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Oct. 29th, 2014 @ 08:26 pm OMG omg OMG
Madison Bumgarner for God. Panda Sandoval for St. Peter.

(and the A's have been avenged like in '12)

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San Francisco Giants
Oct. 29th, 2014 @ 04:24 pm For all the social justice warriors who love Jane Austen
manfeels-park.com

Any other commentary could spoil the fun. Blame my beloved spouse [personal profile] whump for this.

Edited to fix link.

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Mrs. Bennet OMG
Oct. 7th, 2014 @ 12:37 pm Ada Initiative Fundraiser
[personal profile] whump is doing a matching pledge to get the Ada Initiative over the hump to teach fifteen people at WisCon 39 how to lead Ally Skills workshops. Help my beloved spouse fork over the $, ok?

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feminist hulk love
Feb. 18th, 2014 @ 05:15 pm Another recruit for the Insect Army!
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I hereby enlist in the Insect Army Reader's Auxiliary, Coccinellidae Division! Ladybugs rock and we are not wussy! Show your spots with pride!!!!

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Ladybug; the totem
Feb. 14th, 2014 @ 09:37 pm Oh no not again
When I was checking email this morning, I saw a mention by Salon.com's Katie McDonough about yet another article telling college-educated women that they should snag their man while still in school otherwise they're doomed to spinsterhood. As I roll my eyes at this timeworn set of heterosexist patriarchy-sustaining platitudes that "Princeton Mom" trots out, you gentle readers may note that I have utterly failed to follow her advice. In the almost thirty-two years since I graduated, I have spent exactly one single month in the wedded state, and that milestone doesn't officially happen until this Sunday the 16th. Never let it be said that I rushed into this particular life-changing choice!

There was a running joke back in the day at my beloved alma mater that you're supposed to find your one true love there, take Theology of Marriage your senior year, and then approximately eighteen months after graduation, get married in Mission Santa Clara. Besides the fact that the Jesuit who was teaching that course ended up leaving the Society of Jesus a few years later on to get married (focusing on the lab section, not the lecture!), there was *no freaking way* I was going to replace needed chemistry labs with that course.

My beloved spousal unit noted to me over dinner this evening that it probably would be a very good thing for "Princeton Mom" never to run into yours truly in a dark alley, upon which I noted that if I had just one bullet and ran into both her and He Who Must Not Be Named, she would get off easy.

Now, I'm going to be charitable and say that probably there has been a lot of relationships featuring members of the SCU class of '82 that started off while we were in school that are still going strong. I will even note (gasp!) that my Evil College Boyfriend may actually have become a decent spouse for the someone else he left me for, but that I really don't have the time or spoons to find that tidbit out. All I know is that if I had taken her advice, and married that young man that I did share a lot of background in common, it would have been an utter disaster for me and I sure as hell would be living a much different life than I have right now (my cynical self says that I would be probably be either divorced or doing time for ridding the planet of him).

Le sigh.

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Down with patriarchy
Dec. 31st, 2013 @ 06:54 pm Topic open house for 12/31/13
[personal profile] holyoutlaw asks What are your optimistic dreams for the future, from your hoped-for lifespan through shortly after?

It’s hard to stay optimistic about things political here in the US due to the impact that big money has on our system, but I’m hoping we reach critical mass on both widening access to same gender marriage and the end of the War on Some Drugs.

On a spiritual front, I’m also encouraged by the example Pope Francis is taking on economic issues. It would be seriously way optimistic for me to think that there will be a similar move on gender issues within the Church.

On a scientific front, I would hope that we can make some progress on fighting chronic diseases, especially diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Wiscon me
Dec. 15th, 2013 @ 12:03 am Topic open house for 12/15/13
[personal profile] sraun is interested in my musings about birthdays.

Some folks get very sensitive about age; a friend of my mother’s has never gotten a drivers’ license because she would have to reveal her birth date.

