Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31 2011

Caturday: Team Tabby on the Cat Condo


And now, some cute pictures of our kittens. We’ve taken to calling Talisker and Comet “Team Tabby.” The two of them just seem like a unit sometimes: they love to tussle, and they love to snuggle, and they love to chase each other up and down and up and down and up and down the …

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Dec 31 2011

Happy 50th Birthday To Me… and My Half-Century Cocktail Recipe

birthday monkey

Happy birthday to me I don’t live in a tree But I look like a primate Because I am one! Happy birthday to me! I’m 50 years old today, a fact that I’m mildly weirded out about. On the other hand, as they say, it beats the alternative. And I plan to spend my fifties …

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Dec 30 2011

Sunrises, My Ass

So now JT Eberhard is writing about beautiful sunrises? And we’re still supposed to consider him a badass firebrand? Hmph. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to prepare my blog post for tomorrow about how cute our kittens are.

Dec 30 2011

#mencallmethings: “irrational cunt”

Comment posted here on this blog, in the comment thread about Internet misogyny: “Go fuck yourself with a knife you irrational cunt. “We will continue to act as we please and you can continue to bitch and moan, but it’s just going to antagonize us.” #mencallmethings . I don’t think this one needs any analysis.

Dec 30 2011

Fashion Friday: Gray


I have been re-thinking gray. For years, the color palette of my wardrobe was almost entirely either (a) vivid jewel-tone colors or (b) black. What can I say. I’m a sensation junkie. I like extremes. Royal blue, scarlet red, strong black-and-white prints, cobalt, peacock, black black black black black… that’s for me. Forget about earth …

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Dec 29 2011

Why “Yes, But” Is the Wrong Response to Misogyny


“Yes, but… not all men are like that. And if you’re going to talk about misogyny, you have to be extra-clear about that.” “Yes, but… misogyny doesn’t just happen in (X) community (atheist, black, gay, etc.). In fact, it’s worse in some other communities. So it’s not fair to talk about misogyny when it does …

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Dec 28 2011

More Rational Than Thou: When Atheists Buy the “Straw Vulcan” Fallacy


Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great when atheists and skeptics criticize each other, and point out each others’ mistakes in reasoning. That’s supposed to be one of the cool things about us: we don’t have any sacred cows, we’re willing and indeed eager to question and be questioned, and to change our minds …

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Dec 23 2011

No, Virginia, There Is No Santa Claus


(For those who aren’t familiar with it — here’s the original.) “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” -Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little …

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Dec 23 2011

Fashion Friday: Boots


Here’s where I want to start with boots. There’s this tricky fashion conundrum I’ve been wrestling with for some time. I keep trying to find shoes that look dressy and non-frumpy with skirts and dresses, and that are comfortable enough to walk in for miles. I walk a lot. Walking is my main form of …

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Dec 22 2011

Axial Tilt

axial tilt

Axial tilt. The reason for the season. Happy Solstice, everybody!

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