Archive for May, 2015

Reader Request Week 2015 #3: Raising Strong Women

May 12, 2015


This question was asked by JRed and seconded by a number of people in the thread:

What advice do you have for raising a strong woman in today’s world*? Our daughter just turned one, and I want her to grow up to know who she is and what she wants, and to not take crap from anyone. But it’s overwhelming when society seems to have 10,000 conflicting messages about what those qualities even mean for women, much less how to cultivate them. I realize this topic might set you up for the haters, but my husband and I would love your thoughts.  *OK, let’s narrow “the world” to the United States.

I can’t give a recipe for this other than what we’ve done with regard to our own daughter, but inasmuch as I expect that’s what you’re asking, here’s how we’ve done it.

(Disclaimers early: I’m not a perfect parent. Neither is…

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Reader Request Week 2015 #4: Bullies and Me

May 12, 2015


Bettie Pager asks:

Generally, bullies bash people to get particular reactions — they want to shut down others’ voices or at least scare them. But, at least from the outside looking in, the only affect the Mewling Manlings/Rabidly Sad Puppies/etc. have on you is an occasional volley of very well-crafted snark. Given that they don’t seem to be getting what bullies generally want out of you, why do you think they keep at it?

Well, with regard to the Puppies specifically, I don’t think they’re trying to bully me. They just like to use a fictional version of me as a poster boy for Everything That’s Wrong With Science Fiction, and occasionally the poster boy for Sure We’re Doing a Shitty Thing But This Guy Kinda Did It First If You Squint Real Hard, and always as the poster boy for WAAAAAAAAAAAH SCALZI WE JUST HATE YOU SO MUCH AND WISH YOU WOULD DIE. Which…

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Eventbrite Now Available for All of

May 12, 2015

The Blog

We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use!

Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme

In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to Eventbrite from any theme to highlight your events. (The existing Eventbrite themes will still be available.)

Connect to Eventbrite using Publicize

Getting started is easy — your Eventbrite connection is located alongside your other Publicize accounts in Settings → Sharing. Once you connect to Eventbrite, your events will automatically display on a page of your choice, with links to detailed views…

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Double lung and heart transplant patient died nine days after her benefits were stopped when she was declared ‘fit to work’ | Daily Mail Online

May 11, 2015

Double lung and heart transplant patient died nine days after her benefits were stopped when she was declared ‘fit to work’ | Daily Mail Online.


May 11, 2015

Serendipity - Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Last year on V.E. Day, Armistice Day for the end of World War II in Europe, I visited the American cemetery at St. Avold. It is the final home of many of America’s Greatest Generation. Upon my return home, I offered the article below. Following VE Day this past Friday, I would like to present it again.

 How a field in France became the resting place for thousands of Americans

In September of 1944 the Third US Army resumed its push across eastern France to drive opposing forces out of France and back across the border.  The Seventh US Army, after landing in southern France and joined by First French Army, drove northward.  The US Air Force provided key tactical support.  On September 21st the Third and Seventh armies joined forces providing a solid line through France to the Swiss border.  On Monday, November 27th St. Avold, France was liberated by the US 80th Infantry Division. This…

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May 11, 2015

Serendipity - Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth


Indonesian basket closeup

The baskets are antique Indonesian baskets. I love them, but have for some reason never taken a picture of either of them.

Indonesian basket

The feathers are a couple of medicine wheels that hang on the door of our bedroom, and a peace pipe I made myself. It used to live in my teepee.

multi lens feathers medicine wheel

feather peace pipe

These days, it hangs on the door to my office. They are all getting a bit old, but so am I.

Indonesian striped basket

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Voulez-vous faire une révolution?

May 11, 2015

existence !

Andrew Boyd’ Dave Oswald Mitchell : Joyeux bordel. Tactiques, principes et théories pour faire la révolution, Les lien qui libèrent, 2015, 245 p.16 €.   Peu d’idées divisent plus que celle de révolution : il y a ceux qui sont contre, pour d’excellentes raisons, et ceux qui sont pour, mais qui ne savent pas très bien comment faire. Dans les deux cas, ce livre est pour vous. Si vous êtes contre un grand soir, où un parti unique s’empare du pouvoir pour imposer à tous un mode de vie uniforme, ce livre est pour vous, car il part joyeusement dans tous les sens: il est composé de vignettes indépendantes, librement écrites et pleinesd’humour, par une quarantaine d’auteurs différents. Chacun propose à sa guise un type d’action, un principe concret d’organisation, ou un point de théorie. Une série donc de conseils, applicables dans des luttes fort différentes, voire tout à fait divergentes…

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Party with

May 10, 2015


After a grand success of my first Blog-Brand Collaboration, I decided to pursue and snatch any alliance that comes in my way. So when approached me, it was a loud YES from my side.

I was introduced to the very friendly and helpful Sarvajeet Chandra and Manoj Sivakumar, who were always prompt in their replies. And then the D-Day arrived! My goodies arrived at my residence.

Stay with me as I unveil the various looks from 4 sets. To start with my personal favorite, the blue gemstone set. I paired it up with a plain top tucked in a printed skirt, so that the colors could pop out. Here’s how the ensemble turned out- imageimageimage Isn’t the look perfect for a summer outing? Its super airy and comfortable! Next in the bag of goodies came a side pendant pearl set. I tried this one set in 2 ways. For my first…

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Journey to the West

May 10, 2015

Fabulous Realms

While most of us have some passing familiarity with the myths of ancient Egypt, Scandinavia and the Classical world, more obscure are the gods and monsters of the Far East. The great world religions founded in West and Central Asia all influenced the indigenous beliefs of East and South-east Asia. However, the host countries tended to make the encroaching deities their own, embracing them within their own mythologies by a process of adaptation and assimilation. China, the so-called ‘Mother Civilisation of the East’, did not view the incoming gods and goddesses as a threat. The immensely stable structure of Chinese society meant that, rather than feeling threatened by outside beliefs, the Chinese were able to modify and absorb outside influences while maintaining their own culture. Elements of Chinese mythology and philosophy have made it into the mainstream consciousness in fragmentary form through films like Big Trouble in Little China and…

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May 10, 2015

Serendipity - Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

fuchsia spring

Born and living most of my life in the northeast, Mother’s Day means springtime to me. It’s also my son’s birthday (appropriate). Daffodils, tulips, dandelions, lilacs, violet. Wildflowers and nesting robins.

We don’t always get much of a spring season in New England, but we’re getting a lovely one this year. It’s payback for the winter of our discontent.

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