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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
11:28 pm
I'm going to close this journal. It's been a long journey, one both painful and rewarding.

My new livejournal name is ephemerita . I'm still working on that journal, prettifying it and so forth, but the name and the framework are there. Over the next few weeks I'll move entirely over to there.

Please add me as a friend. I'll add you back just as soon as I can.

current mood: resolute

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Friday, August 14th, 2009
10:01 pm
Is Cis a Dis?... via lots of awesome people... too tired to do a direct linky... zzz!

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
12:10 am
After around fifteen minutes of Terminator: Salvation, I felt like I should be playing action movie cliché bingo. It was after the giant, missile spewing robot spawned smaller motorbike robots that all dramatic tension finally drained away, save that one vital unanswered question: when is this movie going to end?

One now understands Christian Bale's anger on set, as he plays an extremely serious business John Connor in a script written mostly for laughs. Indeed, few lines have been delivered with such passionate intensity as "when will this be over?" and "we need to find out who did this!"

Unfortunately for us, it was the scriptwriters, although an appropriate punishment might have to wait for them attaining their majority at 16, or at least them emerging giggling from behind the bike shed. Had I, too, been stoned, I might have enjoyed this movie so much more.

As it was, verdict: 2/5 stars. Stick to writing fanfic, Gary Sue.

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Friday, March 20th, 2009
4:00 pm - Mix CD
So. I've finally got around to having this mix CD I made ready to burn copies of and send out.

It's probably a little needlessly complicated, but there's some good music on there. I hope anyone who listens enjoys it!

If you want a copy just comment with your name and address!

Comments are screened so only I get to see them.

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Friday, February 20th, 2009
3:59 pm
When I feel very upset and, for example, tempted to engage with a troll I do stuff like google and try to find my favourite cover of "Creep".

This is why I fucking adore Amanda Palmer. Rocking out on the ukulele = bonus!

I cried even more to this than Bill Bailey's adorable cover which was extra poignant on the DVD as he was at Wembley and wondered a few times on stage what he was doing there. I swear he played a different version live in 2004.

I wish I could see Amanda play her version live.

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009
2:02 am
So. I'm necessarily getting back into cooking again. I was never terribly good at this in the first place, and I've forgotten quite a lot of what I knew.

I'm pretty bad at knowing what to throw in together to make something nice, you know? Simple, inexpensive veggie/pescitarian things. Asking the internet tends to get me complicated recipes that are best cooked for company.

So, I'm asking livejournal! Dear friends, do you have any simple veggie/pescitarian recipes that you like a lot?

Do you have any principles when cooking that avoid the outcome being a sludged mass of contradictory ingredients?

If I don't get some ideas about this I can see at least one experimental cooking disaster occurring. It will happen!

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Friday, January 30th, 2009
12:23 pm
Amazing photography here. Over 20,000 pictures on the site, for free!

Partially linked so I don't lose the address too.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
12:31 pm - I pity the fool who writes their thesis on /b/
An excellent link resource on the ongoing Livejournal SFF writing and cultural appropriation drama is here: rydra_wong .

Being From the Internets, a part of me wonders whether the whole thing took on such grand proportions partially due to the actions of one or more stealthy, skilled, professional trolls, on whatever side. LJ Drama has been down for a while, after all, it seems. It's doubtful that there's been much deliberate troll input, but we'll never know.

Significant sections of the internet do believe in some kind of Troll Bushido (never call a troll on this, though, because the first thing they will do is deny it, and then call you "gay".)

I do think another interesting way to view this might be not simply as a generational gap, but also a difference in how much people identify as being "from the internet" and embrace the numerous tropes and items of cultural baggage that come with this, some of which are ferociously, precociously examined, and some of which are subject to very little scrutiny at all.

I now have this powerful desire to photoshop the :awesome: smiley with inverted mouth and macro-text "We Don't Have A Culture", but that could get me into a lot of trouble with everybody. Or alternately be completely ignored. Anyway, I have a lot of job applications to fill in still. So.

