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Converse All-Stars Chuck Taylors are not cool anymore. They are just as 'hep' as air fucking jordons. Nike moved all manufacturing to Asia, and the very last sneaker made in the US? Fucking Converse All Stars, and I think they were union too, but I'd have to find my last pair to check. So when Nike bought them? Now they're fucking nothing, just Nike shoes, so fuck off. You're all too damn young to be thinking they're cool anyway, fogies like me wore them in high school. If you're still thinking shit I did in high school was cool, you really need some updating.

Ok, some early 80s stuff is now back, we had to make our own skinny jeans back in the day! Are Chippewas cool again?  I am probably the most unfashionable person ever, but I'd love to be able to dress like I did in 1982-3.

Also, good advice from Mr Waits: Never drive a car when you're dead.

Yes, I'm hopeless, thank you.

Do you know how often that happens? All the fucking time! Every day, I forgot the exact number but I found it once. Probably in the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics. So if you shoot more than two people that's a mass shooting. If you look at the mass shootings, guess what? Yup, lots of them start out as 'domestic' and I remember a couple that were stalking situations. What we have here is entitlement and guns! Ok, this is the first time I've seen something in a print medium, something more than a personal blog or in a feminist blog, saying it. In the Stranger, which is based in Seattle, there's an article on the link between the two. Hell, I read about this crap in Gift of Fear and a book by an old timey FBI profiler. He had some sexist attitudes but they noticed this fact. I wonder how many people have to die until someone does something about it? Or maybe how many 'innocent' people, ie not the woman who brought it on herself, or possibly innocent middle-class or white people have to die? Bitter, me?

This is a link to huffpo, which I hate, but this guy so got every damn point! He didn't leave any wiggle room. Not that he won't get the same old stupidities and arguments in response but I loved the way he just said No, we're not talking about that, or that, or that, this is bad, and we aren't going off on a tangent or let you minimize what this is. Linking Mr Smooth in the process of course. I really liked that he took the stuff about women and put it along side the race stuff, showing the parallels. I know a lot of my consciousness raising about race came from reading feminist blogs and realizing that every thing going through my head saying "it's not racist because..." was the same as the people saying "this isn't sexist because..." That was an amazing experience, as a person who grew up in Berkeley especially.

And I just clicked a link on the J. Smooth video to his video about why Polanski is an evil fucking rapist and no one should ever try and cover for him. Wow. I adore Mr J. Smooth.

And boy, someone sure added to the Cognitive Dysfunction section:

Many patients experience cognitive dysfunction[6] (known as "fibrofog"), which may be characterized by impaired concentration,[25] problems with short[7][25] and long-term memory, short-term memory consolidation,[7] impaired speed of performance,[7][25] inability to multi-task, cognitive overload,[7][25] and diminished attention span. Fibromyalgia is often associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms.[7]

Not even sure what all of those mean, and they don't mention aphasia, which I know fibro people get but boy do I get the ones I know and the ones I don't are evocative. Add all that to what happens with migraines!

This is a really good description of the phases of a migarine, and it puts in a lot of things that we knew about but didn't think doctors had noticed yet. The postdrome I liked especially, I'd been telling people about a migraine hangover for years. (Alcohol hangovers are basically migraines according to my neurologist):

Many people mention feeling “hung-over” after a Migraine. This is often actually part of the Migraine, the postdrome. Most Migraineurs have some symptoms after the headache phase, symptoms that may last hours or even a couple of days.

Postdrome symptoms may include:

lowered intellect levels
lowered mood levels, especially depression, or feelings of well-being and euphoria
poor concentration and comprehension

Ok, so I've had a headache for 20 years or so, it gets pretty bad maybe once a month and that's when I really notice the phases. The question is, how do I function at all?

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From ginmar:

editrx's situation has gone from bad to worse. She's now facing foreclosure in thirty days. 30 DAYS. And I'm late with this, too.

Spread this around and go read her posts. She's dealing with chronic illness, the dental problems, and now this. There's something hinky going on with the account she had her money in, so.....it's even worse than I put into words.

Boost it.

Please boost it!

I believe she may be offering professional editing services among other things.

