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In line for a number but you don't understand (like a modern man) [Apr. 14th, 2011|09:50 pm]
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That is all.

Well, on that subject. Another day spent in the Library of Congress, and this time I got to an abolitionist newspaper. As expected, it was extremely self-righteous and irritating, in the exact same measure that the Southern Dem paper was batshit insane.

And I'm pretty sure the Know Nothing Party were the Tea Party of their day. Xenophobic, Anti-immigration, Catholic hating, slavery endorsing idiots. So... yep. That's about right.

We're not on the verge of Civil War, though. So I guess we're still doing better than they were back then--which, to be frank, I did not expect.

I still might go to the historical society next Tuesday. Just because it'd be awesome, and maybe I'd find a few neat little turns of phrase. But for the most part, my work for this week is done apart from printing the covers. This is partly because I hemmed and hawed about it. If I print them myself, I can't print them to the edge--there will be a bleed. And so, I thought I'd just do the images smaller and not even try to take up the whole page--what's the point? And then I thought, what if that looks even worse?

But fuck it, I like empty space. I'm making these fucking things one at a time, here. People won't mind. Anyhow, I think I'll go pick out some card stock and do a test print tomorrow. Wondering if it's smarter to print one and do color copies on it or print them all... thinking the former. Wondering if it'll look decent.

The cover is fucking stunning, though. Even more stunning than Hansen and Sam are adorable. Which is SAYING A LOT.
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[Apr. 1st, 2010|05:08 pm]

From Jay Lake's twitter feed today:

"Obama is not a brown-skinned, anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You're thinking of Jesus." -John Fugelsang
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Did someone say "the blood of patritos and tyrants"...? [Aug. 11th, 2009|01:25 pm]

We interrupt this bullshit to bring you A Political Moment, because this is the single best description of New Conservative Thought Process (aka fearmongering), and how it's suffering today without one of them in the White House, I've ever seen:

"But absent the men in powerful places required to authorize their specious interpretations of suspect facts, their conversations increasingly resemble idle gossip in a endless game of telephone amplified over the airwaves and through a series of tubes: before leaving for work, a conservative communicates his displeasure about some milksop Obama initiative to his neighbor; when he returns home, his wife informs him that the gay Kenyan in the White House wants to kill grandma. Exactly how his complaint was corrupted—from Rush to some blog, some blog to Fox, Fox to Rush, Rush to Hannity, Hannity to some blog—is less important than the inevitability that it would be."

-Edge of the American West, The New Stupid passes it on

The whole article is great, but that's a perfect distillation. It's been driving me fucking batty during this whole healthcare thing for the past month. If I didn't laugh, I'd have to cry.
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From whitehouse.gov... [Jun. 18th, 2009|11:15 pm]
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Haha, my President is (kinda) cute.

And Colbert is shaved!
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get off your high horse lady [May. 26th, 2009|01:41 pm]

A rare political rant, because I'm Ms. Crankypants today anyhow, thanks to phlegm.

To use the popular vernacular: LOL @ California.

I'll use a quote from a few weeks back in the Post, when the DC Council voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states:

"Some things are worth fighting for, and this is one of them," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), the ranking Republican on a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that oversees the District. "It's not something I can let go softly into the night. . . . I recognize the Democrats are in the majority, but I represent the majority of Americans on this issue."

Even if you do (and if you do, it's only thanks to disinformation, let's face it), let's suppose each state was given a popular vote as to whether or not to allow, say, I don't know-- slavery in 1863. And we said we'd abide by that, and stop the whole civil war thing. (Actually, the new territories were given that option about a decade before that, and the North and South both tried to flood them with voters to have their own way to staunch/forward the spread of slavery. Which kind of led to the war in the first place. But yeah, didn't last because, um, human rights, y'all. But wait, hypothetically speaking, say we stuck with whatever they wanted!)

Guess what? We'd probably still have it in a few states today, and be more fucked than South Africa. Hmm, and I guess that'd make slavery okay, right? That's DEMOCRACY!

(LOL @ Katey for espousing elitist, very non-Democratic Republican ideals! Hmm, reading way too much 1800s shit. Am I suddenly halfway to being a Federalist...?)

