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Shenanigans Friday: February 22, 2013: Black History Month Edition™

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ms_mmelissa What's everyone reading?22nd-Feb-2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
In honour of black history month I've been trying to read some more black authors. Currently reading James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain. I have Octavia Butler's Fledgling and Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth lined up next.
sobota Re: What's everyone reading?22nd-Feb-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I am reading Hemingways 'A Moveable Feast'. It's...pretty navel-gazing but it makes me homesick for France in a sort of nebulous way. :(
idemandjustice 22nd-Feb-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm stuck home all day and tonight watching TV with the kids because my four year old spent most of last night throwing up every 20 minutes.

I am also kinda scared, because I know he doesn't have food poisoning. His little sister and I ate the same things yesterday. That leaves... norovirus? DO. NOT. WANT.

I hope all of you are having a better day than I am!
ladypolitik 22nd-Feb-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)

Damn, it DOES sound like Norwalk or Norovirus. :/ Aw, the poor kid.
wrestlingdog 22nd-Feb-2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
This is a work of art:

ladypolitik 22nd-Feb-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
catbrooks 22nd-Feb-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hey everybody! I've been a dedicated lurker here for a couple years now and have very much enjoyed getting a big chunk of my daily news from you guys. Your comments are always entertaining and informative and I feel like I get a ton of insight by reading the responses to the articles. I never actually joined to avoid embarrassing myself in comments which I felt like I would inevitably do, but this past week I bit the bullet and joined as a member so I guess this is just me officially saying hi :) Hopefully when I end up embarrassing myself it is not too catastrophic, haha.
crossfire 22nd-Feb-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome to our reindeer games. :)
crossfire 22nd-Feb-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yay shenanigans is early today!

Ok _p, what are you listening to? I have writing to do, and so I need some background music.

I just bought the Lumineer's album, which I really like:

It's a little more bluegrassy than what I usually go for, but it's good stuff.

I've also been diving back into all of our old Cyndi Lauper albums.

keeperofthekeys 23rd-Feb-2013 12:14 am (UTC)
For some reason I've been on a 90's Tori Amos kick.

When I have to write I usually turn on soundtracks, but there hasn't been much that's come out recently that I like. I hope Giacchino can break that with his Star Trek Into Darkness score, but I said the same thing about Howard Shore & The Hobbit and look where that got me.
layweed 22nd-Feb-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Love my job, but boy is it killing me. I went from being in training to working pedal to the metal for 7 hours a day at pretty much a full caseload. It's mostly my own fault though, because I was supposed to start out at a lower caseload but due to being unable to pace myself, I'm going at full speed. Eh, at least it keeps me busy.

I gotta say though, I've seen enough marihuana, coke, meth, etc to last several lifetimes. X_x
romp 23rd-Feb-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
you're booking police evidence? (this is a fun game!)
bethan_b_bad 23rd-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh my GOD it has been a long week. *collapses into the corner with a bottle of whisky*



I am so fucking tamping that they're even there, you guys. That is MY city and vicious fundy dickfaces need to stay the fuck out of it. The first time I saw them in the street I glared at them and told them I hoped it rained; when I discovered that they were there because of the abortion clinic (which I didn't even know was there!) I marched in and donated £20 to the clinic, whilst giving the protesters the 'JUST YOU FUCKING TRY TO STOP ME' deathglare.

So! What should I have on my trolling counter-protest sign, people? I thought about 'DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING' but it doesn't work as well without a matching 'CAREFUL NOW' sign. (Plus I already used that at the anti-tuition fee protests.)

Ugggh so fuming. I hope all the seagulls in Cardiff are chronically incontinent over them.

Edited at 2013-02-23 12:02 am (UTC)
romp 23rd-Feb-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
good for you!
teacup_werewolf 23rd-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
SNOW DAY! I woke up finding out that nature gave us a three day weekend after that ice storm. Fortunately things warmed up quick and everything thawed out. Josh and I might go out for dinner tonight and I grabbed ingredients to make rice pudding did anyone else get a snow day today?

