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Friday, November 7th, 2008

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Via telophase:

  • reply to this post with the word MEME and I will pick six of your icons.
  • make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • this will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

This is from Sluggy Freelance. Compulsive inventor Riff just tried out his latest gadget, putting his buddy Torg down for the count. His lament can serve as the epitaph for many, many bright ideas.

Kestrel from Queen of Wands reacting to a sociopathic customer. I feel the temptation to clean up the gene pool myself sometimes. But there's probably a bunch of people who have me on their list so it's just as well we keep the truce.

Miles Vorkosigan in Memory reflecting on where he is now. Where I am is the result of my decisions, good and bad. There's a few I'd make differently--from the middle of my career the obsession with rockets and avoidance of programming looks really, really stupid. But I had some fascinating technical work along the way and those decisions brought me to where I am. Different choices might have let me have a better job and more flexibility for finding a new one. But that's not worth losing everything else I found along the way--more specifically, everyone I found.

Like the first two, this was iconified for me by the lovely and precious celticdragonfly. I wanted a more current picture of the kids than I had in my other icons. The catchphrase is a shot at people I've seen who regard children as unnecessary or undesirable while fighting fiercely in defense of the concept of evolution.

A screenshot from the movie 300 captioned with a line from cleolinda's totally hysterical parody of it. That line cracks me up every time.

More seriously it gets at the conflict between professional soldiers and militia. Professionals are far more effective in combat. But it's not enough to protect your society. You also have to make it worth protecting, an area the Spartans failed miserably at. Giving citizens responsibility for defense makes them more involved in the life of the country and makes for a healthier culture. So I'd cheerfully sign up for the Fighting Candlestickmakers if they'd take me.

A line from the frame story of the Babylon 5 movie In the Beginning. Emperor Londo offered a wish to a little boy, asking "What do you want?" He demanded a story. Londo declared that a much better answer to that question than Londo's. I use this for comments on fiction of various sorts.

Current Mood: cheerful

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