It snowed in the night, and for most of the morning.
I modeled today.
The milk went off.
When I got home, I dug out the sides (partial) of the raised beds. I did a better job on the annuals bed for a lot of reasons - it's annuals, so it doesn't matter if I mess with root systems, for a start, and also because the annuals bed isn't covered by a canoe, whereas the perennials bed is TOTALLY covered by a canoe. This is intentional. It keeps the canoe off the ground, and it allows the perennials a little bit of extra shelter from the elements. So it's part of the The Plan. But it makes digging things out a bit more difficult.


I bought three books today. New ones, from Chapters.
I bought @Yuki_Ona's The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. I bought Amanda (Fucking) Palmer's The Art of Asking (which started as a TED Talk, and which is about Using Your Words to actually state what you WANT - not just what you need, but what you want). And I bought Liz' Gilbert's (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) book Big Magic which is about creativity and expansiveness and, equally to the point, about following your curiosity rather than your fear (which I sure as all-get-out need help with).
It's been a self-help kind of day in that regard.

Listening to Delta Rae. Trying to do something with The Novel again, just because I, well... because I can, because I don't actually want to abandon this thing, even if I have no clue how to make it work or get it where I (think I) want it to go. Because I can. So there's that.

Things I want to do today:
Write a bit of Novel
Shave my legs
Make a video
Record 2-3 chapters of Kushiel's Dart for The Archivist
Help The Moderatrix get the last of her stuff moved into her new place (YAY!) and then eat dinner with her (YAY!)

'Kay. Gotta go write. :-)

So I'm sick.
This is irritating and frustrating, although part of me is enjoying the "guilt-free down-time" that comes with it.
the dishes are piling up like nobody's business, though, because neither of us is particularly healthy at the moment. Ghost is directing her energies towards finishing up for-pay leather work in the interests of making back the money she's lost due to missing work (the same bug + a doctor's appointment) over the past week or so. And I'm just a mess who can't go ten minutes without blowing her nose, apparently. :-P

None the less, We have emptied the last of the packed-stuff (er... sort of...) that was sitting on the living room floor, and it's now distributed appropriately around the house. And I've shifted some of the stuff in the boxes in the kitchen so that I was able to cart one box up to my Studio/Office (it mostly consists of lamps). The Studio is still a mess. I still have curtain rods to put up. And a mirror and a shelf (YAY SHELF!), and a slew of things to put away - ideally on said shelf - before it's a really functional space. None the less, I can at least move around in it, which is a help.

Still to do in The Studio:
Put up the curtain rod.
Hang the curtains.
Set up the rug (small, to go under the spinning wheel).
Empty the bags - one of winter woolies, a couple of bathroom stuff - into the appropraite recepticals.
Move the under-bed-storage-unit intot he bedroom and under the actual bed.
Move the beautiful - but fragile and ricketty - tea trolly to a different part of the room. Not sure where, though.

I have a list of books that I want to read this year:
Imogene Binnie's Nevada (novel - not sure what I'm going to make of the stream-of-conscious writing style, I'm a little worried it's going to read like Lisa Foad's The Night Is A Mouth which... I didn't like at all)
Dane Figueroa Edidi's Yemaya's Daughters (novel - though the prose is lyric & has a cadance like poetry - I'm looking forward to this one)
Casey Plett's A Safe Girl to Love (short story collection)
Trish Salah's Lyric Sexology (poetry)
Morgan M. Page's At Land (chapbook/novelette - I'm a little nervous about this one since psychological horror is absolutely NOT the kind of stuff I want to read[1])
Ryka Aoki's He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song (novel) and/or her Seasonal Velocities (poetry, short stories, & essays)[2]
Amber Dawn's Where the Words End and My Body Begins (poetry)
Leanne Simpson's Islands of Decolonial Love (short story collection - I went to a reading of this one a couple of winters ago)
Saleema Nawaz's Bone and Bread (novel - also: Hee! I went to school with her when we were little, and also when we were big. "I knew her when," etc).

