Sunday, April 30
Saturday, April 29
Movement was tracked using four infra-red cameras. Recordings were then taken during three activities: static, jumping jacks and on a ramped treadmill. A comfort level was also obtained for each activity.Here, we'd just buy whatever Oprah told us to. [From E.J.]
Friday, April 28
hosting an Art Opening on Sunday, April 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Hungry Artist Gallery at 2571 Broad Ave. The purposes of the show are 1) have fun; 2) enjoy great art; 3) drink free wine and eat free snacks; and 4) showcase the wonderful artistic talents who work daily in the Binghamton Neighborhood. Please support the revitalization of this overlooked, colorful Memphis neighborhood and the works of [among others] David Nestor, Hamlett Dobbins, and Larry Patton.Sounds good, but I'll be at one of the Evergreen home tours (eiother Historic Evergreen for the snooty houses, or VECA for the more realistic ones) which they unfortunately scheduled on the same days this year. Of course, I never go to more than one in any given year anyway, so it doesn't really matter. What I should be doing is writing a paper on compulsory motherhood instead. Sounds fun, right?
Thursday, April 27
Tuesday, April 25
Sunday, April 23
- Laundry---a serious pile is amassing, and I couldn't find several things I wanted to wear this week, so this tops the list.
- Housekeeping---I am going to have out of town guests for Music Fest & I need to move some furniture around & probably should clean out the guest room closet as well.
- Civil Rights Museum tour---for a class, not for my own edification. I've been several times & it's always a depressing experience.
- Homework---yeah, my final exams start this week. This does not sound fun.
- Gardening---who knew the grass could grow so much in a week?
- Bathing the dog---I may do this to escape the house since it's so beautiful outside.
- Grocery shopping---although I usually hate it, it sounds better than a lot of the stuff above.
- Learning to golf---I got these clubs last year and have only used them in the back yard, which doesn't work well (the dog tries to play fetch with my short-distance substitute golf balls, made of styrofoam-type stuff).
- Playing tennis on a non-ghetto court somewhere.
- Blogging---apparently, since that's what I'm doing to procrastinate.
Saturday, April 22
Friday, April 21
Thursday, April 20
Tuesday, April 18
Sunday, April 16
The Easter Bunny is of German origin. He shows up in 16th century literature as a deliverer of eggs, in his own way a springtime St. Nicholas bent on rewarding the good. (Colored eggs were left only for well-behaved good children, you see.) manner of rabbits are said to lay eggs on Easter Day. The hare itself is revered in lore — even in pre-Christian times, it was seen as a holy creature associated with fertility and the returning Spring. Important divinations about the character of the coming year were made from studying its movements. In northern Europe, the hare was considered sacred to Eastre, and therefore was not to be hunted. Eggs are very obvious symbols of resurrection and continuing life. Early humans thought the return of the sun from winter darkness was an annual miracle, and saw the egg as a natural wonder and proof of the renewal of life. The egg is also the ultimate symbol of fertility. As Christianity spread, the egg was adopted as a symbol of Christ's resurrection from the tomb (a hard casket from which new life will emerge).*** It's a beautiful, overcast & breezy day with a soft grey sky that somehow seems very springlike. I wish I'd waited til today to get my yardwork done, but unfortunately I'm not prescient. I got a sunburn mowing the lawn & trimming hedges yesterday---the first of the the year, which is a sort of annual rite of passage for me. It takes me that first time each year to figure out that Oh, yeah, I need sunblock again. Duh. I'm sure I'll end up with melanoma someday, and that will teach me. *** We ran into a guy last week who told us a story about going to Chicago to hear Jeff Tweedy sing & ending up drinking so much that he just curled up at his feet. What an unfortunate way to spend the evening---so close to greatness but passed out cold. Not to mention the lifelong Most Embarassing Moment status that story has (so I'm not mentioning any names here as a result). Hope he enjoyed the rest of his visit, anyway.
Friday, April 14
Why You Can't Trust the Government Part one: the CDC FDA & NIH [full article here]I think we really neeed more of this sort of reporting in America. Unfortunately, I don't think it's as widely read as it should be (so I'm doing my part here).
[Dr. Ruth Shaber is] Kaiser Permanente's director of women's health services for northern California and head of the HMO's Women's Health Research Institute. Yet this decidedly mainstream doctor and administrator says, "I no longer trust FDA decisions or materials generated [by the government]. Ten years ago, I would not have had to scrutinize government information. Now I don't feel comfortable giving it to my patients."
Such doctor mistrust represents a major change. For the past 100 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been the world's premier government agency ensuring drug safety. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have similarly stellar track records. But recently, Dr. Shaber charges, the government has lost its most precious asset: credibility.
