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25 June 2008 @ 04:24 pm
Self-discipline is...  
* Really wanting to bike outside, where it doesn't smell that smokey, but forcing yourself to look up the air quality (Unhealthy) and then bike in the garage anyway. :(

* Not replying with nitpicking to the corporate email which says that the decreased number of women enrolling in engineering "is concerning." I actually do think it is of concern, but perhaps those women are majoring in ENGLISH instead. *rolls eyes*

*Resisting the urge to spam your f-list with multiple posts a day. Oh, wait...

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shaitanah: michael/mahoneshaitanah on June 26th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Resisting the urge to spam your f-list with multiple posts a day. LOL, I don't see that as a problem)))) I don't spam my f-list with posts, but I mostly brutally spam friends' posts with comments)))) Spamming is fun))
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hee! I try to keep it down to 1-2 posts a day at most, though some days...

I don't think anyone minds comment spam, though. At least, I don't!
Sar: aestheticssargraf on June 30th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
* Not replying with nitpicking to the corporate email which says that the decreased number of women enrolling in engineering "is concerning." I actually do think it is of concern, but perhaps those women are majoring in ENGLISH instead. *rolls eyes*

It's so frustrating, isn't it, to have to mold ourselves to one box or another. I work with Japanese engineers and their reaction is almost the opposite, saying literally when I have questions that "well, women don't have the capacity for science and math" and "women are more suited for the home." Ugh! A difference in educational majors and/or interests does not an idiot make. *sigh* But really, why can't we all follow our own dreams and forget about percentages and such? We're such a percentage society now. It's disheartening...
Sar: Soundgarden posingsargraf on June 30th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
p.s. I just noticed that you like Soundgarden, too. OMG THEY'RE SO AWESOME. This is very slow on the uptake, I know, but I just stumbled across them in March of this year. SO MUCH LOVE!!

(Didn't mean to spam you! Shutting up now! *scurries*)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I just noticed that you like Soundgarden, too. OMG THEY'RE SO AWESOME.

It's funny-- I really like a lot of Nirvana (LOVE the live album, and massively love a few isolated songs from other albums). The same is true of Stone Temple Pilots ("Purple" rocks! The other albums... mixed). And Pearl Jam is hit or miss for me too.

But I can listen to a Soundgarden album and like virtually every song on it! Not to mention that their willingness to drift away from 4/4 rhythm has huge appeal to me. :)
Sar: Soundgarden posingsargraf on July 2nd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
And Pearl Jam is hit or miss for me too.

I'm like that with Alice In Chains. I either absolutely love their work (Jar Of Flies and Sap are just beautiful!) or find it numbingly repetitive. Very hit or miss. Same with The Wall by Pink Floyd. But like you say, Soundgarden albums are 98% pure joy for me.

Not to mention that their willingness to drift away from 4/4 rhythm has huge appeal to me. :)

SO TRUE. I tell you, they have ruined rock for me. They're so different from album to album, and even song to song, that I can barely stand to listen to most rock albums (even if I might normally like the particular style of music) which sound basically the same, with the same time signature and the same vocal delivery.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
saying literally when I have questions that "well, women don't have the capacity for science and math" and "women are more suited for the home." Ugh!
I am SO glad we don't have to put up with that kind of thing at my office.

In graduate school, one of the professors asked the women in his class one night whether we were encouraged to pursue Math/Science or not (the class was over 50% women). The Chinese/Taiwanese women said, "Of course we were encouraged. Why wouldn't we be?"

The American women, TO A PERSON, said that they had all been actively discouraged from math and science. So he wanted to know why we were in that class, at that moment. And the reponse was very consistent: "I didn't listen."

My snarky comment above, though, was aimed at people who use the phrase "is concerning," because "concerning" cannot be used in that way. In fact, there's a really similar phrase that means exactly what those people are trying to say. ;)

Reminds me of Newt Gingrich talking about "toleration" of gays and lesbians years ago. We have this word "tolerance" that the rest of us use, and it refers to the concept he was trying to express with his interesting fake word there.

Supposably. ;)
Sar: aestheticssargraf on July 2nd, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
And the reponse was very consistent: "I didn't listen."

This sentiment has ruled my life for the past five years or so, after I finally broke away from a very bad relationship. I'm willing to "listen," if men are willing to do the same. But "listening" in the sense of "obeying"? Not ever. I stopped doing that when I realized my beliefs were stronger than my sense of duty to my father. But I don't listen to women, either. :P Only to myself.

"Toleration"? I haven't heard his comment on this. Was it about protection in the workplace? (It amuses me when people use words like that in place of the ones commonly used, as if what we're trying to apply tolerance to somehow sullies the concept.)
(Anonymous) on September 26th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Cool text.
thank you, man