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July 17th, 2010

11:38 pm
So, I'm really sorry to have to tell you all this, and even sorrier for myself: my dad died suddenly last week of a heart attack. Since he lived in New Hampshire, I've been out of state all week and haven't even gotten to say kaddish yet. My brothers, my mom and my grandmother have all been a huge source of comfort for me.

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May 5th, 2009

10:39 am - People are dumb
From a review of Chadwick's, a clothing store:

I have ordered several skirts recently and have found that they run really small compared to what the size chart says. I wear a size 4 in skirts and so I got the size according to what the size chart says a size 4 is, weather it be a size small or a size 4. I got one skirt it had an elastic waist band, so I got a small I got it on but it was really squeezing my waist, it was so uncomfortable. For it to fit I would have to be a size 0 or 2! Then I got a skirt on clearance and the only size they had left was a 6 so I got it thinking I'll just take in the waist, well it fit like size 2, it was too tight for me to be comfortable in it.

I just went back to Chadwick's and looked at their size chart for a skirt, I have a 28" waist so according to their size chart, by my waist measurment, I would wear a size 10/Medium and just a 1/2" larger in the waist and I would be in the size 12/Large category! WOW, not in 2 1/2 years have I EVER worn a 10/medium to 12/large skirts! There is no way I want to either, so I guess I'm done trying their clothes! I don't even wear those sizes in jeans, I wear a 6! And I wear size 4 in skirts! What is going on w/ their size chart?

I would like to point out that I hate wearing tight clothes so my size 6 jeans and size 4 skirts fit me perfectly with some room to move in them, they are not skin tight, they fit like they should, not too tight and not too loose. So if I got a size 10 or 12 according to Chadwick's size chart the clothes would be swimming on me.

Attention shoppers: No matter what the tag in your clothes says, your ass is still the same size. Women's clothing sizing in America is extremely variable and means nothing. Just because you normally wear a 4 doesn't mean all 4s will fit you, because "4" is a meaningless number. Buying a 10 or 12 does not make you a fatass(nor will it help with that dusty, empty skull). You want reliable numbers? Get the manufacturers to label them with actual measurements. Gasp!

In conclusion, buy clothes that fit. Because it's not the clothes that make you fat, it's your fat that makes you fat.

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March 20th, 2009

08:39 am - ranting, because we can can can!
This article about the SciFi channel name change engenders in me this response. The very idea makes me wanna slap a bitch! Syfy? SYFY? NO! It sounds like a pet name for syphilis! They went through 300 names and picked this bullshit? "'When we tested this new name, the thing that we got back from our 18-to-34 techno-savvy crowd, which is quite a lot of our audience, is actually this is how you’d text it,' Mr. Howe said. 'It made us feel much cooler, much more cutting-edge, much more hip, which was kind of bang-on what we wanted to achieve communication-wise.'" Uh, no, honey. "Syfy" is how you'd text it if you were a) dumb b) mocking it. Your ignorance, it pains me.

Not to mention how incredibly insulting it is that they are rejecting the geek community with this bullshit. They are seeking to create "a more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand". Human-friendly? Pardon me, what was it before? Just because we joke about burninating villages doesn't mean we're giving up our claim to humanity!*

It may be true that the SciFi channel was struggling to stay afloat and that its major demographic was the living-in-his-mama's-basement stereotype. But as most of you know, that doesn't necessarily reflect the geek community- and we're the ones they should be courting. As Tycho & Gabe know, there are plenty of resources in the geek world that remain untapped by the SciFi channel. But, shit, what did we expect? This is what happens when you have subculture-specific programming run by people who have no understanding of that group at all.

To be honest, I should admit that I am not actually a consumer of the SciFi channel and so they really could give a shit what I think.** I don't have a TV and I don't like watching TV in general. However, when I do watch TV, SciFi was on my top ten list of preferred channels. "Syfy", however, is untenable.

* Yeah, yeah, I know, bargain-brand buzzwords. But seriously. "Human-friendly"?
** Like they'd give a shit anyway.

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March 19th, 2009

11:33 am - Bad creationists! No advanced degrees for you!
So I read this article on my cellphone and it angered me so that I had to jump onto the actual tubes and express my disgust. For those that don't like clicking on links(and I don't blame you, it's a) spyware b) terrible, mind-tainting porn and/or c) Fox News), there is a Texas legislator named Leo Berman trying to pass a bill that would allow private colleges(like the Institute for Creation Research) to grant a Master of Science degree without reference to the Texas Higher Education Coordinatin' Board. He argues that since they are not taking state or federal funds, they shouldn't be regulated.