How is the weather on everyone else end?
crossfire 23rd-Feb-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
It's pretty out here in Sunnydalevale. The trees are blooming.
blondebeaker 23rd-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I got a surprise package from my sister and it was filled with food goodies!She works at a Williams & Sonoma and gets a huge discount so all of it came from there. Its mostly stuff from the Christmas line but IDGAF because its all my favorite stuff.

I'm trying really hard not to snarf down a whole pound of double chocolate peppermint bark right now.

Oh and first world problem time: The phone I want is on sale and I can easily buyout my old phone contract thing on my next pay, which is March 1st, but the sale ends on the 25th of Feb. I want to get rid of my Crapberry so fucking bad right now.
layweed 23rd-Feb-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
lol crapberry
bmh4d0k3n Lamenting Community23rd-Feb-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Why oh WHY are they doing this to us?! I wish they'd just cancelled the show rather than broadcast this basic bullshit with Community's name attached. The show I know and love is dead; only a zombie, a cheap imitation remains.

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(Also, gdi imgur, why do you pick now to go down? This gif uploads funkily to Photobucket.)
catbrooks Re: Lamenting Community23rd-Feb-2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh no, I forgot that the season premiere happened! It wasn't good? That's such a shame :(
mycenaes 23rd-Feb-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm so excited, because I'm seeing one of my favorite plays next Sunday! I really hope it's a good production. And I hope my friend who's coming with me enjoys it as well. :D
rjdaae 23rd-Feb-2013 12:05 am (UTC)
Had to send my laptop off to be fixed (the casing cracked) this week. My mom's letting me use her old one to check my email and stuff, thankfully, but this is the first time I've been without my own computer/Internet in 4-5 years (the last time I had to get mine fixed), and wow it's worse than I remembered. D: *prayer circle that my computer comes home safe soon*

In happier news, I painted the Unicorn Tapestries on my nails!

crossfire 23rd-Feb-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
*is duly impressed*
shellazure 23rd-Feb-2013 12:06 am (UTC)

Right now I'm eating leftovers from Paleo Protein Meat Loaf (aka ground beef, bacon, and eggs) and it's delicious. But we fried a couple eggs and threw that on top since we're not fans of hard boiled eggs. YUM.

Tonight: HOOKAH BAR!
crossfire 23rd-Feb-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
ok I never saw that website before but I like it.
romp 23rd-Feb-2013 12:09 am (UTC)
There's something about losing your parents that changes things. I'm still getting used to a world without that safety net but also without that responsibility.

Meanwhile, the cancer boogieman knocks on houses all around me. Midlife is strange times.
kitanabychoice 23rd-Feb-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
*hugs if you want them* I understand you. I never met my dad because he died when I was very young, then my mother died of pancreatic cancer two years ago. I feel very orphaned some days, even though I have other family.
maynardsong TLDR thread on VAWA with a GOP-er23rd-Feb-2013 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm hating men right now because of this debate I had over fb. Basically this guy put up a national review article which he summarized with "Summary - "Democrats have nearly perfected the following exercise in cynical electioneering: 1) introduce legislation; 2) title it something that appeals to the vast majority of Americans who have no interest in learning what is actually in the bill, e.g., the “Violence Against Women Act”; 3) make sure it is sufficiently noxious to the GOP that few Republicans will support it; 4) vote, and await headlines such as “[GOP Lawmaker] Votes No On Violence Against Women Act”; 5) clip and use headline in 30-second campaign ad; and 6) repeat." If you have well meaning but poorly informed friends on the left, they should read this." It's called "War on Women 2.0" from the national review website.

I said, "Additional resources to support the needs of Indians, immigrants, and lesbians and trans women is noxious to the GOP. Got it."

He replied, "You missed the point. Democrats name a bill the "babies and kitties snuggle act" then load it up with garbage that has nothing to do with babies and kitties, then dare the GOP to vote against it so they can say the GOP wants to drown babies and kitties. Meanwhile, the GOP is trying to propose things that actually DO help babies and kitties, but Harry Reid spikes it in the Senate."

So I asked, "OK, so what was in the Violence Against Women Act that the GOP found abhorrent besides allocating more resources to Indians, lesbians, trans women, and immigrants? Enlighten me."

