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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Thor's Day 
16th-Jun-2011 07:36 am
sindrian is napping somewhere in New York.

State of the 'Song
Up at 4:30. That's... a slight improvement? Still danger-zoning.

"Valentines" is now free to read at Apex! *nod*

Scott Adams, really?
Scott Adams says: "If a lion and a zebra show up at the same watering hole, and the lion kills the zebra, whose fault is that? Maybe you say the lion is at fault for doing the killing. Maybe you say the zebra should have chosen a safer watering hole. But in the end, you probably conclude that both animals acted according to their natures, so no one is to blame...The part that interests me is that society is organized in such a way that the natural instincts of men are shameful and criminal while the natural instincts of women are mostly legal and acceptable."


For serious, this post is Scott Adams admitting that his instincts are to go around raping people, and society and the womyn are keeping him down. Also apparently we want to chemically castrate him.

If Adam's hadn't gotten rid of all of his Dilbert books last time Adams showed his ass, I would be hosting a damn bonfire. (Earlier post also includes "men are wired for sex and aggression." Man, do I never want to be alone in a room with Scott Adams.)

And once again, when people say that men are wired to rape people, not only is that gender essentialist bullshit, but it does a tremendous disservice to men, implying that they are no more than witless slavering beasts. Once again, most men are not rapists. Men are in charge of our society - if men really were wired to rape people, we would not have laws against it. I could extrapolate the society we would have but I don't want to depress the hell out of you.

Ugh. Yeah. BARCC blog post forthcoming, apparently.

Link Soup
* Ben Rosenbaum on the Amina hoax, identity, power and privilege.
* What really happened to Rorschach.
* Geek girls rock. "Still, it doesn’t change the fact that “hard-driving, opinionated, and meticulous” are not on most men’s lists of ideal feminine traits.", some dude says. Well. Good thing I'm not interested in most men, because those are some things about me that are never gonna change.
* The 5 greatest knockoff characters in comics. Dude. I never watched Batman Beyond. I was unaware.
* I must have this bread.

Daily Science
With a new printing technique, researchers can now make enough metamaterials to begin fabricating invisibility cloaks and superlenses.

Work. Afternoon plans depend on whether sindrian arrives in time to pick me up from work. Also whether my fellow volunteers are cool doing a tabling without me - sindrian's only shot at unloading his trailer at the storage place is now the same time as said tabling. (Please help unload stuff! See earlier post!) No evening plans save curling up with my sindrian. We have a hard time just not being in physical contact with each other, so after a six-month absence? You can imagine.
16th-Jun-2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
BATMAN BEYOND was a great show. The spinoff, ZETA PROJECT, was also pretty good, but not as good at BATMAN BEYOND.
16th-Jun-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Batman Beyond's only downside was that it was too short of a run.
16th-Jun-2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
The (unintentionally) hilarious thing about Scott Adams is that he thinks he's being this devil's-advocate-playing deep thinker, but he just comes off like the schmuck of all the world.
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16th-Jun-2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Too internally consistent to be trolling.
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16th-Jun-2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
By which I mean, yeah, he's trolling his straw feminists, but the way he's doing so makes it clear that these are his actual beliefs. He's presenting them in this way so he can be public about it without saying flat-out that he wants to be able to rape people without repercussions. He's presenting them so people can nod and laugh and agree.
16th-Jun-2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of the "I'm not saying..." defensive talking that mostly drives me up the wall, since that means "I want to put this out there without really putting myself behind it." Very few people I know can make that work: broadcaster Rick Emerson, who I like a lot even when I find him maddening, can do that and make it funny.

So yeah, I join you in your argh.
16th-Jun-2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
"I'm not a rape apologist, but..."
16th-Jun-2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
In case there was any doubt that Scott Adams is a fay-fay-duh-pee-yen...(Firefly fans, go look it up), he's now removed it decisively.

We have a hard time just not being in physical contact with each other, so after a six-month absence? You can imagine.

Oh, yeah. Don't be shocked if it plays a game or two with you. Did with me, briefly. (I got over it :-D)
16th-Jun-2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
It's been almost a year since I've seen my partners, so I can imagine, and I'm thrilled for you!
16th-Jun-2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Massive sympathy! It was going to be nine months for us. So glad it ended up being six!
16th-Jun-2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'm very happy for you and sindrian that you are both in the same town again! I did the long-distance relationship thing for 3 years and it sucks.

Regarding the ongoing sleep-dep... there are a number of non-pharmaceutical substances out there that might help you get back to sleep when you wake up gods-awful early, like chamomile tea and valerian. I don't know if these things can be safely taken with the Lunesta and anti-seizure meds, but it might be worth trying if they are.
16th-Jun-2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
Wow that sounds rather preachy, which was not my intention. Sorries.
16th-Jun-2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
'sokay, I didn't scan it that way. :) I haaaate chamomile, but will look into other stuff and the possible interactions of same.
16th-Jun-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Funny - most people i know either love or hate chamomile, nothing in between.

