Sunday, February 27, 2005

weekly stuff

sorry for the lack of updates.

spent a thousand dollars at costco. all stuff we'll use. we're a little overstocked on some stuff now, like trash bags, but they don't go bad and we will use them. so no regrets.

the next day i took the car to get some tires fixed and have it aligned. it had been pulling slightly to the right; now it pulls really hard to the left. i spent four hours sitting there waiting on it, and i spent a lot of money on the tires, and now i'm pissed.

i didn't post about it on wednesday, but i'm now 31.

today we're doing steak and potatos at my step-mom's house.

i've finished my course selections for the major i've chosen: interdisciplinary studies. i've got an advising session on tuesday, and we'll see what the (rather intelligent) guy from somewhere odd has to say.

if it's approved i'll post the essay and stuff i had to write, as well as the course selections.

i've also decided to register for the summer semester. i'm sure i'll find something in my course selection that i want. yippee.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ian's speech delay

i've hinted a little about how ian is, shall we say, slow at speaking.

last friday, sue took him to the local school district for a speech evaluation. i didn't go, having to work, but i'll go for the official results on friday march 2.

apparently he didn't say anything. at. all. not a single syllable.

our little chatterbox, who babbles incessantly and imitates the television (and mommy and daddy and everything else), remains something like a year behind in terms of speech development. at home we see him picking up new words periodically, and while he doesn't string them into coherent ideas very often yet, he can clearly label some objects and follow single-step instructions. he can also sort objects by color (placing all the red pegs together, all the yellow pegs, together, etc.), and sue told me yesterday that he's getting into multi-word phrases.

sue expressed a fear that i agree with: we think it's likely that the school district will recommend placing him in a special ed class. they may suggest that he be put in class as much as five days a week (taking him out of his current preschool, something we are unwilling to do for a variety of reasons). if he lands in a special ed class, chances are very good he'll wind up with some learning disability label in the public school system.

i think that over the long term, ian won't have any lasting problems. i also believe that we need to help him now to make up the deficit he has, but there may be a variety of ways to do that. and given what i think of our public school system, i'm not sure they're the ones to help him.

one of my fears is that ian will be "held back" a year, and will wind up in the same grade as the twins. ian is 14 months older than they are; as they get older, the age difference will become more pronounced and more of a social problem.

we can't take him out of his current preschool. first, he loves it. second, we love it. third, even if we did, we'd still have to pay for the rest of the year, and at $200/mo, 'tain't cheap.

our fears about the special-ed class are several, and they are quite real.

first, we worry about the label thing. those labels have a tendency to stick, and they can hurt. what he needs is activity and therapy, and we're trying to give him that within the limits of our logistics and budget.

second, we worry about the other students. we think that he needs to be placed with other kids who speak, so that he has kids against whom he can compete, and whom he can imitate. if he's placed in a class full of kids with speech disabilities, we're afraid that he'll learn to imitate speech impediments. that isn't what we want.

third, i'm concerned about the quality of the education in general. i honestly don't believe that, given current public priorities on testing and "achievement" and "progress," my children will be well-served in terms of their education. i believe very firmly that, as testing becomes a more and more important measure by which funding is doled out, day-to-day cirriculum will more and more come to reflect the test ("teaching to the test"), rather than reflect important things my children should learn.

private education is an option, but it's much more expensive. but assuming we could work out the money, it's a superior option. because private schools aren't driven nearly so much by test-mania, they do not have the same trouble with teaching to the exam, and can spend more time on real learning.

i find home-schooling to be the best option. with it, we control; we test; we run the show; and aren't answerable to anyone for our children's education (at least in texas). we can arrange to have our children tested using standardized tests if we wish, but it isn't required. (i would anticipate that we would choose to do so, as a protection against charges of truancy as much as for diagnosis.)

and even using a prepared cirriculum (like calvert) it's much cheaper than private school. the pre-k stuff runs less than $300/child, and the k stuff runs less than $400/child. even the 8th grade level, with all the bells and whistles, runs just $1000 per child. that includes the ability to call them and have them grade your kid's work.

in addition, the texas cirriculua are public materials. we can use the texas learning objectives as a guide, and supplement where we think supplementation is warranted (and that will be plenty of places).

sue has, in the past, expressed the feeling that public school is "the way to go." given ian's current circumstance, i believe even more firmly that she's wrong.

[and yes, i'm willing to bet money i can get into mensa.]

Saturday, February 19, 2005

komputer krap

So I’m writing this entry from my office, on my pocket pc thingy. I've decided to skip getting out the laptop, at least for now, because I’ve been smacked for having it connected to the local network. Apparently that is a big no-no.

It's just more of the same backwardness at a bullshit institution that would prefer to live in the dark ages.

The apparent issue is supposed to be "security."