On the other hand, I have been known to say that my age is a matter of public record but I lie like a bandit about my weight on my own license. I basically put a number there that is plausible if somebody looks at me.

I have one silly ritual for my birthday, I try to call my mother as close to 12:23 PM PDT as I can because even though it’s all goodies for me, she didn’t have a whole lot of fun on that day.

Some birthdays come easier than others. I didn’t enjoy #30 too much because at that time there was that show “thirtysomething” that bugged me because the characters came across to me as whiny self-indulgent jerks. I also thought that I would no longer get any slack for mistakes, slack is for folks in their twenties. Thank Goddess, I got over that one a long while back because the mistakes still happen and I still can use some slack.

#40 wasn’t as bad, I figured my motto for my forties was “no more nice girl” and that I was officially now a Crone in Training. That decade was a wild ride, losing one job and my father, finding a new job, and best of all, having [personal profile] whump as a partner.

#50 got me Crone status and [personal profile] whump gave me Charlotte, my first spinning wheel. After that, my interest in the fiber arts took off like a rocket.

Who knows what the next one will bring?

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Wiscon me
Dec. 9th, 2013 @ 11:01 am Octavia Butler Scholarship
Back in February, I pledged $100 on John Scalzi's website, and now I'm going to make good by sending one Benjamin to the Butler Scholarship by the end of this year. This is a reminder to myself to get this done!

eta 12/15/13 done!

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Wiscon me
Dec. 6th, 2013 @ 07:13 pm Topic Open House
!markdown I figure if @whump can try this, so can I. Topics, please! * December 7th * December 8th * December 9th * December 10th [personal profile] wordweaverlynn Please tell us about your favorite poet. Or, if you don't do poetry, your favorite songwriter. * December 11th * December 12th * December 13th * December 14th * December 15th [personal profile] sraun Something about birthdays * December 16th [personal profile] whump How does one adapt Austen for modern times? * December 17th * December 18th * December 19th [personal profile] wild_irises What's satisfying and right about knitting? * December 20th [personal profile] littlebutfierce What about your life now would most astonish (& delight) your teenage self? * December 21st * December 22nd [personal profile] elainegrey What do you notice about the quality of the light this time of year. * December 23rd * December 24th * December 25th * December 26th * December 27th [personal profile] jesse_the_k When you realized that your work would find you in male dominated milieux, did that influence what you did or how you did it? * December 28th * December 29th * December 30th * December 31st [personal profile] holyoutlaw What are your optimistic dreams for the future, from your hoped-for lifespan through shortly after? Folks on LJ, go ahead and comment on the crosspost. I'll consolidate things in both places. This entry was originally posted at http://cynthia1960.dreamwidth.org/367042.html. There are comment count unavailable comments on the original entry.
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Wiscon me
Dec. 6th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm Remember Montreal
Women who died because a man couldn't handle their collective smarts

These women were my age, and many of them would have been my comrades in materials analysis. Rest in peace, may your lives be forever remembered.

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Down with patriarchy
Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 07:37 pm Here's one tale from the educational debt front (triggery)
I've asked permission to share this story that somebody on my flist shared with me. I do not choose to disclose hir user name because I do not want anybody getting all judgmental on them. This has triggers for discussion of suicide.

I am absolutely certain that there are too many people out there in this boat, but this needs to be heard.Collapse )

If you read hir story, I want you to sit there with your discomfort for a moment. Imagine the young people you come in contact with and know that some of them are absolutely certainly in the same boat as hir.

Now, I challenge us to think about ways we can fix this fuckedupness.

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Wiscon me
Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 06:07 pm This is what inclusiveness looks like, people!
My thanks to [personal profile] sasha_feather for finding a quote that nails nailing this on its head.

ETA for fixing the ultimate source, and thanks to [personal profile] sasha_feather for unlocking her post.

