May. 18th, 2009 10:32 pm
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I'm on dreamwidth as well now.
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I'd like to particularly mention a few people who added to my Bicon,
in no particular order, i particularly enjoyed spending time with, and would like to thank [livejournal.com profile] penguinsteph, who listened and understood some important things for me, as well as giving me some wise words from someone who is in a unique position to understand some things. Also for my gifts all the way from Japan!
[livejournal.com profile] drdoug, [livejournal.com profile] slightlyfoxed for fun, silly company and conversation, and for all of the helpful books for my doula training
[livejournal.com profile] shevek for being a gentle soul to whom i enjoyed giving the gift of listening,
[livejournal.com profile] some_fox and [livejournal.com profile] werenerd who helped me dewibble, and were lovely, loving gentle people to be around (as well as fun and interesting). That late-night herbal tea and quiet chat was just what i needed.
[livejournal.com profile] nyecamden for understanding, and looking out for me,
[livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple for being funny and huggy
[livejournal.com profile] darkwaterfairy for
[Bad username or site: friend of tofu @ livejournal.com] and [livejournal.com profile] alexteifling for being friendly geeky gamers,
[livejournal.com profile] postmodern_minx for interesting conversation and company,
[livejournal.com profile] bathtubgingirl and [livejournal.com profile] spikeylady for giving me some wonderfully affirming words,
[livejournal.com profile] snagglepat for talking to me about doula-ing, and [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip for showing up at just the right time to talk about what it's like to *have* a doula
[livejournal.com profile] syllopsium for the quacky ducky of doom who steals your soul (this definitely contributed to my Bicon happy, although it may not have done much for the eyesight of some of the other attendees!
[livejournal.com profile] just_becky, [livejournal.com profile] cloudwalker_9 and [livejournal.com profile] mortice for interesting chats

Also [livejournal.com profile] wriggler and [Bad username or site: > and <lj user=weegoddess @ livejournal.com] for being lovely flatmates, with [livejournal.com profile] wriggler providing the entertainment, providing the cake of mmmm, and [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess for providing the enthusiasm.

Despite the hill, i enjoyed the setting for Bicon for this year, with the beautiful rolling green bowl of the hills, and being able (from C block) to watch people coming and going to workshops and accommodation, and hello-ing. Watching the mist rolling in over the hills was quite lovely.

Wasn't much up for wild partying, dancing and the like, finding it quite hard to get into that headspace, but staying up late talking to people actually did me good i think. Silly fun and games workshops helped to ease me into socialising and coming out of my shell, and more serious talky/activisty ones were better for me than i realised they would be, getting my brain out of pointless angsty circling, and into interesting thinking mode.
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then takes a step back, to be safe as she reaches.
Wheel tracks entrench themselves in snow, yet painted
to matter, for the flushed boys are muscular
Chose to walk out of it, they'd have to pass
Where does this all end? What is the vanishing
Again awaken from your being gone to find
Of a far barn, just where the road curves sharply
Come, swallows, it's good-bye.
shortcake, waffles, berries and cream
Although December's frost killed the winter crop,
IX. After the Great Northern Expedition
The winged winds, captives of that age-old foe
Your gloved hands covering your lips' good-bye
VI. Smeerenburg and the Whale-Oil Rush
What? What can you do?
to restaurants for Early Bird Specials.
The road, but not far enough ahead
III. Earliest Recorded Northern Explorers: The Greeks and the Vikings
Of a far barn, just where the road curves sharply

I actually rather liked this
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Except it's not yet post-Bicon for me yet. I'm still here.

Useful informational for anyone trying to work out who the hell i am.

I'm 5'2", glasses, curvy. Not all that noisy this year. Long light to mid brown hair. Blue eyes. Didn't wear makeup at all this year. Wore lots of long skirts with Thai fishermen's trousers underneath.

Lots of people were very nice to spend time with this year. Thanks for being nice :)

Shall be interested to see if i gain anyone on the flist..


Jul. 30th, 2007 02:30 pm
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Ok, i need to read at least one of the following books, and i'm wondering if anyone on my flist may have them and be prepared to lend them to me (lj user=drdoug> i'm looking at you...

Blooming Birth by Lucy Atkins
Stand and Deliver by Emma Mahony
Your birth rights by Pat Thomas

I'd also rather like to read Ina May Gaskin's book
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I'm planning on going on a guided history walk around Streatham on Sunday as part of this: http://www.streathamfestival.com/progDay2.html

It is free, and starts at 2.30pm.

[livejournal.com profile] mr_lovelace may well head home before i do. Anyone fancy coming too?
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Right - i'm screening all comments.

Who's planning to go to Bicon, and who would like to share a flat?
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This is something i've posted to some birth communities - but maybe my flist might have some thoughts also? Note - i'm not pregnant, nor planning to be soon, it's just an interest of mine!

I'd like to have a discussion around ultrasounds, away from a specific instance, in more general terms.

How might an ultrasound(s) prove useful, and where (and in what ways) might they be detrimental? Exactly what research has been done around this area, and what has it found?


~What problems can be detected with u/s, enabling the birth and/or pregnancy to proceed more smoothly?
~Do you think that they are helpful in bonding?
~Are there other benefits?
~Are there circumstances under which they could be regarded as essential? (what are they?)
~Not "causing troulbe" with any prenatal care you may be under (I find this a questionable reason!)