Of course, this is being met with overwhelming amounts of outrage(check), disgust(check), and ridicule(check). The two major arguments are:

  2. This bill would open up Texas to degree mills, and "all sorts of chicanery" says Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. “I mean, all you have to do, it looks to me from the bill, is start a non-profit organization, don’t take any federal or state money, and then offer degrees in any fool subject you want.” Right on, Dr Scott.

"Berman sees the board's decision to deny ICR certification as a double standard.

“If a school’s teaching all evolution, would that be a balanced education?” he asked. “So it’s the same thing on both ends of the stick.”"

You know, guys, he's right. Let's give our young bright minds a balanced education! Medical schools around the country are totally ignoring other medical theories- I move that we force them to teach about the four bodily humors as a source of illness as well. Otherwise, shit just ain't balanced, is it?

ICR is actually already offering a Professional Certificate in Creationist Worldview. I actually had to doublecheck that because it sounds so fake. In the section on student requirements, the very first requirement is that students are "expected to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior". You know, this is actually not the first institution of higher learning I've encountered that requires the students to conform to certain beliefs*, but it is the first "scientific" institution to do so.

* Back in the day, my dad tried to convince me to go to Berean Baptist College, which now is a bible school, but back in the day also taught "regular" subjects, such as offering degrees in Home Economics and other subjects vaguely related to the whole ideal of happy, sexist Christian families doing God's work.


/stomps back to her cave now

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February 26th, 2009

09:52 am
Whoa, I'm becoming one of those terrible LJ updaters. How queer.

I'm making it official: I am abandoning the fat girl cause. I'm jumping off the bandwagon. I'm gonna lose all this weight and not miss it one bit. Thank you fatshionista!

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't think it's immoral to be fat, I don't think it means that you're sloppy or lazy or piggish. Oink oink!* But I know for a fact that for me, personally, I was NOT meant to be this weight. I've been fat all my life, but I know that this isn't the size my body wants to be. My body wants to run, and run fast. I've been waylaid by depression and emotional eating, but I've really committed to losing the most of the extra weight I'm carrying.

* It is possible to be piggish regardless of size- and I for one will always revere Miss Piggy.

So, that's what I've been up to. I'm working out pretty regularly and keeping a food/weight diary at The Daily Plate, and blogging boring details of my exercise life over at Runner's World. I'm also trying to keep up with school, etc, and pondering weddingness, but since I'm the worst bride in the world, my ponderings so far are mostly, "I don't want to do XYZ, it is D-U-M-M dumb." I just want to marry him, is that so much to ask?! I've also been taking out HUGE... stacks of books from the library. Now that they are all technological and I never have to interact with a person who might conceivably judge my book binges, I'm all up in their grill, reading their books. And that is my boring life in a nutshell. No great ideas, no awesome realizations... just doing my thing over here.

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February 8th, 2009

09:50 pm

Current Mood: cranky

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January 27th, 2009

08:51 am
There is SLUSH falling from the sky. Literally. I let the dogs out this morning and Andy didn't even make it down the steps before doing a U-turn before I even closed the door. There wasn't even a second of decision-making; he just ran out and ran back in without even blinking. It's his prerogative, I know he won't pee in the house. I waited by the door for Phoebe to come back too; I knew no one would want to be out in the nasty.

In other news, I got a new mp3 player as motivation for running and I am hooked on it. This is my first iPod and I am really digging iTunes in particular and how easy everything is. I especially like the NPR podcasts- I love Car Talk and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me but I hardly ever listen to them on the radio.

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January 24th, 2009

06:25 pm - News articles re: Obama.
Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisive standsCollapse )
I have to say, I am heartened by the way he's going about things. We didn't want flash; we wanted someone who would come in and bring some thoughtfulness to the process. I don't know what's going to happen; I certainly don't agree with all of President Obama's stands. But I like his values and I like the way he goes about things, and that's good enough for me for now.

But seriously: the FIRST sitting president to use email?? Dear America: Why are we electing Luddites?!

Top chefs push Obama to improve food policyCollapse )

God, what wouldn't I give for a food policy that encouraged local suppliers & discouraged abuse of animals and the global petroleum supply? When I was in elementary school they taught us that Virginia was known for many crops, including apples. Why then are the apples in my local grocery store all from Washington State? Lord!
Current Mood: digging

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09:32 am
I strolled outside to get the newspaper and the air was delicately but undeniably scented with the aroma of popcorn Jelly Bellies. Isn't that queer?

Maybe I'll just put this one down to "medication does weird things to my hormones and gives me preggo symptoms".

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01:05 am
Oh and p.s. I'm gonna marry jeffbernath. Because I'm crazy in love with him & he's the best ever.
Current Mood: true love

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