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Wiscon me
Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 05:55 pm Continuing my musings about education debt....
I see the work that the Strike Debt movement is doing and wondering about if this has been expanded to cover education debt....

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Wiscon me
Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 03:43 pm And now a rantlet on a completely different subject....
By way of @nkjemisin on Twitter:

Suze Orman describes the devil's bargain of the current state of higher education financing in the US.

The implications of this are mind-boggling, and then I look at my nieces and nephews (and everybody else's kids), and I say: OH SHIT WE ARE ALL SO HOSED.

She's stating some cold hard facts here (US-centric, and I'm interested in hearing from folks outside the US about their situations) that make it damned clear that the current system is rigged to benefit the 1%. Everybody else, you get to get loaded up with debt on the order of magnitude of 30 year home mortgages to get a job that probably won't even make a dent in those payments for a long long time. And, this doesn't just affect the folks going to private universities, the public options are getting less and less affordable every single year. And the for-profit institutions are even more insidious...

How the frakking hell do you expect to keep a society running under these conditions? Things have got to change.

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feminist hulk smash capitalism
Apr. 2nd, 2013 @ 03:28 pm Update on the Locus Online April Fools cluster frak
The editor in chief clarifies the magazine's position. Thank you, Lisa Trombi. (ETA: insert obligatory warning about reading the comments sections)

April Fools jokes are tricksy things, people. Done well, like the classic Google pigeon ranking post, they can be a source of amusement that lasts a long time. Done poorly with meanspiritedness like what happened yesterday...

Well, I look at what that one post brought out, and then think about how many others are out there, and then I just sigh.

Words have consequences and power, and you can't disappear them and their effects on others. Be mindful of that, and as a close, be excellent to one another.

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Wiscon me
Apr. 1st, 2013 @ 07:20 pm (no subject)
Trigger warning for fatphobia:

[personal profile] whump brought today's poor excuse for an April Fool's joke perpetrated by one of his long time acquaintances to my attention. As I've had time to think about this so-called attempt at humor, I've also had to deal with some personal triggers having to do with fatphobia and Wiscon. Five years ago, I was one of the Wiscon attendees that was targeted by a trolling attack directed primarily at those of us who are fat.

Flash forward to today, and the article screencapped by [personal profile] whump and others brought up a whole lot of memories. When I think back to the Wiscon 32 incident, I felt a bit of compassion for the troll, but today I really don't have any to spare for (redacted). I've seen several folks targeted by his Islamophobia speak out with eloquence and power, but I want to address the misogyny and fatphobia directly.

When he used the name of a historical serial killer as an alias for the con chairs, he directly insulted several people who I've been honored to meet over the last few years through my participation in Wiscon. Then he added a festering pile of snark directed at "sinful, wanton flesh" that needed to be covered up and made invisible with the so-called intention of dealing with lookism and adding the Islamophobic trimmings as a really nasty additive.

He's telling me that I need to cover up my body and silence my voice, and he used the primary newsmagazine covering the speculative fiction field as his medium to spread this message in the guise of a joke. And then, when many members of the community as well as others not as invested in it called the magazine's attention to this post (which has been taken down with an apology), he then managed to flounce on his blog and cry censorship by humorless feminists.

This person is coming from an even more privileged situation than the Wiscon 32 troll (age, gender, etc.) so I have no inclination to cut him any slack whatsoever, especially because he seems to be playing the "oh noes the meen wimmin are harshing my fun" card.

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Down with patriarchy
Feb. 23rd, 2013 @ 03:19 pm New space
[personal profile] whump and I, along with the Beneficent Feline Overladies, have relocated to the Loft of Fur, Fiber, and Fruity Widgets, which is a subset of the International Santa Clara Walnut Growers League of Evil, as of the Ides of February, 2013. Message me if you need the spatial coordinates, the cellular/email coordinates remain unchanged.

