Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Strange Art of Blogging

This is just a little commentary. If you blog, you may have written a post you think is totally exciting and will just invite floods of comments. You check it constantly, expecting those comments. You get nada. You write a post that is just kinda silly and you get a million comments.

I thought my last Scientology blog post would be super exciting. Anyone comment? Nope.

Life's funny that way.

Friday, February 06, 2009


I don't know if I've already mentioned this and I'm too lazy to really look. I got a puppy a few months ago. He's freaking adorable. I've never owned a dog before, so this is a new experience. It's amazing how much joy a dog has. Anyway, I'm showing him off in the picture below:

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Temple of Science

I ran into this really interesting yahoo! article today. It's about a scientist who is trying to close the gap between religion and science. Check it out and let me know what you think about what he's trying to do. I, personally, think it's pretty rad.

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Right for Women to Vote

A friend emailed me this touching story, and I thought I'd pass it on here. It's a good, if graphic, reminder to all women just what was done to establish their right to vote only 100 years ago:

"This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers,
as they lived only 90 years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that
women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were
jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs
asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went
on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing
sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above
her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an
iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought
Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits
describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming,
pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the
warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to
teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared
to picket Woodrow Wilson 's White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail.
Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one
of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her
to a chair, forced a tube Down her throat and poured liquid into her until
she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was
smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year
because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to
work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's
new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle
these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling
booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion.
But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more
rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's
history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to
talk about it, she looked angry She was--with herself. 'One thought
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What
would those women think of the way I use--or don't use--my right
to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women,
but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said,
had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history,
social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their
curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else
women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we
are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little
shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to
persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could
be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor
refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her

The doctor admonished the men:
'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for
by these very courageous women. Whether you vote Democratic, Republican or
Independent - remember to vote.

History is being made."

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Fail Blog Photos

Okay, I saw these and died laughing:

fail owned pwned pictures
(oops... I hope they don't really mean that)

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see more pwn and owned pictures
(I know real estate is having problems, but this is a little much)

fail owned pwned pictures
(This might work... if the string goes somewhere)

Monday, September 01, 2008