Monday, 23 June 2008

You know what cheapens a debate? Rank misogyny.

In a rare moment of boredom and madness, I decided to have a look at what today's CiF topics were. It was, as usual,a gigantic error.

Cath Elliot had written a very good post on the fall in teen pregnancy and the sensationalist coverage of a 23% rise in teen abortions. The actual number these abortions rose by is 28. It was detailed, well thought out, and had a comments section that made me want to retch.

Elliot made a good point, which was the lack of actual analysis of those numbers. How many were victims of assault? How many were girls with mental issues et cetera? In the comments, a complete asshole saw fit to remark:
And trying to introduce issues such as child abuse/rape etc. into this debate is too cheap to be worth considering.

I mean, I don't even have any words for that. It makes me want to cry. How can these people even exist? No wonder the rape conviction rate is so low.

God, becoming a radical lesbian separatist looks more like a good option all the time.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Stories and Songs: Reviews

This week has mainly been eaten up by the OMG SGA feelings again. But I still found the time to read, listen and watch some new things! A testement to my insomnia, if nothing else.


Nigella Lawson's How to Eat

Can I just say here how much I adore Nigella Lawson? I can? Well, it is THIS MUCH. I first dipped into it three weeks ago, and her basic bread recipe has become my staple, and a favourite. I combine it with the onion mixture from 'Happy Days with the Naked Chef' and it makes the most divine onion bread.

Listened To

You know when you listen to an album, then go 'meh' then love it, forget about it, then fall so madly in love it may result in commital?
I have done that with Panic At The Disco's 'Pretty.Odd'. Songs like 'When the Day Met The Night' and 'Mad as Rabbits' are summery, happy and perfect for right now. Though Ryan Ross should stick to guitars- Brendon Urie's voice is too good for him to compete with. In another band, Ross would be a fair vocalist, though.


SGA. A lot of it. Also Fry and Laurie. I love it so- and this week was the week for comfort TV.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Stories and Songs: Weekly reviews

I've decided to start a weekly review- what I've read, what I've listened to, what I've watched. I am astoryandasong, so it seems appropriate.

This week I read:

Donna Tartt- The Little Friend

Unfortunately this is another time when critics rave and I go 'meh'. I mean, there are so many tropes at work in this book and none of it surprised me at all. I knew from the beginning what the ending would be. The characterisation porn didn't even work the blurb was all oh, the characters are so ORIGINAL. But no. So yeah, meh.

Anne Bishop- The Black Jewels Trilogy

I am currently laughing at the male character called Deamon or whatever, this may not be a good sign but I will soldier on.

This week I watched:


Um, how hilarious? Not exactly heavyweight stuff, but funny all the same.

I also re-watched Stargate Atlantis Season 1, because David Hewlett is awesome. Also Joe Flanigan.

This week I listened to:

The Audition
Katy Perry
The Weepies
Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

I am looking for a softer world...

As you can see from the side bar, I have quite varied interests. As always I am reading about politics and feminism, about literature and music. Lately I've also come to appreciate design, and I've started to daydream about my own flat, poking around Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge, looking longingly at ceramics on etsy, rediscovering the colour green. I've set up a flickr account- looks like I'll have to pay for storage!

I have also renamed my livejournal- I've outgrown Methoschick, finally. That journal, which is now astoryandasong will house all of my fandom related activity.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

I will start as I mean to go on....

This blog is going to be the place where I can be crafty, grouchy, spam you all with pics of my cat and my various other loves, which include various bands, design, anthropology and generally being a big geek weirdo.

It will stop me from spamming all my livejournal friends (though there will be cross-posting occasionally) with pictures of my failing knitting. At the moment I am experimenting with various crafty pursuits like sewing and embroidery. This blog will hopefully help me chart my progress!

In the sidebar is a list of blogs you guys will hopefully check out (I know you already love SmittenKitchen!)