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Via the F-word, and [personal profile] miss_s_b I bring you the important things that the Daily Fail thinks are important. And perhaps. in the context of a wider discussion about bodily autonomy, freedom of choice, the way people use language, and suchlike they are. However I don't think the Mail will be much interested in this wider discussion.

Can you vajazzle and be a feminist?

Well I can't, what with not having a va to jazzle. Isn't one of the things about feminism the fact that its your body so you get to decide what happens to it?

Is it sexist to call a woman "love" or "dear"?


In certain parts of the UK, and for a certain generation its the norm. Of course it depends on how you say it. A cheery "what can I get you love"? Is not sexist, is not being said in a derogatory manner, and nor is it intended to be anything than a cheery greeting. An annoyed "I don't care, love, you ain't coming in" probably is being said in a manner to belittle the woman its being said to.

Does Katie Price let women down?

All the fucking time. You phone her up because your car's broken down, and if you've got testicles she's over in a shot. If you haven't she takes ages, never brings the right tools, and complains her sat-nav was playing up. (Look its the best I could come up with. Jennie's already used the valve joke).

Should women take their husband's name when they get married?

Only if its awesome.

Is Rihanna a feminist icon?

I suppose so. Is it feminist to forgive, and remain friends with someone who physically abused you? I have no idea. But its certainly human.

Who should pay the bill on a date?


Whoever can afford to. Splitting the bill equally for the first couple of dates, or taking it in turns might not be a bad idea. If you're arguing about the bill on the first date the chances of their being a second don't sound too likely.

Is stripping an acceptable career choice?

Don't see why not. I won't be going to the show, but if you enjoy it, its not my place to stop you.

What feminist issues do you think are more important than any of the ones asked about above?

All of them?

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Normal = Not done.
Strikethrough = Will never do.
Underline = Want to do.
Italics = My comments.

Snipped for your sanity )
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As I've not updated this in ages, other than the automated Twitter-stuff, which I'm sure you're all sick of by now I thought I'd dig this out. It seemed like fun at the time, and as I don't do fanfic or "stuff in great detail" type things I'll get a day off here and there.

day 01 → your favourite song
day 02 → your favourite movie
day 03 → your favourite television program
day 04 → your favourite book
day 05 → your favourite quote
day 06 → whatever tickles your fancy
day 07 → a photo that makes you happy
day 08 → a photo that makes you angry/sad
day 09 → a photo you took
day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
day 11 → a photo of you taken recently
day 12 → whatever tickles your fancy
day 13 → a fictional book
day 14 → a non-fictional book
day 15 → a fanfic
day 16 → a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
day 17 → an art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
day 18 → whatever tickles your fancy
day 19 → a talent of yours
day 20 → a hobby of yours
day 21 → a recipe
day 22 → a website
day 23 → a YouTube video
day 24 → whatever tickles your fancy
day 25 → your day, in great detail
day 26 → your week, in great detail
day 27 → this month, in great detail
day 28 → this year, in great detail
day 29 → hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
day 30 → whatever tickles your fancy
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There are no guarantees of actually completing this, but we'll see how far I get...
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What author do you own the most books by?
Terry Pratchett.

What book do you own the most copies of?
I've two copies of "Helechos de los Cafetales d'El Salvador", but I did work on it so that's only to be expected. Other than that? Nothing I can think of. I have many books, but they're all different.

Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Meh. Its a meme. I don't look for literary style.

What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Fenchurch from Hitchhiker's.

What books have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
The Hound of the Morrigan - Pat O'Shea.

What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
A Kevin J. Anderson/ Brian Herbert Dune sequel.

What is the best book you've read in the past year
Space Captain Smith - Toby Frost. Hilarious steampunk awesomness.

If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Call of Cthulhu - H. P. Lovecraft

Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Most of my favourite authors are dead. Either Pterry or Iain M. Banks.

What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

No idea. Most of what I like is almost unfilmable.

What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Anything by Iain M. Banks. I just don't think its possible do do it justice. It would have to be in IMAX and fifteen hours long.

Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
Nope. Don't think I've had them.

What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Some of Kevin J. Anderson's "Saga of Seven Suns" stuff.

What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
The Grand Strategy of Evolution - William Patten, it tries to find an evolutionary justification for 1920's American values of cooperation, self-restraint, etc, using a fundamentally flawed version of evolution and phylogeny. Its just weird.

What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Much Ado About Nothing

Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I've read more French than Russian. Jules Verne FTW

Roth or Updike?
Never read either.

David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Who?

Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. One day I'll read Milton.

Austen or Eliot?
Never read either. Have no plans to either.

What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I'm sure some people will think I should read some dreary modern literary fiction.

