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30th-Jul-2010 07:24 am
Happy birthday to cmpriest!

Happy early birthday to crystalsage and mr_wombat, who advance a year over the weekend!

Hello to new readers bleaknimue and ladyriv!

State of the 'Song
So far, less exhausted today than I've been the rest of the week. I'll take it.

Is tomorrow! Today you will see some preview posts (I have more than 49 auction items to highlight) and an intro to Team Venture. (If you're doing Blogathon, comment here and I'll point people your way!)

I'm at $425 thanks to perldiver, arianhwyvar, enderfem, and ckd! Click here to sponsor me! Click here to buy shiny things! There are still bidless items and items going for cheap.

And spread those links far and wide!

Dating While Feminist
turned into 'Song Talking People into Volunteering at BARCC. Hey, I have my skillset.

No, it worked really well beyond that; props to Dave. I was just amused at my unintentional recruitment.

Link Soup
* haddayr on the relative importance of chronic pain.
* Stieg Larsson has issues and I am not reading those books, thanks.
* 3-D printed fabrics!
* 6 reasons why you'll never upload your mind into a computer.

Daily Science
A chemical compound that boosts the action of a molecule normally produced in the brain may provide the starting point for a new line of therapies for the treatment of epileptic seizures, according to a new study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute.

Friday Memeage!
Wearing: Green skirt with white daisies and black crewneck tee; winged key pendant by arianhwyvar, who has a key pendant in the auction I am just saying.
Reading: Still on Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, by Michael Kimmel, because I interrupted it for The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs, by Michael Belfiore.
Writing: Wrote and sold a story this week, leave me 'lone. No, I need to do more, but I've been in a state of exhaustion and Blogathon distraction.
Knitting: Still the red baby blanket, but I have decided on my next shawl; it will be a Clothilde. Or a Dover Castle Shawl. If it's the latter, it'll be the first of the Shayara pieces I'm doing. But it scares me because it is charted, with no written instructions.
Planning: If you don't know by now...

30th-Jul-2010 11:30 am (UTC)

I'm blogging! General informational page can be found here, along with my sponsorship page here. I'll be blogging for the ALS Association this year, and will be writing flash fanfiction. Theme: 49 Worlds. 1 Captain Jack Harkness. Should be fun. :)

Good luck to you and Team Venture! I'll be supporting you guys from... uh, down the street. See you in the comments. :)
30th-Jul-2010 11:53 am (UTC)
I saw the movie of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with a friend who wanted to see it, without any idea what it was about.
Holy *shit* was that traumatic. Definitely no interest in reading the books. Said friend decided after that she needed to hug a puppy or something to counter it.
30th-Jul-2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
While I wouldn't EVER call it feminist, and yes, reading it was like watching a horrible train wreck, and I'm sure a lot of the horror and torture could have been different and I'm not disagreeing with most of the stuff in the article linked here, I did enjoy reading it.

And other than the whole "she must fall in love with the main character" stupidity, I thought Salander was a not-unreasonable depiction of a repeat-trauma survivor. Down to the self-esteem issues and the viewing-self-as-victim mentality described. I'm not sure her attachment to him is as unlike-reality as it's described as being there, either, but that's probably debatable. And hey, he does give trigger warnings, if you're not an idiot like me.
30th-Jul-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
The movie does not have trigger warnings. And it does not shy away from the horrific (screaming, bloody, oh god it was awful) anal rape scene with her horrible state caregiver or whatever he was. (I think my friend I saw it with might've said it happened in the second book?) I had to go out into the lobby and get a drink to get away from it.
30th-Jul-2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Note to self: Under no circumstances see the movie. I'm surprised they included that part, as it wasn't really a big plot driver, and only served as character development which I wouldn't see as necessary in the movie. I'm sorry you experienced that.

I don't know how they'd give warning in a movie; in the book there were statistics at the section breaks.

Now I'm curious why my mother liked it... Hmm...

But yeah, it *was* in the first book, and caught me by surprise.
30th-Jul-2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I wonder what it was that she said was from the second book, then.

I dunno, it kind of seemed like the filmmaker relished the horrible gore scenes. It showed in gruesome detail her tattooing (I can't remember what, I think it was rapist pig or something) on the state dude and it being bloody everywhere.

It showed whatshisface nazi serial killer rapist all fucked up after his car crashed too, though it didn't actually show him burning to death. (It just showed her watching him burn to death. Oh! I think I know which part she said was from the second book! It also showed her throwing gasoline or something on her dad and setting him on fire as a kid.)

....I think it's basically torture porn. :s
30th-Jul-2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Ok, yeah, I really want to know why my mom thinks I'd like the movie, then. I do not understand torture porn. And by that I mean, I do not understand "mainstream" society liking *unlabeled* torture porn, such that it catches those of us who don't like it totally unaware.

I've not read the second book, and that sounds unfamiliar, so yeah, probably that.
30th-Jul-2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hell if I know. It is squicky.
30th-Jul-2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
I'll be blogging! It'll be interesting to juggle Blogathon and work the first part of the day, but I'm gonna be trying!
30th-Jul-2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Also blogging from down the street! :) My 'here's what I'm doing and why' with appropriate links is here.
30th-Jul-2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've read enough negative about the Larson books and movies that I don't intend to partake. Sady is eloquent as always.

I would also love to attend a "Dating While Feminist" class; but I am far from Boston, and where I am, I might be the only one there.
30th-Jul-2010 02:37 pm (UTC) - Blogathon - me too!
I'll be blogging over at celtic-maenad.dreamwidth.org (crossposting to this account on LJ) in support of The Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org). No theme, but will be doing intermittent BPAL reviews along with probably random blathering whatever else I can think of to write. :) I have a sponsor page at FirstGiving.com: www.firstgiving.com/celtic_maenad

If you get a chance to spread the word, I'd be grateful. Thanks!
30th-Jul-2010 02:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Blogathon - me too!
Added you to the pimpage post! :)
30th-Jul-2010 02:45 pm (UTC) - Re: Blogathon - me too!
Yay, thanks!
30th-Jul-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Clothilde shawl: Did you see my email telling you about this book that you and Elayna have to read, Rampant? Because there is a Clothilde in the book and it just reinforces the notion that you have to read this book now now now I know you're busy but NOW.

I feel that strongly about it. *nod*
30th-Jul-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Do you own it? Or should I hit the library?
30th-Jul-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Library! I'm reading a digital ARC of the sequel right now. I put it on the 8th grade reading list kind of as a whim, and then read it and went HO SHIT I'M SO GLAD I PUT THIS ON THE LIST OH. MY. GOD.

Author is Diana Peterfreund.
30th-Jul-2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Also because, in case you don't remember or did not see my email, which is totally understandable, I expect to be discussing this book at next year's Take Back the SciFi panel. *nod* As a good example.
30th-Jul-2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I've never had any desire to read Larsson's books. The post just makes me more emphatic about that. Meh and ew!

Sorry I can't support Blogathon this year. I'm a little bit in the red at the moment. :/
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