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Thoughts on 2017

Today I jotted down some thoughts on life in the U.S. in 2017, influencing the beginning of 2018. Of course, it involves politics. How could it not?

Conservatives are complicit.
The writers at National Review consistently try to downplay the ridiculousness of Trump’s presidency. They insist that it’s not so bad.

It’s true, that Trump won’t become a dictator, not because of any checks by Congress, but because he’s too stupid. He’ll never successfully study and understand the workings of government, so he’ll never successfully manipulate the workings of government. However, stupid bulls manage to damage china shops. Trump will manage some damage.

And he is such a blaringly loud fool, his presidency will become the trumpet everyone remembers sounding the decline of the prestige of the U.S. on the world stage.

Liberals can indeed be hysterical.
It’s natural to react reflexively against everything coming from Trump and his enablers. But in this age of media bashing, editors need to examine and reexamine stories before they publish them. Even one wrong story is enough for some people to condemn journalism as a whole.
It’s also natural to react in revulsion to sexual harassment and to harassers. But our society obviously needs to learn the difference between harassment and flirtation.
Some men — and women — may be ruined because of serial flirtation.

That hysteria is helped along by the mob mentality on socia media. It’s so easy to join a flash mob online before knowing all the facts.

On the other hand, it’s so easy to join an empowerment movement online.
Women are teaching other women that they are in possession of their bodies. Not a coach. Not a boss.
Maybe, disabled people will participate in that and affirm possession of their own bodies. Caregivers are not there to take control.

The strangest thing about 2017, for me, was that so many people took pains to continue ruining their own reputations. Republicans and evangelical Christians, among others. When confronted again and again by evidence that people they had put their trust in were unfit and unworthy, they not only didn’t withdraw their support, they actually increased their support.

Or maybe, the strangest thing is that the most divisive year I can remember, was, at the same time, uniting. It was the year of people joining a movement, donating to a cause and speaking out.

We need to speak out more against extremism. Extremism in both major political parties, in religion, in the mores of our culture — mores that are so entrenched that they’re not often recognized as extreme.

Foot soap

It’s Christmas! I’m supposed to be cleaning my house for guests, but what am I thinking of? My tippy tap. I’M WEIRD. But really, I just realized – I can put liquid soap into a container and pour it out using the same arrangement as the water! Yeah, I can poke a small hole in the soap container and tilt it over with a foot lever. Bingo, I keep the soap protected from rain, while dispensing it hands-free.
People who have trouble buying soap can make their own from wood ash and animal fat.
It’ll be soft soap. Which, of course, would be perfect for a tippy tap hanging dispenser.
I am so weird….Christmas day, even….

Here is the 1st incarnation of my foot-operated soap, alongside the black water jug:
tippy soap It works. Until it freezes, I suppose. Oh, I should add salt.

For now, I’ve left the hard bar soap there. I’ve got a container with a hinged lid on it — rain protection. I don’t like that arrangement as well.

Pedal-sapo — uzu la saman aranĝon kiel por akvo en la pedal-krano. Uzu pli etan ujon por likva sapo kaj apartan pedalon ŝnuritan al ĝi por elverŝi sapon. Jen, protekto de la sapo kontraŭ pluvo. Aldone, neniu tuŝas la sapon.
(Kaj eblas uzi lignocindrojn kaj grason por fari propran molan sapon.)

my first tippy tap

This is my first tippy tap: first-tippy-tap I don’t understand foot levers, but it works anyway. I put one of my homemade soaps into a mesh bag and hung the bag. The foot lever of a tippy tap means that you don’t have to touch a dirty handle when you wash your hands. It’s more sanitary.

The fact that this is already working — without my begging someone for help — is delighting me.

I rapidly translated the directions into Esperanto, on the chance that it will help someone. And the place I saw it is And yeah, I filled out their contact form and gave them a link to the translation. (Se iu volas kontroli mian rapidan tradukon, dankon!)

Tippy tips: there is a hole in the jug where water pours out. A 2nd hole on the other side is for air flow, so water will come out. (Like the two holes in a can of evaporated milk.)

Make sure you put the pour hole off-center. So it won’t pour down the string.

Finis sterkon

Mi faris alian en serio pri daŭripovo. Aranĝis ilin en la biblioteko, ankaŭ. Ili nun staras kune tie.
Mi ne scias ĉu iu bezonas la informojn. Eble ili estas vaste konataj en la literaturo de multaj lingvoj.
Sed mi provas helpi.
La fontoj estas libere alireblaj enrete. Espereble, ankaŭ tio helpas.