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Oh my god. High school kid does an a cappella version of The Mountain Goats' "No Children." Heroic.
In-box zero! (Stars in his eyes!)
*sends emails* - ellbeecee
Sends another email. - Joe from iPod
I'm just a big pile of nope today.
Oh how I love the MoTO / Pete bromance.
Will our parents ever approve? #stormybromance - MoTO: Team Marina
There are so many things to love about this ad aimed at "Collegy chaps who must be garbed *right*" which appeared in the May 11, 1906 issue of Colorado College's "The Tiger"
I won't lie, I balked. - Steele Lawman
*clutches pearls* - lris
"College Brand ideas are very ultra merchant-tailorings produced in 'ready-to-slip-on' form..." What does that even mean? - Catherine Pellegrino
If you were their target audience, you would know. ;) - lris
I'm guessing it means 'looks like bespoke, costs like off the rail' - Pete : Team Marina
Dad and Luke got home from Seattle and PAX Prime last night, both having had a really good time. Here's a photo of Luke on the streets of Seattle that my dad took.
Here they are, headed for Seattle.
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Mr. 12 looks toothless in this picture, or tooth-deficient anyway. Not my favorite picture of him for sure! Mr. 71 looks pretty happy. - Mama Lawson
I always smiled with my mouth closed as a kid. I wasn't aware one was supposed to show that one had teeth. - laura x from iPhone
My mom arranged for my father to take Mr. 12 to PAX Prime this year, the big videogame expo in Seattle. Mr. 12 left the house a few minutes ago and they fly out of Denver this afternoon. I'm so excited for them! I hope it goes well.
I'm so glad it's your dad taking him, because I know you'll get some fabulous photos of Mr. 12 out of the deal. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
Yes, I just emailed my dad a request for a few photos of them together, since dad's usually behind the camera and not in front of it. - Steele Lawman
First snafu: Luke left his wallet at home. Luckily, dad has deep pockets. - Steele Lawman
Depression is monochrome and often involves digital-cranial contact
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How am I supposed to listen to Aerosmith?
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move nearer to the router / signal strength up stops you feeling down - Pete : Team Marina
Or listen to Max Headroom and you can't tell the difference. - Betsy
Gray, sleepy, sad.
:( - lris
today would've been a great "cancel everything, have naps" day. - Marianne
hugs - maʀtha
Dooood. *fistbump* - MoTO: Team Marina
Marianne, that was my thought, exactly--it's a "snuggle the dog" day. But I'm here, at work, working. It'll be OK. - Steele Lawman
Yup. Tomorrow will be different. - Marianne
is it gloomy outside. I can't even remember. *sigh* - FLEMING
Every now and then, my friend Jessy Randall makes me write a poem with her. And I enjoy it. And then she finds someone to publish it. We are published in the latest issue of "Industrial Lunch," sharing the cover with such luminaries as Jacques Lacan, Evelyn Waugh, and The Monkees....
The link to the online magazine is here, but I'll paste in the poem in the next comment: - Steele Lawman
WHEN I AM FLYING I like to drink Canadian whiskey. I used to drink it with Coke, but then I started to drink it with San Pellegrino, and I realized that it wasn't the Coke that I liked about the drink. But San Pellegrino is a bit expensive, so now I just get seltzer. So it's the whiskey and the sparkling water and maybe a little shpritz of lemon. Or motor oil. A little whiskey, some... more... - Steele Lawman
You got billing above Bataille! - Stephen Francoeur
First day of 7th grade for Luke!
That's his "thrilled" look. - Steele Lawman
or 'difficult second album cover' - Pete : Team Marina
Wasn't he just Mr. 7? They grow up too fast! - Julian
Ice Bucket Challenge FAIL Compilation
Might want to give some money to concussion-awareness charities along with the ALS Association. - Steele Lawman
I hadn't realized the dumping of the bucket was the hard part. - lris
At least that one guy was wearing a helmet. - Laura
First day of fourth grade for Nick!
Wow, how time flies! - lris
I guess this video from Vimeo won't embed, but this Austin City Limits set from Rilo Kiley is one of my favorite things, especially the middle part with "More Adventurous" - "Ripcord" - "The Absence of God."
My father took Mr. 9 to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center last week. I think it made him pretty happy.
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That is a cool place. - Joe
I 'met' their ambassador wolves many years ago at a carnivore conference in Santa Fe. It was an amazing experience for me. :) - Jenny H. from Android
"Never ask a rhetorical question of a librarian!" - Amanda, the college assessment guru.
