September 18th, 2014
posted by [syndicated profile] marginallyinsane_feed at 03:16am on 2014-09-18

Posted by saraelisheva

Converting to Judaism can be an expensive proposition.  There are a lot of items you’d probably need, along with the textbooks, which tend to be on the expensive side (because textbooks always are, and textbooks for a tiny niche market more so).  If you’re adhering to Jewish concepts of modesty in dress (tzniut), you may also need some new clothes, although there are ways of repurposing things you already own.

This post is intended to be a non-exhaustive list of things you might have to purchase or otherwise obtain.  (I by no means have all of these things, not all of them are strictly necessary for everyone, and nobody is suggesting that you need to get all of these at once.)


Your curricular books, as recommended by your rabbi
A siddur (prayerbook)
A chumash
A TaNaKH in book form
A bentsher or several (in case you have guests).  The standard Orthodox one is the NCSY.
Haggadot for Passover


Long skirts (knee-length or longer, depending on your community standards) for women
At least one kippah for men (I presume most men have several so they can change them out and clean/launder them periodically), and a clip to go with it, assuming one has hair
Shirts with sleeves that go to or past the elbows (depending on your community standards)
Camisoles (women) for repurposing shirts with necklines that are too low
Shell tops (women) for repurposing sleeveless dresses etc.
Sleeve extenders (women) for repurposing shirts with too-short sleeves
A nice outfit (or two) for wearing to shul
Comfortable nice shoes for wearing to shul (heels not recommended and not commonly worn in Orthodox circles due to walking to shul and much standing during services, also for tzniut reasons)
A repertoire of collared shirts (men and women); men may wish to avoid white shirts for semiotic reasons
Legwear for under skirts (I can’t wear nylons due to an allergy, so I favour plain-coloured tall socks, or cotton tights in the winter — NB:  Some rabbis do not permit women to wear tights under skirts, but given the climate here, there’d be riots.)
Plain white underwear for wearing at certain times in the month (women, not sure if this is strictly required, but strongly recommended by some authorities)
Tefillin (phylacteries) for men (in Orthodox circles, women don’t wear these)
Tallit (prayer shawl) for men (in Orthodox circles, women also don’t wear these)
Tallit katan (arba kanfes, four-cornered garment) for men (most non-Orthodox Jews don’t wear these, and some Orthodox Jews don’t either, as they attach tzitzit directly to their shirts), or kosher tzitzit
Non-leather shoes (for wearing on Yom Kippur) — many Jews also wear white
A kittel (mostly married men, non-Orthodox men generally don’t wear these as far as I know)

Religious Articles

Mezuzot for every doorway in your home (consult with your rabbi as to what constitutes a “doorway”), save the bathroom
A kiddush cup for Shabbat
A Hanukiah (menorah) and candles or kosher oil to go in it
A seder plate for Pesach
Candlesticks for Shabbat and chagim
Shabbat candles
Havdalah candles
A besamim box (for storing spices that you smell during the Havdalah ceremony that ends Shabbat)
Candlesticks for Shabbat candles
Havdalah candles (braided wicks)
Challah cover
Honey pot for Rosh Hashana
Matzo trays and covers for Passover
A ritual handwashing cup (natla)
Building materials and decorations for a sukkah (not required for single women)

Kitchen Goods

Dishes and cutlery for meat and dairy, and Pesach meat and dairy (you can kasher certain types of dishes for Pesach, but not others; consult your rabbi)
A double sink, or dishwashing basins for meat and dairy
Dishwasher racks for meat and dairy
Dish-drying racks for meat and dairy
Pots and pans for meat and dairy (you may be able to use the pots and pans you already have for one or the other, although some pots and pans cannot be kashered; consult your rabbi)
Kitchen utensils for meat and dairy
Knives for meat, dairy, pareve, and preferably a dedicated bread knife
Glass drinking vessels (under the laws of kashrut, glass is non-porous and does not absorb “taste” from food that might touch it by way of your mouth, so can be used with both; some stringent kosher-keeping Jews keep meat and dairy glasses)
Plenty of clean tea-towels for drying hands after netilat yadaim and for drying dishes
Tablecloth for Shabbat
Tablecloth to differentiate meat meals from dairy meals
A dish brush for washing dishes (if necessary) on Shabbat
A Shabbat food-warmer or blech
An urn for hot water for Shabbat (for making tea/coffee, etc.)

Other Household Goods

Separable beds (if married), plus sufficient bed linens to cover at minimum 12 days
Clean hand towels for netilat yadayim
A blowtorch (for kashering certain items with heat)
Plastic covers for isolating kitchen counters or shelves, such as for Pesach

September 17th, 2014
redbird: Me with a cup of tea, in front of a refrigerator (drinking tea in jo's kitchen)

Visited [personal profile] roadnotes this afternoon

posted by [personal profile] redbird at 07:16pm on 2014-09-17 under ,
[personal profile] roadnotes (Velma) has been home from the hospital for a couple of weeks, and I went to visit her this afternoon.

She is doing a lot better than when I last saw her (which was a day or two before the hospital sent her home). She is also more cheerful: she asked me to mention that not eating hospital food helps.

Velma is still on IV antibiotics, but the doctors are hoping to switch that to pills in a couple of days (and ideally stop the antibiotics altogether in a couple of weeks). Her surgical incision is healing well and fairly quickly, but it's not fully closed yet. When that's done, probably in 2-3 weeks, she'll be getting chemotherapy to deal with the remaining cancer, since not all of it could safely be removed surgically. She described herself to me as "scrawny" (which is an overstatement), and hopes to regain a bit of the weight she's lost since April before she starts the chemo.

She (and Soren) want to see people, but scheduling may be a little tricky: they're working around appointments with the oncologist and the occupational therapist and so on and so forth.

Velma is working on a longer and more detailed post, including more about her experience in the hospital, but accepted my offer to provide at least a brief update. (I'm cc'ing this to the Vanguard list and Making Light.)
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 01:51pm on 2014-09-17 under , , ,
location: Work
Mood:: 'exhausted' exhausted

Posted by saraelisheva

My housemate just walked in here carrying what he described as a “rasta tribble” made of his own fallen hair and various detritus from under his desk.  I saw the thing, which was practically the size of a small cantaloupe, and screamed “AAAAUGH!  JESUS CHRIST!!”

Apparently I still swear like a goy when my guard is down…  Whoops.

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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 12:00pm on 2014-09-17 under , ,
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 11:06am on 2014-09-17 under
Repression on both sides of an imaginary line: ISIS bans teaching evolution in schools. And Texas wants to rewrite textbooks (and it supplies them to many states) to deny manmade climate change.

