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2009-04-10 05:07 pm
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EagleCam

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] agoodwinsmith I have a nest of Bald Eagles sitting in one corner of my screen today.

Huh, eagles do not sound like I thought they would. This is pretty cool.

EagleCam at: http://www.hancockwildlifechannel.org/staticpages/index.php/20090302200021473
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2009-04-08 01:41 pm
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Stargate SG-1

I wish they would decide if it's "Gould" or "Go-a-ould", even the main cast can't seem to be consistent, including when they happen to be possessed by one...

Edit: Ok, now I've heard one Tok'ra and one Asgard pronounce it "gaould" - seriously, would it have been so hard to tell people how it's supposed to be pronounced, rather than apparently just letting them say it any which way?
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2009-04-07 11:11 am

Chuck

Great show, awful hair. I can't stand that stupid geek mullet...
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2009-04-05 07:37 pm
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Twilight - spoiler free

Holy crap with the ANGST and the POUTING and the BROODING and the ZOOMING. There was also some gorgeous scenery, and some surprisingly solid acting from the leads. When they weren't contractually obliged to ANGST, POUT, BROOD, ZOOM or SNARL that is. That got pretty hammy :o) Edward was relatively speaking decent at it, compared to the rest of his family.

Do not crave the Edward, do crave his house. I wonder if that's what being an adult feels like.

I'm pretty sure this flick, together with Dirty Dancing, could be the basis for a PhD thesis on teenage girl sexuality or something like that. The story of the girl who is awakened (and by extension turned into a woman) by the naked desire of the more experienced, yet chivalrous, man. I won't go so far as to say all girls respond to that, nothing much applies to everyone - but I'd say it's very common.
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2009-04-05 04:57 pm

April



Absolutely gorgeous day today. I escaped my school work and guilt for about an hour or so in the sun. It was pretty damn nice.
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2009-04-04 02:15 pm
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This is like pulling teeth

I have three pages of text on my BDE, and every word is like pulling teeth. It is so fucking slow going. Switching constantly between Swedish and English isn't helping any either[1], and I'm out of practice with writing essays.


[1] My current sources are in English, I'm writing in Swedish. There are reasons for this, involving the fact that the second half/two thirds of the essay will be using primarily Swedish sources.
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2009-04-04 12:04 pm
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The kilt thing

I am not that into the whole kilt thing. I know there's a whole subculture of kilt fangirls out there, but I've never really seen the attraction. The nothing-but-the-breeze thing doesn't help for me (imagegoogle "kilt" and you'll easily find some examples of why that is), and I guess I'm just not that into male legs. I dunno.

However.


This, for some reason, I find kind of hot. He's bald and wearing a ruffled shirt, which, in combination with the skirt-like qualities of your average kilt, has enormous potential for unhotness - but he's pulling it off. Maybe it's that I can't see his legs, but mostly I think it's the swagger.

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2009-04-03 08:34 pm
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BDE progress 2

It's been damnably slow going today, and I haven't accomplished a quarter of what I had hoped to. On the bright side, I have finished all the reading I wanted to do, and I only have to look up one more thing before I have all I need to write the sections I wanted to finish this week. I'll try to get on that tomorrow. Then Sunday I'll have to prepare for class on Monday, but that's what happens towards the end of the semester - week-ends get discontinued in favour of more study time.
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2009-04-03 07:19 pm
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BDE progress

I had not previously realized just how annoying it is when people make all their important points with quotes. In fact, I quite like using quotes myself. But darnit, when you want to refer to that point, you have to go dig up the original reference - rendering articles where all important points are made with quotes, extremely frustrating. Barbara A Babb, I'm looking at you.
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2009-04-03 12:06 pm
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ER - wow, the end of an era

I used to watch ER back in 94/95, and caught it every now and then over the years. It was always a good show, but my heart was always with the original crew. I've seen the last 5 eps now, lured in by the promise of guest appearances, and I have to say, they handled them gracefully. If you started watching the show in the last few years, you probably wondered who all these random people were - but they managed to stick the old crew in mostly as bit players, so if you knew them, it was cool, and if you didn't, it didn't matter. In the last ep, a fair bit of time was devoted to some of the originals, but centered on Carter, who I imagine any fan of the show would know.

spoilers for where people ended up )
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2009-04-03 12:48 am

afp

Got an email that my subscription to news.individual.net has run out and not been renewed, since I canceled payment a few months ago. I had totally forgotten about that. I guess now it really is over, at least for the time being.
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2009-04-02 09:48 pm
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To aid or not to aid

In this article a woman called Dambisa Moyo talks about how she wants the west to stop sending aid money to Africa, because all it's doing is shoring up corrupt regimes and pulling the rug on local economies. I think she's probably right, and I wish a lot more foreign aid money would go into self-help type projects - like micro lending, or helping governments restructure themselves.