I've got Morgan's novelette and Dane's novel on order - who knows when they'll arrive in the mail - and the rest I'll get ahold of as and when I can scrape together the cash to do so. But that's the plan. I can get Nevada from for about $20 (and Leanne's and Saleema's books for less than that), but Ryka's and Trish's books (in paperback) are both running at over $100, so... looking elsewhere for those, I think. I can probably find Casey's collection at Venus Envy, even if I can't find it elsewhere.
We shall see.

Links to Things You Should Read:
The Heat of Us: Notes Towards an Oral History - a short story in Uncanny Magazine that is absolutely glorious and makes me want to cry.
When Every Day is Judgement Day - Terri Windling on Perfectionism.
My New Year's Wish - Neil Gaiman on Making Mistakes (2012)

Anyway. So that's the world of reading.
I've started editing the first third of The Novel. I decided that it was probably a good idea to take a break from the content-production part in order to try and get the first chunk of Draft One tidied up enough that I could see the way forward a little more clearly.
It's almost 46,000 words long. Which is awesome, but also slightly frightening. The goal, right now, is to fix any obvious inconsistencies (stuff like "making sure I keep the names straight") and trim off 15,000 words of dead-weight, if I can manage that - ideally by combining scenes so that twice as many Relevant Events/Statements happen in half the space. Here's hoping.

Artsy/Creative Goals for 2015:
Get closer to finishing The Novel - ideally by finishing Draft One and handing it off to Ami_B for editing purposes
Write enough (and curate enough already-written) poetry to fill two manuscripts: "How to Cook A Heart" (an exploration of love, vulnerability, openheartedness, polyamoury, and emotional abundance through the lens/metaphor of cooking/growing/foraging seasonal food), and "We Are All Jezebel" (an exploration of the intersections of femme (empowered/autonomous queer femininity), slut (desire, lust, erotica), and sexworker (professional nake girl, pornographer, but also solidarity, and a bunch of other related stuff), with the idea that they'll be ready to perform, even if they're not much published, by June of 2015
Continue teaching myself to edit video with the goal of producing some sort of weird, dream-scape-y "music video" for a piece of poetry or similar
Learn how to make audio recordings using a cheap-but-serviceable mic and, perhaps, a looping pedal (or downloaded open source looping software) and try to do something arty and fun with it, ideally in conjunction with the above-mentioned video production
Sing more - both in terms of frequency and in terms of learning new repertoire
Grow food & make a garden - Not artsy, necessarily, but something that will feed me in more ways than one, so worth putting here none the less.
Figure out how to do contouring makeup, and get better at it

Anyway. So that's where things are at right now.


[1] Then why am I reading it? Because the author's an acquaintance of mine. Because if I want to do a show with her, it would help if I was familiar with her work.

[2] I admit, I'd prefer Seasonal Velocities, but it'll depend a lot on which one I can find at an affordable (read ~$20, ideally less) price.
So I'm about 1/3 of the way through the (first draft of a) manuscript for a book of poetry that I'm planning on calling "How to Cook a Heart".
It's poetry about food - five poems per month of the year, basically, though we'll see which month I wind up starting in. Probably May, knowing me. It's also poetry - at least this seems to be the case, and increasingly so - about polyamoury, relationships, vulnerability, abundance, generocity, and having enough [food/love] to go around. That bit was kind of an accident, but it's an awfully happy one, and I'm very glad to see that this is what's coming out in my work. :-)
Today I (finally) wrote the title poem.
I'm rather pleased with it, though it - like all of them - will need some polishing as time goes on.
Still: Poem! Hurrah, and yay for me! :-D

I also:
Returned a library book, and took out two more
Packed up four shelves (not cases, just shelves) of books
Worked a little bit on a cabaret costume
Bought Ghost a little paint-brush tote in-which to keep her metal-detecting stuff
Bought new shoe laces (finally) and replaced the badly-frayed one on my autumn boots (hurrah)
Reading Little House Off the Grid about a family of four who moved to the Napanee area (not that far from where I live, for those of you not in Ontario) to live in a Clearing In The Woods using solar and wind power and stuff like that there.