Maryland -- what the hell? In Anne Arundel County, the guy who won the Republican primary for a seat on the county council and the party executive committee is a Christianist Neo-Confederate -- and so is the uncontested Republican candidate for county sheriff."> More here, but I'm cutting to a long quote: read this )

In other words, white right-wing gun nuts with a hatred of the current government are trying to take it over and disable it -- and this is probably not even being looked at by Homeland Insecurity.

The Say-What? category: NFL owners face losing their tax-exempt status [TAX-EXEMPT NONPROFIT?!?!?!] unless the Washington team changes its name from the racist epithet it has borne for 80+ years. Nonprofit? That billion-dollar enterprise pays no taxes under the nonprofit category. It's a moneymaking enterprise; it *should* pay taxes.

Religion Dispatches considers how the attitudes about Proper Christian Womanhood fit into what's going on with Ray Rice. Personally, I think that all professional athletes, particularly those in body-contact sports like football, wrestling, boxing and soccer, should be required to see counseling and take classes in anger management. And that any -- ANY -- athlete who abuses anyone who is younger, smaller or weaker than himself should lose his contract. Period. I am tired of hearing about beaten women, beaten children and gang rapes that are handwaved because the athlete's life and career are considered more important than the athlete's victims' lives.

A pro-patriarchy argument against contraception, in all its illogic -- not to mention its assumption that What Men Want Is Always Right And Takes Precedence Over Everything Including Women's Childbearing And Women's Bodies. [Don't ask me how I feel about this unless you want something large thrown at you, like Denali -- bears, weather and all. Especially bears.]

Wage theft in fast food.

Some good news: MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant awards announced. And congratulations, Alison Bechdel!
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 12:55pm on 2014-09-17 under
posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-09-17
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 10:59pm on 2014-09-16
hoooooooly shit, the Orioles cinched the AL East championship tonight. THE ORIOLES.

(Also, that 9-1 win-loss streak they're on? Yeah, guess which game we were at. If you say 'the one where they lost', you know how my life works. Heh.)

SO GLAD we bought partial season tix for next year so we can get priority on buying postseason tickets. \o/
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posted by [personal profile] nancylebov at 02:44am on 2014-09-17
It Ain't Necessarily So: Why Much of the Medical Literature Is Wrong

Some of the material will be familiar, but there are examples I hadn't seen before of how really hard it is to be sure you've asked the right question and squeezed out the sources of error in the answer.

What follows is what I consider to be a good parts summary-- if you want more theory, you should read the article.
Consider a study published in the NEJM that showed an association between diabetes and pancreatic cancer.[3] The casual reader might conclude that diabetes causes pancreatic cancer. However, further analysis showed that much of the diabetes was of recent onset. The pancreatic cancer preceded the diabetes, and the cancer subsequently destroyed the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas. Therefore, this was not a case of diabetes causing pancreatic cancer but of pancreatic cancer causing the diabetes.
To illustrate the point, consider the ISIS-2 trial,[8] which showed reduced mortality in patients given aspirin after myocardial infarction. However, subgroup analyses identified some patients who did not benefit: those born under the astrological signs of Gemini and Libra; patients born under other zodiac signs derived a clear benefit with a P value < .00001.

I guessed at a seasonal effect, but Gemini and Libra aren't adjacent signs.
The frequency of these false-positive studies in the published literature can be estimated to some degree.[2] Consider a situation in which 10% of all hypotheses are actually true. Now consider that most studies have a type 1 error rate (the probability of claiming an association when none exists [ie, a false positive]) of 5% and a type 2 error rate (the probability of claiming there is no association when one actually exists [ie, a false negative)] of 20%, which are the standard error rates presumed by most clinical trials. This allows us to create the following 2x2 table.
I didn't realize that the false negative effect (not seeing a relationship when there actually is one) is higher than the false positive rate. This might mean that a lot of useful medical tools get eliminated before they'can be explored.

Also (credit given to Seth Roberts), if a minority of people respond very well to a treatment being tested, this is very unlikely to be explored because the experiment is structured to see whether the treatment is good for people in general (actually, people in general in the group being tested). This wasn't in the NEJM piece.
One classic example of selection bias occurred in 1981 with a NEJM study showing an association between coffee consumption and pancreatic cancer.[15] The selection bias occurred when the controls were recruited for the study. The control group had a high incidence of peptic ulcer disease, and so as not to worsen their symptoms, they drank little coffee. Thus, the association between coffee and cancer was artificially created because the control group was fundamentally different from the general population in terms of their coffee consumption. When the study was repeated with proper controls, no effect was seen.[16]
Information bias, as opposed to selection bias, occurs when there is a systematic error in how the data are collected or measured. Misclassification bias occurs when the measurement of an exposure or outcome is imperfect; for example, smokers who identify themselves as nonsmokers to investigators or individuals who systematically underreport their weight or overreport their height.[17] A special situation, known as recall bias, occurs when subjects with a disease are more likely to remember the exposure under investigation than controls. In the INTERPHONE study, which was designed to investigate the association between cell phones and brain tumors, a spot-check of mobile phone records for cases and controls showed that random recall errors were large for both groups with an overestimation among cases for more distant time periods.[18] Such differential recall could induce an association between cell phones and brain tumors even if none actually exists.
An interesting type of information bias is the ecological fallacy. The ecological fallacy is the mistaken belief that population-level exposures can be used to draw conclusions about individual patient risks.[4] A recent example of the ecological fallacy, was a tongue-in-cheek NEJM study by Messerli[19} showing that countries with high chocolate consumption won more Nobel prizes. The problem with country-level data is that countries don't eat chocolate, and countries don't win Nobel prizes. People eat chocolate, and people win Nobel prizes. This study, while amusing to read, did not establish the fundamental point that the individuals who won the Nobel prizes were the ones actually eating the chocolate.[20]

On the other hand, if you want to improve the odds of your children winning a Nobel, maybe you should move to a chocolate-eating country.
A 1996 study sought to compare laparoscopic vs open appendectomy for appendicitis.[29] The study worked well during the day, but at night the presence of the attending surgeon was required for the laparoscopic cases but not the open cases. Consequently, the on-call residents, who didn't like calling in their attendings, adopted a practice of holding the translucent study envelopes up to the light to see if the person was randomly assigned to open or laparoscopic surgery. When they found an envelope that allocated a patient to the open procedure (which would not require calling in the attending and would therefore save time), they opened that envelope and left the remaining laparoscopic envelopes for the following morning. Because cases operated on at night were presumably sicker than those that could wait until morning, the actions of the on-call team biased the results. Sicker cases preferentially got open surgery, making the outcomes of the open procedure look worse than they actually were.[30] So, though randomized trials are often thought of as the solution to confounding, if randomization is not handled properly, confounding can still occur. In this case, an opaque envelope would have solved the problem.

Remembering that humans aren't especially compliant is hard.