Mea culpa. - Meg VMeg
Pikachu Costume Needed for Once In A Lifetime Opportunity - Join In -
"I will give you the actual gameplan. The library is suddenly full of foam pokeballs (those are needed too. You got em, I'll snag em.) "Where did these come from?", people will ask, but all the evidence they'll get is a little tag that says "Gotta Catch Em All". They will continue on their studying way. Suddenly, almost casually at first, a wild Pikachu appears!" - Steele Lawman from Bookmarklet
More new-to-me art from the books in the Fine Arts Center collection. Donald Sultan and Romaine Brooks
▶ The Mountain Goats - "You Were Cool" HQ (Live At Carnegie Hall 15/01/13) - YouTube -
LauraX was just mentioning how much she likes the Mountain Goats. Here's a song that's apparently not on any album. - Steele Lawman from Bookmarklet
This is fabulous. - laura x
Wonderful. Love The Mountain Goats. "it's good to be young, but let's not kid ourselves it's better to pass on through those years and come out the other side with our hearts still beating, having stared down demons and come back breathing" - Steve C Team Marina
More new-to-me art from the books in the Fine Arts Center collection. (L-to-R) Philip Guston, Jim Nutt, Alex Katz.
I saw a gallery of Alex Katz's work up in Maine once. For some reason the ones I saw were just kinda meh, but this one is actually kinda cool - Sir Shuping is just sir
Yeah, Katz's work seems to be really flat, and maybe too many of them together would be numbing. But I thought they were interesting portraits. And his work kind of is clean and refresing after these two other more exuberantly cartoony artists. - Steele Lawman
I think that describes exactly what I was feeling. I think spaced out amongst others would have made his stand out a bit more and feel a bit more refreshing - Sir Shuping is just sir
"My Cousin Is Not a Hero" by M. Molly Backes
"In life, sometimes bad things happen and it just sucks. Sometimes what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, okay, but sometimes what doesn’t kill you leaves you diminished, depressed, binge-watching The West Wing and eating Lucky Charms out of the box." - Steele Lawman
I don't think I know of a movie more wonderful than "A Room With a View"
Not even "The Room"? - Marie
That’s a view to a kill. - Akiva
Me either. I love it as much as I love the book, even. Maybe more. - laura x from iPhone
My college roommate contended that it was one of the rare films that was better than the book. (I haven't read the book, so I have no opinion.) - Steele Lawman
Is this the film with Helena Bonham-Carter? - Laura
Thinking I should rewatch it. Haven't seen it since it was in the theaters. Wonder what other films people might consider 'wonderful?" I'd put Dazed & Confused on the list for the ending that has the kids who've shucked responsibilities, embraced freedom, and are heading out on the Texas highway to get tickets for a concert in another town. - Stephen Francoeur
More new-to-me art from the pages of the C.S. Fine Arts Center library. Ken Price's "Club Zebra," "Parson Weems' Fable" by Grant Wood, and "Tie Window" by Wayne Thiebaud.
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The local free weekly paper has published a column about the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's gift of their library collection to Colorado College. I'm quoted in the article, which is sorta neat.
I just used the OED to help an alumna on Facebook figure out the best way to spell/punctuate "po-po"
AND... - jambina
Oh, sorry, sorry. As I used it in the post above, "po-po" with the hyphen is the most-used form in the examples and the way the main entry is listed. They also have one citation of "po po" without the hyphen. - Steele Lawman
Two new-to-me works of art I came across in the books of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Library, given to Colorado College. That's the Devil's Bible and Fragmentary Head of a Queen.
Fine Arts Center has a library? - Eric - Poppa Large from iPhone
They did, but when they renovated in 2007 or so they eliminated the space for the library, dismissed the librarian, and boxed up the collection. This summer, they gave the collection to Colorado College, where I'm a librarian, and we are adding thousands of those books to our collection. - Steele Lawman
tell me more about the Devil's Bible? - RepoRat
at least they didn't pulp the collection. i've heard of that being done. - Big Joe Silence
The Devil's Bible isn't actually in the collection we were given, just a photograph of it. :) It's the largest extant medieval manuscript, currently in the collection of the National Library of Sweden. - Steele Lawman
awwwww. I wish you had it, because it looks AWESOME. - RepoRat
Joe, agreed. We think it's good for the center to be rid of the responsibility for an asset they could no longer manage, and good for the college to be able to expand our already-extensive art history collection. The gift also includes a good deal of books about the American West and American Indians that we are happy to have. - Steele Lawman
RepoRat, me too! But it isn't that kind of collection. - Steele Lawman
My 12-year-old son seems to be coming across YouTube videos filled with misinformation about feminism. I don't want to raise another aggrieved privileged white boy, so any recommendations for videos, channels, sites that are pro-feminist and boy-friendly?
