My fav pic of the quake has to be the library. I hate shelf-tidying at the best of times, but this looks like a serious bitch.
My Inner Librarian is going crazy. Must... alphabetise...
I also have a Big New Thing coming up in 08, but I can't tell you about that yet.
Thanks for the opportunity, it's been choice.
I wrote a blog post last Nov. when System went live, and looking back at it, I was both wrong and right. I was wrong in my prediction that System would struggle to stay civil and erudite, and I was right about how bloody addictive it would prove to be.
Personally, I like "I can has Heisenburger?" but that's a level of geekery well beyond that which is socially acceptable.
Not here it isn't!
Indeed. The Physics Dept at Canterbury had one of those big maps with 'you are here' written on it. Someone with a vivid had written 'you may be here - Heisenberg' next to it.
Shaping experiences and traits, in my opinion, are many. Gender is just one of them. It may, in some people, not be a very big one, but it's still there. For me, it's more about the nuance and the shading that makes a person.
That, I think, we can entirely agree on. Which would be a nice place to let it go.
Steven, one of my best online friends, and one of the most original and amusing writers over at the Web, is dyslexic. I have huge admiration for the way she copes. I don't think letting people know is exploiting it, it just saves everyone some unnecessary aggravation. But yes, the more people you get the chance to listen to, the more you discover new ways to be discriminated against.
And I'll direct you all the way back to page 2, where Stephen Judd said:
Something that really pisses me off about popular reporting is the way that minor differences between groups get turned into enormous dichotomies between individuals. They always seem to say if you are a man, you will feel A, if you are a woman, B; whereas the truth is that slightly more men are a bit more A.
So, yes, that would all be applicable if we were talking, in generalisations, about large groups of people, but we were talking about just me. And broad trends don't actually predict the behaviour of individuals very well, especially if you ignore everything about that individual in favour of looking at their tickboxes.
And those same brain chemistry and physiology studies appear to indicate that, generally, comparing averages, lesbian and bisexual women fall in between the averages for straight women and the averages for men. So even just looking at the broad strokes, saying that if I'd been born male I'd have completely different view is... well, I'm going to say 'a big call'.
My daughter actually IS hearing-impaired. It's my opinion having watched her growing up, her struggles, the way she deals with her disability and the way other people react to her, that her deafness is going to be a bigger factor in shaping her experience than her gender, and that she may often find that she has more in common with a Deaf male than a Hearing female.
part of who you are is the lucky dip which is your gender at birth
Part, yes. I don't think it's completely unreasonable for me to say, how much differs from person to person.
Ooo, I do usually remember marrying people. This could give my Civil Union some serious legal issues...
Oh, and Deborah, my daughter was feeling pretty stink. And then this big box of Christmas presents arrived from friends up north, and she lit up like a kleig.
That owuld be, "it's NOT the John Thomas..."
Heh, that's okay, that's what I read. Good old end of year stupor.
Not necessarily an activity confined to women only, of course.
Indeed. Part of my perspective comes from the fact that for five years my partner was the main caregiver for our children, given the amount of time I spent too sick to crawl out of bed. He gave up work to do that, and it wasn't easy. It was also eye-opening, and I ended up getting very defensive about people giving him the hairy eyeball for being in the park with his own daughter.
But yes, with all the caveats about how the experience is more common to women, and therefore it's more likely to be women who hear that caring work voice and recognise it.
And for the record, the only way the EMPU is going to influence my vote is if Andrew Little agrees to role-play Mellors to my Constance Chatterly. Which would constitue a corrupt practice, just not in the sense intended by the Electoral Act.
Tell me you're never, ever leaving us, Craig.
Could mean nothing more than more of the higher profile lit-bloggers are women just because they do better work, were early adaptors for all kinds of reasons etc.
I honestly don't know. I did at one stage have a whole bunch of writer blogs on my list, but every now and then life demands I make cutbacks, and Jane Espenson stayed because she posts frequently (I don't know where she finds the time), and she's a good read. Every writer group I've belonged to has been about 80% women, it just seems to be an activity that attracts females. I'm not feeling very profound today, though: a side-effect of mopping vomit, I think.
I wonder if I'm the only one here who's ever been bundled into a car at midnight and then driven to a gang HQ to listen to guys making me an offer I can't refuse.
I think you're right, I think we may have dated.
Don't cringe away, ever, from your female perspective
I'm really not a cringey person. But I'm really honestly not sure how much my 'perspective' would be different with a schlong.
And I know it's true, because I HAVE