Archive for August, 2007

happy news!

August 24, 2007

progressive is the most favorable ideological term in america!

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party at my place

August 14, 2007

beer and chips… oh heck, i’ll go buy a keg!

oooh, great printable invites.

blogwarbot

August 10, 2007

quite possibly the most effective weapon ever developed during the great blog wars (2003-….).

visible vote!

August 10, 2007

watch the debate!

the HRC/LOGO format was superb, and explored issues beyond the terrible soundbytes we’re accustomed to. the commentary on it may be standard, but it is a very worthwhile watch. listening intently to the candidates changed my views on several of them (and dramatically upped my respect for a few).

richardson, unfortunately, stepped on several landmines, evading questions by focusing on his otherwise (very admirable) record. this is a shame, since he is a pretty impressive candidate. (and my current favorite, but only slightly).

wish i had said that…

August 9, 2007

i’d never heard of pat condell before today, but i have a ton of respect for him.

the banality of fantasy

August 9, 2007

(from Idealizing Fantasy Bodies, at the Iris Network)

i hate to admit it, but i play a fair amount of world of warcraft. i’m not ashamed that i enjoy the game – it really is a great way to connect with friends across the country – its just… i feel like i fell in with the wrong crowd. wow gamers are notoriously sexist. and homophobic (not only by player behavior – even game design and blizzard’s treatment of LBGT guilds plays a role).

i find it ironic that fantasy is often a conservative genre, playing with narrow concepts of history and tradition. history, to me, is a robust place, filled with forgotten possibilities. even supposedly simple traditions are the product of diversity that was pruned as a narrow approach won out. it is honestly a shame that these carryover stereotypes go unchallenged.

take the bodies of characters in world of warcraft. it is fairly clear that the designers chose to make models that fit ‘idealized’ human forms. bulky men. hourglass women. even the non-human fantasy races follow these roles – completely ignoring the diversity of body forms between males and females in the animal kingdom, or even the varying gender roles of men and women in human history.

if even our dreams and fantasies are so constrained, what hope is there for our lives?