Linked by Slacktavist, this blog is by one of the founders of No Longer Quivering, a site for the people recovering from damage done by the Quiverfull movement. The post is mostly about how un-christian the people who were doing the Chick-Fil-A's support day were. But the comments, ech! So in reply mostly to this guy R.C. I said:

Is that a rule here, Becky? Because I read the explanations, and no, they didn't change my mind. They also seemed self-serving and factually wrong on many points. I don't agree to disagree. They have the right to express themselves without interference from the government, and they have whatever rights the blogger grants them here, but they don't have a right to not have others express their public opinions about what they said publicly.

You cannot hate the sin and love the sinner, you cannot be against marriage equality and think you're not being hateful to those whose rights you are trying to take away. And R.C. can pretend it's not about the gay thing all he wants, but it is. The backlash against the "haughty self-righteous censorious oppressive dweebs" came before any of the politicians said anything, amazing how that works. And R.C., if you do actually want to convince other people of the rightness of your views, rather than grandstanding for your fellow travelers, calling them names is not the best way to do it.

As an atheist I'm always surprised by those saying they have traditional Christian viewpoints that say they are against equal marriage rights. Because first off, biblical marriage was definitely not "one man, one woman," it was one man, and however many women he can accumulate/support. Which means the Mormons got it right, initially. And if you want to be 'traditional' to the Christian church, you wouldn't have anything to do with a priest or other official of a church for your marriage at all. It wasn't until the 15th century that the church got involved in weddings, and that was mostly priests looking for a new revenue stream after some of the other 'traditional' ones were removed. For some time before that people got married in the Church porch but that was more a place that's centrally located than anything religious.

I think I will post it anyway, isn't that inflammatory, I think, it's just stating the obvious.

I've been commenting all over the places lately, and today I had two teeth out. Most of the day was "I'm in too much pain to commit suicide but just let it let up a bit.." but after I finally took some ibuprofen (not supposed to take it first day because of bleeding) I got all frolicsome and happy, which led to more commenting :) So if I disappear again, it's probably a teeth problem. Five stitches, one tooth came out clean, other one broke and had to have the roots each taken out separately. And when I was trying to get the swelling of my cheek down with ice packs touching the ice packs to my face hurt, just holding them barely touching was intolerable. But Ibuprofen is a gift of the gods and hopefully will not desert me so I can come back and be frolicsome all over everybody elses ljs!

I'm down to 8 teeth on the top, two more are in danger! Taking bets now on which is next to go...

And thank you every Californian who voted for Ahnuld and voted republican for the legislator. Medicaid will only cover emergency visits and extractions. No fillings to save the salvageable teeth and no help getting fake teeth we'd like to have to chew with. There was pretty comprehensive dental care before Ahnuld and now that and everything else is getting chipped away. I think Jerry Brown thinks it will scare people when he cuts things like in-home health care for the disabled and elderly but he doesn't seem to realize people who want to cut those things *don'* *care*.

Slacktivist has a post up about good fathers in literature, starting of course with Atticus Finch. And of course I had to add a few to the actually large number of people to say Sam Vimes. Of course with some of you can quibble, since you know this stuff as well or possibly better :)

Of course Sam Vimes, he can teach him to walk, he's good at that, having just been a father figure to himself in that book (Nightwatch). Carrot's adoptive parents, I can't remember if we know which was which(Guards! Guards!). Susan's father, Mort, Susan's grandfather, Ysabel's adoptive father, Death(Mort to start for Death, Soul Music to start for Mort). I think Esk's dad (Equal Rites) was a good dad in a hard situation.

You could make an argument that Count Magpyr (Carpe Jugulam) was a good father, in that he seemed to care about his kids but they don't seem to think so. Emberella's father (Witches Abroad) does his best, at least after his death, you get the feeling he wasn't quite that good a person before it. Oh, speaking about dead fathers, I suppose that the dead King in Wyrd Sisters also tries his best after his death. On the Discworld your thinking tends to be clearer after you die, at least for ghosts, and some zombies.

Oh, how could I forget, Tiffany's dad in the Tiffany Aching books (first one is Wee Free Men). And I just reread Nation (non-Discworld, alternate Victorian South Seas), which I love, and is the only Pratchett my mom and aunt have managed to like. I think Daphne's father is wonderful but flawed for good reason dad, he took her to meetings of the Royal Society as a kid! How cool is that?

