On conflict

Feb. 7th, 2009 05:40 pm
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I'm going to preface this with the statement that it's not about anyone, it's not directed at anyone, it's just something I wanted to share.
Take from it what you will.
It reminds me of a similar post made by a friend recently brought on by thinking about Howard and The Apology.

Anyway, Erudito made a post recently about Levels of Response; A taxonomy offered to help folk sort reactions to hurt and trauma.

I found it an interesting read. I've read something similar, though I can't recall when or where. But something to keep in mind (for myself).

It makes me wonder what happens when both parties feel they have been wronged. That is where a lot of stalemates would come from I think. Yay differences in communication styles :(
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Vegemite is safe despite salt content, says Julia Gillard

A shadow has been cast over the future of the spread as a Federal Government taskforce considers special taxes and other deterrents on the sale of fatty, sugary and salty foods.

Maybe it's just me, but whatever happened to perhaps teaching people about this wonderful innovation, called moderation? Or this other one here, personal responsibility?

Sugar-rich preserves and jams, and even high-fat products such as soft cheeses and cooking oils, could be banned for health reasons, Dr Annison warned.

Excuse me? Educate people in being sensible instead? Yes cheese, surprise surprise, is fatty! But if I eat some and I put on weight, well that's my choice and my consequences. Stop mollycoddling people! How will they learn without experience? We need to stop this cycle of "but it's their fault because they didn't make sure I couldn't do it!" Own your damn shit!

Grrr. Stab them with a salty cheesey fork.
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Today's cool links, on a variety of topics.

I want one of these pillows! They look very neat. And hey, light, so can curl up and read :)

This dog is adorable and happy - and bouncy of course! (you tube)

Monogamy Gene Found in People
"There has been speculation about the role of the hormone vasopressin in humans ever since we discovered that variations in where receptors for the hormone are expressed makes prairie voles strictly monogamous but meadow voles promiscuous; vasopressin is related to the "cuddle chemical" oxytocin. Now it seems variations in a section of the gene coding for a vasopressin receptor in people help to determine whether men are serial commitment-phobes or devoted husbands."

Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found in Mexico
"MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld."

The g-string is passe, now we have The C-String aka when headband become underwear... Below the first photo is work dubious at best. Be warned.

The 800lb enema

A Russian spa resort has built an 800lb monument to one of its most famous treatments – the enema.

Divers discover amazingly preserved shipwreck of HMS London on bottom of Thames
"The largest-ever post-war salvage operation on the Thames has discovered seven shipwrecks up to 350 years old.

They include a warship that was blown up in 1665, a yacht converted to a Second World War gunboat, and a mystery wreck in which divers found a personalised gin bottle."

Cloud Gate: Chicago on Amazing Bean Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Anish Kapoor in Millennium Park, Chicago. The sculpture is shaped like an ellipse, and its legume-like appearance has caused it to be nicknamed “The Bean”. It is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates, and stands at 33 feet high, 66 feet long, and 42 feet wide, weighing 110 tons.
Very pretty, go look :)

And that's all from me today.
Thanks to various sources for links.
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She has the best rant posts.

This time it's The Leg-Biting Bitch Hates The Meaning Of Your Life.

(And not just for the quote of the day, "and her childhood sucked snot off a doorknob", though that's worthwhile all on it's own).

In short, author Alice Walker was apparently a horrible woman who raised her daughter in a manner one would expect to encounter in, say, lobotomized cave hyenas. Her daughter, Rebecca, retaliated by having a child. Sounds totally fair to me. Not novel, perhaps, when she could have built a robot army or a death ray or a time machine, but you work with what you have.

Getting the last laugh on Mommy Dearest is not enough for Rebecca, though. No, she has to go on to attack feminism for the damage it has done for families, assert that it is wrong of feminists to say that abortion has no consequences (Who says that? Did I ever say that? Do the munchies count?), and that (drumroll please) children are the meaning of life.

Someone alert every astronomer on the planet, the center of the universe has been found.

She also asserts that those of us who don't want kids have been "betrayed into childlessness." By feminism.

The rant follows and is again, well worth a read.
There is some good stuff in the comments as well.
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Sharing this post by [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling: The Leg-Biting Bitch Hates Pushy Assholes:

"Inspired by talk about casual, everyday sexism in a different journal, I think I'm going to start regularly complaining about misogyny. There's a widespread attitude that stuff on the individual, personal level doesn't count as misogyny -- one guy being an asshole to one woman does not count as misogyny. It absolutely does count. We are talking about a pattern, and a pattern is made up of individual incidents. I'm going to try to put stuff out there that connects the dots and reveals that pattern."

Further down the post:

"A lot of men claim that if women aren't interested, they should say so -- and we absolutely should say so, I totally agree. Yet, even when we do say so, there is an excellent chance we will be harangued instead of left alone. It's possible that a refusal will trigger a hostile display. We may be berated, harassed, followed, screamed at, or even physically seized and/or assaulted. So keep that in mind, okay?

Unwanted attention is negative because we don't actually know what is going to happen when we refuse it."

It's well worth a read.


May. 8th, 2008 05:24 pm
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It's that time again, so without further ado, I present:

For those people I know, unable to resist A Big Red Button - watch the video first :)

Then we have Iron Man vs Batman Youtube

I Have Pubic Lice in My Mailbox - nothing else needs to be said really.

