Thursday, October 30, 2008

More Serious Matters

"I was thinking spitting out the marshmallow would definitely happen right after you say chubby bunny. I was thinking it would be one at a time and we'd stop watch it. I don't see why a little gamesmenship wouldn't be tolerated. I'll look the other way." - The Ref

Room Draw Relay Olympics begins 5pm tomorrow. Place your bets now...God hope there won't be pictures...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Election and Racism

From Racialicious

Race is an issue in this election. Class is an issue in this election. Violence Against Women is an issue in this election. Homophobia is an issue in this election. The issue is Human Rights, people. As in your right to be human.

*Side note: When I get down because smart people in my life seem to lose it when it comes to this election and smirk that I'm idealistic, irrational, I'm uplifted to be in the company of those above.

Monday, October 27, 2008

When Life Begins

But the right answer, as a matter of international human rights principles and simple justice, is: human rights attach at birth, not at conception.This is the only position that ensures that upon becoming pregnant, women do not lose their human rights.

Political candidates of all persuasions should rest assured that to oppose the recognition of human rights before birth is not to deny the value of potential life as matter of religious belief, emotional conviction or personal experience. Rather, it is to recognize the value of the women who give that life.
-Lynn Paltrow

Sunday, October 26, 2008


The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
- Anatole France

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


"Sexism isn't just the denigration and devaluation of women; it's the myriad ways the system is set up to benefit men over women. It takes no hateful behavior on my part to reap the rewards given to men at the expense of women. But to choose not to work for the full equality of women in this culture is to be sexist."
-Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson

Monday, October 20, 2008

Palin Post

Availability Aura

*PISCES** *The Dreamer (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Don't like details. Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.

Just putting it out there...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sharing Repo-responsibility

Man-made hormonal birth control just for women. Why isn't there man-made hormonal birth control for men? Because the man knows how demon it is to fuck with hormones. There's much more of this from me, but I think the article is well done. I escaped my BC stint relatively unharmed (altho with enough weight on me than only pneumonia could knock it off) and never actually used it to prevent pregnancy but I have a pretty solid vow not to go back on. Share the responsibility, indeed.

In my next life I want to be Kate Rohdenburg

I leave for a conference in VA this afternoon. Last night/week I attempted to pack for the 6 days I will be away and ended up with a total 6 shoes, 5 scarves, 4 sunglasses.
As I told Adina, "I can't be pigeon holed into a faulty outfit" I can't figure out what I want to wear today, let alone a week from now in a new city with different weather! Lets just hope I end up there with pants.

Speaking of great outfits, JJ finally posted our group BurningMan Pictures. Real life is so boring.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Words of the Wise

I share this video from Liz not as an example of fine cuisine, but for the life perspective offered by the chef. My favorite being "who needs to be rich? It's not like I have to do a bunch of coke to be happy." And how.

An Open Letter to White Voters

From Racialicious

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Some professional pictures of BurningMan. It's interesting to look through and recognize some things, places, art, dust, and even people - and to see how much I missed.

About that age

Kate: I got a dress today that was $12 with the sole rationale that within the next 2 years everyone I know's gonna start getting married

Matt: how much dress do you get for 12 bucks?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Northern Mimosa

"Wow – I think you just blew my mind with your Northern Mimosa talk… that sounds fantastic!" - Actual quote from a convert

Northern Mimosa: Equal parts cider and (real, extra dry) hard cider. If you prefer mulled cider, mull then cool and add hard cider immediately before serving.

Can you think of a more appropriate fall-in-New-England beverage???


Feminism is not stupid*.

“Feminism means women’s individual or collective rights to autonomy, to define their lives as they see fit. It thus suggests equality between the sexes.”

Patriarchy is seen not only as a system that oppresses women, but also as one that structurally and conceptually creates, sustains, and justifies hierarchies, competition, and the unequal distribution of power and resources on an endless variety of levels."

“What gives my actions their moral value is not necessarily my intentions, but rather their effects on others – specifically, those people who are disenfranchised by my privilege, those marginalized by my sense of entitlement. They, rather than I, were the ones to name those effects. What’s more, they got to say what I needed to do to redress the damage.

I cannot know the reality of those subordinated by the system of values that entitles me.” -Red Crowley

*and saying that it's stupid will not get you a date.


npurmort: I love how you treat your personality as currency at a value which you solely determine

I've decided loose change in non-change-designated spaces is up for grabs. I made $.21 yesterday.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Sir Francis Bacon

“A girl can’t add and worry about whether her stomach sticks out at the same time. College students were asked to try on either a swimsuit or a sweater and keep it on for 10 minutes in a dressing room. To pass the time they took a math test. As you would expect, the women in the sweaters did significantly better on the test. (when the experiment was repeated with young male subjects, the sweater/swimsuit performance difference disappeared.) – Patricia McLaughlin Valley News April 8, 2007

Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. [Simone de Beauvoir, 1949, 16]

Quote of the Day

I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
- Robert McCloskey

Friday, October 3, 2008

VP Debate

Time Magazine

Friday, Oct. 03, 2008
Klein: Palin Was Fine, But This Debate Was No Contest
By Joe Klein

She did fine, I suppose.

