Dec. 5th, 2010 09:48 pm
waywardcats: Madison, WI June 2010 by Glenda D (wild roses)
This blog post, the comments it has received and the ensuing FaceBook discussions has me thinking about this whole "awareness" thing.   What is the value of awareness?

I bought some shoes a while back, they had a little tag on them with a pink ribbon, which is for breast cancer awareness. I bought them because they fit, not because of the little tag.  I left the tag on and didn't give it another thought until this came up.  It didn't make me aware of breast cancer, it didn't prompt me to donate to a breast cancer cause, though I usually give something during the course of a year.  I cannot imagine that anyone else saw me wearing those shoes and became aware of breast cancer, certainly no one ever asked me what that pink ribbon was on my shoes.

Please tell me, what am I missing? Are these awareness campaigns making any sort of a difference?

waywardcats: Madison, WI June 2010 by Glenda D (wild roses)
to [personal profile] cynthia1960 !!!

Treat yourself today!

waywardcats: Madison, WI June 2010 by Glenda D (wild roses)
I am still mulling over this blog post from Alyssa Rosenbuerg on Ta-Nehisi Coates blog discussing world building by George R. R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and more.  What do you think?

Edit to re-credit authorship.

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The first five people to comment in this post* get to request that I make them a piece of jewelry in the medium of my choice. It will likely take me a while to make it, but within the next few months should be doable.  Please comment with colors that you like or often wear.

In return, please consider posting an offer in your journal (offering graphics, vids, writing, crafts, whatever), regardless of your ability level.

* The first five on each of my main journals -- Livejournal and Dreamwidth

This entry is a meme I've taken from [personal profile] serene and [personal profile] wild_irises 
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yesterday ,[personal profile] cynthia1960  pointed out this excellent post from [personal profile] thingswithwings which if you have not read yet, I highly recommend, because, well, yeah.

I would now like to recommend this post from Prof. Susurro at Like A Whisper which is equally filled with win, though in a totally different way.

waywardcats: Temple at Deir el Bahri (pic#289817)
I wish I knew what to say about inequality and injustice, but after reading this blog post today - thanks to Body Impolitic for the pointer - shortly after reading this editorial I am about speechless.  

Excerpts I find particularly striking )

Why is it still acceptable for some to have more rights than others? We have to begin to recognize and honor the humanity of every person. We just have to make it happen.

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Well, we finished setting up my standing work set up, and I really like it!  I do need a comfort mat to stand on though, working on that.  The installation of the swing arm for the monitor has more leftover parts than I think were used in setting it up.  But it hasn't fallen down yet, so I will just hang onto them and see what happens.

Stood for a lot of the day yesterday, which while it feels better on my knee at the time may have caused a backlash.  I could barely walk this morning.  No idea about whether it was that or something else yesterday.  MRI scheduled for next week can hopefully get to the bottom of the knee issue.  For today i went back to wearing the brace, which is uncomfortable, but it feels a lot better.
waywardcats: (double door)
When I left the office yesterday the Facilities guy was busy installing my new standing-is-optional office set-up.  This consists of a new keyboard tray that goes up and down and a swing arm for my monitor so it can move up and down also.  I didn't really think there was much point to hovering over him while he worked, so I took off figuring all would be set in the morning.

It sort of is.    The keyboard tray is awesome, I really like it, it's easy to reposition and has a perfect range for my height.  But the monitor has not been set up yet.  The Facilities guy is not in yet, so I can't check with him, but I suspect he went as far as he is comfortable with without an IT person involved.  So here I am waiting....

I hope I can get this set-up completed today.


Jun. 10th, 2009 11:38 am
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So the educated guess was correct, and Kiva launched loans to entrepreneurs in the US this morning.

I couldn't resist this loan, cause I do like board games, and they are in San Francisco, and one of the guys works with people with disabilities and they are veterans, and yeah, anyway, it's a long term, but nice loan.