Ok, I'll stop now, there's too many books, and I think they probably all, after the first few, have evidence of both good and bad fathering in them, but to say I think Terry Pratchett is probably a good dad. Only evidence I have is how little he let anyone on alt.fan.pratchett talk about her, and that she seems to have turned out to be an independent and interesting woman.

And then I had to quibble about Diana Wynne Jones, because her parents are very very rarely simply one thing, like good, especially good, actually.

Oh, and Diana Wynne Jones. The parents in her books are usually flawed in some way, and sometimes the growing up for kid is realizing that they are flawed but either they had good intentions and tried or decide that they were terrible parents and try and find some other way of dealing with things. Archer's Goon is pretty graphically that way, you have an instance where he realizes his dad is a passenger and content to be carried along and some other stuff, but then a few pages later his dad does something good and he comes to a conclusion that his parents are a mix of good and bad.

But some of the parents are just plain *bad* as parents, or even as people. Christopher Chant's parents are both bad parents, but seem to be weak but ok people if they aren't being ambitious.

One of the worst fathers is Himself in Time of the Ghost, he and their mother neglect the kids almost to the point of malnourishment and when he does notice them it's with anger, and hitting and calling them bitches, etc. What's interesting is this book is the most autobiographical of them all, her parents raised her and her sisters that way. At some point in her early adolescence her grandmother took custody of them, which may have saved their sanity. So I don't think you're going to find a thoroughly good father in a Diana Wynne Jones book, though there's a lot that try hard and do love their children.

If you're interested there's an autobiographical essay at her offical page and she also talks about being evacuated during WWII to a house near Arthur Ransome, and how he hated children. How her sister at age four or so got yelled at by Beatrix Potter for swinging on her gate. And when she went to Oxford: "However, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were both
lecturing then, Lewis booming to crowded halls and Tolkien mumbling to
me and three others."

Someone on Slacktavist's latest Left Behind post comment thread mentioned that the people who didn't live through the cold war seem to be using a zombie apocalypse to plan for the end of the world. That's an interesting idea. I was always one of the 'oh thank god I live on a ground zero so I won't survive' types, but I think most people used to think of what they'd do. I think my seminal and most effecting book I read about post-nuclear war was Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien. I think I read it when I was about 11 and it's still haunting. As an aside, the Silver Crown also by him is wonderful too. He's the guy who wrote the Rats of Nimh.

I like zombie books so far, haven't read a huge amount. Max Brooks is just great, thought through everything, it seems and so very human. Feed was what I voted for for the Hugo last year, but the second one disappointed me, third is better, but not Feed. Those are post-apocalypse where they can't kill off all the zombies, at least not yet, so slightly different thought process.

And I loved Shaun of the Dead. I had several people who I thought would love the movie refuse to watch it because it's zombies, and they don't like zombies, one is old enough for the cold war, but the other three aren't so doesn't work there. All four were women, but so am I. I tend to see zombies as fun, funny, and an intellectual exercise. You know the rules, or you find them out, then you plan how to get out or protect yourself and whoever you find around. But zombies are slow, and totally brainless, so not like most other horror monsters. Hmm, in a way maybe they're our reaction to the Tea Party/Fox News crowd.

Not that anyone keeps any rules I can see these days for vampires, weres, and ghosts. Playing with them is fine, and you can even find a folklore that has different kinds of all of them, (Terry Pratchett has a rundown of a bunch in Carpe Jugulum including a vampire watermelon) but somehow just making them up out of whole cloth and calling them 'vampires' and of course I'm mostly talking about Twilight, is very annoying. I never liked the Anne Rice stuff either though, I wasn't fascinated by them and getting past the first book the BDSM stuff becomes more and more obvious and annoying to me. Just not my thing. But the romanticizing of vampires is what really annoyed me. And now the total 'My boyfriend the supernatural monster' fad just flabbergasts me. I know there are probably a lot of really good books in there, but come on! It tends to feel like 'Oh, I can make him better! If I just love him enough he'll change' and we know how that does not work. I haven't finished The Vampyre by Polidori but you know who the vampire is, and you can't get more actually Romantic than that. And almost every other vampire since first movie Dracula (not Nosferatu!) is a Byronic hero without anyone seeming to know what that means.

