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Rowan Cota
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Current Random RPG desire: To use Burning Wheel/Blossoms are Falling to run an iteration of L5R where Bayushi was the first emperor.
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+Chris Shaffer - Yep, I have. I read the sidebar. I've been noodling on this for a LOOOONG time, because I went on a Japanese Literature binge a while ago and read Tale of Genji and a ton of poetry as a basis for the Japanese Lit tradition.
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I got into reading about a thing I shouldn't be wasting my time with and now I'm sad that so many cool skill/feat/whatever names are used in such a terrible, shitty product.

...and stealing more than one or two of them for my projects would just get me the wrong kind of attention.

Sigh.
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Since I don't know what names you would poach I would have assumed they were all yours.
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Why am I not surprised that the table of nerds playing Cards Against Humanity is the one that's also making the most noise and generally being the most obnoxious in the room?
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We will talk about this once I know what my workload looks like for real. :D
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A friend just posted about Strange Empire (it's on Netflix) on her FB. Anyone want to be a watch buddy with me?

The blurb: "STRANGE EMPIRE is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of their men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a life in which to thrive and raise families. As the stories of Janestown's citizens unfold we see the clash between a power-hungry father and son and the deep prejudices among races, but also the start of something akin to community in this Wild West. Western stories take civilization as a goal; they begin in blood, and end in the morality of Main Street."
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Watching it already.
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And suddenly I'm eleven again. (If you were a pre-teen/early teen girl at a certain time, this may be one of the funniest things on the internet.)

http://thedairiburger.com/2011/12/03/if-chuck-palahniuk-wrote-sleepover-friends/
Stephanie Green’s parents built her a detached apartment in the backyard. Stephanie says she’s been living there six weeks. I’ve known Stephanie for three years. This is the first time I’ve heard o...
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The first rule of Babysitter's Club is that you DO NOT TALK ABOUT Babysitter's Club.

...oh god.   I have to resist the urge to filk the "This Is Your Life" Fight Club song to refer to what teenaged girls would struggle with.

"You are not your favorite mall!  You are not the clothes you wear!  You are not your fucking Coach bag!"
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Seriously. Every time I see a dude who's progressive I get all excited until I see some variation of the phrase "resting bitch face" in his comments, at which point I remember, no, you can actually only be for race OR sex progressive values, not both, right?

(Seriously. I am tired of it being primarily Women of Color who maintain safe(r) spaces on multiple axes at the same time. It's time for my fellow progressives to up their game.)

(And no, this isn't about you, except if you think it's about you maybe you should take that as your own internal warning system.)
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My father had a scowlish resting face. People (including me) thought he was mad a lot when he wasn't. I have inherited that resting face, along with other expressions.

I have been calling it my "resting murder face" because it makes me think of Charlize Theron explaining how to walk like a queen.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2cUtdv99ig

Also, I deliberately adopt an even scowlier face in public to discourage chatty randos from chatting with me. Sometimes it even works. 

The thing is, I don't care if people think I have an RBF or a resting murder face, or whatever. I get to have whatever expression I have, resting or active. It's when people tell people to change their faces that they are being disrespectful and dehumanizing. 

I mostly try to avoid using the RBF nomenclature, though. I did use it yesterday in a post about the latest update to the Oxford Dictionary, though. 
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So one of the reasons my blogging/current events commentary has gotten sparser is because I've been finding it really hard to be engaged with the discussions without making sure I have every detail and fact, lest I be called out later for misunderstanding something.

Not because I think it's wrong to misunderstand things and have discussions about that.

But because I can point to actual social consequences for having associated with the "wrong" folks or having had the "wrong" opinions, and being given no benefit of the doubt on them.

It really sucks, sometimes.
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Well. Half way through the draft I hit a wall, so I'm putting THAT down for a while.
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I would give some teeth (not as hard as it sounds since I'm already going in for oral surgery, but still...) for a version of Dune that wasn't so god damn problematic towards its women.

(Especially given that the earlier material is, in many ways, LESS problematic than the later stuff.)
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+William Benjamin John Davis - Oh, I didn't think Frank was. I actually think that Dune is the least problematic of all the books, and each one adds more problem sprinkles along the way.