Erik and Shane seem an unlikely pair to run a board game shop. Shane works as a behavioral specialist for people with disabilities at a local non-profit while Erik is a veteran of the Iraq War with a background in sales. But they share a love of board games, and opened Just Awesome to provide the community with a family-friendly game store. While serving in the Air Force, Erik learned a game from a young Iraqi which he developed into Just Awesome! He donates all of the proceeds from this game to Operation Iraqi Children. Just Awesome! will also pay to ship any board games to American troops serving overseas.

With a thoughtful business plan and a passion for their product, Shane and Erik are new entrepreneurs poised for success. They will use their $7,500 loan for advertising and inventory.


Honestly i didn't think I would want to make a loan in the US when they became available, but sometimes you just gotta go with the flow...

waywardcats: (double door)
Kiva, the online lending platform which has previously served developing countries is making a big announcement tomorrow on Good Morning America.  I don't want to steal their thunder, but as someone who follows their activity closely over at Kiva Friends i am pretty sure I know what it will be. 

I recommend that if you want to check out Kiva to make a loan to an entrepreneur in the developing world you might want to go there today, before they get bombarded tomorrow.  However, if you are interested in making a loan to an entrepreneur closer to home, well tomorrow could well be the day for you.


Apr. 14th, 2009 11:16 am
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I have been excused from Jury Duty after having been on call for 1/2 a day.   Although today would not have been a good day to miss work, I am still a little disappointed.  I am one of the few people who actually doesn't mind jury duty.  I find it interesting to watch the legal process and to get a glimpse into peoples lives.

On the other hand, it's a pain to miss work for it, and there is often too much waiting involved.  I do think it's a vast improvement they have made with the call in and online standby systems.  As opposed to past times when I've spent day after day in the courthouse and never had my name called.

Anyway, I'm off the hook for another year.
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Do apples make you hungry? I don't mean the thought of apples making your mouth water.  I mean does eating an apple make you feel hungrier?

I knew I would be eating lunch later than usual today so I grabbed my apple as a snack, knowing it was probably a mistake to do so.  Sure enough, 30 minutes later I felt like I hadn't eaten in three days.  is it just me?
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Yesterday I read this post from [ profile] dolphin_girl which I found to be very thoughtful and educational.

Today I read this reply from [ profile] kuangning  and it breaks my heart.  This is why I keep reading.

[ profile] kuangning
  is right.  No one should have to cry or yell to make themselves heard, or believed.  No one.

ETC: username

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I have been planning a post for a while because I HAVE been following the conversation pretty much from the beginning.  If you don't know what I am talking about, you can start here at Seeking Avalon and then you can go here to the comprehensive links post from [ profile] rydra_wong .

I am in the position of having no real power in this debate, I don't know most of the individuals who are involved.  I live my life mostly on the edges of fandom. I have never been involved in writing or publishing.  But I care very much about SF & F as a reader and occasionally con-goer.  I have been mostly a silent participant so far, but I just can't hide behind my privilege anymore.  I want to be among the many who have spoken out against the failures at the heart of this massive conversation.

After reading La La La, I can't hear you I just wanted to publicly acknowledge that I am as [ profile] rosefox says "taking the first step of admitting this is a problem" for me and others around me and I want to continue "to learn about ways to make things better. "

As my friend and mentor [ profile] wild_irises  has suggested, I will continue to read, and to listen and to learn.  I will keep an open mind and an open heart.  I will not let myself get defensive.  If I show my ass, please, please tell me it's showing.

I know that is not enough.  [ profile] sugargroupie is right to say "Your words mean fuck-all to me if your mouth has written a check that your ass can't cash. Simply put, actions are louder than words. It's not just about working on your own privilege, but following through on that work."

I can only write words here, and I know it is not enough.  A promise to keep learning and to keep listening  and to try to be better is not enough.  But it's all I have for now.

waywardcats: (Kerry the kid)
LOL at Brent Spiner

4 hours ago: I'm leaving for a while. Going to try to find myself.

1 hour ago: Okay, I found myself. Now I'm trying to get over myself.

30 minutes ago: I think I'll stop there. Before I get ahead of myself.

I guess this is why I joined twitter, to follow people who are wittier than I.

