highlyeccentric: Firefley - Kaylee - text: "shiny" (Shiny)
Every country is the best at something.

By nationality (selected on basis of the residences of my flist):

Australia: car thefts
USA: serial killers
Canada: fruit juice drinkers (says K: "that's because their apple juice is AWESOME, I TOLD you")
NZ: Half shell mussels
Belgium: female MPs

And by thing to be good at (selected on the basis of "hey that's cool/surprising"):

Happiness: Costa Rica
Female farm hands: Ethiopia
Adult literacy: Estonia
Working women: Mozambique
Deacons: Puerto Rico (I really want to know if this includes deaconesses - it might be that Puerto Rico has an unusually high number of catholic women with religious vocations; but if it doesn't include deaconnesses, one wonders why Puerto Rico is high in men with religious vocation but no desire for the priesthood.)
Quality of life: Ireland
Female graduates: Iceland
Pirate software: Armenia
Web users: South Korea
Robots: Japan
Renewable Energy: Dem. Rep. of the Congo
Text Messaging: The Phillipines
Economic Freedom: Hong Kong
Suicides: Lithuania
highlyeccentric: Arthur (BBC Merlin) - text: "SRSLY" (SRSLY)
No seriously. International student, walking through western sydney, is physically attacked by muggers.

Muggers who think it's a good idea to assault people right outside a ninja school.

Ninjas appear out of the shadows, chase muggers down street.

Best story ever, y/y?
highlyeccentric: Literature: words that think they are too clever by half. Mostly written by men. (literature (too clever by half))
Every week when I see people doing this Follow Friday thing I think to myself "aha what a clever idea!" It's one of the nicer things about DW, I think.

Anyway, for once I'm going to actually participate!

[community profile] poetry! People, this comm is awesome. It is singlehandedly expanding my knowledge of Modern Poetry, in fun and entertaining ways. Although one week we also had Anglo-Saxon riddles, that was fun. :D

The comm is set up so that one member presides each week, posting five or more poems in seven days; and other members chime in whenever they feel like it. Members' tastes vary quite a bit, but we're seeing a pleasingly high representation of nifty feminist poets (for a cheerful example, Carol Ann Duffy; for a chilling and utterly awesome example, Margaret Atwood). We're also seeing quite a bit of poetry in languages other than English, poetry about language and culture, poetry about race, identity, and other fun and exciting things of that ilk.
highlyeccentric: I've been searching for a sexual identity, and now you've named it for me: I'm a what. (Sexual what)
Signal boost: Sonoma County, California, separated an elderly couple, sold off all their belongings, and imprisoned them in separate nursing homes, without the legal authority to do so. Why?

They're gay.

H/T [personal profile] copperbadge , [personal profile] sgrio , [personal profile] kayloulee 
highlyeccentric: text: put on your big girl corset and deal with it (big girl corset)
[profile] jumpthesnark just posted her contribution to that post-a-poem meme that's going around, and hey, no reason I can't do it twice.

My "poetry" tag in my DW memories is far, far bigger than any of the others (granted, that's only two: "knitting" and "queer", go figure). This is because [community profile] poetry has been Educating Me.

by Dorothy Parker

The ladies men admire, I've heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They'd rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints.
So far, I have had no complaints.


Other poems discovered lately:

For you, my love by Jaques Prevert. It's awesome, and creepy, and loses something in the translation.

Historica Irreverentia, an unpublished poem by the late Elise White, shared by Jon Jarret on his blog.

And one of [livejournal.com profile] ajodasso's pieces: Saints' Lives


Mar. 7th, 2010 10:53 am
highlyeccentric: Angel Coulby's feet in red boots (angel's feet)
Courtesy of the Down Under Feminists Carnival:

Randa Abdel Fattah on writing and identity - Sgrio, I think I recommended R.A.F's work to you when you were asking for Australian and/or POC book recs.

Speaking of, I've never been sure that the term "POC" works properly outside of the US. I think I asked this once, and a bunch of LJ comments came back saying that yes, it does, it's a perfectly decent term. And it's handy, I'll grant you that, but it comes - especially in internet discourse where everyone tends to think in American - with mostly American connotations. Apparently people better qualified than me to talk about race in general object to this too. And also to many other things that bug me about American discourse on the internets. It's a fun article! Everyone should read it.

The United States is not the world. It’s not even the centre of the universe.
Not all non-white people are black. Stop referring to us as such. In fact, neither do all non-white people fit into that routine construction of ‘black/Latino/Asian’ that you so frequently employ.
USian racial dynamics do not translate anywhere else on the planet. Hence their being called USian racial dynamics. No one else has the precise history you do, that unique racial make-up, those particular constructions of what those identities mean – things that ought to be respected. Likewise, this stuff works differently in other countries because your experiences don’t magically melt over into and obliterate ours. Do not, do not, ever try erase or modify our experiences of racism, Indigenous experiences in particular, by framing my country’s appalling racist history in USian terms. Have some respect for the stuff other people have to deal with every day, some basic consideration of where we’ve been. That means sometimes people are going to be uncomfortable with the use of terms that are benign or even positive to you, like ‘person of colour’ (because it’s often considered a term particular to the USian context, because it indicates a sense of alliance that isn’t universal, stuff like that).
We are not all super unlucky to not be in a country like the United States of America, because there are lots of great things about living in other countries too and quite frankly a country with that bad a healthcare system in spite of having that much money and that large a population is not really a country I want to be in!

