God i Hate Being The “Good Kid”
Granted my sister’s a good kid too, though some things make me wonder.
But J texts me, wants to take me and his GF out to dance and then a bit of hanky panky later. BUT the idea comes in so last minute that my mom’s already asleep,
I’d have to wake her up to get my clothes, and I KNOW she’d be up waiting for me to get home which would be around the same time she’d begetting up for work (if i’m lucky).
GAH…. I want to go, SO bad…
*rubs face* Why do i have to be so responsible?
Skeletal Jungle Gym in the backyard of the church Heilig-Kreuz Kirche in Munich, Germany.
Art by Peter Riss
I want one!
Happiness is a warm rat curled up and napping on the back of your neck.
Janelle, my first and my “heart rat”, would fall asleep on my shoulder all the time. Sugar and Oreo would fall asleep on my legs or in my lap.
If this fix doesnt do it with the download i’m going to SCREAM
Linked my EA/Origin account with my gamertag, and hopefully I wont have any problems with my game.
Tattoo List - Updated
Current Tattoo Count: 2 (Right shoulder, left wrist)
Current Artists: Mel Pearlman of Ace’s High Tattoos and Kazuya Tattooz
Big Tattoo Idea:
Location: Left thigh
Discription: Wolf, Raven & Moon stacked on top of one another, the wolf with her head rears back and howling, the raven facing the opposite direction with a full moon rising above the both of them. I originally wanted a blood red lotus under the wolf but now i’m not so sure.
Belly Dance Inspired:
Location: over left hip
Description: I’d love to have a mehindi inspired design going over my hip a la Rachel Brice/Zoe Jakes, but incorporating the Chakra symbols. The Mehindi would be in henna brown ink and the chakras in thier corresponding colors.
Aquarius Belly Dancer
Location: Right Calf
Description: I received permission from an artist to allow her Aquarius Belly Dancer to be put on me as a tattoo. I can’t wait to get this done since it’s been a few years since I’ve asked permission to do it.
Location: Inside left hip
Description Simple really, an all black image of Hecate’s Wheel
Death’s Head Moth (inspired by one of Mel’s Halloween designs)
Location: Inside right hip
DiscriptionesJust because. Maybe I’ll get something similar if she does a flash sale for Halloween again this year.
Beauty and the Beast Belle Tattoo
Location: Right Shoulder Blade
Description: There are several inspiration pieces that I have my eye on, though I have permission from another artist to use her stained glass Belle if I so choose.
Not sure what or where just yet but i know I want one pertaining to it!
Quote “Fear Is The Mindkiller”
Location: Right wrist
Description: A snippit of the Benne Geserit Mantra Against Fear, it will serve as a reminder that I need to stand up and face my fears and not let them paralyze me when looking at them.
Strongly suppressing the urge to throw the controller at the TV…
Power Cycled, blew it with air, downloaded it from in game AND the website..
Still just sits on this FUCKING screen…
Kills me even more is that the ONLY way for me to be able to play the game is if i restart from the beginning of the game.
Before and After of my “room”. At least one half of it. Not enough spoons to do the other half but it’ll be a quick 10 minute job for tomorrow.
The clothes were originally piled all on top of the computer chair but moved to the bed for sorting. The paperwork needs to go into my filing cabinet that’s upstairs in my mom’s closet.
The shoebox is now full of trash that will go out to the compactor when i go out to do errands, the cat food box is actually a “toybox” for the kittens and so is still next to the battery back up.
Choose from the following titles:
- BioShock Infinite
- Civilization V - Brave New World
- Civilization V - Gods and Kings Expansion
- The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
- Borderlands 2
- Civilization V
- Spec Ops: The Line
- The Darkness II
- Mafia II
- Duke Nukem Forever
- Civilization IV Complete Edition
- Borderlands GOTY
- BioShock 2
- NBA 2K13
- The Stronghold Collection
5 Games for $30
4 Games for $28
3 Games for $23
Now if only this was good for xbox.. to get all of the bioshock games in one fell swoop for under 30 bucks?? I’d snap that up in a heartbeat!
OMG MY DOG’S GOING TO DRIVE ME MAD!!
I gave her her “chill the fuck out treats” and she’s STILL shaking… if i put her thunder shirt on all she’ll do is pace…
I don’t want to close up the house because it’s GORGEOUS outside and having the breeze blow through the house is nice…
Sometimes i wish my mom would let us get some xanex for her or something so she can chill her shit…
The Giddy feeling I Get When Sniping In ME3 Is NOT Healthy
But omg it’s so much FUN
Mehh… I think i’m going to need to format my external HD (that I dont use anymore) to be compatible with the 360 since I think i’ve got too much STUFF with my games now. And I cant store it on the cloud since I dont have a Gold membership…
I also have a USB drive in there already… I…
Yeah… reformatting my external didnt work for shit… deleting EVERYTHING and starting from scratch PLUS redownloading the DLC from the menu did jack shit…
Oh i love this!!!!