He said, "The act breezed through in 1994, 2000 and 2005, and would have again this time had Democrats not added ill-conceived provisions while shutting the GOP out of the process. The changes to the reauthorization strip defendants in cases involving Native Americans of due process. The changes involving GLBT victims make women's shelters vulnerable to lawsuits if they turn away gay/transgendered men. The problem with immigrant cases is, its become popular for them to marry US citizens, then accuse them of abuse to get out of the marriage and obtain U-visa green cards. Harry Reid spiked the reauthorization last year by refusing to appoint members to the VAWA Act conference committee, preferring to smear the GOP to help the "War On Women" campaign in a close election year; that's unfortunate, because the issue of violence against Native women is a problem, but empowering tribal courts not bound by due process was not the solution. The Democrats gain more politically from the law not passing than from helping victims of violence, so they are in no hurry to resolve the issue by passing the same bill that passed three times with bipartisan support. This is all way too complicated for the average low-information Democrat voter to understand; all they hear is the old media wailing that the GOP hates women, and that's just how the left wants it."
maynardsong Re: TLDR thread on VAWA with a GOP-er part 223rd-Feb-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
I said: "The problem with immigrant cases is, its become popular for them to marry US citizens, then accuse them of abuse to get out of the marriage and obtain U-visa green cards. " Citation please. "empowering tribal courts not bound by due process was not the solution." OK, what was the solution?

He said, "Right now, only Federal courts have jurisdiction, state courts could be added." and added that "Anyone can do this research" and linked me to another National Review article called "No Way to Protect the Vulnerable" which argued that this year's iteration of VAWA is cynical and doesn't actually help lesbians or immigrants or Indians.

I said, "Um. Right. You do realise that undocumented immigrants in abusive situations won't get the help they need and deserve because of the threat of being turned into ICE and deported, right?"

He said, " I do know that the changes to VAWA, by adding thousands more U-visas, will increase the risk of fraud. Nobody deserves that kind of treatment, but if you put yourself in a compromising situation like that, it will obviously make it that much harder to get the help you need. It's hard to get help when you are a victim of crime when you are committing a crime yourself. It that case, the victim will have to weigh their situation against the (small) risk of being deported, and take the lesser of two evils."

I said, "So it's their fault they're being abused?"

He had the chutzpah to reply, "No, it's their fault that they compromised themselves by committing a crime that could make it impossible for them to get help if they become victimized. I'm sorry and don't mean this to be insulting, but you are talking like the Democrat politicians that engage in ad hominem attack instead of resolving issues through the legislative process, exactly the kind of bad-faith behavior illustrated in this article. A better idea would be for the left to simply say that illegals need help, and perhaps to trade a cap on U-visas and strengthened interview procedures to prevent fraud for GOP agreement on exempting those victims from deportation. But, that wouldn't be nearly as fun for the press, would it?"

keeperofthekeys 23rd-Feb-2013 12:27 am (UTC)
The mouse experiment I've been doing in lab for the past week and a half has fried my brain. This afternoon I meant to plate cells for an experiment, but without thinking I aspirated the two flasks of cells I needed into the waste container.

I have to give department seminar next week Friday and I am not looking forward to it. I hate presenting. Right now I'm almost too tired to care, but that will change. I'm terrible at anticipating questions, and I always get oddballs because what I do an what my department does are not in the same field. I'm also kind of nervous that my ex-friend, who I cut off contact with a year and a half ago, is going to show up to try and skewer me/throw me off. I know I shouldn't give a fuck, but confrontation is an anxiety trigger for me.

Edited at 2013-02-23 12:28 am (UTC)
layweed 23rd-Feb-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Yikes that's rough. I don't suppose you're going to have time to do a presentation to your group before you have to give it for real so that you can iron out all the kinks? I guess there are just some things you can't prepare for though.. :( Hopefully it all goes smoothly.
spiritoftherain 23rd-Feb-2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Really super close friend of mine, who already has problems of her own to deal with, just discovered a hard lump close to her clavicle. She doesn't know if it's malignant yet.

She's in the States and I'm Canadian, so I can't go over there and help her get through it, and I'm so scared for her. She doesn't know who to talk to about this and I'm worried about what it'll cost her to get proper healthcare.

