June 5th, 2007

No power in the 'verse...

Tew's Day

Happy birthday to vanuslux!

Hello to new readers gypsyfae and midnightbunny!


Geography Fair like whoa.
All I gotta say is thank goodness the Ethiopia table had coffee.

Okay, well, yes, also - Elayna's table looked pretty good, thank goodness. :) I'm glad I thought of sending in a placemat and plate in contrasting colors to match the Croatian flag. Food and music were worth extra credit, so there was food aplenty; I needn't have eaten breakfast! I'm glad Elayna made her own food (sort of a biscotti thing, with whiskey and anise!) - well, Elayna and Adam. Shows more effort than store-bought. (The France booth actually had those Babybel Laughing Cow cheeses. Please.) And she had some good music, mostly classical, save the one sung by Bono. And the Croatian National Anthem.

Anyway. Went well. *nods*

Link Soup
* Introduction to Poetry, by Billy Collins.

* slipjig made a cat macro from yesterday's Picture of the Day. Hee!

* New Neal Asher book! *whimper* Not available in the US for another month...

I love my dates.
Last night = sweet potato fries, fabulous sex, and... the soundtrack of Evil Dead: the Musical. "Actually, I'm a Candarian demon moose!"

Daily Science
Some call the Higgs boson the Holy Grail of particle physics. As the only undetected element of the field's theoretical masterpiece—the "standard model"—the Higgs guarantees a Nobel Prize for the experimenters who find it first. Now the European Union has spent an estimated $8 billion to build the world's largest particle accelerator, the large hadron collider, to finally track it down.

So goes the reasoning, at least, of popular science writers. In the last month, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe, among others, have run articles on the LHC, which will be capable of reaching energies seven times greater than any comparable device ever created. All of this coverage has focused on the Higgs.

But what if someone else has already found it?

Daily BPAL
*collapses into giggles* There is a Paris Hilton update.

PRIVILEGE: Polished party-girl sleaze. This is a shameless scent, devoid of caution, regret, or introspection. This perfume reeks of tabloid glamour, and has no substance whatsoever. Armoise, tuberose, white citrus, rose absolute, oakmoss, tiare, tuberose, vanilla, linden, and lemon tree blossom. Although this scent originated with fine plants and the pure essences, the final result is a grotesque, eerily empty caricature of a debauched, narcissistic would-be debutante.

PRUNO: Jailhouse hooch. Distilled in toilets, this vintage is comprised of chow line droppings, including oranges, apples, ketchup, and sugar.

Freakin' hilarious. And it's for charity, too: "A portion of each sale of Privilege and Pruno will be donated to Southern California women’s shelters." Thank goodness those both have no-go notes (rose and citrus), or I'd be sorely tempted...

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    Evil Dead The Musical - All The Men In My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian
Elayna & Mommy laughing

Picture of the Day

We went to the New England Aquarium on Saturday, for one of their "backstage" tours. This one was of the cold marine habitats, and featured lots of anemones, among other cool stuff.

There will be more pics from this visit, oh yes.
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    Evil Dead The Musical - Ode To An Accidental Stabbing
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No power in the 'verse...

Me and a Gun

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Warning: post includes me singing. I have many talents. Singing is not one of them.

So. For years, at every concert she did, Tori Amos sang this song - "Me and a Gun". It's her recounting of her rape.

Every concert, she got up and she sang this.

She refused to be invisible.

She refused to be silent.

And she was doing this right at the time that I needed it most. So. Yeah. Tori can be kinda airy-fairy-hippie-dippy, especially on some of the later albums, where it is very much like "Dude, Tori, what are you smoking?" So it seems a bit eye-rolly to say that she is an inspiration to me. But she is. Seeing her do this, seeing her stand there, defiant and visible and still alive, dammit - gave me the courage that I needed. Because if she could do that, I could damnwell get out of bed. I did not have to curl up and die. I could talk about it.

I could help other people, too.

So yeah. Thirteen years and a few hours ago, I was literally grabbed off the street. And raped. And I spent three hours talking the rapist (not "my rapist" - I refuse to claim him) out of killing me, talk him into letting me go.

And if I can do that, I can do anything.

I am still here. I'm writing again. I'm tentatively arting again (it's a word, mousie says so!). He does not have any part of me. Not anymore.

Still here.

*lights a candle*
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    Tori Amos - Me And A Gun
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And now I'm off to meet with norda! Will be at Diesel later. And yes, I am in good spirits and am huggable.
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    Bad English - When I See You Smile
SillyMe - Photognome

*contented sigh*

Spent the evening basically being cuddled and loved on by a few dozen of my closest friends. Which is exactly what I needed.

I continue to be very glad that I moved to Boston. :)
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    Bad English - When I See You Smile