This week in the Slacktiverse, February 23rd

(posted by chris the cynic)

The Blogaround

Catherine wrote:

On Cate Sings, I celebrated Chinese New Year by finding out a bit more about Chinese operatic traditions and music generally, with different versions of Madame White Snake. And then I observed Lent with some suitably Lenten music by Brahms, noting that my taste for (apparently) really obscure Lenten music makes too much of this Lenten stuff a challenge. On the silly side, I discovered that someone has actually staged and recorded a gorgeously sung and utterly bawdy version of Henry Purcell’s Faerie Queen. I have to get my hands on the whole thing, but I started by listening to a version of When I Have Often Heard Young Maids Complaining, which suddenly breaks out in bonking bunnies at the end. The mind boggles, though I suspect Purcell would have thoroughly approved. Not safe for work, I think. And following on from my post about Tosca a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist posting the Lego version. Wouldn’t you?

On Cate’s Cates, I bought tiny eggplants at the Farmers’ Market, was overwhelmed by work for a week and did absolutely nothing, and then finally wrote my Vegetarian Lunchbox Challenge recipe, Inside-out salad. The Lunchbox Challenge runs until the end of this week, by the way, so don’t forget to join in! I also made a lovely roasted zucchini and tomato pasta, and went on two outings, one to The Langham for High Tea, and one to a cake decorating class, where I learned how to make adorable shiny gold buttons to put on cakes.

And that’s quite enough for me. I’m off to plot a recipe for the Ovarian Cancer fundraiser Morning Tea(l), which means blue curaçao in *everything*.

Coleslaw wrote:

The special election for the Louisiana House seat is getting closer, and I am still Undecided. After Computing the cost of a new laptop versus a new desktop computer, I made my decision. I have a harder time making decisions about what to do with old files on my own computer, not to mention Small Green WIdgets. Finally It’s [Not Really] a Miracle when Tim Tebow cancels a speaking engagement. (Content warning regarding anti-gay lesbian views expressed in the sixth quote and the links in the paragraph following.)

TRiG wrote:

This week on my links blog I linked to the perl poem Black Perl (yes, poetry in programming languages is a thing); I linked to something I’ve seen mentioned a few times in the Slacktivist/Slacktiverse comment threads: The Advanced Bonewit’s Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (I’ve found myself referencing this a few times recently, so I thought I may as well add it to my blog); I linked to a lovely h2g2 article about Anne Bonny and Mary Read, pirates and all-round fascinating characters; and, finally, I offer a free domain name to anyone who’s interested in writing about feminism.

And in my h2g2 journal, I mentioned that I was househunting (again).

Storiteller this week attended the biggest climate rally in U.S. history, last weekend in Washington D.C.  In Forward on Climate! she describes how the culturally diverse speakers and the stories of the audience themselves combined into an event that illustrated the power and depth of the movement on climate change. Unlike a lot of other rallies she’d attended, these elements made being present worthwhile, despite the cold and bitter wind.

chris the cynic wrote:

I spent a week without posting anything, and then made a post talking about how I spent a week without posting anything. Probably not the most interesting week ever.

Last week Trig wrote:

I posted about the new Canadian banknotes, which are less demonstrative of diversity than they may have been. Some ideas were rejected for reasons which make no sense to me at all.

Trigger warning: Violent crime (murder); miscarriage of justice.
I also posted about the Maamtrasna muders. This was a shockingly brutal crime in the west of Ireland 130 years ago. Myles Joyce, who was hung for the murder, was almost certainly innocent. He was a small farmer in rural County Galway, and spoke no English. He was defended in a court in Dublin by a solicitor and barristers who spoke no Irish.

Thing You Can Do

To reiterate, after it was called for years ago by a feminist blogger, TRiG registered the domain whoaskedmen.com and is perfectly willing to give it away for free if someone here wants to actually use said domain for the feminist purposes presumably envisioned by the blogger who called for such a site.

In Case You Missed This

TRiG wrote:

here’s a competition in which you can vote for the year’s oddest book title. A bit of harmless fun.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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3 thoughts on “This week in the Slacktiverse, February 23rd

  1. Timothy (TRiG) February 25, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I’m beginning to think that choosing an internationalised domain name was more trouble than it’s worth. My “last week” links are broken because of an invalid character. The ý isn’t coming out.

    You can write ýes as xn--es-zka (these are canonically equivalent), or you can change links.ýes.info to timothy.green.name/links (this redirects). So http://timothy.green.name/links/maamtrasna-murders-photos/ and http://timothy.green.name/links/bank-of-canadas-understanding-of-diversity/ are the two links.

    Perhaps I should move that blog to one of my other domain names, and abandon ýes.info. (I chose the name for some sort of “coolness” factor, but it’s more of a pain than anything else.)

    TRiG.

  2. christhecynic February 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

    @TRiG,

    Should be fixed now.

  3. Timothy (TRiG) February 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks, chris.

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