In the name of security, our information technology department has been so kind as to disable the cd-rom drive on a set of classroom computers used for my statistics class.

The stupidity, however, is that the instructor requires that we use the textbook-provided cd-rom in class. With disabled drives, however, that makes life difficult. I didn’t stick around for the last class because the instructor wasn’t there, but apparently some of the software we’re supposed to be using has “expired,� and so is, of course, unusable.

I’ve talked about how, a couple of semesters ago, they had a wireless network on top of the library that covered the entire campus. They took it down because students had the temerity to use it. Of course, if they had taken the time to do some basic security work (assuming they didn’t want the equipment used by students), they could have made the thing inaccessible to unauthorized users. Instead, they took it down completely.

Monday night I went to the statistics class. They’ve disabled the single class login for all the Windows 2000 computers, and instead gone to individual student logins. This is all well and good, but mine doesn’t work, and of course, after 5pm (class starts at 6pm) nobody is available to help if there’s a problem with your account.

My account, of course, does not work. Because all work is done on the computer, I was completely unable to do any work at all. The instructor (who spends more of her time telling stupid people what to click on in Microsoft Excel) had no solution, and so I sat there for a while.

I finally broke out my laptop and did it that way. But because the school is so backwards, I was of course unable to print my work (required for the course). If they don’t get this unfucked, I very well may fail the class.

I fail to understand how an “institution of higher learning� can go on this. It’s just fucking bizarre.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

advising appointment

today i had the advising appointment with the geology guy at uta. i forgot to ask about the language requirement, but it wasn't on his prepared excel spreadsheet.

the advisor in this case was dr. nice. the advisor at the political science department was dr. sour grapes. dr. grapes was, it seemed, to busy to be able to deal with me, even though i had an appointment and was early for it. dr. nice, on the other hand, gave me his undivided attention during our time together, and then took me to meet his administrative assistant in person, rather than just pointing me down the hall and telling me what to say to her.

apparently i'll really need something in the 140-ish hour range, including my prereqs and what i currently have. not every course i'm taking (like statistics this semester) will count in a geology degree, but i think the statistics course will help anyway.

he emailed a copy of the excel spreadsheet to me, but it hasn't come in yet; either uta's mail server is exceedingly slow (not surprising) or it got lost somewhere (also possible). but i'm sure if i call over there, the nice folk will kindly resend it.

He even took the time to answer my questions with other than "because we say so" answers. at every turn in this department, i've actually gotten some reasonable customer service.

i'm most impressed.

Monday, February 14, 2005

copyright update

i've changed the copyright terms that apply to this blog. the new terms are:

this website is copyrighted. if an individual message does not contain a copyright notice, the following terms and conditions apply:

i've done this because, over the longer term, i may wish to try to publish tomes of trolomia. because of this, i need to retain distribution rights granted by the creative commons license. there are plenty of times when a creative commons license is appropriate, and i support the concept of the license. but i'm not an "information wants to be free" nazi, so while it's appropriate for some of my work here, it's not the right choice for everything. this change reflects that.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

tomes of trolomia

i think i might start my writing seriously if i blog about it. or do it on my blog. or something.

the tomes of trolomia is an epic i've been designing off and on for a while now. when i become famous and make my living writing it, you can say you read it here first. influences seem to be tolkien, robert jordan, and piers anthony. perhaps some paranoia, lovecraft (cthulhu for president: why vote for the lesser evil?), stephenson, and gaiman.

i've spent some time thinking about the political and natural/supernatural structure of the universe. the magic of the universe seems to be developing as a channeling-based system, except that unlike jordan's five-power system, it's a six-power thing (earth, air, fire, water, spirit, and the new one, demon).

one of the major objections i have to harry potter is that, no matter how much magic the characters seem to do in a day, they never get tired. in every other magical universe i've run across where magic is prevalent (it's virtually non-existant in middle earth), there is an upper limit to how much power you can wield over a fixed amount of time. in the wheel of time you get physically tired or burn yourself out; in dungeons and dragons (at least when i played) you could only cast so many spells per day. so there will be some kind of upper limit; magic is powerful, but wielding power is not without cost.

happy happy michelle

the newest potter has arrived. congrats and all that good stuff.

a new link

my wife, in a fit of creative energy brought on by lack of proazc, seems to have gotten herself back online. and so, to facilitate, i've set up her very own blog. since i'm the nerd in the family and i really want it to be her deal, it may take some time to evolve. still, there it is.

more hacking

i've changed the way i do anti-spam. i tried to upgrade the captcha thing i used because some robot had cracked its images and could get past them. but i couldn't get the upgrade to work so i took the old software out.

i've installed a new package that does a more sophisticated scan, and so you might not get asked for a captcha every time. instead, it'll ask for one if it thinks you might have just submitted spam.

