Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Few Things To Stop Doing When You Find a Feminist Blog

Here is the thing, okay? Coming into a feminist conversation with, “Have you considered that sometimes women acquire free drinks at bars?” is like walking into graduate school during Philosophy finals and saying, “Have you considered that the color blue that I see may not be the color blue that you see?”

Imagine you are the guy who just walked into that Philosophy class and laid that shit down. Imagine the class full of students who have worked very hard and committed themselves and sacrificed to be here, students who have spent several years of their lives learning about this subject. Imagine now their feelings when you go to the head of the classroom with a smirk on your face and demand the professor give you an A for effort. Imagine now that they think you are a douchebag asshole, because they do, and because you are. You are a douchebag asshole because you are obviously so self-centered, arrogant, and completely ignorant of the world around you, that you thought you could walk into a high-level course with no background and no work and say something profoundly simplistic and totally unrelated and also everybody should congratulate you for having done this thing, so brave, so provocative.

A Few Things To Stop Doing When You Find a Feminist Blog

This is a great post. Thought I’d share.

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Reading Homestuck Part Fifteen: ==> You Can’t Deappearify With a Appearifier!

I will admit that the first time I read through all of Homestuck, I did a lot of skimming because I did not really get what all these post-apocalyptic shenanigans had to do with what I took to be the “main” storyline. (It was extremely confusing and I had not yet gotten comfortable with the writing style, and frankly, it kind of drags on and on.) I wanted to get back to the kids to see what they were up to and if they were going to survive their predicaments. (Of course, because I skimmed I ended up occasionally missing things that I would have understood if I had bothered to push through the silly antics of poor WV.)

From here to here.

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GBE2 Blog On Prompt 53 “Pick a Line from a Book”

This is for GBE2 Prompt 53 “Pick a Line from a Book”

I picked a line from one of P.C. Hodgell’s Kencyr books. The original person speaking the line was not a large dog of indeterminate breed and unusual levels of sentience but a young noble who is an avid hunter. The poor boy keeps trying to kill critters the main character would prefer to be left unmolested.


“You never let me kill anything.” The Big Man was sulking in the corner on his sheepskin where he had been banished after his latest adventure. He was all curled up with his back pointedly turned in Sarah’s general direction. The dog had apparently decided to speak up since the silent treatment (punctuated by mournful sighs) was not working.  

“I know–I am a terrible, terrible person,” Sarah said, looking up from the book she was reading. “Imagine me not wanting you to play Riki Tiki Tavi with a rattler. I’m so thoughtless!”

“It never would have got a fang in,” The Big Man whined. He rolled onto his back, the better to give her a pitiful look that hadn’t worked all that well when he was a puppy and didn’t work now that he was 130 lbs. of large black vaguely Shepherd-ish dog.

“You may be big and fast but there is more of you to potentially hit. You were basically playing rattler roulette.”

“Wasn’t.”

“Was.”

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Book Review: Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by Noriko Ogiwara translated by Cathy Hirano

Haika Soru
438 pp.

Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince is the second book of the Tales of the Magitama series, and takes place many centuries after the events of Dragon Sword and Wind Child.

We are first introduced to a girl named Toko Tachibana, and her adopted brother Oguna. Toko’s family are the guardians of one of four (originally five) powerful “magatama,” magical stones that had originally been strung on a necklace belonging to a goddess. Toko is very close to her adopted brother, and a great deal of the opening action revolves around Toko trying to get her parents to let Oguna take part in family-only rituals he can’t be involved in because he’s adopted.

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Things You Think of After the Fact

So, I will get started on writing projects, and then belatedly realize that I should have organized things differently, or I should have had an idea of how I wanted something organized to begin with. Case in point, I have just realized that I need to have an index that lists all of the book reviews I have cross-posted from my book blog to my profile on Yahoo Contributor Network. The sad part is, I could have thought of doing this back when there were maybe only ten or so book reviews on YCN. Now I have to go through all of my folders.

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GBE2 Blog On Prompt 52 “Guilty Pleasure”

This is for GBE2 Prompt 52 “Guilty Pleasure”

For this prompt, I wasn’t sure whether to put it on A Wicked Convergence of Circumstances (my science fiction/fantasy media and meta blog) or here on Near Life Experiences (which is a more general purpose blog). That is because this particular guilty pleasure relates both to writing and experience and to meta and media related to science fiction and fantasy. I will probably go with cross-posting to both journals, just because.

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Marcus on Monday: Meditation 4:17

Last week I skipped because I did not realize I had already written one of these out. Also, I was having some Frantic Flailing and Panicking to get out of the way. 

Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.

It seems to me that most people end up living from moment to moment. They are not able to plan very far ahead because the situation they are in is too unstable. They may also lack the ability to organize their lives for one reason or another. Having been (and being in) that situation makes you wish you had a few hundred years of breathing space, but I can’t really think of anyone who has ever been in a situation where they actually did have all the time they needed on their hands.

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