*father of 11yo boy tunes in* - Stephen Francoeur
Recommending this with some reservations because of a recent poorly-considered and poorly-handled site merger, but: - RepoRat
this post is probably too "on point" to be of interest, but it made me feel better than I had in ages about video game sites, and eurogamer, in particular: - Marianne
I wish it were A LOT EASIER to answer this question! - Marianne
I'm planning on having my 14 yo kid look at when he gets back from his week away at camp. - Joe
Crap, all I can think of is Target Women: But I don't know if that's too adult or (even worse) too boring for 12 year-olds. - Meg VMeg
Scraping my tumblr I'd recommend this: and this: and this: and maybe this: - MoTO: Team Marina
I wonder if John Scalzi's "lowest difficulty setting" post would be too preachy for a 12yo? - Catherine Pellegrino
Thanks, everyone! I have a lot of watching/reading to do. (And thanks, Catherine, because I knew that I'd read that analogy before but didn't know where. The analogy might resonate for him, even if Scalzi's delivery might not.) - Steele Lawman
Interesting article, Marianne! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Yes, the Brain Scoop! that's what I was trying to remember, e.g., - maʀtha
(You're welcome, Steve! I thought the analogy might communicate well. And honestly, depending on how you feel about salty language, a LOT of what Scalzi writes might be good for him to hear.) - Catherine Pellegrino
this is just a list of facts, related to that post, but they are IMPORTANT facts: I found when people eyeroll at the analogy, some solid facts from solid sources are a good way to make them rethink. especially if they've been getting a lot of misinformation. - Marianne
on a related topic, when the time comes, you know about Scarleteen, right? - maʀtha
Feminist high school boys ask: Are you a feminist? (perhaps a little dry, but, relevant) - maʀtha
and what about some anime? Spirited Away, perhaps? - maʀtha
Might be something useful toward the bottom of - RepoRat
What sort of misinformation is he encountering? I am just curious. - laura x
and are you able to discuss it with him? or is he too sulky teen for that? - maʀtha
He brings it up, so it's something he's interested in and apparently he wants to talk about it. By "misinformation," I mean the notion that feminists think that women are better than men, or that violence against men is funny. I think he's also encountering the "not all men" point of view that feels unfairly targeted. - Steele Lawman
It's going to be hard to find a lot of video channels, because YouTube is one of the most hostile places to women posting feminist content. Will think on it and recommend if something comes up. - Rachel Walden
The "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series? (I haven't actually watched very much of it so no idea if it's suitable for him or not but came to mind when Rachel mentioned YouTube as a hostile place for women...) - Deborah Fitchett
Adventure Time - who's main character ages each season and is now 15 - deals with the emotional life of a teenage boy in a remarkable way (caveat: not having been a teenage boy, this opinion is just a hunch) and the Vlogbrothers channel is great too, although the advice is usually the same: "use your words": an example: Why I love makeup: - copystar
Jim Hines's cover-pose series is a great way to talk about representation, while also getting across the idea that men can be feminists: - RepoRat
I definitely do not think of Adventure Time as explicitly feminist or educational about feminism. Vlogbrothers can occasionally get the point, but it would be nice if we could come up with some recommendations of actual women for him to listen to. Most of the feminism 101 materials I'm familiar with are going to be too advanced for him at this age, as are most of the books I would... more... - Rachel Walden
I didn't mean to suggest that Vlogbrothers or Adventure Time were explicitly feminist. But I think that they are "boy-friendly" media where relationship matters are addressed in a serious way that I think most feminists would respond positively to. - copystar
Read this before you recommend it to Mr. 12, because there's some pretty intense stuff in it, but maybe Strong Female Protagonist - RepoRat
I'm starting to lose it. I though that the 10-volume set on "Plant Physiology" that we are withdrawing from the library said instead "Plant Psychology." "No wonder we are getting rid of that," I thought.
Immediately thought of the LeGuin story "The Author of the Acacia Seeds." I don't want to be sued for contributory copyright infringement, so I'll leave it at that... - RepoRat
heh, i read it the same way and i was wondering why someone wrote 10 volumes on plant psychology - Sir Shuping is just sir
Also, the webcomic Guilded Age is relevant to would-be plant-psychologists' interests and very good (though language often NSFW): - RepoRat
So, how many other friendfeeders had to read this twice because first time around we saw "Plant Psychology" twice in the original post and thought "What's wrong with that? " - Slippy
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