July 21st, 2009


Tew's Day!

Hello to new readers hani, ravnsdaughter, neighbor_ninja, and ohlordies!

Doing pretty okay. I wish the weather was better... I keep having the urge to go for walks, but it's way too hot. :(

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Quote of the Day
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
- Steve Jobs, from a college commencement address

I am already naked. Baby, I live naked.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Beyond Molecular Nanotechnology is Femtotech : Proposal for Synthesizing Degenerate Matter . Nanotech is so 2008, it seems.
* Engineering microbes to seed life on Mars!
* Students Embed Stem Cells in Sutures to Enhance Healing.

I have a lunch not-a-date... I may take myself to the movies afterward to kill time between that and Diesel, and also to keep me from walking around in the heat of the day.
One Person can Make a Difference

But 'song, what do you do at BARCC?

Locals know that I man tables at street fairs (thanks for stopping by, hugging me, buying lavender products!); all of you know that I'm a Survivor Speaker. SF/F congoers know that I do panels about rape, sexual assault, and sexual politics and problems in fandom - in the community education and prevention branch of BARCC, we're encouraged to identify a community to work with, and fandom is one of mine.

And you've heard me say I do workshops, but what are workshops? Here you go: a list of the workshops I facilitate or co-facilitate!

Respecting Boundaries
Length: 45-60 min.
Suggested audience: ages 12-15
The goal of this workshop is to work with younger youth to identify others’ personal boundaries, understand how to respect them, and develop community responsibility that supports personal boundaries. This session includes discussion and activities about the difficulty of respecting boundaries with friends and peers.

Length: 1-1.5 hours
Suggested Audience: ages 14-18
This workshop gives youth a fuller understanding of obtaining and giving consent for sexual activity within a relationship. Groups will learn and discuss the legal definition of consent for sexual activity for the state of MA; factors that might influence one’s ability to make an informed and healthy decision to engage in sexual activity; healthy sexual relationships; and local resources if they have questions concerning sexual assault. The workshop is highly interactive, discussion-based and adaptable for many ages.

Sexual Assault: Practicing Prevention
Length: 1-1.5 hours
Suggested audience: ages 16+
The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of how perpetration happens and to create community responsibility for sexual violence prevention. This session is highly interactive and includes discussion and real-life scenarios generated by youth to practice ways to make relationships and communities less accepting of sexual violence. This workshop is most effective when the audience has a basic understanding of sexual assault. We can provide a two-part workshop or other suggestions for materials and activities.

Becoming Active Bystanders
Length: 2-2.5 hours
Suggested audience: ages 18+
This in-depth skill-building workshop focuses on cultivating a sense of responsibility for our communities and environments. Discussion includes current research on why people act or do not act to challenge inappropriate sexual and violent behaviors. Activities include exercises that explore a range of ways to be an active bystander. This workshop is appropriate for audiences with an understanding of the dynamics of sexual violence and some involvement in their communities, for example peer health or peer leadership

Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a display in which a clothesline is hung with shirts decorated to represent individual survivors’ experiences. Because they are made by the survivor or someone who cares about them, it is a moving way to depict the impact of sexual violence on survivors, their friends, and families. Many schools or organizations find that this is an effective program to introduce students/people to the impact of sexual assault. BARCC has a collection of shirts, clothesline, and clothespins that we can loan to you for your program. To see a sample of shirts go to http://www.barcc.org/active/awareness/clothesline

Survivor Speakers
Length: 1 hour
BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau is a group of survivors and friends/family members of survivors who volunteer to talk about sexual assault and abuse. Speakers have been trained to address audiences from a variety of backgrounds including students (middle school through graduate school), police officers and other first responders, health and mental health practitioners, parents, and athletes. The presentation format usually is 10-15 minutes of the survivor telling their story followed by a longer Q&A session. Survivors are typically accompanied by a BARCC volunteer who can answer questions about BARCC services or other questions not directly related to the survivor’s experience.

First Responders
Length: 1-2.5 hours
Suggested audience: ages 18+
This workshop presents an innovative model for responding to a disclosure of sexual violence. It stresses the importance of a supportive response to reduce secondary trauma and to encourage the victim to seek further care. This approach trains staff to respond to disclosures emphasizing four key areas: Safety, Empowerment, Empathy, and Knowledge (SEEK). It is an essential tool for creating a safe point of entry for anyone choosing to disclose the sexual violence they experienced. This course is also available as an on on-line course. For more information go to http://www.barcc.org/information/resources-online/course/

Those are our standard workshops. There are about 20 volunteers at any given time (emotionally difficult work = high turnover), and several staffers. (We're always looking for more volunteers!) These volunteers cover the entire Boston area, suburbs and all; we go to colleges and high schools, police departments and hospitals. We go pretty much everywhere we're asked.

Think one of these programs could be beneficial for your place of work? Contact us!

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Elayna - Oct08

A 14-year-old's perspective on the recent Realms of Fantasy cover

So Adam and I were talking about the brouhaha over the Realms of Fantasy cover (read here). Specifically about the art director's claim that, as the art director, he has nothing to do with font selection.

At which point Elayna went o.O

Yes, even the 14-year-old knows the art director's job better than he does.

Elayna's other notes on the cover: "The font is really weak. I mean, they have a great font for the logo. Why such a step down?"

When asked about the art itself: *pained look* "Well. The feather is neat."

Me: "Yeah, that's the only thing I like about it. Any thoughts on the rest of it?"

Elayna: *another pained look* *long pause* "She has a grid on her breasts. No, seriously - it's like she was wearing a mesh shirt and fell asleep on the beach."

(She also notes that the "HARRY POTTER" is perplexing in its lack of specificity, and that the lede of the article is "not a lede. It's just not. It doesn't have the lede format, but it also doesn't have the format of a regular sentence. I cannot think of where I'd find a sentence like that." No, wait, she thought of something - Successories.)
Fizzgig! - velvetsteel


So. Blogathon is Saturday. And I still don't know where we're having it.

Because Team Venture is smaller this year - and we've been teetering on the edge of being a small enough group to stay here. But it's just become - probably - too big a group.

Which means schlepping out to Littleton, which is less convenient for everyone involved. Also means losing Adam from the pit crew, as he's not going to want to be stranded in Littleton. And it means it's much harder to get anyone else for the pit crew. "There's the whole "flaming moat" problem," feste_sylvain says, referring to the fact that most Bostonians don't venture outside of the 128 loop. (My house is T-accessible. His? Not remotely.)

So. Is anyone willing and able to take a pit crew shift in Littleton? Because emilytheslayer and feste_sylvain both have to sleep sometime. This could be the deciding factor on whether there's a Team Venture this year.

(There will likely be no Team Venture next year. Because I do not have the time and energy to keep spending on this sort of organizational crap when I have planning to do for my own 'thon, plus auctions, plus editing a novella, plus everything else I need to get done this week.)

EDIT: There is also the question of whether our non-driving teammates can even get to Littleton.

EDIT: And also all four of feste_sylvain's household will be home now, which complicates matters further.

EDIT: I will have to sleep on this.
EDIT: Divisio of the team seems necessary. Am very mediated. More tomorrow.

Now need pit crew for Boston. (And Medford?)