miss_s_b: (Self: Profile)
2010-05-21 12:17 am
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miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cuddly Cthulhu)
2019-04-19 02:22 pm
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Mum Back in Hospital

Ambulance came to pick her up this morning: she's developed an infection on top of her broken ribs/sternum/cracked vertebra. They're going to be keeping her in at least overnight :(
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
2019-04-16 10:22 am
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Mum Update

She came home from the hospital yesterday, and appears to be recovering as well as can be expected. Thanks for all your good wishes.
miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Feminist Heroes: Janeway)
2019-04-16 09:41 am
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Hellboy (2019)

Daughter and I went to see Hellboy yesterday. We liked it.

spoilers under the cut )
miss_s_b: (Mood: Brain Hurts)
2019-04-12 09:52 am
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Mum in hospital (again)

Parents were going to visit a friend yesterday, and ended up being one of the two cars involved in this crash. Dad has a bit of bruising from the seatbelt but is otherwise uninjured. Mum is a more delicate flower, and has a cracked sternum and ribs.

She's going to be in hospital over the weekend, so if I'm not as forthcoming to contact as I usually am it'll be because of that; dad and I are taking her a bag full of stuff in about half an hour.
miss_s_b: (Pratchett: Nanny Ogg)
2019-04-10 08:17 pm
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Cooking with Vincent Price: Country Bread Bake

I recently acquired a copy of Cooking Price Wise by Vincent Price, and promised Ozzy that I would blog any recipes I cooked from it.

Recipe and pictures under the cut )
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
2019-03-29 01:26 pm
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A Political Meme: what would you have in your #RaabBookPile

You are a politician. You have been invited to be on television. You want to drop signals to your supporters about how cool and on message you are, so you hastily arrange a pile of books to be behind you on camera. Dominic Raaaaaaab picked such telling volumes as perjurer Jonathan Aitken's biography of Nixon for his 9 book display.

[personal profile] matgb and I think this would make a good meme. Pick nine books to showcase your political views to the world before you've even said a word.

Here's what I would put in my Raab Book Pile:
  • On Liberty by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor. Obviously. I have a nice hardback edition with a foreword by Millicent Fawcett.

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. Got the Folio edition of this, which is very pretty in it's slipcase.

  • An Intelligent Person's Guide to Liberalism by Conrad Russell. Also obviously. I got this for a pound in a library sell off - and was astounded to find it was signed when I opened it.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. Because... Look, I can't do this in one sentence. Read this.

  • Thud by Terry Pratchett. This is one of Pterry's anti-racist discworld books, but also has some of the best stuff about parenting feels I have ever read.

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler. One of those books that everybody should read. You have read it, right?

  • Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman. Just for the title, really.

  • Trans Britain: Our Journey From the Shadows by Christine Burns et al. Although I currently only have this on kindle, so might need to buy a nice papery edition.

  • Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth by Terrance Dicks. The really ancient, battered copy I bought secondhand when I was ten. Because nothing will signal my on messageness to the sort of person I want to be on message with than a clearly much adored and oft read Target novelisation.

Which nine books would you pick for your Raab Book Pile and why?
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
2019-03-19 11:38 pm

Submitting Songs to the Liberator Song Book

Someone asked me on Twitter how to go about getting a song in the Liberator Song Book to have it sung at Glee, and traditionally the process has gone:
  • Glee hosts are drunk and need a wee, or not drunk enough and need to go to the bar

  • Someone has offered earlier in the evening to do a song they have written; they are found and told to go up on stage so the hosts can go to the loo/bar

  • If the song goes down well, months later when we are having a meeting in the pub to decide what should be dropped from the existing song book, and what new things to put in, one of us will say "hey, do you remember that song Wendy did? That was good. We should email her and see if she wrote down the lyrics and what the tune was"

  • Wendy may or may not reply in time for the print deadline for the new songbook

However, in recent years some people have been taking advantage of new technology and submitting songs before performing them by email or Facebook or Twitter. This strange new phenomenon is taking some getting used to, but we do still generally expect the writer of a song to at least join in the inaugural performance. For a song to be accepted by the new method, we generally look to the following criteria:
  1. It must be something we can get sheet music for - it's very rare that people want to sing a capella and even if they do it's hard for the audience to sing along to, and the whole point of Glee is that people can join in. Our pianist needs sheet music (unless it's a tune that's already in the songbook - we have several to Marching Through Georgia, for example).

