AND NOW I’M EMPLOYED
Kyuubey what did you do?!
THAT FUCKING CAT got into my dorm! I was getting ready for bed and heard meowing outside, and I thought maybe the cat was on the porch again. Wrong. She was outside my room and tried to run in (I blocked her effectively) and because she’s adorable, I sat down in the hall and petted her for a minute before I heard someone coming up the stairs, which turned out to be my roommate, and she reported that someone had propped the door to our dorm open, which was kind of scary (and probably how the cat got in) Oberlin’s pretty safe, but not universally so.
We closed the door and put the cat outside (to the cat’s dismay; it’s sitting on the porch meowing. SORRY CAT I’M A HORRIBLE PERSON BUT YOU CAN’T COME IN HERE OR ANIMAL CONTROL WILL CATCH YOU AND KILL YOU LIKE THEY DID SOUTH CAT ) T_T
Since the site I was going to use for a poll isn’t working right now, I’ve just decided to have votes be sent in through the ask. The anonymous setting has been turned off so you cannot vote multiple times.
Just send in who you think should win:
Entry 1 (Firebrand)
Entry 2 (Cursor)
Entry 3 (Cursor)
Entry 4 (Sam)
Entry 5 (Female Noah)
Entry 6 (Observer)
Entry 7 (Observer)
Entry 8 (Swain)
Entry 9 (Observer)
Entry 10 (Cursor)
Voting ends April 16th, 2013! The winners will be announced during the upcoming weekend.
Vote for your favorite! (Spoiler: your favorite is entry 10. Unless it isn’t, in which case your favorite is not entry 10 and you should vote for your favorite. .)
on conservatives at Oberlin, and differing points of view
The Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians are a very small student group, but they have the support of conservative Oberlin trustee Steven Shapiro, who sponsors conservative speakers giving lectures on campus. I very rarely agree with anything said at these lectures, but sometimes I go, to hear a differing point of view from mine.
Sometimes they get famous people, like Ron Paul, who spoke yesterday. Sometimes they get people no one’s heard of.
Then sometimes they get someone disgusting, like William Flax, who’s speaking tomorrow and…
Tales from the Free Box
At Oberlin, most dorms have a Free Box, a box where residents can throw clothes and other household items they no longer want. Anyone can take things from the Free Box, and at the end of the semester, everything that hasn’t been claimed is donated to Oberlin Community Services, a wonderful organization.
I’ve pulled some pretty awesome things out of the Free Box — a few dresses, a few pairs of interestingly patterned pants, lots of t-shirts, one unbelievably soft sweater, a winter coat that makes me look like either a wandering wizard or Mrs. Whatsit from A Wrinkel in Time, a pair of walking shoes, a pair of burlesque shoes, and my favorite contra dancing skirt. However, none of them comes close to the awesomeness of what I just found.
(You cannot hope to beat me in a Free Box outfit-off. I am simply the best there is.)
I checked the jacket for a label to see if I could find out if whoever made it was still around. Lo and behold, there was.
This company specialized in making uniforms for “hotels, theaters, and marching bands.” Made sense. No website, so it’s probably been gone for a while. I thought that might have been all there was to the search, but as I closed the jacket, my fingers found a pocket, and I felt a piece of paper sewn into the side…
September 6, 1933.
Got out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head.
Checked my email.
Saw this sentence…
“We are happy to inform you that you have been officially admitted to the
Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University for the fall
semester of 2013.”
Flurry: A Recap
Posting below a cut so your dashboards do not get flooded. If tales of dance joy pique your interest, read on.
cold (tw: suicide)
i hear Britney Spears’s “Can’t Make you Love Me” coming from the kitchen.
why is it that i still remember the lyrics why
a difficult situation
What is a music fan to do when one of their favorite artists says something which they don’t just not agree with, but consider extremely problematic?
The artist in question is Chris Keating, lead singer of Yeasayer. The thing said was — I quote —“I think [Frank Ocean] is a good new face for the R&B world right now, to kind of usher out – no pun intended – some of these folks,” Keating said. “Because, let’s get real, R.Kelly is a terrible person. I like R.Kelly and how crazy he is, but he’s a terrible piece of shit, a horrible person, really bad all around. Let’s get rid of him. Let’s gay it up a little [in R&B].”
Problem Number One with this statement: CK is white, and he is dictating what should happen in a field of music traditionally performed by POC, telling the Rolling Stone audience what is “right” and “wrong” about something he’s not even involved with.
Problem Number Two: He’s saying “gay it up a little.” If the person making this statement was an openly LGBT person, this would be excusable. Keating, however, is heterosexual and white, in contrast to Frank Ocean, who is bisexual and black. If Keating was trying to express delight at the new LGBT representation in R&B, he picked some poor words to do so.
Problem Number Three: R. Kelly is easy to dislike because of his past offenses; I’m not his biggest fan. Less delicately, I think he has a long history of acting like a piece of shit. However, for Keating to say that he loves how “crazy” Kelly is, then say that he’s a piece of shit, is not okay. It reduces Kelly to less than a caricature of a destructive, racist stereotype.
I’ve been a fan of Yeasayer’s music going on a year and a half, I pre-ordered Fragrant World, and I think the album got slightly shafted by Pitchfork. At least a 6.5, please. However, how much of a fan can I call myself when the face of the band says things like this? It’s problematic, to say the least.
Does anyone have anything to say about this?
what happens when I have coffee with dessert
first I can’t fall asleep
then I try to fall asleep
but then I start thinking about every Wrong Thing I’ve done in the past year, two years, three
(there are a lot)
good luck sleeping now Madame P
Last year, I had trouble sleeping. I did what I swore to myself I’d stop doing and started using ASMR videos to help me fall asleep. I’d wake up the next morning refreshed, but always panicky — what if my roommate heard and thought I was strange/crazy/creepy? What if my headphones became unplugged?
I got through the year wondering if it was me, in a tingles-induced trance, that closed my laptop every night, or if it was my possibly frustrated roommate who was too polite to say anything.
It’s summer. I have my own room. Next year, I’m in an open double, which doesn’t have a dividing wall to block sound. I wondered what I was going to do.
Then, today, I found out (via random Facebook newsfeed flash) that my lovely this-year’s roomie is also ASMR receptive. We then proceeded to spend an hour geeking out.
Problem solved in the best way.
It still would have been hilarious if both of us were sneaking around, adjusting headphones, trying to make sure the other one didn’t find out.
PS: roomie, if you’re on this and you want this post down — tell me. I didn’t identify you on purpose.
I have breached Act 5.
It appears that my Halloween costume this year, as well as my cosplay should I cosplay, has been chosen for me. This is me, circa 2008.
I seriously hope I still have that in the attic.