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
10:35 am


current mood: macrotastic

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009
6:27 pm
get off the laptop, cat! this is my mix cd I'm making, not yours!

current mood: selfish

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009
3:11 pm
"It is hard for the atheist to find meaningful prayers" - Guardian's Comment is Free quote

current mood: lol

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
2:13 am
okay, so lots of people are doing an end of 2008 meme! since I am sometimes just awkward for the sake of it, I think I will instead write a little about some of my interests too, because a) they keep changing and b) I think some kind of need some context.

this whole journal thing has been vaguely bothering me recently since I started to post again. a couple things trouble me with it. I do think I shall make another with added pretty at some point when I am feeling genuinely and measuredly creative. also when I find the cable for my camera.

anyway, here goesCollapse )

also, happy new year!

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
5:42 pm - Deciphering Popespeak
Pope calls for an "ecology of man"

Boy, this is confusing! Here I was thinking Christmas was all about celebrating peace, love, and family, but here the pope is telling us that some kinds of thought, behaviour and by extention families are not okay. Also, we should save the rainforests! I'm not so sure how exactly how this will work, as the world population increased by almost 80 million in 2008. Surely we will soon need all the land in the world to feed everyone, and then soon after that we won't be able to feed everyone at all! Seeing as Mr Pope is still against contraception in any and all forms, he must have a pretty good answer to the looming spectre of world overpopulation. Yet he hasn't said anything about what this solution is to anyone! That is how wise he is.

I'm glad he wants to save the rainforests! I am really confused by this speech though. He says that we should "not blur the distinction between male and female". We also need to save the trees! However, some plants are both male and female, or male and female at different times. Some are even more complicated than that! Complexity scares me, but the pope says thinking about all this is bad, so that's ok! This all leaves me with a practical problem, though. How can we tell the queer trees from the normal male and female ones?

Hopefully Mr Pope will come out with another speech soon, so we all know which trees to save and which are damned to hell forever!

"An ecology of man". Wow, he sure likes this phrase! Ecology sure is an awesome word to use. It's seen around a lot these days and is close to all our hearts!

As any ecologist knows, dealing with exploding populations can, unfortunately, require culling. I wonder if this is what Mr Pope meant? He didn't go any further into it, so I guess it remains a mystery!

While he urges us to take on "an ecology of man" he also condemns gender studies. I am confused! If we do not study gender, how are we to tell who the odd people out are? Perhaps we should go for those men over there who seem to be in dresses and who systematically cover up child abuse among their members? To my mind this is pretty odd!

Hmm, no, on consultation it appears that this is incorrect! I guess the only safe thing to do is to ask the pope exactly who we should single out. He is infallible after all!

I guess there are still more questions than answers! I sure hope that soon that Mr Pope will come out with another awesome speech to put our little minds at rest. In the meantime, all we can do is wait! Patience is a virtue!


So how was I at deciphering PopeSpeak? Did I get an A? I sure hope so, I like getting "A"s.

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Friday, December 19th, 2008
2:29 am
Julie Bindel - now so famous there's a whole word named after her!

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
6:53 pm
I can't find my copy of stampax. RAAAAAAGE!

on a happer note I'm really starting to get this kristin hersh thing

what the internet really needs is another fucking video about cats

current mood: same as before +2 beers

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
1:35 am - Cthulu Macros!
http://lolthulhu.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/internet-ya_rlyeh.jpg

it was only a matter of time





PS there's also the lolcat bible

current mood: silly

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
6:54 pm
Reading the papers today, I'm disturbed that the witchhunt over the Baby P case continues. Of course, I think people who can reasonably be held responsible for the child's death should be held to account, and organisational changes should happen to try to reduce the risk of similar cases happening again.

The thing is, all the accounts I have heard from social workers are that it is impossible for them to follow correct procedures due to being massively under-resourced and under staffed. It seems unlikely in the current climate that any recommendations will be made for changed or increased allocation of resources by any of the forthcoming reviews or reports; I rather suspect that they will consider financial considerations outside their remit as a matter for the government of the day. Thus, blame will be apportioned and the whole thing will keep the newspapers busy for many months to come.

This said, a lot about the matter remains confidential, so perhaps there are simple changes that can happen to deliver greatly better care without increased spending. I really cannot definitively say.

What truly concerns me that is while the matter takes up countless column inches, and while workers and officials even tangencially connected face tabloid fury and being scapegoated for wider failings, those directly responsible for many of the problems which led to the "credit crunch" and what is euphimistically called "the current climate" walk away scotch free- many still sitting on fat bonuses.