Second friend of mine to find out they have cancer; the first one has a tumour in her brain.

Just... goddamnit.
shortsweetcynic 23rd-Feb-2013 12:50 am (UTC)
...holy shit, sweetie. I'm so sorry. :(

I know how hard that is. My best friend thought she might have to have open heart surgery. I'm in Florida, she's in Seattle. It's hard being so far.
justspaz 23rd-Feb-2013 12:29 am (UTC)
This is the first weekend in two weeks I'm home (well, in my dorm room) for, and I'm getting so much sleep, it's great. Also saving money--being social is expensive. Two weeks ago I was at Yale for IvyQ, which is an Ivy League-wide LGBTQ* conference. It was so great to go to, even with the two feet+ of snow that CT got. I'd never been to Yale before, and it is gorgeous but I ended up missing Philly and Penn! And last weekend I met up with my LJ-turned-IRL friends for funtimes in NYC, as we try to do every couple of months. This theater was doing a special weekend of midnight showings of Scott Pilgrim, which my friends love but I hadn't seen before (but loved!). We were the only ones that dressed up, haha.

This weekend I'm not being totally non-social, as there's a party on campus thrown by the LGBT Center. But mostly I'm just sleeping.
roseofjuly 25th-Feb-2013 06:34 am (UTC)
IvyQ! I advise a queer group on campus here and a lot of their members went to IvyQ :D

I went to Yale last year for a conference. It is very pretty!
rjdaae 23rd-Feb-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I have a question for any of you who live in NYC, or have been there a lot. I went a few weeks ago, for just a day, and I still can't get over how much I loved it there. I didn't think I would even like it, and I was worried about being overwhelmed by it all but instead I felt very comfortable and at home there, and now I can't stop thinking about it. What I'm wondering, though, is whether I'm obsessing over an illusion. Like, it was absolutely freezing (and not a big time for tourism) so there weren't very many people out walking around or on the subway, as well as there being very little traffic, and most of the people I ran into were reasonably friendly--all of which is in conflict to what New York has always been described to me as. And I didn't exactly see very much of the city (just the parts around Time Square). So, could anyone give me an idea of what it's like to be there at a normal time (or even a bad time), so I can try to sort out my feelings? I would really appreciate it. :/
layweed 23rd-Feb-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Ikr? I visited last year in October/November right the smack dab when Hurricane Sandy hit and I still want to go back and visit and possibly move there if the opportunity comes up. But idk if I'd ever survive the winter because I can barely tolerate that shit here in Texas.
doverz 23rd-Feb-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Finally scheduled my root canal. It's so nice having dental insurance because I only have to pay around $600 instead of $2000.
idemandjustice 23rd-Feb-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Root canals are wonderful. Because when you really need one, you tend to want it.
blackjedii 23rd-Feb-2013 12:38 am (UTC)




okay open in the sense that you're going to get madrid or barca, bayern, and man utd at least

jessalae 23rd-Feb-2013 12:39 am (UTC)
I'm in an incredibly bad mood for no good reason tonight, _p. I get to see my boyfriend for the first time in a week, so I should be happy, but I can't shake the grumpiness. :/ Anyone have any pictures of puppies or something to cheer me up?
idemandjustice 23rd-Feb-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
How about a dancing baby?

blackjedii 23rd-Feb-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Also anyone picked up Fire Emblem Awakening yet?

It's crazy.

Also my OTP is in it


Edited at 2013-02-23 12:41 am (UTC)
redstar826 23rd-Feb-2013 12:47 am (UTC)

sure, there are a zillion and one Harlem Shake videos out there, but this one has a walrus!
layweed 23rd-Feb-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
i still do not understand this "harlem shake" phenomenon but it sounds incredibly dumb like all things of this manner.
serendipity_15 YAY Friday!23rd-Feb-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I went to a minority health conference today in downtown DC and it was fantastic! I loved the cultural competency presenter, he was very engaging.

I also went to check out GW's bonfire for George Washington's birthday day and it rained freezing rain in the beginning but I did get s'mores and hot cider out of the deal. There was apparently music and other stuff going on besides the bonfire and s'more making but I didn't stick around because it was starting to rain, it was cold and I have articles to read.

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