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Bay Area
Feb. 20th, 2013 @ 07:26 am w00t! The Secret Feminist Cabal strikes again!
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By way of [personal profile] supergee and Geek Feminism, a new hero of mine subverts a dominant paradigm with her little brother.

I bow humbly in admiration at her mad feminist skillz, and say to her little brother, "we accept you, we accept you, one of us!"

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Down with patriarchy
Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 03:49 pm Happy Friday
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Farscape anthology clip of our favorite frells

If there's a BSG version with Frak!, I want to know.

All the fraks of BSG first season with pointers to later seasons

Cause swearing is more fun when it's fannish...

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Aeryn bitch please!
Dec. 14th, 2012 @ 10:36 pm NASA Johnson Style
Yes, yet another riff on "Gangnam Style", only with space! I will note that some of my former comrades over in Mountain View at NASA Ames are probably gnashing their teeth in envy because "Ames" doesn't scan in the song.

Yes, I am posting something silly because if I really went off on what happened earlier today, it would not be pretty.

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Home sweet home
Nov. 1st, 2012 @ 09:21 am Sweet.
Santa Clara County allows you to track the status of your vote by mail ballot. You put in your address and your birth date, and it tells you what's up. Mine got counted yesterday, so now I can blow off all the telephone pleas and recycle the flyers.

A total of 598,206 ballots got sent out, and so far 190,339 have been returned (and counted if correctly filled out).

Hey, [personal profile] whump, get going, darlin', don't you want to be in the first set of results?

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Saint Molly of Austin
Sep. 12th, 2012 @ 11:34 am Feeling drained by systematic ubiquitous $FAIL
Let's tell each other something good for replenishing our strength to deal with it...

Mine has something to do with purring cats, soft fiber, and spooning with [personal profile] whump

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Wiscon me
Sep. 9th, 2012 @ 01:22 pm JMS and his treatment of women, Discuss.
[personal profile] whump and I were watching one of the last 10th Doctor episodes last night, and he told me that there are sites devoted to dissecting Steven Moffat's treatment of women (one reason why I am not having too much fun watching the 11th Doctor). In my foolish sleep-deprived state I commented that we needed sites that do the same for JMS, especially in Babylon 5 (I am not familiar with his comics, so I'm sticking to B5).

When I first got into online fandom, my obsessions were Babylon 5 and David Weber's Honor Harrington books. A few of you (hi there!) were with me in our little corner of B5 fandom, so some of this may be old stuff for you. And in order to do this discussion justice, I will probably need to do some systematic rewatching of the series, which will be a pleasure in seasons 3 and 4 and a torment in season 5 (for everything that wasn't written by Neil Gaiman or had to do with Londo, Vir, and G'Kar).

I've got two major discussions in mind focusing on:

1) Susan Andreyevna Ivanova, Whipping Girl of the Universe? How come?
2) How the hell did we get from the awesomesauce of Delenn breaking the Grey Council to the failgravy of Mrs. John Sheridan?

And of course, we cannot ignore Talia, Lyta, Londo's exes, and even (ackpthppt!) Elizabeth Lockley.

Feel free to suggest stuff in the comments!

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ivanova1
Aug. 5th, 2012 @ 10:33 pm Shiny side up!!!!!!
Fuck yeah Curiosity!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Marvin
Jul. 21st, 2012 @ 06:27 am Summertime: Rent out Texas and live in Hell
In Dallas to visit with [personal profile] whump's folks (my out-laws). Oh, dear goddess, it is HOT. It took a thunderstorm yesterday evening to drop the temps down to not blazing, but tolerable. [personal profile] telophase, how do you do this all summer?

Do plan to go to a baseball game with before we leave. I restrained the evil impulse to pack either the 1989 Oakland A's baseball cap I've had forever, and the even more evil desire to wear my 2010 Giants champion's shirt (besides, the sucker is long sleeved, for use at Evil Telco Park).

