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Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of the day I started blogging in this space.Ten years. That is a very long time. In internet years, that's like a biebillion. I've been blogging so long that, when I started blogging, George W. Bush...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by Underoos.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter U.

Open Thread

Hosted by unctuousness.(That is Chef Aarón Sánchez, a regular judge on Chopped. He says "unctuous" a lot.)


[Content Note: Misogynoir; lookism.] In case you didn't already know, Viola Davis is awesome. [Davis' new show, How to Get Away with Murder,] premiered September 25 to 14 million viewers, following an essay by New York Times television...Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by swirls...Recommended Reading:Abigail: Victoria Chang Wins California Book Award and 2014 PEN Center USA Literary AwardKristin: [Content Note: Misogynoir; violence] Not All of the Black Freedom Fighters...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Video Description: Matilda the Blue-Eyed Sealpoint Fuzzy Cat lies on a pillow on the couch beside me. I scratch her head, and then her paw, and she nuzzles my hand. She purrs. I take my hand away and she sits up, looking at me like WTF? She reaches out with her paw and gently touches my hand. Show More Summary

Recommended Reading

[Content Note: War on agency; misogyny; classism.]I started out thinking I was going to pull an excerpt out of this piece for a Quote of the Day, but it really just needs to be read in its entirety: Andrea Grimes' "No Undue Burden? What...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War on agency; misogyny] Andrea Grimes: "Overnight, Majority of Legal Abortion Facilities in Texas to Close Following Fifth Circuit Ruling." Last night, a three-judge panel on the...Show More Summary

A Story About Bootstraps

[Content Note: Privilege.]Politicians love stories about people who "came from nothing" and Made It Big in America. It doesn't matter if it's the Republican National Convention or a Democratic gubernatorial debate or any venue at all...Show More Summary

Hungry. For Change, Sure, But Also Just Hungry.

[Content Note: Food insecurity; poverty; class warfare.]Yesterday, President Obama gave an address on the state of the US economy at Northwestern University, just outside Chicago. Leading into the midterm elections, clearly his focus was to highlight the gains the economy has made and optimism that the work yet to be done is underway. Show More Summary

Good Morning! Or Whatever!

Please enjoy this video of a very spoiled (but not so spoiled that he doesn't listen) Great Dane named Dinky throw a hilarious tantrum because his dad is giving Ro-Ro lovies and not him. Video Description: A middle-aged white man sits in a comfy chair beside a couch. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

When is the last time you treated yourself, in a big or small way, and what did you do?Define "treat yourself" however you like. For some of us, it could be buying ourselves something we don't really need; for others, a massage; for others, giving oneself permission to leave the dirty dishes 'til morning.

It Is Time for a Flula Break!

Flula, a young, thin, white man speaking in German-accented English directly to the camera while lying in what looks like a daybed with a frilly cover: I need pants. Yesterday I did have an accident with my pants. It— Not like a [gestures downward with his hand] bowel, bowel move; no liquid accident. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny; harassment.]"There is widespread acknowledgement of the rampant sexism in the [tech and venture capital industries], but even wider-scale abdication of responsibility for it. The structure and cadence of the culture remains accepting of sexist attitudes. Show More Summary

New Memo to Women

[Content Note: Misogyny.]All you need to do to succeed in business is be yourself. And don't worry—it will totally work because: "I don't see men resisting female leadership. I mean, sure, do we have the odd dinosaur, yes. But for the...Show More Summary


I know, I know—I promise I will shut up about it after this—but is anyone else super creeped out by the fact that reviewers are recommending Gone Girl as "a perfect date night movie," or some variation thereof? WHAT THE SHIT?

Daily Dose of Cute

There is never a shortage of kitties available for cuddling at Shakes Manor. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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Shudder to Think: "The Ballad of Maxwell Demon"

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