While this book will most likely be extremely helpful in terms of knowing what the pitfalls are and how to (hopefully) avoid them... gods, the authors (or one of them, anyway) are getting on my nerves! Preachy-vegetarian, preachy-environmentalist, and not very neighbourly... at least when they start out.
Granted, part of the not-very-neighbourly stuff may have come from being the go-to people when one of a number journalists wanted some kind of "extremist" (or possibly actually-extremist, I'm not sure) enviro-view on whatever was happening in Burlington at the time.
But still. It's irritating to have to deal with that Voice while trying to just find stuff out.

It's funny. Because I read this, and I pick up on the eco-snobbery, but I also pick up on the... "Barhavan" attitudes of the writers, if I can use Ami_B's term. I wonder if it would be pissing me off as much if the authors had been more "grass-roots community solidarity" (yep, I'm totally using those buzz-words to make a point ;-) or if it'd blow right by me.
It would probably still piss me off, honestly, but... I could be wrong. :-\

Right now, I'm looking at solar panels, and how much I would need... I'd like (in the hypothetical situation where I own a house and, thus, have a roof to put these on) something like 1000 watts worth of solar panels on each slope (east and west) of the roof. Or, alternatively, 1000 watts on the eastern slope and 2000 watts (meaning 8 250-watt pannels) on the western slope, which gets hotter and brighter sun in my neck of the woods.
I don't actually have a clue how many watts, say, a full-sized fridge or an electric oven will go through...
It's funny. One of the authors talks about giving away all her small apliances - like the bread-maker and the toaster oven and the microwave - and all I could think was: Yes. But don't all of those use way less electricity than an electric stove/oven? (They do. But this family was using a propane-fed stove, so...)
It's something I'd really like to have a clue about. I know that the authors also had a wind-turbine going on, and I'm not sure how much of their electricity came from it vs their 8-12 75-watt solar pannels.

I mean... I'm using a 100-watt lightbulb right now. Plus my laptop. Plus the slow-cooker. Plus my fridge that runs 100% of the time. Plus my electric (urgh...) heat, which also runs 100% of the time. That's a LOT of wattage going on.
Cancel out the heat, because gods know I don't want to be relying on electric heat, and that takes care of a big, BIG chunk of it. But I don't actually know how much I'd be using. What if I add a chest freezer in there? How much is that?
Reading Dark Moon Rising by Raven Kaldera.
Am currently going through "kink terms for pagans"... which I can probably skip.
In spite of Raven's tendensy to bluster, I did enjoy the introduction. Hoping that the rest of the book is good.

In other news: I got the kobo to work! YAY! :-D

I now have Dark Moon Rising, Sacred Power, Holy Surrender, and Power Circuits loaded onto the e-reader. Huzzah!

Now to check on the coconut-curry chicken and do some more reading. :-)
So I am trying, once again, to get Kobo Desktop installed on my computer and trying, now that I've found out that I need to do this, to get Adobe Digital Editions and Kobo Desktop to talk to one another so that I can actually put Dark Moon Rising, Sacred Power, Holy Surrender, and Power Circuits: Polyamoury in Power Exchange into my Kobo Library and, thus, read the damn things in a way that doesn't drive me batty.

I want to review them on Syrens and, y'know, with any luck learn something from them, too.

In theory, this is how to do it:


Log onto your Kobo account on the website. Go to your library. Click on the 'download epub' icon and when prompted, save the file to your desktop.

Go to your desktop and right-click on the .acsm file. Choose 'open with Adobe Digital Editions' and open the file. While you are in ADE, authorize the Kobo reader to your account.

You should then be able to drag and drop books from your list in ADE onto the reader icon.