  2. It must be something at least one of us can sing - you may or may not have noticed that when we do the anthems I always leave the stage for Danny Boy - Sarah can do the high notes and I can't. Bridges, Sarah, and Gareth all have songs they do and do not like to do for vocal reasons. We will normally try a song out and make sure it works for at least one, but preferably all, of us before we consider putting it in the book, because we're going to have to do it potentially for years.

  3. It must be a tune people will know - So a classic folk song, or 50s-90s pop hits are probably ok. Sadly, for me, obscure Alice Cooper tracks do not make good Glee songs. Although I still reckon I could do a Welcome to My Brexit Nightmare.

  4. The words you have written must work with the tune - the easiest way to do this is to have a copy of the original lyrics to the song you are relyricing and match it syllable for syllable. If you are very clever you can sometimes stretch or elide a syllable to cover a different set of notes to the original, but the more you do that the more likely it is to not work when we try it out.

  5. Preferably it should make us laugh - or if not laugh, at least have some kind of feels; Sarah Brown (Cambridge) is the mistress of dark pointed wit and poignancy, for example.

  6. Pick a topic Lib Dems love and you can't go far wrong - so obviously lampooning politicians in our and other parties is great (Guide Me Oh Thou Great Theresa, Arlene, It's a Sin), but also don't forget trains (Privatised Choo Choo). And Europe (Ode to Brexit). And legislative shenanigans (12 Days of Coalition). Or daft Lib Dem policies (Part Time Submarine). And if all else fails you can always just go sweary (Lib Lab Lie).

Hopefully that is of some help to aspiring Glee song writers. The traditional method will still work if you want to perform a song and see how it goes down before submitting it - your Glee hosts are thirsty people and there are bound to be moments you can take advantage of - but I'd be lying if I told you that the new method hasn't been more successful for the last couple of songbooks. You could, of course, try a hybrid method.

And of course the pub meeting still happens, it's just that these days we usually turn up to it with a sheaf of songs people have sent us and try them out on each other and advocate for the ones we like. The pub meeting for Songbook 30 will happen at some point over the summer...
miss_s_b: (Mood: Liberal)
2019-03-19 10:01 am
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Conference Feedback

Those of you who attended Lib Dem Conference in York over the weekend should have had a feedback survey link emailed to you; if you haven't, let me know and I'll make sure that it is sorted for you.

If there is anything that you feel particularly exercised about that you want me to highlight at the FCC washup meeting next month, please put it in a comment below. So far I have had:
  • The feedback survey is dire, and parts of it make no sense. If I say I didn't use the Conference app, why are the detailed questions about the app still mandatory? (a bit meta, this one)

  • Exhibitors are still not being asked for their feedback (which seems daft given that they are one of the ways conference makes money)

  • Some concerns about signage (or lack thereof) in the Hilton making training events difficult to find: for instance one room should have had "please use other door" on the locked door; people may have missed out on training by trying the locked door and not knowing about the other one.
Anything else?
miss_s_b: (Politics: Goth Lib Dems)
2019-03-18 09:12 am
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Spring Conference

I survived. Chaired a Q&A and a debate, co-hosted Glee, ran a training session which seemed to go over well, and voted in a couple of debates. The Supporters' Scheme has gone pretty much as I expected although not quite as I might have hoped: conference basically voted in favour of setting up a glorified email list and not giving supporters many of the huge swathe of rights the leadership wanted to give them. FPC has the option to let them sit on policy working groups if it wants to (they already had the option to put anybody they wanted on policy working groups anyway...) and supporters can access the members' only area of the federal party website. But they can't vote for leader. Thank Cthulhu.

I was aide for the Leader's Q&A, so I got to see how Geoff plans that with Vince (and even have a tiny bit of input), which was fascinating. And (according to one of the stewards later) I did a very good job of looking interested while the actual Q&A was happening. Go me!

Not The Leader's Speech is getting so popular now that I think we may have overwhelmed the chosen pub: happily they had lots of staff on anyway because it was a Sunday and they do Sunday lunches, but I think we're getting to the point where we might have to specifically book a place, rather than just warning them in advance "you're going to get a lot of Lib Dems in at x time". Especially given Autumn is in Bournemouth, where there are only really two options for a pub to go to (unlike York where there's millions).