Perfect illustration of how far conservatives have strayed from their own supposed creedo of small, non-interfering government. Federal government should serve two basic functions, according to them: property protection and basic human rights protection. (The latter can be extended easily to include education, healthcare, blah blah, depending on where you stand. Not important, bear with me!) The states can do what they want within those limits. That's how states rights were intended to work, and interestingly enough, that's exactly what recognizing marriages is about. People wanting to protect their shit and be, er, people.

Unsurprisingly, states rights fail again!

This is going to be so embarrassing for our kids some day. This and W. Dark times, US and A! Claw your way out of that grave and get cracking again, for the love of god.
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because I cannot communicate through any means but someecards.com... [Jan. 20th, 2009|04:12 pm]

Aww, parades are fun!

ETA: You know, it was a good speech and all, but I expected that, because he's good. I'm actually more impressed by how much they walked on the way to Lafayette Park and where (it wasn't all Federal buildings in the first place like the tools on CNN were trying to say, I promise). Worth a thousand words, and all that. Probably gave the Secret Service a heart attack or a hundred, though.
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Something for nothing. It never loses its charm. [Nov. 13th, 2008|03:53 pm]
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Weird reading today on the interwebz. The first of two amazing articles I read today concerns something very spec fic, so I'll do that first since fantasy is never as soul-crushing as reality. Today the Swivet, Colleen Lindsay's blog, had a post called "Tor Books: Anti-authoritarian Propagandists?". Obviously I couldn't NOT read the article it linked, which can be found here.

A snippet:

“I suspect S.F. has an individualistic, antiauthoritarian trend to it not least because so many of the people who read and write it (not all by any means, but quite a few) are innerdirected introverts who make neither good leaders nor good followers,” emails Harry Turtledove

It's a fun article!

The second might be of interest to people like me, who see these news clips of congressmen yelling at Alan Greenspan like this market crash is all his fault and go, "But... wtf?" Because honestly, after all the reading I've done on the subject, it's so obvious that it's fucking idiotic to blame one man, any man. A lot of people and a lot of greed, and even more complacency was obviously to blame, but that was all I had to go on. And that's some shit we knew when people started losing their houses a few years ago, so... wtf?

Well I read this awesome book by Michael Lewis called Liar's Poker shortly after I met Balaji-- who has a fascination with matters financial and business-oriented. It's a book about the Wall Street boom in the 1980s, and the sheer ridiculousness of that world. He pretty much says it's a paper castle in the book, and it is head-spinningly scary to read. But also really, really funny-- assuming you're not an investment banker who believes in that shit.

So Bala sent me a link today from Portfolio.com with an article by the same guy today. It's called "The End." It's a hilarious, brutal examination of exactly what happened to the investment banks-- the kind of modern fable you couldn't invent if you tried.

Eisman knew subprime lenders could be scumbags. What he underestimated was the total unabashed complicity of the upper class of American capitalism.


“That Wall Street has gone down because of this is justice,” he says. “They fucked people. They built a castle to rip people off. Not once in all these years have I come across a person inside a big Wall Street firm who was having a crisis of conscience.”

It's long, but truly awesome and fun to read. Check it out if you're looking for a little piece of understanding about what the fuck people are freaking out about. It's an epic tale of stupidity and greed. And it's actually quite beautiful. (And yeah, I know it's not beautiful that people were suckered into this, normal, middle class people who now have nothing. But it's nice to know that the people who took advantage of their woeful lack of savvy are fucked now, too.)

Will American capitalism finally see a new trend-- one that realizes that having a business with a social conscience isn't just a gimmick, but also just plain good business, of the sustainably profitable kind? Stay tuned!

(But the real question is, who's laughing harder and why? Jefferson or Hamilton?)
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I'll take you all on [Nov. 6th, 2008|06:03 pm]
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Political moment, sorry.

Barack Obama is fucking hilarious, if Newsweek is for real.

The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, "I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.' So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."

HAHAHA. Oh god. I mean, that's what everyone WATCHING them was thinking too, but it's awesome to hear him say it-- even if we weren't supposed to. God, I'm so happy these days.

Yeah, we have some shit to deal with-- even more than we did last week, actually. But I don't mind so much right now. I can take all you fuckers (read: ye who sip the haterade regularly) on.

I'm off to have a drink. Cheers.
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it's a strange invitation [Nov. 5th, 2008|12:30 am]

*waves little flag some more*

I'm not going to go into it or anything, don't worry.

But if I have to hear one more goddamn break down about whom white people, black people, blue people, and red people voted for, I'm going to cut a bitch.

