Monthly Archives: January 2013

Board Business, January 31st

(posted by chris the cynic)

And then I remembered that this was my job.  Actually I remembered I had to do this today hours ago but you probably know how long it takes me to get to things by now.  (Working on changing that but still not there yet.)

The good news is that either there’s nothing particularly special you’re missing out on by me not posting earlier, or I’ve been too out of it to notice.

Lonespark is still trying to organize a New England Slacktivite meet up in the thread that exists for that topic. The thread Firedrake has set up for anyone in the UK who might be interested in a meetup is still there.  If anyone not in those two small portions of the world is interested in a meet up, the correct course of action is still to start a thread of your own on the forums.

Same old stuff.

Regular Business

Tomorrow is Deconstruction Friday

I guess the submission deadline for the weekend post will be pushed back to 20:00 EST (was GMT) because some people would appreicaite the extra hours and we don’t want to kick the Saturday post off the front of the page too soon anyway.

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

Deadlines
Please email all submissions to said group email address (SlacktiverseAuthors at gmail dot com). The deadline this week is 20:00 EST.

Urgent or time-sensitive announcements will be posted immediately rather than being held for the next regular Weekend Post.  But you’ll have to tell me they’re urgent or time sensitive because it’s liable to go right over my head if you don’t.

As usual this can be considered a completely open thread if you feel the need for one.

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Cute Animal Tuesday #9: Black Animals

To balance out the last Cute Animal Tuesday, which had snowball-like animals, today’s cute animals will be black. Black cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. often have a hard time finding homes due to prejudice. However, they are just as lovely pets as other colours of animals, and just as adorable.

A beautiful, fluffy black cat named Missy, posted by Black Cat Rescue here:

missywindow from Black Cat Rescue

An adorable black kitten from Glendeer Pet Farm in Ireland:

black-kitten from Glendeer Pet Farm

Black lab puppy and her littermates, 12 days old:

Baby bear learns to use a slide:

Baby bunny plays on a bed:

The Anderson-Ericksons at The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee: an adorable litter of black and white kittens.

Open thread: Media you consumed as a child

(By chris the cynic)

Inspired by a tangent over at Ana’s place.

What TV shows, if any, did you watch as a child?
What books did you read?

This week in the Slacktiverse, January 26th

(posted by chris the cynic)

The Blogaround

Coleslaw wrote:

Oh, Joy. I have volunteered to be United Methodist Women secretary at St. Anonymous, only I have a different idea of what we should be doing from the others. A Little Theater production of an Edward Albee play leaves me thinking, “To the Moon, Martha, to the Moon“. (Content note: some brief references to domestic violence.) We also made a trip to see a professional production of Jersey Boys, and some activities on the bus trip down led to a post In Which I Emulate Penn and Teller, and another one about More Fun on the Bus, unless a list of factoids that may or may not be true is not your idea of fun. Yes, yes, I’ll get around to my thoughts on Jersey Boys next week. By then I might have an answer to my email to one of the state legislative candidates I wrote about, too.

Catherine wrote:

Hi all,I have survived a week of voice lessons and limited computer access, and am now absolutely ready for my nap. But I did write a blog post or two, admittedly, all well ahead of time, but since they posted last week, I think they count!

(I also got to bring lots and lots of cake along to share with all my fellow students on the Friday, because I’m incapable of attending anything for any length of time without bringing cake)

On Cate’s Cates, I reviewed high tea at the Jump Inn Cafe in the Yarra Valley, failed to resist the giant zucchini, made some muesli and posted a recipe for my favourite posh meal, a beautiful green salad with peaches through it, topped with slices of steak, home-made mayonnaise, and garlic toasts. I feel happy just thinking about that one, actually. The vegetarian salad challenge is still running, incidentally, and is slowly picking up a nice collection of recipes. It ends on Friday, so now’s your last chance if you want to submit a recipe.

On Cate Sings, I compared three recordings of Scherza Infida, a truly gorgeous aria by Handel, originally written for castrato, and now fought over by tenors, counter-tenors and mezzo sopranos the world over. I’ll leave you to decide which you prefer… Friday’s bit of amusement was Cadenza performing ‘It’s a Wonderful World’ in styles ranging from Gregorian Chant to Jazz, Disco, Rap and beyond. And last night I just had to post Katie Noonan singing Blackbird, because we were shown an excerpt of it at my course, and I was instantly enamoured. I hope you will be, too.

