thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
Got a few posts for you today. Trigger warnings, when noted, are for depressive thoughts, discussion of suicide, and discussion of self-injury.

Whatever you call it, my mental health sucked. About the onset of my illness and my diagnosis. (trigger warning)

The when, why, and how of my self-injuries. Exactly what it says on the tin. (trigger warning)

Depression isn't cured by putting on a happy face. A response to a blog post about how to handle depression.

Weekend meditations.

New Pastel: Personal Transformation.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
Thanks muchly to everyone who commented re: the new blog. The suggestions and support is much appreciated.

I've done a few tweaks since the last post (some based on feedback) so here's the latest list of links:

Why the new blog - for those who missed it earliser
Something I won't be talking about - new post on one thing I will not mention on the new blog.

Feeds:
General blog feed
Blog feed on Dreamwidth
Blog feed on LJ

I believe that covers it for now. =)

New Blog

Jun. 27th, 2011 10:14 am
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
I've started a new blog. You can read all about why over at the link, but the short version is I had stuff I wanted to talk about regarding me and my health and what have you and I wanted a specific place to do it in.

This is not replacing the Dreamwidth/LJ or anything like that. It's in addition to. I'm still figuring out what will go there vs. here, and how much cross-posting (just of links, not entire posts) there will be, so my appreciation for everyone's patience on that front.

So... yeah. New blog. By me. Check it out.
thebratqueen: Jon Stewart is not making this up (not making this up)
I'm not a huge fan of the TSA nakedscanners. I haven't been since I first heard about them months ago. Anything that amounts to "This could really suck for you... but we've totally turned the sucky settings off, honest!" immediately has me going oh hell no. You can imagine my shocked face when it was revealed that "We totally don't save the pictures, honest!" was repeatedly proven to be untrue along with "It can totally see what you look like naked, but we don't turn them up to 11, honest!"

Now they've added in the new patdowns, which are frankly invasive even before you factor in the TSA agents who don't do them properly. I was saying on Twitter earlier today that I feel as though I'm watching a Psych 101 lesson: how much will people be allowed to get away with if they're wearing a uniform? Answer? way too much. (Warning: some of the stories are triggering for sexual assault.)

Having seen this coming when it was a blip on the horizon, one thing that does make me happy is that the ridiculousness of all this is getting a lot of attention. It's now reached the point where people are trying to point out that no, really, it's possible to have safe air travel without the A) naked or B) groped options.

Ergo I come bearing links:

Folks from Reddit have created Fly With Dignity, which looks to be a great central location to use for trackiing the problems and trying to solve them. (Warning: some of the pictures on the front page may be upsetting due to sexual assault imagery.)

The ACLU has also stepped in offering ways to contact DHS and asking for reports on experiences with the new system so that they can begin to form a case. You don't have to be an ACLU member to use either of those.

There are more links out there, but this is just a start. Anyone who wants to include others in the comments is encouraged and welcome to.

Fair warning: this is NOT the place to talk about how everyone is overreacting, or how you personally don't have a problem with the new system so nobody else should, or how obviously the solution is to just not fly, or anything along those lines. I have neither the time nor energy for those conversations, so take 'em somewhere else.

Haiti

Jan. 14th, 2010 11:25 am
thebratqueen: RadioTBQ (RadioTBQ)
You know, one of the things fandom does well - in addition to porn - is organizing whip-rounds when they're needed. [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti has started up to provide a way for folks to donate time/talent/items for auction, proceeds to go to various charities that are helping Haiti out.

I don't know if there's a specific charity for "Donations in Pat Robertson's name to gay atheist Haitians currently getting abortions" but if there is, I'm sure there's a way to arrange an auction for it.

There's also [livejournal.com profile] fandom_charity if you are so inclined.

Of course this is in addition to the usual Red Cross/Doctors Without Borders/etc links that I'm sure you've seen already.

Catching up

Aug. 9th, 2009 01:32 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
It has been a loooooooooooooooooong week involving such things as no LJ/Twitter access (now fixed), no hot water (also now fixed), repair people, and work crazyness. So I sit here on a Sunday afternoon trying to catch up on all that needs doing.

Such as passing along this story, (h/t to [personal profile] tzikeh): Never fly AirTran. Never ever fly AirTran.

I actually didn't know that an airline called AirTran existed, but based on the post and the comments clearly I don't want to know them either.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (WTF Internets?)
As I catch up with my flist I find:

1) Amazon is possibly marking any LBGT book as 'adult' and therefore stripping it of its rankings. I say "possibly" only because I haven't researched this beyond the linked post. But if true that's surprisingly stupid of them. [ETA: more info here]

2) OW MY OVARIES

3) Approximately five billion posts that say "Can I have a dreamwidth invite code?" and nothing else. I leave any conclusions to be drawn form this as an exercise for the reader.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Peter talking to himself)
Possibly the greatest HuffPo post of all time.