Note: If you are downloading library books, it is the same procedure. Sve the .acsm file and open it using ADE.

Here's hoping I can make this work. :-\

What actually worked:

1) Login at the kobo website
2) Open Adobe Digital Editions (which I had already downloaded some time ago)
3) Plug the actual kobo e-reader into my computer
4) Follow prompts ("connect" etc) to authorize kobo in ADE
4a) At this point, the actual kobo should show up in the left-hand column of
the ADE window, listed among the various "shelves" (but it won't have
the same icon as a "shelf")
5) Click on it to open up that "shelf" (meaning the kobo)
6) Click on the "Library" drop-down menu at the top of the ADE window
7) Click "add item to library"
8) Select PDF (or ePub or whatever) file from where it is saved on your

8a) In theory this will result in the file being coppied to the kobo and
becoming part of its library. At least it seems to have worked today.

So, today I did a photoshoot for the Ottawa Storytellers. I'm going to be the poster-girl for The Ottawa Storytelling Festival (coming, this November, to a venue near you! If you're in Ottawa, that is. Everyone else will just have to grab a bus or something).

I'm very excited about this. And they seem to be excited about this, too, so YAY! :-D

Tomorrow is Grant Writing Day (hoy). Wish me luck! :-D

In other news, I'm not at the EGALE meet-and-greet for local Rainbow-Related orgs and The Trans Community(s). Which slightly pisses me off (inside Ottawa, there's not a lot of need for a group like Rainbow Health Ontario because there are a tonne of in-city groups who do this stuff already -- consequently, no-one knows we're around. :-P).
However. My (beautiful) spy is there, by invitation, as a member of POWER and a sexworkers' rights activist, and she's brought a bunch of RHO cards (with my RHO email on them) with her, to hand around to people on my behalf, while she's there. (I love having a Minion! :-D)

My plan is to write to EGALE and suggest that they have similar meetings in the more rural parts of my LHIN, as there are queer and trans communities in those areas who don't have easy access to the kinds of services (such as they are) that are available in Ottawa.

In further news: We have a Kobo. We also have a free (thanks, Yuki_Onna) copy of Fairyland in PDF format. I would like to transfer the PDF to the Kobo. I have no idea how to do that.
Anyone know?

I am home.
I have a headache. (Boo!)
I have taken some ibuprofen, so that should help things out a bit.

I also have a pork shoulder roast, an apple, a very tiny butternut squash, and some garlic (and few other odds and sods) that should provide a very lovely dinner for us this evening.

I will also be teaching someone to knit on Friday (YAY!) and have a better idea of how to find e-books for the Kobo. YAY! :-D (Apparently the trick is to go through the Chapters website rather than the Kobo website. Good to know!) Am now looking at a variety of bits and bites and doing some considering.
May check out the OPL and see what it has in the way of e-novels.

What I'm considering for purchase or preview:
Naamah's Kiss (preview)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (purchase)
The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry (preview)
Drawing Down the Spirits (preview)

To do this afternoon:

Whee! :-D
So, as you know bob, I have a couple of wordpress blogs.
I’ve got Syrens, which is my “professional kinkster feminist” blog (which I set up after accidentally totally Dangerous Women), and I have Urban Meliad, which is the blog I set up so that, when I wanted to “grown-up blog” about magic, paganism, crafting, gardening, foraging, and local food, I could do so and keep it separate from the kink/sexwork/gender-activism stuff.

And I find that between those two (which have both been getting badly neglected of late) and my hesitance (finally) to blog flat-out on LJ about stuff relating to Ghost and our shared romance and/or dynamic plus the external/semi-external stuff that affects it, I’m not being very talkative on here, either.

Granted, I think part of that is due to my doing contract work (eight days left!!!) all month, which leads me to not have a lot of time in the evenings to do All The Things (And having significantly more Things to do in the evenings, for that matter) and, just… yeah. Lots of stuff going on leaving not a lot of time for general slice-of-life or personal-musings blogging. :-P

I’m out of practice. I suspect I will get back in the swing of things as November wears on.

