Thunder!

Jun. 5th, 2007 02:43 pm
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I haven't seen any lightning, but even if I do, it will not keep me away from the next-to-last session of Urban Farm. (Yay Urban Farm! Best class ever! I am going to miss it so much that I am looking into volunteering at one of Eugene's community gardens after the end of the term, just to get my "really big garden that I share with a bunch of people and we all hang out and work on it together" fix, because it is that awesome, even if I totally got a sunburn doing just that last Saturday.) And now I must finish proofreading my review of Michael Pollan's Second Nature, which I will be turning in today --- it turned out really well and I'm super-proud, especially of the way I used the phrase "really gets on my tits" in a way that was almost entirely appropriate except for how it's sort of an academic paper and all. Tee-hee! I'll put the full book report on TracyFood sometime soon, perhaps in sections because I rambled on and on and on for almost seven pages (only one of which was devoted to my deep aversion to the masculine generic --- Inclusive language forever, baby!)

Hot damn, it's pouring out. I'd better go let Iggy Pop in from the rain, and then look at bus schedules.

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I maybe started myself a food blog last week (with web geek help from Peter, of course). And tonight I maybe told my mom about it. Here's hoping she can limit herself to one comment per entry.

Queensize!

Nov. 17th, 2005 01:03 am
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Next time, on Sick, Sad World, body issues! Maybe you already read the fabulous Chiara ([livejournal.com profile] amperlj if you like reminders, or you can subscribe to her handy email notification list) or maybe you saw [livejournal.com profile] triath plugging this entry about body issues, but if you don't or you haven't, you totally should. It will make you better appreciate the following lines from a Marie Claire article entitled "Anatomy of a Pigout":

Be aware that friendship is a dieter's enemy. A study by Pennsylvania State University found when people ate among friends or family, they consumed about 50 percent more than if they were alone or among strangers...

Oh my friends and random LiveJournal readers, let it be known that I will gladly be your diet's very worst enemy except or until the word "diet" means nothing more than the wonderful food you eat every day to sustain your fabulous body, which is a miracle plain and simple (both the simple existence of your body and the magic that is the way you literally are what you eat and when I say "you" I mean "all of us".)

And but so once upon a time [livejournal.com profile] pants_of_doom and I talked about creating something we wanted to call Queensize, or maybe Queenzsized, with the premise or slogan or subtitle "Take up some space". And Chiara's body post has me wanting to resurrect that project and that's where all you readers and friends come in again. If you've ever written or drawn or collaged or otherwise created anything about your body, or wanted to, I want to see it and/or read it and love it and share it with the world and maybe make a sexy print version of it because bookbinding is way fun. All you have to do is make something and share it with me and I will do the other stuff because that's what obsessive-compulsive tendencies are good for, yes? Yes.

Let's rock. queensized at gmail dot com.

And now the chamomile tea has kicked in and I MUST SLEEP. But write me if you want to play this fun creative game pretty please!

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This test makes me wonder how I would've scored in 8th grade. Also I wonder how this would change if it was run on all of my entries and not just the publically viewable ones.

In other news, today I made stewed red cabbage and apples for the Sundance hot bar. But, because red cabbage has a tendency to fade and look less pretty over time, I added roasted beets and red onions. The resultant product was a truly fearsome shade of magenta, and my cuticles are stained purple. Life is good. Now it is time for dinner and then Sin City.

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[livejournal.com profile] kweerious is even more awesome than usual for creating an LJ feed for my Open Letters project: [livejournal.com profile] epistolography. I almost forgot, but fortunately it's automated and it posted today's letter to my Friends page, which reminded me that LJ delivery of my unsendable letters is now available to anyone who wants it.

Thanks dedi! You rock! Yay for friends who know how to do things that I haven't learned to do for myself yet and help me out with them!

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Yesterday I made myself a Blogger account for the "letters I can't send" project. The address is: http://epistolography.blogspot.com and it's such a rough draft, but oh well. At least it's got me writing.

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I need to go to the store for basic food staples like eggs and bread (we've finally admitted that the bread machine isn't working) but in the meantime, a little brain dump.

