Things i learned at the AIDS tea today:
Chocolate sauce and liqueurs are both bad for latex.
85% of new HIV infections are straight women.
There was also talk about cancelling the debt of poor countries, and of course my gut reaction to that is twitching, but there’s interesting information
, which i really should look into further, but that is honestly so far down on my list of priorities.
In other news...
Got my hetficathon assignment. A rare pairing (though i already knew what the archive site for the pairing was called, because clearly i live in fandom) and one it would never occur to me to write. The request involves someone finding out about the relationship, though, so that means i don’t have to write them getting together. That just leaves the lesser problem of writing them as a couple. (Also, 1500 word minimum? Who started this evil practice of minimum lengths for ficathons?)
Question for the world at large:
If you were to write a Whedonverse fic using this song
, what pairing (or non ‘ship scenario) would you use?
Has anyone been to the Tufts queer conference? Joe said he went one year and it was really bad, but admits he might have just gone to the wrong workshops.
Amusing anecdotes from the week.
My econ professor: “This is really valuable. You can win bar bets on this forever.”
The “I feel” statement was invented in the 18th century by the sentimentalists who, reacting against Hobbes’ idea that humans are inherently bad, believed that you should base decisions on your instinctual emotional response. They were big with sympathy and thus with progressive causes, but they lose serious points for inventing the “I feel” statement.
Poems talk to Michael in a high-pitched British accent.
For those of you who don’t go to Smith: Smith calls its dorms “houses,” and many well resemble houses. Chase
is something of a conjoined house. The houses are named for Mary Ellen Chase and Eleanor Shipley Duckett, respectively. The following is taken from the Duckett House website (which fills me with glee), but is something i didn’t know until just yesterday
The house is named for Eleanor Shipley Duckett, a former professor in the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures. Mary Ellen Chase, for whom Chase House is named, was her life-long companion, and so the adjoining Chase and Duckett Houses were named for these outstanding women scholars and teachers.
Thursday my Smith fairy tales class had an Electronic Classroom session to prepare us for researching for our final papers. The wealth of stuff that is out there... lilithchilde
and i were nearly drooling as we could easily read about fairy tales for the rest of our lives.
At some point there will be a post about all the Little Red Riding Hood adaptations thanks to my UMass class. (And no, sexonastick
, i haven’t forgotten the promised post on Beauty and the Beast. I haven’t been able to see the silent film yet.)