Personally, I deal with my crappy sleep with 6 mg of melatonin before bed, and a little bit of relaxing massage cream on my neck and wrists if I'm particularly un-sleepy.
16th-Jun-2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
I will soon be dealing with it with a pre-sleep workout!
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16th-Jun-2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Also suggest hops tea. I generally use it for my gut problems, but it knocks me right on out and gives me fairly vivid dreams, so that suggests to me that there's something CNS-related going on with it.

Hops tea is rather bitter, but I like it.
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16th-Jun-2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
That's true too - the messages of Masculinity can be oppressive too!

(As you know, I am *only* interested in intelligent people, no matter the gender.)
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16th-Jun-2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
In this case, I am okay with that!
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20th-Jun-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered. :)
16th-Jun-2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Now if we can only put Scott Adams in the pink pony world with Rorschak...
16th-Jun-2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
I actually thought that Adams couldn't act out any worse. I am truly impressed.
16th-Jun-2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Also apparently we want to chemically castrate him.

I'll admit, the thought *did* cross my mind, but only after reading that quote.
16th-Jun-2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry lovebirds:

Also, I now like to think that everyone Dr. Manhattan zapped wasn't killed, just teleported to PonyLand.


16th-Jun-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love you.
16th-Jun-2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
[George Takei voice]Scott Adams is a douchebag.[/George Takei voice]
16th-Jun-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love you too. Damn, there's a lot of clever here this morning.
16th-Jun-2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Also apparently we want to chemically castrate him.

Well we didn't *before*. Now is another story. Hmmph.
16th-Jun-2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re the geek girl article: Man, I have never been intimidated by a girl's intelligence (its hard for me to really be attracted to a woman who isn't intelligent). I also always wished a girl I liked would come up to ask me out instead of it having to be the other way around, lol. That was pretty gutsy of the author to do at 14.

I am amazed that mothers give that kind of advice to their daughters. Technically i guess guys could be intimidated by ANY trait a girl has (or people in general can be intimidated by traits of anyone), yet we only hear it said about things like intelligence, or outgoingness. Plenty of guys are intimidated by beauty, but women never get the message not to be beautify, yet they do get the message to not be intelligent.

When the whole 'girls are told not to be smart' thing comes up, I am always reminded of in HS in honors math class Dineen on occasion would say "Oh, im not smart enough to do this" and me and Umar would tell her 'yes you are. shut up and just do it.' lol. I never got back then why she would say that about herself when she was so obviously smart and good at math (she graduated 2nd in our class of 1000).
16th-Jun-2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Also, that gluten free goddess blog looks amazing. Have you made her recipes before? Are they actually as good as they look?
16th-Jun-2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't yet, but look forward to experimenting with sindrian! In all kinds of ways, but! he cooks.
16th-Jun-2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
*grin* That's so awesome! I'm jealous! T & I used to cook together every date weekend before he moved in with me -- he used to have a huge kitchen. My new one is too small for 2. :P

Have fun! I'll let you know if I actually get around to trying any of the stuff on her site (as opposed to just thinking about it.) I've recently concluded that I'm some level of wheat intolerant - any meal with bread/noodles seems to hit me like a sedative. I wish I'd figured that out years ago since carbs are such a favorite of mine.
16th-Jun-2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Batman Beyond runs in a block along with Jem on the Hub these days.

This doesn't really differentiate it from any other show on the Hub, of course, but DVR blablabla. And one doesn't expect ads for ACTION PROGRAMS like BATMAN and JEM.

(Also, it was more fun in England, just because they had to call it Batman of the Future. One expected black and white serials, not belated diet cyberpunk.)

Good luck unpacking!
22nd-Jun-2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Batman of the Future

Ah hah! That explains why I recognise the stills but not the show title!
16th-Jun-2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
If you want to be inpsired to watch a bunch of Batman Beyond, watch this vid. WARNING: Includes spoilers for the Batman Beyond movie Return of the Joker.
22nd-Jun-2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Wow. Awesome marriage of video and music. Doesn't hurt that that is my favourite cover of one of my favourite Trent Reznor / NiN tracks…

*adds to memories*

Edited at 2011-06-22 10:53 pm (UTC)
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17th-Jun-2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
I can only assume that in Adams world, men want to rape but they don't want their womenfolk to be raped by others (moms, sisters, wives and especially daughters, who they apparently don't even want to have consensual sex) and that is why we have the laws.

I do not believe this, naturally.
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17th-Jun-2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
I can indeed!
22nd-Jun-2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
P.S. Valentines is amazing and I have done a one-sentence review of it over at my LJ.
23rd-Jun-2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! <3
23rd-Jun-2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Batman Beyond was awesome.
30th-Jun-2011 05:49 am (UTC)
?! How did I never talk to you about the awesomeness that is Batman Beyond? I feel remiss in my duties as a geeky friend.
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