kyburg: (shh)
Keep in mind, I was born in 1960. By the time women got the vote in Switzerland, I was eleven years old. I was in fifth grade, had been writing poetry for years and had already been on the newspaper staff for my school. (Ditto masters, anyone else remember them?)

That's when women got the vote. Period. Some of the elections in some places? Not until 1990. You remember the eighties, right?

Guess what.

There are now more women 'presidents' than men.

In a country more conservative, richer, OLDER (hooboy, almost three times as old as our democracy and they never knew a monarchy), with more languages and traditions than many others - they've put more women in power than men.

I'm still waiting to see this with the SCOTUS, but there's hope. If we can't get it right, there are places that can.

(Compare that to the 'conservative women' currently in our CW and wince.)
kyburg: (shh)
Keep in mind, I was born in 1960. By the time women got the vote in Switzerland, I was eleven years old. I was in fifth grade, had been writing poetry for years and had already been on the newspaper staff for my school. (Ditto masters, anyone else remember them?)

That's when women got the vote. Period. Some of the elections in some places? Not until 1990. You remember the eighties, right?

Guess what.

There are now more women 'presidents' than men.

In a country more conservative, richer, OLDER (hooboy, almost three times as old as our democracy and they never knew a monarchy), with more languages and traditions than many others - they've put more women in power than men.

I'm still waiting to see this with the SCOTUS, but there's hope. If we can't get it right, there are places that can.

(Compare that to the 'conservative women' currently in our CW and wince.)
kyburg: (shh)
Keep in mind, I was born in 1960. By the time women got the vote in Switzerland, I was eleven years old. I was in fifth grade, had been writing poetry for years and had already been on the newspaper staff for my school. (Ditto masters, anyone else remember them?)

That's when women got the vote. Period. Some of the elections in some places? Not until 1990. You remember the eighties, right?

Guess what.

There are now more women 'presidents' than men.

In a country more conservative, richer, OLDER (hooboy, almost three times as old as our democracy and they never knew a monarchy), with more languages and traditions than many others - they've put more women in power than men.

I'm still waiting to see this with the SCOTUS, but there's hope. If we can't get it right, there are places that can.

(Compare that to the 'conservative women' currently in our CW and wince.)
kyburg: (Default)
There are days I'm pretty sure international adoption is not the best way to deal with families too poor to raise children.

Then a story like this one crosses my desk.

For the record, the whole thing offends me. The fact it happens, the ads on the page from our darlings at CNN (*hisses*)...name it.

IA also isn't an option in Yemen, just in case you were wondering.
kyburg: (Default)
There are days I'm pretty sure international adoption is not the best way to deal with families too poor to raise children.

Then a story like this one crosses my desk.

For the record, the whole thing offends me. The fact it happens, the ads on the page from our darlings at CNN (*hisses*)...name it.

IA also isn't an option in Yemen, just in case you were wondering.
kyburg: (Default)
There are days I'm pretty sure international adoption is not the best way to deal with families too poor to raise children.

Then a story like this one crosses my desk.

For the record, the whole thing offends me. The fact it happens, the ads on the page from our darlings at CNN (*hisses*)...name it.

IA also isn't an option in Yemen, just in case you were wondering.
kyburg: (so 60's)
No glasses. Only ones they had did not match the only cats-eyes glasses I ever had which were PINK and very sparkly. (Hey, I was in third grade. Gimme break.) So I did what every Good Girl did back in those days. No, she never saw you. I can vouch for that. She didn't see much of anything else, either.

(I look like an astronaut's wife in this. Yikes. She looks like some of my elementary school teachers. I am cursed with a VERY good memory.)

I still do crafts with the costume jewelry from that era. It is gaudy and sparkly and amazing. As jewelry, totally useless. Can't believe anyone every wore it, but then again - I remember when they did.

Links for the day:

HAY - you really want a server job in Los Angeles? No, you don't:

When he sits back down, he tells me that "we" have a problem. He said that I looked different than when I came in for my interview because then I look put together and wholesome and now I don't (um, I don't look wholesome now, yet you want me to go to the restroom & put on enough makeup to look like a whore? confused much? I know I was was). I ask if I possibly look different because the glasses and he says it's not the glasses, but asks if it's necessary that I wear them. (no, douche, they're the fake trendy ones from like 1989...of course, they're real, you idiot...and they're PRADA!). Now here's the best part, he looks me up and down when he says I look and hints that I'm heavier than when I interviewed (he's staring at my midsection). Then he tells me "well you can either come back tomorrow and try again or we can be done here".

