A friend of mine, R (who seems to have an endless supply of Cool Internet Stuff) linked to this picture on facebook. What colour are the spirals?

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Or at least, the arguments for and against gay marriage, displayed in flowchart-ish format by pfarley.

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I take back everything bad I have ever said about American television news.


More Target Women fun, and this time Sarah Haskins is making fun of adverts that assume all women want fairytale lives with happy endings. She features (amongst others) two adverts from the California Milk Processor Board that, while they may not be the worst ever made, are certainly the most sexist ads I’ve seen in a while.

via the f word.

I haven’t posted yet about Proposition 8 being upheld. It took me some time to get my head around my reaction to it. I’m not a US citizen nor an expert on constitutional law. So when smarter people than I tell me that there were some good reasons behind the proposition being upheld, I know that they might be right.

But my gut feeling is still this. Laws should protect people. There should be laws to protect a small group of people (who aren’t hurting anyone) from a larger group of people who dislike them on spec. And upholding a proposition in which a majority voted specifically to remove rights from a minority is just wrong.

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Soaking in it


I arrived at my island school this morning to find no students. Apparently the weather (strong winds and rain) was too dangerous, and they all had the day off. But one of the quirks of the Japanese school system is that weather too dangerous for students is not too dangerous for staff, even though the students come by bus from other parts of the (very small) island, and all the staff come by car from up to an hour away, crossing the long, exposed-to-wind-and-rain bridge from the mainland en route. So the staffroom is full but the rest of the school is empty.

Anyway, this means I have the day off, more or less. I still have to sit in the staffroom this morning, and at my desk in the main office this afternoon, but I’m left to my own devices. I’ve been using the time to catch up on my Japanese studies, since the JLPT is coming up in a couple of months and I want to pass level 2 this time.

I was plodding along quite happily, writing out corrections and going through listening scripts from an example exam paper, when I found this lovely dialogue. It’s a conversation between a new employee at a company (a woman) and a slightly more senior employee (a man), which takes place during the lunch hour.
Here it is in its, with my translations in italics:

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And have accumulated a really quite large collection of underwear and socks to help me put it off as long as possible.

Luckily I have Sarah Haskins to remind me that I’m abnormal and that all women love laundry. At least that’s what the TV would have me believe.

It also reminds me that I really need clean sheets this weekend, sigh.

I don’t hate laundry as much as I hate ironing, though. I don’t think I even own an iron.

via I Blame The Patriarchy

One today!


I’m ill. The doctor reckons it’s just a cold, but since this is Japan, he prescribed me no fewer than four different types of medicine.

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1) Imported Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut.

2) Dolphin steaks.

I went away for a few days right after posting my entry for Blogging Against Disablism Day, but I’m back now. My thanks to everyone who commented on, linked to, or just read my post.

I’m finally getting round to reading everyone else’s posts. Here are some of the entries that I liked, that made me laugh, or that made me think.

Continue reading ‘My BADD 2009 Round-up’