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Wiscon me
Jul. 17th, 2012 @ 10:43 am Oh, Charlie!
[dreamwidth.org profile] whump made my afternoon yesterday by sending me a link to a story by Charlie Stross on tor.com about a delightful conversation about rocket propellants. I will note that one of the reagents has been called "Satan's kimchi" on one of my favorite science blogs, and then I'll run very far away and armor up when I get to that hiding place.

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chemistry
Jul. 6th, 2012 @ 01:45 am Catnip Madness
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An educational film on the dangers of the mystic herb:

d00d, I am sooo wasted!

Talk to your furry loved ones about the dangers of nip. I was too late to stop my darling delinquents Yukino and Hitomi, and their late older sister Snickers was also prone to abusing the herb.

Photographic evidence of Snickers' lightweightitude from 2008

The icon depicts the horrifying aftermath.

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catnip
Jun. 28th, 2012 @ 11:29 pm QA position open at WhiteHat Security
[personal profile] whump tells me that they're seriously hunting for software QA folks (engineers and a manager) at his company in Santa Clara because their product development and release is constrained by their QA staffing. Don't count yourself out if you're not in the Bay Area, they want to find excellent folks. It's an Agile shop using Linux web applications.

Our LJ/DW networks overlap but not completely, so contact whump at dreamwidth dot org if you're interested.

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Wiscon me
Jun. 28th, 2012 @ 05:05 pm To those rightwingers who want to go to Canada to escape the ACA...
I truly don't wish your presence near my Canadian friends, they don't deserve it. But if you do move north, you don't get to live in nice places where my friends are, I want you on some desolate ice up in Nunavut away from the locals, and as the ice melts, you can say, "Oh, sh*t! Global warming is real!", and then the polar bears can go omnomnom on your worthless butts.

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Wiscon me
Jun. 27th, 2012 @ 11:34 am Euro 2012 semifinal
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São Judas, rogai por nós.
Santo Antônio rogai por nós.

Heróis do mar, nobre povo,
Nação valente, imortal,
Levantai hoje de novo
O esplendor de Portugal!
Entre as brumas da memória,
Ó Pátria, sente-se a voz
Dos teus egrégios avós,
Que há-de guiar-te à vitória!


Heroes of the sea, noble people,
Nation - brave, immortal
Rise this new day
The splendour of Portugal!
Enter the haze of memory,
Oh Fatherland, one feels the voice
Of your distinguished forefathers,
That shall lead you to victory!
Chorus

Às armas, às armas!
Sobre a terra, sobre o mar,
Às armas, às armas!
Pela Pátria lutar!
Contra os canhões, marchar, marchar!


To arms, to arms!
Over land, over sea,
To arms, to arms!
For the Fatherland, fight!
Against the cannons, march on, march on!

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Portugal
Jun. 21st, 2012 @ 10:45 am Holy fucking shit, the USOC hits a new low
from kateyule, I hear that the USOC told Ravelry to cease and desist with their Knitting Olympics.

Pissing off millions of folks who have pointy sticks and know how to use them is not good PR.
I make *stabbitydeath* motions towards the USOC, but do not want to bend or get blood on my nice new 40" size 0 lace Turbos (I have priorities).

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knittingweapon
Jun. 12th, 2012 @ 05:24 pm Thirty years ago today
I graduated from the University of Santa Clara (note the name, they changed it after I left so not to be confused with a certain university in Southern California or one in South Carolina).

Also, happy birthday to my classmate learnteach who managed to combine his birthday with our graduation. Our parties were *legendary*.

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SCU seal
May. 16th, 2012 @ 09:05 am Purcussive moderation at its finest
I would say that if John Scalzi hasn't chosen a Unitarian Jihad name, he's earned the right to call himself The Mallet of Loving Correction after the workout he gave that useful tool yesterday.

For those of you without the time or intestinal fortitude to wade through the 801 comments, John has thoughtfully compiled a list of his Malletings on that post.