Why, you say? :-D

1) For the month of November, I’m going to combine Nanowrimo and Dablopomo and do a 1700-word to 2200-word post on Syrens every day on the subject of O/p, dominance, and/or entitlement. The plan being that, by the end of the month, I’ll have an appropriately-lengthy manuscript worth of blog posts that I can then edit Like Woah into a collection of 10-15 5000-word essays that I can then Beta like crazy and start shopping around to possible publishers.

2) The other plan is to write a Very Short Smutty Story (1000-1500 words) every week. Most of those will end up on Good Vibes Magazine, but some of them will get submitted to open-calls for anthologies.

3) Lastly, I need to also figure out what to do about Urban Meliad. (Because right now it’s sporadically updated at best, and tends to be posts on either Making Preserves or on Tarot Cards, and it’s really kind of wishy-washy on a lot of levels. Not so good).
I had this idea (back in, like, MAY, no less) that, eventually (probably NEXT November) I’ll take all those unpublished Local Food recipes that I wrote for, but never sold to, Vertamin (before it went belly-up), and combine them with essays on urban agriculture, local food, bioreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeegionalism, urban foraging, and The Wheel of the Year (whether it’s Out as Pagan or not does remain to be seen, I have to admit. We’ll see where things go).
The plan, then, is to start upping the posting frequency on Urban Meliad and to try and theme my posts a little more consistently. Like do a craft-project/recipe post every Monday and a locavore/agricultural post every Wednesday, and a Thealogy/Faith post every Friday. Or similar. This way (provided I actually stick to this, which is going to be tricky some weeks, I know), I’ll end up with 52 Pagan Thoughts essays (including one for all the Wheel Days) and 52 locavore/agricultural essays plus 26+ super-seasonal recipes with-which to start piecing together the NEXT book.

So that’s more or less where I’m at.

I realize that I haven’t put ANY poetry in there, and that kind of sucks. Particularly since Honeyed Tongues has only ever done two shows (Queerotica I in late June 2011 + the POWER AGM in early July of the same year) and I haven’t written a poem in what feels like almost two months. :-(
So I’d like to do more on that, as well (it’s not like I don’t have an outline for what “We Are All Jezebel” is supposed to end up looking like, right?). I may hold off on that a little bit, though, in terms of scheduling. (Part of me is going “No! Do it now! Get in the habit of pouring poetry out of yourself every Thursday morning! Or something! Just like you want to get in the habit of writing Very Short Smut every Tuesday afternoon!”
So… Yes?

Oh. And post at least once a week to the VoV Blog as well, ‘cause that’s suffered a LOT in the past month and a half and I need to pick that up again. But at least those posts can be all of 300 words and we can keep right on trucking. So… there. Yeah. :-P


Basically, November is going to be Write Like a Thing Possessed Month, and with any luck I’ll just keep it up from there. Which would be awesome. This is my plan. Behold my plan, O Internets.
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( May. 28th, 2011 04:27 pm)

So this morning we went to Home Despot and got Gardening Supplies.

These included three rubbermade bins ($4.99 each), three 35L (or so) bags of potting soil and two bags of manure compost.

They also included:
1 cucumber plant
1 cherry tomato (sweet baby girl) plant
1 beefsteak tomato (don't know the breed) plant
1 sweet banana pepper plant (which will probably be hot to my tastes, but not hers)
1 package each of: scarlet runner beans, kentucky wonder beans, french breakfast radishes, butternut squash, and baby letuce salad mix

I've got two blue plastic bowls planted with letuce and radishes, respectively, a rubbermade bin of tomatoes and peppers, another of various pole beans (I'll need to dig around and see if I can't find some romano bean seeds lying around -- I'd like to plant a few for butter beans if I can swing it), and a third of butternut squash and cucumber.

