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Diana Rajchel has been shared in 1 public circles

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Cara Schulz43+Michael Anderson shared his circle of people who are great to have a conversation with. I added my list that I'd begun of "Great Conversationalists" to his and I'm sharing it with you. The people I added are people who are interested in, and capable of, having a great conversation with interesting, thoughtful view points. I'm sure my list will grow longer and I know I've left people off of it, but here's a good place to start if you are looking for people to add!Cara Schulz shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 18:58:41341206

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2014-10-28 23:27:02 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Had a lovely lunch with an adult that's new to the whole #pagan thing, and based on my conversation with him, I think I spotted a missing need in the Bay Area: a non-tradition specific seekers resource, fed into by all the traditions. The U of M Pagan society filled that role until it shut down (lack of leadership training), and there is a running Seekers class that is very Wiccan-centric. Hm. I'd like in the long run to start a Pagan salon of sorts - strictly for the exchange of ideas, rather than for throwing people headlong into ritual. Worth a thought as I learn about San Francisco's resources.

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2014-09-27 01:22:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So my dear friend sent me one hell of a housewarming/finally the West coast has you/birthday gift. Seriously unexpected and humbling in its generosity. Oh, there will be SO many macarons and meringue puffs in December. And coffee candy - I remember what a hit that was last year.

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2014-10-30 17:27:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My summary advice to people about street harassment and not doing it, usually phrased "Well how the hell am I supposed to talk to a woman?"
1)The rules of eye contact are relatively universal in the west. You don't flirt until someone looks back. If they're not making eye contact (the gaze is two seconds or less) then they don't want it. 2)Keep the "I'm at the mercy of my hormones" moments/stares to two seconds. Get to three and you're a deserving target for a water gun.

In terms of general decency:
If you want to flirt with someone: try to get to know them a little first. It's fine if your body has a reaction to the other person's body, but this is really something you should keep to yourself until you know how the person (notice I keep saying "person" and not "object") might respond. Laws of averages being what... more »

My summary advice to people about street harassment and not doing it, usually phrased "Well how the hell am I supposed to talk to a woman?"
1)The rules of eye contact are relatively universal in the west. You don't flirt until someone looks back. If they're not making eye contact (the gaze is two seconds or less) then they don't want it. 2)Keep the "I'm at the mercy of my hormones" moments/stares to two seconds. Get to three and you're a deserving target for a water gun.

In terms of general decency:
If you want to flirt with someone: try to get to know them a little first. It's fine if your body has a reaction to the other person's body, but this is really something you should keep to yourself until you know how the person (notice I keep saying "person" and not "object") might respond. Laws of averages being what they are, you will probably have to keep keeping it to yourself. But you'll get a better feel for it if you happen to say, know what that person likes that is not related to having a body, whether it's sunny days or good pho or watching politicians take nosedives off of podiums. You may find, upon discovering the person, s/he is too odious to you to waste your effort flirting.

If this person is just passing you in the street, you will not have this opportunity, nor should you.  If you want to meet people, you need to make the effort to go where people go to be met. No, they don't all cost money - some are called libraries, where you might have to read and learn things. By this I do not mean walk up to random person reading in the library. DO NOT DO THIS YOU WILL EVENTUALLY GET HIT WITH A HARDCOVER. By this I mean "join a book club" or "go to a lecture" or "visit a discussion group."  It only hurts the first few times and you can pad this with Excedrin. If you think this effort is too much out of your day...well, this makes no sense if you have enough time to hang out on the street and make catcalls.

#sexpositiverant   #sexpositiverantcutshort  ___

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2014-10-30 00:09:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yup. This works, just about every time.

“If you can make the reader laugh he is apt to get careless and go on reading.” —Henry Green, who was born on this day in 1905: http://bit.ly/1e8FDIo #quote___Yup. This works, just about every time.

2014-10-28 23:27:02 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Had a lovely lunch with an adult that's new to the whole #pagan thing, and based on my conversation with him, I think I spotted a missing need in the Bay Area: a non-tradition specific seekers resource, fed into by all the traditions. The U of M Pagan society filled that role until it shut down (lack of leadership training), and there is a running Seekers class that is very Wiccan-centric. Hm. I'd like in the long run to start a Pagan salon of sorts - strictly for the exchange of ideas, rather than for throwing people headlong into ritual. Worth a thought as I learn about San Francisco's resources.