From reading Guinea Pig Zero: The Journal for Human Research Subjects-- human beings are not necessarily going to comply with onerous food regimes. I expect that most who don't simply don't want to, but the magazine had the argument of not wanting to comply because the someone who's a human research subject is never going to be able to afford treatment based on the results of the research.

Initial link thanks to Geek Press.
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posted by [personal profile] nancylebov at 02:18am on 2014-09-17
I don't have much of an opinion about Scottish independence. I'm pulled between a feeling that it's good for people to get out from under authority and a suspicion that it's not that simple.

However, there's a relatively objective question available. David Cameron said " But if you leave the UK, – that will be forever.”

Suppose that Scotland leaves, and suppose that either an independent Scotland isn't so great or (less likely imho) the remaining UK becomes so wonderful that people are begging to join it.

How hard would it be for Scotland to come back?
September 16th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 02:08pm on 2014-09-16
Pass this along: Republicans kill equal pay for women -- again -- just in time for the elections. Do you really want to continue being kicked in the pocketbook by wealthy Republicans who will never miss a meal or a rent payment?
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 05:41pm on 2014-09-16 under ,
[ profile] kake linked to a cool post by [personal profile] doug about changing history with a time machine. It's the sort of post that makes me realize just how weak my history is. There's absolutely no way I could come up with any sensible argument for which people and events made a substantial difference to the course of history, or how history would have been different if those fulcrum events ran differently. Anyway I really like reading stuff by knowledgeable people playing around with ideas like this!

Also I accidentally rekindled the debate about whether Harriet Vane is a Mary-Sue at [personal profile] staranise's place. People are being careful about major spoilers but if you don't want to know anything the plots or characters of any Sayers books at all you might want to avoid the thread. [personal profile] legionseagle quite rightly points out that my initial premise was simplistic and probably sexist, and also has some really informative and insightful ideas about Sayers oeuvre, about Mary-Sues, and about the law. And lots of thinky stuff about class and how that's changed historically from various people, including [personal profile] naraht. And [personal profile] staranise herself brings the psychological insight regarding relationships between authors and characters.

One of the major topics I've been thinking about recently is how to maintain communication with people I care about a lot but who aren't regularly in my life. Partly sparked by this really chewy discussion chez [personal profile] kaberett, which started off responding to a Captain Awkward discussion about when you should just assume someone who isn't getting back to you doesn't actually want to be talking to you and it's time to stop pestering, and moves on to talking about different media and how they work or don't for communication. Also I've been talking to [personal profile] lethargic_man about related stuff; he used to joke that the reason he asked me out was that that was the only way to get me to answer emails, and it's somewhat true, I've been a direly terrible correspondent in the decade since we broke up. And now I am committing the terrible irony of failing to keep up with an email conversation about ways of keeping up with email conversations...

So, I'd like to hear from people, how do you manage this kind of thing? What sorts of communication media work for you or don't? noodling about this )

Anyway, how do you do this? How do you handle email guilt and deal with Facebook's horribleness? Are you comfortable flexibly moving between different media depending what suits your friends? Have you, like me, started to lose people now that lots are migrating away from DW? Thoughts very much welcome!
location: Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
Music:: Nuit Blanche: Vive la fête
Mood:: 'thoughtful' thoughtful
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posted by [personal profile] xenologer at 04:23am on 2014-09-16 under , ,
I am queen of guilt deflection. I explained in a very value-neutral "conflicting access needs" way why I unfriended someone, and when they said, "that hurts" in reply I said "Okay. That's a risk I took knowingly."

I basically came up through the gaslighting and guilt Weapon X Program, so no. Nobody is going to get me with those things.

Posted by Monica Roberts

The sixth annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit is history, and the event for the first time was hosted outside the Houston area on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.

Been advised that the TTNS is now accepting hosting proposals for the summer 2015 event. 

The minimum requirements to host the TTNS are:  A campus liaison, a room at no charge to TTNS capable of accommodating 100 people, and at no charge to TTNS three rooms capable of holding 35 people for seminars.

If your Texas based college campus is interested in submitting a hosting proposal, please email with it or for further information
posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-09-16
September 15th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 06:16pm on 2014-09-15
Davis, CA, tells its police chief: Get rid of the tank the DOD gave you.
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posted by [personal profile] silmaril at 04:29pm on 2014-09-15 under , , ,
We take a break from the series of "What keeps Silmaril so ILLITERAL anyway" to briefly comment on the weekend.

Friday evening: Long campus walk garnished with Ingress. Then extremely tasty tacos from the local El Salvadorean pupuseria; I've never tasted their pupusas or anything else on their menu because their tacos are either $2 or $3 each, and frankly, great. I had them as take-out, as I always do, and had wine waiting for me at home.

Saturday: Catching up to Coursera for the first time since before my trip to Turkey in the beginning of August; I had taken a break and not registered for any classes during August and was not late for the first homework deadline for the one serious class I am taking in September, so that worked out nicely. Then I had a voice lesson, which was scheduled to be an hour but went on for closer to 90 minutes because, in my instructor's words, "I didn't want to cut it off, because you're right in the middle of getting this into muscle memory." "This" being how to project with different vowels within a specific part of my register (i.e. a specific note range). It was an extremely tiring, but extremely, extremely productive session, and I'm looking forward to the next class (which will be some time next week). Then I was invited over to Glen Echo for swing dancing by [ profile] turnberryknkn and [ profile] elzkitten; I joined them kind of late (having had dinner with said instructor and his girlfriend first) and had a really, really good time, as I had not been dancing for way too long.

Sunday: I got home past 2 am, therefore Sunday was a slow start. I drove up to Baltimore to help Chort continue the work of packing up his basement in preparation for the sale. Then I came home to work a bit, and after work did some more puttering around on the computer doing organizational things while watching the first few episodes of Leverage, which my mother and sister have been insistently telling me to watch. I do really enjoy it so far, I find.

So it goes.
posted by [syndicated profile] marginallyinsane_feed at 07:10pm on 2014-09-15

Posted by saraelisheva

No, I didn’t make it to shul again, mostly because when I woke up with my MC Hammer alarm, it was absolutely pouring rain.  We’ve been having a lot of “monsoons” lately; last Thursday there were pictures on a local radio station’s website of someone not too far from me out in a canoe in the middle of their street.

Unfortunately, you can’t carry an umbrella on Shabbat, for at least two halachic reasons — first of all, there is no eruv here, which doesn’t much concern me (yet), and also primarily because using an umbrella is considered to be the same as erecting a shelter, and I really wouldn’t want to do something that flagrant.  My raincoat isn’t really adequate for that kind of rain.

Subsequent events on the weekend made it pretty clear that was the right call, anyway, as I’m now sitting at home, theoretically working, with either a bad cold or the early stages of the early flu that’s going around.  On the upside, it’s really hard to do anything that violates Shabbat when you can’t actually stay awake for more than an hour or so at a time…


Rev. Erika Hewitt on her book The Shared Pulpit: A Sermon Seminar for Lay People, available at and why she believes in shared ministry.