There is no industry, only Zuuuuul....

Here, bookmark this and join in: Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Do we get monarchs at our house? Yes, yes we do.

Do people die at 59 from heart attacks? Well, both my mother's brother and her father did - from what seems to be the exact reason John Hughes has passed on. His movies were the ones we saw on dollar movie night while I was in college studying to make films. I look at what I have to choose from these days (Hint: barf.) and just miss him all the more.

Dear John: kick Michael's butt, give Freddie our regards and I'll see them later.

Now, for the acid test - is thing going to actually POST or not. Here goes....
kyburg: (so 60's)
No glasses. Only ones they had did not match the only cats-eyes glasses I ever had which were PINK and very sparkly. (Hey, I was in third grade. Gimme break.) So I did what every Good Girl did back in those days. No, she never saw you. I can vouch for that. She didn't see much of anything else, either.

(I look like an astronaut's wife in this. Yikes. She looks like some of my elementary school teachers. I am cursed with a VERY good memory.)

I still do crafts with the costume jewelry from that era. It is gaudy and sparkly and amazing. As jewelry, totally useless. Can't believe anyone every wore it, but then again - I remember when they did.

Links for the day:

HAY - you really want a server job in Los Angeles? No, you don't:

When he sits back down, he tells me that "we" have a problem. He said that I looked different than when I came in for my interview because then I look put together and wholesome and now I don't (um, I don't look wholesome now, yet you want me to go to the restroom & put on enough makeup to look like a whore? confused much? I know I was was). I ask if I possibly look different because the glasses and he says it's not the glasses, but asks if it's necessary that I wear them. (no, douche, they're the fake trendy ones from like 1989...of course, they're real, you idiot...and they're PRADA!). Now here's the best part, he looks me up and down when he says I look and hints that I'm heavier than when I interviewed (he's staring at my midsection). Then he tells me "well you can either come back tomorrow and try again or we can be done here".

There is no industry, only Zuuuuul....

Here, bookmark this and join in: Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Do we get monarchs at our house? Yes, yes we do.

Do people die at 59 from heart attacks? Well, both my mother's brother and her father did - from what seems to be the exact reason John Hughes has passed on. His movies were the ones we saw on dollar movie night while I was in college studying to make films. I look at what I have to choose from these days (Hint: barf.) and just miss him all the more.

Dear John: kick Michael's butt, give Freddie our regards and I'll see them later.

Now, for the acid test - is thing going to actually POST or not. Here goes....
kyburg: (so 60's)
No glasses. Only ones they had did not match the only cats-eyes glasses I ever had which were PINK and very sparkly. (Hey, I was in third grade. Gimme break.) So I did what every Good Girl did back in those days. No, she never saw you. I can vouch for that. She didn't see much of anything else, either.

(I look like an astronaut's wife in this. Yikes. She looks like some of my elementary school teachers. I am cursed with a VERY good memory.)

I still do crafts with the costume jewelry from that era. It is gaudy and sparkly and amazing. As jewelry, totally useless. Can't believe anyone every wore it, but then again - I remember when they did.

Links for the day:

HAY - you really want a server job in Los Angeles? No, you don't:

When he sits back down, he tells me that "we" have a problem. He said that I looked different than when I came in for my interview because then I look put together and wholesome and now I don't (um, I don't look wholesome now, yet you want me to go to the restroom & put on enough makeup to look like a whore? confused much? I know I was was). I ask if I possibly look different because the glasses and he says it's not the glasses, but asks if it's necessary that I wear them. (no, douche, they're the fake trendy ones from like 1989...of course, they're real, you idiot...and they're PRADA!). Now here's the best part, he looks me up and down when he says I look and hints that I'm heavier than when I interviewed (he's staring at my midsection). Then he tells me "well you can either come back tomorrow and try again or we can be done here".

There is no industry, only Zuuuuul....

Here, bookmark this and join in: Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Do we get monarchs at our house? Yes, yes we do.

Do people die at 59 from heart attacks? Well, both my mother's brother and her father did - from what seems to be the exact reason John Hughes has passed on. His movies were the ones we saw on dollar movie night while I was in college studying to make films. I look at what I have to choose from these days (Hint: barf.) and just miss him all the more.

Dear John: kick Michael's butt, give Freddie our regards and I'll see them later.

Now, for the acid test - is thing going to actually POST or not. Here goes....
kyburg: (HAHAHA)
EA Games SO PW0ND...'Win For Sin' Runner-up? Oh, a guy. VERY much a guy. JUST NOT THEIR GUY.