The squash bin and the tomato bin are placed in such a way that they'll get water and (a little) sun on their own. The beans, radishes and lettuce are closer to the patio doors, but they'll be alright. (I have to remember to water them regularly!)

I've also got four other plastic bowls (and two flower pots) which I'm holding for herbs -- dill, cilantro, basil, peppermint... not sure what will go in the other two (maybe nasturtiums in one, the other... Don't know. We'll figure it out as we go). We'll see. Beth is going to build a little plant stand for them out of scrap cedar in the next little while.

Tomorrow's craft show is currently scheduled for the rain location. Which is great. We've found a tent to borrow anyway -- which we'll do, in part because the gal in question has left it out on her porch for us, and I don't want to just leave it sitting there, and also because there's always a chance things'll change with Ravenswing and we'll be outdoors after all. And I want a roof over my head (and my soap) if that's the case.

Things to remember:
Rubbermade bin of crafty wares and equipment
Folding lawn chair

I'm still going "To candle or not to candle..." The foils I've got are not empty enough to just melt the wax, set the wicks and pour everything out.
Honestly, for all that I suspect I'll kind of regret it, I don't think I'm going to do it this time. (Ghost is probably sighing with relief at that news).

I went out a while back and looked for canape foils -- the kind that are basically a cubic inch with a wide rim? The next size down from "tart shells" in the disposable/aluminum bakeware section of the grocery store? -- but I didn't find any. And I really don't want to be taking my parafin tea-lights out of their foils just so I have empty ones to work with. It's not that I can't put them in different foils BUT why bother?

So I think I'll hold off and either keep an eye out for those canape shells OR just order some tea-light foils online. Crepe. :-P

I'd love to use silicone ice-cube trays as candle molds. Star-shapes or heart-shapes or something else (even silicone two-bite-brownie pans) with flat bottoms. But I worry about them melting funnily and running wax all over everything. I mean, I don't think anyone else worries about that, but I do. Maybe because I'm slightly insecure about my candle-pouring abilities or something.

ANYWAY. I think that's a project for another time. Hopefully people will be all over soap and jewellery since that's what I'm bringing.

In other news: Read Holly Black's Red Glove. It's awesome, and a great follow-up to the first book in the trilogy (White Cat). Having done that, I've started in on "The Academy" which is number four in the Marketplace series by Laura Antoniou.
So far, so good. We'll see how it goes.

- Amazon.
Okay, so here's the thing.

Yuki_Onna's (that's Cathrynne M. Valente, folks) new book, Deathless comes out today. And I, being on the broke side, can't afford to go out and just buy it. (That OR her Fairyland YA book, and a wodge of other delightful things <*alas, weep-weep, etc*>).

None the less, I WANNA! Because it's a retold Russian fairytale set during the seige of Leningrad and it just sounds so cool! (Excerpt available for free here).

I've been looking forward to it for... A year or so, now? Something like that. Breezing through her posts about the Prestor John books (which, while potentially also awesome, are just not sparking my interest) waiting for this book's Day to arrive.

And now it has! YAY! :-D

And - oh, you betcha - I am totally posting this post (and this link) because there's a tiny, tiny, random-number-generated chance that, by doing so, I will be able to snag a Fabulous Prize Package that includes *both* Deathless AND Fairyland and which would be totally awesome to receive. So. Here it is: I can't (yet) buy this book. But it sounds totally awesome, so I'm encouraging others to go and do so. :-D

- Amazon.
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( Aug. 5th, 2010 03:12 pm)

I *think* I pre-ordered this. (I sure as all hell hope I did).

See, I loved Rosemary and Rue.

I was kind of Meh on A Local Habitation. (I <3 Toby and the rest of her phamily, but most of the characters at ALH just kind of got on my nerves <*shrug*>).

But I'm rather excited about An Artificial Night, the next installment of the series. Particularly after reading this.
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( Jul. 14th, 2010 06:59 pm)

Check out the table of contents on this baby. (Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader). Drooooooooooooooooooooooooolz.

