Oct. 20th, 2007

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Odds and ends: the weekend recovery edition

I’m so lame. I never got around to posting on Blog Action Day. But my excuse is that I’ve had a real roller coaster of a week. I went from, well, managing myself on Monday to having two direct reports on Wednesday, and that’s only part of it. So yeah, I really do think activism is important, I just didn’t take the arbitrarily designated day to talk about it. I wish I could link to my activism category, but I’ve been slow with this whole content import and re-tagging thing, so I’ve only gotten around to tagging one of my old posts with it. Oh well. There’s always next year.


On Thursday evening, Karsten and I went to hear Peter Plagens give an art lecture at the Frist with our friends Brad and Jed, and I’m pretty sure we were all creatively inspired. It was awesome. He basically talked about the struggle to embrace the new once you’ve become comfortable and familiar with the not-so-new, but unlike that rather trite-sounding summary, he was articulate and witty and insightful.


Speaking of embracing the new, I spent this morning working on updating the top-level honeybowtie.com site. I needed to replace a lot of the clunky tables, image-based text styling, and Dreamweaver-generated Javascript from oh-so-long-ago with a more adaptable CSS-based design. I’m not in love with how it looks yet, but it’s definitely a step in the direction I’m trying to go. The idea is to incorporate the blog and the rest of the site a bit more seamlessly, but I’m obviously not there yet.


Karsten is spending the day working (and I’m occasionally collaborating with him) on a project we’ve been trying to get around to finishing for several months now. Between all the chaos of the house renovation, my day job, our flea and rat troubles, sick cats, and vacation, it’s been delayed a bit. So with any luck we’ll have a scratch demo recorded by tomorrow night, even if it’s only a chorus. The artist we’re communicating with about this song has been waiting long enough and we need to get this one wrapped. I’m also trying to round up some other song ideas she might be interested in, so I guess we have next weekend already planned, too.


This vodka and tonic is simply perfect. I am a bartending genius, I tell you.

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Nov. 28th, 2006

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Vegetarianism and veganism, somewhat explained and somewhat defended

Some controversy has been caused in the local blogosphere (historians, take note! I believe that was my first use of that word in this space) by the public declaration of veganism by Brittney Gilbert, who writes for Nashville Is Talking. A response appeared in Tiny Cat Pants, prompting dozens of comments, and various other references appeared in other blogs.

I like Brittney -- she's a good dude -- and since I've been alternately vegan and lacto-vegetarian (or just veg*n for short -- meaning any variant) for the past 10+ years, I thought I might weigh in with a few comments.

More about veg*nism and my own participation after the cutCollapse )

Yes, I realize how ridiculous our choices are to many of you. It's fun to make fun of us. My friends and coworkers do it all the time. ("Let's go to the steakhouse for lunch today, Kate!" Ha ha.) Odd how few people consider it appropriate to make fun of other lifestyle choices or beliefs. But I've got a thick skin and I don't mind it. Not everyone does, and I actually met someone once who said she used to be vegetarian but she couldn't handle the social awkwardness. Whether you think it's silly or not, isn't that a bit unfortunate?

I can't tell you how many times I've had people point at my shoes and ask if they're leather. They're not, but what's the idea? Is there a vegan lifestyle police force I don't know about?

Some veg*ns are pompous holier-than-thou jerks, some are judgmental of non-veg*ns, some are looking for opportunities to make meat-eaters feel bad about their diets. But a lot of us are not. A lot of us are trying to make the world a kinder, gentler place, and our actions are not an indictment of your actions, even if you choose to interpret them as such. Our actions have nothing to do with you.

Speaking for myself, I can say that I know of at least 6 people who've become vegan or vegetarian citing my indirect influence, and that flatters me. But I don't set out to convince anyone to stop eating meat, let alone cheese (it's amusing to me that I hear from people so often "I could give up meat but never cheese!"). On the other hand, I would love to convince people to stop participating in a process that marginalizes both the farmer and the farm animal, but that goes well beyond where we decide to go for lunch together.

Oct. 31st, 2006

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Please vote "No" on Prop 1

If you're in Tennessee, you've no doubt heard about Proposition 1, but maybe you don't know what the amendment entails, or how exactly it would affect you.

Here is the text of the amendment:

The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state.  Any policy or law or judicial interpretation, purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman, is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee.  If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.

If you are heterosexual, this amendment will not directly affect you or limit your rights in any way. However, if you are a bisexual or homosexual person living in Tennessee, this amendment severely limits your rights. Marriage secures more than 1,000 rights for couples.

