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Jun. 26th, 2015

cougar

Same-sex marriage as a wrecking ball

This is good enough to save: Same-Sex Marriage Does Threaten "Traditional" Marriage

Why? It challenges gender roles. It decouples gender from biological sex, and women's sexuality from heterosexual procreation (a process started by The Pill). It challenges the patriarchy and its rigid adherence to biology-as-destiny, and upsets what a lot of conservatives see as the natural order of things. It promotes equality, not just of gays and lesbians to the rest of us, but between men and women in heterosexual marriages. And dismantling the patriarchal, autocratic model of the nuclear family is exactly what "traditional marriage" advocates are scared of.

To quote the article, "The lawyer arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court last week admitted that 'the main concern [for opponents of same-sex marriage] is redefining marriage as a genderless institution.'"

Maybe I have a dog in this fight after all.

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Jun. 25th, 2015

devourer

Stream-of-consciousness: gender in SF/Fantasy

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Apparently somebody else had very much the same set of complaints.

More helpful still: the Tor blog has a tag for post-binary gender in SF.

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Jun. 23rd, 2015

devourer

Seeking administrative approval

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Jun. 20th, 2015

cougar

Adding it up

I think I've figured it out: I'm actually 1.5 people.

I weigh as much as one and a half average female humans. I eat about half-again as much as most people. I've had at least half-again the amount of life experience for someone of my age and background. And I'm somewhere around half woman, half man, and half neither. :)

I've heard the cliche about secret lives and someone really being two people, but I've never heard of anyone being 1.5 people. It puts a whole new spin on "You're too much."

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Jun. 16th, 2015

cougar

Recipe: lime pudding

I found myself with an extra quart of milk, and limes were on sale...

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Jun. 14th, 2015

wilson

Blue Sunday

I'm starting to see a trend here: Go to party. Have a good time. Wake up the next morning. Fall completely to pieces.

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Jun. 8th, 2015

cougar

Shoot the moon

I'm going to go for it.

I realize that I'm typing this as my body is screaming at me with an inflammatory flare brought on by sticky joints and unaccustomed exercise. I realize I could run into more chemical exposures, sprain something again, get the hormone wibbles and lose weeks of productivity. I realize Murphy could utterly screw me.

But I'm going to shoot for it. I'm going home.

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Jun. 6th, 2015

cougar

Getting off the ground

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Jun. 4th, 2015

cougar

Finding the middle

Well, my health has temporarily tanked (little did I know that this year's Cherry Buckskin Survey would make me sick for a week), but I think I'm happier with myself.

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Garden crop rotation

From a year ago; I figured it would be good to pull this out of the Facebook memory hole.

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The idea of crop rotation in the home garden is lovely and all, but (at least for us) the numbers don't add up. If I try to break our veggies up into categories, I get:
greens: 44 square feet (cold-weather), 80 square feet (corn)
fruiting crops: 194 square feet
root crops: 75 square feet
legumes: 35 square feet
I can fill in the legumes part with fava beans over the winter and maybe chickpeas, but what a mismatch. Cold-weather greens, the root crops, and beans could rotate, I suppose, but with twice as much area for corn and four times as much for fruiting veggies, I'd have to grow a heck of a lot more stuff we don't eat if I wanted to keep up a strict rotation. I mean, there's donating to the food bank and there's "why am I farming close to a thousand square feet for three people".
Maybe I'll do a one-out-of-three-years rotation and figure that will be enough for soil diversity... disease isn't really an issue here.

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Ha. I've worked out a six(!) year rotation that seems to cover all the bases, assuming six 15' beds divided in half. It's approximate, of course, but I'm impressed that it does work out:

Beans, winter greens, tomatoes and corn, onions/garlic, carrots and beets (followed by a late winter feeding), tomatoes and cucurbits, fava beans, corn and sweet potatoes, fava beans, tomatoes and cucurbits, repeat.

Now, of course, Chez Foogod will put in their requests and blow my ratios to hell. :)

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[My rotation plan is in an Excel file in my Dropbox. I'll send it to anyone who wants it.]

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