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This is a follow-up to this post about the privilege-awareness exercise called "Walking the privilege line," where a group of workshop participants step forward or back depending on how they identify with statements about their lives.

The first version is heavily U.S. focused, and gives only token acknowledgement of disability as a target of bigotry; it has 35 questions.

Imagine a number line from -35 to +35, and starting at 0. I'll answer every question as honestly as I can, at face value, without any "Well, actually..." or "Yeah, but..." hedging (which, I think, will highlight faulty assumptions on the part of statement writer(s?); I'll mark those answers with a caret (^), and follow up with clarification, but the numbers will be unaltered.

The 'original' list, from the BuzzFeed video )

Final tally: 9/35. Well ... I got into the double-digits for a moment, there...

Now, here's my version. Because the main point of the exercise is to get people to think about what they take for granted, I tried to avoid using the word "Disability," and instead, focused on specific, common, consequences of being diagnosed with a disability -- which can differ quite a lot, based on what the disability is, and which most people without a disability never even see. I also tried to write statements that give people from marginalized groups an opportunity to step forward (including those privileges for PoC that Christina Torres suggested in this article). Statements based on my personal experiences with the Disability Community are emphasized. There are 39 questions in this one:

My version: )

Final tally: 10/39 -- actually a tiny smidge ahead of where I ended up before.

What I'm wondering about now is how rephrasing statements to shift the balance between the steps forward and back would change the outcome (Taking a step back when you do worry about a dinner invitation, for example, rather than taking a step forward when you don't).
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On the Fourth of July, BuzzFeedYellow posted this video: "What is Privilege?". It shows a video of ten people participating in a privilege awareness exercise, where everyone starts out in a single line, and then each steps forward or back one step at a time, based on how each person identified with 35 conditions of privilege.

As expected, the white straight males ended up near the front. And that sheer predictability is one of the biggest flaws in this exercise, as pointed out by Christina Torres in this article: Why the Privilege Line is a frustratingly unfinished exercise

PoC often end up as props to help White people see how privileged they are.

Which… I get. I get often needs to be done. WP need to see, somehow, the privilege they live in, and if this does it, then that might be a start.


When I do this exercise from now on, I want to start doing the line again, but with a different version of the questions. Something that centers on and calls out the unique ways PoC have their own forms of power, questions that uplift communities and also pushes PoC to question their own experiences with each other.

Over on [personal profile] jesse_the_k's journal, there's a discussion about how this exercise barely even acknowledges Disability as a culturally oppressed class -- of the 35 statements on privilege, there's only one that even acknowledges that physical or mental disability exists (#4), so if you have such a disability, you get "docked" one privilege point -- the same is true for both of the other versions Christina Torres linked to in her article. This, in itself, is a sign of how little awareness of ableist privilege there is in our society. Because if that box does get a check in your life, then a whole cascade of privileges slip out out of your reach, and there is zero acknowledgement of that.

So I'm including the "original" 35 questions behind a cut, below. And then, I'm going to try and come up with my own list, that a) has more specific acknowledgement of able-bodied/sound-mind privilege, b) includes some empowerment statements such as Torres suggested, and c) is roughly the same length of the original list. That means some questions will end up being dropped, which I acknowledge is problematic.

The original 35 *Privilege Walk* questions )

My Version )

So -- how'd I do?
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In order to give myself yet another Internet Time-sink, I've registered at Harvard's website for the Implicit Association Test, which, every time to log in, you're given a randomly chosen bias test (One test I took showed I had a moderate automatic preference for squares over rectangles, for example. But since all the rectangles were oriented vertically, I wonder if it's really a "Short" over "tall" bias).

Anyway, yesterday, after I tired of scrolling through's page of "Disability Studies" documents, I decide to hop over to the IAT site.

What do I get? ::::Drum roll::::

(Well, considering the access filter for this entry, you probably know, already):

The Abled - Disabled IAT

(full disclosure time, I've taken this test before, as an unregistered "Guest")

My description of this particular test, behind a cut, 'cause it turned out kind of long )

And here's the result that came back at me:

Your data suggest a strong automatic preference for Disabled Persons compared to Abled Persons.

