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It is episodes like s06e06 that make me love Mad Men. I kinda wish it could just end there. ^_^
Susan and I were fortunate to have missed a week of Once Upon a Time. Every episode ends with a cliffhanger, of course, but this close to the end of the season they are particularly unbearable.
Anyhow, we love the show. I think this is the only show that I would be happy ending or going on (I haven’t checked yet, since I constantly get burned on spoilers when I look up renewal status before a season is wrapped). I am normally one way or another.
We both agree that the family drama is a little overbearing at times (okay, most of the time), but as I mentioned tonight, “this is basically the same premise as Magic: The Gathering.” The revelations in the last couple of episodes expanded the universe just enough to tease, but I wonder if they can keep up the back stories. To their credit, they’ve done a wonderful job so far!
Another thing about this show is that we started watching it right after Clover was born. I read a synopsis of the show premise and saw the main character was named Emma, so we gave it a try. Considering that a large part of the show is about ([fantastically] dysfunctional) families, we were unfairly hooked because of timing. Maybe one day Clover will watch it and wonder why we were into something so corny and distinctly Disney. If so, that would be evidence of my parenting. ^_^
Clover knows how to cluck eir tongue, as of the last minute! ^_^
I signed a petition opposing DRM as part of HTML. That is a no-brainer. But I am embarrassed by the other activities the Defective By Design campaign is doing. Specifically, giving the W3C a mock award for supporting “Hollyweb” (a dumb moniker, by the way).
My hunch is this display feeds into a type of catharsis for frustrated people who are trying to deal with capitalism in general, and “big” media specifically. But I am struck by how immature the campaign’s actions are. I didn’t sign the petition as a punitive gesture towards the W3C; I wanted to lend my voice to a chorus that should be heard louder than the corporate seats at their table.
I am going to be suspect of future campaigns run by Defective By Design. I think that the ongoing work the FSF does with licensing and stewarding the GNU project is vital to our current state of open computing, but their advocacy work is pushing me away.
It is a child theme of UrbanNews, we needed to make some minor changes to it. To launch we have specific things that need to be done, but moving forward I will be coordinating efforts for folks to contribute to Oakland Local in other ways besides (citizen) journalism. There is a lot of movement around open city data in Oakland, and it would be great to facilitate how that is presented, and how it is tied to the stories on OL.
While I will have some title tied to the technical part of Oakland Local, I also bring a sense of transparency and openness, and I have an opportunity to assert those values in a way that will encourage cognitive diversity and compassion in the public tool that is OL. I will be reaching out more after we get relaunched and I have time to think more, but if you have ideas now, drop them on me. If I can’t work on them, I bet I know someone who can. ^_^
It wasn’t until Susan was describing Clover as having my long torso that it occurred to me that torsos came in different categories. I had simply thought they were the same size relative to a person’s height (give or take inches of course). No doubt this unchallenged idea had taken root and was reinforced through years of people exclaiming that my legs must be long, and that I would be a basketball player, etc. I’ve found that most folks are not particularly imaginative when predicting children’s’ futures.
Anyhow, I’ve always avoided certain styles of clothing because they didn’t fit my goofy body, which I thought had been scale-shifted from average bodies. Then I discovered a Kickstarter for an interesting shirt. Once I got it I realized what a shirt made for tall folks could be like. So I had AlbertMing, a local company, come out and measure me to create another shirt, this time in navy blue. In addition to my personal measurements, I also had the sleeves extended, since I don’t use buttons on my wrists: I either roll them twice, or prefer to have them unbuttoned and partly covering my hand, to the knuckles.
I just got it today, and it is great! I even tucked them into pants and didn’t feel foolish. Having tailored clothing (Susan recently got me Moon Water skirt pants, made in my size. I feel like a secret candy raver [but not really secret, since people still aren't expecting me to wear something so flow-y]) makes all the difference!