Thursday, January 31, 2008

Birthday Weekend!

I'm claiming the weekend of March 7-9 as the official weekend of Kate! Arrange schedules accordingly...

I will now begin taking suggestions for themes

Monday, January 28, 2008

Random Inbox

The inspiration for the NYE party decor

Me and the stepmonster :)

Kinda makes me miss the long hair...

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I'm going to be published!

Hey Kate!

Your "dear apartment" note is one of my all-time favorites from the site, and I'd really like to use it in the Passive-Aggressive Notes best-of book that I'm working on. Is that cool with you? I'm not sure what the credits in the book will look like, but if it's possible, would you like to have your full name credited as the photographer/submitter, or would you prefer to be anonymous?

Thanks again. Hope you're having a great holiday!

I got in a lot of trouble when the roommate originally read that post...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Adina, DANCE!

Reproductive Justice

From Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice:

We believe reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls, and will be achieved when women and girls have the economic, social and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, sexuality and reproduction for ourselves, our families and our communities in all areas of our lives.

I think it's a pretty perfect definition.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Male birth control

"Funding for male contraception came to an abrupt halt after a study found 9 of 10 women would not trust their male partners to regularly take the injection. The contraceptive works by attacking sperm and weakening them so they cannot fertilize an egg. A team of researchers at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, had spent eight years working on the new contraceptive method."

What does it say when 90% of women don't trust the man they're sleeping with?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Liberty vs. Safety

January 16, 2008
Bill Proposes Database of Offenders to Aid Dating
LOS ANGELES — Web sites that promise to give the dirt on prospective dates abound. A guy has a roving eye? Look him up on

But a California lawmaker says the background checks can be far more serious. The lawmaker, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, the San Francisco Democrat who is the majority whip, introduced a bill last week to create an online database of men and women convicted of domestic violence in California.

Other states like Florida have databases used by law enforcement officials. Her proposal, Ms. Ma said, would be the first available to the public.

“If you’re online, Googling and looking for information on someone you met in a bar or on MySpace, this would provide a tool for people to go and look to see if someone who is suspicious and a little creepy has a history of violence,” Ms. Ma said.

The database would log the names of domestic violence offenders convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors, dates of birth, locations of convictions and other information. Unlike public registers of sex offenders, the database would not list addresses. It would, however, indicate how to obtain a restraining order.

“The site gives people knowledge,” said Jim Hammer, a former San Francisco prosecutor who worked with Ms. Ma on the bill. “To enable people to get restraining orders is giving them the power to do something about it.”

Mr. Hammer took the database idea to Ms. Ma last year. It came to him in the late ’90s, he said, after he prosecuted Ronnie Earl Seymour in the killing of Nadga Schexnayder and her mother during a domestic dispute in 1995.

Ms. Schexnayder’s parents had suspicions about Mr. Seymour, with whom she had a child, but they did not have the tools to check his background, Mr. Hammer said. Mr. Seymour had three felony convictions for attacks on former girlfriends when he killed the two women. He was sentenced to life in prison.

“They didn’t have the means to hire a private investigator to go to courthouses and pull documents,” Mr. Hammer said. “They had feelings, but no evidence.”

The bill would impose higher fines on domestic violence offenders to pay for the Web site, which the attorney general’s office would run. Ms. Ma said that she was optimistic about its prospects for passage, but that it was too early to gauge support in the Legislature.

Ms. Ma said the measure singled out domestic violence offenses because national statistics indicated that those crimes had a high rate of recidivism.

“Domestic violence is a cycle, and it’s hard to break,” she said. “But knowledge is power, and this is public information that’s already out there. This site would make it easily accessible.”

-What does everyone think about this? I'm having competing gut reactions between public accountability for perpetrators of violence and the sense that there's already too much information about us out there everywhere. I also sense that it's one of those feel-good bills that makes everyone feel safer and actually does little to nothing to chance the culture of violence and misogyny out of which DV springs. Discuss...-

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Time is flying

I just booked a round trip to Copenhagen, Denmark for the last week in Feb - just before my travel priviledges run out March, 2. Now lets hope I don't get bumped off the return flight...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

There's cake in my pockets!

I've made the move this weekend and now live in my first solo apartment. Rusty and I have been nesting and unpacking and cleaning (mostly me, Rusty found a tennis ball which kept him distracted). Someday, when I have internet at my place, I may post pictures of my creative little space - so far there have been good reviews. An official open house warming invitation to follow shortly. (email me if you need the new address)

In the mean time, I seem to have aquired 6 bottle openers. Slightly excessive perhaps. A bit of a tease as well, seeing as how I must pay rent instead of buying wine. Does anyone need one (or two)?

Farewell dinner for Christina and Jay Jay on Wednesday before their adventure to Russia. A sad day for me :(

Monday, January 7, 2008

Suggestion for my gym:

Do not sell memberships between the months of November and February. The resolution-er's are an annoyance to us all.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Tara!

This one's for you!

Finer Things NYE

Nate says he would delta the amount of glitter to "less". And would ban sparklers in the house. I would add more fun people. And glitter. Judge for yourself.

Overall a successful night - and the remaining booze will fuel my apartment warming fest. When I have an apartment to warm.