Archive for May, 2013

This tumblr post was brought to my attention today and I have to say that it is truly beautiful. A touchingly private moment shared between two people in a public space.

“After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.”

The video above was linked in a Gawker post about the same interaction.

Posted on FB by a friend today, I have to say I really enjoyed watching this particular TED talk. He talks in a very engaging manner about the differences and similarities between The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. It is the only time I can honestly recall hearing a man talk about the Bechdel Test.

I think what impressed me the most about this talk is that though he is speaking about women’s issues he is focusing on how those issues impact or should impact not just his daughter but his son as well. I love that he makes that leap.

It is a great watch, and very thought provoking.

I’m a geek who likes my food.  As is requisite for a long weekend, friends came over and food was had.  And since the food in question ended up being bbq pulled chicken sandwiches I needed a good side dish to go with it.  Being that I don’t particularly care for cabbage and my guy doesn’t really like mayonaise, I wanted to come up with something different and tasty.  Enter Apple Fennel Slaw.  No recipe on the web was quite right, so I got a bit handy and here’s what I ended up with:

Apple Fennel Slaw

1 bulb fennel root

1 large Granny Smith apple

1/2 bunch of chives

1 lemon

1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

4 Tablespoons grapeseed oil

salt and pepper to taste

Get to work with the fennel bulb and a mandolin slicing it up nice and thin. Core the apple and cut up into matchsticks.  Squeeze one half lemon over and toss.  Mince chives and toss in.

In a separate cup, mix juice of the other half lemon, vinegar and mustard.  After those ingredients are well mixed, stir in grapeseed oil.  Pour over slaw, toss well and put in refrigerator to rest for 45-60 minutes to allow flavors to combine.  Then serve and eat!

How many roads must a girl walk down before we stop focussing on her clothing?

Found online this morning a link to a really well written article: For strong daughters, stop with the sex stereotypes. An article written by a father in regards to his daughter and the sad way in which our society seems so prone to overlooking her skills and abilities even at her young age in favor of praising her for her fashion sense.

Because we still do live in a world where men are praised more for their abilities and women for how they look and what they can do for others. As he points out, it starts at a young age and carries through our lives.  Men are remembered for their accomplishments and contributions to society.  Women are remembered for how they looked and how well they took care of their families.

I have no children of my own, but I have friends that do.  Both sons and daughters.  And I am very proud to see them bringing up compassionate sons and strong, creative daughters as well as the reverse.  I try to help where I can.

This world is what we shape it to be, and if we don’t pay close attention those things we denounce so vociferously continue to carry forward from our generation to the next.

Damsels In Distress

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Gaming
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I stumbled across this video in a post on The Mary Sue today and decided I’d give it a look. The intro they gave her there on her first video very accurately sums up my feelings about who she is, what she presents and my agreement with it:

“Anita Sarkeesian runs a blog called Feminist Frequency and a long running, fascinating webseries of the same name where she examines the ways in which media and most often modern popular culture subtly and not-so-subtly support and perpetuate misogynistic ideas. I love her videos not because I necessarily agree with everything she’s ever said ever (you know, because we are not a single consciousness) but because when I do disagree with her, her detailed approach prompts me to calmly, privately examine why.”

Her video posts are thought provoking and make me stop and take a look at what is considered to be “normal”. This post in particular made me stop, step back and consider some of what is taken for granted in the video game industry in how so many of the stories are told.

Photo credit: whatculture.com

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my belated discovery of the ME trilogy. The Bioware team did an amazing job in carrying through storyline continuity from ME to ME2 with these wonderful little gems of private messages and characters you bump into throughout the game. I’m only half way through ME2 at this point, but I understand from fellow gamer friends that they continue this on through the next game as well.

So I was really excited this morning when I tripped across this:
http://www.examiner.com/article/mass-effect-4-development-team-details-revealed

I hadn’t realized they were working on a 4th edition to the ongoing saga, but I’m happy to hear that they aren’t abandoning the universe that they’ve created even if Shepard may be left behind as they leapfrog forward in time. Sequels are dangerous things – they can be glorious if they succeed or bring down complete geek wrath when they fail. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see which way this one falls.