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Health
Still sick. But finally getting better. 

I gotta close some links!
David Hasselhoff is attempting to tour Australia again. Makes me wonder what happened last time! 
Yet another article about sexual assault and sexualisation of female characters in games. Quote from the article: Let this be clear. This is rape. It is not okay because “it’s a hot asian chick”. The game took my character, which is the only thing I control about this game and forced some very big changes on to it. I didn’t want to have to think about my character as a sexual being. It was going to cast magic spells, fight tentacle monsters and put the restless dead back in their graves. Sex was never on the cards; why should it be?
Red Card/Yellow Cards to help warn people when they are being very creepy or mildly creepy at conventions. Ferret talks about rules and expectations in relationships, and then we talk about racist books for a while. A friend did some liveblogging from the RWA convention this year last weekend. 31 ways to find new readers outside my network! Refined Coconut oil vs Unrefined coconut oil. University of Reddit. Mermaids are hot.

Not too many links for a change, yay!

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I gotta close some tabs, baby. I gotta close some tabs!

Things I Learnt Today
The Balducci levitation trick. Mars colour pics! Abney Park is bouncy. Google has a webpage designed to help you sort and examine credit cards.  A Paleo blogger is suing his state for trying to regulate his advice. That hot boy I noticed in the NASA control room... well, every one else noticed him too! And he tweets. And he's sooooo keeeewt. Crochet helps your immune system! By providing a destressing activity it gives your body a chance to repair and feel better. Paid members of Livejournal have statistics! Yay statistics! I kind of like stats a little too much sometimes... Excellent article about how conservative representations of our selves don't seem to be as important as before... and of course, mentions the cute NASA guy.

Oh god, we're only half way through.
A volcano killed thousands of people in Britain, leading to a mass grave of over ten thousand bodies. Really interesting stuff, that one. Another story missed in the Olympics - Shin A Lam missing out on her gold medal because the timing official was a 15 year volunteer who got it wrong. ITIN links for me and my friends who now work for Musa... and instructions for Australians on how to fill it out. Theeditorsblog.net has some great stuff about POV which I have been enjoying. Details on the conflux short story competition. Steam, angels, Junk. An article on how Paleo is becoming more the province of doctors, and yet evolutionary medicine is really only a theory, and therefore can't be practiced.

Stuff about sex
http://www.mojoupgrade.com/ is a quiz where you and a partner fill it out, and if your interests overlap, then the quiz emails you both and says "hey, you're both interested in such and such!" I totally want to fill that out with someone, but I am stuck on the fence about with whom. This one is interesting. It's a rant about why Monogamy should be classified as a paraphilia. Got some very good points in it. This is an article talking about problems inherent in our rape culture.

Gosh, that took all day! In between I have had a visit and coffee with a friend, recieved the coles order, processed and packaged and put away, and... um.. made the kids sandwiches. With Vin's birthday on Saturday, I have the biggest pile of junk food in my house since ... Christmas.

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Someone decided they would try and charge seniors for 'wear and tear' on concrete pathways within their own retirement homes.
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/seniors-made-to-pay-200-to-use-path/story-e6frg15c-1226186561605

Reasons NOT to donate to the Salvation Army: primarily it's a homophobic organization who gives only to those they deem worthy.
http://www.bilerico.com/2010/11/why_you_shouldnt_give_to_the_salvation_army.php?utm_source=front_page&utm_medium=best_of_box&utm_campaign=Best_Of

Ten unique cemetaries. :)

Someone has re-made the Antikythera Mechanism... who knows what for.
:)

An Op-Ed about Black Leading Men in Movies. All leads go to white men - and Will Smith.

Also, Association of Black Women Historians releases a statement against the book and the movie 'The Help," saying it distorts, trivialises and ignores the experience of black domestic workers.The book and novel support and encourage cliches and stereotypes which minimize the domestic workers' lives and bypasses/sweeps past the inherent racism and abuse. I can across this link in reference to how the story is co-opted into the Hollywood style of telling it from a white person's POV even though it is a black person's story.

This also led into a very brief dip into TV tropes. The Vasquez is a reference from Aliens to a woman who is competent, capable, and prepared for the situation in hand (and usually coloured), but often ends up dead rather than the pretty, feminine lead. Michelle Rodrigez said "... people can call it typecast, but I pigeonholed myself ... Saying no to the girlfriend, saying no to the girl that gets captured, and eventually I just got left with the strong chick who's always being killed."  That sentence alone says a lot about the roles women are allowed to play in Hollywood films.

This also lead into Waif-Fu (it was a brief foray into TVtropes, I promise!). Yes. There's not a lot I can say about that except yes. Waif-Fu it is.

Somewhere along the way I also picked up a link for Women On Boards. It's a topic that interests me greatly, since in a way Boards seem to be where policy and ideology for organizations are developed, and if we want to shift our general work places to be a little more women-friendly, then Boards are one place we need to examine and perhaps get onto. I've been very proud that WASFF has had over a third women for the last few years, and when Iattended a Women on Boards meeting, they were saying the magickal change point is one third. Anything less than one third, a Board is likely to maintain it's status quo, however once over a third of the board are women, then slow changes start to occur. I find that interesting in that I wonder if it's that anything less than a third is a token gesture, or is it a power bloc issue? Perhaps it's more of a sign than a signifier; as in, it's not causing the change, but it's a sign that the changes have been occuring? Who knows! :)

A webpage of harshest rejection letters for famous books.

That's it for now! I have a house to clean up after a 4yo birthday party :) 

callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/12/i-kodak.html

Someone was getting into Kodak for supporting the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Kodak responded with the best ever smackdown.

Have a look for a bit of a giggle.
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My mental capacity is so low, I have spent far too much time today playing with this.



callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Lazytown)
Is it wrong to watch kiddy shows while V is in daycare?
*dopey grin*

For posterity (ie, future leering)

Magnus Scheving
My fave pics are 1 and 5

Linkorama

Jun. 29th, 2008 12:41 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
From a conversation Last night, here is the relevant link:
http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/welcome/awgsa_conference

From a conversation some time ago, I said I would put up the link to my writing that won me a Tin Duck, so here it is:
http://callistra.livejournal.com/2007/06/14/

Yay!

Nov. 24th, 2006 06:41 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
I just spent a good half an hour reading back a friend of a friend's blog in the vague hope that they had been the person to link to another blog post that I wanted to find again and couldn't google.

And it worked! Yay! I got the blog post I've been wanting!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
This is truly sweet and o so cute!
http://mapage.noos.fr/minimiam/go.htm

And one for [livejournal.com profile] kae_dash
http://deependdining.blogspot.com/2005/09/balut-egg-of-darkness-pinoy-pinay.html
Balut! Um, PG 13 warning on this for graphic photos of a boiled duck fetus about to be eaten.
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Purple Flower!)
Check out LJ [livejournal.com profile] ladnews for news and reviews on Sean Williams' published works.
:-)

Interesting reading there!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
http://www.ffrf.org/nontracts/women.php

You know, it's days like today when I realise how I manage to hit over 650 LJ entires in one and a half years. (I can't be bothered to work it out exactly, but that's an average of over one entry a day. Wow.)

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