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Here's what I've come up with for the Culture track. I cut some dead wood, reworked a few titles and descriptions, and added some new panels to shake things up a bit. Please feel free to tell me if my ass is showing, particularly on the new race and transgender panels.

Several are listed with the restriction 18+ or 21+ WITH ID (pending location) - we're going to have Maxi's as additional convention space in the evenings this year, so there's a chance some of the already-age-restricted-because-I'm-not-going-to-jail-for-ill-defined-child-porn-laws topics may end up someplace where you can have an adult beverage while talking about teh sexx0rs.

Cut for those disinterested in all things Norwescon )
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Americans: Please vote if you're eligible. Even if you turn in an empty ballot in protest of the entire biased, backward, gerrymandered, inherently fucked up institution. Voter apathy is a big part of how it got that way. Participatory democracy only works when everyone participates.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


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I'm running the Norwescon Fannish Culture track again, and am seeking panel (and panelist) suggestions for next year, particularly in the areas of social justice, LGBTQ, sexuality, sexual identity, and assorted lifestyle topics that could be described as "how we nerds live our lives the other 361 days of the year."

The convention is Easter weekend, and panelists receive free membership plus discounted membership for one guest. If you're interested or know someone who is, send them my way. I don't believe in outing anybody without their permission, so comments will remain screened unless you say otherwise.
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Not much time for Livejournalling lately, but if you know someone who's a Cisco God or a Unix Jesus, my org is looking for a Senior Network Engineer and a Senior Unix System Engineer. The former is in my group.

Postings are on the Netterbutts -- ping me for my work email address and/or real name if you want to apply and don't already know them.

There are a total of 8 open positions in Seattle right now, plus about 90 others, if you happen to be in, near, or wanting to move to the following locations:

Afghanistan
Aliso Viejo, CA
Annapolis
Arlington, VA
Baltimore, MD
Ft. Belvoir, VA
Ft. Bliss, TX
Ft. Meade
Ft. Polk, LA
Hanover, MD
Herndon, VA
Iraq
Manassas, VA
Pensacola, FL
Seattle, WA
Tampa, FL
Torrance, CA

We do a lot of government contract work, if you hadn't guessed, but none of it in the Seattle area.

The company also has a presence in these locations (no positions currently open, but that may change from week to week):

Augusta, GA
Branchburg, NJ
Calgary, AB
Camp LeJeune
Camp Pendleton, CA
Crystal City
Detroit, MI
Djibouti
Duluth, GA
Ft. Irwin
Jacksonville, FL
McLean, VA
Oakland, CA
San Jose, CA
Southwest Asia
Suwanee, GA

Feel free to ask if you've got any questions, although I doubt I'll be able to provide much info beyond what's on the website for any positions requiring security clearance. And feel free to share this with others who're looking.

ETA: Comments are now screened if you'd prefer a private reply.
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Dear LiveJournal,

When I click the "Remember Me" tickybox, it means I don't want to have to relogin every Zeus-damned time I return to the website. If you can't upgrade your site features without breaking the old ones, maybe it's time you knock it the fuck off and leave things the hell alone.

No love,
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A post-con update will come soonish, but right now I'm being treated to a live-action demonstration of why "bird brain" is an insult.

The neighborhood robin cannot tell the difference between a reflection and reality, and whenever the sun has risen far enough, it starts to try and fight, fuck, or otherwise fly at its reflection in our bedroom window. Over and over. And over. And over. This started around 6am last Tuesday morning, and presuming it still did the same thing while we were at Norwescon, this has been going on for a week now.

We tried pasting a drawing of a giant pair of eyes in the window to no avail. Now I'm hoping Marty can find a plastic owl at the hardware store before this stupid little creature manages to break its neck.

Dumbest. Bird. EVER.
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One more panel added to my list -- we had a pro who had to back out due to life becoming excessively real, and it's not kind to have a first-year pro running a panel by themselves.

BANANAPANEL )

Whew.

Apr. 8th, 2011 08:36 pm
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Government shutdown averted, and Planned Parenthood still gets funding.
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I've had about enough of people appropriating the personal tragedies of others for no other apparent reason than to further a political agenda. It's ghoulish, and I'm especially disturbed to see it coming from people with whom I thought I agreed. I expect better from my elected representatives, and I certainly expect better from my friends.
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Panelist schedules are starting to go out now, in alphabetical-by-last-name order. I know she's up to at least the Ds now, but there are over 200 pros registered. If you're in the latter half of the alphabet, it might be a few days before you get yours.