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posted by [personal profile] liv at 03:04pm on 2014-09-15 under
I'm a bit nervous that everyone is sick of this topic by now, but we finally finally moved in to our house on Wednesday. details, mainly for my own records )

So Saturday afternoon our friends started arriving for the housewarming. We had about thirty people over the course of the day. P'tite Soeur made amaaaaaaaaazing snacks and a gluten-free orange and almond cake iced with "Woohoo New House". Parents and Granny dropped by briefly and mingled with our friends, and lent us some chairs and plates to help cope with the numbers. Thuggish Poet showed up in the early evening with his new partner. People like [personal profile] doseybat and [ profile] pplfichi and [personal profile] hairyears came all the way from London, and [ profile] ghoti and [personal profile] cjwatson and [ profile] alextfish and [ profile] woodpijn brought their respective small children to run around in the garden. [ profile] atreic and [ profile] emperor showed up straight off the plane from America, which was extremely flattering! [ profile] redaloud, a schoolfriend I've always been fond of but often only manage to see every few years, turned up and I took a break from hosting to hide in a corner and catch up with her properly. I was super-excited to see [personal profile] kaberett briefly between other social commitments; somehow hosting them was what really made me feel like the house was properly warmed. [personal profile] rmc28 and [ profile] fanf arrived later in the evening and kept the partly lively until midnight.

It was exactly a perfect party, really; lots and lots and lots of good conversation, and I feel really loved and appreciated because so many lovely friends were excited to help us warm the house. People have been really positive about my spending more time in Cambridge and it's really doing me a world of good to feel so much part of that social circle. It's pleasing to know that the house works so well for hosting that kind of event, though we'd worried it might be a bit cramped. And we're looking forward to hosting smaller events where we can actually chat to people properly, now that we're not spending all our spare time on moving house and now that we have a home to invite people into.
location: Pumbedita House
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Mood:: 'happy' happy
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 06:46am on 2014-09-15 under
A little after six, I admitted to myself that I wasn't going to get back to sleep.

Nothing in particular. Yes, thinking about recent conversations/events, but that's got things like chewing over how to use what someone suggested yesterday at the fannish pub social about job hunting, and do I want to go to Orycon, and I ought to move Velma's chocolate into the air conditioned bedroom because it's going to be hot again today. Not the sort of brooding that keeps me up, I just couldn't quiet myself enough to sleep again.

So, six hours of sleep, maybe, and that interrupted a couple of times. I had most of the usual caffeine yesterday, though not the optional cup of tea at six-ish, because I was sipping my way slowly through a pint of cider at that point, and didn't think of it. Nor do I think one pint of cider during the afternoon is likely to be responsible for any of this. Hoping this doesn't become a pattern I need to analyze.
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posted by [personal profile] jayblanc at 01:51pm on 2014-09-15
Apparently marathoning through The West Wing is what I do when I'm stuck trying to think of an idea for a new screenplay.
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 04:04am on 2014-09-15 under
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Posted by Monica Roberts

Men's National Team celebrates
Team USA started this basketball business trip at the end of August with a few goals in mind.  They wanted to become only the third nation to win back to back FIBA titles.  They wanted to keep  their winning streak going, and most importantly, qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic basketball tournament.|

But to accomplish all of those goals, they would first nento get to the title game and win it.

That road to the title game started with a what was anticipated to be a tough semifinal matchup with Lithuania.   The USA is 5-1 against Lithuania since 2000, but the loss was in pool play during the 2004 Olympics, and they have been single digit margin wins.

And this semifinal game stayed true to the pattern they had established in this tournament.  They got off to a slow start, an led Lithuania by only seven points at halftime.

USA vs. Lithuania: FIBA World Cup 2014 Semifinal Score and Twitter Reaction\

Then came the third quarter and the 10-0 USA run that broke the game wide open.  They finished with a 33-14 quartet that turned what was a close game into a comfortable 96-68 romp to the FIBA final in Madrid.

With host nation Spain now out of the tournament due to their upset loss to France, they came into Sunday's title game as heavy favorites to walk away with the James Naismith Trophy.

Their opponent was Serbia, who knocked off France in the other semifinal.

Serbia jumped out to a 15-7 first quarter lead before Kyrie Irving shattered and splattered their upset title dreams by personally igniting a 15-0  USA run in which he lit up the Serbians with 15 first quarter points on 6 of 7 shooting and trigger the 9 of 12 three point shoot barrage that blew the game wide open and sent Team USA romping to a 129-92 win.

In addition to completing their tournament run and shutting up the international skeptics with a spotless 9-0 record, they (and the Brazilians as the host nation) get to chill while everyone else in the FIBA Americas Zone tries to qualify for Rio.

They also became the first men's squad to win four straight international B-ball tournaments (2008 and 2012 Olympics, 2010 and 2014 

And what's scary for the rest of the FIBA basketball world to contemplate, we won this title without LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Chris Paul . 

The 2016 Rio Games should be fun to watch.
posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-09-15
September 14th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] marnanel at 08:45pm on 2014-09-14
(first draft of song)

Oh, I was down in Maidstone,
I called at County Hall,
And in the council chamber there's
A handle on the wall.
They said, "Don't touch that lever!"
I asked them what they meant.
They told me, that's the handle
To raise and lower Kent.

Up, up if we pull!
Down, down if we press!
Our goals are Kent's
Controlled ascents
From here to near Sheerness.

We made the airfields higher
To help the Spitfires land.
And when the Normans landed,
We took away the sand.
We built the Channel Tunnel
By using this control,
And if we like, the Medway
Can vanish down a hole.

We've kept this secret weapon
Of ancient Kentish kings,
Who kept Invicta guarded
By mounting it on springs.
When tourists get too rowdy
Then given half a chance
We'll shake the earth beneath them
And bounce them into France.

Posted by Monica Roberts

The September 24-27 dates for the 5th Annual OUT on the Hill Black LGBT leadership summit are rapidly approaching, and there's still time for you to get registered and head to Washington DC for an amazing four days of seminars, panel discussions, policy briefings, movement agenda setting, and conversation about where we are as a community.

Black LGBT leaders and allies from around the country will be there to take part in what has become a highly anticipated event, and the National Black Justice Coalition would love to have you there.

The added bonus for attending OUT on the Hill in addition to interacting with some amazing community leaders is that you are in town and have an opportunity to also participate in the Congressional Black Caucus weekend and own your power at hat event as well..

I've had the pleasure of attending the 2011 and 2012 events, and if you are wishing to make connections with other Black LGBT leaders, this is the conference for you

If you need further information concerning OUT on the hill you can contact NBJC Operations Manager Venton C, Jones, Jr for further assistance..