(And Dune is really no rosebed either, although I love me some Jessica Atreides, and will ALWAYS go to the mat for her.)
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I'm reading this and I keep thinking what if we changed one word in this article.

Would you feel differently about the subject if we changed every instance of "he" in this article to "she"?

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/08/who-hacked-ashley-madison/

(I'll decide what's on topic for the thread, so, if you don't want your comment to disappear without warning you should probably stay pretty close to the question I asked.)
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I kept on being proud of her, instead of thinking of him as pathetic.
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Why am I so keyed up about the first day of school tomorrow? Ugh.
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Sweetie is weirdly keyed up too, because he wants to change the whole emphasis of his work. Discussing this has been interesting because even though I got sick and had to stop working, I actually managed to get more control over my career direction than he ended up having. He's really loving the data science course you pointed out, though, glee! He adores R.
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I have a gross thing, I have to share it with someone, and you guys are like the disintrested adult I show all my scabs to. So. Content note: dental thing, and it's GROSS! but text only.

















Last chance!






Okay. So I have a tooth that needs an extraction because it's mostly gone. What's left has shifted so much that I'm trying to figure out if I need to call for emergency surgery because part of the root is now sticking out at the TOP, and is being pushed on by my lip because I have sinus pressure.
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The other thing (sorry I'm late but I've been out of town for a friends' anniversary!) is the pain is agonizing. Broken bones? No problem ignoring it . Tooth infection? Won't fail to notice it ever. 
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Sometimes I think about starting a mailing distribution that is literally whatever the hell I have on my mind when I sit down to send a newsletter. Fiction bits, confessions, the random miasma of my brain.

Basically what my Livejournal used to be.

...and done. See comments for where to sign up if this is a thing that interests you.
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(I weirdly did not think this would take off, and am suddenly worried I will get performance anxiety, so we'll see how this goes. :) )
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Introduction
"I promise to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, that I will never accept what I am told, that I will never fall in love with safety and forget liberty. I promise that I will look for the lie in every pretty story and the bribe in every convenience."  -- Jim Marcus


Nail polish addict, administrative goddess, writer, student, historical fashion couturier-in-training, geek, gamer, girl.

Former tag lines: 
* Three words. Eight letters.
* ...and I fell in love instantly.
* You did not break me, I'm still fighting for peace.
* Do no harm (but take no shit).

Also, some tags to help you determine if I'm your speed: #gamer #writer #fictionalist #diarist #geek #comicbooks #rpg #liberal #democrat #feminist


And my standard social media disclaimers:

My general G+ policy is as follows: I add people who are interesting to me, I share content I'm comfortable with having public publicly. If I haven't added you to a circle at all, and you think I should be following you (because I know you) you have the means to contact me and let me know where I know you from. 

I circle people based on reading preferences of mine, not based on what I post.  I post pretty much everything "public" or "limited to circles."  If that bothers you and you think anything I post might not be something you want to read please take responsibility for sorting me on your own appropriately.

My political is personal, and my personal is political. I have liberal, feminist, anti-racist politics, and I do not believe that misogyny, racism, classism, or prejudice have been eradicated. I don't believe we live post anything, except possibly common sense.

I am an advocate for privacy, and for public responsibility for your content. I believe that pseudonyms are important and vital for retaining voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities on the internet.  I also believe that too many people are willing to be jerks under their real names, believing that the internet has no consequences.  For these reasons I support a policy of allowing pseudonymity on G+, and G+ giving users the tools to decide which content is important to them.

I actively "curate" and manage my G+ stream.  What this means to you is probably very little unless you're actively disruptive in the commentariat.  I aim to keep discussions on track and without derail, especially as G+ currently does not have threaded replies.

I welcome reasoned debate, I do not host arguments. I am interested in hearing your side, but unless you have facts and reasons to back up your statements, I probably won't take you seriously. And I do believe there is room for us all in these discussions.


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Thinks women are human beings, not human shields! / HIGH MAGUS of the WIZARDING SCHOOL OF CLOTH! / a woman shaped behavior modifying angry person / Hey everyone, I've got boobs, isn't that exciting?
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Philadelphia, PA
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State College, PA - Harrisburg, PA - Glasgow, Scotland - Colorado Springs, CO - Los Angeles, CA - San Francisco, CA