Thank you for your participation. Just below is a breakdown of the scores generated by others [further info: 38,544 Web participants, between June '03 and May '06]. Most respondents find it easier to associate Disabled Persons with Bad and Abled Persons with Good compared to the reverse.

Strong preference for Abled Persons: 33%
Moderate preference for Abled Persons: 27%
Slight preference for Abled Persons: 16%
No Preference: 15%
Slight preference for Disabled Persons: 5%
Moderate preference for Disabled Persons: 3%
Strong preference for Disabled Persons: 1%

*raises fist of solidarity*

(Phasing Abbreviated, 'cause I'm lazy at typing)

Actually, because this test only showed abstract images, I think this measured my aversion to being excluded, rather than an aversion to people in the Abled Class. If I go into a public space, and I don't see a wheelchair access sign on the bathroom door, I know I'm going to be squirming uncomfortably rather soon. If, on the other hand, I see a sign that indicates service dogs are welcome, I'm more confident that I'll be welcome, too, 'cause the proprietors have shown a modicum of awareness of different needs.

As for the strength of my aversion, that may have been because I'd just finished reading (as in, within the hour, before I started browsing the disability studies uploads) Joke's on You: An Examination of Humor as a cultural Divider/Queer Uniter about the sexist, homophobic, racist, and ableist oppression (in that order) exerted by the "Good Sport Culture" of the 1950's through 1970's mass culture "humor" of television and night clubs. And my "Grah!" beast had been awakened.

What gets me a bit annoyed though, is the following explanation for the use of those abstract images (emphasis added by me):

The test represents the disabled category with symbols that are familiar from their uses as public signs. We contrast these signs with other, neutral, public symbols. Because physical disability has no borders, we have used symbols that should be recognizable internationally, permitting the test to be used world wide.

Okay, I understand that representing "Abled vs. Disabled" with images of actual people can be tricky, because, unlike categories such as "Gender" (common Euro-American names) or "Race," (tightly cropped faces) you can't show an actual person's disability status without showing them in the context of their environment -- and that probably throws too many variables into the mix to get a reliable test result. But an icon of the crosswalk dude going at a full sprint is no more "neutral" than showing a (terribly outdated) pair of crutches, and he's certainly not commonly viewed in public space-- I'll give a pass for the regular crosswalk dude and the school crossing kids, 'cause, yeah -- they're everywhere. ...I wonder if the test-makers know that their own implicit bias is showing.
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From out of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge community on DreamWidth:

Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Remember that you can ask for whatever you want - icons, ficlets with specific relationships, a beta, art, haiku, interpretive dance, whatever. And note that it's at least three things...have fun with it.

Well, since this is a wish-list I'll ask as a genre-wide fan, rather than as a fan of any particular franchise:

1. An A.I. story where robots evolve to become self-aware, "super-powerful" beings (by our standards) ... and simply wander off, to go form their own communities/ecosystems (That whole "overlord" scenario never made sense to me. Why would they want to enslave slower, more fragile, less intelligent creatures? Far more trouble than it's worth, surely).

2. A retelling of "The Frog King" from the Brothers Grimm, where the king is the villain, and either the princess or the witch are the protagonist -- and maybe they team up together (it's not much of a stretch, if you read the original).

3. A vampire story where the vampirism is a natural, mortal, medical condition, but the vampire protagonist plays along with peoples' belief in the supernatural as a form of self-protection (If someone believes that salt water over which a priest has said a blessing will render you powerless, while bullets are useless, you're much less likely to get shot).
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So this morning, I went through my journal archive, and read through the posts tagged "doctor who." That's when I found this response to a Doctor Who meme of yesteryear. And with the fiftieth anniversary, and a whole new regeneration cycle, I thought it was worthy of a polish and a repost:

*Ten things in my personal Doctor Who Canon* (from 3-11-2007) )

And three more, in honor of the three most recent Doctor!Actors )
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is a Giant Robot that has Crablike Pincers, a Single Giant Eye and Tough Leathery Skin, carries a Flamethrower, and can Change Colour.