Self care was sub-optimal, though. Got a barely adequate five hours' sleep Friday night, plus about an hour nap during the day, then an even worse four hours' Saturday night with a half hour nap when Not The Leaders' Speech was over, and then a good nine hours last night. I now feel a bit more human and less argh-jittery-adrenalin after the nine hours, but I really ought to do better than that. I suspect sleep would have been even worse without a good napping partner, though, so thanks to Beloved for that. Diet, meanwhile, was horrific: 90% booze and sausages. I am craving salad.

Spring conference is always a bit more full-on than autumn because we have to cram everything into such a short space, but I think I need to remember that a bit better when planning.

And now to pack up, check out of hotel, and go home to my doggies. I have missed them SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much.
miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
2019-03-13 04:40 pm
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Report Back from Saturday's FCC

So those who are interested will have already seen Zoe's report on which amendments were taken and weren't and I am happy to answer questions about individual ones if people really want me to, but I think there are two things that need to be covered that are merely skirted in Zoe's article:
  1. The Supporter's Scheme, and how the votes on it are going to work

    So, you will see from Zoe's article that we rejected a whole load of separate vote requests. This is not because we are not going to be taking lots of votes. We are going to be taking LOADS of votes. There is a reason Geoff is chairing that debate himself, and that's because he is very very good at running complex vote patterns. If you're invested in what happens with this, you really really need to study pp12-14 of Conference extra, which details exactly how the voting will be run, however, in precis, there will be seven votes as follows:
    1. Yes if you want registered supporters to be on Policy Working groups, No if you don't (simple majority)
    2. Yes if you want to exclude members of other political parties from the Supporters' Scheme, no if you want members of other parties to be able to be registered supporters of ours (simple majority)
    3. Yes for overall support for the supporter's scheme (2/3rds majority)
    4. (Only if 3 passes) Yes if supporters should be able to vote for Leader (2/3rds majority)
    5. Yes for non-MPs being able to be leader (2/3rds majority)
    6. Yes to scrap the 12-month rule for Approved PPCs (2/3rds majority)
    7. Will depend entirely on the results of previous votes.

    I'm expecting most of those to be counted, TBQH. I'll be very surprised if not. But regardless, if you plan to vote in the Supporter's Scheme debate, study conference extra so you know exactly what you are voting for and listen carefully to the debate chair. You do not want to do a Chris Grayling and end up in the wrong lobby.

    In terms of how I plan to vote? I think this is ridiculous cargo cultism, won't solve any of the problems the leadership think it will, and will create a whole bunch of new ones on the basis of expecting staff who have just had half their colleagues made redundant and are already doing far more work than can reasonably expected to suddenly run a two tier membership scheme with no extra resources. It's madness. I shall be voting no, yes, no, hell no, no, no but I don't much care, and almost certainly no.

  2. The Europe Motion

    You'll find this on p9 of Conference Extra, and if you want to amend it (which I am sure, having read it, some of you will) you have until noon on Friday to submit amendments. Hopefully by that point we will know at least a bit of what is going on and it won't all just be chaos... hahahahahahaha only kidding, of course it will be chaos, but you can submit amendments anyway.
Any questions?
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
2019-03-12 03:27 pm

Email filters: my way of coping with the deluge

I'm a heavy user of email filters; almost everything that is emailed to me gets sorted and categorised before I even see it. Here is a picture of my Gmail sidebar as it currently stands:



All the labels except Starred, Sent, URGENT and Politics are set to only show up on the list if there is something new in the label. This means the sidebar doesn't become too unwieldy - I have almost 30 labels. Politics and Sent are ones I dip into often enough that I always want them to be there; Starred are ones where I need to take some form of action, so I star them so they are easily and readily accessible. URGENT is used in the same way Arthur Dent uses his manila folder marked URGENT, and so is just there as a joke, really.

But really, I only have three categories of email:
  1. Email I want to see straight away - this gets put into the relevant label (say, Work, or Family and Friends) and stays in the inbox; this email will send me a push notification on my phone. The number of email addresses in this hallowed category is very very small indeed, because being in this category basically guarantees my instant attention.

  2. Email I need to deal with when I can - this gets put into the relevant category but skips the inbox so I do not get a push notification and it doesn't add to my huge piles of stress and panic. I can then, when I have the brain bandwidth to deal with a particular type of email, go and look in, say, Politics and see what there is in there that I need to deal with. I'd say about 40% of emails sent to me are in this category.