This is all stream of consciousness and late at night and I should go to bed but I think I'll post it just so I post something :)

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And in case anyone else was interested I added another picture to the last post, I added one of me smiling as rone requested and with long hair in case anyone wanted to see that. It didn't look that good very often :)

I mostly kept it long because not getting it cut and keeping it in ponytails was easier but the cut and color cheered me up so much this time maybe I'll keep doing it. The more I make my sister cut it the better she'll get :) We've got enough purple to last for a year, I wonder if I'll get interested in doing permanent colors now that it's short again. Permanent isn't so much fun on long hair, takes way too long to grow out. And really, semi-permanent doesn't ever come all the way out.

I do like very light blond (mine will not go all the way to white, well, yet) and dark roots. And then there's the good old Audacious Red from the Clariol Torrids line, they don't call them that anymore but they do have a color conversion chart to the new color names.

When I was wandering around Quincy on Wednesday (wearing this t-shirt I got for my birthday from my sis) I had one person say they thought it made me look younger, which may be true, I think long hair can age a person a bit, and one person who just sounded astounded that she thought purple hair looked good on me :) And two older women who, even though we were alone, told me very quietly they loved it and wished they had the guts, I told 'em where I got it and that it washes out :)I think I do look good in purple. And also Audacious red, Bombshell beige, bleached till it's breaking off, with a little laundry bluing to keep it from yellowing, and dead black, blue black, and as black as I can get it, and with stripes down the sides in various colors.

That was my first one, the stripes down the sides in a black ground. I think pink, then purple. Can't do blue on yellow hair because as soon as you wash it it's green and green was passe when I was doing it, must have been 1981. Got a lot of "looks like a Rams' helmet!" "and you got a skunk on your head!" well and superfreak and a few others :) Didn't realize I was supposed to be offended by those till quite a lot later.

I think I may have a fever, I'm sticking with that if this makes no sense. That and the not enough sleep one. Have that one going for the last week almost.

As soon as I figure out how to do the cut, pictures of the Occupy Quincy when it first started last fall. And pictures of me with my new purple hair.
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So it's from here and this in the comments:

Your overly simplistic analysis of the situation and mischaracterizations of several of these issues are harmful to the “re-imagining of Christianity”, not helpful.

1) You raise the issue of women and silence in churches as your first point of contention, yet in my 32 years of churchgoing, have never encountered or heard of such a thing. Can something that is such a rarity, such a fringe position, really constitute the opening thrust of your argument?

2) The screed on contraception shows a stunning lack of scientific knowledge as to the many negative side effects of such drugs. Take, for instance the fact that smoking and using a birth control pill increases your chance of getting cancer 35 times. Then there are the harmful consequences the EPA has reported on fish and frog populations, and which doctors have documented in regard to depression, infertility, and breast cancer. Such ignorance is ironic given the intellectual high-horse you claim to be riding.

3) You briefly allude to the correction (which you call a “smack down”) the Vatican has required of a small group of nuns. Study the document. It is one specific group being required to change, and the changes required are because they have taken a course that is contrary to the long-held moral teachings of the Church. They are a minority, not the majority of women–or even Catholic religious women–by any means.

Ms. Merritt, please take the time to research and properly present various positions rather than making deliberately inflammatory and divisive stereotyped statements. A pastor should seek unity under the truth of Christ, not division.

And some kinds of condescending asshole really annoy me so I go:

Well, I can see you've got the party line down! Good student that you are. Have you read the insert that come with the pills? 'Cause you forgot some of the best stuff! And smoking is always warned against and the pill is rarely prescribed to smokers, because it enhances the risk of blood clots. The reason you have EPA authored info in that pamphlet from your bishop is they monitor things like the effects of estrogen in the water and environment. But sad to say most of that estrogen is not coming from the urine of women taking the pill (and hormone replacement! Forgot that one didn't you! Same stuff! But since the women are no longer able to be forced to give birth, you don't care about them anymore) it's from things like pesticides and other forms of pollutants. Of course there are a lot of estrogens in natural sources like yams and soy beans. But the rest of the information they gave you is either flat out wrong or exaggerated, but nice to see you're not flat out saying abortion causes breast cancer! Well done! As for these other gentleman not caring about women? They have this strange idea we have enough intelligence to make our own decisions about what to put in our own bodies. For which they don't get a cookie because that's the baseline of decent human being in my world. I'd give 'em a cookie for being good writers were they close enough however.

