A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 07/19/2009
Today is Sunday…
…and I’m really tired. So here are a bunch of other things to check out while I’m probably sleeping until dinner. Yayyy!
On Speedboats, Albania’s Sex Trade Could Flare - NY Times
An Interview with Arianna Huffington - Forbes
Q&A with Gloria Steinem – The Seattle Times
Q&A with Jessica Valenti about her new book The Purity Myth – RH Reality Check
’30 Rock’ gets 22 Emmy Nominations (yesss) – LA Times
because I know you’ll all really appreciate this…
Seventeen has an extra-special quiz where you can find out what your accessories say about you.
You. Are. Welcome.
A Little F'd Up, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/18/2009
The Power of Punctuation
Just for funsies.
Thanks to Erin S. for sending it in!
A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 07/9/2009
How a Teenager Outsmarted Multi-Billion Dollar Company
Ari Weinstein is 15. As a preschooler, he changed his family’s computer settings. At 7 he created a website and hacked AOL’s parental controls. In sixth grade, he jailbreaked his iPod mini to get free games. Two years ago he jailbreaked his iPod touch in an evening and simplified it into iJailbreak software, which was downloaded a million times.
He most recently jailbreaked the iPhone and iPod touch with some friends. For funsies. And Apple hasn’t even stopped them because, here’s the kicker: it’s legal. This, my friends, is why our generation is going to completely take over the world.
“Apple doesn’t have the right to tell me what I can put on my phone. I only do hacking that helps people.” Says Ari. He adds, that it’s Apple’s …
A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 06/21/2009
The History of Father’s Day
This is history from the history channel’s website, so you know it’s legit:
The first known celebration of Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, where it was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South – now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have suggested it to her pastor after a deadly explosion in nearby Monongah in December, killing 361 men.
It was also during a sermon in 1909 that Sonora Smart Dodd became inspired by Mother’s Day. After the death of her mother, Sonora and her siblings were raised by their father William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora wanted to show how thankful she was to her father and, because William was born in June, …
A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 05/19/2009
The MileyDisney Generation
Okay, take a deep breath. This post is not about my feelings for Miley Cyrus. I will comment on neither her talent nor her personal life. What I’m going to comment on is the generation that worships at her billion dollar feet.
Interesting personal tidbit: Because I like buying things, I have an after school job. I happen to work at an after school / day care center through the local JCC for kids in the 6th grade and under. I happen to really like this job as my co-workers are all great and the kids generally keep me laughing for most of the time I’m there. Even after the worst day at school, it’s quite therapeutic to have a first grader sit on your lap, braid your hair and …
A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 05/17/2009
Random Urban Dictionary: Star Trek
In honor of the new completely badass Star Trek movie, let’s explore what the masses at Urban Dictionary think. Apparently Star Trek is the pacifist, superior version of Star Wars that everyone’s sick of. Cool.
1) Star Wars’ mortal enemy
StarWars Kid: Use The Force!
StarTrek Kid: Phasers on Stun!
2) A television show originally spawned by Gene Roddenberry. It Is the greatest science fiction show ever produced. It, unlike nearly every other science fiction show or movie, relies on a cerebral approach to solve a poblem rather than a gun, something that is very twoubling in today’s science fiction. Star Wars posesses a James Bond sort of quality of shoot, shoot again, shoot some more, blow up something, kill billions of people only to be redeemed by saving one.…
A Little F'd Up, Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 05/8/2009
The State of Religious Debate In Our Nation
So here’s what some fine churches in our nation have been debating lately. Have they been debating the scriptures? No. Our fates after death? Sort of…
Yes, two churches down south are debating whether dogs can go to heaven. Via their signs. Fascinating stuff.
So, I don’t know what Jesus says, but when I look into my dogs eyes as I promise to take him for a walk, or when I’m angry and I shout, or when I’m sick and he stays with me, I know for sure he’s got a soul.
But anyway, this inspiring debate inspired me to find more church signs. I’ve seen some around (I live in OHIO) that are pretty entertaining. But these win:
A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 05/3/2009
Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you’re anything like me you forgot to get your Mom something. I love my Mom to death and I’m all about celebrating her existence and whatnot but I’m pretty forgetful. Anyhoo here’s a gift list full of feminist sensibility. YAY for Mommys everywhere and lets see if we can get them in on the girl power.
1) Subscription to Bust/Bitch/Ms./Lillith Magazine(s)
All super awesome magazines with feminist sensibility. Bust and Bitch are edgy and centered around pop culture, Ms. is serious, politically involved and activist toned, and Lillith is all about the feminist Jew Crew. Since I hear the literary media is dying, let’s all lend some media-savvy sisters our support.
2) To Wear
Wonder Woman Havaianas …