For further assistance, please contact:
Venton C. Jones Jr.
Events and Operations Manager
National Black Justice Coalition
202-319-1552, ext 101

September 13th, 2014
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 11:00pm on 2014-09-13

Posted by Monica Roberts

There's an old saying in the Black community that goes "'Don't let your mouth write a check your body can't cash."

Fallon Fox's opponent should have heeded that comment before she started flapping her transphobic gums last year.   After letting  those comments fly, she also denigrated Fox's WMMA skills and punctuated it with a desire to battle her in the cage.

Well, Brents got her wish tonight, but it didn't turn out the way she expected. 

After she was all Betty Badass last year, it was put up or shut up time during their Capital City Cage Wars co-main event bout earlier tonight. 

The 'Queen of Swords' made short work of Brents with a dominating display of her WMMA skills and talents that resulted in a first round stoppage of the anticipated fight in Springfield, IL.  

Fox is now 5-1 while Brents is now 2-2

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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 05:48pm on 2014-09-13 under
The short version: no evidence of cancer, yes symptoms of infection, we are giving him fluids.

the long version of Julian's health )
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Did I mention that I joined an art studio? There’s a cool bunch of folks who have a studio called The Comic Book Embassy. It happens to share space with the Comic Book Bootcamp, which is where I did all the most-recent comic book courses I took. At the beginning of the month, I joined the studio to give me a space to focus on my comic-creation.

Early September wasn’t the best time to do that, mind you. I’ve been tied up with the film festival, so I’ve barely had time to do more than just drop in to the studio and take a coupl’a items there. On Tuesday, one of my few nights without a film, I planned to drop some things off at the studio, but I was turned away by the police. They’d blocked off an entire section of Spadina Ave., which is a pretty unusual occurrence. They weren’t letting cars through; they weren’t letting people on the sidewalk; they weren’t letting people at the studio/bootcamp leave the building. This ended up being the subject of Ty’s Bun Toon this week.

At the time of the lockdown, there were numerous news stories about a sighting of people with a sniper rifle on the roof of one of the Spadina buildings. The situation ended around 10pm-ish, with the discovery that some kids were playing parkour and had a toy rifle. Nonetheless, news outlets don’t seem interested in clarifying just how non-threatening the situation was.

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

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posted by [personal profile] jayblanc at 08:51pm on 2014-09-13
Screenplay no.2 completed. Children's Animated Adventure, first draft weighing in at 87 minute pages.

Now I have to start work on a treatment for Screenplay no.3.

I have nothing.

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posted by [personal profile] kareila in [site community profile] dw_dev at 12:14pm on 2014-09-13 under
A few months ago, I started scheduling regular dev chat meetings in an effort to increase awareness of our development efforts and discuss how to deal with common issues we all face in the course of development.

I think a lot of good has come from these chats. However, over the last six weeks or so, participation has fallen way off, and I'm no longer convinced they can continue to serve a useful purpose in their current form.

If it's a scheduling issue, I'm happy to move it around to get more attendance. I've asked before for alternative times and gotten no responses. I had hoped that by scheduling it to occur at the same time every couple of weeks, that would allow people to plan ahead to arrange their availability to attend. If it would work better to poll everyone for a preferred time for each meeting, I can try that for a while.

If it's not a scheduling issue, I'd like to know why more people aren't showing up to participate. It was made clear to me in the discussion here that there was definitely a perceived need for something like this three months ago. Has that need disappeared? Should we be trying to meet it in a different way?

Basically I want to do whatever I can to help facilitate communication in the development community, but I want to make sure my efforts are having the desired effect. Please comment if you have any thoughts on the matter. Thanks.
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 08:32am on 2014-09-13
Apparently accidentally waking up ninety minutes before my alarm does not automatically guarantee I will do anything useful with that time.

This is especially noticeable because there is accidentally a minor crisis of whoops I left my wallet at the school (in my locker, so it's not like it's lost forever or anything, but still) and now I'm gonna lose at least forty-five minutes to "goddamnit, stupid fucking bicycling at early in the morning just to get this stupid thing".

The alternative is going to my root canal later with my passport as ID and a check to pay. I do not think this will be as encouraged.

Also I have a root canal later. Everything is more or less hatred, except that I'm getting a ride home from MajorDomo, because he and 42itous are best and seriously, I don't even understand how they can be so rad and good at adulting. I shall sneak into their house and entertain their child and study them such that I can be pretty rad too someday. I'm sure they'll never notice or figure it out.

At least my policy of "ignore everything even remotely serious or unpleasant" is working very well to get me to not dwell on frustrating shit.

At any rate, there is my alarm telling me I should be awake so I gotta go put on real clothes and gather up something to do on the T (paper grading, then studying for Candidate Class) and eat breakfast so I can be ready to bike off to the school and figure out if I even *can* get in and get my wallet and arrrgggggggsigh.

So that's me. Hope your morning is well.

posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2014-09-13

Posted by Monica Roberts

I posted a while ago about efforts of the trans community in Guyana to overturn the British colonial era anti-crossdressing laws that are used against them, and the legal review that happened as a result of those determined efforts to end the anti-transgender oppression last year

In this video, Sade Richardson tells her story about being trans in Guyana.


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posted by [personal profile] firecat at 07:15pm on 2014-09-12
I am trying to take a course on called The Science of Happiness. But I just did 1/5 of the first week's work and I'm not sure how far I'm going to make it. Here is what I tossed into the discussion forum after reading two articles with an increasing sense of outrage. I'm darned if I'm going to make myself unhappy over a course about happiness.

These are the articles I'm commenting one.

Four Ways Happiness Can Hurt You by June Gruber
Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?" by Jason Marsh & Jill Suttie


The June Gruber article and the Jill Suttie/Jason Marsh article are taking correlations and assuming causal relationships without showing their work. June Gruber's article first.

These statements are contradictory, but no mention is made of this fact.
"too much positive emotion—and too little negative emotion—makes people inflexible in the face of new challenges."

"When feeling happy, we also tend to feel less inhibited and more likely to explore new possibilities and take risks."

"positive emotions like happiness signal to us that our goals are being fulfilled, which enables us to slow down"
This statement does not provide any evidence that pride "leads to" mania instead of being associated with mania or mania causing excessive feelings of pride. Isn't mania understood to have a biological component? If so then it would seem more likely that mania could lead to excess pride than that excess pride could lead to mania.
"when we experience too much pride or pride without genuine merit, it can lead to negative social outcomes, such as aggressiveness towards others, antisocial behavior, and even an increased risk of mood disorders such as mania."
In the context of human behavior, "hardwired" means "biologically or genetically determined" rather than "culturally determined." Americans don't have different genes than people who live in other countries, so it's pretty silly to assert "We seem hardwired to pursue happiness, and this is especially true for Americans."