While I'm grateful for the team 'randomly' choosing me as one of the runners-up for your #Lust contest, it seems as though the internet has once again made it difficult to relay tongue-in-cheek humor to the desired recipients. I became aware of your contest through one of the many blogs decrying it. I think the contest was somewhat sexist, misogynist, and exploitive, especially since you were sending fans upon ANY booth babe at SDCC; however, as a gay man, I also saw this PR stunt as missed opportunity that resulted in what appears to be a narrow minded view as to what your game's audience can truly be. While I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, this stunt projected a view of your target demographic as lustful heterosexual males, when in reality a larger and larger portion of the gaming population are women and LGBT people.

Funny thing is, just last weekend in the Bay Area, EA corporate put on an event with GLAAD [www.glaad.org] in which they were discussing homophobia in online communities. One of the major points brought up was that many game publishers/developers still have this "boys club" idea of who buys and plays their games. The truth is that there are many people out there that don't care to be in that type of boys club (as I'm sure you notice from all the negative tweets you got) and dislike that stereotype being thrown in their faces.

From that viewpoint, I sent in my photo of me with a burly man that I took at PAX last year as a humorous portrayal of how your contest is not only misogynistic and demeaning to the women that attended the conventions, but also to anyone that doesn't follow the hetero-normative ideal. I know booth babes (and guys) get paid to man those booths and deal with gawkers, but there are also PR, production, and development people at those booths caught in the crossfire of dealing with people trying to do "acts of lust" with them to win your contest.


And then he suggests what they can do with their $240.

(Hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] neintales. Oh very yes, I'd do his taxes. And make him cannoli.)
kyburg: (HAHAHA)
EA Games SO PW0ND...'Win For Sin' Runner-up? Oh, a guy. VERY much a guy. JUST NOT THEIR GUY.

While I'm grateful for the team 'randomly' choosing me as one of the runners-up for your #Lust contest, it seems as though the internet has once again made it difficult to relay tongue-in-cheek humor to the desired recipients. I became aware of your contest through one of the many blogs decrying it. I think the contest was somewhat sexist, misogynist, and exploitive, especially since you were sending fans upon ANY booth babe at SDCC; however, as a gay man, I also saw this PR stunt as missed opportunity that resulted in what appears to be a narrow minded view as to what your game's audience can truly be. While I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, this stunt projected a view of your target demographic as lustful heterosexual males, when in reality a larger and larger portion of the gaming population are women and LGBT people.

Funny thing is, just last weekend in the Bay Area, EA corporate put on an event with GLAAD [www.glaad.org] in which they were discussing homophobia in online communities. One of the major points brought up was that many game publishers/developers still have this "boys club" idea of who buys and plays their games. The truth is that there are many people out there that don't care to be in that type of boys club (as I'm sure you notice from all the negative tweets you got) and dislike that stereotype being thrown in their faces.

From that viewpoint, I sent in my photo of me with a burly man that I took at PAX last year as a humorous portrayal of how your contest is not only misogynistic and demeaning to the women that attended the conventions, but also to anyone that doesn't follow the hetero-normative ideal. I know booth babes (and guys) get paid to man those booths and deal with gawkers, but there are also PR, production, and development people at those booths caught in the crossfire of dealing with people trying to do "acts of lust" with them to win your contest.


And then he suggests what they can do with their $240.

(Hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] neintales. Oh very yes, I'd do his taxes. And make him cannoli.)
kyburg: (HAHAHA)
EA Games SO PW0ND...'Win For Sin' Runner-up? Oh, a guy. VERY much a guy. JUST NOT THEIR GUY.

While I'm grateful for the team 'randomly' choosing me as one of the runners-up for your #Lust contest, it seems as though the internet has once again made it difficult to relay tongue-in-cheek humor to the desired recipients. I became aware of your contest through one of the many blogs decrying it. I think the contest was somewhat sexist, misogynist, and exploitive, especially since you were sending fans upon ANY booth babe at SDCC; however, as a gay man, I also saw this PR stunt as missed opportunity that resulted in what appears to be a narrow minded view as to what your game's audience can truly be. While I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, this stunt projected a view of your target demographic as lustful heterosexual males, when in reality a larger and larger portion of the gaming population are women and LGBT people.

Funny thing is, just last weekend in the Bay Area, EA corporate put on an event with GLAAD [www.glaad.org] in which they were discussing homophobia in online communities. One of the major points brought up was that many game publishers/developers still have this "boys club" idea of who buys and plays their games. The truth is that there are many people out there that don't care to be in that type of boys club (as I'm sure you notice from all the negative tweets you got) and dislike that stereotype being thrown in their faces.

