Friday, December 25, 2009

what's popular here in the netherlands

The south in this tiny, flat land is akin to how Americans view the southeastern United States. They find us (us, as in, though I am not dutch, I am a current resident) stupid and backward. There are all these short skits as featured here in this music video ...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Monday, September 22, 2008

confessions of a dance gypsy

One thing I like to do with friends is drive and ride for hours and hours to places where other friends are converging to dance and play. Last weekend it was YDW in Vermont. This was a late-night lets-make-a-music-video project that was as fun as it looks...

Adam Tensta - My Cool -- 2008 YDW Techno Contra from Forrest O. on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

a night

Did you ever have a night that you didn't want to give up on, but everywhere you turned were signs that you probably should? Last night was like that. Too many stops and stories to go into right now, but it really became farcical around number five. Eventually I did slink back home, and woke up this morning with the feeling that I'd seen a really confusing movie the night before and my brain was still trying to catch up with it. In the end, I'm glad that I didn't give up on it, but I don't think that I could handle more than one of these every couple of months.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bubble people

So I've been living in this place for almost 2 years now. In other towns and other moves, 2 years has been the amount of time it takes me to find a group of people I really like and am comfortable with. Not so here. While I am certainly not friendless, I know very few people I actually care for.

I keep going to the movies, drinking coffee, having dinner - doing all the friend date things, It's not working. I have a confession about these people. They bore me. They say nothing I am interested in. They may not be stupid, but they certainly seem that way.

The reason I think I'm so bored with these people and often angry is that they seem to think they live in a bubble. They have very few interests, usually limited to things like playing Guitar Hero and intoxication of some form. They don't understand and don't care to even acknowledge that not only do their actions have consequences for them, they affect other people. And vice versa. When they complain about cuts to their financial aid and then say that they won't vote because it won't help them, I want to strangle them.

And when I try to talk about things I'm interested in - a book I've read, worrying about a grant proposal at work, what will happen if we leave/stay in Iraq, how could people change their lifestyles to deal with climate change without sacrificing too much, is the portrayal of "fat" in Kung Fu Panda empowering or not and does that make the humor cruel - I get blank stares, or worse, an uncomfortable laugh and a comment about my intelligence.

In just the past few weeks, I've started spending time with 2 people that aren't like this. So wish me luck.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Blog Warning

At the risk of sounding like danah boyd, this whole ... Adventures in Friendship! thing ... it's, well, performance. It's fake. Right down from the title to the toes (hacker slang for posts!). Just keep that in mind in reading any of it.

Some of it is brilliant. Oh, how proud I am of those superpowers, and those Trampdance! flyers I think were actually quality work. And a toe here and there leaves me grinning with complacency, you know, the ones ... with the wit ... and doubleplusgoodspeak.

But the rest is just vaudeville. Don't read into it too much.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

domestic violence

and why pregnant women are so vulnerable and how, oftentimes, pregnancy is what initiates domestic violence in a home:,,2270135,00.html

i would be much happier if diane taylor had explored this issue more.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

this is for those who place their faith in the gender dichotomy.

Apparently, Some People Don't WANT Superpowers

Weird, huh?

I just got a request from someone that their entry in the superpowers game be removed from the site.†

Why someone would reject perfectly good superpowers is beyond me. It seems mentioning someone's name in this blog has triggered one of those newfangled Privacy Invasion Alarms, yet again.

Does the mention of someone on a blog, along with silly and benign superpowers, require a consultation with that person before publication? I know it doesn't legally, but typically, I wouldn't even give it consideration unless I was saying something defamatory about the person.

So this is the second request that someone's name be removed from the site! I think everyone's doing that "What would my employer find out about me?" Google search.

It feels much better to just let go of controlling one's identity, I think.

†I just abridged their name.