Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Queer-Friendly

AI: Queer-Friendly

There’s a large differential in how comfortable the various places I spend time in are for me as a queer-identified person – ranging from high visibility and acceptance of gender- and sexuality-related variance and issues (most of my online spaces) to rather chilly (my hometown), and all sorts of things in between.  My university environment is one I’d call decidedly lukewarm – I haven’t experienc... »

AI: 2013 Internet Awesome

AI: 2013 Internet Awesome

I’ll spare you the obvious question about New Year Resolutions and go for something more like a crowd-sourced Quickies post, instead.  If you’re anything like me, you have absurd numbers of saved/bookmarked links floating around that get added to on a regular basis. My contribution:  A nifty article about net-speak linguistics. What are some of the coolest/most interesting/funniest/most otherwise ... »

AI: Pieces of Flair

AI: Pieces of Flair

Commuting by car on a daily basis is relatively new for me; I used to be able to take the train in to campus (and miss it terribly).  Something I’ve been paying more attention to since I started driving a lot more is what people stick on the backs of their cars.  The ubiquitous ‘my kid is awesome’ bumper stickers, the political stickers, the little cartoon family member stickers, the endless (seri... »

AI: Holiday Food

AI: Holiday Food

So I couldn’t resist a Thanksgiving-related post, but out of a desire not to exclude our non-US readers and have it actually be (hopefully) interesting, let’s talk about food!  I just got finished making a dish my mother asks me to put together for most holiday dinners, ever since I winged it from on-hand ingredients one year.  So I’m going to share my (pseudo) recipe for that below. What are some... »

AI: Conventions

Skepticon is this weekend and I, unfortunately, will not be able to attend. In fact, I haven’t attended a skeptic convention yet. Are they even worth it? I know everyone gets excited about these things, but what can we learn from them? Or is it even about that? So, who’s going to Skepticon? Any panels you plan on attending? People you are dying to see? Places in Springfield you’v... »

AI: Halloween

AI: Halloween

I always end up wishing I had a Halloween party to go to and/or the time to go, and there always ends up being too much going on otherwise.  This year, I’ll be finishing NaNoWriMo prep, and starting writing at midnight, which I am looking forward to with some trepidation and a great deal of excitement. What, if anything, are you doing for Halloween?  What would you like to be doing? The Afternoon ... »

AI: Community Events

AI: Community Events

My city’s Pride festival culminated last weekend with the parade.  I ended up not able to go because I was stuck at work essentially all weekend, and I had mixed feelings about that – I had wanted to go, but I don’t really have anyone local to go with, and while I’m not shy, the inertial barrier of going to a fairly social event like that is a lot lower if I’ll be with someone I know.  My enthusia... »

AI: Habituation and Comfort Zones

AI: Habituation and Comfort Zones

  Yesterday, I had to give a presentation that’s a minor milestone in my doctoral program – all the fourth years have to present at a colloquium for the rest of the department.  I had kind of a weird moment when I realized how much it wasn’t a big deal to me.  I made my presentation the day before, practiced it a few times beforehand, got up, talked, and sat down, and that was pretty much tha... »

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