From that viewpoint, I sent in my photo of me with a burly man that I took at PAX last year as a humorous portrayal of how your contest is not only misogynistic and demeaning to the women that attended the conventions, but also to anyone that doesn't follow the hetero-normative ideal. I know booth babes (and guys) get paid to man those booths and deal with gawkers, but there are also PR, production, and development people at those booths caught in the crossfire of dealing with people trying to do "acts of lust" with them to win your contest.


And then he suggests what they can do with their $240.

(Hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] neintales. Oh very yes, I'd do his taxes. And make him cannoli.)

*headdesk*

Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm
kyburg: (don't wanna)
Shark week. Why does it always have to be SHARK WEEK.

*headdesk*

Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm
kyburg: (don't wanna)
Shark week. Why does it always have to be SHARK WEEK.

*headdesk*

Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm
kyburg: (don't wanna)
Shark week. Why does it always have to be SHARK WEEK.
kyburg: (Default)
He's about 21.5, gay and knows where the closet is if he needs it, and can pass in a heartbeat for straight. He knows.

Having a quick chat yesterday, he posed the above question to me - and I asked how old the ladies he was talking about were?

Closer to my age? Oh, that's easy.

They've had to be straight first. It really SUCKS to be straight when you don't get anything out of it, I said.

I sent this link to him later in the day as an explanation.

If you have the luck to be gay, female and never had to be anything else before coming to that conclusion - it's highly unlikely you'd be as bitter as those who would resort to this kind of thing (Bacardi isn't manufacturing this stuff out of the ether, guys) to get laid.

*full body shivers* Ghad, this is offensive.
kyburg: (Default)
He's about 21.5, gay and knows where the closet is if he needs it, and can pass in a heartbeat for straight. He knows.

Having a quick chat yesterday, he posed the above question to me - and I asked how old the ladies he was talking about were?

Closer to my age? Oh, that's easy.

They've had to be straight first. It really SUCKS to be straight when you don't get anything out of it, I said.

I sent this link to him later in the day as an explanation.

If you have the luck to be gay, female and never had to be anything else before coming to that conclusion - it's highly unlikely you'd be as bitter as those who would resort to this kind of thing (Bacardi isn't manufacturing this stuff out of the ether, guys) to get laid.

*full body shivers* Ghad, this is offensive.
kyburg: (Default)
He's about 21.5, gay and knows where the closet is if he needs it, and can pass in a heartbeat for straight. He knows.

Having a quick chat yesterday, he posed the above question to me - and I asked how old the ladies he was talking about were?

Closer to my age? Oh, that's easy.

They've had to be straight first. It really SUCKS to be straight when you don't get anything out of it, I said.

I sent this link to him later in the day as an explanation.

If you have the luck to be gay, female and never had to be anything else before coming to that conclusion - it's highly unlikely you'd be as bitter as those who would resort to this kind of thing (Bacardi isn't manufacturing this stuff out of the ether, guys) to get laid.

*full body shivers* Ghad, this is offensive.
kyburg: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] cuteoverload is this morning - don't miss it. Cute IS good.

Bob Hope would be proud. Also in my memory is Jay Leno being the only guy who went over during Gulf War I to do the same job - finally, someone decided this was an important service to perform this time around. Six years later - yeah.

I am much amused by Colbert being ordered by the President to shave his head. MUCH AMUSED. (And yes he actually DID IT.)

The USO folks (for LAX) often fundraise at our local farmer's market - Jim's been talking about putting some hours in over there himself.

Yanno, I don't think I ever built an account over at the Fuku forum - I'll check, but using the standard handle seems somehow un-kosher, it being completely non-anime in nature. Maybe I should use something appropriate like '_deadRanma86' or something. Speaking of which....

My friend [livejournal.com profile] joseph_palmer has updated 'Yellow' - you can get the details here. Four years since an update, Joe? Not complaining! At least you got around to it!

For those of you late to the party, this is the Agent Orange of the Ranma fanfic. There are actually some very nice story arcs to read (my favorites include the Nabiki 'New Horizons' stories (which petered out to pablum, unfortunately) within that colony, Waters Under Earth, for example), but Joe smokes them all. He takes a color...and writes some of the tightest, sweetest, believable tales out of a very silly anime that sacrificed Good for yucks at every turn. I told you I met Jim writing Ranma 1/2 fanfiction, didn't I? Right. Moving on.

Recycling. Better, faster, smarter, easier to find!