Previously worrisome tax stuff about the house has been sorted with our big scary corporate lender; now all I have to do is remind Lane County that I own this house, too. That's not so bad. However, while I'm on the subject of taxes, I for one am not happy to hear that the Bush administration's tax reforms may focus on taxing consumption instead of income. That translates as "big tax cuts for people with more money than they can spend", mmkay? It is bad news if you are spending anywhere near what you earn, living paycheck to paycheck, or borrowing money, you will be paying proportionally more. Isn't that kind of the definition of regressive taxation? I haven't looked it up yet, but I'm definitely feeling suspicious. If any of you want to beat me to researching this and writing or drawing it up in catchy Internet meme form, please feel free.

I think maybe I need one of these shirts. Longsleeve, though; my t-shirt collection is still pretty out of control. I'm glad to report that my crew at work is mostly shell-shocked and/or disgusted by the events of this Tuesday; the one guy who probably voted for Bush isn't scheduled to work with me for at least another two weeks, so that's all good. By then I'm sure he'll be rooting for some other team he thinks is a winner, or else I can always kick him in the balls accidentally bump him with a hot pan add him to my list of "okay, so you voted for the guy, now explain me why" interviewees. I think I'll probably be able to maintain horrified curiosity, but if he gets obnoxious, there's always the hot pan fallback plan.

I am loving SorryEverybody.com. Part of me still wants to be writing letters to everyone I know outside the U.S. to remind them that 3.5 million is not that big a lead and there's no way of knowing how much of it is faked or stolen or due to voter intimidation or crappy machines or provisional ballots or whatever but most importantly there's still millions of people in this country who are not actively trying to bring about the Eschaton. But actions are louder than words, yes? Better than a personal letter from me to a few friends and relatives is for many more people to see the world news have report millions of U.S.-ians protesting the stupids in charge. Hint, hint, y'all.

Speaking of news, self-censorship can suck it. Last night after I finished closing, I stopped by the office to chat with my manager, as I am wont to do. He's in "turn off the TV'" mode, which I can respect a bunch, oh yes. But I was never big on the TV to begin with, and I do still want to keep informed. This is where all y'all help me make a list of independent media sources so I can see things through more filters than just The New York Times, AlterNet, and whatever generic Associated Press-style shows up on my Yahoo! homepage when I make my daily email check there. I check out Common Dreams from time to time, I don't read or listen to Democracy Now! nearly as much as I should (note to self; independent radio news is kewl) and I like Salon, maybe even enough to put my money where that comment is and subscribe (they do, after all, publish Lynda Barry and Keith Knight's comix, which is reason enough to love them right there). But where else should I be looking? Keep me posted, kids!

I don't want to take the No on 36 sign out of our window. I'm thinking of adapting it to say "Constitutional Amendment 36 is still wrong".

At the very least, I'm working on compiling a big list of the good and hopeful and productive and just interesting things people are saying in the wake of this election. I'll probably write some more about hope, since that's my theme for now, but after that I'm not sure where to go. Do I try to make it into a book? Would any of you who wrote in last time be interested in contributing to a book about hope? How about a more self-published indie zine-type thingy that we sell on the Internet all underground economy style because it's easier than trying to shop things around to publishers? Again, bring the ideas, please.

Note to self: write defiant "Dear U.S. of A." letter.

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So. Having got my cussing out of the way, what I really have to say about yesterday's U.S. Presidential election mostly concerns the popular vote. (Mandate or not, it's orders of magnitude better than last time, and oh shit international opinion is not going to be good, but I'm trying to keep my thoughts as local as possible for the time being.) I find it hard to believe that more than half the country thinks we're on the right track and should keep going along these lines, but that's what the people who voted yesterday seem to be saying. Yeah, there's been plenty of dirty tricks and voter fraud and intimidation and whatnot --- again --- but 4 million is too big a number for me to write off as pure corruption. Much as the goings-on in Ohio may resemble those in Florida in 2000, at the end of the day there's some 4 million more people who voted "four more years!" over "no! please! anything but that!" and that means either this year's spectacular get-out-the-vote efforts were unable to reach a lot of malcontent and disenfranchised people, or there's a lot more people in favor of the status quo than I thought, and it's making me feel even more like an alien than usual. That said, it's been reassuring to retreat into the bubble of like-minded people on my LiveJournal Friends list, even if it doesn't really change anything in any way. Which is starting to get to the point of this post. You may have already heard or read something by me to this effect before, but I feel it's worth repeating:

Despite all the stupid TV news coverage about the hate and anger and fear driving this election, none of those have ever been the emotion or the question driving me. And I refuse to believe that everyone else who voted this time around was doing it just for hate or fear or anger, too. My emotion, whether I'm feeling it or just thinking about it, is hope. Because (as I told [livejournal.com profile] auranja,) dammit, I voted in an effort to make the world suck less. Isn't that the goal? Isn't that what it's all about? C'mon, Team Humanity, help me out here! It's almost enough to make me hit the streets with a tape recorder to start interviewing people. My question before this election and now, and probably for the next four years, and maybe beyond, is: Where do you get your hope? Because hope/hoping is a choice, and I think voting is an inherently hopeful act, or else why bother, because I'm so mind-boggled by the thought that there's so many people out there who pinned their hopes on the Bush/Cheney ticket, and to my everlasting surprise I don't want to give up on the idea that this is still all one country yet, and finally because I'm all too obnoxiously prone to fits of apathy and despair, I think hope is a good theme to be thinking and acting on for a while.

And on that note, I'd like to thank everybody on my LJ friends list who's posted something hopeful, and thank a few people in particular for entries that made me somewhat happier. I'm glad to report that the number of these entries is growing, and I may keep adding to this list, more or less in the order in which I find the entries that qualify for my admittedly somewhat arbitrary "hope fodder" standards: Abi, Lisa, Marcy (as always, way better than Barbie), Crazy Old Man Meyer, my favorite itinerant philosopher, Sara, Dan, and even Kim's little bit of black humor here. I've also had beneficial non-LJ conversations with [livejournal.com profile] ideath and [livejournal.com profile] pants_of_doom, although there's nothing written I can point you to there.

So. This is the audience participation part of my post. I've thought of another thing I should've added to my list of things I'm not worried about yesterday (filtered), which is my friends being anything less than completely awesome. So tell me about hope, friends. Where do you get your hope? What makes you choose to hope? What inspires your hopes? And so on. I will be filtering your answers, so no one can read them but me; let me know if you want to keep them private thoughts between us or you're cool with me showing them to the whole wide world (this is a public post). Tell your friends to tell me about hope, if you like. Like I said, I want to write about this. I want to think about it a lot. So give me food for thought.

This entry took me literally hours to write, and I've been composing it mentally for far longer. If I'd waited much longer in posting it, I might have had enough second thoughts to keep from posting it at all.

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Besides the whole never-working-on-my-novels thing, I mean.

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This silly internet quiz brought to you by me, but I saw it on [livejournal.com profile] hazenhammel's LJ first, so there. Or something.

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A chance to win $1000 in books from Powells? I accept! And I'm posting it here for all of you to see and take advantage of this most excellent opportunity (although I haven't yet figured out if writers get to keep rights to entries to the contest, which better be a condition of submission or I won't play). I'm posting it despite the fact that there's some pretty fabulous writers who read this journal and I don't like the thought of competing against you... because I love you all that much. I'm pretty sure that's not (just) the wine I had at dinner talking, but if this entry disappears suddenly in the next few hours it's because a shower and coffee brought me to my senses. Although if it were that easy for me to get sensible... oh, never mind. Just go look at the contest info already. And try not to make too many lists of books you'd buy as soon as you won (I'm going to go try adding up my Amazon wishlist, just out of curiosity and greed.)