Strength: 9 Agility: 4 Intelligence: 8

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat CapriUni, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights CapriUni using

*considers putting such a robot into her Nano Novel*
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It'a a combination word puzzle and a Disability Awareness Exercise, and I know folks in my circle who enjoy both, so:

[Begin Quote]
I have always believed that those, 'ride around in a chair for an hour to experience how hard it is to be a disabled person' kind of exercises are both patronising and counter-productive. You cannot take a 'tourist' approach to difference. I believe asking someone to write a paragraph without using the letter 'e' is a much better exercise. I know I've written about this before, but I want to revisit this. The whole time the pen is in hand the mind is thinking and evaluating, options - that's life with a disability.

Try it now. Translate this sentence into one that doesn't use the letter 'e':

My home is my castle where I eat and sleep.
[End Quote]

(and yes, I'm trying it -- haven't gotten there yet).

[ETA: This cut is hiding my solution )]
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Here: Words and Deeds Love Meme 3

Head on over there and nominate someone you love (including yourself, if you're needing a little love). Anonymity is welcome, and also optional. Anonymous folk can sign in using Open ID.
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There's a meme going around where people try to describe their work/job using only the thousand (ten hundred) most used words in English. I don't have a job, so instead, I wrote:

My rant on the broader, medical meme: "Having Cerebral Palsy means you have mental retardation":

(Begin Quote)
The part of my brain that thinks works well, but it has trouble talking to the part of my brain that moves my legs and arms and knows when I am standing straight. So even though I am a full grown person, I can't walk by myself, and use a chair that rolls instead.

People sometimes stare at me when I am out in my rolling chair, because they think that all full grown people should walk all the time. Sometimes, they act like they think I just don't want to walk. Sometimes, they talk to me like they think I am a child. Sometimes, I think this is funny. Many times, this makes me angry.

Many people in the world have brains with different parts that don't talk to each other well (almost four in ten hundred people around the world). If the reason the brain has trouble starts before a person is four years old, and it's just because the way the brain is, and it won't change, doctors call it "Not-move-well-because-brain," even if the ways people's brains have trouble are all different.

In places with lots of money and hospitals, "Not-move-well-because-brain" often starts on the first day of life. But in places with little money or doctors "not-move-well-because-brain" can start because the child gets sick, or falls and hurts their head.

It is most hard for people if the part of their brain that moves the mouth has trouble, so the person talks slow, or with a strange sound, because even if the part of the brain that thinks can do its job, teachers in school won't believe the child understands, and so won't try to help them learn, because it is too hard. So many of these children don't go to school, but learn at home, instead. But sometimes, the child's mother and father believe the teacher and their doctor that the child can't understand, and so these people never get the chance to learn. So no one really knows how much they can understand or learn.

Two well-known people in the world (one man who started life four-twenty years ago, and a woman woman who started life three-ten-and-two years ago) each had "not-move-well-because-brain" so bad that they each could only move one foot, and could not talk at all. But they learned how to read and write by themselves and wrote true stories about their lives. The man's story was made into a movie, and two years ago, the woman was called the best worker-with-words in the place that she lived, even though her mother and father beat her for trying to write when she was a child, because they thought the way she wrote, with her foot, on the ground, would make bad things happen.

This is why I don't believe the doctors and teachers who think that most people with "not-move-well-because-brain" can't learn or understand anything, and even if some of these people do have trouble with thinking, it is wrong to begin helping them learn by starting with that idea.
(End Quote).

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BBC News article about the woman who was awarded Nepal's top prize for her writing

My Left Foot on
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1) (Better get to this before the week's over -- it's from all over my circles, by now):
It's International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

I have several books equidistant from me, in several directions, none of which I am actively reading right now. I chose two books, each reaching in a different direction:

Book one:

This great end cannot be achieved by treaties alone.

Book the Second:

"Well, here we are," he said.

2) I got my first "dislike" on one of my YouTube videos, this week. I also got my first "Favorite Added." I'll try to be more chuffed about the second than I am disappointed by the first.

3) How will these book memes morph when everybody has moved on to e-readers? If you have, essentially, 100 books all occupying the same geographical space, how do you pick "the closest one"?