I'm with [livejournal.com profile] s00j - I can't take listening to the details of the Air France crash. And since there is nothing-singular to be gained by it, I'm turning the dial on it. My mind does not go into good places and why? *turns it off* I am so sorry for those folks and everyone involved. That's the extent of my impact on it.

FACE act, anyone? In case you're unfamiliar with the acronym, FACE is Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances which in this country requires a specific act of law *eyeroll facesmack repeat hello big government what* and betcha didn't even know it existed because Operation Rescue was up on RICO litigation for so long (wonder no more why nothing happened for so long). Yeah, I'd call him any number of things if I was looking at yet ANOTHER RICO suit.

Drop your congresscritter a note. FACE. RICO. Go.

There's one thing that concerns me about Sotomayor. Concern, mind. She's a type I diabetic, diagnosed at age 8. She's in her fifties now - and that's pretty damn old for a type I diagnosed that long ago. She's also just broken her ankle, according to the Beep - I hope this gets a bit more discussion. For universal health care advocates, you couldn't ask for a better background spice...for longevity, probably the worst. If she has a fitness routine, we all need to sign up for it - cos' DAYIM.

I would have preferred the bottle of wine Saturday night, guys. The Venice Carnavale was a complete and I do mean it COMPLETE bust, complete with $20 parking and no coffee anywhere. All the head shops and marijuana support you can ask for...that does not translate into 'artistic community' by a longshot. FAIL.

And then the event the next day? Got to drive by it because ran out of time (more later). So event hopping this weekend? Not so good. AUGH.

Your Monday, now in progress. Mine, too.
kyburg: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] cuteoverload is this morning - don't miss it. Cute IS good.

Bob Hope would be proud. Also in my memory is Jay Leno being the only guy who went over during Gulf War I to do the same job - finally, someone decided this was an important service to perform this time around. Six years later - yeah.

I am much amused by Colbert being ordered by the President to shave his head. MUCH AMUSED. (And yes he actually DID IT.)

The USO folks (for LAX) often fundraise at our local farmer's market - Jim's been talking about putting some hours in over there himself.

Yanno, I don't think I ever built an account over at the Fuku forum - I'll check, but using the standard handle seems somehow un-kosher, it being completely non-anime in nature. Maybe I should use something appropriate like '_deadRanma86' or something. Speaking of which....

My friend [livejournal.com profile] joseph_palmer has updated 'Yellow' - you can get the details here. Four years since an update, Joe? Not complaining! At least you got around to it!

For those of you late to the party, this is the Agent Orange of the Ranma fanfic. There are actually some very nice story arcs to read (my favorites include the Nabiki 'New Horizons' stories (which petered out to pablum, unfortunately) within that colony, Waters Under Earth, for example), but Joe smokes them all. He takes a color...and writes some of the tightest, sweetest, believable tales out of a very silly anime that sacrificed Good for yucks at every turn. I told you I met Jim writing Ranma 1/2 fanfiction, didn't I? Right. Moving on.

Recycling. Better, faster, smarter, easier to find!

I'm with [livejournal.com profile] s00j - I can't take listening to the details of the Air France crash. And since there is nothing-singular to be gained by it, I'm turning the dial on it. My mind does not go into good places and why? *turns it off* I am so sorry for those folks and everyone involved. That's the extent of my impact on it.

FACE act, anyone? In case you're unfamiliar with the acronym, FACE is Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances which in this country requires a specific act of law *eyeroll facesmack repeat hello big government what* and betcha didn't even know it existed because Operation Rescue was up on RICO litigation for so long (wonder no more why nothing happened for so long). Yeah, I'd call him any number of things if I was looking at yet ANOTHER RICO suit.

Drop your congresscritter a note. FACE. RICO. Go.

There's one thing that concerns me about Sotomayor. Concern, mind. She's a type I diabetic, diagnosed at age 8. She's in her fifties now - and that's pretty damn old for a type I diagnosed that long ago. She's also just broken her ankle, according to the Beep - I hope this gets a bit more discussion. For universal health care advocates, you couldn't ask for a better background spice...for longevity, probably the worst. If she has a fitness routine, we all need to sign up for it - cos' DAYIM.

I would have preferred the bottle of wine Saturday night, guys. The Venice Carnavale was a complete and I do mean it COMPLETE bust, complete with $20 parking and no coffee anywhere. All the head shops and marijuana support you can ask for...that does not translate into 'artistic community' by a longshot. FAIL.

And then the event the next day? Got to drive by it because ran out of time (more later). So event hopping this weekend? Not so good. AUGH.

Your Monday, now in progress. Mine, too.

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