(Note: Is a preview, so it's kind of like an adobe file. You will most likely have to scroll down for a page or two).
Check this out!

Call for Submissions:
Occupied Bodies: Women of Color Speak on Self-Image

Submissions Deadline = October 15th, 2010!
Who has two thumbs and just received her copy of Yuki_Onna's This Is My Letter To The World: The Omikuji Project Cycle One?

This Girl! :-D :-D :-D !!!

I am *so* glad that she decided to turn them into an anthology. I've got enough scraps of paper lying around the house already, that I don't need more (no matter how lovely they are, no matter how cool awesome and wonderful (and heartening!) it is to get a story in the mail along with the usual round of bills and advertising.

So I'm glad to this, these stories, these letters, this magic, bound up in a slim volume I can keep on my shelf, take down the fancy strikes me.

I like the way her words flow, they move like poetry, like words that are meant to be spoken.

I think I will have to read them aloud. :-)

- Amazon. :-)
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( Jun. 21st, 2010 07:53 pm)
It came, it came! My Honey Month is here!!! :-D
Via Shweta_Narayan:

Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.

I love it, I love it, I love it. <3 <3 <3 :-D

Go! Read it and love it, too! :-D
So, Yuki_Onna did a crowd-funded online story project called The girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

I just finished reading it.

It's perfect and beautiful and heart-wrenching and just right.

Please go read it. :-)

- Amazon. :-)
Why do I love Twitter? Because people on Twitter link me to this:

Dante's Internet!

It's been a long time since I read Dante. But the circle of the lustful appears to have become the circle of attention!whores.

Humanigeeks: Go forth. It's thoroughly delightful. :-)
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( Oct. 14th, 2009 09:16 am)
Hey! Who doesn't want a free download of Ivan E. Coyote's book Loose End? Click the link and enjoy the bounty courtesy of Arsenal Pulp Press! :-D

Check Out teen feminist blog The FBomb.

The city where the bicycle rules the road -- "It took time and political courage. But today, Copenhagen is an example to cities seeking to develop a bicycle culture of their own."

Arnie Okays an official Harvey Milk memorial day, BUT screws trans folks and queer/trans prisoners over at the same time. Unimpressed, Arnie. Unimpressed. :-P

Check out Skyler's Awesome Interview with Natalie of Autostraddle. (Hat Tip: It was linked on Feministing).

From Waking Vixen:
Thoughtful MAsculinities: Theory and Practice.

From Shakesville: Cool Chicks in the News:
Ruth Frith breaks shotput record at the age of 100.
Elinor Ostrom wins Nobel Prize in economics for her work proving that communities can trump state control and corporations.
Rock on.

Also from Shakesville:
The Trials and Travails of Transness: Trans-Sexualization (Part Six in an ongoing series).
Toyota is Quite Possibly Evil Incarnate. What the fuck kind of "advertising campaign" stalks random people over the internet with the intent to terrorize them????? That is REALLY fucked up!!!!!

From Geek Feminism:
One Laptop Per Child and Gender -- relates to gender and open source communities in general.
Quick hit: how are you ruining a perfectly good men-only geek interest today? -- A link round-up of reactions and responses to douche-assed dude writing about how teh wiminz and minoriteeees are ruining teh SF. Go. Read. Mock. :-) (Hat Tip to Hyel).

From Feministe:
Contraception Use Up, Abortion Rates Down. No surprises there.

From The Sexist:
Steep Price: Gay Sex Club Closes After Fatal Injury -- On the definition of "safe space", among other things. (Haven't read it yet, don't know what it'll be like, but it looks interesting so I'm linking).

From The Hathor Legacy:
Polanski: It's Not Just About Age - on more goddamn fucking rape appologism. >:-P
So That's Why Men (and Women) are Afraid of Me. On not putting up with garbage from people who are being assholes.

- Amazon.


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