FTBCon3 is Up and Running!

We’re stocked up on Mountain Dew and Funyuns (no seriously…I’m going old school this weekend), I’m in my official FTBCon uniform:

Me in a bathrobe and slippers, big grin and hands on my hips

…all of the tech seems to be in place and opening remarks with Stephanie Zvan and Debbie Goddard are a go!

Debbie Goddard speaking in a Google Hangout

Treating the Brain: Skeptics Talk Therapy and Therapists just started at 5:30pm CST. A full schedule is located on Lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/2015/ftbcon-august/

You can find the link to the Google Hangout (and YouTube from there) by clicking on the link in each Lanyrd event page, here:

Shows an Lanyrd page for "Treating the Brain" panel and a red arrow pointing to the "official session page" located in the right sidebar.

 

Other important links:

We hope you can join us sometime this weekend!

#7in10forRoe

Today is the 42nd Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Between work, and planning for this weekend’s FTBConscience 3, and coincidentally, tonight’s last minute quasi-emergency drive to the OBGYN with a friend who just went through a miscarriage and subsequent evacuation – the same process as an abortion – two days ago (she’s doing just fine), I ran out of time to do the super-awesome post that I had planned to do on Doe v. Gomez.

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Men Don’t Get Abortions

CN: Use of gendered pronouns. Words like men and women are blurry with respect to reproduction and pregnancy, but I am sticking with convention to address the claims and assumptions of this video.

It took me a few days to get around to watching this four-minute video because I knew that I didn’t have the even to deal with it. But tonight I’m feeling like I can do it. Let’s all do it – together!

We’re opening with a shot of a church and some somber but hopeful music. The videographer has spliced together the stories of three men, each one sitting in a church pew. They introduce themselves by name and then go on to share that they’re all Christians.

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But zippers are shiny!

When I was little I played pranks with my friends – little things to make each other giggle or groan or make us pay attention to each other. One of our classics was unzipping each others jackets when the other wasn’t paying attention. It would usually elicit a mock indignant yelp, some laughs and a promise of “payback” in the form of the instigator’s jacket being unzipped next time.

I was in grade school, maybe eight years old. It has been decades since that game stopped being amusing.

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Christmas in Maryland

Catch-up travel blogging from Christmas week.

After work on Tuesday night, the Hubby and I boarded a flight from Minneapolis to Baltimore, Maryland. My mom picked us up at BWI at 11:00pm (My mom is pretty awesome) and drove us to Hagerstown through some seriously thick fog; I kept my eyes shut for quite a few parts of the the hour-long trip. We made it home without incident and hit the sack almost before the front door was locked.

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Home in Minneapolis

I had an unexpected emotional reaction yesterday. I had just left a meeting with a friend in what I’m calling “my old neighborhood” – the part of south Minneapolis called Lyndale. I was driving up 35W North to get around the city and over to 394, which would take me to my current apartment in Saint Louis Park. I got to a stretch of the highway where the tall buildings of downtown Minneapolis are laid out in front of you: The IDS building, Foshay Tower, Wells Fargo, Campbell Mithun, Capella Tower, and the newer Grant Park apartments. My first thought was – as it often is – it’s such a small downtown. I grew up playing in Chicago and I’ve stood before the magnificent sprawl of New York City, and after those Minneapolis is a wee thing. But then a nearly overwhelming rush of love and admiration flowed through me and I realized that this city is my home.

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Cross-Country Connections: Rock

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Rock.

From Erin in Rockville, Maryland:

A cavern, light by sun coming in from the left side of the photo, filled with stalactites reflects off of a pool of water

Luray Caverns, Virginia. I spent New Years Day astounded by geology.

From Mom in Hagerstown, Maryland:

Mom standing in front of a rock pillar twice as tall as her. The word "England" is carved in capital letters at the top of the rock. In the background is a paved road, green grass and further off, blue mountains.

How’s this for the world’s best rock? The border between England and Scotland – a rock with England on the other side of this!

From me in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota:

A rock face - four climbers are shown. One is on the rock, nearly at the top, his spotter down below.  A second climber an spotter wait below. All are wearing gear and rope is coiled in a pile to the left of the photo.

From a wonderful day trip this past fall: Climbers prepare to ascend a rock face at Interstate Park on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Cross-Country Connections: Fresh

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Fresh.

From me in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota:

A pile of grated white cheese on a white plate with gray, blue and green trim. A black cheese grater sits behind the plate and various kitchen bric-a-brac are in the background: a dish towel, a skillet handle a ginger root, a small green plant.

Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

From Erin in Rockville, Maryland:

A LEGO dinosaur appears to be mounting a LEGO snail. You know...in the sexy times way.

Not now LegoDino! We’re in public!

From Mom in Hagerstown, Maryland:

A brown soup with onions, carrots, beans and  meat.

Tex Mex Beef Soup with fresh peppers and other yummy ingredients.