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So I'm thinking of joining some of the LJ art/writer communities to motivate myself to write more, and do more arts and crafts in general (I keep toying with the ideas of comics and collage, for instance, but never get around to doing anything about them). I'm also thinking maybe I should create a separate artsy account for myself to make very sure I don't end up reading my Friends page instead of working on writing/art stuff. Do any of you have any thoughts about this? Are separate journals a good way of organizing your LJ headspace? Do you have any good LJ artsy/craftsy/writerly communities to recommend? Would you be interested in reading my artsy journal if I created one? Am I just being stupid and ambivalent about my creativity again, and thinking about art instead of doing it? (YES.) Should I be doing laundry? (Also, yes.) Okay, I'll go do laundry now.

Yesterday I didn't get out of the house until Peter got back from school, and we ended up going on a good expedition involving a pirate ship (true), McMenamin's (mmm, Hammerhead!) and Spider-Man 2 (which was fun, and definitely far better than the first Spider-Man if only because Doc Ock is a much better villain than the Green Goblin, but I still think X2 is the best superhero comic book movie ever, if only because it didn't have ever so many gratuituously screamy women). My point is just that I should get out more. Laundry only barely counts, I know, but it's a start.

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in no order except what my brain randomly produced them in:

  • Go to Saturday Market and pick up our first CSA box! Woo! (done as of 3:30 PM Saturday)

  • Share said box of veggie goodness with [livejournal.com profile] theshytiger

  • Get groceries: laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, sundried tomatoes, and maybe others depending on the contents of the CSA box (mostly done as of 7:15 PM Saturday, and I got a nice bike ride in by going to Trader Joe's, so that's good too)

  • Do more laundry, hopefully without enduring loud screechy morons at the laundromat this time. (partially completed as of ~7:45 PM Sunday; I washed work clothes and mostly had the laundromat to myself the whole time)

  • Work on The Witchworld, in an effort to have some new chapters to show [livejournal.com profile] kuddliphish when she visits next weekend.

  • Finish Dhalgren and return it to the library because it is ever so very overdue.

There's probably more but that's enough for now. I can always update the list later anyway.

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Presenting my new National Novel Writing Month LJ icon! Any time you see this lady (from last year's "the red-panted novelist triumphant" t-shirts) on one of my entries, it means that entry contains blathering about NaNoWriMo, so you can skip it or skim it if you're not interested. Also, I'll be hiding entries that get too long behind cut tags for your convenience. )

I like how the "I signed up for NaNoWriMo. [livejournal.com profile] goteam made me do it!" meme keeps turning up on my Friends page. It's funny. Hopefully I will be able to use my recruitment powers for good... )

In other news (because it's hard for me to limit my posts to just NaNoWriMo stuff), I really need fenders for my bike. They might not've helped much today when it was actually raining (really lightly, more like heavy mist, though it felt like more when I was moving quickly), but I'm sure they could've saved me from the wet streets. I sure was glad to get back from tutoring (both my noon student and my 1:30 student cancelled, but at least the latter had the good grace to meet me and say "hey, I don't really have anything new to work on today", and the former hasn't met me yet, so I'm pretty sure it's not personal) and grocery shopping (I got scary toxic chemicals with which I plan to attack the bathroom and maybe kitchen, and so much ramen, though of course not enough --- it's hard to ever have enough ramen). Since getting home, I have put on dry clothes and a comfy sweater, and ingested a nice big mug of hot chocolate, and life is much better. Now it's time to think about making dinner maybe. And maybe more cleaning, or maybe some writing... mwa ha ha! You see? It is all about NaNoWriMo after all! That picture is there to warn you! Fools!

Uh, yeah. You get the idea.

Oh dear.

Oct. 4th, 2003 04:12 pm
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I just sent email to National Novel Writing Month headquarters volunteering to be the Municipal Liaison for Eugene this year. My plan was to write the email and then postpone sending it and look at it again and decide whether it was still a good idea, but force of habit took over and I sent it. Mostly I think this is a good thing --- it will force me to be more committed to NaNoWriMo, probably get me to meet new people, and be as much work as I'm willing to make it, so as long as I don't go insane with responsibility everything will be fine. But still... eep.

