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On Lord I Lift Your Camp On High

@commanderbanana

Man, fuck VBS! I hated it because I basically live to hate cheesy conformist activities like kicking a milk-filled bucket around a parking lot until you somehow had ice cream. The worst.

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@yeah-elle

I'm going to this music festival (once I get paid this week/buy the tickets) and part of it involves jamming with the musicians there. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 1:11 am 0

On I Just Wanted to Fly Solo: A Night at the Sugar Ray Festival

@TheMole

Totally disagree. I go to lots of shows, many alone, and you can meet cool, chill people (even bros). But not in this case, apparently.

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 10:58 am 0

On Friday Open Thread

@milominderbender

Sorry about the delay, I'm not even sure you'll get this, but I passed on your information to my friend, who seems interested. She'll be getting in touch with you shortly!

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@secret_targaryen

You will seriously never have better coffee or sushi than in Vancouver. I envy you.

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 12:23 am 1

On Teaching Trayvon

@S. Elizabeth

I'm not being critical of them, exactly, but I do think it's important to sometimes say things like "this man shouldn't have died." My family has had....6? 7? non-unionized high school teachers (my great-grandmother, my grandmothers, my sister, cousins, etc.) and I actually taught high school myself. I think that talking about current events can be a difficult line to walk, and I am glad that teachers are talking about Trayvon in the classroom.

But I am also of the opinion that people are so afraid to say anything vaguely social-justicey that they overdo it. I'm not the activist that some of my family members are, but as I said, sometimes it's important to evenly acknowledge an important moral truth. You don't have to yell, or get really upset, or be ranting. You can simply say, "obviously, a situation where an unarmed teenager is shot dead like this is messed up." (You don't have to use those exact words.) Although I'm unionized I face a great deal of pressure from an administration that's extremely conservative and neo-liberal, and if someone complained, I'm sure that the admin would put me through hell. To me, it's worth it--I don't want to teach if I can't acknowledge things like this.

I am not saying, however, that someone in precarious circumstances should put their job in trouble. I am saying that the teachers who can should start acknowledging deeply fucked up shit. We're important to our students and they deserve to hear these things from us.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@milominderbender

This probably sounds weirder, but I have a good friend in LA who might need the work. I can mention it to her, and see what she says, if that sounds ok to you. I promise that she's intelligent, reliable and has a sociological degree.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm 0

On Teaching Trayvon

I found this interesting to read, but I disagree with some of the teachers interviewed. Since I work in post-secondary education, my job is obviously different, and I am in a union, which means that I have a certain amount of protection. My sister teaches in a high school, as do many family members, and I realize that it can be very difficult for high school teachers to express unpopular opinions.

That said, the best thing I ever learned from my supervisor, who teaches courses on race, colonialism, and literature, is that when we are discussing grave injustices, the best thing to do is to acknowledge that there are things that are deeply wrong. Just say it. It is somewhat biased, I guess, but neutrality is rarely neutral; rather, it serves the status quo in which a black kid can be gunned down quite legally because someone doesn't like the look of him.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm 7

On Friday Open Thread

You guys! My friend wrote a novel!

http://www.amazon.com/An-Unexpected-Affair-ebook/dp/B00DV0WSKQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373661919&sr=1-6&keywords=Jan+ellis

Let's all read it now.

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm 2

On Friday Open Thread

@SarcasticFringehead

Ahah! I found it: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Amsterdam-Hotelboat/Amsterdam/34529

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm 0