rivendellrose: (Not Alone)
The world is a mess, my country is currently being driven 110 MPH the wrong direction down the freeway by a drunk toddler with a bad spray-on tan, and, oh, I'm pretty sure I'm about to get my period. Which means that I'm still not pregnant. Oh, and I get to spend a week in the middle of nowhere with my in-laws at the end of this month, assuming we all live that long!

Which we had damned well better, because at this point one of the main things getting me through all this is writing ridiculously AU OC fanfic for Star Trek: Discovery, and if I don't get to at least see the fucking pilot before this trash fire of a global situation goes critical, I am going to raise motherfucking hell in the afterlife.

All of that said, work is going pretty well for the most part, my cats are still cute, and The Boy and I are generally doing well. And I've been enjoying writing the afore-mentioned ridiculously AU OC fanfic for Discovery. Also, I'm giving some tours this weekend. So, hey, good things.
rivendellrose: (Default)
Drive-by links:

Fascinating piece on sex ed from the NYTimes (apologies if it shows a login screen - it works for me, but I can never tell when I link out to their stuff what it's going to do for other people)

And, also from NYTimes, We now have software to rate how drastically photos are retouched in magazines and so on. Seriously, check this out, it's a real eye-opener if you (like most people) have ever looked at a magazine cover and instantly felt your sense of personal attractiveness go down something like twelve points. "Why can't my skin be as perfect as hers? Why can't my stomach be that flat?" Well, because hers isn't either. Check out this gallery of photos before and after photoshopping to see some really fascinating examples of what's going on.

MoveOn.org has a petition to stop the current internet censorship bill that's being debated in Congress right now. Definitely worth putting your name to, for the American folks here.

Lastly, go check out all the glorious stuff that's being auctioned off to benefit Terri Windling and her family over at [profile] magick4terri. There's some seriously cool stuff over there, and a ton of it, so be sure to page through the previous entries. It's a great way to help out one of the grand dames of fantasy, and get some of your holiday shopping done to boot! Or, hell, just fabulously fun browsing to go through and coo over all the stuff wonderful people have donated to help out. ;) There's also a Facebook page, and please do spread the word!
rivendellrose: (stars)
Just heard Neil deGrasse Tyson say on NPR that we spend 4/10ths of 1 percent of our national spending on NASA. All told. 4/10ths of a SINGLE PERCENT.

And we're ending our shuttle program WHY? For god's sake, get us back out there, government! GO. NOW. Start doing new things like we used to do back in the 70s and 80s. Go to the Moon again. Go to Mars, please - go to asteroids, go somewhere! Please!

It's a very, very bad thing for me to be hormonal at the same time that we're basically decommissioning the American space program. I keep getting teared up whenever this comes up.
rivendellrose: (yay!)
HELL F♥CKING YES, ♥NEW YORK!♥ CONGRATULATIONS FOR JOINING THE CENTURY OF THE FRUIT BAT!

♥♥♥

Washington State, I hope you are planning to follow soon, damn it!
rivendellrose: (yay!)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] seachanges: Republican NY State Senator Roy McDonald's Awesome Defense Of Gay Marriage.

Relevant quote:

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters.

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.

"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."


Also this:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg--an outspoken gay marriage advocate and the single biggest donor to New York Republican senators--visited Albany today to try to persuade a handful of undecided Republican senators to vote 'yes' on the historic measure. Bloomberg has publicly threatened to stop funding any Republican who doesn't vote for gay marriage.

Take note, Republicans. That is how to be genuinely awesome. ♥
rivendellrose: (p0rn)
Hey, local folks - Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest at SlutWalk and the Pride picnic in Volunteer Park in Seattle this weekend.

