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Still here. Been eaten by political awfulness, OwlCon, work, local Pagan org stuff, and a variety of deaths and illnesses in the social group (most of them not mine). OwlCon will continue to eat my lunch for the next three weeks or so, but then that'll be off my plate and I might have an online presence somewhere other than Twitter again.
omorka: (WTF?)
Texas GOP: what part of "after midnight" do you not understand?
omorka: (Educator At Work)
In the wake of Romney's loss, let me present the world's saddest duckface. (Also, one of the cupcakes has collapsed.)
omorka: (South Park Jen)
Content warning: several of these are NSFW and they all have sexism in them. There's also some homophobia in the next-to-last one.

Professional porn actress Stoya has two posts on harassment at conventions and street harassment at her Twitter. Money quote (so to speak) from the first one: "Let me remind you that in a room of pornography fans, who have actually seen me with a dick in my mouth and who can buy a replica of my vagina in a can or box, I am treated with far more respect than I am walking down the street."

Branded tells us that fat acceptance, especially for women, is a plot on the part of the 1% to sell more fast food. MovieBob tells you why else not to see it at the Escapist.

Santiago Ortiz put together a scatterplot of male editors vs. female editors of Wkipedia, for a selection of pages on various topics. Note that the scales are not the same - the x-axis (male) is by 10s, and the y-axis (female) is by ones. The gray line on the left is the parity line. Apparently, Weird Al's viewpoint character is not only "White & Nerdy," but also most likely male.

Only partially about gender issues, mostly making fun of Rick Santorum, but if you haven't read Jim Wright's "Also, Nazis!" column at Stonekettle Station yet, you should.

And Io9 has an article about the state of harassment & sexism at various geek gatherings (ReaderCon, TAM, and DefCon are the three focal points). I haven't read the comments; could someone braver than I tell me how many of them are variations on "Why is this here and not on Jezebel?"
omorka: (South Park Jen)
Content warning: several of these are NSFW and they all have sexism in them. There's also some homophobia in the next-to-last one.

Professional porn actress Stoya has two posts on harassment at conventions and street harassment at her Twitter. Money quote (so to speak) from the first one: "Let me remind you that in a room of pornography fans, who have actually seen me with a dick in my mouth and who can buy a replica of my vagina in a can or box, I am treated with far more respect than I am walking down the street."

Branded tells us that fat acceptance, especially for women, is a plot on the part of the 1% to sell more fast food. MovieBob tells you why else not to see it at the Escapist.

Santiago Ortiz put together a scatterplot of male editors vs. female editors of Wkipedia, for a selection of pages on various topics. Note that the scales are not the same - the x-axis (male) is by 10s, and the y-axis (female) is by ones. The gray line on the left is the parity line. Apparently, Weird Al's viewpoint character is not only "White & Nerdy," but also most likely male.

Only partially about gender issues, mostly making fun of Rick Santorum, but if you haven't read Jim Wright's "Also, Nazis!" column at Stonekettle Station yet, you should.

And Io9 has an article about the state of harassment & sexism at various geek gatherings (ReaderCon, TAM, and DefCon are the three focal points). I haven't read the comments; could someone braver than I tell me how many of them are variations on "Why is this here and not on Jezebel?"
omorka: (Bi Symbol)
So, apparently a Maryland politican wrote a letter to the owner of the Ravens complaining about them . . . not yelling at one of their linebackers for speaking out in favor of marriage equality. On his official stationary as a legislator. This is tacky at best and an actual First Amendment issue at worst (I'm currently leaning towards "tacky in the extreme").

So, like any other red-blooded American would under the circumstances, the punter for the Minnesota Vikings wrote what is possibly the first letter to a legislator to contain both a reference to Jackie Robinson and the word "cockmonster" in support of his colleague. It is brazenly, powerfully, obscenely NSFW, and you should totally read it anyway. It single-handedly raised the reputation of the NFL, an organization in which young men repeatedly concuss themselves and each other for our entertainment, two notches in my esteem.

