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Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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Yes, I'll be using LJ tonight/tomorrow.
When I first heard about the LJ Content Strike, it was couched as Basic Users demonstrating that they add a huge amount of content to the site and shouldn't be brushed aside. (Background: Unanounced, LJ did away with the ad-free unpaid Basic accounts it used to offer -- so now your options, if you are creating a new account for whatever reason, are to have ads shown on all your pages in exchange for not paying, or to pay for your account.)

It grew into more of an "Everyone should boycott LJ" thing, though -- in part because LJ continued to do things that pissed off fandom. [eard_stapa has a roundup post]

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Maundy Thursday / Vernal Equinox
And Purim starts tonight?  I had thought it started tomorrow night -- oh, 'cause it's "All Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date shown;" I always forget that.

[My default assumption is that the Equinox/Solstice falls on the 21st of the month, but apparently it ranges from 20-23 depending.]

It was dark grey today, and when I left work it was spitting rain just a bit, but as I walked home from Davis the clouds were clearing.


At CAUMC young adult group last week, Trelawney was talking about the upcoming Holy Week services, and Michelle Michelle asked what "maundy" means -- she grew up Catholic, so she always knew it just as "Holy Thursday."  So of course I later looked it up on Dictionary.com.
[Origin: 1250–1300; ME maunde < OF mande < L manda-tum command, mandate (from the opening phrase novum manda-tum (Vulgate) of Jesus' words to the disciples after He had washed their feet). See MANDATE]

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 200
It's so easy to remember all the dark parts of Maundy Thursday, so it's interesting to think about the aspect that it's actually named for.

Trelawney e-mailed the group the text of Matthew 21:12-26:16 (following up on Tiffany's sermon, in which she suggested we read what happens in between Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday).
    23:5 says, "Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long," and I was fairly certain I knew the meaning of "phylacteries," but I looked it up anyway, and it told me which specific Scripture passages (Deut. 6:4-9, Deut. 11:13-21, Ex. 13:1-16) are used.


Today's Lenten Labyrinth says:
    Love is a word that evokes images of great affection, but to those of the Near Eastern world of Jesus it had less a connotation of passionate affection than of attachment.  To love God with all your heart, mind and body was to be totally attached to God--and to God's design for the perfection of the world.  To love Jesus is to be likewise attached to him and his vision of the new Reign of God, a global community of unity, peace and justice.  To love one another means being attached--with great depth and devotion--to your brothers and sisters of the family of Christ.  It implies that your attachment to their needs must be as great as your attachment to your own needs.

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

"Sin is necessary, but all will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well."
-Julian of Norwich, Showings

Five good things about today:
1. [Dinosaur Comics] CMPRSD SNG CMCS was v. funny ("Hollaback Girl"!), but today?  I got all flappy hands.  "It's difficult to reconcile the events in this song with established Beach Boys canon."  ["The Beach Boys have talked about living together at length, but have come to feel that this speculation only makes their present situation worse; nevertheless, they continue to want to talk about it."]
2. musesfool wrote a lovely post-series Josh/Donna (The West Wing) fic -- Institutional Memory.
3. Work didn't drag, nor were there any crises -- I think I took care of anything in a timely fashion (though I'm neurotic and have paranoia that I wasn't thorough enough about one thing and it'll be a hassle tomorrow).
4. The apartment was at like 62F when I got home from work.
5. I really like the foot-washing part of Maundy Thursday service.

Three things I did well today:
1. I did <25min in the weight room this morning.
2. I had a good conversation with a friend this afternoon.  I felt very b-school when, early in the conversation, I responded to a potential plan change: "Is that the signal you want to send?"  We basically established that yeah, she didn't really wanna change her plans, because she wouldn't have been telling me all these things I could totally throw back at her if she didn't want me to try to dissuade her.
3. I bought groceries.  (I was going to do it during laundry on Saturday, but I was running low on things and didn't want to be worrying about it Friday night.)

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. Tiffany says the Good Friday service is going to include a Johnny Cash song.
2. I get to come home and relax a bit between work and church service.

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