Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 30 2010

Who Could Ever, Ever Ask for More?

This seemed rather appropriate to the discussion on my post about “safe” guys. If you haven’t read the comments, I highly recommend them. It’s gotten very interesting. Coin Operated Boy Love without complications galore.

Jul 29 2010

No More “Safe” Guys

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of conversations with my male friends about them being called “safe,” or in one case, a “safety blanket.” Don’t know what I’m talking about? Celebrate. This is the phenomenon in which a (generally young) woman dismisses her behavior around a guy as “Oh, that’s just so-and-so. …

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Jul 27 2010

For Juniper

Depression is much like that abusive significant other. It’s always there, even after all your friends have gone home. It’s waiting for you after a day out or even the rare short vacation. And it never, ever stops lying to you*. The lies are the worst part, the little whispers in your ear that tell …

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Jul 25 2010

Pain Research Matters

As someone who recently spent a bunch of time debating whether the pain was worse than the narcotics, as someone who saw my fitness level (and that of others around me) tank because of pain, as someone who literally watched my pain be dismissed because a doctor “couldn’t imagine” the cause, as someone who was …

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Jul 23 2010

What I Owe Bora

You probably don’t realize this, but if you’re reading this blog and enjoying it, you owe a small debt to Bora Zivkovic of A Blog Around the Clock. I owe him a much bigger debt. While Greg Laden has certainly done the most to promote this blog, and many, many others (too many to link) …

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Jul 21 2010


Time to update my blogroll. Actually, it’s been time for a while, but the exodus from ScienceBlogs has made the current status ridiculous. While I’m at it, enjoy a few posts from people’s new sites, plus a couple from what is, for now, temporary exile. A Blog Around the Clock: A Farewell to ScienceBlogs Of …

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Jul 16 2010

Asking for It

Two pieces that I think speak well for themselves: Via Kammy, a new Scottish PSA: The “Not Ever” campaign by Rape Crisis Scotland takes its inspiration for the 30-second spot from a government survey conducted this February that found that 17% of Scots believe that a woman wearing “revealing clothing” is “partly, mostly or totally …

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Jul 15 2010

On the Utility of Dicks

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I was young and somewhat naive. Libraries had always been very good to me, sometimes when no one else was, and I trusted them. See, they had these sections labeled “nonfiction,” where I found confirmation that the world was a weird and wonderful place. Parapsychology, ghost …

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Jul 13 2010

Skepchickcon Report

Skepchickcon and CONvergence have been over for more than a week, but I haven’t gotten around to writing about it yet. Some of that is because I was enjoying our house guests instead. Some of it was because I went to TAM the day after those guests left. A lot of it was simply because …

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Jul 12 2010

Reconstructing Criticism: Work

This is the last post, at least for now, on the subject of constructive criticism. Feel free to suggest other subtopics that I haven’t covered. This post doesn’t contain any new information about making criticism effective, just some general thoughts about offering criticism. Many of the the topics in this series are interrelated, and I’ve …

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