So putting a man at the head of what was always a self-governed organization of women religious and telling them they had to stop helping the sick, the poor, the homeless, and get back to the true gospel as preached by Jesus of Nazareth of talking about abortion, homosexuals and women not being priests, i.e. not speaking in Church as mentioned in 1 Timothy. Man, those feminazis! Helping the poor, feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoner, giving away one coat when they had two, doing to the least of these. Can't get those nuns to do anything right without a man standing over them!

And boy, yeah, the Vatican can't get after those rapist priests! There are so many priests! But, boy, deviate from the new missal at mass, and you're out! Mention those forbidden subjects in a newspaper (this was in Ireland) and get rebuked *right* away. But baby rapers? Move 'em fifty miles down the highway to a new fresh set of kids. Monitor? It wasn't about monitoring, they were told, up and down the line, they were told what was going on and didn't do a thing to stop it, just to hide it. And they're still victim blaming.

And no, I'm not anti-Catholic, I'm anti-American Bishops, I'm anti-the present pope, I'm generally anti-Vatican but most Catholics I've met are people just like people. One of my mom's oldest and best friends is a Jesuit. And I adore him. But using power to aggrandize oneself and to harm others, to hide behind religion in order to do so? That's evil in my book. If you'd been an American evangelical I'd have had the same objections, except about the nuns, they don't have nuns.

Actually nuns are kinda the point, the only women you allow to work for the church you basically neuter in power, in money, you make them give up family and life and previously, their names before you'll allow them to be part of what you think is God's glory on earth. How scared are you of women?

Reverend Merritt, if I've gone too far, or made comments you dislike feel free to delete this.

And I didn't go look things up, I'm bad, I just... read all this stuff all over the place so recently, it's like if you haven't seen it you haven't been around, or are a lying asshole, I go with lying asshole, he's got at least one more condescending comment too. Second to last paragraph just appeared but as a believer in womb envy, makes perfect sense. Oh, I used some of my best friends are priests! Sorry about that.

So it seems there was a branch of US Bank on the UC Davis campus, (which seems a bit weird to me) and since banks are profiting from the rise in tuition fees some of them Occupy types decided to sit-in. They seem to have closed it down too. So now the administration of UC Davis, the ones who ordered pepper spray on some of these same Occupyers and the ones who are being sued by the ACLU on behalf of some of these Occupyers, have asked the DA to bring charges. There's 11 students and one professor, one charge of conspiracy and twenty of obstructing movement in a public place each (that sounds like one passed to move homeless along and not constitutional). If they're convicted that's 11 years in prison and up to one million dollars in damages each. This sounds nasty to me, and it sounds like prior restraint on speech but I may have just been watching too much Law and Order and it could just be harassment or something, but it's still nasty.

Here's a nice petition, an article on alternet. And pass it around to anyone who might be interested. No video for it to go viral with though.

And since he didn't seem to sleep much this is a wholly good thing :) Here's a slightly closer-up cell phone picture of Shadow (mini-rant: Little dogs need dignified names!):


And people talking in the comments about Islam and Christianity used to oppress women in various ways in the comments and I get to this one:

you’re not facing the facts on the ground, nowhere in Christianity are women or anyone else being abused like they are under Islam. Yes there are bad people who claim to be Christian, but what we are talking about here is government sanctioned abuse torture and discrimination. There is no real comparison between Islam and Christianity. Why can’t we just say the truth?

And a bunch of people said a bunch of great things and that comment was 7 days ago and there's already 1660 comments so I shall just post my reply here:

Have you ever heard of the Quiverfull movement? How 'bout the fundementalist offshoots of the Church of Latter-Day Saints?

There are *lots* of Christians that do awful things to women and children in the name of religion. In the US this is not state sanctioned, usually, but in some places the local governments do sure turn a blind eye!

How 'bout that judge in Texas who beat his daughter with a belt? Not a rape or a killing or a genital mutilation, but it was done with the excuse of the Bible and he also abused his wife because the Bible told him to. You may not interpret the Bible the way they do, but don't hide your head in the sand, horrible things happen every minute of the day under the banner of Christianity.