My Potlatch

Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:41 pm
waywardcats: (Books cats)
This was a nice Potlatch and it was nice to have a chance to go.  It has been a number of years since I have been able to attend, for various reasons, so it was almost like a new experience for me.  My favorite part of Potlatch was seeing a number of people who I have not seen in quite some time and reconnecting with them, but it was also a great jewelry weekend for me.  Running the auction was a valuable experience, most of which I enjoyed.  I am releived that it went so well, and was so successful.

I think having the Auction drop-off table was helpful.  My hope was that it would inspire people to drop their contributions off sooner rather than later so that they could be entered into the database a little easier.  I think for the most part it worked, though there were still a couple of things that came in <1 hour prior to the start of the auction.  There were still some things missing out of the database, but mostly everything was organized.  It also helped to let people know who I was, since I haven't been around the community much recently.

I managed to see some programming on Saturday, and have lunch and dinner with friends, so despite the impending auction, it was a nice day.  One of my favorite things on Saturday was having [ profile] elisem make a pendant from a lovely Murano glass bead my sister gave me some years ago.  I will try to photograph it later and post it.  It is stunning.

The auction itself was a good deal of fun.   [ profile] klages made a surprise appearance after having the misfortune of an injury and volunteered to auctioneer.  I especially felt for her when she made the comment that it was very difficult to perform without being able to scamper about as she might normally do.  Co-auctioneers Jay Lake and Tom Whitmore kindly began to dance in her stead. "It's just not the same." she said whistfully. 

All three did a terrific job, selling some very interesting items.  The book "Cooking in Alaska" which was a whimsical donation because of the picture of Potlatch hats it contained sold well when Ellen pointed out a recipe for some sort of candy that seemed to involve copious amounts of lard.  Tom and Jay somehow managed to sell  the book "All I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned from Star Trek" not once, but twice after [ profile] imnotandrei paid us to take it back and auction it again.  Jay did a particularly nice job of modeling the custom pendant that Elise was donating, which was to be made at her table the next day.  Though he might have broken it, throwing it like that!

On Sunday morning I decided that rather than store two boxes of books that the Dealers said were pretty much worthless for a future auction, we would have a clearance sale.  We managed to sell all but 1/2 a box and those I bought and will post on Bookmooch.  If you put out books, you can trust fans to come and adopt some.

I closed up shop in time for the Helixes, Corals, and Brains: "Oh My!" panel with [ profile] kate_schaefer [ profile] elisem  and Laurie Edison. This was a terrific panel with each artist talking about their process, their inpiration and how it relates to math, science and nature.  [ profile] light_of_summer has already posted a poem she wrote inspired by the panel.

After this panel I rushed off to join the basic wireworking class [ profile] elisem was holding.  It was a wonderful class, and I am very much looking forward to getting together with a friend who also attended and practicing what i learned.  Everyone came away with a pendant and pair of earrings they made, and I am very happy with mine.  I was able to finally find a way I liked to use some cool beads I had been struggling with, thanks to the gift of some spacers.  

I got home about 6:15 last night and managed to stay awake until a little after 8 PM.  Tonight I will have to give a lot of attention to the wayward boys, who were quite unhappy to see me leave again this morning.

Good news

Mar. 2nd, 2009 09:19 am
waywardcats: (Books cats)
The good news this morning is that my company is not having another round of lay-offs (YAY!!!!!!), at least not anytime soon.  So my job is reasonably safe for now. 

I will post more about Potlatch later, I had intended to live-blog from the auction but my computer was in use, and not by me so that didn't happen.  I was busy anyway, but it would have been fun to share a few moments.  we raised about $2,400 for Clarion West, so I am very pleased with the outcome. There was also some good entertainment and a few bargains were had.
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7:45 PM:  15 minutes to the start of the auction.  Gee, I hope one or more of the auctioneers arrive soon.

In the "Invocation Against Entrophy" Chiasstic Farrago performance.  It is nice to hear poetry read really well.

I am nervous, but I think we are ready.
waywardcats: (Books cats)
Still in the Scalzi rule panel:

[ profile] light_of_summer  made the suggestion for a rule that if someone begins grandstanding in a panel that if three other audience members stand up it means that person must sit down. 

But, as [ profile] irontongue points out, this could lead to conspiracies to shut certain people up.


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