Monthly Archives: October 2012

Misc.: Concerning Humans 25 and Over

Please note, I didn’t write the 25 and Over list. It is properly cited at the bottom of the original post with both it’s source and the way that I found it on the internets.
I also don’t agree with everything written on the list.
I think some of them are helpful.

Some of my opinions related to the list: Continue reading

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Misc.: Freshly Pressed and Other Updates

All,

I got an email that I have been “freshly pressed”! Exciting!
So, if you’re new, welcome!

I can’t stop listening to “Your Drums Your Love” (below), but it cannot be purchased on amazon. Alternatively.
I just bought Ellie Goulding’s new album, and I’m really excited to listen to it because her last album was in heavy rotation in my life for a while. Definitely the best pop album in a while, and this latest album looks like it will live up to her previous one, so that’s awesome.
I wish Amazon cloud player worked better, because I don’t have iTunes on my work laptop.

We got a new Keurig at work, with no hot water spout, and now my PG Tips tea tastes like dirty coffee water. Damn.

I’m not really enthused with the new shows so far this fall TV season.
I’ve been watching lots of horror movies in time for Halloween.

I want to buy a ticket to Europe for this winter or spring, and the choices are so damn expensive!
It’s been too long since I was in Paris. It’s really unacceptable.
Right now I can buy an 800 dollar ticket to Paris if I fly through Russia.
Um, NO.
I would like to someday travel to Russia, but I am not going to make a 7 hour flight into a 20 hour ordeal. (EDIT: In some cases a 30 hour ordeal!)
So, I’m gonna have to work something out.
EDIT: Most likely fly to London (non-stop! yay!) and then Eurostar to Paris, since I want to go to both London and Paris, this could work. It will be expensive. But it will work.

Well that’s it for now. I’m endeavoring to post more, so watch this space!

Clare

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Culture: How to Tell People They Sound Racist

I like this dude. He’s awesome.

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Misc.: How To Be a Human 25 and Over


The list is
here, and is so true.
I should also give credit to Captain Awkward for bringing it to my attention.

I feel like most of the annoyances I experience in regards to the people I interact with have to do with them not acting like an adult. Oh well, such is life.

EDIT: January 10, 2014
So I decided to delete my summary of the list, because people kept assuming that I wrote it, and I felt very uncomfortable with that.
The list was not my original work, I never claimed it was, but to avoid confusion I have decided to keep the post up with the original link only.
So, to reiterate: Sarah D. Bunting wrote a post titled “25 And Over” on tomatonation.com.
Please follow the link to read her great list.

And here are my thoughts on the list.

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Feminism: Schrödinger’s Rapist

One of the best essays about sexual assault that I have ever read. A classic.

Shapely Prose

Phaedra Starling is the pen name of a romance novelist and licensed private investigator living in small New York City apartment with two large dogs.  She practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu and makes world-class apricot muffins.

Gentlemen. Thank you for reading.

Let me start out by assuring you that I understand you are a good sort of person. You are kind to children and animals. You respect the elderly. You donate to charity. You tell jokes without laughing at your own punchlines. You respect women. You like women. In fact, you would really like to have a mutually respectful and loving sexual relationship with a woman. Unfortunately, you don’t yet know that woman—she isn’t working with you, nor have you been introduced through mutual friends or drawn to the same activities. So you must look further afield to encounter her.

So far, so good. Miss LonelyHearts, your humble instructor, approves. Human connection…

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Language: Duolingo

I was a French major in college, and I picked French in order to study and live abroad for a year.
I originally picked French as a language to study when I returned to the states in middle school.
French is a truly beautiful language, and I feel so proud of myself that I am able to speak it.
Sometimes I don’t realize quite how much work I have put in to learning French and learning about French culture.
While back in the States after my year abroad, and my subsequent graduation from college, I almost never have an occasion to speak French. Thus, my French skills have begun to deteriorate (at least that’s how I think of it).
Then a college roommate of mine told me about Duolingo. This website is awesome.
You get to translate the web while practicing (or learning) a language! They have languages other than French as well. I may use it to keep up my Italian.
And what I really need the most practice in is my written French because it informs the grammar of my spoken French.
So I just wanted to share what a cool new tool I am using and it’s already flexing those French language muscles in my brain. It’s lovely.

My heart aches for Paris. Sigh.

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Culture: The Birth Control Mandate In Court

“The burden of which plaintiffs complain is that funds, which plaintiffs will contribute to a group health plan, might, after a series of independent decisions by health care providers and patients covered by [an employer’s health] plan, subsidize someone else’s participation in an activity that is condemned by plaintiffs’ religion. . . . [Federal religious freedom law] is a shield, not a sword. It protects individuals from substantial burdens on religious exercise that occur when the government coerces action one’s religion forbids, or forbids action one’s religion requires; it is not a means to force one’s religious practices upon others. [It] does not protect against the slight burden on religious exercise that arises when one’s money circuitously flows to support the conduct of other free-exercise-wielding individuals who hold religious beliefs that differ from one’s own. . . .

[T]he health care plan will offend plaintiffs’ religious beliefs only if an [] employee (or covered family member) makes an independent decision to use the plan to cover counseling related to or the purchase of contraceptives. Already, [plaintiffs] pay salaries to their employees-money the employees may use to purchase contraceptives or to contribute to a religious organization. By comparison, the contribution to a health care plan has no more than a de minimus impact on the plaintiff’s religious beliefs than paying salaries and other benefits to employees.”

So much truth in the above quote.
From Jezebel. The emphasis is mine.

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