Don't have much else to say, except, this has been my thought for years, and I agree, and thought maybe someone else might be interested :o)
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2009-04-02 02:45 pm
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I'm proud of us

We finally have gay marriage in Sweden. Starting may first, the law of marriage will be entirely gender neutral[1]. That it's taken this long is a damn shame, but at least it finally went through. The ruling coalition bypassed the christian party and allied with the opposition. The Church of Sweden will decide how they want to deal with the whole thing this fall, so I guess we'll see then if they choose to retain the right to perform legally binding marriages or not.


I'm not so happy about what I've heard of the proposed new system for student loans, but I'll reserve full judgement until I've read more about it.


[1] We've had civil partnership for gays for a while, this upgrades the name, to make no distinction between people based on their sexuality, which I think is a great thing.
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2009-03-31 10:08 am
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Divorce rates and other fun stuff

[livejournal.com profile] esmeraldus_neo linked to an interesting article about relationships, called Why Marriages Fail. I thought there was a lot of sensible stuff in there[1], but still wanted to chuck in my two cents.

What makes marriage so special? Divorce rates are always brought up, and then people are alarmed at how high they are, at, say, 50%. Why doesn't anyone ever look at non-marriage relationships? In a person's life, how many romantic relationships are actually life-long? How many end? In the world, out of all total romatic relationships, how many end? Marriages are the ones we think, or hope, might go the distance, but even if only half of them do, I would guess that's a lot higher than for non-marriages. I haven't been married, so I don't really know what I'm talking about, but setting the obvious legal and economical changes aside, what's so different between being married, and just living together?

I've been with my bf for just over 6 years, we've lived together for about 5 1/2, we've got a shared bank account for household expenses, we make important life decisions together. If we get married, I imagine we'll have to sort out how to celebrate christmas, because doing it apart will seem a bit silly at that point.[2] But other than that, it seems we already have most of the things a marriage has. Yet, if we break up, that's apparently ok, because it won't affect the divorce rate. That's a bit silly isn't it?

Why marriages fail. Fail. It's always failiure when a marriage ends. Why is that? I don't think it should be seen that way. A relationship that blows up - everyone hates each other, the kids get stuck in the middle, blame and acrimony flying all over the place - that's a failed relationship. A relationship that ends amicably, where the parties agree they've grown apart, can still be friendly, and cooperate about the kids - that's just an ended relationship. Lots of relationships end. I don't see a problem with that, as long as they end well. I don't see a problem with marriages ending, as long as they end well, and I wish our society would stop being so obsessed with the end part, and focus more on the well part.

The only reason we're so upset about marriages ending is that we have some idea that they shouldn't. The church says it's forever, so it should be. That's dumb, and obviously not true for at least 50% of marriages. Keeping this mindset, I think, leads to a lot of marriages continuing after the relationship should have ended, because you're not supposed to end a marriage. That makes no-one happy. Except possibly christian statisticians. Instead, lets embrace the concept of ending relationships well. Death can be one such end - if you want to stay together for the rest of your life, great!. I'm happy for you. If you don't, you probably shouldn't. But please try to avoid blowing up. It causes too much debris and collateral damage.

There is, of course, the issue of children. It used to be that children were primarily produced within marriages. This is no longer quite so much the case. Having children introduces a whole host of responsibilites for the parents - but those responsibilities are the same wether you are maried or not. Once you have children, the relationship can never completely end, you will always be linked by your kids. But it can change. You don't have to be more to each other than co-parents, and as long as you take that seriously, that can work out just fine. And, imo, better for the kids, than having unhappily married parents. I say this as a child of happily divorced parents.

[1] The article itself links further, to something about why evolutionary psychologists think men like blondes with big boobs. That might all be true for all I know, but it sounded ridiculous, so until I get better explanations, I choose to be an unbeliever :o)

[2] There are reasons for this, involving the fact that my parents are divorced, and I'm selfish about christmas.
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2009-03-30 08:40 am
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What Advanced Degree Should You Get?

You Should Get a JD (Juris Doctor)
You're logical, driven, and ruthless.
You'd make a mighty fine lawyer.


I don't think I'm either ruthless nor driven, but still, an appropriate result.
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2009-03-29 04:59 am
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Chuck

Saw ep 1 of Chuck, and there's this action scene at the beginning, and I was all "Woo, they gave Simon a new show!", then he died. Also, it turned out to not be Sean Maher at all, but Matthew Bomer. Those guys look a lot alike :o/ Also, he was wearing shades.

Jayne's in it though.
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2009-03-28 11:40 pm
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Aquaman pilot

Just saw this, actually kind of surprised it wasn't picked up - it had a hot, fairly competent lead, a nice litle mystery, superpowers, and almost unlimited potential for showing mostly naked young people being wet. Ok, so the SFX were a little hokey, and the fight scene could have used some work, but still. I'm guessing it was potentially very expensive (lots of water work), and also, I understand Aquaman's problem has always been marketing:

Excec: "What's his superpower?"
Hopeful creator: "Er, he talks to fish."
Excec: "Talks to fish?"
Hopeful creator: "And he swims really fast."
Excec: "Thanks, but kids these days like cool super heroes.
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2009-03-28 11:40 pm

Earth Hour 2009


Earth Hour 2009
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