While we're on the topic, Notes from beyond the centre of the universe discusses something that's bugged me before - non-US discourse, commentary and controversy just doesn't grow legs on the internet. Rachel Hills talks about writing and publication; the necessity of being in the US in order to join certain conversations, and so on. Me, what bugs me is that, were Stephen Conroy in charge of a *US* department, the internet would've caught fire the day he announced his objectionable little filtering scheme. Instead, word gets out sluggishly, australian activist groups do their best, and the internet, when it notices at all, says "oh no, I hope you guys win that fight!" and goes back to whatever important US related things it's doing at the time.
highlyeccentric: Me (portrait by Scarlet Bennet) (Not impressed)
Goblin Fruit (Winter 2010) has been out for a couple of weeks now, but this is the first chance I've had in which I can spare the eye-strain to talk about it. (Actually, I probably can't. But whatever.)

The whole edition is gorgeous. I've pestered a few of you over email with links, but not all. [livejournal.com profile] almostinstinct; [livejournal.com profile] be_themoon; Ashie; Fahye - I'm looking at you.

Adrienne J. Odasso's "What They Know is creepy and excellent, as is to be expected from AJO.

Shweta Narayan's "Recipe for a Year of Spring" is really, really, REALLY creepy and AWESOME.

Mari Ness' "Transformation" is good for some humour to break up the creepy.

Jeannine Hall Gailey's "She Returns To The Floating World" is spooky and eerie and pretty.

And finally, I was incredibly fond of Larry Hammer's "Psyche, at midnight, in the dark", although that could be my wink-kink showing through there.


Jan. 7th, 2010 04:12 pm
highlyeccentric: Firefley - Kaylee - text: "shiny" (Shiny)
Lotesse has plus-sized fashion photography icons. Ashie, I think these might go well with your estimably sexy icon collection.


Jan. 3rd, 2010 01:04 pm
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (purple)
[livejournal.com profile] ajodasso has posted a list of her Rhysling-eligible poems, with links to those available online. I STRONGLY recommend you go and read some of them! Especially you, [livejournal.com profile] be_the_moon.

In particular, I want to recommend Devil's Road down, which is a good contender for my favourite of her poems. And I've just found and fallen in love with Blue Stars, which I don't think I'd ever seen before.

And, oh, wow, Moving Shakespeare's Bones is *stunning*.


Dec. 16th, 2009 10:36 pm
highlyeccentric: Firefley - Kaylee - text: "shiny" (Shiny)
Ok, This is awesome. "Glass Slipper", by JM Prescott, at the Lorelei Signal.

K, Cami: this one you'd both enjoy, I think.
highlyeccentric: Four years of college, and plenty of knowledge, have earnt me this USELESS degree! (Four years of college)
"What women do is survive. We live by ones and twos in the chinks of your world-machine."

The Women Men Don't See, short story by James Tiptree (Alice Sheldon).

Is good.


Nov. 1st, 2009 11:14 am
highlyeccentric: Lucy and Peter Pevensie hugging (Lucy and Peter)
Small things compared to other small things. Trojie, that's one for you.

Really practical advice for single people (at MQ, so not the kind of advice you want your maiden aunt to read. Although if she's your *maiden* aunt, perhaps you *should* pass the advice along).

Straight Guys Tell - an Advocate article on what straight guys in the US military *actually* think of DADT.

Also I signed up for Wrisomifu (writesomethingyoumiserablefuck) this November. So I have to write something for ten minutes today, and this post doesn't count (it might count by the END of the month, but I shall start off on a good note!).

Furthermore, I am reading Hamlet, which is interesting, and George Orwell's Books vs. Cigarettes, which was interesting except one of the middle essays is a long and boring spiel on how prose writing will die under totalitarianism (but poetry will not, since apparently poetry is less reliant on truth or self-revelation, and also Orwell thinks no prose of literary worth was written in the Middle Ages WTF?).


Oct. 21st, 2009 11:10 pm
highlyeccentric: Arthur (BBC Merlin) - text: "SRSLY" (SRSLY)
Dear University of Toronto:

your library was built on Vulcan.

That probably explains why it needs a hug (4th picture down).

Needless to say, I would hug that library.


highlyeccentric: Arthur (BBC Merlin) - text: "SRSLY" (SRSLY)
Thing worth reading: Shrodinger's Rapist, or a guy's guide to approaching strange women without being maced. H/T to whoever linked this a week or so ago.

I've just ordered my copy of Devil's Road Down, [livejournal.com profile] ajodasso's new chapbook from Maverick Duck Press. People with spare finances and an interest in poetry would do well to do likewise.
highlyeccentric: (Beliefs and Ideas)
The Parable of the Shower. In which an Angel of the LORD appears, a technical-maiden refuses to participate in the angelic scheme, an old lady kicks angelic arse, and unto Compton a child is born.
highlyeccentric: Arthur (BBC Merlin) - text: "SRSLY" (SRSLY)
An article on the early-20th century social paper 'The Link', designed to help lonely people meet other lonely people. Predictably, this ended with the editor on trial for promoting acts of gross indecency. There is much entertainment, and also a little heart-string-tugging to be had in the accounts of various gentlemen seeking 'boy chum of about 25', especially in the case of one Smythe and his boyfriend, who were arrested and tried as a result of the relationship they started on the pages of the Link. The article seems to assume that all the women, with the exception of one who was uncovered as a brothel mistress, were seeking men, but I find myself wondering if "Dido, 19, wishes to correspond with young lady of about the same age, with knowledge of Morse telegraphy" intended to be sending salacious telegrams?


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