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Coming Soon to a living room near you (or hopefully near you)! A Middleton House Concert... With a Middleton performing!

Marilyn Middleton Mellor will be performing at our home on April 5th, 2014 7pm. She's been singing professionally for longer than Evan's been alive. She's fronted rock bands, performed at Renn Faires, and toured on the traditional jazz and blues circuits in Great Britain and Europe.
Her last concert at our house was awesome- you can see some videos from it here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1ib2I6BIVAtftAbZQWiFKt9e-j95FR8o  

Don't miss her!   Learn more about her at http://www.marilynmiddleton.co.uk . For More info about the house concert ask here, or email us at music@alyse.org. Feel free to invite others, this is an open event.

Doors open at 6pm, we'll have a variety of appetizers and drinks available. If you want booze please bring your own.
Marilyn Middleton Mellor House concert
Sat, April 5, 2014, 7:00 PM CDT
Waukegan

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Save the Date! A Middleton House Concert... With a Middleton performing! Marilyn Middleton Mellor will be performing at our home on October 20th, 2012.  She's been singing professionally for as long as I can remember, and impressing me (and many others, both professional and not) for that long as well. She's fronted rock bands, performed at Renn Faires, and toured on the traditional jazz and blues circuits in Great Britain and Europe. I can't recommend this house concert enough. Don't miss her!   Learn more about her at http://www.marilynmiddleton.co.uk
Mary Middleton Mellor - House Concert
Sat, October 20, 2012, 8:00 PM
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As much as I would like to, I'll have to miss it!
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Awesome comic on feminist blogging ...
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I'm there on everything but the need to be careful. There are more threats than rape out there, and being careful when alone is good advice for all genders. 
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"Look, here’s the deal: It doesn’t matter if you think you’re a nice person. And it doesn’t matter if your tone, attitude, sentiments and facial expressions are all very sweet, kindly and sympathetic-seeming. If you’re opposing legal equality, then you don’t get to be nice. Opposing legal equality is not nice and it cannot be done nicely."
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She's asking to be seen as someone who isn't motivated by hate. That's the pertinent bit. Not everyone who is against marriage equality is motivated by hate. And treating them like they are doesn't help. They might be squigged by gay people, they might be sheeple whose pastor said it was wrong, they might think civil unions are good enough or be concerned that churches will be forced to perform marriages that violate their precepts. They may have some reason none of us has ever heard before. But there is a difference between them and the Worleys of the world, and attacking them like there isn't is no more fair than their desire to limit marriage.

I'm sure she'd have a fit if another religion tried this shit. It's actually another good point to use in discussions with those who are in the anti camp, or on the fence.

At no point have I said she's a good or nice person. I've said treating her like she's the kind of hate spewing machine Worley is is a good way to further convince here she's right, and make her righteous in her own mind. I get why the article was written against her, truly I do. It's just not going to have the desired effect, and largely is more apt to be counterproductive. My problem is with the counterproductivity, not the frustration at Scott.


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Shopping on amazon for umbrellas today- seriously what the fuck is the difference between a "ladies" umbrella and a "mens" umbrella?  Does it have a special pocket to protect their dicks?
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Android Device fun: Sharing this to hopefully prevent someone else from having the frustration I did.

Yesterday I tried sideloading some apps to my phone and tablet (both Android 4+) and I could download the apks but when I went to install them the install button wouldn't work. I tried a number of different ways of getting the apps on the phone including downloading them to my pc and manually moving them over. I tried installing some package/app installers from the Play store etc... nothing worked.

Today after doing some serious searching on the internet  - something tipped me off. I run an app called Twilight that dims and tints my screens in the evening (like F.lux for the PC). Apparently any app that dims your screen can get in the way of loading apk files.  Turned off Twilight and the apps installed with no problem.

FUCKING WEIRD!
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Wow, that's really weird. My coolest Android 'fix' lately was my BiL pointing out that I CAN delete stuff off my YouTube 'Watch Later' queue from the app ... the little blue bottom corner for the thumbnails IS A BUTTON, apparently, though there was no sign it was clickable. That's small taters to yours, though.

Now if only I could get my Nexus 7 to stop chowing down on battery ... if I have it plugged in, screen at lowest possible brightness, and the WiFi on, it still drains about 2% of battery every half-hour. Faster if not plugged in. WiFi off means it's either flat or slooooooowly gaining (like, 1% gained every couple of hours).
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Sad to say, that this is so very very true.  I WISH fandom was more what it believed it was, than what it actually is.  Which isn't to say that ALL of fandom is this way. But somewhat like the folks who chastise the middle of the road Christians, or Muslims for not speaking out more against their fringe ... it would be great if the whole fannish community expected more from its fringe members too ....
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I will point out that most of the examples are from video game culture, which is not what those pictures represent. That's not disagreeing with the point, but it does show some naivety on the part of the author.  These subcultures overlap somewhat with TV geeking, but they actually have very different personalities. I wish she'd have done a bit more thinking about her examples. There are plenty of media geek examples of misogyny that would apply better.

The misogyny of video game culture is very in-your-face and acknowledged by anyone who engages in the subculture. The banner was created by someone who reveres media geeking, and there's a lot more delusion there that we're above gender issues. In fact, this delusion seems very related to the delusion inherent in the RaceFail flamewar with regard to racism in scifi/fantasy literature. 
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I really loved this movie ... one of the things that I loved is that it WASN'T really about romance at all, and more about personal actualization and finding ones priorities. I find it frustrating that people equate not wanting to get married at the earliest possible age to "may be gay".
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Very nifty idea. I'm working on how you buy a swimsuit in the current market that doesn't contain Lycra, or jeans that fit, but I suppose in some circumstances the best we can do is limit what goes into the pockets of people with their hands in all the pies.
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Sometimes I look a resumes and I want to cry.

Seriously people, when we say excellent communication skills, we mean, both written and verbal (400 spelling and grammar errors in your initial impression will not get you hired).

When we say 3 years of experience, we mean doing something at least SIMILAR to the job described in the job description.

and no prison warden isn't the same as IT Technician ....
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It is even worse when the resume looks good and the interview reveals that the candidate is obviously incompetent.  At least the resume only takes seconds to scan and discard.
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CarrieS sent this to me, and I already liked this song plenty. Now I love it ALL OF THE MOSTEST OF ALL. Link! May your weekend be filled with everything that makes you feel like you belong. Categories: Friday Videos, General Bitching
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