4) A bit ago, I mentioned The Jim Henson Hour to [ profile] alryssa, because one of the kittens she's fostering reminds me of The Thought Lion. That sent me on a nostalgic romp through YouTube to find clips of the show...
The only clips I found were posted by someone who videotaped them off his television as they aired, and so the posted segments are complete with the commercials of the day (autumn, 1988). It's scary to think that I was already a college junior by then [fully adult] and yet everything looks so old and primitive. And yet, I remember watching that very first episode and being blown away by the Shiny!! Also, the humor in the Muppety first half struck me as being edgy and hip, but now, that, too, is clunky, and dusty, and slow. And yet, The Muppet Show which was set in an old vaudeville theater, still feels fresh and fast.

Moral: The more modern your style, the faster it ages (?).

5) Speaking of aging, last night, I watched a video about what exactly happens between the Moon and the Earth that causes the tides. And that put "We like the Moon, 'Cos it is close to us!!!" in my head... And someone mentioned in the comments that he remembered first seeing that back when he was in grade school...

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(Caught, this time, from [personal profile] spiralsheep)

Open the nearest book at page 45 and read the first sentence, which will predict your sex life for the next year (but I sincerely trust not!).

Okay, there were two books close to hand when I first encountered this. They were stacked. The big one on the bottom was nearest to my fingertips in strict measurement of inches/centimeters, but (being on the bottom) was harder to get to to open, and flip to page 45.

The book on top (No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women [publication date: 1973]) had this on Page 45:

"A Petticoat"
by Gertrude Stein.

A light white, a disgrace, an ink spot, a rosy charm.


That's possibly a possible description of my continuing spinsterhood (or dodgy laundry habits). But it's not exactly a sentence.

The book on the bottom of the stack (The Frary Family in America: 1637 - 1980 [publication date: 1981]) had this on page 45 (after a list of birth and death statistical fragments):

Charles was a farm laborer in 1860 at Hatfield, where they lived with her parents.

My parents are dead and both are scattered ashes, now. But maybe this means I will marry and move in with the in-laws? (doubtful).
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Snagged this from [personal profile] vilakins

Go to Wikiquote. Click Random Page.

Pick the third quote.

Whatever that turns out to be is the tagline for the movie poster of your life-story movie.

[Full Disclosure: I cheated like whoa on this one. I kept getting quotes from recent movies I've never seen because the television ads for them bored me, and TV shows and currently-running webcomics. And I dunno... using a quote from someone else who's still alive and kicking for a tagline for my biopic just feels wrong.]

What I finally settled on is this: "Patience is a flatterer, sir, and an ass, sir." Aphra Behn

I'm not sure what that means ... But it's pithy, and has a fun verbal rhythm. Is she talking about Patience as the personification of a state of mind, or an individual character who happens to be named Patience? ;-)
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I think I did this one several years ago, actually, but I don't think I got the same result.

Snagged, this time, from [ profile] linda_joyce:

Your result for The Are You Truly Erudite? Test...

True English Nerd

You scored 84 erudition!

Not only do you know your subjects from your objects and your definite from your indefinite articles, but you've got quite a handle on the literature and the history of the language as well. Huzzah, and well done! The English snobs of Boston salute you.

Take The Are You Truly Erudite? Test at HelloQuizzy

Gee, for a meme supposedly celebrating Erudition, the meme-writer sure sounds mean-spirited and anti-intellectual in the written description, doesn't he (she? other? both?)? Especially since the meme-maker used "Nerd" instead of "Geek." ;-P

I like the picture, though (A painting in the Romantic style of two women in flowing, Grecian-esque dresses. in a golden-hued room; one, in a pink dress is reclining languidly on a couch by a window, and the other, in a cream-colored dress, is seated on the floor, reading a scroll which is spread across her lap). A lovely way to spend a hot summer day like today.
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1. I like your default icon! Did you paint/draw it?
Yes! I did! I drew it as part of NaArMaMo (LiveJournal Comm)! You should join! it's fun!

2. Favorite food or drink (or both)?
Anything with chocolate. Or ginger. Or chocolate and ginger.

3. [This one may be a tad personal, so feel free to ask for another question if it is!] What do you think are the most important issues facing people with disabilities today, and why?

