28 March 2010

"A" Week on Facebook.

I just learned of "A Week on Facebook" today - a group has been organized on facebook encouraging atheists to change their photo to the scarlet "A". (Guess I glossed right over the mention on Friendly Atheist's blog, which is in my reader - d'oh!) I joined the facebook group and already changed my photo; following "A" Week on twitter, too, & will RT the interesting bits.

It seems so wonderfully appropriate for this to take place during so-called Holy Week. It tickles my funny bone.

26 March 2010

Juliana Marie writes at shethought.com!

Please check out my contribution to Heidi Anderson's shethought.com, wherein I promote the rational way out of alcoholism. All feedback appreciated; share with your friends!

http://shethought.com/2010/03/26/god-and-alcohol-free-by-juliana-marie/

24 March 2010

Ada Lovelace Day!

Today is Ada Lovelace Day - a day designated to recognizing achievements of women in science and technology. This year, I'm joining the celebration by noting just a few of said women, whom I follow via their blogs, twitter, or old-fashioned paper-and-ink communications. (And sorry this is so brief - I would love to have done some in-depth research on these and other women who interest and inspire me but everyday life got in the way...)
Cyan Banister because of her accomplishments in tech and art, 'cause Zivity is cool and because her personal story was compelling to me. Libertarian philosophy, thoughtful writing, skills of the super-techy kind, AND friends w/Penn Jillette. (Jealous much?) Check her out at twitter.

Karen Stollznow - skeptic, scientist, writer. Have to admit - I mostly picked her because she is a self-described cunning linguist. But in addition to her wit, she is Director of Bay Area Skeptics She tweets @karenstollznow, too.

Jean Kirkpatrick was a sociologist and the founder of Women for Sobriety. I only know Jean because of WFS, her related writings and autobiography, and meeting some of her many friends. She was an alcoholic who came up with WFS while getting sober without "that other program".

Also in celebration of Ada's day, check out the launch of shethought.com - I contributed an essay (first time I've submitted writing to somebody else, leaves me excited and a little nervous!). Not up yet, will tweet when it is.

10 March 2010

Quickie Just for FUN: Your Life in Song Titles!

Stole this from Virgin In The Volcano. Play and pass it along:

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to a gazillion people and include me. Try not to repeat a song title. It's harder than you think...

Pick Your Artist: DEVO

Are you male or female: Girl U Want

Describe yourself: Uncontrollable Urge

How do you feel about yourself: S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)

Describe where you currently live: Planet Earth

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Mr. B's Ballroom

Your best friends are: Smart Patrol

Your favorite color is: Red Eye Express

What's the weather like: Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?: Love Without Anger

What is life to you: Beautiful World

What is the best advice someone has given you: Gut Feeling

If you could change your name, what would it be?: Pink Pussycat

Your favorite food is: It's Not Right

Your job is: Are U Experienced?

03 March 2010

Happy International Sex Workers Rights Day!!

Today is one of those days I make a point of publicly putting my beliefs into action. I support the right of consenting adults to work doing what they want and to be safe doing it, and so support the rights of sex workers to organize and have their work decriminalized. And U.S. patrons should not be restricted to trips to Nevada for legal commerce - let's put that free-market philosophy to work nationwide!

International Sex Workers Rights Day began in 2001 - this from the background at the Sex Worker Outreach Project-USA website:
Our political objectives are decriminalization of adult prostitution, securing social recognition of sex work as a valid profession and establishing sex workers right to self-determination.
Want some ways to stay informed on what's happening in the world of sex work? Try the blog Bound, Not Gagged, or Sex Work Awareness website. Lots of orgs and individuals are of course tweeting: SWOPUSA, Desiree Alliance, $pread magazine, Violet Blue, Audacia Ray, Carol Queen, and my friend Tara :)

Put your money where your mouth is: I subscribe to $pread magazine and sponsored a day in the 2010 Sex Bloggers Calendar (2011 sponsorships available).

You can find more resources by checking blog rolls and link lists at the above sites.

Workers of the world, unite!