ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" Photo taken by troubleinchina (intellectual snobbery)
A rather long but entirely worthwhile-to-read explanation of why what's happening in Greece should matter to everyone everywhere: Democracy vs Mythology: The Battle in Syntagma Square. (via)
ginny_t: Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. (rampant intellectualism)
I'm still not over the G20 bullshit—not that I thought I was, but it appears that some people are already and able and want to discuss it lightly or as some kind of bullshit object lesson. I really am not. No, I don't want to discuss it. I want a full inquiry at the highest levels (never gonna get it, but that don't make me want it less), but I don't want to follow that inquiry closely.

This gets at a bit of the tip of the iceberg of my feelings on the subject. (Trigger warning for discussion of violence and the G20.) (link via La Ysabête.)
ginny_t: The world's tiniest violin? It refuses to play for you because it has higher standards. (unsympathetic)
Day two of oogy tummy wrapping up. It's less oogy than yesterday, but I've fed it a lot less and less interesting food today (and that's saying something since last night's dinner at Korean BBQ was a bowl of rice, a bit of pilfered tofu, and ginger ale). My tastebuds are so bored.

*whine* Even the tea makes it cranky. WTF, meatpuppet? Why you must disprove my maxim that tea makes everything better? hmph!
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
So, I … um … might'vegotasmartphone. It runs Android, and I'm looking for a Twitter client. Recommendations?

Any other apps y'all think I should use? Show your work.

ETA: I'm the diametric opposite of a power user. I don't use lists or multiple accounts. I read regularly but reply and update infrequently. I like pretty (hellooooo, Nambu, why are you Mac-only?). Also, I think there are enough non-Air-reliant clients out there that I can say non-Air only. (Yeah, information I should've put out there at the beginning. Sorry!)
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" Photo taken by troubleinchina (intellectual snobbery)
All weekend, I've been using the Oxford comma (although a couple of times, I've had to go back and add it) and putting periods and commas outside quotes. Even these parentheses are against Hansard style.

I'm such a rebel.
ginny_t: Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. (rampant intellectualism)
Tomorrow is Blogging Against Disablism Day. For its eve, I submit a short roundup of uses of "crazy", "insane", and "lunacy" as code. Crazy doesn't mean "incomprehensible and illogical". It is not an intensifier. It doesn't even mean "violently dangerous". It is an indication of a psychiatric diagnosis, and it should be used with care--very great care.

The percentage of violent crimes committed by people with a psychiatric diagnosis is in the single digits. A person with a psychiatric diagnosis is far more vulnerable to violent crime than a neurotypical person.
ginny_t: A panda hugs a comma or apostrophe (smartness)
I guess when you're the Archbishop of Canterbury, you get to touch the Queen. [personal profile] shiroiko, did you see what the Queen wore? I thought of you as soon as I saw it.

I think the bridesmaid dress (all I saw was the one holding Kate's train [a little too high, dear]) was lovely.

I really like the jacket Princess Beatrice wore. I do not approve of the hat.

Okay, that's it for royals for another bunch of years.
ginny_t: Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. (rampant intellectualism)
This story is a little heartbreaking. Khadr was captured as a child soldier and treated like anything but. Reading the story, all I can think of is that bullshit narrative, "Just give them what they want, and they'll let you go." In fact, they kept him precisely because he was giving them what they want. :(

On the other hand, change the characters in this story, and you've got an exciting adventure tale of a successful military operation to rescue a bunch of comrades right out from under the nose of their incompetent and corrupt jailers--a story that would be a best seller.

Our world is deeply fucked up.
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" Photo taken by troubleinchina (intellectual snobbery)
for what you choose to quote.

Sure, one could be cute and say, "That's not me; that's someone else." But if you're spreading that quote, perpetuating that thought, passing it along, can you really turn around then and disclaim any responsibility for the sentiment therein? I say no.