My thanks to the folks who did the 101-level heavy lifting yesterday, I just wasn't going to jump in that briar patch, and you said it for me.

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Sr. Numchuku of Enlightened Compassion
Nov. 22nd, 2011 @ 03:35 pm Before there was a royina of Chalion, there was a weyr.
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Goddess bless, Anne McCaffrey. You gave me a lot of fun reading. My personal favorites were the Harper Hall books.

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Wiscon me
Oct. 19th, 2011 @ 11:30 pm OMG, this is brilliant
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[personal profile] rachelmanija takes a whack at playing Betan therapist for a certain Lord M. N. Vorkosigan during his early career. Would dearly love to see her do a post-Memory assessment. This entry was originally posted at http://cynthia1960.dreamwidth.org/73016.html. There are comment count unavailable comments on the original entry.
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shopping
Oct. 9th, 2011 @ 06:05 pm Oh hell yeah.
linkspam for me to come back to time and again when I need to get my anger properly directed at targets

Sinfest nails it when it comes to the ubiquity of patriarchy. (thanks to @nkjemisin on twitter)

also: We are the 99 Percent

And Elizabeth Warren tells it like it is.

Also thanks to [personal profile] pegkerr who is posting lots of good stuff about the #occupy(insert $CAPITALISTSTRONGHOLD of choice) movement.

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Down with patriarchy
May. 27th, 2011 @ 04:42 pm Announcement
It's taken us quite a while, but [personal profile] whump and I have decided to make things official and merge our lives, book collections, and cats into a reasonably smoothly functioning unit. We've found a place to live in Sunnyvale close to our jobs (walking distance for me) and are in the process of getting rid of old stuff and making a space that is ours. The date of legalization is still TBD but hopefully Proposition 8 will go down in flames soon.

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Wiscon me
Jan. 19th, 2011 @ 07:30 am OMG, Babylon 5 rewatch!
I'm in the midst of mucking out the spare bedroom and found one of the boxed season sets of B5. I'll have to find the rest to start a rewatch and do another bout of worship of the Warrior Goddess in Her Susan Andreyevna Ivanova avatar.

Finding out Abi at Making Light is doing her own rewatch is also prodding me to find the DVDs.

Hee, after B5, it should be time for Farscape (worship of the Warrior in Her Our Lady of Perpetual Leather avatar, Aeryn).

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ivanova1
Jan. 10th, 2011 @ 05:13 pm Maybe I should have chosen a different patron saint for confirmation?
Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown has some sage words about bravery and St. Joan of Arc.

Not that my homegrrl Clare of Assisi fails to rock, she truly does (patroness of my university (which came in handy during finals for sure), the Valley where I thrive, television), but there's something to be said for Jehanne d'Arc, who Doyle says is the unofficial patron saint of "victims of gender policing, people and especially women who come out of nowhere to exercise political voice and/or get violently assaulted or killed for their political action, ..., lapsed Catholic women, women who have huge-ass troubles with the sexism of Catholics, and feminism."

Sounds like a good one to have around for backup. Jehanne, keep Gabrielle Giffords in your prayers.

ETA to thank [personal profile] wired for the link via twitter.

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religion and politics
Dec. 21st, 2010 @ 02:41 pm Bollywood sports movie squeeage
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At the recommendation of [personal profile] littlebutfierce, [personal profile] whump and I queued up "Chak De! India!" which is about an Indian national women's field hockey team trying to win the World Cup. We finally sat down and watched it last Saturday, and we had a great time. Even if there's no ice, it's still hockey.

I know of at least three of you on the friends/access list who would eat this up like candy (hi tersa, shendoah, and tattermuffin, I'm looking at yooou). If you liked "Bend It Like Beckham" or "League of Their Own", you'll probably have a good time.

One thing I found interesting is that it seems like field hockey operates like soccer in how the match is set up (70 minutes in two halves with extra time added as needed) and how penalties are handled (handing out colored cards> but the goalie still armors up like the folks on ice do.