Had a lovely lunch with an adult that's new to the whole #pagan thing, and based on my conversation with him, I think I spotted a missing need in the Bay Area: a non-tradition specific seekers resource, fed into by all the traditions. The U of M Pagan society filled that role until it shut down (lack of leadership training), and there is a running Seekers class that is very Wiccan-centric. Hm. I'd like in the long run to start a Pagan salon of sorts - strictly for the exchange of ideas, rather than for throwing people headlong into ritual. Worth a thought as I learn about San Francisco's resources.___

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2014-10-28 01:52:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So for those of you that follow #13daysofmagic  - brainchild of +Devin Hunter - you'll know what this is. For the merely curious - I finally did some work at the Pacific Ocean, and it got weird. Not bad. Just weird, like things tend to get whenever I'm around.

So for those of you that follow #13daysofmagic  - brainchild of +Devin Hunter - you'll know what this is. For the merely curious - I finally did some work at the Pacific Ocean, and it got weird. Not bad. Just weird, like things tend to get whenever I'm around.___

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2014-10-27 18:23:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An amalgamated update on how my transition to California is going. I've been a bit graceless about it, in part because I'm expecting entirely too much of myself yet again.

An amalgamated update on how my transition to California is going. I've been a bit graceless about it, in part because I'm expecting entirely too much of myself yet again.___

2014-10-26 22:31:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Pretty sure I was asked to meet someone explicitly because my negative reaction would put a fire under my ass. ...she wasn't wrong. When you find yourself thinking, "If this asshole stays in charge, we're all doomed," it's definitely a call to action.

Pretty sure I was asked to meet someone explicitly because my negative reaction would put a fire under my ass. ...she wasn't wrong. When you find yourself thinking, "If this asshole stays in charge, we're all doomed," it's definitely a call to action.___

2014-10-23 20:41:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Since when does repairing a garbage disposal take 4.5 hours and a consult from the repairman's wife AND a plumber? 

Since when does repairing a garbage disposal take 4.5 hours and a consult from the repairman's wife AND a plumber? ___

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2014-10-23 17:22:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Similarly, no variety of English is a distortion of another; there are some that are appropriate—or even required by convention—for certain situations, and some that are found in certain places and not in others, or associated with certain ethic groups or social classes. But just as we wouldn’t say that biscuits, baguette, pita, or challah are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper bread,” similarly we shouldn’t think that African-American English or Appalachian English or the English of Boston’s North End are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper English.” The recipes are simply different, and we should consider ourselves fortunate and appreciate the varieties that they yield. No one wants to live in a homogeneous white bread world."

I know several people that fight this entire concept tooth and nail. Of course it's a social class thing.Ultimately being ... more »

"Similarly, no variety of English is a distortion of another; there are some that are appropriate—or even required by convention—for certain situations, and some that are found in certain places and not in others, or associated with certain ethic groups or social classes. But just as we wouldn’t say that biscuits, baguette, pita, or challah are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper bread,” similarly we shouldn’t think that African-American English or Appalachian English or the English of Boston’s North End are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper English.” The recipes are simply different, and we should consider ourselves fortunate and appreciate the varieties that they yield. No one wants to live in a homogeneous white bread world."

I know several people that fight this entire concept tooth and nail. Of course it's a social class thing. Ultimately being gracious about socioeconomic differences is, to their minds, "losing." It actually reflects rather poorly on their character, not that they'll hear it over the noise of their own language.___

2014-10-22 20:52:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sometimes when someone approaches me at an art gallery it leads to a wonderful connection. Today was not one of those days. Today was one of those moments where the only polite response was to nope out as fast as humanly possible, because explaining why "I feel sorry for those Indians" is a condescending and shitty statement is pretty much an attempt to fix stupid, especially in context of said exhibit. It's taken me years, but I am at last relenting. Maybe stupid can be fixed, but it's not my job to do it.

Sometimes when someone approaches me at an art gallery it leads to a wonderful connection. Today was not one of those days. Today was one of those moments where the only polite response was to nope out as fast as humanly possible, because explaining why "I feel sorry for those Indians" is a condescending and shitty statement is pretty much an attempt to fix stupid, especially in context of said exhibit. It's taken me years, but I am at last relenting. Maybe stupid can be fixed, but it's not my job to do it.___

2014-10-22 16:54:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

While getting to the medical care is an enormous amount of hassle, the quality of care I'm receiving in San Francisco is vastly superior to the prejudicial, sometimes hateful, treatment I generally received in Minnesota. My GP even agrees with me we need to see my bloodwork BEFORE we discuss my weight, if at all.