If you run into them, do be sure to give them a good concept of how little Seattle cares for having their nonsense peddled in our city.
rivendellrose: (parasols)
Hey, if you don't like the idea of Sarah Palin's Twitter currently being the 5th top-ranked Twitter feed to follow on a TIME magazine poll, go hit up some other awesome people and organizations. So far Neil Gaiman's still at #1, which is fine, but deserving people like Neil deGrasse Tyson (awesome astronomer) and important orgs like, I dunno, the National Science Foundation and medical journal The Lancet are running waaaaaaaay in the bottom of the stakes. Come on, people - we can totally do better than that. Go vote for Margaret Atwood, or Nancy Pelosi, or Stephen Colbert, or Felicia Day, or Wil Wheaton...

Really, anybody except Sarah Palin. :P

Who Do You Follow? - 140 Best Twitter Feeds - TIME
rivendellrose: (today sucks)
House votes to cut off federal funds for NPR

Quote: [Republicans] also denied that the measure was a vendetta against NPR...

....While everyone who knows anything about the Republicans and NPR laughed their freaking heads off, and then collapsed to their desks in frustration and exhaustion.

Because between Planned Parenthood, Japan, and the local Humane Society and animal shelters, I obviously didn't have enough important things vying for my charity cash at the moment. Arrrrrrgh.
rivendellrose: (water pistol)
Some of them are twerps, and some of them are totally annoying, but, you know, I really like some of the vigilante sides of Anonymous.

For instance: Check out this letter they sent Westboro Church (they of the infamous Fred Phelps and associated protests).

It won't really help much, of course. We've already seen that Phelps takes whatever counter-protesters throw at him and just moves on to something equally heinous in another spot. But I still enjoy every time we get to see his smug, hateful little group get pwned by good people who take a stand against hatred... and I kind of love when those good people happen to a) be on the internet, and b) have a really fantastic flair for the dramatic.

I'll be ready and waiting with the popcorn for this one, Anonymous. ♥
rivendellrose: (nested hearts)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] seachanges: Pixar's "It Gets Better" video. Absolutely awesome. Tissues recommended.

Nrgh, embed code fail now fixed.

rivendellrose: (crab)
Pope decides that perhaps condoms aren't actually a tool of the devil after all. Sometimes.

Don't worry, though - they're still not okay if you 'just' don't want to get pregnant. We wouldn't want the Pope to get crazy and join the 20th 21st century or anything, after all.

Just to clarify, I'm thrilled that they've finally got around to making this decision and making it public. I'm just a bit peeved on behalf of all the people who've been infected with AIDS and another horrible diseases because the Pope said using a condom was a sin, who now must feel just a teensy bit as though this is too little too late.

In other news, it's really freaking cold here (outside, not so much in our apartment), and I am suffering from complete mental blank regarding my NaNoWriMo project. Eurgh.
rivendellrose: (Ravenclaw)
Tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] lizbee for linking to this.

Oh, look. FictionAlley seems to think that their need for server fees and shit is more important and worthy of charity dollars than... well, pretty much anything else, it looks like. Wow. I guess nobody told them that there might be more important things in the world than porn.

If you want to vote on Pepsi's site, please pick a different charity (by which I mean an actual charity, not a fan site who can't be assed to do a fund-drive among their own members to pay for their server fees). Want to do something for arts and culture? Check this list. Want to pick a charity that helps with education? Look at all of these. Or there are causes for the environment, or food and shelter, or health>. I'm pretty damned sure all of us could find something more interesting and important than helping out a fan-fiction site.

There's a thing on there, top of the health page, for students supporting brain tumor research. Competing against groups trying to actually do something to better the world in order to get money for your fanfiction site is just plain wrong, I'm sorry.

And if you feel like reading more about this, the email exchange that [livejournal.com profile] nextian had with them (copied in this entry here) is certainly an eye-opener re: the level of rationalization these people have about their entitlement. Wow.
rivendellrose: (Politics!)
Ballot all nicely filled in and completed. Of course I do still have to drop off the ballot at the ballot-box downtown, but that's for tomorrow morning. I can do it on the way to the bus. (Have I mentioned lately how much I love living downtown?)

