Saturday, March 26, 2011


"You are missing an opportunity to help stop the bad guys.

You’re missing an opportunity to stop the real misogynists, the fucking sickos, the ones who really, truly hate women just for being women. The ones whose ranks you do not belong to and never would. The ones who might hurt women you love in the future, or might have already.

‘Cause the thing is, you and the guys you hang out with may not really mean anything by it when you talk about crazy bitches and dumb sluts and heh-heh-I’d-hit-that and you just can’t reason with them and you can’t live with ‘em can’t shoot ‘em and she’s obviously only dressed like that because she wants to get laid and if they can’t stand the heat they should get out of the kitchen and if they can’t play by the rules they don’t belong here and if they can’t take a little teasing they should quit and heh heh they’re only good for fucking and cleaning and they’re not fit to be leaders and they’re too emotional to run a business and they just want to get their hands on our money and if they’d just stop overreacting and telling themselves they’re victims they’d realize they actually have all the power in this society and white men aren’t even allowed to do anything anymore and and and…

I get that you don’t really mean that shit. I get that you’re just talking out your ass.

But please listen, and please trust me on this one: you have probably, at some point in your life, engaged in that kind of talk with a man who really, truly hates womento the extent of having beaten and/or raped at least one. And you probably didn’t know which one he was.

And that guy? Thought you were on his side." ~Kate Harding, "On Being a No-Name Blogger Using Her Real Name"

Awesome excerpt. Read it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Venture!

My mother [the personal trainer] and I [the desperately in need of training] are starting a little project.
She is going to help me get fit and I, in turn, am helping her redesign her website and give her endless material to write about on said website.

Mom is all about fitness and healthy living and would love to eventually point her career in a writing and seminaring direction. This is my way to help her get there.

Anyhow I am messing with some site designs and this is one I came up with.
I am still up in the air about the background and I may go with something totally different. Let me know what you think?

Header Ideas

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Today I Made...

A website!!

What what?!?!

I have been working for a month or so on a redesign for
I am about to go live this week and I thought I would show you a little preview here.

Click to see full size.

This is a new experience for me and I am so excited about the progress I am making.

River Tam... Can Kill You With Her Brain.

I can not believe I forgot to post about this!!

As I have mentioned recently, I am an active member of the craft website One of the best things about this site is their organized craft swaps.
They work like this, one person figures on a topic of craftiness to organize a swap around. This could be a type of crafting [there have been embroidery swaps, recipe swaps, postcard swaps] or a theme of crafted objects [favorite tv show, series of books, wall art, nerdy stuff, something for my kids etc]. Then users sign up for the swap and are partnered. You are then responsible for making something awesome for your partner, and they do the same for you.

I don't know about everyone, but I get a lot more joy out of making something for someone else than doing it for myself. This means I don't have to wait for birthdays and holidays to craft for someone!

Last week I signed up for a round of the Whedonverse Swap. If you don't get the reference than you must have been living under a rock for the last 15 years and are obviously not interested in awesomocity should look up Joss Whedon.

This is the second round of this swap I have participated in. Last round I made the River Tam [a character from the much loved and sadly missed tv series Firefly] doll pictured above. She turned out AMAZING and I am so surprised at myself for not having posted about her here. Anyhow, now proceeds my raving squee of fangirldom!

I started with this frighteningly made up Liv doll.

Through a long process of resulpting and repainting her face I ended up with a result I am pretty proud of.

I even made a little box for her to send to my swap partner.

Here is a reference picture of River from the show.

*Update* I have posted about my process and the tools I used to rework her face. You can find the info here.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dois Ovos e Batatas Fritas e Uma Água com Gás, Por Favor?

I am half Azorean, its the dominate half. The half that comes out in my nose shape, skin color, hair texture, voice volume, and general sense of humor.

I used to spend every Thanksgiving [and 4th Of July, Labor Day and BOTH my dads birthdays each year] surrounded by a couple dozen aunts, uncles and cousins that spoke another language and ate alot of pork.

Despite that I never seemed to pick up Portuguese in a practical way. Dad was not around alot when I was a kid. He was also unfortunately perfectly bilingual and spoke barely accented English around the house. The only thing I did learn to say rather flawlessly was this:

"Dois ovos e batatas fritas e uma água com gás, por favor?"

Its what I would order for supper when I visited the Azores as a child.
Another funny thing about me is, despite my pork loving genetics, I was a vegetarian until I was 13 and still eat only fish and a little chicken.

That sentence up there is my go to meal in the land of meat with a side of meat: two eggs and fries and one sparkling water, please?

Lately though I have been thinking I REALLY want to learn to speak more. I can sort-of-kind-of read it, and sort-of-a-little-less-kind-of understand a person.

So, has anyone used one of those language programs? like Rosetta Stone?

Does anyone have a suggestion? Besides watching alot of Portuguese Sesame Street.