While getting to the medical care is an enormous amount of hassle, the quality of care I'm receiving in San Francisco is vastly superior to the prejudicial, sometimes hateful, treatment I generally received in Minnesota. My GP even agrees with me we need to see my bloodwork BEFORE we discuss my weight, if at all.___

2014-10-21 20:19:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

It amazes me how much classical music puts me back on a good working track.

It amazes me how much classical music puts me back on a good working track.___

2014-10-20 22:35:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've learned to make Mondays a catch-up day, rather than a day to attempt progress. It's a day to clean off my desk, to send that email I've been meaning to, to do that blog post I promised. Sometimes things still slide - but it seriously reduces the frustration typically associated with the first day of the week.

I've learned to make Mondays a catch-up day, rather than a day to attempt progress. It's a day to clean off my desk, to send that email I've been meaning to, to do that blog post I promised. Sometimes things still slide - but it seriously reduces the frustration typically associated with the first day of the week.___

2014-10-17 14:00:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hi all -  I am new to this particular community, though not to practicing witchcraft, "practice" being my operative word.  At the moment I am reading Draja Mickaharic's book Magic Simplified, which covers what he considers the most important skills of any magic worker. He considers astral projection an important, even primary skill. I am curious as to whether others agree that astral projection is necessary for effective practice?

Hi all -  I am new to this particular community, though not to practicing witchcraft, "practice" being my operative word.  At the moment I am reading Draja Mickaharic's book Magic Simplified, which covers what he considers the most important skills of any magic worker. He considers astral projection an important, even primary skill. I am curious as to whether others agree that astral projection is necessary for effective practice?___

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2014-10-17 13:47:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A book map for every state - interesting for a few reasons.

A book map for every state - interesting for a few reasons.___

2014-10-15 05:28:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

When my neighbors look around my apartment and say, "Are you a witch?" it's a fair question. When some creeper messages me on Facebook and asks, "Are you a witch?" "WTF boundary issues dude, this ain't Myspace!" (or Tinder, or whatever kids use these days) is a fair response. Besides, it's on my public profiles and pretty much pops up first shot on Google. This means there's a very good chance that this attempt at conversation was started with malice aforethought.

When my neighbors look around my apartment and say, "Are you a witch?" it's a fair question. When some creeper messages me on Facebook and asks, "Are you a witch?" "WTF boundary issues dude, this ain't Myspace!" (or Tinder, or whatever kids use these days) is a fair response. Besides, it's on my public profiles and pretty much pops up first shot on Google. This means there's a very good chance that this attempt at conversation was started with malice aforethought.___

2014-10-14 18:02:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Anybody else have an influx of spam accounts using US military profile pics? I'm not fooled. Ugh. I remember when Twitter was this bad with the fake accounts...

Anybody else have an influx of spam accounts using US military profile pics? I'm not fooled. Ugh. I remember when Twitter was this bad with the fake accounts...___

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2014-10-14 09:26:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Do you like any of these suggested punctuation marks? >> http://bit.ly/1xzFyFH.

Do you like any of these suggested punctuation marks? >> http://bit.ly/1xzFyFH.___

2014-10-13 19:56:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I have this strange game going on with my downstairs neighbor. Every day I play a song, and then he in turn plays a response. Friday resulted in the Pulp Fiction sound track. Today he's now using his guitar to riff on 88 Lines about 44 Women.

I have this strange game going on with my downstairs neighbor. Every day I play a song, and then he in turn plays a response. Friday resulted in the Pulp Fiction sound track. Today he's now using his guitar to riff on 88 Lines about 44 Women.___

2014-10-12 22:21:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It seems to logically follow that sometimes - not always, but sometimes - disruptive technology will disrupt something better left alone. 

It seems to logically follow that sometimes - not always, but sometimes - disruptive technology will disrupt something better left alone. ___

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2014-10-12 00:44:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Disclaimer: not really a gamer. Just a woman who has been threatened and had violence enacted upon me throughout my life because people sometimes, for whatever reason, listen to what I have to say, while others - usually men, sometimes women, find that reality unacceptable. That established, this quote really jumped out at me:
"A male friend of mine that develops AAA games told me, "When a woman criticizes me, it goes to a different part of my brain than when a man on my team does. I get defensive really quickly. I’m trying to get better about it." I don’t think his is a unique experience.

