On A Campy Pirouette and A Scissor Leap: An Appreciation of Jesus Christ Superstar

This is the IMDB of the guy who played Peter in the movie: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0249892/?ref_=tt_cl_t9 The actors didn't just portray sex workers...:D

Makes me enjoy the movie that much more.

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 10:11 am 0

On Is This How You Feel About Your Tattoo?

I'm pretty much the same. I sometimes ask for the artist, or I ask to see something that's particularly striking up close, but otherwise, I don't ask about what I can't see.

I almost always ignore text tattoos, unless they're part of a bigger piece. This is one articulation of why, but there are tons others out there. http://www.tattoosnob.com/opinion/the-laws-of-lettering/

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0

On Cancel "What Americans Will Look Like in 2050"

The headline is also ridiculously misleading in that the National Geographic article doesn't say anything about how "we" will look in 2050. (Well, I'll look like half anglo/half Tejana 77 year old, because that's who I am, but that's not exactly the point.) The article is about how the constructs of "black or white" don't work any more because there are a lot of people who have to check more than one box or don't fall into either category. Additionally, people who don't really fall into a category go through life with people trying to shoehorn them in somewhere. As someone who has a hard time picking which of the sub categories of Hispanic I am when the demographic questions get granular, I appreciate the issue that the article is trying to highlight, and I know that my kids will have the same problem later on down the line. The photos are to illustrate what SOME people of mixed race/ethnicity look like, not what the population as a whole will look like 35 years from now.

The only thing the National Geographic article says about the future is that Anglos will not be the majority after 2060. Since I live in Houston, and that ship has long since sailed here*, it's not that big of a deal when you're actually living in such a world. But diversity certainly doesn't break down social constructs of race and ethnicity. I imagine that the people living in less diverse areas are a little more alarmist and/or idealist about such a world.

I've seen at least one de-friending over a dumb comment about this article, and I expect that there are a few more.

*I've read several places that we're the most diverse city in the country. Apparently NYC has more ethnicities, but we're more diluted across the board. I don't really notice it until I go someplace where the population isn't as demographically varied.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm 3

On It Was Really Lovely Meeting You

Aww. I traveled a bit when I was 22 as well and turned down a number of these.

In 2007, when I was 34, I went to Burning Man to finish rebuilding myself after a bad breakup. A few nights in, I met a guy and we flirted through a game of putt putt on the playa. He kissed me, I smiled, and I walked away.

The next day, I found a different guy in a dust storm. He kissed me, and I went back to his tent with him. Four months later, he packed his stuff and his cat and moved from California to Texas to be with me. Four years after that, we got married. Sometimes those chance encounters while you're traveling are just for the moment, like a firework. Sometimes, though, the booming doesn't stop and they're forever.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:53 pm 1

On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

I'll continue to internet stalk AHP wherever she goes. Congratulations on the new job!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm 0

On These Little Penguins Need Sweaters, They Are Losing Their "Waterproofness"

Read this before you knit!!!! http://www.giantflightlessbirds.com/2011/10/the-great-penguin-sweater-fiasco/

NOTE that this call is for sweaters to be put on stuffed penguins to raise money for future efforts. Your sweater will probably NOT actually go on a penguin. There are tens of thousands of unused penguin sweaters in Australia.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm 0

On Meet the Ostracized, Pad-Wearing, Goat's-Blood-Collecting Reproductive Health Hero of Southern India

Oh, this was just wonderful to read. I can't even begin to imagine not having access to pads or tampons.

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm 0

On The Satanic How-To Guide to Exalted Girldom

@squishycat This hurts my heart a little. Mainly because I remember idealizing that size six that I passed by pretty quickly in my adolescence.

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm 0

On Inside the San Marcos Aquarena, an "underwater world of mermaids, clowns, and a swimming pig named Ralph"

Ralph the Diving pig was described by Molly Ivins as the "Greg Louganis of porkerdom."

There were billboards all over central Texas inviting people to Aquarena Springs when it was open. I went once as a kid, but I didn't get to see Ralph.

The pig was also subject to a law suit against Larry Flynt.

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 10:43 am 0

On A Drone's-Eye-View of Burning Man

@kfizz Me too! I met my husband out there!

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm 1