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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
1:24 pm - Prestigious Bassen Prize
Hey, so I just got an email letting me know that I was the 1st place winner for my school's 'Prestigious Bassen Prize' in philosophy, for my essay on the ethics of the Iraq War. It apparently comes with a small scholarship! Yay me!

current mood: giddy

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm - How abso-fucking-lutely horrible.
This is the story of a 7 year old girl murdered — beaten to death with a pipe — by her parents, who were following the fundamentalist Christian child-discipline regime of 'No Greater Joy Ministries.'

Say it with me:

It's not okay to hit kids.
Because it's not okay to hit people.
And kids are people.

current mood: FURIOUS

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Monday, November 30th, 2009
11:08 am
Late last night, I learned that the first girl I'd ever fallen in love with was dead. It happened last Christmas Day, in a car accident. She and I had had a falling out some years before, and we hadn't spoken for a while. I was googling her to try to get back in touch, but I'm 11 months late. I really just don't even know what to say. She really was a wonderful person.

current mood: devastated

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Sunday, September 13th, 2009
9:00 am - If you are a history buff ...
... or a fan of Tetris, or just someone who enjoys a good accordion tune, you need to check out the band Pig With The Face Of A Boy, and their song "History of the Soviet Union" set to the theme from Tetris.

current mood: geeky

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
12:27 pm - He Can't Be All Four. Word.

current mood: giggly

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
8:47 pm - I ate fire today.
Just what the title says.


With my mouth.

Flaming torches.

In my mouth.

Ate fire.

Also lit my tongue on fire and used that fire to light another torch.

current mood: energetic

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009
10:19 pm - Oh yeah. Right.
Hey, so since quite a lot of my friends already know about this, I forgot to post anything, but Randall Munroe has been sleeping in my guest room for the past 3 or 4 days.

He actually flew out earlier today, so don't all rush over at once or anything. ;-)

current mood: exhausted

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Friday, August 14th, 2009
10:31 am - The Utility of Organic Food
Tom Philpott wrote an excellent article in Grist that ought to be required reading for anyone who wants to take part in the organic food debate. Interestingly, the strongest part of his argument for organics is not their effect on human health (which he does argue, but which I think the evidence for is a little weak), but rather their effect on soil quality, and soil quality's effect on human health.

Good readin'.

Get to it.

current mood: awake

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
3:08 pm - The Best Review of the New Transformers Movie

Short version: This movie was stupid and only stupid people like it. If you liked it, you are currently making the world a worse place.

current mood: chipper

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Friday, June 12th, 2009
1:51 pm - Unitarian Universalist, Part 2!
For those of you who haven't taken it yet, check out the Belief-O-Matic!
Let me know what you get!

My results, behind the cut!
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current mood: cheerful

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12:17 am - I am a UU! No. Wait. An UU? Er ....
As of 6:00 this afternoon, Emily and I are both officially Unitiarian Universalists! And we have neat pins to prove it!

Also, unrelated, a lovely cover of Still Alive:

current mood: chipper

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Via Ampersand @ Alas, A Blog, a really lovely video. I am powerless to stop playing it.

current mood: cheerful

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Friday, April 17th, 2009
12:11 am - Torture
I've tried to separate my livejournal and my political blogging as much as possible, which is why I haven't really posted much political here for a couple of months, thought I've been posting over at Alas, A Blog more regularly.

I did want to make an exception today, though, because this is so important. There are two posts you ought to read on the US torture of prisoners.

The first is by Andrew Sullivan, a conservative: The Banality of Evil.

Human beings were contorted into classic stress positions used by the Gestapo; they had towels tied around their necks in order to smash their bodies against walls; they were denied of all sleep for up to eleven days and nights at a time; they were stuck in tiny suffocating boxes; they were waterboarded just as the victims of the Khmer Rouge were waterboarded. And through all this, Bush and Cheney had lawyers prepared to write elaborate memos saying that all of this was legal, constitutional, moral and not severe pain and suffering.

The second is by Jeff Fecke, a liberal: The Worst Thing in the World

Once, we prided ourselves on being better than our enemies. It was not just idle boasting; the fact that America did not have the gulag system, did not disappear political enemies, did not torture its citizens or its enemies — these were not just signs that we were good people, but they were part of our national belief in our inherent moral superiority. Americans didn’t torture, we said, because we didn’t need to torture. We were simply right about capitalism and democracy, and only a nation afraid of the truth would need do so. While the Russians, we knew, would torture our spies as soon as look at ‘em, we knew that the best thing we could do is kill ‘em with kindness. And while things didn’t always work out exactly that way, there was more truth than not in the conceit. We didn’t condone torture. It wasn’t just wrong; it was un-American. And if it happened in some out-of-the-way conflict, or in some dark room somewhere, it wasn’t done under color of law.

Both understand that what we have done is terrifying, and takes us to a place that is closer to hell than we should dare to step. Both express it exquisitely eloquently. It makes me proud to share a blog with Jeff to read what he wrote, and Andrew's post gives me a small measure of hope for conservatism, that some day it might again stand for more than gay-hate and torture.

Please read them both.

current mood: depressed
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
10:55 pm - Bayou
There are a lot of webcomics on the internet.

I know I'm not breaking any ground telling you that.

This being said, I'm still going to recommend one to you all. It's called Bayou, and it's a journey through a darkly magical depression-era south, following the journey of Lee, a young black girl, through the myth and folklore of the era.

I've never encountered anything like it. The story is compelling, the artwork is beautiful, and all in all, it's really something special.

current mood: satiated

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Monday, April 13th, 2009
12:17 pm - Doctor Who Does Easter

current mood: tired

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9:21 am - Michael Bay
Q: Why didn't you like Transformers, Josh?

A: Because Michael Bay is trying to make all of America hate cinema forever.

current mood: cold

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
11:49 pm - Goblins
Okay, so I don't know who out there is reading Goblins ... I know Jarys is, but whoever else, I'm not sure ... but WOW is the recent stuff with Yala and the ogre good. I never thought that "ohnobadno" could give me a little catch in my throat.

current mood: worried

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Monday, April 6th, 2009
11:10 am - I am covered in blood: photo edition!
Photos after the break

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current mood: tired

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1:36 am - I am covered in blood
Soooooo ... I just got back from being in a television show.

I played one of the Zodiac Killer's victims for "Mystery Quest" an upcoming show on the History channel. It was extremely bizarre. Everyone was very nice, and I got a free dinner out of the deal, but still, I spent a long long time slumped uncomfortably upside down out of a taxi-cab as the Zodiac ripped swatches of fabric out of my shirt, and at the moment, I'm absolutely soaked through with sticky-ass fake blood.

And it's in my hair.

So I'm going to shower.


current mood: weird

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Friday, March 13th, 2009
10:20 am - The stories we tell ourselves
A couple of weeks back, I posted an entry linking to an article on The Single Best Working Assumption for Drama-Free Relationships.

Today's article is sort of a corollary piece, talking about racism, politics, the architecture of the human brain, and the stories we invent to explain the behavior of others.

All in all, it's pretty awesome.

Read it here on tacit's LJ.

incidentally, he writes quite a lot of stuff that deserves reading.

current mood: sleepy

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