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When I began thinking about writing this piece, I decided I’d better actually watch “Frozen.” There was a chance, after all, that Disney had finally made a girl-positive story that truly broke free of the company formula. As I watched it, though, I was disappointed by Disney’s continued suggestion that impossibly gorgeous, slender princesses as the only girls whose stories are worth telling. It’s true that both main characters have legitimate flaws, and that Elsa’s uncontrollable, hurtful powers are tamed by the love of a sister, rather than a hunky prince charming. However, Anna, the film’s Gerda, accomplishes this “rescue” with the help of a variety of male characters, one of whom becomes her love interest by the end of the film. Why were the female helpmates of “The Snow Queen” turned into men? I fail to see how this is preferable to — or more feminist than — Andersen’s story.
Sometimes it feels like my daughter is the only girl in America who hasn’t seen “Frozen.” But it doesn’t matter: among t…
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Paul Grewal, a San Jose federal magistrate, has becomes the region's first federal judge with a public Twitter account, rare for judges around the country, who tend to shun social media.
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New findings about the neurodiversity of #autism ...

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Each autistics' brain is distinct; non-autistics' brains are remarkably uniform.
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I'm not sure what was the best part of dinner at Nopalito last night -- the spicy soup with Dungeness crab, whole prawns and clams, or +Devin Carraway and I explaining Ingress to the waiter, because he asked about the thing we kept looking at with the pretty graphics. 
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I wrote an article that's in today's San Francisco Chronicle: "Bowie has a form of what’s known as sensory processing disorder. As the name suggests, children and adults with the disorder have trouble filtering sights, smells, sounds and more from the world around them. While so-called neurotypicals can usually ignore background noise, clothing tags or cluttered visual environments, people with SPD notice all of those and more — and quickly become overwhelmed by the effort. Rachel Schneider, a mental-health expert and a blogger for adults with SPD, describes it as a “neurological traffic jam” or “a soundboard, except the sound technician is terrible at his job.”"
In preschool, he would hit and push his classmates to a degree that worried his parents and teachers. While so-called neurotypicals can usually ignore background noise, clothing tags or cluttered visual environments, people with SPD notice all of those and more — and quickly become overwhelmed by the effort. Rachel Schneider, a mental-health expert and a blogger for adults with SPD, describes it as a “neurological traffic jam” or “a soundboard,...
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Many neurological quirks can lead to some sensory overload, but diagnosing it purely on its own is a relatively new thing. It's pretty common with ADHA, for instance, and autism. And it can super suck. It's like we're the original #nofilter people. Great article!
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New findings from Jon Krakauer, author of "Into The Wild": "Clausen, I realized, was right: I couldn’t be absolutely certain that the seeds were toxic until I did additional, more sophisticated analysis, and published the results in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. So I embarked on another round of testing."
The last postcard Chris McCandless sent to his friend Wayne Westerberg. McCandless died four months later. Credit Courtesy Jon Krakauer
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I've had this happen occasionally and randomly my while life. Neat to see it getting some attention.
YouTubers figured out how to trigger a mysterious new human experience called ASMR — with whispers, tapping and role play.
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When someone whispers in my right ear, my back tingles. Looked it up, apparently this is ASMR.
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After finishing Tolkien's version of Beowulf, I started his Sellic Spell last night, an effort to tell the fable behind Beowulf. It's surprisingly breezy in comparison, and almost has more in common with Winnie The Pooh than Anglo-Saxon epic poetry, down to the hero Beewolf, who was raised by bears and loves honey. It's also tough not to be charmed by his friends Handshoe and Unfriend (yes, really) and the monster, Grinder. I'm already picturing a retelling involving Pooh bear and the gay dating/hookup app. #beowulf #tolkien
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Some reflections, and also an explanation of why I haven't been blogging here lately.
Sometime over the holidays, I dreamed that I started blogging here regularly again, but focusing only on music. In a way, it makes a kind of sense; I'm not a gamer or an occultist, but I do love, l...
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I can't remember: in Middle-Earth, were the spiders among the inhabitants who were tempted by the one ring, or was that restricted to humanoids? #tolkien
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Hans owns. That is all.
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Was doing a little post storm cleanup and found this in the yard. Wtf?!
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Ha! You are in SF!
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  • Law360.com
    courts reporter, 2012 - present
  • San Francisco Examiner
    reporter, 2006 - 2009
  • San Mateo Daily News
    reporter, 2005 - 2006
  • San Rafael/Terra Linda News Pointer
    editor, 1998 - 2005
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    music critic, 1996 - 1999
  • Addicted to Noise
    associate editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Daily Californian
    copy editor, 1994 - 1996
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Journalist, author, blogger, poet, mom (the order depends on the day).
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "The Columbine Effect, "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). I blog at http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com, maintain Sumerland.net and contribute to Undented.com.
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
It's great for folks who have multiple allergies to be able to come to a place like this and have lots of options. I had their chocolate cupcake, chocolate cream pie and peanut butter cookie, and all were tasty and satisfying. The Fremont location is comfortable with plenty of seating. I didn't try the savory foods or drinks, so I can't comment on those.
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