Udder Cream

I generally am not a fan hand lotions as they tend to make my hands feel all greasy, and I'd prefer chapped hands to feeling oily. I discovered Udder Cream the other day. I guess we've had a tub of it around for a while, but given my aforementioned aversion, I've not been keen on trying it. I did, and I like it, as it's sort of "fast acting," and not particularly oily.…

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Elsewhere

So, while it might seem like all I do on the interent is write wordy personal narratives or lengthy informal essays, I do in fact visit other websites and participate in other discussions. Here are a few recent tycho sightings and other bits of news (related to this site): Most obviously, we have a new design and a new sub-blog, coda. I initially described it as a long-form twitter site. And it is.…

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Gender and Bodies

I'm editing a story for `Critical Futures <http://criticalfutures.com/>`_ this week, and I'm re-encountering an old problem with this novella. There are some characters without specified genders, it's important to their characterization, and I'm pretty wed to it, though I did slip up and use some he/she in the first drafts, which I've since edited out. Interestingly, or maybe not, the real effect of doing this is that the characters don't really relate to each other's bodies.…

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Come to the Light

We, as a family, talk to the cats in Chez Garen. Not a lot, and not seriously, but it seems like the thing to do. Maybe we just have loud mewing cats, but it's awkward after a point to not talk to them, and they out number us and can exact retribution on our sleep schedules, so we're just playing it safe. Most of my conversations with them are along the lines of "you're pretty fuzzy there, kip/merlin/montana/nash," but other members of the household who shall remain nameless have been known to have much longer and more involved conversations with the family pets.…

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Spinning Progress

I just finished spinning the Corriedale Cross (basic plain wool) that I've been spinning for months. I had 2 pounds (900 grams) which is my standard amount, and I have 9 skeins. I think I was less that pleased with two of them, but they're fine, and all the other ones are great. I started spinning some dark brown blue faced leicester (this stuff, in fact). Wow, in a word.…

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Welcome to Coda

Sometimes the biggest jobs are the easiest. Last night I got inspired to make a sort of major change to my website: give up the "plain old blog" look and build a more intense "full featured-type" site. I thought this would be a good afternoon project for the weekend, so I made a list, mocked something up, and went to bed. And then I got up this morning and in several hours, I was able to concoct what you see here.…

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Open Source and Women's Studies

One of the best things that happened to me during college was that I discovered and got involved in the Women's and Gender Studies program at my school. Though I went to college very interested in gender and sexuality stuff I'm not sure that I ever really intended to come out of the experience with a second major in Women's Studies, but I did, and I think it was a really great thing.…

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