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Social Justice and Anti-Racism.

I don't update this journal very often anymore, but thanks for stopping by.

I've been researching social justice and the status of racism in the world. It has been a confusing and sometimes frustrating voyage. There are tons of sites masquerading as sites devoted to social equality, and when one visits, the site is actually a neo-nazi site -- or something similar. In anycase, as far as I can tell, the following sites seem to be fairly reasonable, balanced, and useful:


www.magenta.nl/crosspoint/

www.socialjustice.org/

www.s-j-c.net/

www.aclu.org/

If you know of a few others (I know there are lots) please feel free to post them in a response to this entry of this journal -- I do happen by now and again, just to dust everything off a bit. Happy travels!
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THREE WHOLE DAYS!

For the past three days it has been IMPOSSIBLE to log-on to the Internet from the valley! I mean, it was bad last year, but this year, everyone and their ex-relatives from three previous marriages must be trying to shop the Internet. I was actually forced to turn my attention to, you know, NONVIRTUAL LIFE. Interesting place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there...or at least, do much driving between December 19-26.

Anyway, if you thought I was ignoring you, I wasn't! I just haven't been able to read anyone's life lately.

Early happy holidays to one-and-all.

Ho-ho-ho etc. etc. etc.

PS: Does anyone know if there is a "Santa's Knee" community out there, where the members post what they want for Christmas, and later on, wax poetic about their favorite lump of coal, tasteless necktie, or pair of lumpy chartreuse socks?
  • Current Music
    The Pogues: Fairytale of New York
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Feed me! …please…

I live in a cultural wasteland! I’m starving out here! Please help!!!

Okay. I’m better now.

For those of you in Bellingham: What three tremendously impressive films have you seen that played at the Pickford at some point during the past year?

For everybody else: What three tremendously impressive, preferably independent-cinema-type films have you seen at some point during the past year?

For everyone, regardless of where you live: What three CDs have threatened to wear-out the laser in your player over the past year?

My soul is so hungry right now – so hungry.

Groveling thanks in advance – yours truly.
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Illusions

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist but you have ceased to live."

- Mark Twain
  • Current Music
    Time machine rutters crossing rough rifts in time...
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Minute-by-minute...

It’s foggy today. All the trees are covered in ashen frost. It’s the sort of day that simultaneously rests and quickens the senses. Anything could happen. I’m not sure if I want something to (happen) or not. I have the house to myself and I am enjoying the stillness. I’m also enjoying back-to-back episodes of Cirque du Soleil.

12~02~02
  • Current Music
    Cirque du Soleil Soundtrack: Quidam.
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Reading Club.

I’ve joined a reading salon. Our first book is going to be:

Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin,

Things are kind of at the “lets see how the first book goes” stage, so we'll make up our minds about the rest of the list as we go...Some early recommendations include:

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Redesigning Humans by Gregory Stock

Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

--And Lastly--

Something by Michael Chabon – either Summerland, or The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay.

Though the group has reasonably interesting taste in literature, I must admit some surprise that timeless classics such as “Ten Steps to Becoming a Pet Psychic,” “Calorie Counting for Everyone,” and “How to Identify and Annoy Extra-Terrestrials for Fun and Profit” were entirely overlooked...
  • Current Music
    Laika and the Cosmonauts: Telstar
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There are no reasons.

I’m not sure why I was so angry yesterday. There was no particular reason – I was just…absolutely furious.

Ah well…I guess -- in the immortal words of my seventh grade health teacher -- “Hormones just happen.”
  • Current Music
    Laika and the Cosmonauts: Tantrum
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Oh heavens!

I’M NOT PERFECT! Somebody notify the search committee for God’s replacement! QUICK! Before it’s too late, and we all waste valuable interview time.
  • Current Music
    Hooverphonic: Eden
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“Countdown to Amourgeddon” -- Is this a joke, or what?

This was listed in an accidental link I made to some online guy-mag– I think it is supposed to be taken seriously, but I’m not sure…

Countdown to Amourgeddon: What to do if your girlfriend wants to spend too much time with you.

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WHAT IS THIS?!!! An excerpt from “Ripley’s Manipulation Stratagems 101?” …It reminds me of that weird movie where the newlywed-bride buys herself a puppy-training manual and applies the rules to her husband (grimace).

In my experience, when people honestly like and love each other, they want to spend most of their time together – no ifs, ands, or exceptions… When you love someone, you know you can do well enough without them – you just don’t want to. If you have to go through all the above, or if you feel like getting someone to spend time with you is like pulling teeth – you don’t love each other…No, you probably don’t even care about each other, much less love each other. Person A only cares because they can’t live with being “the bad guy” (so, um, they aren’t worried about the other person, they are worried about their own rep), and Person B only cares because they can’t live with being alone/dumped (so, um, they don’t actually care about being with “Person A,” they care about being with “A Person”) – IMHO.

Hmm…On the other side of things…Gosh, wouldn’t it be great to have somebody working that hard to make social contacts for you…

So grrls, here’s what you do – go out and find some extremely gullible-yet-popular guy, get involved with him, drive him nutzo with your perpetual demands, and then slyly slip this information into his email as a junk post and hope he reads it and takes it to heart – your social calendar with be filled in no time!
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    amused amused