Granted the one about child swinging is trauma-inducing so you may want to skip that one. But if you're not bopping along to the condom song I do not know what's wrong with you.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (XKCD Boom de yada)
This looks like it could be interesting, especially since I've been trying to take a more proactive role in setting and reaching my goals.

Anyone interested in trying it out with me? :D
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (GUC: Do something with your life)
People! You must run, not walk, to Stoney's first post about Twilight. This is [livejournal.com profile] stoney321, people! She of the sexy snark and snarky Mormon-fu about sexy snarking!

READ NOW! READ NOW AND PESTER HER FOR MORE OF IT! WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS POST WHEN YOU CAN BE CLICKING THAT LINK? SHOO! GO! GO NOW!!!
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (reading)
So here's the thing: [livejournal.com profile] christinenj got me into using Google Reader. One of the features of said reader is sharing items from your feeds with your Google Reader friends, complete with comments if you were so inclined. Naturally I can't keep my mouth shut on much, and really the only downside to this system that I have found is that all y'all aren't on Google Reader too (don't worry about linking me if you are, it won't change this).

Well gosh, I said to myself, if only I had some way I could share interesting links and articles with the folks I usually blog with.

Yeah, I'm slow.

Anyhoo, so here's me giving it a go. We'll see if this lasts once the new toy shine is off of it. In the meanwhile it's all behind a cut tag for ease of ignoring. Look to the tags for the post to get an idea what all is included.

From TBQ's world news central in her livingroom.... )

Shiny!

Jun. 29th, 2008 11:17 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (XKCD Boom de yada)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bailunrui I have been made aware of Discovery Channel: Ain't Nothing Wrong With That.

*glees with geeky joy over it*
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (doodle)
This is the best editorial cartoon in honor of George Carlin's death that I've seen. (Link c/o [livejournal.com profile] muskrat_john)

The weather reports keep promising OMG THUNDER AND RAIN and none ever comes. I'm starting to develop trust issues.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (big damn heros)
First, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] amireal: Why, if you think harassment is flattering, you are stupid. Select quote:
Men who want to be with beautiful women devote their energy to winning dates with beautiful women. Men who devote their energy to aggression toward strange women enjoy winning fights with women. That’s why they’ve set up a context where she feels cornered and pressured and where their male buddies back them up.
***

In political news, thanks to Barack Obama the Democratic Party will no longer accept donations from lobbyists. Also, if you'd like to support Barack's campaign and haven't before, they're currently doing a donation match:
"If you make a $25 donation today, your gift will be matched by a previous donor who has agreed to give again. You can even choose to exchange a note with them about why you support Barack."
You can go here to take advantage of the match.

Of note: when I first heard about this at 4:30pm they were 2,000 folks shy of their goal of 10,000 new donors. I went to take a nap and now, 3 hours later, they have 11,286 (with a new goal of 20,000). That's just awesome.
thebratqueen: Cottage (Siam)
Interesting essay over on Get Rich Slowly: Richer Than Rockefeller: Putting Wealth in Perspective.

The called-for rain of DOOM yesterday did not really materialize. We got some rain later in the night but nothing like the rest of the Eastern seaboard had to deal with.

Today is supposed to be warm and sunny so I'm going to try to make a run to buy plants.

Of course that's hard to do when you have a heavy, purring Mac in your lap.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (glasses)
An actual mod of that Harry Potter RPG (as opposed to the "YOUR HELP IS NOT HELPING" idiots in the comments) has asked for suggestions on what to rename their game.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Mike Rowe dirty)
A happier post, to help cleanse the palate:

You've probably heard of the Discovery Channel's I love the whole world commercial by now. But did you know that it has a live version?

Did you know the live version has, amongst others, Mike Rowe, Bear Grylls, and the Deadliest Catch boys? SINGING??

Watch. Watch NOW.

(Discovered - no pun intended - thanks to this post)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (the girls)
[livejournal.com profile] ladybug218 pointed out that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. IRONY!!!

In more positive news, [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur brings us the Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Program.

I mentioned this yesterday but it bears repeating: The Gift of Fear should be required reading for everyone. It's about understanding the psychology of violence and learning how to listen to your instincts. It completely ties in to the idea of the Back Each Other Up program because one of the things that keeps us from interfering when we see a situation where someone might be hurt is that we're scared of being wrong, of making a scene, of being considered rude or bitchy. Likewise it helps to show why something like the Open Source Boob Project is violating and frightening even though it wasn't about full-on violence or rape.

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