ALSO: Kinda wish I was down on U Street tonight. Looks like one hell of an awesome party.
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[Nov. 4th, 2008|12:11 pm]

So now I just sit back and pretend to be cool and calm and pragmatic and willing to accept the decision of the American people, right? (HAHA just kidding, I mean the decision of the electoral college!)

Virginia, don't let me down. You know you wanna see how you look all dressed in blue. (And I do mean Obama AND Warner. Seriously.)

I really want to be able to retire this magnet on my fridge:

Not that I will-- I'll always keep it there as a reminder of these frightful years, elitist cock-baggery and all. But yeah...

*waves little flag*
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you know you should be glad [Nov. 2nd, 2008|03:10 pm]
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[Current Music |Gaelic Storm - The Road to Liskeard]

I'm having a great time editing Meghan's newest book today. I sat here for two hours and didn't even notice time passing until I went, "whoa I am so thirsty!" That's always a sign that the book rocks right?

Anyhow I get up and watch a few minutes of cricket with Bala, since they're actually showing England playing some West Indies team or another, and let him tell me why England is sucking. Then I go to get my water and the phone rings. Again.

The land line. Our land line is used ONLY for his work-- we both use our cell phones for everything personal.

Bala: You know what all those calls are?
Me: Political nonsense.
Bala: Yeah. Did you know Barrack Obama kidnaps white babies and sacrifices them?
Me: (from the kitchen, where I'm getting my water) HAHAHA!
Bala: (dead serious-sounding) No, really. It's an ancient African Muslim tradition.

Hahahaha! If only the calls were that hilarious, I might start picking them up.

On a slightly different note (but in the commonwealth vein of my cricket commentary, I suppose), last month's National Geographic has a fabulous article on India's GQ-- a major highway connecting Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai (Madras, just that my husband is the last person in the world who refuses to call it "Chennai", so I don't either.) It has this bit in it, which I think is some fabulous, connected journalism. It says a lot about India in just a few sentences, and so I must share:

... congestion is so bad that the GQ comes to a standstill, and the fundamental laws of Indian traffic, which resemble those governing swarms of bees, take hold. To cross a busy intersection is to catch a glimpse of the Indian character: enterprising, creative, pushy, energetic, relentless, and surprisingly good-natured. As you wait to cross, you're aware of a constant push around your edges, a jockeying for position that seeks to flow past you on the way to the other side. There's nothing hostile about it; it's just that standing still is not an option.

It had Balaji smiling like crazy too, that same way he smiles when he re-reads Swami and Friends. (Read it. Seriously. God.)

If you wanna check the article out, it's here. The photo gallery has me really glad we already have our tickets for January. Especially love the one of the priest blessing the car. Small basic things you'd take for granted in India, but beautiful to the western-oriented Nat Geo reader in a surprising way.

That is all until later, when I plague you with more nonsense about my adventures in Nano. But for now, a public announcement for those who don't log in here and therefore didn't see my insane squeeing Friday night/Saturday morning:

I got an acceptance for this fucking rad antho. I got the invite to sub months back, and the deadline was Halloween. So... fuck yeah, dude. Morrigan Books ftw!
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[Oct. 2nd, 2008|10:42 pm]

Allow me to be political for about five seconds.

I have something to say about the vice presidential debate. And that is:

Hee! Did anyone else think that was actually Tina Fey? That woman's impression is AWESOME! Seriously, she doesn't just look like her, she's perfectly dead on in every way!

What? That's not political? But... I like Tina Fey!
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[Aug. 21st, 2008|01:52 pm]

While it's funny to see Nerds Like Me in an uproar, it's also genuinely cool to see some of the awesome ideas they come up with. This via The Swivet:

"It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman's memory of war from the comfort of mom's basement," said McCain aide Michael Goldfarb, in a posting to the campaign website. "But most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others."

Whoa dude, a hit on D&D outta nowhere! SHAKE N BAKE brother, because THAT just happened!

Click the dumbass quote to see a Wired Blog and their readers respond with some hilarity. My personal favorites are the Gnome Illusionist, Lvl 15, and the Mordenkainen's Imp.

That's all the more political I can get like ever. As usual, it's not as if anyone really has a CHOICE when voting. That's only in the primaries! (It's not quite as bad as Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich this time, at least.)
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