Make no mistake - recession will indirectly lead to thousands more deaths. Additionally, the effect of Labour pushing massive benefit reforms through in order to please the Daily Mail reading crowd is yet unknown; I suspect it won't be good.

I just think it's staggering when thousands die and millions are displaced due to a war based on a lie; billions are spent on armaments whereas finding and responsibly spending money on reconstruction is far more difficult. Billions of pounds dissappear into the ether over the banking crisis with no-one quite clear on where this money is coming from or where its going. None of these things are anyone's fault, none of them deserve any sort of public enquiry, and basically hopefully they'll all go away if no-one talks or thinks about them too much.

One child dies, with the circumstances blurring between poor procedure, poor judgement, and negligence. Suddenly the whole country is in an uproar, and letters pages and members of parliament won't be satisfied until the people responsible are found, named, shamed, and maybe even nailed to crosses at appropriate intervals along Whitehall. An appropriate number of heads must roll to appease the masses - more than usual due to the larger than customary list of things we're all avoiding thinking about.

I mean, this is how human societies seem to work, and I'm not sure we'll ever do so much better than this. Hopefully incremental change for the better will continue - world life expectancy is more than ever, people are more equal than ever, and society is less violent than it has been in recorded history.

It's just annoying as hell, is all.



(feel free to comment on why what I wrote is wrong and/or terrible, I don't mind)

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3:29 am
It seems like there is such a thing as too many cats. I wouldn't have thought there was, but there you go...

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Monday, November 24th, 2008
3:00 pm - Relevant to the whole Bindel saga?
Friends, I will disown and repudiate any man of my party who attacks with such foul slander and abuse any opponent of any other party; and now I wish to say seriously to all the daily newspapers, to the Republicans, the Democrat, and Socialist parties, that they cannot, month in month out and year in and year out, make the kind of untruthful, of bitter assault that they have made and not expect that brutal, violent natures, or brutal and violent characters, especially when the brutality is accompanied by a not very strong mind; they cannot expect that such natures will be unaffected by it.

- Theodore Roosevelt

"I have just been shot" - speech delivered five minutes after being shot by a would-be assassin



Just thought it was kinda interestin'

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
2:43 am - Julie Bindel/Stonewall Award Protest
Protest against Transphobia and bad journalism!

For those who haven't heard, Guardian journalist Julie Bindel has been shortlisted for an award for journalism by Stonewall, the most prominent LGB rights group in the UK. Stonewall is not a LGBT organisation, despite the Stonewall riots in the US, for which the organisation is named, being started by a transwoman.

The protest is being held outside the award ceremony to challenge Stonewall's inclusion of a journalist whose oft-repeated views embody Stonewall's own published description of Transphobia.

Julie Bindel has been a feminist activist for a long time, and accomplished a great deal for women.* Conversely, in recent years she has had many vituperatively anti-trans articles published in the Guardian. Some of these articles were included within the criteria for the Stonewall award shortlist and appear to have contributed towards her inclusion.

Not all are available online, however This and This are two of her past articles that are. They are fairly representative, perhaps a touch mild.

It is difficult to summarise Julie's statements as they are sometimes contradictory.
One position she holds solidly is that transpeople are deluded in our entire identity, and that we should not be treated on the NHS save for "talking therapy".

"Talking therapy", otherwise known as reparative therapy, is notoriously unsuccessful in turning gay people straight and convincing transpeople they are "deluded". Scientific studies have shown that detransitions are rare and that reparative therapy for gay people is ineffective.

Julie has also gone to great lengths to stereotype transwomen as masculine, aggressive, ugly, ridiculous, and objects of deserved derision and ostracism. She typifies all transmen as frustrated lesbians.

While Julie's arguments are so frequently discredited it might seem that the best thing is to ignore her, these same arguments are repeated and cited in many cases of anti-trans discrimination, such as the forced exclusion of transwomen from the female toilets at London Pride 2008. The media and Stonewall treat Julie's articles as serious journalism, and thus everyone is compelled to.

LGBT people, friends and allies all welcome to come and show support. Please circulate this if you feel able.


Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Outside the Victoria & Albert Museum (Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL - nearest Tube South Kensington)



*Although her track record on sex work issues is a whole other debate; I totally don't agree with her views on it either.

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