Why would people who are depressed or who have bipolar disorder be more likely to 'pursue' happiness? Perhaps because their conditions make it more difficult for them to feel happy? Suggesting that their striving is causing their disorders seems like blaming the victim (especially since these conditions usually have a biological component).
"the pursuit of happiness is also associated with serious mental health problems, such as depression and bipolar disorder. It may be that striving for happiness is actually driving some of us crazy."
The final paragraph is written with highly questionable assumptions that constantly creep into self-help and pop psychology articles: that a person has finely detailed control over how and when they experience certain emotions and can therefore create an emotional experience as easily as making an omelette, and that it is necessary to constantly apply this sort of control in order to be "healthy."
"First, it is important to experience happiness in the right amount. Too little happiness is just as problematic as too much. Second, happiness has a time and a place, and one must be mindful about the context or situation in which one experiences happiness. Third, it is important to strike an emotional balance. One cannot experience happiness at the cost or expense of negative emotions, such as sadness or anger or guilt. These are all part of a complex recipe for emotional health and help us attain a more grounded perspective."
Jill Suttie and Jason Marsh's article is not as problematic as Gruber's, but it isn't free of the problem of confusing correlation and causation either.
A recent study by Steven Cole of the UCLA School of Medicine, and Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that people who reported more eudaimonic happiness had stronger immune system function than those who reported more hedonic happiness, suggesting that a life of meaning may be better for our health than a life seeking pleasure.
It must be that pursuing meaning causes better health, because it couldn'tpossibly be the case that people who are healthier find it easier to pursue meaningful activities than people who are having immune system problems all the time.
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Gentle Readers
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volume 2, number 2
11th September 2014: phrase and foible
What I’ve been up to

I've been ill. It was rather worse than it should have been, because I hadn't registered with a new doctor up here yet, and then quite a lot of paper had to fly around giving various people permission to do various things. So I haven't been in a fit state to write this for a week or so, which is frustrating because I had a lot of interesting articles planned. I may start adding in some extra days in order to make up the time.

A poem of mine

I don't intend to die, for I have much to finish first.
But if you plan my funeral, if worst should come to worst,
I want some decent hymns, some "Love Divine"s, and "Guide me, O"s.
Say masses for my soul (for I shall need them, heaven knows),
And ring a muffled quarter-peal, and preach a sermon next
(“Behold, that dreamer cometh” should be given as the text),
Then draw a splendid hatchment up, proclaiming my decease.
And cast me where the lamp-post towers over Parker's Piece
That I may lie for evermore and watch the Cambridge skies...
I'll see you in the Eagle then, and stand you beer and pies.

A picture
"...and not only did he run off in the middle of the night,
he even left a creepy-crawly in the bed for me to find in the morning.
I tell you, that's the last time I go home with Gregor Samsa."

Something wonderful

Sometimes, when I read about people from the past, I wonder what it was like to have a conversation with them. Can you imagine going out to get fish and chips with Carl Linnaeus, for example? You'd be chatting about something, and all of a sudden you'd hear him gasp "Oh, Veronica," so you'd look round and he'd be on his hands and knees saying, "My goodness, a hitherto undiscovered variety of speedwell!" And of course it's rather easier to imagine what Johnson was like to meet socially, since that's how so many of his biographers observed him.

Another such person is a Baptist minister named Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810-1897), the owner of an inquisitive mind, a formidable beard, and one of the strongest things in the world: a good habit. As he read, and he read a great deal, he would write down every question that crossed his mind. When he found the answer, he would write it on the same piece of paper, then file it. You may imagine that paper files formed a large part of his life, and also a large part of his house.

In his mid-twenties, he collected many of these questions together into a popular science manual entitled A Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar. This sold so well that it enabled him to leave Norwich and travel around Europe, investigating and learning. Because the book also brought him into the public eye, he began to receive a great deal of correspondence about questions the book had raised, which nourished his files still further.

He returned to England at the age of forty-six, to begin his greatest work: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Many of the questions he had considered were about mysterious allusions in his reading; what did this phrase mean? or what story was referred to there? He determined to answer as many as possible, in alphabetical order. The job took fourteen years. Even though he was sixty by the time the book was published, he went on to produce a revised edition in 1891 at the age of seventy-four.

It's still in print, and I urge you to find a copy if you can-- it's easily found second-hand. Discovering Brewer enriched my childhood; I would wander through his pages and learn things fascinating enough that it didn't matter how useless the knowledge might be. It often came in useful, though, years later. And Brewer's own touch is on every line: you really can imagine that it would have been much the same to have a chat with him, darting from subject to subject with the dazzling randomness of a dragonfly.

Something from someone else

"Monsieur" here is Francis, duke of Anjou (1555-1584), who had been courting Elizabeth I. They were both interested, but politics is rarely an easy game, and in the end he gave up and went back to France.

by Elizabeth Tudor

I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly to prate.
I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned.
Since from myself another self I turned.

My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,
Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done.
His too familiar care doth make me rue it.
No means I find to rid him from my breast,
Till by the end of things it be suppressed.

Some gentler passion slide into my mind,
For I am soft and made of melting snow;
Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind.
Let me or float or sink, be high or low.
Or let me live with some more sweet content,
Or die, and so forget what love ere meant.

As someone who knew her once said, uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Gentle Readers is published on Mondays and Thursdays, and I want you to share it. The archives are at , and so is a form to get on the mailing list. If you have anything to say or reply, or you want to be added or removed from the mailing list, I’m at and I’d love to hear from you. The newsletter is reader-supported; please pledge something if you can afford to, and please don't if you can't. Love and peace to you all.

September 12th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 07:42pm on 2014-09-12
And all *that* being said, I find myself rather in want of people talking at me. I don't have the emotional energy to serve as a conversational partner just now, I don't really have the wherewithal to respond to things. I would love it (LOVE LOVE LOVE) if people made more livejournal posts or other longform things to tell me how they're doing. As it is, I'll probably venture cautiously onto IM and see if I can properly word a status message.

Really, I want to be invested in people, but I don't want to invest myself at this moment. I want to know what's going on in your life, but reading about it takes a very different feel from talking about it. I don't want people to talk to me, I want them to talk at me.

So have at it. Leave me a comment, tell me something of your life just now. A problem you are working on or a triumph you have earned or whatever. Or hells, better yet, make a post of your own so I can find it on my friends page and smile at the existence of you.

I like my friends.

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I can't not shape myself to your desires, and so I'd really prefer not to even try

Wow wow wow. Okay, so, I don't know that I have a lot to say about this, not really, but look, one of my chief coping mechanisms for every negative emotion ever is to go away for a while. I find hiding spaces like I breathe, and the first time I ever truly loved my sir instead of feeling some degree of interested lust was the first time he ever found me inside one and held me tight and worked his will such that I was able to explain my failings.

(I still have had hiding spaces he did not know. Not used more than maybe once, but I _must_ be able to remove myself if necessary.)