Anyways, now that I've done that, I feel like it's time for another poll, this one to determine what I can do to reduce what I perceive as being my fairly obnoxious NaNoWriMo obsession. Here goes:

[Poll #187877]

Based on the results of this poll, I'll either start hiding all my NaNoWriMo stuff behind cuts (this would be easiest for me, since I could mix NaNo stuff in with other entries) or create appropriate filters for people interested in reading my NaNoWriMo adventures, or interested in avoiding them, as the case may be, and write separate entries when necessary.

In other news, I think my cold or whatever it is that was bothering me on Wednesday has decided to settle in my sinuses and give me yucky post-nasal drip. Tonight I will attempt to combat this with hot and sour soup, so there.

Ugh.

Sep. 29th, 2003 08:42 pm
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I can't stand to read what I wrote for last year's National Novel-Writing Month, but it's been so long that I don't remember it well enough to outline what still needs to be written! Bleaaaugh!

Part of me (ok, a large part) wants to just give up and throw it all out, but I know that's a bad idea because I never finish anything. Somehow I have to muster the determination and sheer god-damnedness to write the rest, but... yuck. It's such dreck! Total dreck! To quote Bill the Cat, "Ack! Ptui!"

Ok, time to do something else now. Preferably something that doesn't leave me quite so disgusted. I know... I've got some bread pudding in the oven that needs checking on. That's much better than beating myself around the head with my shitty, shitty incomplete novel.

So.

Sep. 27th, 2003 10:26 pm
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I got this email from NaNoWriMo headquarters and without thinking too much about it followed the link in it, and sha-wham! I'm registered for this year. So now I really have to figure out what I'm writing, I guess.

When I realized what I'd done, I fled the house, checked out some yard sales (the neighbors weren't the only ones taking advantage of the weather to go all mercantile), got my library card renewed, shopped for shoes and other stuff without buying anything (Birkenstock insoles do look pretty excellent, though, and I tried on and to my dismay actually kind of liked some cloggy-slipper-type things that were on sale), got my haircut, and generally wandered around Eugene for several hours today. It was pretty relaxed and mellow, in a massive run-on sentence kind of way, but the "I should be working on writing stuff now" thought did cross my mind a few times. Sigh.

Now I am sleepy or I would finally be watching the writer's commentary track on our Princess Bride DVD. Maybe I will use it to bribe myself into doing some writing or something tomorrow. Or something. Time to drink water and sleep. G'night!

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Well, that would be because last week's schedule change is really and truly permanent, even though my boss didn't bother to tell me and it didn't make it into paper form until the schedule for next week (I actually called in last night to double-check my schedule for today, and they told me I had work at 7, not 11... sigh.) On the upside, I now have his home phone number, and it only took me two harassing calls (with a nice, calming bike ride in between) to get a very contrite apology and a promise that I'm going to be working more soon (seeing as I'm now down to 13 hours a week, which is kinda pathetic really). Here's hoping for the best.

In the meantime, I feel like I should be writing more, sending out more query letters (blah blah blah), and thinking more long term plannish. There's a nagging voice in my head that says I should be thinking about grad school, but it usually gets drowned out by a rousing chorus of "Oh yeah? And in what field, huh?" But enough about that --- for now, anyway; I'm sure I'll get back to it the next time I'm feeling grumpy about work (update, 8:56: click on the link for related comic hilarity!) Time to drink me some chai; I'm sure it's been steeping for long enough by now (only 1/2 an hour!)

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Ok, so right now I'm reading Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, and it's eating my brain. Considering that I've been up for an hour and a half, it's amazing I haven't read more yet today, but I've been being all communicative, writing email to [livejournal.com profile] beanworks, only to get distracted by IM with [livejournal.com profile] joyquality and [livejournal.com profile] siobhan1. Also I've been drinking tea (mmm, Earl Grey) and forgetting to have breakfast, but I'll fix that last problem soon, really I will. In fact...