  3. Go to Crap, go directly to Crap, do not pass inbox, do not collect 200 spoons - this is stuff which, while it's technically possible I might want to read it, is unlikely to be useful or interesting or have any point to it. It gets labelled "crap", and it gets put into Crap, and it never touches my inbox and it therefore doesn't stress me out. Almost all marketing email goes in here, which probably accounts for another 40-50% of what I get sent, and increasing amounts of other stuff is on this list too. I check it once or twice a day, usually on my phone, because it's very satisfying swiping to delete while declaring "crap, crap, crap..."
Once you have this system set up, it is but the work of a moment to, when you get email from a new address, add a filter for that address. And it is easy enough to edit a filter so that, for example, if you split up with someone you don't have to have them in Household any more, or whatever labels you decide work for you (Household is not one of mine, as it happens, but an example of one other people might want).

Sadly, while this system is great, it doesn't stop collossal bellends from emailing you at all, just sorts them into more manageable groups of bellendery.
miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
2019-03-09 09:17 am
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Attention People who have submitted motions and amendments to York conference

It would really help in structuring debates if you could submit speakers' cards as early as possible. To this end, you can now submit cards electronically here.

Thanks all!
miss_s_b: DreamSheep dreams of the Angel of the North (Blogging: DreamSheep: Angel of the North)
2019-03-08 09:03 am
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A rather provocative Friday Five this week

Questions via [community profile] thefridayfive here

1. Are we losing the art of listening?

I don't know what you mean, I'm listening to music right now [/sarcastic answer]
I think this all depends in who "we" is. I certainly seem to spend a large amount of time talking over things with other people. This, I believe, is known in human terms as "friendship". I sometimes get confused as to why people feel I am the right person to come to with emotional stuff, because I tend to be quite robust in my advice... but maybe people like robust? Anyway, people do come to me to talk about things, and that's 1, flattering and 2, comforting, because it means I know that I will always have someone to turn to when I need it.

In terms of humanity in general, I think there is a general and growing unwillingness on the part of women* to do men's* emotional labour without reciprocation or complaint, but I think that's a good thing. Firstly because it means that men* are starting to develop their emotional literacy and help each other instead of all relying on a single significant other for emotional heavy lifting (where women often have a much broader emotional support network), and secondly because women* could do with a bit less work. The irony of posting this on International women's day is not lost on me.

* not all women, not all men, and even within those groups to varying degrees, but it works as a generalisation. I am very lucky that the men in my life are mostly pretty good at being reciprocal about this stuff.


2. Have you ever interacted with the police?

There's a friendly rozzer I usually wave at when I see her around town. And when we got burgled that time obvs there was a degree of interaction. Other interactions... Look, I'm queer, I've got oddly coloured hair and piercings and tattoos, and I've been on quite a lot of protests. I also attend political conferences twice a year looking like I do. What do you think? I'm not going to be any more specific than that about this stuff because frankly it's my business and not the internet-reading public's, but... I feel I am perfectly justified in my dislike of the police force in general, and their institutional illiberalism and prejudices, but I try very hard not to hold that against individual officers.


3. Do you like being alone?

For a given definition of alone. I always have my phone, which contains my friends and loved ones 24/7. But yes, sometimes I need to not be in physical proximity with other humans. This is usually how I gauge if I have fallen in love; I can be comfortable with someone I love near me when I can't bear the thought of being near humans and want to run away and hide. There's a much smaller number of people I can do that with than there are people I have had sexytiems with: the current list is four people.

Usually being alone means actual distance and barriers between me and other humans: walls/doors/etc. The one exception to that is being in a pub. I'm always comfortable in a pub. I think this is possibly because from being tiny my parents often took me to the pub with them, and then I spent so many years working in them. It's a comforting environment. So I can happily "be alone" in a very crowded pub.


4. Who would you share your passwords with?

There are a couple of people who I share some passwords with - the whole family knows the family Netflix password, for example, and there's a few of us with the password to the LGBT+LDs twitter account. And I suspect there's a fair few people know my wi-fi password. Pretty much everything else is in a password manager because I have hundreds of online accounts, and I don't even know what most of my passwords are because they are randomly generated. The master password for the password manager is securely locked up in my head; the only ones I actually know are google account, spotify, and firefox sync.

