The Weekly Commonplace (5/14/17)


This is what we have become, Abelard thought. Seemings without souls, cut off from one another by our fear.” (Max GladstoneThree Parts Dead, 32)

“Gustave’s eyes were gray, fierce, and confident. Iron towers of faith could have been built on the strength of his gaze.” (Gladstone, 33)

“That had been the touch of Kos’s power, beautiful but faint–fainter even than the captive Gods she’d studied at school, and those were more ghosts than divine spirits, eviscerated and lonely. The immensity of what she was about to say choked her off. Ms. Kevarian drew close. Tara smelled her: coffee, lavender, magic, and something else, strange and unnamable. She whispered into Tara’s ear.

‘Kos the Everburning is dead. We’re here to bring him back to life.'” (Gladstone, 38)


“If you’re used to a CVCS where most operations have that network latency overhead, this aspect of Git will make you think that the gods of speed have blessed Git with unworldly powers.” (Scott Chacon and Ben Straub, “1.3 Getting Started – Git Basics,” Pro Git)

“If you ask, ‘Is he really going to preach on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on Mother’s Day?’, then he replies, ‘Yes I am.’ And if you ask, ‘What in the world is he thinking?’, he replies, ‘I have no idea!’… Maybe this was the connection. Being a mother of young children (and toddlers in particular) can be kind of like corralling the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!”(Rick Gamache, “Who Can Stand?“, heard on 5/14/17)

(Image courtesy of Jan Mellström and


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