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out."

1)that awoman&#... more »

Disclaimer: not really a gamer. Just a woman who has been threatened and had violence enacted upon me throughout my life because people sometimes, for whatever reason, listen to what I have to say, while others - usually men, sometimes women, find that reality unacceptable. That established, this quote really jumped out at me:
"A male friend of mine that develops AAA games told me, "When a woman criticizes me, it goes to a different part of my brain than when a man on my team does. I get defensive really quickly. I’m trying to get better about it." I don’t think his is a unique experience.

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out."

1)that a woman's critical comment goes to a different part of the brain SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. That's... well, it's insane. So we are socializing insanity as we raise boys, apparently.
2)the lashing out is way too common, and way too encouraged and supported. It is also done, most of the time, with no self-awareness whatsoever on the part of those that do it. That's how the "privilege" in "male privilege" (or "white privilege" or "cis privilege" [still a conscientious objector to "cis" for the same reasons I object to using words like "cowan" and "muggle"] works. No one expects themselves to think about what they're doing, or what who they're doing it to is experiencing as a direct result.

Now, in recent years I've enjoyed the privilege of working with a group of men that understood treating me like a person first and foremost. My experience with entirely too many men that have some kind of lizard-brain response to female competence prior to meeting those gentlemen made me really, really appreciate them.___

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2014-10-11 21:49:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I concur that Manhattan Love Story is ... ugh. Selfie, on the other hand...the writer is ignoring that there are other women represented in this show, and while upheld as comic foils to the lead's self-absorption, they are also represented as a sort of higher-competence counterpoint. Any comments about their sexuality/availability is only voiced through the assumptions of the lead, who is well-established as an unreliable narrator.

I concur that Manhattan Love Story is ... ugh. Selfie, on the other hand...the writer is ignoring that there are other women represented in this show, and while upheld as comic foils to the lead's self-absorption, they are also represented as a sort of higher-competence counterpoint. Any comments about their sexuality/availability is only voiced through the assumptions of the lead, who is well-established as an unreliable narrator.___

2014-10-11 21:36:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I find myself with five pounds of dried lemongrass. After making smudge spray and a hair tonic, I'm thinking... lemongrass infused maple candies.

I find myself with five pounds of dried lemongrass. After making smudge spray and a hair tonic, I'm thinking... lemongrass infused maple candies.___

2014-10-11 04:10:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Having one of those days where being a writer is ruining being a reader. I am looking at the works of authors I admire and thinking "How do they create that world? How do they construct that language? I could never do that." But of course I can - it's just writing and writing and editing and writing until I get there.

Having one of those days where being a writer is ruining being a reader. I am looking at the works of authors I admire and thinking "How do they create that world? How do they construct that language? I could never do that." But of course I can - it's just writing and writing and editing and writing until I get there.___

2014-10-10 23:37:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today: solved a metaphysic puzzle. Only took me ten months. Achievement unlocked! 

Today: solved a metaphysic puzzle. Only took me ten months. Achievement unlocked! ___

2014-10-10 01:51:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yes. I am in love with this.

Yes. I am in love with this.___

2014-10-09 18:05:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Choice: know who's who in whatever the latest (or historic) #pagan    kerfluffle or catch up on reading. Reading wins, every time.

Choice: know who's who in whatever the latest (or historic) #pagan    kerfluffle or catch up on reading. Reading wins, every time.___

2014-10-09 01:37:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I would apply for the "50 Shades of Grey" internship program but I just don't think I hate myself that much.

I would apply for the "50 Shades of Grey" internship program but I just don't think I hate myself that much.___

2014-10-08 10:22:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Random #sanfrancisco  transients in the wee hours I can handle. What creeps me out are the raccoons. They just look entirely too aware for comfort. 

Random #sanfrancisco  transients in the wee hours I can handle. What creeps me out are the raccoons. They just look entirely too aware for comfort. ___

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2014-10-05 16:43:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

And stuff like this is why I look at the fog out my window, hear someone tell me it's terrible, and always answer: "yeah, but can you go outside and die?" By that I don't just mean go outside without a jacket and be in trouble seven hours later. I mean be in serious trouble, while fully bundled, seven minutes later. That's where I have lived my entire adult life, voluntarily, until now.