Yikes. Not so much personal, as big... [And this is the official "in my world" caveat. The Disabled in China, or the Ukraine, or Ghana may disagree] Okay -- It's either:

  • that People with Disabilities become invisible (according to beaurocracies) between the ages of 18 and 65 -- or whatever the legal years between adulthood and elder-hood in your country are -- Lots of information and professional help, and glossy brochures, offered to parents of disabled children. Lots of attention in the news media and by politicians for those over 65 (but then, the folks are classed as "seniors" -- not the "Disabled", so Disability still has no political clout as a social identity, even though we're 20% of the overall population, according to the US Census Beaurough -- and the British equivalent, if I'm not mistaken)


  • Visitability: a movement and philosophy that says every new house built should meet minimum requirements for accessibility for the Disabled -- not just the disabled person's own home, which is what happens now.

    So, for example, my front door is the only door in my neighboorhood that I can knock on. My own doorbell is the only bell I can ring. So I can't visit the neighbors to borrow the proverbial cup of sugar, or leave a pot of chicken soup on the stoop, if I hear they're feeling poorly. or get invited to a dinner party, or anything else.

Actually, now that I think of it, both these things are symptoms of the same issue: Disabled people are recognized as members of their family, but not members of any community wider than that -- we don't exist (as a social entity) outside the closed doors of our private houses.

And why is that important? Because "disability" is a human condition -- not a special condition.

4. One or two books that you think more people should read? Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in the More-Than-Human World By David Abram (nonfiction) and Sister Water by Nancy Willard (fiction -- I got the hardcover edition, back before it had that second part of the title in parentheses...)

5. Pet peeve(s)? You mean, other than #3? The misuse of who and whom -- especially by narrators of the news and TV commercials. And the fact that I can't get away from crime or medicine procedurals on my television -- surely, there are other interesting types of stories to tell (and no, "reality television" is not an option).

[ETA: Oh, yeah -- almost forgot -- if you want questions, leave a reply!]
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[personal profile] badbookworm has turned it into a meme, like so.

And I'll up the challenge: if a bunch of folks in my DWircle and F'list answer this meme, then I could draw a wee picture of our "Internet neighborhood," with all our fantasical houses on a sort of map / cityscape thing. It would likely rival any movie set of a Tim Burton fantasy, I tell you what.

[ETA: Sorry. I seem to have linked to a locked post. The rule of this "meme" is to post 5 or 6 things about your "dream house." That's it. All the rest is optional.

Actual plausibility, practicality, and/or affordability need not apply, but can apply, if you want. You can number your lists or bullet-point them, or not, your choice. Things you might want to include, but do not have to: What's the yard like? Neighborhood? Is it outfitted with fancy tech or magical powers?

That sort of thing.]
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You were born during a New moon

- what it says about you -

You want to leave an impression on people and make your mark on the world. When you love an idea, you'll work hard for it, sometimes even dropping whatever it is you're doing to go on to the next new great thing that's captured your imagination. The more freedom you have to chose what you're doing, the busier you'll be.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

I decided to do this meme because I was curious about the astronomy (It's information they don't put on your birth certificate). And because the graphic was pretty.

...I'll either be busy, or have three dozen half-finished projects lying around the house, and in my brain. Guess which it is...
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I gacked this from [ profile] alryssa, this time.

Icon meme:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of Icon Squee!

[ profile] alryssa picked these:

A black and white photo of a middle-aged man with a bushy white beard, wearing a high black turban. The caption (in black and dark red lettering) reads: "This is what a feminist looks like."

This is Dadabhai Naoroji, a late-Nineteenth / early-Twentieth Century human rights activist and politician (the first British MP born in India). I got the picture, and the inspiration, for this icon from one of [personal profile] spiralsheep's history posts, wherein she highlights history of women and People of Color. One of the causes Naoroji worked for was the equal education and civil rights of women.

No Tea. Thnx:
This is a Doctor Who Companion of Awesome: Zoe (She traveled with the Second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton). In this scene from "The Invasion," the Doctor has gone off to confront the baddie, and she's worried that he's been gone too long, and (irrc) suggests that she go looking for him. The Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, old military man that he is, basically pats her on the head, says that's nothing for her to worry about, and suggests she calm down with a cup of nice tea.

This is the dirty look she shoots at his back.

The caption is my own wording of the unspoken subtext: "Patronize me again. I dare you!" (as a short-statured, wheelchair-using woman, it's a frustration I've often felt the need to snark about [or make an icon of]).