But anyways, the abovestated quote is a really interesting perspective on _why_ I need those spaces alone from all else. I've always had this sense of not wanting to pretend to be happy, and not wanting to make people sad by burdening them with things they can't help with --and yes, I know lots of you are my friends and would cheerfully share those burdens, but that doesn't help when I'm at, say, a dance event and more than half of everyone around is a friendly acquaintance at best. There's no acceptable way to explain to vague members of your social circle why you're covered in tears without fracturing any sense of privacy or maturity.

There are simply not enough socially acceptable explanations for crying that I can lie through all of them, and one of the terrible side effects of being me is I express just about every negative emotion and a very many positive as well with weeping-crying-sobbing. As often as not, it is ugly and self-destroying1, and not something I've any interest in sharing.

I have also known forever and ever, even before I had words for it, that I will absolutely become what you are craving, to the best of my wants and abilities. The clearest note of this is the way my gender will adapt to be the one my desired desires, but in so many other ways, I will strive to give you -and be- what you expect and want. There are limits, of course (I predict I've fucked many fewer people than have wanted to have sexytimes with me), and in moments of negativity -anger, stress, fear, sadness- I will become much more sharply my own self than your projection.

I don't think this is particularly a bad thing. It is a thing to be mindful of, but I suspect it has rather a lot to do with why people seem to like me. I am very good at figuring out --not even consciously, mind-- what you would like, and offering it up to you. So long as the offering does not become sacrifice --and it won't, resentment is a negative emotion and as stated that brings me back to my own sharpness--, it is a good way to be.

But when I go into one of my hiding places, it means that I don't have to pretend to be what you want. You can't have expectations --prediction or obligation-- of me if I'm physically absent. And please don't say that you don't have expectations or that you only want me to be myself, because I've met very few people who don't at least want me to be happy. If you have emotions, I am obliged to share somehow in those emotions, and that's fine, that's brilliant, that's _what humanity is all about_.

If I hide --and make the decision independently to hide-- I am no longer obligated to participate in that humanity, and fuck it, sometimes I really just don't want to! When independent, I don't feel any great need to force myself to be happy. Sometimes it's nice to just sit and examine ones negative emotions.

So yeah. That was much longer than expected, and I have abruptly run out of steam. I feel right now as if I almost can't keep words from falling out of my fingers, but at this precise moment, I've little else to say. Dunno.

I'll be fine, in case anyone was worried for that. I will always always be fine in the end. I'm going to be immortal, after all, and it'd be an utterly foolish idea to fuck that up before I'd even lived out my first century.

~Sorcyress (ged Athe, ged Gaea2)

1: I fell asleep with a monster of a headache last night, the strain of crying too much coupled with physical eyestrain. It made me nauseous, which meant I couldn't eat (eat, I could barely keep down water!) which certainly didn't aid any. It ebbed with morning, of course, as such things are wont to do.

2: I'm not sure why this post wants a priestly signing, but it does, so there, have my major affiliations.
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 06:53pm on 2014-09-12
Boy, being absolutely swamped at work sure does make one forget their heartache. I had maybe twenty minutes of self-pity before my brain not-so-humbly suggested that if I actually wanted to have plans for my students today, I better get 'em done *pronto*. I so look forward to Monday, which seems likely to be a three-classes-three-quizzes day. Yes _please_, something light!

I managed to finish my A2H1 plans with about ten minutes to spare before the first class, used those ten minutes to throw together some actual presentation to frame the AdvMath2 class, and finished the AdvMath powerpoint while my first A2H class was busily working away. And then it was time to go over the A2H work, then hustle off to the next classroom for AdvMath, and after that I had a lovely hour respite in which I learned I'm going to be a para for two more classes (of mostly Spanish speakers, oh my dear gods), walked all the way to the other end of the school and back3 for no good reason, corrected the (minor!) errors I had found in the A2H lesson, filled in the attendance, and managed to read three whole pages of my book before it was time to teach my second A2H class.

After *that* I had two separate students from my A2H classes who didn't understand one whit of the word problem homeworks we've had recently, so I was at school an extra ninety minutes with them working through it all. And once I'd finished there, I felt completely justified in reading my damn book and forgetting about the world, because let's be real, it was an utter relief to be able to actually concentrate on the damn thing without getting distracted by my own real world problems (as happened yesterday afternoon to a sickening degree)

So I finished the novel, and cleared out from school at about six thirty, and it wasn't until I was biking home that I was given the brainspace to consider all the things that are awful about me and mine right now. No, I _really seriously_ don't want to talk about it. I'm not going to disable comments on this post, because I really do try to use that only rarely, but seriously, I haven't written publicly about it or talked to anyone about it, because I _emphatically don't want to_.

I'm doing fine right now, almost irreverent, even. I have a very strict eye to "all rules are suspended, you are on fucking brain vacation young person" (with the exception of my real-life _paying_ duties, alas), which means fantasy novels and quite plausibly ice cream at some point. There may be a visible aurora tonight, and maybe I will go investigate.

I don't have much else to say. Well, not here. My point from this morning stands somewhat, I am bone-achingly lonely right now, but in a way that doesn't remotely benefit from random offers from well meaning friends. I can assure you, if you could provide the precise thing I needed, I would ask for it. While different affections might be wonderfully distracting, distraction is not exactly what I'm looking for right now.

Right now, I just don't have the energy to be existent to anyone other than myself. I can't not shape myself to your desires, and so I'd really prefer not to even try and whoa is that a serious sentence holy shit stop reverberating quite so much, damn words!

I'll make that post next.


1: Algebra 2 Honors
2: Advanced Math
3: And it is not a particularly small school I'm working at. I think from the math wing to Culinary arts is well longer than any point on the third floor of LRHS to the drama room.

PostScript: Yo, dude that has assured me in the past that he does not tell his wife about my LJ posts! Perhaps oddly, I am _way more concerned_ about you telling her about this one than the rest. Everything is fine, I will email her as soon as I am capable, I would just feel weird about her reading my casual reports. Thank you dearheart, and I hope you and yours are well!

Posted by Monica Roberts

Our fave WMMA fighter Fallon Fox will be headed to Springfield, IL to take on Tamikka Brents as a co-main event bout in the Capital City Cage Wars

Should be a fun bout, hope Fallon emerges victorious and looking forward to seeing the video from it.

It's Friday, and y'all know what that means.  It's time to for you to discover what fool, fools or group of fools succumb to me knocking out their hypocrisy,   putting a headlock on their ignorance, dropkicking their arrogance, and putting the submission hold on their stupidity.

Yep people, it's time for this week's edition of the TransGriot Shut Up Fool Awards.

Honorable mention number one is a group award for the Georgia Republican Party.  They are scared to death that Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn on the top of the November ballot will motivate Democratic voters to come to the polls in droves and take away the governor's chair and a US Senate seat from them.  