Hey, I know, Catholic clergy abusing children and the heirarchy of the church covering it up and letting the perpetrators go to places with fresh children to abuse. And you're not saying the Catholic Church isn't Christian?

And we bring it back around to Islam and the Crusades! In order to keep the rich violent men of Europe from destroying the rest of the wealth and people in Europe in petty wars, the Pope invents a reason for them to go kill people who aren't European (and white) and Christians!

And you know what? A lot of the abuses mentioned in this article are not from the religion, they are cultural from the region, that's why you get genital mutilation in North Africa but not Saudi Arabia, and you get some kinds of sequestration of women in Saudi Arabia that you don't in other parts of the world where Islam is practiced, because it comes from the culture, not the religion. Kind of like how Christianity is practice differently in different parts of the world.

Christianity has and still does horrible things, especially to women and children, and as long as someone interprets the Bible as saying women are not equal to men, it will continue.

And if I wanted to post I should double check some of that and put in links and you know, all that stuff, in my own journal I can just say shit :) But wouldn't have to check about the Quiverfullians and the FLDS.

Been listening to Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer to get to sleep (why yes, I do have weird comfort listening), and wow. I've read it several times but I seem to soften the edges of the modern polygynous stuff in memory somehow. Basically? Sherri Tepper didn't exagerate. Marriage of 14 year old girls to men in their forties to eighties was de riguer and boy children raping girl children, just like daddy done. And because of all this marrying they're almost always related, some by blood. What Tepper did in Women's Country at least is take it to an extreme conclusion, not sure the genetics or the no wives for the young men would happen like that, but the premise? Happening right now.

I love the bit in Grass where they've taken the baptizing people against their will to a blood sample and just a computer saying their name, not even anyone necessarily listening. And filling out a form saying you don't want to be baptized just makes them send someone out to get your blood sample. Took me a while to find out what that was though, didn't know what Mormons were about first few times I read it. Tepper was regional director for Planned Parenthood in Colorado for a long time, must have run into a lot of ugly.

I'm always surprised that the place in Canada is still there, well they might have got cracked down on by now, I have to check, and yes, still there! I read these things and they conclude with stuff like "well, we should decide whether polygamy is really illegal" and I think, no, not the point, the rape, the incest, the violence, that's the point.

And it's *Texas* that finally managed to do something about the Colorado City branch? And why do crazy Mormons go straight to the polygyny? There's other stuff you can do! Not thinking of anything *right* this minute, but hey. The story Krakauer uses as the jumping off point is actually about a murder of a sister-in-law and niece, but the sister-in-law was helping the other sisters-in-law resist the polygyny.

And now I should go to bed, I have this black dog to sleep with, we'll see how that goes! Hopefully someone's owner will call the pound tomorrow. You can call the sheriff's department in the town on weekends to report such things, but sometimes it seems we're the only ones who know that.

Tl;dr: Skip to the bottom for the picture of the found dog, and help us find his people!

I already did this on Facebook, hate facebook, but then this is the kind of thing it may be good for except I don't know all that many people who actually live here and I've texted those :) So here it is:

We found a small black dog, probably a chihuahua mix, bigger and a bit longer than a chihuahua, he's not fixed, seems very young, *very* skittish, which makes me wonder how long he's been out. Can't tell if he's been out alone for a while or he's naturally skittish(and naturally boney) and let to wander, this is wandering dog neighborhood. We're right on the edge of town, if you were to look at East Quincy on Google Maps you'd see how wild and for how far. We're near the intersection of Mansell and 3rd Street. We don't let ours out to wander at night, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, not really good for small dogs. Also deer, our pug thought the deer was trying to play with him when it was trying to crush his skull with its front hooves, well it did look like a dog play position!

So, small black dog, he was very thirsty, which is why he ended up in our yard, that and he followed one of ours who wasn't supposed to get out. We don't leave water outside of the fence to get them back in when they run. Also mosquitoes. We have neighbors who threatened to kill our dogs if they found one shitting in their yard so we had to build a fence. BAH! So now we can't let ours wander at all anymore. Even though everyone else does.

Ok, so if anyone knows anyone who lives in Quincy, California, or Plumas County, or anyone knows anyone who knows anyone, who might know this dog? He's a sweetheart when not being a horny idiot or terrified :) I'm calling him Perdito as the masculine for of Perdita, I have no idea if there is a masculine form of Perdita but I like it.