She was animated and confident. She displayed an ability, for the first time since her convention speech, to repeat with a fair amount of credibility, the formulations that her handlers had given her. You knew she was well prepared when practically the first words out of her mouth were, "Go to a kids' soccer game..." She had that folksy thing down—although I did notice, watching the squiggly lines down at the bottom of the CNN screen, that when she tried to get cutesy with her folksiness, it didn't work.

She also was allowed to do fine by Joe Biden, who never really challenged her—his criticisms were always directed at John McCain—and never exposed the obvious shallowness of her knowledge on most topics. (He must have been sorely tempted to correct Palin when she called David McKiernan, the commanding general in Afghanistan, "McLellan," but Biden was hard-wired—I imagine his debate prep was a form of electric shock therapy—not to correct her, attack her, disrespect her.)

Indeed, Sarah Palin's high-energy performance in the vice-presidential debate was the most glaring demonstration—since George W. Bush's performances in 2000—of how little you can get away with knowing and still survive one of these things, especially if the rules limit the cross-examination as severely as they did in this debate. Her relentless opacity was impressive. She refused to answer the questions where she hadn't been prepped with answers and when Biden pointed out that an early question had been on deregulation not taxes, she flashed: "I may not answer the questions the way you and the moderator want to hear, but I'm gonna talk straight to the American people."

Talk straight she didn't, with only a few exceptions. She talked talking points. And when the talking points concerned areas where she didn't know diddly, she didn't talk them very convincingly. Indeed, there were times I got the distinct impression that she didn't understand the points she was talking about (on the vice president's constitutional powers, for example).

Joe Biden, by contrast, demonstrated a real knowledge of the issues in question. He made several verbal fumbles—it was Syria, not Hizballah, that left Lebanon—and at times he lapsed into legi-speak, even using plague words like "amendments" and "Liheap" (the winter heating oil assistance program for poor people). But his was a solid, informed and restrained performance—although his best moments came near the end of the debate (when much of America had turned to the baseball playoffs or reruns of their favorite sitcoms on cable). He was genuinely moving when he talked about being a single parent after the death of his wife (he almost began to weep, but held it together); in fact, that moment was more real than anything Palin said all night. He also closed with a devastating point: McCain was, sure enough, a maverick on some things, but not on any of the issues that really mattered in this election—and he listed those issues, and where McCain stood on them, to great effect.

It was striking to me—for the second time in two debates—that the Democrat got much the better of the argument on Iraq, especially if you watched the squiggly focus group lines on CNN: it seems clear that people just want the war to end. Biden did marginally better than Obama on the substance of the issue, pointing out that the Maliki government agrees with Obama, not McCain, on the timetable to withdraw U.S. troops (which Obama failed to mention last Friday).

The fact that Palin made it through the debate without running off the stage shouting, "I can't do this!" should not obscure the fact that there was only one person tonight whom anyone with any sense—even John McCain, I imagine—would trust as President. Biden's performance was strong and, happily, gimmick free. He used no gotcha soundbites, no consultant-driven silliness—a fact driven home by the lameness of Palin's snark lines like, "Say it ain't so, Joe" and—pace, Gipper—"There you go again, talking about the past."

Palin's problem, and McCain's, is that the recent past is crucial in this election. Bush's decisions over the past eight years—to go to war in Iraq, to neglect the war in Afghanistan, to aggrandize the rich and neglect the middle class—created the dreadful moment this country faces right now, and people know that. Fearful for their futures and the nation's, they seem to be looking for something different—and that something involves steadiness, knowledge and some clear ideas about what to do going forward, qualities that Sarah Palin did not display tonight.

What she did show was some folksy charm and some energy—qualities that might get her selected for Dancing With the Stars, if not Jeopardy. But that's not enough to change the trajectory of this race, especially since nothing that was said in this debate will be remembered, or remarked upon, a week from now.

Fakin' It Ain't Feminist

Love this so I'm cross posting from Feministing.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Political connections

My freshman year RA is running for office. He's the one not listing "married with children" as an experience qualification. I promised I wouldn't blog any compromising tidbits until after 11.4 - I do have some good photos tho...


When I got home I said "mom! want to see my new tattoo" and she goes "I was wondering what was taking you so long." It's kinda awesome that my working late has transferred into a persona that could plausibly be out on a Tuesday night getting the local PD insignia carved into my (raging) bicep.

It's not real.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Good Stuff

Liz got the job - she's in. My check came through - I'm in. Sarah's in. Our application is submitted - our house is *almost* in. All signs are a go! Congratulations are *almost* in order.

Kate: we're going to have a dance off to decide rooms
Dan: you'd best get practicin' then!
Kate: i'm not sure which is the best room
Dan: you can decide that later
Dan: all that matters is you win and get first pick
Kate: i'm going to rely on my natural coordination
Dan: Whatever you do, Kate, don't do that.