alivemagdolene: (B:TAS Dick is Confused)
It's the March of the Typewriter project! I'm glad I didn't even bother to do it day by day since I knew that wouldn't work and here we are a week into March.

I'm slightly cheating since despite my begging you all for topics, my first is something that I've wanted to write about for a long time.

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The skirt sold me on the graphic.


TOPIC: Steampunk


Come thither... )
alivemagdolene: (Pentacle)
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The Blue Bird, 1918


I want to do to you what spring does to the cherry trees... )
alivemagdolene: (Will Work For Social Change)
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Dr Sally Ride

1951- 2012


Not only the first American woman in space, but the youngest American astronaut ever in space, and a lifelong advocate for teaching science in an accessible way to children, especially girls.

I’ve always thought she’s had a hand in my destiny in this life since she made history on the day I was born.

Thanks for everything, Dr. Ride.
alivemagdolene: (Drive Another Nail In)
I'm not crying, my eyes are just sweating.

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Long Abandoned Dixie Square Mall Finally Demolished

Walk with me, won't you? Walk with me as we enjoy Dixie Square Mall, the place that turned me on to "urban exploring" (at least looking, anyway) and stalking [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces. I said walk with me... )

I guess you could say my love affair with DSM also led me into This American Life since it was an episode someone mentioned in [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces that got me listening. That episode, by the way, is one of the best ever and you need to listen to it right now. Go here!
alivemagdolene: (Pentacle)
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I recently saw this group and I'm not sure how to feel.

I'm kinda annoyed by someone's comment:


"Many people are disappointed by David Barton's appearance on the Daily Show, as his stance on minority religions (that they shouldn't have constitutional rights) was completely glossed over. If you would like to see an intelligent journalist who stands for minority religions speak up for us on the Daily Show, go to this page and click "Like". Let's make it happen."



These are people I kinda get the feeling don't have any idea what The Daily Show is about (nor have actually watched it).

And I'm not one hundred percent (especially in the wake of Christine O'Donnell) sure I want my faith discussed on a comedy show, even a brilliant, extremely well-done show that is one of my favorite shows of all time.

Also, Jon had an accredited constitutional scholar on to pretty much dismiss Barton's claims. Why exactly do we need a parade of intellectuals on to highlight what we all already know? Barton is a fucking nutjob fringe moron.

Lastly, I'm not entirely sure how good a representation Jason Pitzl-Waters is, although not dressing ridiculously is a plus. He gives an interview here.

See what you think.
alivemagdolene: (Will Work For Social Change)
Cross-posted to Tumblr.

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Almost instantly a public debate arose when the announcement came late Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed by Navy SEALs: is it okay to celebrate the death of a human being?

.... )
alivemagdolene: (Anger!)
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Courtesy ☮freedom☮ on Flickr


I'm going to share something about me with you that you probably already know.

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alivemagdolene: (Movie Time)
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From the film version: imbibing poison is a perfect metaphor for enduring this travesty.


FAIL )
alivemagdolene: (World of My Own)
Oh, complaining about television. Ain't living in the free world grand?

So I enjoyed Family Guy back when I first saw it, at all of 15 and a half and squeed over the jokes built around vaudeville and Silent movies and enjoyed the spark it seemed to have that The Simpsons was started to lose by the late 'nineties. Then it seemed to become less and less funny and as of late, downright unwatchable. This article from a few years ago gives excellent reasons as to why.

From here:

Read the article )

I don't agree with all the points (I greatly enjoyed The Critic), but I do agree with most of 'em, particularly the smugness factor. Soooo, add on top of that I had noticed from the get-go that it was almost blatantly ripping off the tone of the earlier, better Simpsons episodes (including the flashbacks which Simpsons writers have admitted after the popularity of Family Guy they've stopped doing), particularly Homer's id, but I didn't particularly care since it was an animated show about a family (or so the advertising went) so of course there were going to be some similarities. Of course, comparing the two directly really shows the "theft" rather than the "similarities". And lest we forget that this article was written nearly five years ago and the show, in my opinion, has nose-dived since then.

Oh, FOX network, when will you pull your head out of your ass? You've let so many brilliant shows die or go to shit.
alivemagdolene: (Alice in Bottle)
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I HAVE AN OPINION! )

EDIT! DISCLAIMER: Rereading this old entry, I realize I might be the only one who sees this now, but since my positions on some of these issues (reparations, the legitimacy of that anti-choice graphic, drag culture, socialism) have shifted, I wanted to acknowledge that. I stand by some of this (particularly since some of it is just simple nattering about semi-random things), I don't stand by other parts. I thought about deleting it (despite the fact I am pretty sure I'm the only one who still reads these entries) or making it private, but becoming a better person and a better progressive isn't a static process and I want this blog to reflect that. This also isn't to claim "immunity" from my past statements, it's an acknowledgement that what I said was problematic and I've been actively trying to do better.
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“This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed.”