Tracy wanders off to get herself a bowl of granola and yogurt

Ok, now that that's taken care of, where was I? Oh yes: reading. The last book I finished was [livejournal.com profile] springbok1's sister's first novel, Fires of the Faithful, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and I'm not just saying that because I know [livejournal.com profile] springbok1 will read this. Since National Novel Writing Month last year, I've been reluctant to say anything bad about other people's fiction, and especially first novels, because there's a voice in my head that says, "Oh yeah? Where's your book?" that shuts me up pretty right quick in the literary criticism department. Sigh. I really don't know if I'm ever going to finish The Witchworld, let alone how. Mostly I think the problem is I'm sick of my viewpoint character and kind of dread writing the chapters and scenes I haven't written yet from her perspective, but on the other hand I don't want to switch viewpoint characters too much because that's a recipe for disaster (and I've got enough problems with characters knowing things they shouldn't as it is). So I'm not sure what to do. Also there's a few characters I really don't know well enough to write more about them, and blah blah blah...

But speaking of fantasies with strong female characters and other worlds where imagination reigns supreme, I got Alan Moore's Promethea out of the library a while back and I've been rereading it every few days ever since. I love it. In case it wasn't clear from the first sentence of this paragraph, this comic panders to me in every way, and I love it. (It also makes me a little embarrassed that I tried to write a novel pandering to myself when surprise! Alan freaking Moore already did it, and he's ever so much more the master of story... on the one hand it makes me wonder why I even try, and on the other hand it makes me feel like hey, my story idea must be pretty okay, even if I centered it around a setting rather than a whole host of interesting characters that give everything layers and depth and whatnot...) Anyway, I recommend Promethea a lot. (I also liked that [livejournal.com profile] pants_of_doom mentioned her in one of her "5 question interview" entries.)

Ok, time to read now. I have a student at 3:30, and I don't think I can finish Pattern Recognition by then, but we'll see.

Dude!

May. 16th, 2003 03:53 pm
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Matt Ruff's new book is out! It's called Set This House in Order, and it's about two people with multiple-personality/dissociative identity disorder, and as of about 30 seconds ago I'm 3rd in line for it at the Eugene Public Library. I don't know if I can wait that long, although I kind of want to wait for the paperback before buying it, since it would better match my pocket book copies of Ruff's previous novels, Fool on the Hill and Sewer, Gas, and Electric (you can feel free to mock me for my anal-retentive ordering of my library now, yes). There's all kinds of good links about the new book from his homepage, including an essay he wrote about the book for Powells.com; I'm still exploring them and it's very exciting.

(Matt Ruff, for those of you who don't know, is one of my very favoritest fiction writers. His books may not be great literature, but they're always damn fun to read, and I wish I could come up with anything half as clever as even a small fraction of his characters. Here's what I wrote about him for Everything2, although it's sort of out of date now.)

In other news, we're watching Cassie the neighbors' kitten this weekend while her family goes camping, and the weather outside sucks so there's currently two cats of cuteness curled up on our couch. You know you envy me.

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This time, with less good news.

  • A little quote from Inga Muscio (author of the classic Third Wave feminism for Second Wavers text Cunt and I think this is actually an excerpt from the afterword to the 2002 revised and expanded edition of Cunt):

    Americans remind me of survivors of domestic violence. )
  • And speaking of the U.S. being abusive, here's a little article about how apparently our neighbors to the north are a little too respectful of people's rights and liberties, which I first spotted on [livejournal.com profile] thrasymachos's journal. What the hell? I want the Onion to cover this one.

  • And finally, in case you hadn't heard (I just found out a few hours ago), apparently there's some hospitals (like hundreds) where med students practice doing pelvic exams on unconscious patients who haven't given permission for the procedure and are never told about it. That is so fucked up. I wanted it to be an urban myth, but Snopes didn't have anything about it and when I tried Hi Greg Rae on "nonconsensual pelvic exams", it turned up a pretty real-looking article. You can read more about this here. I'm going to do more research and maybe write about it. Eeeeeew!

And that's all my news for now. My random mp3 of the moment is Sisters of Mercy, which makes me think of [livejournal.com profile] pants_of_doom, since it was the default soundtrack for her car during my senior year at Mudd, when we used to hang out more. I miss those times, although not all the stress and insanity that was the academic aspect of that year, nor the loneliness of missing Peter more or less constantly.

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