@mandaris The risks we take for greatness! 🤪

@jean Bernadette Banner. Her analysis of period costuming in films is especially charming and informative!

@twweaver Are you offering treats in exchange for this portrait? 🐶

@mandaris Really? If you give it another six months, it looks like you could make a good start on a rats nest. You are going for the equivalent of the World’s Larger Ball of Twine, no? 🤪

@marmanold When I took a German class (ages ago), I had the opposite problem. My French kept creeping in! 🙃

@chrispederick Love the background color!

@ronguest Hmmmm, you worked on the skill of self-care during an incredibly stressful time. Sounds far better than pushing oneself to “use the pandemic productively”. :)

@jean I discovered a youtuber who makes videos about historic dress with guinea pig cameos. Any interest in a link? :)

@odd @frankm What is especially frustrating is that more government sometimes can create more freedom. Universal healthcare* makes it far easier to leave your job when you get tired of your boss telling you want to do.

* Doesn’t have to be provided by the government, just regulated by it. The Netherlands has universal coverage via a supercharged version of ObamaCare.

@dejus Sweetness! 😻

@JMaxB I understand what you are saying, but I feel the analogy to Jewish solidarity misses the ethnic aspect of Judaism (especially in the United States, where 90%+ of us are Ashkenazi). Saying some isn’t a Jew is like saying someone isn’t Irish. For example, I consider myself a Jew even though religiously I’m a non-theistic Quaker.

It is hard to see Hasidic Jews go off the deep end in a similar way to what you are talking about though. The mask riots in Brooklyn this summer were heartbreaking and infuriating (especially as they compared some Hasidic journalists to Nazi collaborators).

Holding you and your church in the light. 💛💡💛

@toddgrotenhuis @ridwan As a Ashkenazi Quaker atheist, I never felt the Mormon-influences to be heavy handed. I did stop reading The Stormlight Archive in the middle of book 2 but that had far more to do with my change in taste around fantasy tropes than anything to do with the writing, which was still excellent. //@manton

@manton It was nice having you in the community. We’ll see you in a couple years after you finish listening! 🤪

@SciPhi Brandon Sanderson does an amazing job with the last three. Also, he brings some of his system based thinking about magic—it’s amusing to see how Traveling is by far the most powerful weave. 🙃

@garciabuxton I’m guessing because DC is not a state, but rather an entity directly under the federal government, the President’s pardon power does extend to municipal law. I do know that violations of DC law are tried in federal court.

Yet another reason to grant the city statehood.

@kitt If they were black, they would have been shot on the Capitol steps.

@toddgrotenhuis We should call it sedition because it matches the federal crime. While they failed, storming the Capitol in an attempt to kill legislators or take them hostage is definitely an attempt to overthrow the government by force.

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

@rnv I hear ya. I’m incredibly privileged and I also have some deep seated terror around spoken words being physically dangerous. The pandemic making that true has been really rough on my mental health (hence my disappearance for most of the year).

@Burk Oooo, rough hand drafting is so satisfying. 🙌

@twweaver Noice!

Has the Brain Trust offered any feedback?

@jemostrom Nice work pulling the grandma card! 😃

@Gaby You made the right choice—letting your unconscious mull will make for even better ideas this evening! 😁

@mrbeefy Ba-da-ching! 🥁

@jemostrom Love the side-eye! 🐶

@twweaver I hear ya. In a lot of ways being alone feels safe to me. So, in that sense, the pandemic probably has been less scary for me than for many others.