Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Potpourri Too - BDSM at Christmas, Accidental Handjobs, and the Wege has Comments

I'm going for a list for the second day in a row - bear with me, it actually takes more effort than some single-topic postings...

Savage Love (via the City Pages) is extremely amusing this week. It includes some valid advice about not having to let your sister bring her slave to the family holidays. I wonder if this applies to my brother in law. There's also an amusing secondary story that includes the lamest excuses ever proffered for office sex.

The Wege has comments! I bet there are righties who have been waiting in the wing(nut)s for this day. You know, he hasn't been showing up in my aggregator for a week, and I just assumed his site was down again because it doesn't really tell me what's going on, it just gives me a big red "Norwegianity" in MS Outlook format. It didn't occur to me that he might be packing up and moving his feed. So if you've got his old Giselson syndication address, you should switch over to this feed. But crank the parameter limit on the URL up to 1000 just to see if it annoys him.

The marriage bill might be in trouble because two Democrats were elected in the special (St. Cloud) election! Minnesotans elected two politicians who don't believe in the marriage amendment? But...but...that's all we ever think about! Or so I hear. I have some coworkers that will be absolutely devastated by this election and the shelving of the amendment - more devastated than I was about G.W. getting a second term. Excellent. Maybe they'll spend their time worrying about something else now.

Pooteewheet has pictures up of her grandfather's timely visit to Mauthausen. My friend Ming and I recently went over to the University of Minnesota and donated her pictures and a Nazi flag that hung over Mauthausen (and a few other notes) to the Genocide Studies Department. They don't have an official museum, but they work with Traces and some other groups to do displays all over the state, so if you've seen anything related to WWII recently, there's a chance you've seen something from their collection.

Religion News Blog examines what different faiths think about Jesus: Sikh guru, Bhakti yogi, bodhisattva, subordinate son, god from god? While Sylvia Topp in The Village Voice tries to determine George Bush's personal interpretation of the same topic: "...Christianity has gone through so many revisions in 2000 years that it's possible in our day for believers to be as polarized in their teachings as Martin Luther King and Pat Robertson"

For everyone who reads my blog and gave me, Pooteewheet or Eryn a present, this is your thank-you. Lame as it may be, it's to drive home the important idea that I do not send out thank you notes. Yes, yes, they're polite. But my whole life they've simply seemed to be proof that people simply cannot believe you're happy, no matter how happy you tell them you are, unless you pay 24 cents...um...39 cents...so they can see the official stamp of your consideration. People who give me presents...I love them. I seldom get presents from people who aren't my friends, close co-workers (with benefits....no no, wait, that was the woman in the first article, not me), or family. They should know I care about them. I give them presents in return, and even not in return, if I see something that screams their name. I tell them I like them. I post pictures of them on my blog. I write nice things about them and pay attention to them. I give them coffee. I bake them pies. I play poker and board games with them. They know who they are, and if they need a written confession of my esteem, they'll find my signature in a book on their desk or pillow some morning. In return, I ask that they never send me thank you notes. That way we don't have to worry about who snubbed whom.

1 comment:

Christian said...

Indeed, I work in Eagan Analytical. I've only been with West for a little more than three months. I thought about attending Hamline for a while before settling on Iowa State. Do you write much besides your blog? I haven't gotten terribly far into it yet.