5. What are you grateful for today?

Daughter.
Friends, Family (biological and found) and Lovers.
Doggies.
Music.
The train that is going to take me to a joyous meeting in a few hours' time. Speaking of which, I ought to finish packing...
miss_s_b: Abby Scuto says Awesome (Feminist Heroes: Abby Scuto Awesome)
2019-03-07 07:28 pm
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I have Acheived Things today and therefore demand to be lauded

I have done all the Work tasks I needed to do.
I have prepped for all the things I need to prep for over the weekend.
I have got a recalcitrant printer working.
I have done a bunch of stuff to help out other people.

OK, so, it's half past seven at night and I'm still in th office and haven't eaten since breakfast, but, you know, I've Acheived Things!

... might order pizza for tea.
miss_s_b: (Love: Addams)
2019-03-05 01:27 am
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When you've had a challenging day...

... for various reasons beyond your control, and there's a bunch of stuff that you can't really properly solve even if/when you can soothe it a bit, and it's all a bit stressful...

Spending some time on Skype with someone who soothes your brain and makes you laugh and values you for yourself rather than what you can do for them?

That's worth more than all the tea in China.

I am very lucky to have people like that in my life.

♡♡♡♡
miss_s_b: (Blogging: Mod hat)
2019-03-02 10:39 pm

Bleargh

Spent today feeling really crappy after some dodgy food yesterday luchtime (I think it was lunch, anyway) kept me up most of the night expelling said dodgy food from various orifices. Which kind of took the edge off of having spent the day in good company yesterday and then seen a play in the evening which... Yeah, I couldn't say I enjoyed it, exactly, because it wasn't the kind of play you enjoy, but it was thought-provoking and emotional and the ending was devastating. All My Sons by Arthur Miller, for those more cultured than me - all I knew about Arthur Miller prior to this was that he and Marilyn Monroe were married for a while and... it all went a bit wrong.

Anyway, being physically incapacitated today meant that my brain went freewheeling, so I got on with some beta-proof-edity stuff I'd been promising someone I'd do for a while.

So now obviously I am paranoid that I have Gone Too Far and will upset the person I was doing the beta-proof-edity stuff for. YAY brain! Oh yeah, not yay, the other thing.
miss_s_b: (Who: Six (cybersex))
2019-02-25 12:48 pm
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Did a fic

This was written for [community profile] who_contest's challenge "Element", and is an X-post of my entry there.

Title: Refusing to Listen to Radio 4 is Self Care
Rating: PG, probably?
Genre: Headcanon
Word Count: 381 (limit 500)
Pairings or Characters: Sixth Doctor, Dr Evelyn Smythe, The TARDIS, implied TARDIS/Other TT Capsule
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None
Summary: The Doctor is investigating why the TARDIS refuses to connect to Radio 4 and makes a surprising discovery.

small fic under the cut )
miss_s_b: Eleanor from The Good Place looking unimpressed, captioned "that's Bullshirt" (Mood: Bullshit)
2019-02-24 08:57 am
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On the world being built around men and the dismissal of women's pain

The internet's big talking point this weekend is that in so many ways the world is built around men, because somebody has written a book about it, and apparently this is news to a lot of people. Presumably people who haven't heard the discourse around pockets the last few years1.

A lot of the discussion is about the heights of things2 because this is an easily observable thing that we can all see and notice without much effort. Certainly when I worked in pubs, as a 5'1/4" person, the fact that the bar, the work surfaces in the kitchen, the grill height, the glass shelves, etc, were all designed for someone about seven and three quarter inches taller than me was not lost on me. This is why I have so many pairs of New Rock boots with massive heels and serious platforms.

But the thing that really got me is the medical stuff.

I'd known for a while about painkillers, because a trans friend told me. She was stunned by how much less efficacious painkillers were once her body and endocrine system reflected her womanhood, so she did some research on it. It's a known thing. Painkillers are only tested on men, because women might get pregnant and the hormonal changes might mess up the results. If you've ever wondered why it says in pretty much every pill's information leaflet "consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding" it's because they purposefully don't test them on pregnant people - or women at all just in case they might be pregnant and mess up the results. Note that this is not an interesting thing to study, the differences being pregnant might make, but an annoyance to be avoided. Because pregnant people never need pain relief...

I'd known for a while about heart attacks, and how women's symptoms differ markedly from men's, and women are therefore much more likely to not know they are having a heart attack and die3.

The one that brought me up cold today, though, was this from Marie on twitter:



Yeah. You read that right. Period pain is not a public health priority. But boners are.