---

Also, anti-marriage-equality politics and erectile dysfunction medications: two mouth-puckering tastes that are remarkably funny together.
omorka: (Bi Symbol)
So, apparently a Maryland politican wrote a letter to the owner of the Ravens complaining about them . . . not yelling at one of their linebackers for speaking out in favor of marriage equality. On his official stationary as a legislator. This is tacky at best and an actual First Amendment issue at worst (I'm currently leaning towards "tacky in the extreme").

So, like any other red-blooded American would under the circumstances, the punter for the Minnesota Vikings wrote what is possibly the first letter to a legislator to contain both a reference to Jackie Robinson and the word "cockmonster" in support of his colleague. It is brazenly, powerfully, obscenely NSFW, and you should totally read it anyway. It single-handedly raised the reputation of the NFL, an organization in which young men repeatedly concuss themselves and each other for our entertainment, two notches in my esteem.

---

Also, anti-marriage-equality politics and erectile dysfunction medications: two mouth-puckering tastes that are remarkably funny together.
omorka: (Jigglypuff Demands)
So the GOPers also put an anti-gay plank in the state platform, which surprises absolutely no one, I'm sure. It's that last sentence that weirds me out, though. It reads like they're saying that there shouldn't be any legal penalties for gay-bashing - not even assualt or murder charges. And I'm not sure whether that's just because no one proofread the document (as demonstrated in the previous post) or whether they actually meant to say that assault on a GLBTQ person should not be illegal if it was performed out of religious conviction.

If it's the latter, would they be in favor of assault charges if the assailant does not claim religious reasons? Clearly, some muckraker just out of journalism school needs to grab a camera and a microphone and go find out.

I tried to open the link in the article to slog through the whole document, just to see what other nonsensical crap was lurking therein, but the .pdf the link goes to is busted, as is the one on the texasgop.org site. And I don't have Word on this computer, and didn't feel like downloading the .doc file and then converting it to Pages, even though it's not actually all that difficult. So someone else gets to do that, and whoever the TXGOP's web coder is could probably use a proofreader as well.
omorka: (Jigglypuff Demands)
So the GOPers also put an anti-gay plank in the state platform, which surprises absolutely no one, I'm sure. It's that last sentence that weirds me out, though. It reads like they're saying that there shouldn't be any legal penalties for gay-bashing - not even assualt or murder charges. And I'm not sure whether that's just because no one proofread the document (as demonstrated in the previous post) or whether they actually meant to say that assault on a GLBTQ person should not be illegal if it was performed out of religious conviction.

If it's the latter, would they be in favor of assault charges if the assailant does not claim religious reasons? Clearly, some muckraker just out of journalism school needs to grab a camera and a microphone and go find out.

I tried to open the link in the article to slog through the whole document, just to see what other nonsensical crap was lurking therein, but the .pdf the link goes to is busted, as is the one on the texasgop.org site. And I don't have Word on this computer, and didn't feel like downloading the .doc file and then converting it to Pages, even though it's not actually all that difficult. So someone else gets to do that, and whoever the TXGOP's web coder is could probably use a proofreader as well.
omorka: (Janine Not Impressed)
So, my adopted state's GOP has put its foot well in its mouth yet again; they've taken a controversial anti-critical thought stance. Which, despite claiming it was a mistake, they apparently can't fix until 2014. Kind of like the Legislature in general, honestly.

Honestly, their stance against higher order thinking skills (which they did not walk back) doesn't make any sense, either; assuming they're referring to Bloom's Taxonomy (and I can't find a reference to the HOTS acronym that doesn't use the Bloom's definition), they're talking about analysis, synthesis, and evaluation - and while I share a certain skepticism that "evaluation" should be the "top" of the chart, I am very much in favor of being able to use all three skills (as a higher-level math teacher, the vast majority of what I test falls into either anlysis, synthesis, or the next level down, which is application). I suspect that at least the religious-right end of the Texipublicans is terrified of their kids learning how to evaluate a proposition, for fear that they'll apply it to Bible study, but that presupposes that they already know they're wrong.