Back in the dark mists of time, I actually picked up and attempted to use a field hockey stick in PE.

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Sep. 29th, 2010 @ 02:04 pm I have another economics girlcrush
Move over Elizabeth Warren, and meet Maxine Udall, Girl Economist. If I had been exposed to more folks like her, I probably wouldn't have avoided the dismal science like the plague.

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Sep. 8th, 2010 @ 01:59 pm Because it needs saying yet again...
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Zuzu responds to the Feministe post on 9/1 that was full of fat-shaming.

I admit that I do not have the spoons to brave reading the original article or the comments that went to a very bad place. And I thank [personal profile] apis_mellifera for warning me against going to the original article.

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Aug. 19th, 2010 @ 01:30 pm Ooooh, fun
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[personal profile] cofax7 pointed me to this nifty color scheme designer. It's just as fun as going to Home Despot or Lowes' to play with the paint chips, and certainly more convenient.

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Aug. 16th, 2010 @ 05:09 pm The August birthday parade continues
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Today is rutemple's birthday! Have a good one!

Today is also the Official Fifteenth Natal Commemoration of my Benevolent Feline Overlady (tm, accept no substitutes), Snickers.* Beloved floofbutt was snuggled in her Happy Place (the little cubbyhole behind my pillows on my bed) this morning because I was using the Cat Eater to pick up the Snickerbitsoffloof she leaves on the carpet.

*The actual day in August 1995 she arrived is unknown, I just know she's fifteen this month.

A new goal is to find some nice Snickerbits to mix with merino and spin it on Charlotte the wheel. By the time I get enough floof, I should be a much better wheel spinner ;).

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Aug. 12th, 2010 @ 01:22 pm Fifty solar orbits completed
as of 12:23 PDT this afternoon. w00t! This is what happens when you breathe in and breathe out long enough; and if you stop doing that, enlightenment is the least of your problems.

And as I was driving to work, I got another nice present from Judge Walker. The gift wrap would have been more awesome if the stay had been lifted effective today, but I'm very happy it will lift.

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Jul. 7th, 2010 @ 08:24 am Something to remember when sh*t happens
thanks to rivka for this article from uuworld.org on viewing a broken Buddha.

The broken Buddha tells me that life is not neat.

Life is gorgeous and horrific and beyond understanding. We may create certain situations, draw certain things, but other suffering strikes like a tiger from the tall grass, snatching us from one life into another without cause or warning. I meditate on the broken hand of the Buddha and it comforts me. It tells me that the spiritual moves in and through cracks and gaps, that it is wild and doesn’t make sense. It sits with you even through something that can’t be fixed by intelligence or kindness or love.


May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that is free from suffering.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and anger that holds some close and other distant.

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Jul. 2nd, 2010 @ 03:51 pm Discovering Jane Austen
Some kind soul pointed me at the blog Following Jane which is written by a man discovering the Divine Miss Austen for the first time. Lucky fellow.

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Jun. 14th, 2010 @ 02:08 pm (no subject)
Thanks to [personal profile] twistedchick, I hear about rogue knitters modifying a Berkeley sculpture that disses their neighbor to the south. As a knitter, and 4th generation native Oaklander, I cheer them.

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Jun. 7th, 2010 @ 02:00 pm I *heart* FEMINISTHULK
Thanks to [personal profile] cofax7, here's a Ms. magazine interview with FEMINISTHULK.

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May. 14th, 2010 @ 09:19 pm Mini-review: Feed by Mira Grant
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aka seanan_mcguire.

I am not a major devotee of the zombie genre, but Feed scared the wits out of me and kept me awake last night. Once I got sucked into the tale of bloggers, virology, zombies, post Rising cultural shifts, and politics, I had to keep going.

I enjoyed the first two October Daye urban fantasy books she wrote under her real name, but this new series has got me even more hooked. Good stuff.

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