Also, irony's had a pretty shit time of it lately. First Alannis Morrissette made a song about things that aren't at all ironic and called them ironic. Lately, a whole group of people have taken to saying objectionable things and claiming they're being ironic. How 'bout no, m'kay? Hurtful and oppressive things are hurtful and oppressive, not ironic.

Finally, in case anyone wants to be all "I'm sorry if* I offended you," the word you want is "contemptuous," not offended.

*An apology with an "if" in it ain't no great shakes, neither.
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" Photo taken by troubleinchina (intellectual snobbery)
Overheard in Ginlandia:
Me: Darlin', my username is not Ginnikin.
La Ysabête: Why isn't it?!
Me: Because I had my journal before I met you, and you gave me the name Ginnikin.
La Ysabête: Get a rename token!

Now I face a conundrum: How do I say no to La Ysabête? But my online identity!

We just heard "Whenever You're Away From Me" from Xanadu. I ♥ Gene Kelly. As it was winding down, she commented that it's a twisted song. Oh, you have no idea. Xanadu was a favourite when I was about 8 or so. As an adult, I watched it again and was all O_o. That is one messed up story!

I … um … might've bought a Coach bag yesterday. La? If this keeps up, I won't be allowed to continue to be all anti-consumerist. (Okay, there's a long way to go before I become all consumerist, but slippery slope! Slippery slope!)
ginny_t: several skeins of sock yarn, text reads "See the hope in small things," a Tom McRae lyric (knitting)
I've knit two shawlettes so far this year. I ♥ knitting lace!

Maia

Asterope

You can see more at my photostream.
ginny_t: A panda hugs a comma or apostrophe (hugs)
I had a crafternoon, and there was cute! Alas, the cute is shy and doesn't photograph well, so there's just one picture.

From A story of Ginlandia


La Ysabête returns today! Wheee!

Equals

Mar. 8th, 2011 03:11 pm
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" Photo taken by troubleinchina (intellectual snobbery)
This crossed my radar this morning, but I didn't want to share it without a transcript.

video 'Equals' with transcript )
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
Looks like my wireless router is giving up the ghost. Bye-bye, Airport Express. I won't be replacing you with another of your kind.

So, how do I go about choosing a wireless router? Advice? Suggestions?
ginny_t: several skeins of sock yarn, text reads "See the hope in small things," a Tom McRae lyric (knitting)
In light of the recent exciting announcement about Con or Bust (short version: they're expanding--yay!), I decided I would offer something after all. Here's the listing. (Don't feel pressured to bid. I'm just letting y'all know.)

Also, artists! They're having a logo competition.
ginny_t: A panda hugs a comma or apostrophe (hugs)
One week and no potato chips for dinner. (Note, not no potato chips, just no potato chips for dinner.) I shall call this a win.
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" Photo taken by troubleinchina (intellectual snobbery)
Via slacktivist, a new word: agnatology. I am simultaneously delighted and horrified.
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
That was not a coup. Yes, constitutionally, power should have gone to the Speaker. However, that's the same constitution that let Mubarak be essentially a dictator for 30 years. Mayhap that's not the rule to be following? (Also, the Speaker is Mubarak's buddy--how is this change?)

Do not call this a coup. Yes, the military has power now. Yes, the deciding factor was likely the military breaking with Mubarak when he didn't step down as expected yesterday.

Don't turn the people's revolution into a fucking coup! That's just not okay.

Also, there's a thing--celebration? rally? buncha people cheering?--happening at Yonge-Dundas square this evening for it. (I really hate how many things happen in this faux-public space. Good job, city.)

Weird thing

Feb. 6th, 2011 02:28 pm
ginny_t: WTF spelled out in ASL (WTF?)
Anyone seen Pink's video for F**kin' Perfect? A week or two ago, I saw the "sanitised" version, and I just watched the unedited one. Either the "sanitised" version is backwards, or I flipped the video in my brain. WTF?
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