I'm also looking for a way to do this mobile. So, there may be more here soon. We will see.
I'm also looking for a way to do this mobile. So, there may be more here soon. We will see.
- 16:23 Rt @belledame222: check out who @marynuggs is following, p.s. #trannyalertfail #sockpuppetfail #
- 16:55 Guy in the terminal playing his guitar. Reminds me of my dad. #
- 09:47 RT: @thecurvature: RT "More harm has been done by people panicked over societal decline than societal decline ever did" xkcd.com/603/ #
- 10:09 oh boy...I seem to have stuck my foot in it now bit.ly/PAiAF #
- 10:22 bub alert shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/05/
- 10:23 RT: @BreakingNews: AP: US district judge says federal probation department recommends Madoff get 50 years in prison. #
- 10:26 RT: @BreakingNews: Investor Maureen Abel says he "mastered the art of manipulating our government" & asks 4 a 150 yr sentence, the stat max. #
- 10:27 Stand By Me in Persian and English bit.ly/1qwsP #
- 10:28 the sign in Farsi in the vid reads "We are one" #
- 10:29 'He Thought a Baby Would Keep Me in His Life Forever': When Partner Abuse Isn't a Bruise But a Pregnant Belly tinyurl.com/lm8lex #
- 11:05 RT: @gudbuytjane: trans women banned at pam's house blend over 'cis' after gay man is offended bit.ly/RlnoW #LGBtransphobia #
- 11:06 RT: @feminismtoday: Badass parents reject forcing gender on their child #feminism bit.ly/kwmsk #
- 11:11 @dandyxands what? the PHB thing? #
- 11:14 @dandyxands its kind of like me crying if you called me "white girl." Talk about missing the point completely, yanno? #
- 11:24 @dandyxands its like I was explaining to a woman who showed up in the comments at my blog, just cause you have one or even a few oppressions #
- 11:25 @dandyxands to deal with does not mean that you are exempt from having and exercising your privilege. this ain't a tally sheet ffs #
- 11:34 @dandyxands part of me feels bad for people who are stuck in those thoughts and part of me wants to kick them #
- 11:37 RT: @BreakingNews: BULLETIN -- BERNARD MADOFF SENTENCED TO 150 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FRAUD SCANDALS. #
- 11:53 Okay ya'll. Going to my first gp app in 5 years. Feeling nervous, hoping this will go well. #
- 13:50 I fucking hate lying prolifers. #
- 13:54 For those in the philadelphia area: SEPTA accepts money from 'pro-life' propaganda artists. #
I'm coming back...in bits and pieces...and I hope to be around more...but I'm thinking that I may just use this space and my Dreamwidth (same username over there) to back up my blogs and my tweets. I need to consolidate, and I don't want to leave anyone in the lurch. So for the moment, updates are probably going to stay sparse, but I am going to attempt to feed my "real" blog to here, as well as feed my tweets here. We will see what happens then.
I have also made a somewhat executive decision to stop posting my rambly, issue-oriented posts here and to keep that to the blogger account and just link the posts here.
Nothing annoys me like blatant, willful ignorance.
My own takedown of the Amazon debacle and the subsequent reactions, excuses and why this event matters.
I am not a fan of Seth Rogan or his "same shit, different generation" style of film-making.
Why do people flip the fuck out when I talk about rape?
Who is held responsible for the actions of the privileged? I'll give you a hint, its not the ones who actually acted.
I lit my candle for Angie, in the hope that I can be better at ending the attitudes that lead to death and discrimination of transpeople.
Amazon dot-fucking-com has decided to strip the sales ranks from TLGBQ books, which keeps them from showing up in bestseller lists and some searches, because they have been deemed "adult" material.
Someone is thinking "what about the children?" in deciding to do this, and indeed, I wonder "What about the children?"
What about the gay children?
What about the lesbian children?
What about the bisexual children?
What about the trans children?
What about the children that come from families with transitioning, transitioned and/or queer parents/siblings/other family members?
Why the fuck doesn't anyone think about them?
Cause its only about the sex right? Thats the only reason anyone is trans or queer, because of sex. Dirty steamy stinky sweaty sex. We are all just straight folk with a fetish, right? And if its about sex, then we can't have the children seeing it! Oh NO! Except for Playboy. Because objectifying women is okay, hell, standard operating procedure, and we have to train em young, amirite?
What can you do about this?
There’s a petition going here, and you can complain to Amazon directly. Their exec customer service email is firstname.lastname@example.org and their customer service phone number is 1-800-201-7575. Folks are trying to google bomb the term Amazon Rank (more info here). And, of course, you can boycott Amazon. I am also going to contact the company I work for (who sells our product to Amazon) and let them know that it would be a great show of support to the non-cis and non-het communities if they joined the boycott as well.
If you want more information, the first link in this post leads to a great collection of links and a great take-down of this stinky business.
I intend to do everything I can to let this company know that I don't appreciate being treated like a shameful family secret.
I have been a relatively regular attendee at Anthrocon for a few years now, and as much as I enjoy the convention, its always a debate of whether the expense and the time off from work is worth it. Not only am I spending money to attend, that time off represents money I'm not making.
But what if I could make money at the convention? I spend a great deal of time just wandering and not doing anything constructive anyway, so why not?
