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This blog is:

- a personal space used for contemplation and creative writing
- feminist
- sex positive
- philosophical
- pro-sex worker rights
- anti-racist
- LGBTQ-friendly
- pro-choice
- anti-misogynist
- pro-full disclosure, comprehensive sex education
- anti-gender constructs
- pro-equal party/community parenting
- anti-troll

May. 29th, 2015

Dr. R: So who is it that keeps leaving their markings on the board everytime we come in?
Me: There's an introduction to calculus class in here before us.
Dr. R: Over the years I've noticed it's always the mathematicians who leave their markings and never clean them off for the next class. I don't know what it is, it's like they HAVE to make their mark somewhere.
Me: He took a really long time leaving today; I gave him five minutes past time and he was still lecturing.
Dr. R: Well then.
Me: He's at least really easy on the eyes.
Dr. R: I hope you didn't tell him that!
Me: Of course not.

..................................... for now, anyway.

ETA: Now considering ways to tell him I think he's cute in the brief minute between my coming into the lecture room and his leaving it.

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WisCon39 Schedule

Here's my schedule for this WisCon!

Bridging the Generation Gap at WisCon
Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm, Capitol A
One of WisCon's greatest strengths is its generational diversity. For one weekend a year, feminist fans of all ages come together to share their common interests, from today's teens and tweens all the way through millennials, Generation X, baby boomers, and beyond. But despite the close confines of the Concourse hotel, inter-generational mingling is sometimes limited, and divides over media popularity, waves of feminism, different reactions to "fails", and how to "do" fandom can sometimes split the community. How does the perspective on these things change if you're 70, 50, 30, 20? This panel seeks to interrogate how and why these divides happen, and how we might bridge those gaps so that WisCon-goers of all ages can learn from each other.
Fellow Panelists: Eileen Gunn (M), Pat Murphy, Orange Mike, Jackie M

Intersectionality Is Not a Crossroads, It's a Venn Diagram
Sat, 4:00–5:15 pm, Capitol B
We talk a lot about intersectionality these days, but the concept is often confused with a hierarchy of oppression. Let's talk about the origins of the word, and what is meant by it.
Fellow panelists: Victor Raymond (M), Moondancer Drake, Beth Plutchak

Identity outside the United States
Sun, 4:00–5:15 pm, Senate A
Most panels at WisCon are dominated by the perspective of those from the United States. How do people from other countries experience and talk about race, culture, ethnicity, and the other issues we regularly discuss?
Fellow panelists: SoosheBot (M), Alex Gurevich

Mulan Movie Marathon
Sun, 8:45 pm–Mon, 3:00 am, Conference 3
Most people are familiar with Disney's Mulan, and this movie marathon will screen multiple versions of the same story, based on the famous Ballad of Mulan! We will start on familiar ground with the Disney movie, then straight into Jingle Ma's tearjerker, and finish with the Shaw Brothers's adaptation of the Huangmei Opera version. If you ever wanted to know how Mulan is represented in China, come and see!
Note: WEAR YOUR COMFY JAMMIES! And bring Kleenex.
I'm also looking for someone who has a laptop that can read Region 3 DVDs with a VGA hookup.

On Hugs:
I am hug-friendly. I am also a hug-giver (especially for POC). If you ask for a hug, I will give you a full-body hug. If you don't like full-body hugs, you probably should not touch me =(

On Food:
I am a meat-eater. I have a lot of issues with food texture, thus cannot eat vegetables as a result. I do like vegetable soup though. I also love sweeties, and I rather liked the hot chocolate at Michaelangelo's, the last time I was there!

On Pronouns:
I am cisgender so don't worry on my account here =)

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May. 14th, 2015

So! Today was "wear something you wouldn't normally wear" day for the fashion theory seminar I'm auditing! I wore a red baju kurung I've carted with me over the years and continents but wear only for special occasions (not that there's anything particularly special about it). Everyone else (but one, who forgot) also wore similarly different things and we talked about how our outfits, how we felt different in them. A lot of us were PHYSICALLY comfortable, but SOCIALLY uncomfortable. Even the prof was wearing something different! (She wore a sweater and jeans.)

Folks were very impressed all day. Unfortunately, it was an incredibly cold evening and despite my outfit being a full-body dress, it was not enough to ward off the cold. My shoes are also too small, and it had rained during the day, which meant that I had to walk on the flooded path because walking on the side (which I normally do) was impossible, since my heels sank into the muddy ground. So I walked through the cold water. Which would have been fine except I now have a cold.

I meant to start grading today but a student from the previous quarter came in to talk about the current quarter and ranted for some two and a half hours. She's not the first student, worryingly. But I don't really know what to do.

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May. 14th, 2015

10.45am - actually made it out for the meeting with the guest speaker of the department. She was super nice! She was also quite interesting, wish I had the chance to talk to her more.

12pm - her talk!

1pm - the mid-term!

2pm - the aftermath of the midterm! mostly me and Mark sorting the papers into alphabetical order, then coming up with answers for the papers.

3.30pm - the panel on Race and SF. The guest speakers were coming over from EagleCon for some reason to do with collaboration, I guess. It was Isiah Lavender III and Minister Faust. I'd never met Minister Faust before, so that was cool.

5pm - meeting with Dr. R about the papers to establish common grading ground.

6pm - some downtime and a lot of waiting for the bus to get out to dinner with the SF folks. Eric was gonna pick me up but I caught the bus just before.

~7pm - Finally, dinner.

8.30pm - dinner over, Eric and I went to a record store before he dropped me off home.

I feel so knackered. And this weekend I have to make stuff for WisCon! Aaaaaaaaaaaaa.....

