of processed in real time, and syslog, which can be used to turn off the internal syslog logging of non-errors from the module. (This is mostly useful for test suites.)
Now, password changes are queued on any Active Directory failure, not just a few oddly-distinguished ones. The previous behavior was rather specific to Stanford's needs, and queuing all password changes shouldn't pose any problems.
Finally, the krb5-sync-backend utility program for manipulating the queued
changes has been completely rewritten and is much cleaner. It now uses
the Net::Remctl::Backend Perl module for command and option handling, so
that module (provided with remctl 3.4 or
later) must be installed. It also requires IPC::Run, which is available
from CPAN. It uniformly supports a
-d option to specify the queue
location, and skips event files during processing that no longer exist.
You can get the latest release from krb5-sync distribution page.