All you need to know is that I am watching you from all kinds of awkward angles
But I will reveal to you other, lesser important details:
I was born somewhere between 1837 and 2513, [used to] do track and field---not too shabby but not amazing---and [used to] play goalball. You get extra points if you know what that implies. (Hint: [Vid of men
. Vid of women
. Yes, they're blindfolded.]) I don't do the martial arts thing anymore (boo!), though I have gotten into cycling (yay!).
I got my right eyebrow pierced, and then the left side of my lip double-pierced about a year and a half later. Within the first week, one of the CBR fell out while I was sleeping and the hole closed. ( scream
) I kept the other one in for a little less than a year before deciding to take it out---because it was just too much to deal with while being involved with sports. I accidentally let my right eyebrow hole close and got my left eyebrow pierced shortly after. A few years later that one randomly fell out, so I got my labret pierced. Wasn't diggin' that one, so I took it out a few weeks later and now have my nose pierced.
when it comes to the existence of god(s), though I like some aspects of ignosticism
; but am an atheist when it comes to belief. Despite being raised within a super Christian household --- church every Sunday and Wednesday --- it never quite caught on. In fact, I remember saying that "Jesus forgive me/come into my life/whatever" prayer at every
service and wondering if it worked. It was a great struggle, but eventually I was able to accept that I just don't believe in god or any kind of deity. (I'm not even the least bit spiritual. blaugh
I'm [used to be much more so] concerned about protecting the environment. I am aware of the current inefficiencies of going organic and all that; I know that reduce, reuse, and recycle is in order of importance; I know that companies damage the world more than individuals do; and I know that it isn't nearly as bad as the scary stories want you to believe, but I still believe that it is still our job to at least try to stop ******** over the world as much as we do, thus, I am into discovering real solutions and not the current ones that are basically neutralized by the resources used to make them. Attempting to directly influence various policies, for example via www.change.org, is probably the best thing we can do as individuals, while taking action through volunteer projects is probably the second best. I hope to be able to participate in an official project at some point!
I'm interested in race relations (and, to a lesser extent, gender, transgender, and sexuality issues) and setting ig'nant folk straight on the facts. The world is not perfect, and it won't get that way if we just stop setting regulations and/or acknowledging that there are problems. Yes, some regulations are stupid and unfair and need to be modified or eliminated, but that says nothing about the issue as a whole. Don't think for a second that it will just get better on its own. We've tried and keep trying that and it didn't and still does not work. Though I am not a communist, my thoughts on the matter are similar to those of Le Pere Duschesne.
I can be found in various forums, mainly ED (Extended Discussion), ED-P (Extended Discussion - Politics), LD (Lifestyle Discussion), and LoK (Legend of Korra). I usually participate in race and gender debates, though I tend to lurk in threads based upon anthropological/sociological/psychological issues. I periodically take breaks because you all wear me out.
Outside of Gaia, but still in Internetland, I try to learn about various topics concerning all sorts of things. I am interested in history, news, and science (human physiology/anatomy, physics/chemistry, psychology/sociology/anthropology mainly). Because you've asked: No, I am not a feminist. Yes, I have specific reasons why..
Outside of Internetland, I have taken up jumping rope and practice at a high intensity for 20 to 30 minutes everyday. I used to be sooo good at it and could do lots of tricks and cool junk. I'm not doing it for the exercise, despite it being a kick a** workout, but so I can work back up to that point. For now I have to work on improving my skills to the point that I can start practicing the neat stuff. Just the basics
I also enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, even though I don't get to do that often. I am content with merely being out of the house everyday.
Also, I'm a Chemistry major.
You can learn lots about people from the books they read. Those I either have recently finished or am currently reading include:The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
(2002) by Naomi WolfOn Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
by Robert BurtonBrain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences
by Rebecca Jordan-YoungDelusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
(2011) by Cordelia FineThe Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carol SaganHow To Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons
by Albert EllisThe Mismeasure of Woman: Why women are not the better sex, the inferior sex, or the opposite sex
by Carol TavrisMistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
by Carol Tavris and Elliot AronsonMyths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men, Revised Edition
by Anne Fausto-SterlingThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander (Lecture about the book by the author
) Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV
by Jennifer PoznerSee What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses
by Lawrence D. RosenblumScience Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy
by Robert M. Hazen and James TrefilSexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
by Anne Fausto-SterlingSister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
by Melissa V. Harris-Perry (Lecture about the book by the author
)Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World
by Lisa Bloom
(Throw some suggestions my way!)
Same goes with games. Those on my ipod/pad include:Angry BirdsCat PhysicsContre JourCut the Rope
/Cut the Rope ExperimentsEdge
<--- current favsEnigmoFruit NinjaPerfect CellRagdoll Blaster 2TrainyardWhere's My Water?
The only computer game I regularly play is Minecraft.
(If you know of similar games, please recommend!)
I play the piano. I write lyrics. I compose music. I make ringtones. It's fun.
PM me about anything but spam. blaugh Updated 04/15/2012