I could explain why I'm particularly wiggy (and wiggy is too a word!) but since I think I sound like an idiot in most of my comments and posts, why ruin my reputation for idiocy or wiggyness? :) Oh, and pictures, I have some cell phone pictures, let me send one to myself. And then the battery dies, and then it doesn't want to send... I love cell phones except when I hate them. I, who was the original computer geek for most of my family, come very late to cell phones, and I much prefer texting to talking on them, and I really get pissed off about coverage and how no one seems to understand it. And I have the usual old fogey complaint about no background noise so you can't tell you're still connected. And fogey is also a real word and I'm pretty damn sure I'm spelling it right. And so much for the better picture, you're getting the bad one that I put on Facebook, should still be enough for whoever lost him though. That was from when we couldn't get within ten feet of him and he barked at us if we stood up. He's a seriously beautiful and sweet boy but we already have six small dogs we share amongst four of us and they are not going to let me keep him.

Actually, they're not just flowering cherries, they actually get cherries, but the birds always beat us to them.

It didn't really belong there, so I shall post it here, try not to faint!

Why oh why is pdf standard for anything??? It's Adobe! Adobe makes slow things! I know for certain applications Adobe's great, this photoshop I hear about seems the bee's knees for making women look like Barbie dolls and things of that sort, and I suppose the piece of software I used in the early 90s on a Mac SE 30 might have been good for making posters/flyers etc but it was soooo slow! It opened slowly, everything I did was slow... and then pdfs? You couldn't alter them, they opened slowly, couldn't search them (back in the day), you have to update the damn reader every few months (until I found an alternative at which point life was grand! Foxit Reader if anyone cares) but for most things people use them for, ie not setting up manuscripts to be printed that have graphics in them, it's terrible! Ok, maybe this is just me, but I hate hate hate pdfs. If it's text, give me a text file, academic paper? Hey! that's what the web was invented for! have an .html file! Figures? maybe a spreadsheet? But a pdf? *sob*

So I ran across a Chad Mitchell Trio song I didn't know, a combination of Johnny Comes Marching Home and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye. And friend and I were showing other other versions, he gave me Captain Tractor and Dropkick Murphys and I showed him the first I heard, Clancy Brothers. And so we read the Wikipedia page and then I switched to Johnny Came Marching Home because it seemed weird someone would use the anti-war song tune for a seemingly pro-war song. Seems like the civil war troops were using it as a "we hope we get home at all" kind of song though. Anyway, in the long, long, Popular Culture (after 1950) section I find a Malvina Reynolds song I don't remember (Mom, you are really falling down on the job here!). Called The Judge Said. And so I youtube it and boy! Great song! According to the comments it's true, and it worked, the judge was beaten and never held office again. Oh, for the glory days of feminism in the 70s!

I thought that was oh, unconstitutional? Possibly they don't know that we consider the Declaration part of our law too?


I am incoherent with rage, so have ginmar, she writes better than me anyway.

I have yet to look closely at the available books but the ones I see are lovely and some big name authors there.


"Foreclosure and Cross-Country Moving - Book Sale
This is a difficult post for me to write, since I am once again asking for help.

But... I'll try to make it short and only bittersweet.

As many of you know, I am losing my home to foreclosure. (Some of the almost-unbelievable hellish details of these past 4 years can be seen here.)

Because I cannot afford the cost of living here, in June, I am moving from Los Angeles, California to a small town in Vermont...

... driving in a rickety ancient jeep with my cancer survivor mother and four old sick animals (2 cats, 2 dogs -- one dog is diabetic and needs insulin injections twice a day), all the way, cross-country...

... leaving most of the furniture behind, while bringing only the art and the Norilana Books computer office equipment and business files, and the most important beloved books....

... losing my health insurance -- and of course this is happening at a time when I need surgery.

Yes, I realize that people all across the world are in dire circumstances for various horrendous reasons. So all I can ask is very little -- just very basic and easy help from you:

1. Please re-post or LINK to this on your own blog or website. Basically, I am asking you to spread the word. That's possibly the single most important thing you can do to help me.

2. If you can afford it, buy a Norilana book -- ANY BOOK. That means in any edition (paper print or ebook), by any author. There are hundreds of titles for you to chose from, in a variety of editions."