If you've got questions, I encourage you to ping me first -- I might already know the answer.

Now, back to the data mines...
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Himalayan Institute "Neti Stik" Aromatherapy Inhaler

Four ingredients: Mint, eucalyptus, menthol, and lavender. From a distance of an inch or two, it smells exactly like those Sudacare shower tablets I can't find anywhere anymore.

When used like those old-school menthol inhalers, it's like taking a minty roto-rooter to your sinus cavity. Directions say "inhale gently," but what they mean is "it'll burn like a very burny thing if you overdo it, and also you will cry." But if you can't sleep because you've got a head full of goo, it's so very worth it. I had to buy a second one because [livejournal.com profile] tithonium kept stealing mine.

Last seen in the checkout counter impulse buys at PCC for $4.79.
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A friend had to let her program manager go last week, and is looking for a replacement ASAP. Project or program manager experience needed, game industry experience a plus. Email me, comment to this post with your email address (all comments are screened), or send me a private message with your contact info if you're interested.
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If you have received an invitation to be a panelist at the next Norwescon or know someone who has, surveys need to go back to SunnyJim (programming@norwescon.org) ASAP -- even if you must decline. There are close to a couple of dozen folks on my track alone who haven't responded yet, and we've got to start scheduling the panels next week.

For those who were invited and have accepted, please check your email. Links to panel descriptions went out yesterday, and your choices are due back by NO LATER THAN MONDAY JANUARY 10TH so we can start having our various meetings and putting the schedule together.

At last count, there are 454 panels, 17 programming tracks, AND IT WILL BE AWESOME.
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And suddenly the dryer won't heat. Anyone got a pet handyman who can repair a gas dryer by noon tomorrow?
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1) At 04:30.
2) To the smell of smoke.
3) The source of which you cannot find.
4) Necessitating a sanity-check call to the fire department.
5) Who can't find the source either.

Current theory is it's something that got scorched in the furnace's heat exchanger, blowing the smell through the house via the ductwork. The furnace is switched off for now until we can get someone to take a look at it, and the smell has mostly dissipated.

It's kinda funny that after eleven years of living next door to the fire station, the first time we need them is a few weeks after they move away.
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Garlic mashed potatoes (with butter and cream), succotash (sans beans), and cheddar biscuts (with bacon!) are complete. We're sitting down for a few minutes before showering, and then it's on to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] walbourn and [livejournal.com profile] cuddlyeconomist at the house of some LJ-less friends. And then come the myocardial infarctions.

We don't let the dogs in the kitchen while we're cooking. They are SO MAD.
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Yesterday was a snow day, and my entire team stayed home. Weather was supposed to be better today, if still cold, so I got up at 6 to check the weather and road reports. It was up to 25F by 9:30, and the roads were looking good, so I took [livejournal.com profile] tithonium's 4WD vehicle to finish up the day in the office.

A coworker helped me figure out my annoying router config problem, so I was able to get everything packed up and out the door by 3:00. With the early wake-up, I got my full 8 hours in today, and still managed to get out before traffic got bad.

And it's officially Thanksgiving now - I've paid my tithe to the blood gods. My fingers slipped on an onion, and I bumped my thumb against a very sharp blade. I managed to keep the blood out of the food, so here's hoping that's the only injury. But hey, now I can legitimately call that dish Sufferin' Succotash.
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Norwescon Pro invites went out last week, so if I've contacted you privately about being a panelist, please check your spam filters.

If you got an invite and you can't make it, or you prefer not to go next year, I promise my feelings won't be hurt -- I've already had to start turning people down due to overwhelming interest in a couple of tracks, and I don't have more than a rough outline of my official panel list yet.

And on that topic, if you have any ideas for panels (or know someone who does), please send them my way, or to programming@norwescon.org if you don't think they'd fall under the heading of Fannish Culture. In addition to previous years' Alt Life and Goth tracks, I'm also taking some of the Fannish Interest programming, and have plans for some social justice/awareness panels. Basically, if it's something you as a fan are, live, or do the other 361 days of the year, I might be interested.

This post will remain unlocked, and I will leave anonymous commenting enabled for a week in case there's someone who doesn't feel like outing themselves. IP addresses will still be tracked, but you have my word that I won't go looking up IPs for any reason other than abuse -- one, because I don't want to shut down honest discourse, and two, because I'm lazy. :)

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