This is my answer to people who are like "it can get cold".  It was taken after I ran 4 miles in -15°F___And stuff like this is why I look at the fog out my window, hear someone tell me it's terrible, and always answer: "yeah, but can you go outside and die?" By that I don't just mean go outside without a jacket and be in trouble seven hours later. I mean be in serious trouble, while fully bundled, seven minutes later. That's where I have lived my entire adult life, voluntarily, until now.

2014-10-05 16:27:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ugh. Guys that bitch about "friend zone" are saying that women are not worthwhile as friends. It's a form of objectification and misogyny, the idea that a woman's company is only worthwhile if she's willing to f___  you. If that's all you want, there's a vast array of products available online to fulfill this need that you can stuff in a drawer when finished. None of them will mommy you (which seems to be a frequent corollary behavior) but you won't have to talk about anything about yourself to these fine products, which is pretty much all these sorts of people would talk about anyway.

Yes, I've been friendzoned myself, many times. It does happen to women just as much. I have enjoyed worthwhile friendships that way, many of which are still going. Physical needs can be addressed until such a time as one can find compatible emotional needs. We are not fruit... more »

Ugh. Guys that bitch about "friend zone" are saying that women are not worthwhile as friends. It's a form of objectification and misogyny, the idea that a woman's company is only worthwhile if she's willing to f___  you. If that's all you want, there's a vast array of products available online to fulfill this need that you can stuff in a drawer when finished. None of them will mommy you (which seems to be a frequent corollary behavior) but you won't have to talk about anything about yourself to these fine products, which is pretty much all these sorts of people would talk about anyway.

Yes, I've been friendzoned myself, many times. It does happen to women just as much. I have enjoyed worthwhile friendships that way, many of which are still going. Physical needs can be addressed until such a time as one can find compatible emotional needs. We are not fruit flies. We have time to sort all this out.___

2014-10-04 00:56:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Fun with climate change: people keep telling me how dreary San Francisco is. This is week two. It has rained exactly once, and I've seen fog barely, once, when I got up earlier than normal. Seriously, this drought is worrying - just like an October snow is a bad sign of what's coming in the Twin Cities, an October heat wave in the Bay Area is very disturbing.

Fun with climate change: people keep telling me how dreary San Francisco is. This is week two. It has rained exactly once, and I've seen fog barely, once, when I got up earlier than normal. Seriously, this drought is worrying - just like an October snow is a bad sign of what's coming in the Twin Cities, an October heat wave in the Bay Area is very disturbing.___

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2014-10-03 22:40:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Are you f*&)(*&!!! kidding me?

As if medicine priced so high, that people who can not afford them die, is not enough to make you scream, and think twice about patents on medicines .....

"At the center of the controversy is NewLink Genetics, a small company in Ames, Iowa, that bought a license to the vaccine's commercialization from the Canadian government in 2010, and is now suddenly caught up in what WHO calls "the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times." Becker and others say the company has been dragging its feet the past 2 months because it is worried about losing control over the development of the vaccine. But Brian Wiley, vice president of business development at NewLink Genetics, says the company is doing all it can. "Our program has moved forward at an unprecedented pace," he says. Even if it took another few months, "we would still be breaking a record in terms of getting this into patients." Wiley says the holdup is "the administrative process": agreeing on a protocol, getting collaborators to sign the right contracts, securing insurance in case something goes wrong."___Are you f*&)(*&!!! kidding me?

2014-10-03 18:04:58 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I've never understood the need for #pagans  to post to themselves about witchcraft not being evil, not being Satanic, etc. If you're involved enough to join a forum based on it, you already know that, I hope. As to those outside of it, it's not witchcraft per se that's setting them off - it's just not doing exactly as they would have you do. It's the Kinsey theory of hatred: if it exists, someone will hate, just as if it exists, someone will fap to it.

I've never understood the need for #pagans  to post to themselves about witchcraft not being evil, not being Satanic, etc. If you're involved enough to join a forum based on it, you already know that, I hope. As to those outside of it, it's not witchcraft per se that's setting them off - it's just not doing exactly as they would have you do. It's the Kinsey theory of hatred: if it exists, someone will hate, just as if it exists, someone will fap to it.___

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2014-10-03 01:54:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For +Michael Janssen 

It seems @NATURE’s robotic penguin Duke got sidetracked on the return home from his #SpyinTheHuddle adventures in The Antarctic...

Where should #PenguinSpycamNYC go next?___For +Michael Janssen 

2014-10-02 18:30:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The paperwork is done and now +Michael Janssen has his doctorate officially! So now he can say "trust me, I'm a doctor!" and I'll still ignore him and do what I intend to in the first place.

