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Monthly Archive: July 2008

Jul 31 2008

Kilt Weather

It’s that time of year, when you frequently get to choose between being comfortable and dressing very casually. Skirt weather, I call it. Kilt weather for the boys. Yeah, kilts, but I’m not telling you to wrap nine yards of wool around your waist at the height of summer. That might have been necessary once, …

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Jul 31 2008

Next Month’s Explosion Early

August’s SF blogosphere explosion came a little early. (You know these are scheduled, right?) This time, Orson Scott Card speaks publicly on the topic of gay marriage and the end of democracy. (You know they’re related, right?) Naturally, there is some discussion and analysis. And mocking, much mocking. Kelly’s got the links over at Wyrdsmiths–definitely …

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Jul 29 2008

No Surprises

What kind of liberal am I again? Oh, yeah. My Liberal Identity: You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains. Take the quiz at http://www.fightconservatives.com/ Actually, changing to any one of my …

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Jul 29 2008

Well, That’s Odd

I link to Will Shetterly in my blog roll for a couple of reasons. One: he’s a good writer who speaks well about writing. Two: although I disagree with him on certain things, he’s very good at helping to keep me honest online. He does mostly it by asking questions of himself. He’s that kind …

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Jul 28 2008

Why Spook Bugged Me

I’m reading Mary Roach’s Bonk, her new book about sex research, in between, oh, everything else. It’s quite good, and I’m relieved. I read her first two books, Stiff (about the treatment of human cadavers) and Spook (about the search for proof of an afterlife). Stiff was wonderful, but Spook left a bit to be …

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Jul 27 2008

Riddick and Reznor

My husband and I have a peculiar metric for some art we just don’t like. It isn’t that it’s bad, exactly. It’s that it’s Chronicles of Riddick bad. Making this extra peculiar is that I haven’t seen Chronicles of Riddick. However, I did hear quite a bit about it after my husband saw it. Seriously, …

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Jul 25 2008

Book Meme–No, No, A Different One

This one comes from, oh, everyone at ScienceBlogs. Presumably, the average American has read six of them. Like the average American does book memes. And yes, there are problems with the list. Bold are finished. Italics are partially read. Number of asterisks tells you how many body parts I’d give up before reading it again …

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Jul 24 2008

One of Those Nights

I’m not very entertaining today. I’m tired and my head hurts and I can’t go to bed yet and I turned down a free happy hour after work with some fun people because I was going to crack if I had to deal with noise. So if you want to be entertained, here are a …

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Jul 23 2008

Why Vaccinate? Diphtheria

Over on the denialism blog, PalMD is asking people to brainstorm about countering the anti-vaccination message. I’m not sure I have much to say to parents who are trying weigh what’s best for their children, but I know some people who do. They lived with these diseases and survived to write about them, although their …

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Jul 22 2008

Summer Fruit

My husband asked me last night what I wanted for dinner. We’d both just walked home in dark clothes under an insistent sun, and I had no appetite. I looked at him and said, “Ice.” Then we grinned at each other. He headed for the basement freezer while I checked the juice pitcher in the …

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