Now, I am very fond of boners. They have provided me with a great deal of pleasure throughout my life, and I hope that they will continue to do so, and I am glad that viagra is available for those people with penises who have difficulty with them. But I have had a diagnosis of severe dysmenorrhoea for 31 years now, since I was ten years old. Severe dysmenorrhea is colloquially referred to as "period pain", but that's a bit like those British soldiers in the Korean war who were getting massacred and told the Americans they were having a spot of bother and then wondered why the Americans didn't come to rescue them.

Twice in the first year the pain was so serve my mum thought I had appendicitis and my appendix was exploding and I was going to die. I have had thirty-one years of, for one - or two or sometimes more - days every month, being so debilitated by pain that I can't move, can't bear bright light, can't eat because the pain is so severe I will just puke the food straight back up again, can't do anything but hide under the duvet with a hot water bottle and a sick bowl. I did a bit of rough maths this morning - say 1.5 days a month for 31 years - and came up with a figure of 558. Five hundred and fifty eight days of my life I have lost to completely avoidable agony, because people with uteruses being in completely avoidable agony is not a public health priority.

But what got me even more than that was doing a bit of reading around and discovering that this has been known for some time. This article is from 2016. But I hadn't heard about it before this round of book promotion, because it's not news, is it?
People with uteruses suffer completely avoidable pain? So what. Let's talk some more about the minutiae of Westminster Bubble politics.
Even the article the screencap above comes from is in the "lifestyle" section of the newspaper. Because it's not really news, that everyone needs to know about4, it's just a lifestyle issue that women have, completely avoidable agony, like which shoes to wear or which clothes to...

* reads back over first couple of paragraphs *

... oh.

Oh NOW I'm angry.

Because that's it, isn't it?

The mental health crisis in men is front page news, and deservedly so.
Boys underachieving in schools is front page news, and deservedly so.

But women's pain, women's suffering, the fact that the entire fucking system from clothes to medicine to cars to the shelves in the arsebadgering supermarket are all designed around men and women are an afterthought if we are even thought of at all? That's a lifestyle issue. Because you know who decides what is newsworthy, don't you?

Yeah.

Captain Kirk doing his rage dance



1 It's also well known that women's clothes - even clothes specifically designed for working in - are generally made from less durable, less comfortable fabrics, because women are meant to be decorative not practical.

2 Shelves in supermarkets are designed around someone 5'8", which is entirely coincidentally average male height, despite women doing more grocery shopping than men, for example.

3 Big love here to my friend who recently had a heart attack and thankfully did not die - you take it easy, girl, or I shall come over and do stern mama bear face at you.

4 If you're wondering why I'm not linking to that when I'm linking to everything else, it's because the book is by a massive transphobe, and the article has some transphobic dog whistles about gender neutral toilets in it. As someone - I think [personal profile] haggis - said on twitter yesterday, imagine how much more of a force for good CCP would be if she fought for all women and not just cis ones...
miss_s_b: (Mood: Oh dear)
2019-02-22 02:10 pm
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Did a nart

well, more of a sketch really, because I'm not patient or talented enough to do a nart properly. Still, [community profile] drawesome's current challenge is one that sparked a synapse, so:

Title: Jeremy Clarkson Test Rides the BGD 2000
Artist: miss_s_b
Rating: G
Fandom: Top Gear/The Grand Tour
Characters/Pairings: Jeremy Clarkson, a bloody great dragon
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If I had the artistic talent I might have gone with [personal profile] magister's suggestion of Saruman patiently trying to explain to a DWP employee that his universal credit has been cocked up, and that his address is no longer Isengard...
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2019-02-22 09:09 am

Wholesome Content: a Twitter list of doggies.

I was in bed with Beloved yesterday, both of us on laptops, he doing Important Actual Writer Stuff and me selecting fic challenges for next month and looking at Tweetdeck. He glanced over at my Tweetdeck and commented:

Him: You follow a lot of dogs.
Me: It leavens the stress of politics twitter if every third tweet is a doggy tweet.
Him: You could make a doggy list, then when it gets really stressful you could look at a feed that's entirely dogs?
Me, sotto voce: Why the hell didn't I think of that?

Anyway, as a result of that conversation I hereby present:

Jennie's list of wholesome doggy twitter accounts.

It is quite sighthound-heavy right now because that's kind of my jam, but do feel free to suggest additions to it :)