The paperwork is done and now +Michael Janssen has his doctorate officially! So now he can say "trust me, I'm a doctor!" and I'll still ignore him and do what I intend to in the first place.___

2014-10-02 14:30:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How can I tell it's Mercury Retrograde? Got lost after parking my car, broke my phone while walking in the door last night, and +Michael Janssen actually got Comcast to function properly. Also, that series on Merc Rx magic I keep promising? Deferred again. Time to put together a mini altar to Iris and Apollo...

How can I tell it's Mercury Retrograde? Got lost after parking my car, broke my phone while walking in the door last night, and +Michael Janssen actually got Comcast to function properly. Also, that series on Merc Rx magic I keep promising? Deferred again. Time to put together a mini altar to Iris and Apollo...___

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2014-10-01 16:28:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I don't hate football. My father was a football player. One of my most significant formative friendships was with a football player. I've played football, and not just Powder Puff league exhibition stuff - hell, if my partner weren't concerned, I'd probably try out for the WNFL because I love playing the game.

That said...the NFL is as bad as fucking IFRA.  The league says flagging the  guy for praying in the end field was a bad call ... NOW. I agree with that, even though I find public prayer in any situation gauche. [When I was still Christian, there was a fairly explicit passage of Jesus pointing to a guy making a big show of prayer and saying "Don't be that douchebag." Stuck with me; seems like good form. I wish Congress and various City Halls would read that passage. ]

So - NFL players as far back as I can remember were routinely coming up onc... more »

I don't hate football. My father was a football player. One of my most significant formative friendships was with a football player. I've played football, and not just Powder Puff league exhibition stuff - hell, if my partner weren't concerned, I'd probably try out for the WNFL because I love playing the game.

That said...the NFL is as bad as fucking IFRA.  The league says flagging the  guy for praying in the end field was a bad call ... NOW. I agree with that, even though I find public prayer in any situation gauche. [When I was still Christian, there was a fairly explicit passage of Jesus pointing to a guy making a big show of prayer and saying "Don't be that douchebag." Stuck with me; seems like good form. I wish Congress and various City Halls would read that passage. ]

So - NFL players as far back as I can remember were routinely coming up on charges for raping  people, for domestic violence, and are generally assholes as I know from lots of personal experience - especially the Vikings. Seriously, the Vikings have more incidents per year than any other team in the league. The whole "sex boat" scandal was especially inventive, and it offends me even though I am fairly liberal about cognizant adult prostitution. The NFL stands behind them without condition, even though a significant percentage of these guys are genuinely dangerous to society. The fans in turn try to defend the indefensible, as though athletic ability somehow has more meaning than the basic safety of other human beings.

Yet...in a case where a person prostrates himself in prayer, he's penalized because it offends the xenophobic notions of the referee. He was not harming anyone. He was not doing violence. He was not being a jerk to other players. While I find public acts of humility questionable at best, they are not harmful to those around them.

So, the NFL values system: pray in public, harm no one, get flagged.  
Routinely commit acts of physical and sexual violence while using both male privilege and professional athlete privilege to further endanger society, get protected, praised, and supported.

I'm not sure who pisses me off more - the NFL, or the NFL fans that will blindly defend this bullshit.___

2014-10-01 05:16:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I just got the jealous  girlfriend stinkeye from a 19 year old. Aren't I supposed to be invisible to people that age?

I just got the jealous  girlfriend stinkeye from a 19 year old. Aren't I supposed to be invisible to people that age?___

2014-09-30 13:57:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

My least favorite words in the world: Can you help me pitch my children's book? 1)I am so not the person you want selling anything to children 2)it's a completely different aspect of the field than what I write, as broad ranging as I am 3)why are you coming to me for help before you see what Google/DuckDuckGo has to offer? and 4)Not an agent, not gonna be an agent. Just ... yikes. When people are at a loss what to do with their lives they always seem to have a "write a children's book" phase... Kids books are actually harder to write, not easier, FYI.    #writing  

My least favorite words in the world: Can you help me pitch my children's book? 1)I am so not the person you want selling anything to children 2)it's a completely different aspect of the field than what I write, as broad ranging as I am 3)why are you coming to me for help before you see what Google/DuckDuckGo has to offer? and 4)Not an agent, not gonna be an agent. Just ... yikes. When people are at a loss what to do with their lives they always seem to have a "write a children's book" phase... Kids books are actually harder to write, not easier, FYI.    #writing  ___

2014-09-28 18:00:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So, I only came onto Myspace at the very end, under a business name.  So I never took part in that frisky "meet cute" culture, in part because after the relentless a/s/l crap of MSN chat it all felt so tacky. Is it just me, or is Myspace still ruining social networks from afar? Since Myspace was nominally used as a dating network now I get a significant chunk of people across any social network trying to use it that way. Inappropriate and annoying. I shouldn't have to post my marital status, arseholes!