Terry Frank has written a pro-prop-1 post at her blog, and the core of her argument seems to be that marriage is primarily about having and raising children. Naturally, I take issue with this logic, and responded in a comment, saying:

As a bisexual, non-religious woman in a child-free-by-choice marriage with a man, I obviously find significant fault with this logic and this defense of policy, but the strongest five are these:

1) The idea that marriage must be defined around the bearing of children, thereby invalidating childless and child-free couples, including those who are physically unable to reproduce, those who are past child-bearing age, those who choose not to have children for health reasons, financial reasons, or any of dozens of other sound reasons.

2) The idea that same-sex couples are somehow less valid than mixed-sex couples, and less deserving of social support and the myriad legal protections well above and beyond relevance to parenting that marriage affords couples.

3) The idea that religion should enter into a policy definition of marriage in a nation whose concept of government is predicated on separation of church and state.

4) The idea that children should be borne to provide care to their aging parents, rather than supporting real social services that provide care for aging people regardless of their parental status.

5) The idea that same-sex couples that choose to raise children (by adoption, from previous relationships, through artificial insemination, or any other means), and more importantly, the idea that their children are somehow not deserving of the rights, protections, and opportunities afforded by marriage.

Do you oppose Prop 1? Please, please, please: make sure you vote.

Edited to add: My comments on Terry's blog begin quite a ways down the page, in case you're interested in reading them in context.

Aug. 2nd, 2006

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Walking in the Night Out Against Crime, 8/1/2006

It was miserably hot, but we walked through almost every street in Salemtown and threw in a few in Germantown for good measure.

Germantown had planned a cookout for the Night Out Against Crime, but it had to be cancelled. Instead, Germantown neighbors were invited to the walk organized by Salemtown neighbors organized.

Which was fine by me because we did the cookout last year -- and sure, it was nice to meet neighbors and be sociable and all -- but every Germantown neighborhood event is like that. And it doesn't really pertain specifically to the theme other than the idea that knowing your neighbors is a great way to reduce crime -- which is a hard idea to argue with.

But still, there's definitely more going on in both of these neighborhoods than can be handled by just being friendly with your neighbors. Confronting the issues in a "we're taking back the streets" manner seems to me more sincere and more direct.

On the other hand, did I mention it was hot? Really, really hot. And did I mention we walked a really long way? Yeah, OK, I did, but by the time Karsten and I dropped out as the walk passed our house (which surely had to have been near the end of the walk anyway), we were sweaty and starving, having waited until after the walk for dinner.

Still, it was great to mingle with the Salemtown crew, and to chat with our friends from up the street. Folks from the Salemtown neighborhood association were giving out informational flyers to neighbors who were looking on from their homes, and several of the walkers were giving out candy and balloons to neighborhood kids. Also, John H of Salem's Lots pointed out that we have something like 5 bloggers living within 3 blocks on the same street (including perhaps North Nashville's best-known blogger, S-townMike of Enclave), but I added that if you take in a few of the side streets, I know that number climbs quickly.

If only blogging could prevent bird feeders from getting stolen. It probably can't. But walking with neighbors to make the streets safer -- now that stands a chance of making a difference.

Update: More posts about the walk! John H on Salem's Lots, and S-townMike on Enclave.

Jul. 30th, 2004

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biallmeans.org updates

Originally published at The Bee Hive. Please leave any comments there.

At long last, I’ve started on an update and redesign for biallmeans.org. I’m not done or anything (not by far!), but I thought I’d give you all a sneak peek.

If anyone wants to suggest any links to add while I’m updating, feel free.

Updated much later to add: I eventually did let that domain lapse. I just didn’t have feel like I had the time it would have taken to make it the resource it could be, so I’d rather let someone else have the domain.

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Jul. 13th, 2004

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Constitutional Marriage Amendment

Edited from an email message from a friend:

Some in Congress are pushing for a vote on the Constitutional Marriage Amendment and it will occur this Wednesday.

MoveOn.org has an easy, ready-made letter that they will send in your name to all your Senators and Representatives as well as the President.

Edited from the MoveOn.org site's "tell a friend" letter:

Never before has our Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. Yet our Senators will vote on this amendment in the next 48 hours.

It's urgent that we speak up now. This hateful divisiveness has no place in America. Please join me in saying so, at:


Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination based on who they are or who they love.

Edited from the message I sent at the site:

Fighting terror is one thing. Fighting our own citizens is entirely another.

Please let your voice be heard.

Nov. 16th, 2003

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The Meatrix


I love what they did with this. I made the exact same comparison when I first saw the Matrix but I have no animation talent, so I'm thrilled that someone with that ability put this time and effort into it. Rock on.
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