What is your favourite novel?
Excession

Play?
Macbeth - Shakespeare

Poem?
Flannan Isle - Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Essay?
Stick a pin in a Stephen Jay Gould book. I'm sure you'll find something.

Short story?
The Shadow Out Of Time - H.P. Lovecraft

Work of nonfiction?
The Origin of Species - Darwin.

Who is your favorite writer?
Terry Pratchett

Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Stephanie Meyer. (I'm keeping SB's one on this)

What is your desert island book?
A complete works of Charles Darwin. It doesn't exist, but I'd love it too.

And... what are you reading right now?
The Purple Cloud - M.P. Schiel

 
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Association Meme: Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

[livejournal.com profile] miss_s_b gave me these:
 

Science Geekery.

"Science is the most interesting thing in the world, and if you don't agree you can fuck off" is a quote attributed to a former editor of New Scientist. I think he's right. Science tells us where we came from, can point where we may be going- and what we should do to change this. The natural world is one of the most fascinating things out there, and knowing more about it just makes it more interesting.

Lovely hair.

I haven't had a haircut in six years or so. A good description of it would be "pre-raphaelite"- long and curly- and liable to turn into a big frizzy mop by the end of the night. I have an older aunt who seems to like it- she used to be a hairdresser, which probably explains it.. I have no plans to remove it any time soon, though I probably ought to get a slight trim to get it growing again. It would be nice to get it a bit longer. Held straight there's nearly two feet of it, but allowed to fall naturally its only about 15 inches long.

Atheism.

I cannot remember ever really having any faith. My parents certainly never brought be up to believe in any faith. I think I had vague feelings of their being a god but it was never strongly associated with Christianity, and very quickly went away when I actually thought about it- I certainly wasn't taking it seriously by the time I was nine and discovered that every major civilisation had completely different religions. For some reason (I'm not sure why) I used to go along with the "amen" bit at the end of assembly prayers. Probably because I was afraid of being singled out for not bowing my head at the right places. As soon as I hit the sixth form (where we sat behind the headteacher so couldn't be seen), I totally ignored the prayer, and sat bolt upright, eyes wide open, staring straight ahead.
 
Steampunk Computer.

I love the idea of applying 19th century aesthetics to modern technology. I love the whimsical nature, and the home-made DIY ethos that pervades the genre. I was introduced to it by [livejournal.com profile] steely_glint through various books- paricularly China Mieville, and then discovered that there were people making things and dressing up and stuff, and I saw some of the keyboards and thought I could have a go at that.

Cheeky grin.

I don't particularly like my smile. It shows my teeth in an odd way, makes me look like I could hammer rocks with my chin, and generally makes me look even less attractive than usual. Then again I don't think I've got a face for smiling. However if other people like it then I'm no going to judge them too harshly.
 
 
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Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. If I can be arsed by the end of this there may be tagging.

1. My first "proper" gig was seeing Metallica at the Ministry of Sound when I was 18.
2. I am allergic to penicillin
3. I have never attempted to wear contact lenses
4. I cannot remember how long it has been since I have had a haircut.
5. I have never taken a driving test.
6. I was paid to photograph echinoids for six months.
7. I am fascinated by the history of science.
8. I always wanted to be a palaeontologist.
9. I have seen Slayer more often than any other (signed) band.
10. I have never read a work of "modern literary fiction" that I wasn't going to be examined on.
11. Despite being raised without any religious instruction I have Catholic Guilt.
12. I have virtually no short-term memory.
13. I have no tolerance for new-agey stuff- astrology, crystal healing, etc.
14. I have never owned a games console. Nor do I have any real interest in rectifying this.
15. I like sprouts.
16. I have had what would be classed as plastic surgery.
17. I have always loathed Cadbury's Creme Eggs. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth.
18. I have a completely irrational dislike of handling slugs. Snails do not affect me in the slightest. I think its because of the shell.
19. The only sporting prize I ever won was a five metre swimming badge.
20. I will spend 20 minutes trying to compose a two-line response to a blog post. And then not send it.
21. I get vertigo standing at the bottom of open-plan staircases, yet I had no qualms about going up the CN tower.
22. I am much shyer than people might think. 
23. I have absolutely no idea what most people who work in an office actually <i>do</i>.
24. David Godfrey "was not of woman born".
25. Tagging people takes far too bloody long so I won't bother
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Behind a cut )

17. Favourite xmas song?
I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek - The GoGo's
Red Water - Type O Negative
The Carol of the Old Ones - The Arkham Carolers. Or indeed anything from the HPLHS's "A Very Scary Solstice".

And another cut. )
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[livejournal.com profile] ginasketch has invented a meme of which I heartily approve.
-Choose a book genre
-Choose five books from that genre
-Tell me why I should read them.
Some people have chosen history, others philosophy. I don't really have a choice but to choose science do I?

