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  • I really like Lena Headey's interior design tastes. And also like her practicality for choosing to live in the Valley in a reasonably-sized house for her family.
  • These teen girls protesting in their quinceañera dresses are far braver than I ever could be.
  • Fan Ho, Hong Kong's poet with a camera.
  • Dr. Jen Gunter's takedown of GOOP has been a lot of fun. Also for fun I checked Dr. Gundry's license and noticed that under the self-reported board certification, he lists "American Board of Urology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery", which is weird. The board of Urology does not certify for female pelvic medicine; that would be under the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. His board certification(s) should be for the specialties he practices in, which would be primarily cardiology and thoracic surgery. So, that's just strange. Wonder why he doesn't list his actual boards, and if he does have them (board certification is not a requirement to be a doctor, it's just a lot of hospitals/insurances/med groups prefer that their doctors maintain board certification to stay current on knowledge), if they're current. 
  • So my teenage horror reading might be turned into a TV show: Fox is developing R.L. Stine's Fear Street with a female director, Leigh Janiak. Someone please please please pick up Christopher Pike.
  • New Guillermo Del Toro movie:

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I'm going to have to start reading some actual books at some point. Anyway, I skim a lot of stuff while working at my new place. But all of these are pretty interesting reads:
I'm following a few stories, and it's making me go hmmmm....

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:45 pm


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Going through my bookmarks:

Apr. 1st, 2017 10:38 pm

on labor

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  • Godless parents are doing a better job. Man I hope so.
  • America's empty church problem. And even within the white working class, those who don’t regularly attend church are more likely to suffer from divorce, addiction, and financial distress. As Wilcox explains, “Many conservative, Protestant white men who are only nominally attached to a church struggle in today’s world. They have traditional aspirations but often have difficulty holding down a job, getting and staying married, and otherwise forging real and abiding ties in their community. The culture and economy have shifted in ways that have marooned them with traditional aspirations unrealized in their real-world lives.” (Thought I had while reading this: traditionally, women are the ones who do the work of keeping the family together and forging community ties like church and school. If men are unable to stay married, or have never learned how to get along with others in healthy ways, of course those ties are going to come loose. I also detect a huge flavor of entitlement - entitlement to the promise of the "American dream" whereas for immigrants and their children, that dream is mostly aspirational and not guaranteed.)
  • You're still fucked under the GOP health plan even if you have insurance through your work.
  • Thinx promised a feminist utopia to everyone but its employees. The company’s parental leave policies were also galling, say sources, in light of Thinx’s proudly feminist stance: two weeks leave at full pay plus one week at half pay for the birthing parent, and one week leave at full pay plus one week at half pay for the non-birthing parent. (Side note: loving all the female-oriented spaces doing such awesome journalism lately. Also, this is why people should unionize.)
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The cute:

Twinkie Chan makes food scarves. No, I do not know if Twinkie is her real, legal name. I would not be surprised if it were.

This LOLcat:

Samuel L Jackson to play Andrew Mwangura, controversial contact for troubled seafarers and pirates.

Cute picture of Gary Locke and his family.

This one is adorable, too: picture of a White House staffer's kid patting President Obama's head to see if his haircut feels the same as his.

Credit card reform.

AlternativeTo. Gives you alternative software options for Windows, Mac, Linux and online apps.

Reena Ahluwalia's jewelry is gorgeous.

I'm not sure if I like this or not, actually. Somebody turned Dante's Inferno into a videogame.

Jul. 10th, 2008 09:31 pm


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  • For [profile] manrobotmonster  : ihasahotdog.
  • NxE’s Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers - I'm not sure why some of these are on here because some of them don't post anymore. But there's a lot of cool people to add to the reading list.
  • One nation, not just speaking English: Obama says: Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English -- they'll learn English -- you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.
  • We love. Deal with it. Ask.Metafilter thread on things people love about Los Angeles. Lots of good things here.
  • Watched Hancock. I enjoyed it, but I'll be the first to admit that the story made no sense.
  • Movies! Please stop teasing with Batman trailers.
  • Also saw Flower Drum Song, probably not for the first time, but for the first time in whole. Wow! This is such an awesome musical and with really good songs.
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Because he is one of my favorite writers right now and he just won the friggin Pulitzer AND he teaches at MIT.

Excerpt from his next book. Via Maud Newton. That picture cracks me up.

I'm as nerdy as they come, a deep lover of books, but those long hard years marked me as deeply as that river marked Conrad and maybe that's what the writer means when they say that I'm "from the street." If that's what the writer's getting at then I'll take it, I've no interest in erasing my particular version of the "American Experience."

Newsweek interview. Via [personal profile] coffeeandink.

But in my mind, I think that the same way a small, cold, gray, drizzly island nation in the North Atlantic could imagine itself the center of the universe, I see no difference why a Dominican who comes from this tiny little place and time can't also imagine himself the center of the universe.

LAist interview.

Going to college was like immigrating again except it wasn't as fucked up, it was actually kind of fun. I mean, it wasn't fuckin paradise, I mean, I worked my way through college, delivering fuckin pool tables. I mean, I know kids who say they worked their way through college and they had a fuckin work study job at the library, you know? I was fuckin working my ass off, so it wasn't a fun ass joke, but compared to what immigration was like when I was a kid? I was like, shit yeah, this is great! You get ass, people invite you to smoke weed, you meet people from all over the world, you read books you can't believe ever could have been written.

