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Category Archive: Communications

Dec 02 2012

Responding

Brief post today, as I write a not-so-brief paper and study for finals.  I’ve been writing a lot about what not to do with respect to mental illness disclosure, so this quote from Jesse on how to respond when a friend shares, is a useful counterpoint. So the best thing to say forever and always (no …

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Nov 25 2012

How To Respond Badly

Sharing problems is hard to do. Our society values being “drama-free” over dealing maturely when drama–as it inevitably does–happens. We’re supposed to fix it ourselves, or just ignore it. Because that’s what you do, right? (If I ever meet whomever made up the stupid rules of society, we are going to have Words.) As a result, we …

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Sep 19 2012

The Friend Manual: Part I

Part II Part III Part IV  I am a friend to some lovely brilliant people with mental illness. I also have my own experiences with persistent brainfail, and some really wonderful friends who show up and give me hugs, talk me through the worst nights, and know that when I say I’m not doing so …

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Jul 30 2012

Video Dragon*Con 2011: Do Be a Dick

This is the talk I gave at Dragon*Con last year, which was itself an expansion on the talk I gave at TAM9.  It’s about how to use emotions to your advantage when trying to promote a cause.  I talk about Prop 8, the importance of social justice in getting people to like atheists, and how …

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Jul 06 2012

Book Summary: “You play like a girl” by Elena Bertozzi

She teaches, makes video games, and writes novels? I'm in love.

For one of my classes this summer, I had write annotations/summaries for several books.  I enjoyed many of them and I thought that the annotations might be useful for other people, so I will be posting them here.  They’re somewhat rough, but considering how much everyone loves when someone at FtB posts about feminism, I …

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Jul 05 2012

Book Summary: Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas

Lorena Bobbitt in Vanity Fair

For one of my classes this summer, I had write annotations/summaries for several books.  I enjoyed many of them and I thought that the annotations might be useful for other people, so I will be posting them here.  They’re somewhat rough, but considering how much everyone loves when someone at FtB posts about feminism, I …

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Dec 18 2011

No Profanity Ordinance? Bullshit.

Today I read a news story in The State and WIS that said the Columbia Police Department is going to be enforcing a “no profanity” law within the city limits. The police spokeswoman said: “If they want to curse, do it in their own home. Why do you have to do it in park where they are other children, …

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Nov 02 2011

My Talk about Emotions in Rhetoric

I gave a “sermon” at the UU in Columbia at the end of September and they’ve gotten around to putting it up on their website. If anyone is interested in listening to me talk about rhetoric, emotions, and Prop 8… here’s yet another opportunity! UUCC-sermons-2011-Q3-Jul-Sep – UUCC-2011-09-25 – eSnips.

Sep 06 2011

Do Be a Dick (sometimes): Emotions and Skeptics

We need to be thinking about how to use emotion, we need to recognize that we’re using it whether we intend to or not, and we need to recognize that there are different tactics and, most importantly, room for people who have different tactics.

Sep 03 2011

Going Back to School & Dragon*Con: I’m Speaking Monday at 1PM

And you can watch!  Here. I’ve had a craaaaazy couple of weeks here. The bizarre tale. I’ve been thinking about going back to school for a while – I browsed through different PhDs online for film or creative writing and I looked at law school, but the first two seemed impractical and as I didn’t …

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