Archive for August, 2011
On August 22nd, Canada suffered a great loss as the leader of the New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, passed away from cancer. I don't believe I have much to add that hasn't already been said by others. I only hope that his party can continue making this a better world, something for which I don't count on the currently leading Conservative Party.
P.S. Cancer sucks.
P.S. #2 You can read the letter he addressed us. Bring a tissue or 40.
Haha! Look, the US Republican candidates went to a fair and they ate corndogs! We have pictures! You see, when you're eating a corndog, you look like you're performing fellatio. As we know, performing fellatio is a dehumanising thing that diminishes you, because it's all feminine and submissive and stuff. How hilarious! Let us mock them!
As I browse the web, it annoys me quite a lot to see the ridiculously numerous parts of it that seem to believe that everyone (or at least everyone who matters) is a white, heterosexual, at-least-mildly conservative, middle class or higher, man living in the United States.
Of course, I log in to find over 100 spam comments pending "approval". All of them were on my beware not to infect your visitors post. Fitting, isn't it?
Anyway, I cleaned them up. I did see two genuine comments by actual humans and approved them, but I might have missed some. Sorry if that's the case. I just completed setting Akismet up, so spam should be less of a problem.
I think it is a requirement for a modern woman to love Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I do like him, and there being a series where he is portrayed by Colin Firth certainly helps, but I must say that my fangirl fawning is mostly aimed at the girl he admires, Elizabeth Bennet (who is, well, the main character). I admire her wit and her capacity to stand up for herself in a world that does not favor independent thinking in women. It is true that she is, at first, mistaken in her opinion of a certain Darcy, but she learns better.
So, while the women and girls of this world will sigh and all for Darcy, I will snatch Elizabeth away and no one will notice.
I think I have fixed a tiny problem that remained with the layout (the gap between the main content and the sidebar was too large).
I have also fixed the tags page as it had two sidebars and its title was showing as Page Not Found.
And I fixed the Archives page, which now actually exists.
As I mentioned yesterday, WordPress hates me and messed up the post I had planned, erasing several links. Lucky for me, the sites are still in my feed reader. So, on with the show.
- Explosm.net, where you can find the Cyanide & Happiness comics
- Tree Hugger, to bring out your hippy side
- Shakesville is a self-described "progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between". What really won me over to this site must have been the mixture of the open threads hosted by lovely things such as a broccoli sculpture or a Commodore 64, the daily doses of cute and wonderful expressions such as "the American Family Values Children Christian Liberty Freedom Patriot Association Foundation Organization". If I ever say "multi-hyphenated" or "multi-multihyphenated", it's from there.
- Wasted Food, by Jonathan Bloom.
- Stuff Fundies Like. As an added bonus, the URL looks like "stuff undies like", which would be quite interesting, but much more NSFW.
- Margaret and Helen
- Think Progress, where commie nazi evil murderous race-and-country-betraying socialists gather to plan how to take over the world
- Steampunk Fashion
- The Featured Creature
There are more sites I visit on a regular basis, but I believe these manage to sum up what goes through my mind these days.
As I haven't done any sort of link dump in a lifetime or so, this particular entry will mostly be to sites instead of specific articles.
Great. I had several more, but I must have messed up something while using the HTML editor so that, when I switched to the Visual editor, it fucking erased a bunch of links. I can't be bothered to re-add the other ones now.