This video is from the Authors@Google series and is about 50 minutes long:

Apr. 13th, 2008 09:45 am

a note

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I made a blog where I post links to things I think Mark will find amusing, interesting or funny. You may also be interested if you like Nintendo, Battlestar Galactica, and silly Youtube videos.
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I laughed a lot at these lists:

9 Most Racist Disney Characters.

Hollywood's 6 Favorite Offensive Stereotypes.

Man, they have ruined Rescue Rangers for me forever.
Apr. 1st, 2008 03:59 pm


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What Every American Should Know About The Middle East:

  1. Arabs are part of an ethnic group, not a religion. Arabs were around long before Islam, and there have been (and still are) Arab Christians and Arab Jews. In general, you’re an Arab if you 1) are of Arab descent (blood), or 2) speak the main Arab language (Arabic).

  2. Not all Arabs are Muslim. There are significant populations of Arab Christians throughout the world, including in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Northern Africa and Palestine/Israel.

P.S. Don't read the comments.

Perhaps I should write one, too about what Americans should know about China:

1. Nobody in China eats General Tso's chicken.
2. There are different ethnicities within China.

According to LAist, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Perhaps I should tell Mark to get some halloumi. I have no idea what other sorts of cheeses are grillable.

Is anybody else watching Top Chef this season? I just watched the last episode, in which the Quickfire was to make an "upscale taco" and the Elimination Challenge was to make food from the pantries of a neighborhood in Chicago for a block party. So far, no one's really standing out, but I do know who's pissing me off - from Eric the bald dude who said that "Mexican food is soul food not upscale food" (shut up, dude) to Valerie (I think that's her name) who fucked up macaroni and cheese with Velveeta, not learning from her mistake the previous time. Another thing I hated was how they made all the women give soundbites about how hard it is to be a woman in the kitchen. I'm pretty sure it's true, but the way it was edited, no one said anything useful and it came across as kind of whiny. Come on, Top Chef editors.2.
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Once again, The Smoking Gun is an awesome news source. They broke the news that the LA Times "Pulitzer-prize winner Chuck Phillips" was duped by some white guy in prison over P. Diddy's involvement in Tupac Shakur's death. The LA Times had to apologize this morning, and there may be a lawsuit.

Unrelated, but relevant: Via Maud Newton - Chris Lehmann on "Victim 'Hood" and Tayari Jones' "There's A Sucker Born Every Minute".

For my artsy friends: Adobe Photoshop Express Beta is free (for now) - you get 2 gigs of space for your photos. Woohoo!

Tonight I go see Jennifer 8. Lee at Pasadena's Vroman's, where she's going to be talking about her new book Fortune Cookie Chronicles. It's mostly about how Chinese American food (shocker) isn't really Chinese.
Mar. 1st, 2008 08:01 am

of interest

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We spent the whole weekend packing. We have some stuff left out for things such as cooking, but overall, the majority is done. Some things I learned: 1. I have even more books and magazines than I thought, 2. we both have a lot of random stuff that doesn't really fit anywhere, 3. moving companies give out very poor-quality tape. In the meantime, during a break from packing, we sat down to watch The Host, a Korean version of Godzilla, and dude, it is infinitely better than Cloverfield. It's charming, funny, heartbreaking, with dysfunctional but lovable characters. It's even got political commentary that isn't annoyingly shoved in your face. Rent it!

(Note: Yay Obama!)

Meanwhile, here's some pretty stuff to check out:

Rust Belt
makes jewelry sourced from re-purposed materials. Environmentally friendly and pretty!
Crybabys Boutique sells some really cute fabric.
Paul & Joe have some lovely desktop wallpaper.
This ring pistol is very cool.

(All taken from NotCot.)
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This weekend was super-busy. Mark is in England for LinuxConf Europe; I had a wedding to attend and my sister and her kids came up for the weekend because she and her husband had a wedding to attend. I stayed with two of my sisters at their house over the weekend to avoid taking any bridges to get to the wedding. I am looking forward to today and not doing much other than cleaning up a little bit. Otherwise, here's a few links you guys might enjoy:

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  • Vibe interview with Obama by Jeff Chang. Part 1 and Part 2. I do not have any particularly coherent thoughts about the Democratic nominees right now (other than I wish they would quit trying to be Republicans).
    • I've got two daughters and it's a challenge for me every day to make sure that they're getting a positive self-image and that they are not being swept up in some of the negative attitudes about girls generally and Black women in particular. Now the main responsibility is with the parents, and I've never supported censorship as a strategy to deal with this. But I think it's something that we can all talk about. And so I think that some in the hip-hop community immediately assumed, I guess based on press reports they heard, instead of reading my actual statements, that I had targeted them out by themselves, and others assumed that I was trying to score cheap political points. (re: don imus shit)
  • Everything you wanted to know about street gangs.
    • Q: How do you define a gang?

      A: Great question. There are a few important legal cases where prosecutors tried to prosecute college fraternities as “gangs.” They suggested that the fraternity was an organization that existed to promote criminal behavior, such as the abuse of women and underage drinking. Most judges threw these cases out because they thought that fraternities were not, by definition, “gangs.” But judges rarely gave a logical reason for excluding (typically white) fraternities from the “gang category.”

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