A holstein cow wearing a jester's cap-and-bells, standing in a cartoon meadow. The caption reads: "got mirth?" in lower-case ariel font. This is one of the first icons I ever made, years ago. It's a take-off on the American Dairy Association's "Got milk?" ad campaign of the time. And it's an expression of my belief that a trickster's attitude is as good for your health as the proper dosages of calcium and vitamins.

Our life:
An animated text icon, in a blue script font on a white background: "And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." [ profile] snowgrouse made it for me. The quote is from Shakespeare's As You Like It -- the opening speech of Act 2.

The duke has been usurped by his (mustache-twirling, evil) brother, and he and all his courtiers have been living in exile in the Forest of Arden. He's being all: "Yay! Exile is the Bestest thing Evah! I'm learning so much from Nature about how to be a good human being!" His courtiers, meanwhile, are rolling their eyes and muttering: "Yeah... Um. I'd quite like my warm bed, and proper food, and entertainment, thanks. I'm tired of moral lessons."

I like the quote because it expresses the notion that there's more to life than humanity and popular culture; it's both very Pagan (i.e. our "Bible" and our "Sermons" are in paying attention to Nature), and very Naturalistic-in-favor-of-biodiversity (there are no "Bad" species, or "Bad" weather). Also, I'm a cock-eyed optimist, too. Most of the time.

A black engraving-style illustration of Shakespeare (or an imaginary version of Shakespeare) on a white background with the caption in red: "Yea! My head hath been affixed!"

This was the graphic attatched to a Shakepeare quote meme that circulated a while back, where you insert your name (or any random word), and it gives you a famous Shakespeare quote with your text replacing a key noun.

Here it is, if you're curious: The Shakespeare Quote Generator (from the same folks who gave us the food monkey wars, irrc). A meme within a meme, yay!

There's just something about the pose in that image that struck me as suspicious (like it's a cropped illustration of a random Elizabethan Gentleman that someone stuck a vaguely Shakepeare-looking face onto). So I snagged it and added a vaguely Elizabethan version of "My hed is pastede on, yay!"
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I made this icon, the other day, inspired by a comment from [personal profile] trouble, talking about writing her thesis. I used it, in the wee hours of the morning, in a response to the latest xkcd comic (Rss feed), and someone said they wanted it, so I gave permission to snag it.

I'm rather proud of that.

I found this meme via [ profile] linda_joyce

I am a d100

Take the quiz at

These are the words that went with the picture (trigger warning: ableism and condescention), and my response: )

Speaking of geek memes -- the one I snagged from [ profile] snowgrouse the other day finished with the ticky-box set "I can think of things to include on this test," or something similarly worded. And the meme writer included five ticky boxes for ticking. I clicked all five, mostly out of pique at its horribly math-and-tech centrism, and short-shifting all the Humanities geeks out here.

Then, I have myself the challenge of actually coming up with five new questions to add to a geek test, all indicators of Humanities-centric geekery.

Here's what I came up with: )
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(Snagged from [ profile] snowgrouse; the following commentary is a slightly edited reply I wrote to her post)


(Begin commentary)
I scored simple Geek: 21.40221%. But I wasn't sure how to catagorize my hosting of the Pro-Fun Troll Hoedowns, on Usenet, three years running -- that's got to be worth extra credit. I don't think they're quite the same as RPGs, so I clicked and unclicked that button. There were questions relating to reading and writing fanfic, but I didn't see any questions for collaborative writing (fanfic, or original)

And the subscription to magazines. If I had easy daily access to geeky magazines (ie access to the library), I'd read them every day. But I can't deal with all the extra clutter they'd cause by owning them for myself. So that's a whole 'nother set of buttons I clicked and then unclicked for honesty.

And I didn't see any questions for helping people with their English homework -- lots of questions about helping people with accounting, math, and computer programming -- but nothing for helping people interpret a poem or Shakespeare passage for their homework. And I actually earned scholarship in college for that good deed in College, and was given a "medal" when I gaduated. Both the fact that I got the medal (and kept it) should be worth extra credit, too, right?

I probably would have scored higher, too, if I were still in school, and had the stuff I learned still fresh in my brain.
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