Here is my idea, and any opinions from you all would be appreciated.
I'm thinking that I try to get a table in the Artist's Alley for at least one, maybe two days of the con. At said table, I will offer ear hats, headbands, maybe tails, and various costuming accessories (gloves/armwarmers etc) as well as take orders for custom work, all crocheted by me.
If it goes well, maybe I could consider building upon this at a later date.
One major glitch: if I decide to do this, I need a room to stay in.
Thoughts? Anyone? Beuller?
I have been stewing about this for weeks. Its more conceptual than specific event-based, so its harder to articulate.
Have you ever thought about how we talk about people?
There are a lot of discussions in various social settings where certain words and phrases are dismissed as being "just a word" or "meaningless" when their problematic nature is discussed. This is a fight that I have had with even the most progressive of folk, many of whom will not acknowledge that words have power. Words define the world around us. What words we use, and what they mean to different people is vitally important, because even if a word means nothing to you, this doesn't mean it has no meaning ever. How we talk about people and things shapes our conceptions of those people and things. How we talk about them also shapes our discourse in regards to these things, and allows us to define people, often without their input.
Which brings me to what I want to talk about here: immigration, immigrants, the words we use when we discuss them and how that perpetuates racist stereotypes and myths about immigrants, and specifically immigrants who are also POC. As Liss pointed out the immigration dialog in this country is usually based in racism and she quotes Professor Ojito of Columbia University:
"The debate, as it is framed now, has become a strictly anti-Hispanic immigration battle cry. And nothing rallies this nation quicker and more efficiently than the presence of an alien. Particularly one who is also considered ``illegal.''"( The rest is under here )
Another Note: If you are planning on commenting on this piece, please read all of the links in it first. Thank you.
So I was thinking...I have quite a few friends here...I was also thinking...these friends must wear clothes. And by clothes I mean sweaters, or various other yarn based items. I also figured that people get rid of sweaters pretty regularly. Then it hit me...a REVELATION! YARN!
So, this is an open request, to any of you who may have sweaters you are getting rid of, or that you hold onto for no reason, or that you like if only they were something else. If you give me your sweaters, I can make you pretty things from them.
So before you toss those old yarn based garments, please think of me...and my addiction.
I have to say, I am utterly shocked. And LIVID. What exactly are women supposed to do? We choose to go through with and give birth to an unplanned pregnancy? We are selfish, or stupid and deserve any hardship it causes unless we are white and financially well off. We choose to have an abortion? Then we are cold, heartless, baby-killing harpies. We choose to give the resulting baby up for adoption? Then we are selfish and/or heartless failures as women because we didn't want to follow our "maternal instincts" and become good little obedient child raisers, unless we are women of color, or poor, in which case, see point number one. We choose never to have children at all by being sterilized before its an issue? Then we are failures as women, except for WoC and poor women. Then we are just doing what we should to leave the population to the privileged.
I see no reason to play their fucking game. We will lose no matter what, purely by virtue of daring to exist while female and think that we are actually people with the right to live as we see fit.
I don't want to debate this. I appreciate that this is a difficult topic for a great deal of people, but I am going to request that this not be debated here in my space.
Chickie's and Pete's are playing Great Big Sea!
Even better, its the live album!
You are The Chariot
Triumph, Victory, Overcoming Obstacles.
The chariot is one of the most complex cards to define. On its most basic level, it implies war, a struggle, and an eventual, hard-won victory. Either over enemies, obstacles, nature, the beasts inside you, or to just get what you want. But there is a great deal more to it. The charioteer wears emblems of the sun, yet the sign behind this card is the moon. The chariot is all about motion, and yet it is often shown as stationary. It is a union of opposites, like the black and white steeds. They pull in different directions, but must be (and can be!) made to go together in one direction. Control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people, circumstances; bring them together and give them a single direction, your direction. Confidence is also needed and, most especially, motivation. The card can, in fact, indicate new motivation or inspiration, which gets a stagnant situation moving again.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
So, bluestareyed, your LiveJournal reveals...
You are... 1% unique and 11% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.
Your overall weirdness is: 29
(The average level of weirdness is: 29.
You are weirder than 64% of other LJers.)
Find out what your weirdness level is!
I had a list: The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Legend, The Neverending Story, The Last Unicorn, The Princess Bride, Willow, and Wizards. (Can you tell I had an issue with reality from a young age?)
Yes, I still watch them all. Yes, I still love them all. I will never love other films quite like I love those.
I think I know why I loved them so much. In almost every story, normal people change the world. Become heroes. Most of the time, there is nothing particularly special about these heroes, they just happened to be there when help was needed, and did what they had to.
I guess 70's and 80's fantasy movies can be blamed for me becoming activist-minded. The first time I heard "If not me, then who? If not now, then when?" I understood what that meant, in a larger and more personal senseT
I am flat out like a lizard drinking with finding Jesus (after someone told me he was lost), being distracted by the shiny, just generally being a nuisance to various lawyers I met recently, my day sprawls from the second I am woken by murderous Teletubbies to I am begging my kid to go to sleep or so help me God that kid will be decorating my wall, 'Duct tape still life'. I am quite the socialite. can't they see I am blogging.
I swear on the bones of my ancestors think of me as I battle mine enemies. You have my word! What do you mean you don't believe me?