THAT Article, or, Bellydance – We Need To Talk by Emma
You’ve read it by now, yes? It’s popped up about a hundred times on your Facebook feed. I’m not going to link to it because I try not to link to clickbait. I read it on Tuesday night and my … Continue reading →
You’ve read it by now, yes? It’s popped up about a hundred times on your Facebook feed. I’m not going to link to it because I try not to link to clickbait. I read it on Tuesday night and my reaction was *eye roll*, partly because I’ve read a fair few articles on cultural appropriation and this one is not up there with the best, and partly because I thought I could predict the FB reaction to it. I was wrong. The reaction was much worse than I expected and now I’m starting to think that this inflammatory article needed to be written because the message in the best articles is not reaching the people it needs to reach.
There have also been a lot of people making superb rebuttals to the the article and the more ignorant comments. Nice work! Edit: here is a fantastic take-down. I’m not going to write about the article specifically but rather some of the issues it has brought up.
Art goes beyond borders. Anyone can pick up a paintbrush, or bang a drum, or move their body to the beat of that drum. Art can bring us together. Art is done by people and people are the products of their culture which is defined by borders and language and religion and history and politics…and all those things mean that often art is not an exchange between equals but appropriation. I can’t pretend bellydancers don’t do this:
Dancers performing to music which includes a recording of the call to prayer.
Dancers adopting a fake Arabic accent to talk to people.
Dancers using a complete mishmash of cultural influences such as doing raqs assaya to show tunes whilst wearing an ATS costume.
Dancers wearing face veils, not for melaya lef or Bedouin dance, but coin-trimmed chiffon harem fantasy face veils.
So that’s taking particular cultural artefacts and using them in inappropriate or offensive contexts, putting on someone else’s identity as a costume and reinforcing stereotypes. This is cultural appropriation. I want to think the best of people and I believe that most of this is done out of ignorance, not malice. Ignorance is cured by education, right? But does our dance education always go far enough? I try to lead by example, by choosing appropriate costumes and music and talking about how the dance would be performed in Egypt. I have never said “Don’t wear a face veil” to my students because I didn’t think I had to. Now I think these conversations have to happen.
But to talk meaningfully about cultural appropriation we’ve got to avoid falling into certain traps. I’ve been reading these everywhere:
“Does that mean black people can’t dance ballet? Or Arabic people can’t dance hip hop?” – these things are NOT THE SAME as cultural appropriation because there is an imbalance in power both historical and current. Ask yourself is culture being taken from and imposed upona group of people or is it being shared and received? The former is appropriation, the latter is exchange.
“But my Arabic friend says it’s OK” – I think most bellydancers feel a little glow of pride when someone from Egypt (or wherever your particular style comes from) praises their dancing. That’s also why we feel so hurt when they criticise. Remember, no one person is spokesperson for an entire group of people, so the fact your friend says what you’re doing is OK doesn’t give you a pass. However, that also means that one person on the internet can’t shut you down! Not even me! Read widely. Look for consensus.
“The author is so angry” – if all you can focus on is the anger then you are tone-policing, which is a neat little way of engaging with the argument without actually addressing the content. Sure, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but we are talking about emotive subjects (identity, history, religion, culture, oppression) and to expect everyone to couch their opinions in the dry prose of a scientific paper is unrealistic. Besides, why is it wrong to feel and express strong emotion? I have been told off by Egyptian dancers. I didn’t ignore them because I didn’t like their tone, I resolved not to make those mistakes in future. Emotion and respectful discourse are not incompatible.
“Sexism is the real problem, not racism” – this is playing the oppression olympics and the logical conclusion is that we can’t address any issues until we have all settled on the most important one, which would mean nothing ever got addressed. We don’t have to pick the one most important thing, we don’t have to deal with everything-all-in-one-go, we can be aware that there are multiple issues to discuss and address them all in different times and places.
“Arabic people should be grateful that we’re preserving bellydance for them” – oh HELL no.
These are all ways of dodging round a very uncomfortable question. Are bellydancers (who do not have an Arabic heritage) being racist? Noone want to think that they may have inadvertantly been offensive and that squeamishness is why we react so strongly to the accusation of cultural appropriation. I think we have to face it head on even though – because – it makes us uncomfortable. It’s a big and complex question. Let’s start the conversation but let’s start it by LISTENING.
Anyone Have Problems With The From Ashes Mass Effect 3 DLC For Xbox 360?
Seriously, I have a major problem. My game worked FINE until I bought that DLC. Shadow broker, Kasumi Goto, all work great. From Ashes… BOOM it just HANGS on the “checking downloadable content” screen. The “Loading” circle is still spinning, and all that fun shit, but goes nowhere after that.
I don’t want to have to restart ME3… aka kill EVERYTHING and start from scratch (me3 wise) but even when I delete the DLC it still hangs.
There aren’t any doubles of the DLC on any of the storage drives i have hooked up, checked several times.
Moving everything back to my thumb drive from the HD that I reformatted to see if putting the DLC in a larger storage unit would make it behave better and it’s not.