1. On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin.

How very foolish not to have thought of that )

2. The Earth, An Intimate History - Richard Fortey


Geology Rocks! )

3. The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
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Gene Machines )

4. Wonderful Life - Stephen Jay Gould

The Burgess Shale )

5. Larval Forms - Walter Garstang

Embryological Verse )

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I have no real idea what kind of car this blog would be. Any suggestions?
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"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)


27/100. Not too bad given that much of it is the sort of literature that really isn't to my taste. I wouldn't have read "Of Mice and Men" if it weren't for  school. Much of the classic literature I have read hasn't made it on the list, Where's M.R. James? The Phantom of the Opera? If I'm going to read Hugo, I'd rather Hunchback, than Les Mis.
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50

As a 1930s husband, I am
Average

Take the test!


-11

As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!



I'm not very good at sitting back and watching someone else do the work. But equally I'm not able to run around meekly. Maybe I'm a bit "metrosexual", in which case I'm going to be a lousey 1930's husband, but equally I'm probably a crap woman, based on these expectations.
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One. Word. Answers.

You know the drill, copy, paste, etc.
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1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Had a panel interview.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any last year. This year I will learn to read Russian.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, three of my cousins all dropped sprogs. As did an ex-flatmate's gf.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
I didn't leave the country. Nor did I go on holiday.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
As with

[livejournal.com profile] tyrell, a different job would be nice.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can't remember the exact dates, but there was receiving the degree certificate.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting the MSc.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Procrastinating. Not starting to learn Russian.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No.

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
My sister gave me a Pop-Up Dinosaur Book. The University of Leicester gave me a degree.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Fluff has a job with prospects. Debi's ploughing through a PhD. Duncan's still in London.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Creationists (par for the course there), GWB, Tony Blair, the usual...

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting an interview.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
I honesly don't know. Last year's was Transatlantic's We all need some light. This year I don't have a song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Much the same, but the job situation is steadily getting worse.

b) fatter or skinnier?
Honestly? I don't know.

c) richer or poorer?
Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Nagging flatmates about bills earlier in the year.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating.

20. How do you plan to spend Christmas?
With parents, sister and visits to a couple of other relatives.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
No. It was a near thing though.

22. How many one night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Planet Earth.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. Although I can now put faces to some names.

25. What was the best book you read?
Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle Ok so its actually 3. China Mieville is damn good too.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Soilwork. I finally got to hear some Akercocke. I'll have to count Demagogue as I finally got to see them live.

27. What did you want and get?
Camera equipment. Better flatbed, bigger monitor.

28. What did you want and not get?
A new job.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
King Kong, for big loud matinee fluff. Corpse Bride.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Novembre supporting Katatonia at the Mean Fiddler.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Acting on impulse. Achieving personal goals.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
More jewellery. Just as much black.

33. What kept you sane?
You guys.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Zooey Deschanel & Charlotte Church.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Plight of the Australian Lungfish, Creationism in UK schools.

36. Who do you miss?
John Peel. Dom & Julia

37. Who was the best new person you met?
There's a couple of nice people at the shop and museum.

38. What was the best thing you ate?
Wagamama's. Not a great year for culinary experience...

Book Meme

Aug. 10th, 2006 08:09 pm
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Tagged by[personal profile] innerbrat

The instructions are as follows:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

Scratch disk data is also compressed when it is not in use (unless the optional plug-in extension that prevents this has been loaded at start-up). With all this scratch disk activity going on, the hard disk performance of your scratch disk plays an important role in enhancing Photoshop speed. Most modern Macs and PCs have IDE, ATA or SATA drives as standard. A fast internal hard disk is adequate for getting started.

Ok, I keep techincal books in the shelf under my desk. Near the 'puter.

Tagging [profile] exmoor_cat, fwuffydragoninvadergaz, jim_24601, mrsneeze
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You scored as Dalek. Incredibly strong anyway but then you work in a team! terrorfying you are but with no real master you may be a bit of a loss

Dalek

 
100%

Silurian

 
67%

the Master

 
67%

Sontaran

 
67%

Cyberman

 
67%

Lady Cassandra

 
50%

davros

 
50%

The Editor

 
50%

Henry van Statten

 
33%

Black Guardian

 
33%

Davros' 2nd Dalek

 
33%

slitheen

 
17%

Auton

 
0%

what doctor who vilain are you?
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What Kind of Goth Are You?
Its a bit America-centred, as most of these quizzes seem to be- it doesn't mention Slimelight.

And I've got the head-cold everyone else seems to have. Damn You Contagious Diseases!
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25th April

Events

1792 - Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine
1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA
1983 - Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit

Births

1900 - Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
1940 - Al Pacino, American actor

Death

1744 - Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (b. 1701)
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