So, I only came onto Myspace at the very end, under a business name.  So I never took part in that frisky "meet cute" culture, in part because after the relentless a/s/l crap of MSN chat it all felt so tacky. Is it just me, or is Myspace still ruining social networks from afar? Since Myspace was nominally used as a dating network now I get a significant chunk of people across any social network trying to use it that way. Inappropriate and annoying. I shouldn't have to post my marital status, arseholes!___

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2014-09-28 02:11:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Today's wacky side trip: the PEZ museum in Burlingame, California. Behold the wacky plastic wonders!

Today's wacky side trip: the PEZ museum in Burlingame, California. Behold the wacky plastic wonders!___

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2014-09-27 01:22:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So my dear friend sent me one hell of a housewarming/finally the West coast has you/birthday gift. Seriously unexpected and humbling in its generosity. Oh, there will be SO many macarons and meringue puffs in December. And coffee candy - I remember what a hit that was last year.

So my dear friend sent me one hell of a housewarming/finally the West coast has you/birthday gift. Seriously unexpected and humbling in its generosity. Oh, there will be SO many macarons and meringue puffs in December. And coffee candy - I remember what a hit that was last year.___

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2014-09-27 00:05:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Whilst unpacking I found a letter to my younger self. Given the anxious tone, I think I wrote it when I was between 29-30. So I posted it. And now, I'm thinking I need to write a letter to myself in my late 20s, when I was still sick, nearly dying, and undiagnosed. That's when I really needed the "it gets better." Even if it's "it gets better...because you're fucking lucky and developed something curable."

Whilst unpacking I found a letter to my younger self. Given the anxious tone, I think I wrote it when I was between 29-30. So I posted it. And now, I'm thinking I need to write a letter to myself in my late 20s, when I was still sick, nearly dying, and undiagnosed. That's when I really needed the "it gets better." Even if it's "it gets better...because you're fucking lucky and developed something curable."___

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2014-09-26 04:31:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Safeway employee safety/ #misogyny  fail witnessed - but here's hoping there's real follow through for the cashier that got abused in front of the entire store.

Safeway employee safety/ #misogyny  fail witnessed - but here's hoping there's real follow through for the cashier that got abused in front of the entire store.___

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2014-09-25 16:42:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

More details on the San Francisco move...

and holy hell do I need to update ALL the profiles!

More details on the San Francisco move...

and holy hell do I need to update ALL the profiles!___

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2014-09-25 16:39:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

One soap dish. One lamp. One pen. A portion of my dignity...

One soap dish. One lamp. One pen. A portion of my dignity...___

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2014-09-25 03:26:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-09 02:46:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Notes form Silicon Bay - more on my move/transition to the San Francisco Bay area!

Notes form Silicon Bay - more on my move/transition to the San Francisco Bay area!___

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2014-09-07 05:45:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Finding an apartment in San Francisco isn't just brutal because of competition. It's also brutal because the parking is terrible and the apartments are mostly complete shit. They really should start incentivizing tech companies to hire their stars and put them on telecommute - the housing market is about to collapse under this situation.

Finding an apartment in San Francisco isn't just brutal because of competition. It's also brutal because the parking is terrible and the apartments are mostly complete shit. They really should start incentivizing tech companies to hire their stars and put them on telecommute - the housing market is about to collapse under this situation.___

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2014-09-06 05:28:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Day two of what I am calling "Silicon Bay." Mostly comparing Silicon Valley culture to Minnesota culture. Today's post includes visits to Fry's, a farmer's market, a botanica, and a verry new agey place. #pagan   #siliconvalley  

Day two of what I am calling "Silicon Bay." Mostly comparing Silicon Valley culture to Minnesota culture. Today's post includes visits to Fry's, a farmer's market, a botanica, and a verry new agey place. #pagan   #siliconvalley  ___

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