So what do they do?  Scream about 'voter fraud', racistly complain about Black voters and pull out the GOP voter suppression card.  Did you fools not learn anything from 2012 that the more you try o suppress our votes the higher our turnout grows?     Guess you'll need to learn that lesson again in November.

Honorable mention number two is Joan Rivers, in one final nekulturny parting shot from beyond the grave, left instructions to ban Adele, Chelsea Handler and First Lady Michelle Obama from her funeral. 

Yeah right, I'm sure all three of those ladies are losing sleep over missing your funeral. 

Honorable mention number three to Bill Maher for his Islamophobia.  Yeah, Like fundie Christians and other fundamentalists of all stripes haven't committed acts of terrorism in the name of their faith. 

Honorable mention number four is a group award to FOX Noise for thinking domestic violence is funny.

Honorable mention number five is Mars Hill megachurch founder Marc Driscoll.  He was forced to close several branches of his Washington state based church and take a leave of absence for his anti-woman and anti-gay views.

He caused major controversy that messed with the cash flow of his christobidness by referring to women as 'penis homes'.  Misogyny wrapped in prayer is still misogyny.  

And I'll bet you vote Republican, too. 

Honorable mention number six is Ray Fournier.  The Wake County, NC teacher put his job in jeopardy when he wrote an anti-public education screed in a homeschooling magazine that violated Godwin's Law.  

“I warned them about the spiritual dangers of public education, but sadly they ignored my warning,” he wrote. “It was as if their daughters where [sic] placed inside a spiritual gas chamber. It didn’t take long for the poison to take effect. Within a year’s time, one of them even became a lesbian.”

He apologized, but some parents in the Fuqay-Varina School District are still calling for his resignation or firing.  

Hey Ray here's a thought.  If you don't like teaching in public schools, do the right thing for your students and leave.

Honorable mention number seven goes to Michael Moore, who because he's pissed he isn't deferentially liberal enough for him, opened his mouth to say that history will only remember President Obama as a Black president. 

Naw Mike, history will remember President Obama for saving the auto industry, stopping our freefall into a second Great Depression, ending DADT, ending the Iraq War as promised, passing the Affordable Care Act, ending DADT, being the best POTUS on transgender rights in American history, getting Osama bin Laden, nominating Sonia Sotomayor to the SCOTUS....Did I forget anything?

And he did all that while facing Massive Resistance 2.0 from the Teapublicans 

Honorable mention number eight is a group award for the NFL, for totally making a mess of this Rice domestic violence form the too short suspension to now apparently being caught lying about receiving the more vicious tape of him throwing a punch at his wife that wold have made Mike Tyson proud.

Honorable mention number nine is christopimp James David Manning of the virulently anti-gay ATLAH Missionary Church in Harlem, NY.   He parted his lips to say Michael Sam would be marrying a nine year old  

Nope pastor,I think Mr. Sam's current main squeeze is way older than age nine.

Ben Stein speaks to Fox NewsThis week's Shut up Fool winner is Ben Stein for parting his lips to say this jaw dropping statement on where else, FOX Noise. 

'There was a time, even in my youth … when lynchings of African Americans were not that incredibly rare. Now the lynchings are of the police, and it’s just an outrage!'

WTF? When I start seeing police officers strung up from trees for just minding their own business, then that jacked up racist statement you made will have a sliver of credibility.  

Until then Ben Stein, shut up fool.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 10:14am on 2014-09-12
It's mid-autumn in Alaska, and I realize that sometimes people get a bit tetchy when the seasons change, but Sarah Palin and her family should have better things to do than get into a brawl at a snowmobile party when Sarah's son Track got into a fight with a guy who used to date his sister and Bristol let loose a particularly strong right hook several times. And, oh yes, don't forget the stretch Hummers they arrived in.
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00am on 2014-09-12

Posted by Monica Roberts

Nope, you can't fix stupid, especially when they are willfully ignorant and resist any information that points to them as being wrong.

But you can definitely use the powerful constitutional right you have at your disposal to vote them out.

The next two elections are critical to our nation's future.  You need to planning to run, not walk to your friendly neighborhood polling places on November 4 (or earlier if your state has early voting like Texas does) and cast your ballots.

You can whine, gripe and complain about the state of our political system as of today, but the only thing that will change this sorry state of affairs is the time tested method of taking your behind to the polls and voting in each and every election.

And yeah, I practice what I preach at y'all.  October 20 is circled on my calendar in blue Sharpie ink.

If you don't do it, all those misinformed FOX noise voters will be happy to bumrush the polls and choose your next governors, judges, state reps and state senators, US congressmembers and US senators for you.

If you think voting is a waste of time, better wake up and smell the voter suppression.  There's a reason the Republicans spend millions to ensure that groups they don't want voting against them have a hard time doing so.

And if you don't vote, I don't want to hear a word from you or see one negative syllable you type about social media about how awful your government is.

Nope, you can't fix stupid, but you can ensure it doesn't get the power to write legislation in you city, county, state, judicial benches and our country. . 
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 07:13am on 2014-09-12
I feel as sick today as I ever have, but it doesn't fucking matter because as long as there's nothing _physically_ wrong with me (which there isn't) I still have to go to work and teach my classes.

I don't have time for emotions right now. I certainly don't have time for emotional damage.

I am probably not going to be willing to talk to anyone for a few days.

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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 06:55am on 2014-09-12
Sarah and I, aka Two Of The Last Ten People In America Who Don't Have Smartphones, caved and ordered our iPhones today.

(We were on Verizon, and their data plans were gouging you in the eyeballs and we just didn't care that much. But It Was Time, and thankfully T-Mobile has much cheaper options now.)
posted by [syndicated profile] wapsisquare_feed at 05:00am on 2014-09-12
September 11th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 07:04pm on 2014-09-11 under ,
So, the current weather alerts for Bellevue include a "Volcanic Activity statement" of "resuspended VA due to high winds," and at the end of the statement the assurance that no eruption is occurring.

"VA" turns out to be volcanic ash, not activity. A bit of googling got me a similar report, based on satellite activity, from Alaska last year. That was ash from the 1912 eruption of Katmai: I'd sort of assumed that volcanic ash either washed away, was buried, or became cemented together within a few years. That's not the kind of thing you get in the basic "how a volcano works" explanations, which tend to focus on the time before, during, and right after the eruption. Or, with Mount Saint Helens, discussion of the gradual return of different plants, animals, and other life forms to the area around the volcano, and the formation of a new, small glacier on the mountain.

(Seattleites probably won't have seen that warning: the "cities affected" in this area are all on the East Side, including Renton, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, and Issaquah. Google found the same warning text for Ashland, Oregon, which is covered by a different National Weather Service office.)Seattle and other bits on that side of the lake too, as of Friday morning.



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