~What are the risks involved?
~How likely are they, and how might they be mitigated?
~What are the "false positives" that can be diagnosed with u/s and how likely are they? (eg, big baby)
~How invasive does it feel to the mother?
~How difficult to access is it? (hospital far away etc)


~Are there alternative means of finding out any or all of this information?
~What about foetoscopes?
~Manual palpation?
~any other means?


~Are there different types of u/s available? If so, what are the pros/cons of each? (doppler?)
~What is the standard application? (this may vary from area to area)
~Does it reduce the risks to only use u/s before or after a certain time?
~How much does it reduce the risks to only have [number] whilst retaining the benefits?
~Are there times/ways of using it that are clearly more beneficial than detrimental, or more detrimental than beneficial?

Thank you, i will be interested to hear the results of this.
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There's a really interesting looking article which [livejournal.com profile] heteronormative posted about on his blog
about trans stuff, which i quite fancy reading, but i can't unless i cough up.

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] queerpuppyboy has put the article on his lj! It is indeed very interesting :)
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Tonight is my lovely [livejournal.com profile] mr_lovelace's big gig in the London. He's got a gig at the Carling Academy, Islington http://www.islington-academy.co.uk/ which should be really good!

He's playing with his band Lying Seasons, a heavy, melodic, chugging stoner rock outfit. He's really happy with the sound of his bass at the moment, and is really looking forward to playing on a big stage. There's lots of A&R people there, so the potential for Big Stuff - plus it's a kind of battle-of-the-bands format, so extra people to bounce enthusiastically would be great.

Me, [livejournal.com profile] plumsbitch and [livejournal.com profile] pandemona will all be there to support, and if any of you London-ites would like to come along and see what it's all about, t'would be lovely to see you!

Time: from 7pm (he should be on about 8.30ish)
Place: http://www.islington-academy.co.uk/travel.php
Nearest tube: Angel (travel info above)
Tickets: £6 (buy on the door only)
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I'm planning on being in London quite a bit soon, and am wondering if there are some people who might like to do stuff, and/or maybe stay with for a night or two.

Thinking perhaps especially of [livejournal.com profile] queerpuppyboy, [livejournal.com profile] werenerd and [livejournal.com profile] some_fox although it would also be nice to get to know some other people a bit better.

It will be me, or me and [livejournal.com profile] pandemona.

I'd also like to know if anyone knows of any interesting stuff that might be going on when i'm up there.

(it will depend on if there is stuff/people to do/see if i will do all of these)

This coming Sunday 9th (Easter Sunday) and maybe the Monday too

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th



Mar. 12th, 2007 08:39 am
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Whilst searching for songs about the sense of smell (suggestions happily recieved!):

Nirvana - Smells like Team Spirit(!) haha!
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Oh no! All independant radio stations are in trouble!


The US Copyright Office has released their new set of rates for the payment of royalties by Internet Radio, and they ignored all of the facts presented by webcasters (including RP) and gave the record industry exactly what they asked for: royalty rates so high that they will put RP and every other independent webcaster out of business. See Kurt Hanson's newsletter for 3/2/07 for the details on how the rates work and what they will mean to stations like RP. You can participate in the discussion about this issue in our Listener Forum.

For some time, we've suffered with a system where we pay a large chunk (10%-12%) of our income to the Big 5 record companies - while FM stations and radio conglomerates like Clear Channel pay nothing. Now they want even more. In our case, an amount equal to 125% of our income. Our only hope is to create as much public awareness and outrage about this staggeringly unfair situation as possible. Neither the record industry nor Congress are ready to listen to us at this point. But members of the media may well be, and we need to get their attention.

If you have a blog, write about it. Feel free to quote anything I've written in the Listener Forum. If you find a good blog post about the subject, Digg it or Slashdot it. If you work for a media outlet, look over the facts of the situation and see if you don't feel the same sense of outrage that we do. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite magazine or newspaper. Let everyone you can know what a loss it would be to you personally if your favorite Internet radio stations, including RP, were no longer available.

The RIAA can, at any time, agree to strike a deal with independent webcasters to allow us to pay a more realistic royalty, one based on a percentage of our income. We're hoping that if all of you make enough noise they'll be more inclined to do so. We'd also like to hope that at least one member of Congress will take a look at this situation and become willing to propose ammendments to the deeply flawed 1990s pieces of legislation that are responsible for the unfair treatment of Internet radio.
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No wonder vegetables are supposed to be healthy, you probably work off half the calories you get from them just preparing them.
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My bicycle needs some TLC. I'm not really too sure how to do that! I know there are several keen cyclists on my flist.

Basically, my (back) brakes are very very slack and need to work properly, which is the main thing. I don't know how to do this.

Can you educate me?


Feb. 17th, 2007 03:31 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] spikeylady

You are a

Social Liberal
(76% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(11% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Oh my god

Feb. 7th, 2007 07:28 am
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How very...strange


worksafe, but plays vid with sound



Stresssing about bifest, keep waking up early, feel a bit shit.
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From [livejournal.com profile] xanna's lj

My Valentinr - aster
Get your own valentinr

*shy squeebling*


Jan. 24th, 2007 07:21 am
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