Black baby jaguar born in Peru, including a couple of adorable pics.

Amazing pictures: The lightning storm that engulfed an erupting volcano

Trunk Calls What do trees sound like - from the inside? Pascal Wyse meets the artist whose hi-tech 'ear trumpet' lets us listen in on their secret soundtrack

The reason fat people find it hard to lose weight is found The difference in the number of fat cells between lean and obese people is established in childhood and, although fat people replenish fat cells at the same rate as thin ones, they have around twice as many.

The man who grew back his finger tip How? Well that's the truly remarkable part. It wasn't a transplant. Mr Spievak re-grew his finger tip. He used a powder - or pixie dust as he sometimes refers to it while telling his story.

Data recovered from Seagate drive in Columbia shuttle disasterIt was one of the most iconic and heart-stopping movie images of 2003: the Columbia Space Shuttle ignited, burning and crashing to earth in fragments.
Now, amazingly, data from a hard drive recovered from the fragments has been used to complete a physics experiment - CXV-2 - that took place on the doomed Shuttle mission.

Magic trick costs teacher job Well, another Pasco County substitute teacher's job is on the line, but this time it's because of a magic trick.
The charge from the school district — Wizardry!

Wife convicted after husband fatally shoots lover Another article on same: Arlington mom who cried rape is found guilty in death FORT WORTH -- A 37-year-old mother of three, who falsely cried rape when her husband caught her with another man, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Friday for recklessly causing her husband to kill the lover.

And on a more positive note, Peddle-powered Water Filter

That's all for today folks!


Apr. 21st, 2008 08:14 am
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Bunch of amusing/odd/neat stuff that I've been linked to:

Point Break Live Yup, Point Break the stage show.
"Point Break LIVE! is the absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster that tells the story of former College football star, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva."

Miami Under Foam Apparently it's for a new Sony ad. Some very cool photos

Choose Life" :)

Evil Monkey’s Guide to Kosher Imaginary Animals

Scientists discover 8,000-year-old trees
Oldest living tree cluster reveals every climate change that ever occurred

Just some woman
Girls do not get to save the day. That is not their job, unless God absolutely can’t get His hands on anybody with a penis right at that moment.

Diabetes May Be Disorder Of Upper Intestine: Surgery May Correct It
Growing evidence shows that surgery may effectively cure Type 2 diabetes — an approach that not only may change the way the disease is treated, but that introduces a new way of thinking about diabetes.

Discovery of the decade? Injection 'could cure Alzheimer's in minutes'

There are some great photos to be found Here and Here

Why have I not heard about this before?
Whedon's Dollhouse Cast-Call Sheet... (Character Spoilers)
For those who don't know. Joss Whedon is developing another show for Fox called Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku.

You think your colleagues are backstabbers?
Boozy Russian man fails to notice knife in back

Celebrating the life of Hobbs the liger
Hobbs the liger 8-18-1992 -- 2-23-2007
Back in August of 1992, a tiger somewhere in Indiana had unexpected cubs. She had been living with a lion, and one or both of them were supposed to have been neutered. Apparently not, as the cubs born to this tigress were ligers, a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. There were five cubs total, with one of them being smaller than the others. While there was some interest in the four bigger ligers, there was not much interest in the runt. The owner of this facility had another friend at a new zoo that had just been started in Reno, Nevada. He offered them this unique cub, and told them to take a whirl at trying to raise it.

Zombie Lord Flowchart

And this one has been linked lots, but worth doing again anyway:
Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone
I left my 9-year-old at Bloomingdale’s (the original one) a couple weeks ago. Last seen, he was in first floor handbags as I sashayed out the door.

That'll do for now.
I know there's a bunch of other neat stuff that I've missed in this post, but that's the way things go :)
I need to do links posts more often, clearly!
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There have been a few posts on my friends page about teh layout changes etc to LJ int eh alst couple fo days. Rather than just commenting on each individual entry, I will refer you all en masse to This Post" by Namaah. There's even a link at the bottom of it for where to go to voice your complaints. But the read itself is damn entertaining, as well as on the mark, as so many of her posts are.

(indeed the lj changes are starting to stink a lot like deviantart...)
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Well some of you did anyway, when I mentioned it on Sat night.

So for your...viewing pleasure... I present, Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Brooch

from the same site, but less wrong and more neat, there is also, Victorian Organs Printed clothing.

In other reading of late let me present:

Fruits, vegetables not as nutritious as 50 years ago
In spite of what Mother taught you about the benefits of eating broccoli, data collected by the U.S. government show that the nutritional content of America's vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years -- in some cases dramatically.

Russian Thieves Break Into Soviet-Era Missile Silo to Find it Filled With Money Bills

Elvis has left the building. Now 30,000 impersonators may have to go as well
A New York businessman has bought the rights to Elvis's name and likeness and has threatened to ban "unauthorised" Elvis clones.

What happens when a fire suppression system test in an aircraft hanger doesn't shut off...

Print me a heart and a set of arteries
SITTING in a culture dish, a layer of chicken heart cells beats in synchrony. But this muscle layer was not sliced from an intact heart, nor even grown laboriously in the lab. Instead, it was "printed", using a technology that could be the future of tissue engineering.


Ok that's enough linkage.


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