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May. 13th, 2015

- Finished sorting Dr. Shapiro's books on Monday. There are actually 12 boxes, a whole 5 of them dedicated to French books.

- Yesterday I kind of just hung out and got people to take more books, and consolidated the boxes even more. Dr. Bloom was in a dither trying to figure out which should stay and which should go. The CPLT library is running out of room and we really should sort through it at some point as a department.

- I also delivered the mid-term review on Monday, and I was really underprepared for it, come to think of it. I talked too fast, babbled too much (and the prof objected to my swearing in class), and the powerpoint had too much stuff. Students kept trying to take pictures of the slides after I'd asked them not to -_-

Anyway, mid-term is today and we'll see how the students do this time.

Today there's also a speaker on postcolonialism, a panel on race and SF, and dinner with the panelists, and I've got to sort the midterm papers alphabetically with my co-TA somewhere in between and have a chat with the prof about it.

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- Dr. Shapiro passed away earlier this year, and as good hoarders go, had a library collection of SIX. THOUSAND. BOOKS. In English, French, German, Spanish, Italian. Half of them have already gone to private collections and libraries, but the other half is still looking for a home, so tonight I went over with a prof and another grad student to go through her books.


Of course, she had a wide array in her fields (French, so lots of French history, literature). But she also had a whole host of other things?? Like there was a whole box on religion, and a whole box of Greek classics, a half-shelf of cookbooks (which, in retrospect, I should have claimed, because I know so many people who cook). LOTS of feminist theory. Oddly a bunch of anthropology and sociology books. There's a novel set in Thailand?! Bunch of Dada books, bunch of film books, lots of art books. I have a beautiful copy of The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin, harcover, English translation. She also had some Asian-American anthologies (like The Big Aiiieeeee! and if you want this one you can have it). I have four books in The Fontana Economic History of Europe which I'm going to read through for my dissertation.

I picked out three boxes of books and could only bring home one box because I was sharing a car. This haul includes:
- Out of Place by Edward Said
- Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldua
- A Question of Power by Bessie Head
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Philosopher in the Kitchen by Brillat-Savarin (and once I'm done with this I'll pass it off to the prof who got me to the place, because she does French and food studies and was excited about it; I was surprised she'd never heard of it!)
- bunch of books on visual arts and theory
- something something postmodern feminism
- a collection of those photo slides? I don't remember what they're called anymore. One of those things you plugged into a projector.

Uhm. Look. There's a lot. Basically, if you want some free books, leave me a comment about generally which field you'd like books in and I'll look. Her friend is boxing up books and moving them out on Thursday night, and I plan on heading out on Friday, hopefully with someone who has a car, to pick through the rest of the books.

Currently I have a couple of books that I don't think I actually want and can part with:
- Angry Women (this one: I picked it out because there're interviews with bell hooks and Susie Bright)
- This is The Beat Generation, James Campbell (
- The Big Aiiieeeee, eds Frank Chin & others (

Pretty sure I have more in that other box. I'll post here when I get them back home.

- I was totally going to finish the pinafore this first half of the week and was stymied by the lack of a zipper! And of course this is after the Daffodil Dash so my coupons don't work anymore. I realized I really ought to get some supplies for WisCon too!

- Been working on the ppt review for the course I'm TA'ing. Finally hitting the bits on Greek theatre. Still trying to figure out whether I'm going to upload this or not--a huge part of me doesn't want to because I know some of the students are just going to crib off the words and not actually study. Another part of me thinks they'll probably piss themselves if they can't access the notes. I'll ask the prof tomorrow and see what she thinks, and show her what I've got so far too.

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Apr. 14th, 2015

I have a profile on EastMeetsEast (which as far as dating websites go is pretty generic and rather subpar for what it's TRYING to do) and apparently I wrote this for my profile:

slightly neurotic science fiction / fantasy reader-writer-reviewer-critic-academic who loves earthworms, clothing (making and shopping for them), utopic dreams and justice-driven actions

i experiment with bilingual poetry, malaysianese prose, and beans and pasta and rice and dirt and skirt patterns

i dream rainforests and snow blankets, curse lazy cantonese, calligraph jawi arabic, craft cities and planets and castles in the sky

..... who the fuck is this.

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Apr. 12th, 2015

Dear brain,

It would be nice if you could do the following
1) actually prepare for sleep around 10pm or so instead of shutting down and forgetting we are not actually asleep;
2) concentrate on the exercise where we count our breaths instead of ricocheting all over the place;
3) stop blanking out on prioritized work in favour of things that are not immediately of concern.


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Apr. 9th, 2015

Has anybody ever tried It's a site for erotic fiction, and members get to read free stories (and there are non-paying members). It seems to be using a member-generated income model which I can't seem to figure out, since I've never seen it before. (It DOES sound familiar tho; a Chinese friend once told me about online novel groups, where members sign up to read novels as they are written and get to interact with the authors that way... this thing sounds very much like that.)

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So because of my friend Alicia I finally listened to "Monster," the one with Kanye West and Nicki Minaj and all the other dudes. And yeah, Nicki's verse is kind of... the only verse that sounds good? Like the other verses were okay but they're kind of underwhelming in comparison to Minaj's. Is that just me? (Alicia declares that Nicki's verse is the only one that matters, and I can see why!)

I've also been listening to a bunch of old 80's ballads and early 00's pop. And decided that Foreigner's "Until The End of Time" is kind of underrated and would like a romantic dance to it someday.

Youtubed a bunch of songs which are on the Caramel soundtrack too! Man, what a good movie, and what a great soundtrack. Sukkar Ya Banat is just the sweetest, even if I have no idea what it's saying (I DO know that the title means Caramel! Or Girl Sugar! However literal one wants to take it).

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