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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 30 2013

Decompressing: A List

Inspired by this post, I’ve been thinking a lot about what helps me disconnect. There’s a surprisingly long list–which I’m then terrible at using when I need to decompress. (Those in italics are from the original post) Tonematrix: click the boxes. Listen. Repeat as necessary. Really calming gifs. I must have stared at the second …

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Jul 29 2013

Monday Miscellany

Ashley has a list of female protagonists in YA literature. I especially endorse Tamora Pierce–she’s my favorite author of all time. I actually had to replace a few books I’d read to pieces. Over at Overcoming Bias, a nice way to differentiate between what I’d describe as being smart and being intellectually curious. I know …

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Jul 24 2013

More on the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Chris, at the Godless Perverts blog, wrote an expansion on my post about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or really, about the stripper factories in the FSM parody: The problem about the stripper factory isn’t so much the sexism of it, but the way it plays along with the idea that sex workers have no desires, …

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Jul 23 2013

Burning Out

Burning out is horrid. Burning out is not wanting to read the comments…or the piece. It’s sitting in front of your computer for hours, trying to write, and finally concluding that maybe it would be nicer to just put your pajamas back on and sleep. It’s when taking a walk around the block to clear …

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Jul 22 2013

Monday Miscellany

LOOK AT THESE PRETTY PSEUDOSCIENTIFIC THINGS. Scott, Who By Very Slow Decay I guess I always pictured dying as – unless you got hit by a truck or something – a bittersweet and strangely beautiful process. You’d grow older and weaker and gradually get some disease and feel your time was upon you. You’d be …

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Jul 20 2013

[#FtBCon] Skepticism & The DSM Notes

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Tonight at 6:00pm Central (that is, right now), I’m giving a talk about skepticism and the DSM: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This is the link to watch.  Summary: Multiple personalities? Personality disorders? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) contains a list of all recognized mental illnesses. How valid is it? Kate …

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Jul 20 2013

[#FtBCon] Panel: Supporting Freethinkers With Mental Illness

Here it is! As for the “go forth and be wronger!” line….well, I was really tired. It was 1:00 am!

Jul 19 2013

#FtBCon: I’m Doing Things!

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I’m going to be speaking in this weekend at FtBCon. Since I’m mainly prepping for my panel and talk, I’ll leave the summaries here. Video will be livestreaming on YouTube and available immediately after. Panel: Supporting Freethinkers With Mental Illness 11 pm Central Time on Friday (tonight) “Have you tried yoga?” “You just need to …

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Jul 18 2013

In Which Our Narrator Strikes Out On Her Own

Hello, bright and beautiful world. It’s me, Kate. And this is Gruntled & Hinged, my Second-Ever Real Actual Blog Home. It’s been more than a year since I blogged by myself, and wow, is this weird. The lovely FtBorg has kindly given me my own place to write, and so here I am. Many of …

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