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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
4th-Nov-2009 07:52 am
Happy birthday to pisicutsa!

I still don't have the results on my lupus/Sjogren's/celiac bloodwork. Was supposed to have results on Monday. Apparently, as of yesterday afternoon, the doctor's office did not have he results. *drums fingernails on table impatiently*

Speech! Speech!
Tonight I am the keynote speaker at BARCC's Champions for Change Gala. I am the first survivor speaker they've ever had at the Gala. I will be telling my story to 400 people tonight.

I know a lot of you guys don't really get what I do. You get that it's very important to me, yes. But... even though I am an unpaid volunteer, this is very much my path; this is what I Do. And out of everyone in the state they could have chosen to speak tonight at the biggest BARCC event of the year, they chose me.

It's big.

I started another Simple Yet Effective shawl while I was waiting to grab someone help me figure out Travelling Woman's cast-on. So I'm most of a skein into that, and it will be my casual brainless knitting. asciikitty came by yesterday and helped me figure out Travelling Woman, and I am 16 rows away from ending the big ol' stockinette section and jumping into the first lace chart. That will happen today. And pictures will happen. Because the yarn is really pretty.

Link Soup
* Are you reading Spots, the Space Marine? You should.
* Poorly-handled police/rape victim interaction at the World Fantasy Con hotel.
* For those who were following the XKCD public transit comic, I give you this: the MBTA will be honored tonight at BARCC's Champions for Change Gala for their handling of sexual harassment on public transit. (I have seen a situation go down and get Handled on a bus. Testify.)
* I would like a micro pig.

Daily Science

Implantable Silicon-Silk Electronics: Biodegradable circuits could enable better neural interfaces and LED tattoos.

By building thin, flexible silicon electronics on silk substrates, researchers have made electronics that almost completely dissolve inside the body. So far the research group has demonstrated arrays of transistors made on thin films of silk. While electronics must usually be encased to protect them from the body, these electronics don't need protection, and the silk means the electronics conform to biological tissue. The silk melts away over time and the thin silicon circuits left behind don't cause irritation because they are just nanometers thick.


I must practice my speech for tonight. Also I will knit to calm myself. And I will get writing done if I can settle my brain down from "OMGSPEECH".
4th-Nov-2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
BARCC was on the news last night... talking about budget cuts and how hard they had worked to make sure there was someone in every emergency room who knew how to take a rape kit.

Getting up in front of that many people and talking about ANYTHING is hard.
What you are gonna do takes BALLS!

4th-Nov-2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! So glad you saw them!

Yeah, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program just took a huge cut. I will quote from BARCC's e-mail on the topic:

Yesterday, Governor Patrick cut $1 million from the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Line Item 4510-0810 of the Department of Public Health (DPH) budget for FY2010. This is the line item under which BARCC and other rape crisis centers receive funding for to provide 24 hour accompaniment to survivors who need to go to the hospital for a forensic exam. It also pays for the SANE nurses and the Children's Advocacy Centers who make up the team of responders for recent victims of sexual violence.

This is a 30% cut and that's in addition to a $500,000 reduction that he made earlier this year.

That's our big legislative advocacy thing right now.
6th-Nov-2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
4th-Nov-2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
You'll be great tonight. I have faith.
4th-Nov-2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! Tonight! You will rock! What are you wearing?
4th-Nov-2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
And out of everyone in the state they could have chosen to speak tonight at the biggest BARCC event of the year, they chose me.

Oh wow. Congrats! You'll kick ass!
4th-Nov-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)

Ooops. Sorry 'bout the yelling.
4th-Nov-2009 03:16 pm (UTC)


4th-Nov-2009 03:35 pm (UTC)

You'll be awesome.

But just in case, I have some spare energy, since my midterm is over. I can send it your way, say around 7:00 or so?
4th-Nov-2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Good luck tonight. May the words come easily. May you make an impact. May people be inspired by your example to affect much needed change in the world.

(And finally, may you get your results in.)
4th-Nov-2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
You will absolutely amaze people with your speech. You will rock the house. You will grab people by the heart and make them hear you.

I know this, because I know you.
4th-Nov-2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
-huge huge hug- I'm so proud of you for what you do.
5th-Nov-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Hope everything went well for you tonight! :)
14th-Nov-2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Congratulations indeed on being the speaker! You are brave and strong and doing something very important.
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