And the party that brought us the NCLB standardized testing system objecting to "outcome-based education" is whiplash-inducing. Granted that multiple-choice testing was not what the original authors of the various OBE programs had in mind - most of them imagined something closer to a portfolio of task- and performance-assessments - but the 50 statewide assessment systems required for those would be enormous.
omorka: (Janine Not Impressed)
So, my adopted state's GOP has put its foot well in its mouth yet again; they've taken a controversial anti-critical thought stance. Which, despite claiming it was a mistake, they apparently can't fix until 2014. Kind of like the Legislature in general, honestly.

Honestly, their stance against higher order thinking skills (which they did not walk back) doesn't make any sense, either; assuming they're referring to Bloom's Taxonomy (and I can't find a reference to the HOTS acronym that doesn't use the Bloom's definition), they're talking about analysis, synthesis, and evaluation - and while I share a certain skepticism that "evaluation" should be the "top" of the chart, I am very much in favor of being able to use all three skills (as a higher-level math teacher, the vast majority of what I test falls into either anlysis, synthesis, or the next level down, which is application). I suspect that at least the religious-right end of the Texipublicans is terrified of their kids learning how to evaluate a proposition, for fear that they'll apply it to Bible study, but that presupposes that they already know they're wrong.

And the party that brought us the NCLB standardized testing system objecting to "outcome-based education" is whiplash-inducing. Granted that multiple-choice testing was not what the original authors of the various OBE programs had in mind - most of them imagined something closer to a portfolio of task- and performance-assessments - but the 50 statewide assessment systems required for those would be enormous.
omorka: (Be Excellent)
MovieBob hits it out of the park twice in a row.
omorka: (Be Excellent)
MovieBob hits it out of the park twice in a row.
omorka: (Religious Left)
Wouldn't normally post to anything at FreeThoughtBlogs, but this post by Crommunist on "political [in]correctness" is the best summary of the issues involved I've yet read.
omorka: (Religious Left)
Wouldn't normally post to anything at FreeThoughtBlogs, but this post by Crommunist on "political [in]correctness" is the best summary of the issues involved I've yet read.
omorka: (Religious Left)
An apt link: The Bedamnitudes, or Curses from Galt's Gulch
omorka: (Religious Left)
An apt link: The Bedamnitudes, or Curses from Galt's Gulch
omorka: (South Park Jen)
So apparently the existence of two women in sufficiently high levels in the US government to be in the Situation Room is so threatening to some people that they 'Shopped them out. Sorry, not buying the "immodesty" bit - Clinton's suit in that photo is about as modest as you can get without a burqua.

Now, if she'd been dressed as Wonder Woman, maybe . . .
omorka: (South Park Jen)
So apparently the existence of two women in sufficiently high levels in the US government to be in the Situation Room is so threatening to some people that they 'Shopped them out. Sorry, not buying the "immodesty" bit - Clinton's suit in that photo is about as modest as you can get without a burqua.

Now, if she'd been dressed as Wonder Woman, maybe . . .
omorka: (Autoharp & Case)
So what with all the labor unrest and all, I was bouncing around link-surfing off of a few blogs about the Great Discordian Prank Call until I got to this YouTube page

Now, I knew who Mimi Pureena was named after, but for whatever reason, I hadn't heard this song before. It's been a while since a song had me in tears on first listening - and this despite the metonymy problem (I don't actually particularly care for bread or roses as such).

So I went to snag a copy of the song, and I can't find that one, but the Judy Collins version is close enough. (I also picked up two other versions, one of them reggae.) And I went to listen to it, still half-crying, which means it's hard to hit the high notes. I was halfway through before I realized the lyrics were probably in Rise Up Singing, so I went and found my copy - and sure enough, there they are on p. 245, clear as day.

And then iTunes (which is, as always, on shuffle) jumped to - well, you can see the bottom of the post. I have maintained for quite some time that iTunes is, for all practical purposes, a divination tool, and as opinionated as most Tarot decks if not more so. But this was particularly facepalm-worthy, if accurate.

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