(Content note: Food insecurity, slight Hunger Games spoilers, pregnancy)

Last week, Storiteller wrote about using one of her favorite winter foods, butternut squash. In Build Me Up, Butternut, she talks about why she likes this vegetable so much and provides a recipe for curried butternut squash soup. This week, she contemplates how one of her big issues, sustainable food, is portrayed in culture. In Culture Shock: What I’ve Learned About Sustainable Food from the Hunger Games, she thinks about what we can take in real-life from this dystopic (and great) novel. She also announces her pregnancy on her blog, so that she can talk about what it’s like to bike as a pregnant woman. In Biking with a Baby-to-be on Board, she describes how while she’s still cycling, she’s had to shift her expectations.

That’s it for me! Have a good week!

chris the cynic wrote:

The week started with two very short bits inspired by conversation at Ana Mardoll’s about making vampire bones into baseball bats. As such conversations are wont to do it involved weeping angels and vampire teeth so (Snarky) Bella and the Doctor had a conversation about the whole can’t kill a stone thing and then I wrote about the height of weapons technology.

Then I asked, “What are the best free books?” though by free I really mean not under copyright which isn’t precisely the same thing. Then it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day so I carried on in my ongoing attempt to get everyone to read the Letter From Birmingham Jail by summarizing bits of it. Then I asked a question about how to get a computer to do something for me (I know almost nothing about programming) and may have since gotten all the answer I’ll ever need but honestly have yet to find the time to check.

On the story front in Skewed Slightly to the left I had Nicolae actually act like a villian, I went back to the start of Twilight and wrote the beginnings of Edith and Ben and Snarky Twilight. I wrote Random Bits of Twilight including a bit of Snarky Twilight apocrypha and also Edward with angel wings. I wrote a second post on the idea for the game I’d make given the rights to Mirror’s Edge and unlimited resources. I continued the band story by skipping around in it getting parts that I thing belong in the early middle and very late middle written down (I wrote them in reverse order though.)

Ok, so, on the subject of my life I summed up my ongoing dealings with buraucracy (short version: I’ve talked to four people and heard five things, yup someone disagreed with herself), I’ve started taking American Sign Language, I’m being bullied by a hypocrite which feels strangle anachronistic as I’m in university and I thought the bullying stopped before I left high school, Blogger is messing up my footnotes but I can fix them so I’m counting on you to tell me if any are still screwed up, Apparently I won for most creative attempt to map the tripartite soul onto the Trinity which is what you’ll find if you follow the link, and Hillary Clinton’s glasses have allowed me not only to identify her as a time lord, but also to tell which one she is.

Finally I wrote a post called “My sister and I have differing ideas of the question of evil“. The short version is that she doesn’t think there are evil people, just people caught up in systems where they’re pushed and pushed and end up doing evil without realizing it. I think that bad systems with perverse incentives do result in a lot of evil things, including evil things done by good people, but I also think that there are people who are identifiably evil. I think that even caught up in systems that push you to do evil things without even realizing it there a moments when people, especially people with power, are faced with both the realization that something bad was done and the decision on what to do about it. What choice they make at that crossroad isn’t due to the system, it’s due to themselves, and since it is a choice between good and evil, a clear cut one at that, I think if they choose evil they’re demonstrating that they’re evil people. (Which is not to say they’re beyond reform.) The long version involves BP, Banks, and someone who tells lies in order to keep profits high for companies that make flame retardants that don’t work but do cause cancer and lower IQs.

Last week TRiG wrote:

I’ve not written any posts for my main blog this week, but on my links blog I’ve continued to post one link a day to a story or article I found interesting. So this week I have some quotes about the religious freedom to pretend that contraception causes abortions, some rather fun posters illustrating the strange things clients say to designers, a lovely photo of a boy and a deer in Japan, a bunch of links to articles about sexism in fantasy, and, finally, the shocking revelation that I’m actually a conservative (at least in programming terms).