How did it happen? Many prominent figures in science and public health think they know the answer. "People believe that religiously based social conservatives have direct lines to the powers that be within the U.S. government, the administration, Congress, and are influencing public-health policy, practice and research in ways that are unprecedented and very dangerous," says Judith Auerbach, Ph.D., a former NIH official who is now a vice president at the nonprofit American Foundation for AIDS Research. In fact, Glamour has found that on issues ranging from STDs to birth control, some radical conservative activists have used fudged and sometimes flatly false data to persuade the government to promote their agenda of abstinence until marriage. The fallout: Young women now read false data on government websites, learn bogus information in federally funded sex-education programs and struggle to get safe, legal contraceptives—all of which, critics argue, may put them at greater risk for unplanned pregnancies and STDs."Abstinence is a laudable goal," says Deborah Arrindell, vice president of health policy for the nonpartisan American Social Health Association, an STD-awareness group. "But it is not how young women live their lives—the reality is that most women have premarital sex. Our government is focusing not on women's health but on a moral agenda." Consider this a wake-up call.
Tuesday, April 11
The Blogosphere, In Reruns CBS News April 11, 2006 So, it looks like blogs are going the way of the classic sitcom---syndication! The Associated Press reports that starting today, a syndication service called BlogBurst will provide content from hundreds of blogs for use by none other than the sworn enemy of the blogosphere--- newspaper publishers. According to the AP, the service has so far signed up Gannett Co., The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman and The San Antonio Express, all of [which] “are looking to BlogBurst to provide expert blog commentary on travel, women's issues, technology, food, entertainment and local stories, areas where publishers may not have dedicated staff,” according to the CEO of the blog technology company providing the service. “In return, a select group of popular bloggers are offered wider distribution for their writings, he said. The online syndicate drives traffic to blog sites, allowing featured bloggers to make money from resulting online advertising fees.”You might predict that my comments on this snippet would center on blogging in general, or the moral implications of the unholy alliance between independent bloggers and big business, or something equally bloggy or blog-centric. But I am more concerned about the list of subjects---are these supposed to be fluff topics? Women's issues aren't worth spending the money or staff time covering them requires. But what are women's issues? We make up over half the world's population, we raise most of it, and we give birth to all of it. Does that make us marginal, optional, a gray area in the black and white newsroom? I may sound flip but this attitude really concerns me. It is as if men only are interested in the "real news" stories that affect all of us. News flash: Women are human too! Here are some cutesy little girly issues in the news lately: How about nuclear war? That's pretty important to women. And on the lighter side, Coach Cal isn't leaving after all---ya know, a large number of the fans I see at the games are women. And immigration, cause many emigres to the States are female. Oh, that's not a "woman's issue"? Well, how about Breast Cancer Studies, since most of us have boobies. What about rising gas prices, because most of us ladies get around by auto, plane, or public transport---all of which use gas---and because more women than men make buying decisions on cars. Urban sprawl is one of my favorite women's issues---because once again, more women than men make buying decisions on houses. I hate the entire news industry. Bleah.
Monday, April 10
Politicians throughout the South are trying to legislate your orgasms.
Last month, the TN legislature dropped a bill that would have made the sale, advertisement or exhibition of any 3-D object used for stimulation of human genitals illegal.A week later the MS Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a nearly identical Mississippi law. We, the ladies of Drinking Liberally of Memphis, think that the only appropriate response to something so horrifyingly ridiculous is to have one big laugh. We invite you to join us in a pleasurable protest of a ridiculous law:
7:00pm on Sunday April 23rd at Neil's, 1835 Madison (at McLean) Buy a raffle ticket, and you may win a Rabbit. Bring the most friends to win a Silver Bullet!UPDATE: More info on the Neil's event at TN Guerilla Women. And they have more info on our great state's dildo dilemma here. The following weekend you can rally for reproductive rights at the Shelby County Courthouse downtown (See here for details).
Sunday, April 9
- My boyfriend of choice for the moment never called me---we were supposed to go out after the Crawfish Boil.
- Married men were hitting on single girls all over the place, which is where I hope it all ended.
- One of my friends thought I was hitting on a married man, which I guess is what I deserve for talking to a dude with a baby. A cute little baby at that.
- I told a practically engaged guy that I always thought he was cute. Just cause I thought he should know (he took it as a compliment, not a come-on. I think. At least that's what he said. How weird.)
- Then at the end of the party, some of my best friends got into a ridiculous fight that I hope will work itself out eventually.
Friday, April 7
Monday, April 3
- I am probably reincarnated, and highly evolved at that.
- Daylight savings time is all make believe. But we pretty much all agree to pretend it's all the sudden an hour later anyway.
- A tornado could smoosh my house and if I made it, all I'd be worried about is my dog. As long as all contraband is destroye in the twister, of course. I hate the thought of people sifting through my personal effects (e.g. crap) like it's an archaeological dig.
- I think I just made the best mix tape (obviously on a cd, but you know what I mean) EVER this weekend. At least, I like it enough to make my own copy. Let me know if you want one, as the friend I made it for will never know (he doesn't read my blog).