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Sometimes I think I might be too empathetic to write third person well.
Then I worry I'm just being narcissistic. I wonder which it is.

Writer's Block: News development

What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

Only interesting because as soon as I read the question I was transported, suddenly a little girl staring at helicopters and buildings on TV and a crowd. I couldn't quite understand what it was about, just that it was Viet Nam because that's what my brother said. It was only years later, in history classes, that I realized what I had seen was the fall of Saigon.

The more interesting incident was the second time I remember something in history- about a year later. Larry Flynt was in trouble with the law in Cincinnati (the world's most repressed city.) In order to show his magazine was not pornography, he sent a publication of what he considered obscene to anyone who might be connected to the case. That included my family, so we got a copy of it in a plain brown sleeve. I always got the mail because at six it's like the world's most exciting job- so I looked at the mailer since we'd never had anything arrive in a plain brown wrapper like that. It was the first time I'd ever seen pictures of mangled bodies and other war atrocities. Mom had a hard time with that- much more so than me, I think. Years later when People vs Larry Flynt came out, I didn't go see it. I might be utterly behind the first amendment, but Flynt was (and will always be) a jerk.

Is It SUP Yet?

So it seems Sup slashed 20 of 28 SF jobs which, by the way, happens to be the section that runs Livejournal. What do you all make of that? Personally, my focus is Typepad anyway, which I think is still SixApart.

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Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

Why is it so hard for certain groups to accept that other people's personal lives are neither their prerogative nor  their playground?
I'm past the point of being nice about this. After all, I can't imagine any way writing selective rights into the state constitution could be considered polite.  Or even human.

Open Comment to Lusty

I can't comment in your LJ. Dunno why. Haven't been able to in months. But it's one of those where I feel strongly enough to reply regardless. So this should actually be in the comments of your post:

My friend died in a private hospice when I was in college. His father put him in there and restricted access because he blamed us, his friends, for 'turning him gay.' I wasn't there when Eppy died. It still breaks my heart a little.
But I'm not anti 8 because of my friends. I'm anti 8 because it is unjust and it is wrong. I've got loads of emotional background on this but really, that's all there is to say on the matter.

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Because I *always* do what I'm told, I'm posting a bit of Douglas Adams in my LJ because antennapedia posted some. She also posted that when you read the passage, you should immediately post some on yours. So, do that. It would mean absolutely nothing to her because she doesn't know you and won't read what you've posted, but that's rather Adamsian, don't you think?

"Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation."

Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy (the book that changed my life and I didn't even know it 'til years after it did.)

This is a Test

I am not really posting anything important, I just took a picture of a bracelet I made and wanted to see if the picture was too dark to use for an icon. Run along,  nothing to see here. :)