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Open thread: Dangerous Terminology

(by chris the cynic)

[Note for unfairly blaming people with mental illness using rude terminology]

So I was going to write this brilliant post about how dismissing certain actions and viewpoints as “crazy” is downright dangerous because often the actions are done or the viewpoints are held by perfectly sane people who happen to do/think evil things.  If you don’t recognize them as sane people who will do harmful things, you underestimate the danger because sane people can generally do a lot more damage than those who are not and furthermore calling it “crazy” shifts the focus onto people with mental illness without ever addressing the root of the problem: mentally healthy people are doing bad things.

As you might have guessed from this being an open thread, I never did write that post.  But it does bring up a topic for an open thread:

What are some things where you think the terminology people use hurts innocents, prevents real problems from being addressed, or otherwise frames things in a bad/dangerous way?

Deconstruction Round Up, January 25th, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse; collected by storiteller and Chris the Cynic)

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal

50 Shades of Gray (No index page, category, or tag)

Nothing new since last time.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Apocalypse Review: Apocalypsereview’s Blog

Multiple Deconstructions:

Chris the Cynic: Stealing Commas

Multiple Deconstructions:

Clevernamepending: Something Short and Snappy

50 Shades of Grey: First Post

Since last time: Fifty Shades Darker Chapter 5 in which I am so defeated I had to split it into 2 parts, Part I

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

The Left Behind Series: First Post

Since last time: NRA: You know who else was an evil, homicidal tyrant?

 

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: First Post

Since last time: I’m an egghead (Sonic Rainboom)

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

InsertAuthorHere: Um… InsertAuthorHere

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:

Season 1 (complete)

Season 2 (complete)

Season 3 (ongoing)
Since last time: Keep Calm and Flutter On

Thoughts on Ponies (ongoing)

Justice_Turtle: ReadAllTheNewberys

Newbery winners / Honor Book: First post

Nothing new since last time.

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Left Behind: The Kids: First Post

Since last time: Jailhouse Rocked

Nathaniel: Politics, Prose and Other Things

Caves of Steel: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Eragon: First Post
Since last time: Chapter 3

PersonalFailure: Forever in Hell

Elsie Dinsmore: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue

Doctor Who: First Post

Since last time:
If There Are Stars Up There, We Would Be Able See Them, Wouldn’t We? (Unnatural History)
You Were Expecting Someone Else: Grant Morrison’s Doctor Who Comics
Pop Between Realities, Home in Time for Tea 52 (The Invisibles)

Ross: A Mind Occasionally Voyaging

Captain Power: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if we are declared enemies of the Empire, or for more or less any reason really.

Board Business, January 24th

(posted by chris the cynic)

Irregular Business

It is still the case that Lonespark is trying to organize a New England Slacktivite meet up, this time with more advanced notice (so for March), and doing so in the thread that exists for that topic. (If you have a New England Slacktivite meet up you’d like to recommend/try to arrange, that also belongs in that thread.) And Firedrake has set up a thread for anyone in the UK who might be interested in a meetup to try to arrange one.

If anyone not in those two small portions of the world is interested in a meet up, I encourage you to start a thread of your own on the forums.

At some point I’m probably just going to have to move these things to regular business.

Regular Business

Tomorrow is Deconstruction Friday

Submissions for the weekend post have traditionally been due by 20:00 GMT Saturday but some thought it was later and some have expressed that later would be better.  We could set that deadline back by hours (say 20:00 EST for example) and it wouldn’t bother me (the person who usually does the post) in the least because we reserve the entire day Sunday just for the purpose of letting people see the weekend post so I have no problem posting it later rather than sooner and in fact prefer to.  The only reason that there needs to be a deadline at all is so that I can know that all the submissions for the week are in when I get to work compiling them.  So the deadline is more so that you don’t get left out on account of me starting too soon, than anything to help me.

Thus I ask, what deadline would you like?

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

Deadlines
Please email all submissions to said group email address (SlacktiverseAuthors at gmail dot com). The deadline this week is … uncertain.  Traditionally 2000 GMT on Saturday but if you’ve got a deadline you think is better, please discuss that in the comments to this post.

Urgent or time-sensitive announcements will be posted immediately rather than being held for the next regular Weekend Post.  But you’ll have to tell me they’re urgent or time sensitive because it’s liable to go right over my head if you don’t.

As usual this can be considered a completely open thread if you feel the need for one, except that, you know, deadline conversation (if there is any) would go here too.