---D.H. Lawrence
alivemagdolene: (Artwork)
I'm thinkin' of making a Zoloft mood theme. There's just too many cute little expressions. Why don't they make a Zoloft bump stuffed toy? SO FREAKING CUTE. Someone get on this, stat!

If you have any Zoloft bump images (I've collected quite a few from the Google search, but not enough), plz 2 b sharin'? I thank you in advance.

ADDENDUM: How awesome would an animated mood theme be? Too bad I can't do 'em. But a gif of the Zoloft bump waddling along sadly and one where he's bouncing happily would be too sweet!

FURTHER ADDENDUM: I'm pretty sure this isn't the sort of thing [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] has, but big ups go to [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] for pointing me in that direction before to shamelessly steal ideas.
alivemagdolene: (Good Faery)
Things I Hate That People (Can) Love
1. Talking on the phone
2. Professional sports
3. American Idol and variants thereof
4. Okay, technically this is more of an occurrence I hate in general rather than think anyone could love, but being told for the umpteenth time that if I don't read/see Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings/something else I'm somehow less of a human being. YOU'RE NOT CONVINCING ME.
5. The Playboy symbol: ok, enough that you're wearing a corporate logo without an endorsement deal, how about what it represents? Gross. Also, you should know that by wearing it, you're not somehow increasing your chances to appear in the magazine/reap the "rewards" of Playboy fame.

Things I Love That People (Can) Hate
1. Halloween decorations: no matter the quality, I always seem to like 'em. I'm one of those year round Halloween people.
2. Coffee breath: not so much love as think it's not a big deal. I mean, would you prefer someone with cigarette breath or garlic breath?
3. Dancing in public: I've taken lessons most of my life, but I know people with infinitely more training than I have that refuse to do it. I guess I'm already convinced I'm ridiculous looking enough as it is, so I might as well enjoy the music.
4. Nearly anything banned/opposed from/by "Focus on the Family", Wal-mart, The Catholic League, et cetera. That just means it's that much better!
5. Thinking up variations of MILF. I mean, I know it's been done, I know it's overused, but it's so damn much fun. And if I have to put up with hearing "bling", "diva", "wannabe", and the like all the damn time, I can have this.
alivemagdolene: (Anger!)
Okay, I present this information for you all to make of it what you will.

Whilst I was flipping through the latest Northern Sun catalog, I ran across a curious looking t-shirt. Now I'd been especially wary of Northern Sun after I'd seen them carrying Ron Paul merchandise earlier this year (the same Ron Paul with the medieval social agenda that includes interesting policies on GLBT rights, environmental protection, and is the self-proclaimed "an unshakable foe of abortion" that has repeatedly attempted to overturn Roe vs Wade) and their filing of feminist buttons/bumper stickers/t-shirts under the section "Feminist/Women's Issues" (bold mine) since we know feminism only affects women right?

But I see this t-shirt :

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and go, "Wait a minute.... is that... is that the planes hitting the WTC towers?! IN A CARTOON?!"

Maybe I'm overreacting. And I realize this is in reference to the (ugh) "9/11 Truth Movement", which is, aptly put and if nothing else, a conspiracy theory. But a cutesy cartoon of the plane hitting one of towers? That's.... it strikes me as sooooo not fucking right.
To dismiss the mass murder of thousands on a cutesy shirt that also features alien abduction? It just strikes me as not right. I've been debating whether or not to contact Northern Sun:

Northern Sun
2916 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Regular Business Hours
10 AM to 6 PM CDT Monday-Friday. 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday CDT

Phone: (612) 729-2001
Fax: (612) 729-0149
Toll-free: (800) 258-8579
e-mail: info@northernsun.com


and speak my mind.

But like I said, maybe I'm overreacting. I'd be interested to know what other people think.
alivemagdolene: (Tori)
My homemade Clara theme is being retooled since I just got a shitload of new pictures of the once and future IT girl. In the meantime I am enjoying the Tori Amos lyric theme by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]. Pretty!
alivemagdolene: (Bitch)
We loose George Carlin yet James Dodson is still alive and well. *siiiiigh...*

alivemagdolene: (Path)
Holy fuck. George Carlin, one of my oft-quoted philosophers is dead.

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Comedian George Carlin Dies at Age 71

Read All About It )

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Now when I say "Bullshit, Klaus!" it just won't be the same.

We've lost so many talented people this year.

Isn't it time for another piece of shit like Jerry Falwell to die the fuck off?
alivemagdolene: (Artwork)
I have now filled all 105 of my 105 icons. My time is WELL SPENT!
alivemagdolene: (Candy Three)
I'd like to once again bestow my deepest, deepest, crazy deepest thanks to the two gorgeous babes who made my journal so pretty and who have allowed me to fill up my icon storage with all kinds of fun, crazy shit. [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com], you biyaatches rock mai SOCKS!

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