I just thought I'd post this url, in case anyone wanted some ammo. I must say good for Steve Jobs and the other two down there with a dollar, since I'm a very anti-apple person, and especially Jobs.

Nice to see it in the MainStreamMedia too.

Originally posted this as a comment to a post of ginmar's. Got so linky I wanted to test them first. Well, and I love those songs :)

I went looking for Weavers/Pete Seeger songs and ran into some of my all time favorites: Solidarity Forever, Talking Union, Which Side Are You On?, Union Maid, and We Shall Over Come was originally a Union song. Then I happened on Malvina Reynolds, who I loved as a kid, she was living in the Bay Area then. Most people remember her for Little Boxes now used as the theme for Weeds but she had other songs, and she had a sarcastic tongue. My favorite is probably It Isn't Nice which I want to filk to a feminist song. It's not Union, it's general protest but I love it. Not quite sure where I was going with this but wanted to remind people of those songs, such powerful songs.

Ok, do you like this one better?

ETA: I didn't know what post they had revised and updated till after I posted that here, so hopefully your objections are answered here? I haven't looked in the comments yet.


In the interest of spreading calm and reason, here's an explanation of what happened at the Japanese nuclear power plants.

I'm playing with a widget from Grooveshark, I have a feeling it won't work on lj, but will put it behind the cut in case it works in a way that breaks someone's friends list.

ETA: It seems to work! Right now it just has a huge amount of Mumford & Sons (easier to just copy and try and edit someone else's list) but I plan to add more. I wonder what the catch is.

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I've been painting this fish off and on for three or four years, mostly off of course.

This is one of those annoying fish that sing Don't Worry, Be Happy and Take Me to the River. I'm not good at making or drawing shapes, I much prefer coloring in, so when my mom bought me some iridescent water colors (Ooo shiny!) I decided to paint the fish. It's much cooler to have it sing when it looks like this, at least I think so.

On the other hand this is a terrible picture of it, haven't figured out how to take a better one with my cell phone, which is better than any other digital camera I've ever used. For some reason, I can take 35 mm pictures but give me a digital camera and I'm crap.

My idea here is that it's a faery fish, escaped the Mad River or somewhere. Or caught there and attached to a board and sold in the World. Would think that'd be rather a dangerous thing to have on ones wall.

Oh, and going to put said fish picture behind the cut. If I can figure out how.
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Something for you even if you don't continue this silly meme of course. Just ask. But no guarantee on how fast it will happen.

I promise to send something handmade to the first five people who leave a comment here. If they're up for it, they can in turn post this and send something they make to to the first five people who comment on their livejournal post. (Editing tells me this meme is from facebook)

The rules are that it must be made by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011. If I don't already have your mailing address, you'll need to let me know that info.

That's the original, somewhat edited. Now, for glinda's edits of [personal profile] omimouse's edits: If you don't feel like/feel up to putting up an offer like this in your LJ/Facebook/whatever, you can still post here asking for something. Not everyone has time/energy for this kind of thing, and while I understand the spirit of this, I'm not interested in strangling folks with the letter. Please feel free to let me know color likes/dislikes and anything else that might be relevant.

And my changes, because my crafts are different: I am both a terrible procrastinator and have fibro so you may only get a book mark made of very pretty paper, but I also can make beaded memory-wire bracelets, and if you're really lucky a blank book, hand bound, with thread and needle and everything. Though if you want me to bind some particular book (in the public domain or something of your own) I shall take it under advisement. If I decide to do something as fancy as a blank book I shall probably ask you some preferences, size and color and things I can add. Caveat: I am not a neat person, the books tend to have random glue on the paper, usually only on the binding, the insides tend to be clean. The bracelets tend to have not-elegant ends. And the bookmarks could possibly be wonky. But people tell me I'm good at these things, so you can blame them for encouraging me.

Direct quote from [personal profile] omimouse here: I may or may not manage to get to more than the first 5 (assuming a lot, here) Feel free to ask for something even if there's 5 responses already.

Quote from glinda: Seconded, that. I've made almost nothing in the last month and a half, and this could kick-start me into getting creative again. I hope.

And I haven't made anything since at least September and I do think doing something creative might help with the various things bothering me lately, so ask if you'd like.

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