March 10th, 2008

Dr Tran

Daylight Savings Time

We hates it, precious. We hates the Daylight Savings Time forever.

I ought to go to bed but I am not tired because I think it's an hour earlier than the clock says it is. It's really hard for me to transition, given my natural night owl tendencies. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be my circadian rhythms. I'd love to be an early bird like so much of the rest of the world.

The time change always screws me up for weeks. Husband hates it, too, and he is actually a morning person.

And it's earlier this year than ever. I don't really see how this saves energy overall, especially when we're in a drought here in Georgia: people will be using an hour's worth more water each day.

YMCA bunny

Paint, girl

I am really late in posting this, but a belated shout-out, credit, and thanks to Patricia for sending me the link.

The Art of Applying Drag Queen Makeup, by Roxy Hart

I have always found drag queens intriguing for a variety of reasons. They are living proof that so much of what our culture idolizes as feminine beauty is entirely construct and artifice, and I've always admired them for working so hard at something that they don't have to do. In the strangest way, they seem kindred spirits to my mother -- I remember a show at Backstreet years ago where Charlie Brown was encouraging some of the women there to not be so lazy in their attire, and to take a little pride in their appearance. My mom used to have a clothing store, and frequently lamented my generation's unwillingness to put a little effort into looking good (I'm very guilty as charged, Mom).

To me, the illusion that drag queens create to entertain really is kind of awe-inspiring and magical, and it takes so much confidence and courage to get out there and do it -- no wonder the comment "you are fierce, girl," was often heard in the hallways back when I went to shows. There's both satire and homage in what they do: Busby Berkeley's spirit lives on in Vegas shows and in drag productions, and the best really are artists.

Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

A good many of us really do work in The Office

A co-worker of mine brought in her copy of The Utne Reader. If you work in a cubicle, some of the things mentioned in these two articles may be all too familiar:

White Collared

Are We Having Fun Yet? The Infantilization of Corporate America

One point that I found particularly interesting from the first piece is the author's observation that, historically, blue collar workers have taken action and done something about poor working conditions:

Whereas blue-collar laborers organized to protest workplace issues such as unsatisfactory wages and benefits, white-collar workers have gone on the defensive with a disillusioned attitude.

Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

Oh, for the love of little green bugs

U.S. tax dollars at work, people:

U.S. Spies Want to Find Terrorists in World of Warcraft


As others have pointed out, Blizzard can't even block the gold farmers, and the government thinks it can find terrorists? Not to mention how many false leads they'll get from data mining. And do you honestly think that a real terrorist would be so foolish as to go into a program that logs everything and tie it to a real identity or even a known alias? There are just too many reasons why this is a waste of time for me to even get started.

As someone in the LJ WoW community said: "Great. Big Brother is now stealing my tier tokens."


Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

Nearest Book meme

Terrance, I am very late in responding to your book meme. I have been under a tremendous deadline for work, and I've only got a temporary respite, but since I have at least that, I'll use it:

I've done this before, but not quite the variation you described:


1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).
2. Open to p. 123.
3. Go down to the 5th sentence.
4. Type in the following 3 sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Mine was Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. The snippet is:
"What is it?" calls August.
"Did Clive feed the cats?"
His face appears in the crack of the flap.

Not exactly the climax of the book. However, I do appreciate being included. :) I'm not going to tag folks, though, because I'm a mite too swamped at the moment to do the follow-up afterwards.

Twin Peaks: Snoqualmie

Well, someone in the Obama campaign has read Sandman

It seems that someone who likes the idea of Barack Obama being president is also a Sandman fan, as per Neil Gaiman's 3/1/08 blog entry:

It caught my attention partially because this year is the first time I can recall anything culturally relevant to my personal sphere of interest ever being used in a campaign. However I may diverge with Obama here and there on certain issues, his literacy (and apparently, that of some of his followers), is truly a refreshing change.

This bit of Neil's entry made me chuckle:
Or as a comic store employee explained to me back then, the problem with Sandman was that people bought it to read, and they couldn't be persuaded to just buy lots of copies as investment items.

As a side note, my apologies for the hyperposting today. As I say, I've been pretty swamped, so I'm making up for lost time a bit.