If you're American and haven't voted yet, please do! I know mid-term elections aren't as sexy as the presidential years, but they're really the ones that decide a lot of policy and important stuff, it's a tight race in a lot of states this time around. Do your part! ♥

Edit: It's been pointed out to me that in a lot of places you have to actually wait until election day to vote. I only meant to say that people should vote, not that they should have done it already. ;)
rivendellrose: (Warrior)
No, Christine O'Donnell (the Tea Party senate candidate for Delaware) really haven't got the slightest fricking clue what's in the Constitution.

Quoted from the Washington Post description of the situation:

"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O'Donnell asked [her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons].

When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O'Donnell asked: "You're telling me that's in the First Amendment?"


If you listen to the audio or watch the video, you will notice that she sounds utterly flabbergasted at this revelation. I can only imagine she was thinking "That isn't what Glenn Beck told me!"

If you want to be in the Senate, please at least demonstrate a vague awareness of what that Constitution that you will be swearing to uphold actually says, dumbass.
rivendellrose: (yay!)
Another fun "Take that!" at idiots attempting to burn the Quran: A planned Quran burning Saturday in Amarillo was thwarted by a 23-year-old carrying a skateboard.

A bunch of other people, including local Unitarian Universalists, assisted in the intervention, covering the grill (wtf, a GRILL?) and stealing the guy's lighter. ♥
rivendellrose: (illuminated)
From [livejournal.com profile] windrose and [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyranoThe mayor of Gainesville, Florida, would like the rest of the world to know that most of the people in his city are not bigoted asshats. In fact, the church that's been planning to burn the Koran only has 50 members... in a city of 130,000.

"Mr Lowe [the mayor] has declared 11 September as Interfaith Solidarity Day, and will join a rally organised as a counterpoint to the Dove demonstration." Further: "Gainesville churches are planning a variety of interfaith activities of their own, including common readings of the Koran, Christian and Hebrew scriptures."

The kind of media attention given to groups that do things like this just to make another group angry feeds exactly the sort of hatred we should be combating.

And Mr Lowe has a good idea there, with "Interfaith Solidarity Day." Certainly more useful than tacking "Patriot's Day" onto calendars either as an empty remembrance or simply to stir up bad feelings.
rivendellrose: (Sheridan)
It would just figure that the President is visiting on the day my office is bussing us to a special meeting thing downtown.

"The president's four-hour Seattle visit is likely to snarl Interstate 5 and downtown traffic through the late afternoon." Ha. Ha. Ha. At least we're taking charter buses... and I have a book... and my writing notebook... and my smart phone..........

....And yes, since I apparently got rid of my "Under New Management" post-election icon, I have decided that Sheridan is the next most obvious icon choice. It's totally appropriate, shuttup. ;)

damn right!

Aug. 4th, 2010 02:10 pm
rivendellrose: (*glee*)
Federal judge strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriage

"Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians," the judge wrote. "The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite sex couples."

There is not enough *YES!!!* in the world for me to properly show my agreement with this statement. ♥♥♥
rivendellrose: (Warrior)
Piss off, Texas Board of Education.

Quotes: Texas schoolchildren will be required to learn that the words "separation of church and state" aren't in the Constitution and evaluate whether the United Nations undermines U.S. sovereignty under new social studies curriculum.

The board rejected language to modernize the classification of historic periods to B.C.E. and C.E. from the traditional B.C. and A.D., and agreed to replace Thomas Jefferson as an example of an influential political philosopher in a world history class.

The extent to which this disgusts me cannot be fully expressed.
rivendellrose: (birch grove)
Potentially mitigating update on that screwed up situation with the two gay gentlemen in Sonoma county - apparently there may have been domestic abuse charges involved, which were the cause of the forced separation.

It looks to me like there's still no question that the issue was handled awkwardly, but if this is true it's not nearly as horrible as it originally looked.

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