wordpress fun

i finally got wp set up so that it will email me (again) when someone posts a comment. this hasn't worked in a long time, and the way wordpress does it is slightly confuzzling, but i got some help on #wordpress and life has gone on.

also, sue has gotten interested in having her own blog, because of a new interest in getting back online. so i got her a domain, and will be setting up her copy of wordpress here shortly. a link when she starts posting.

i really love doing this, and i love hosting my own site, but really ... sometimes this all night shit needs to give way to ... sleep. :)

Friday, February 11, 2005

my story

the thumbnail: i didn't do especially well in this telling. i've been sick for the past three days and really didn't have the energy to prepare the way i thought i should. next time i'll do better, and post the results of that. meantime: here it is. (17.4 meg, 42:20, 56k mp3). please save to disk, do not stream.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

degree crap

i know i keep going on and on and on and on about this, but it's an important choice.

the more i look at a geology major, the more i like it. there are downsides, though:

- i thought that i had to take another eight hours of a non-geology science: my choice of biology, chemistry, or physics. it turns out i have to take biology, chemistry, andand physics, eight hours each, the ones for science majors.

the downside is that it's a total of 24 hours of courses that are likely to be difficult. the upside, though, is that if you're going to be a science major, go ahead and be a science major.

- the sheer number of hours. the core cirriculum that every student must take regardless of degree is 45 hours. at the end of this semester i will have all 45 completed. i've also got another 8 hours that will transfer, 4 of which i actually must have.

but i need a total of -another- 111 hours, or, at 12 hours per semester, another five years, which will actually go down some because of some stuff that's only offered in summer. even so, that will take me to a total of 160 hours, a full 40 more than required for the degree.

- the sheer number of hours of lower-division crap i need to take at the local junior college, but can't. i have another 37 hours of lower-division stuff i need to take, but in addition to the 49 hours i already have that i need to transfer, i can only transfer another 23 hours from the community college, because the big university will only take 72 transfer hours.

that means i need to figure out which courses would be better to take at the community college, and which would be better to take at the big house.

i thinking i should take the math courses i need -- there are four, in sequence -- at the community college. i might also take either physics or chemistry (more likely chemistry). at least the required physics courses aren't calculus-based courses. (there is a god.)

-- language. the language requirement is easier; for a BS I need to do 8 hours of foreign language and 6 additional hours of "cross-cultural" education, which could be shit like african history, latin american politics, or far eastern something or other.

figuring all of this out is extremely complex. each course has prerequisities and must be taken in the correct sequence. many of the prereqs are stuff like biochem 2 (which means taking chem 1, chem 2, and biochem 1 first).

i need to call over there and make an advisement appointment. bad. this just can't be right.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

captcha this!

so i've been blessed with comment spam. thank you, but my blog's readers' penises are already long enough, and we have plenty of xanax to go around.

to combat it, i must impose on my dear readers (all three of them): if you wish to enter a comment, you'll now have to enter a code. the code is a radomly-generated string that's displayed to you as a graphic (that a spam-posting robot can't read); you enter it as text, proving (at least in theory) you're human.

this is called a "captcha." i don't know or care about the derivation of the word; i only know i've fought it for two days and it's finally working.

and yes, i did accidentally delete a post. i don't really remember what it was about.

Sunday, February 6, 2005

some things should be abolished

as a jew, i feel compelled to comment on something that i was told about a couple days ago, and just got the opportunity to track down. i was horrified.

jews are commanded to circumcize boys at 8 days of age. this is typically done by a person called a mohel (or moyel if you're from eastern european traditions). typically a circumcision isn't a big deal, and frequently, at least in the united states, it's done in the hospital early and the mohel is more a formality than anything else.

this is important to me because my own boys were circumcised in the hospital, and while we're raising them jewish, it's necessary for me to have them formally converted to judiasm. because jewishness is passed maternally and my wife is catholic, my kids are officially not jewish. at this point it's a drop-your-pants-for-a-quick-prick-and-bleed for them. in another post i'll bitch about how i think it's stupid to even require this for them at this point.

anyway, onward. new york papers are now reporting a case in which rabbi yitzchok fischer seems to have given at least three boys a case of herpes.

it works like this: rabbi dipshit whacks foreskin, and then to make it bleed to "cleanse the wound" he sucks on it with his mouth. this is done in a small minority of ultra-orthodox (right wing frummies) cases.

after one of the affected children died of his herpes infection, the new york department of health ordered rabbi dipshit to quit it while they figured out whether or not the herpes came from him. he refused and is now being sued over it.

and this is not the first time this has been recorded.

and some are now bitching about the new york department of health attempting to regulate religion. puhleeze.

it makes one wonder how far "tradition" should go and when we stop some of these practices and recognize that this is disgusting and dangerous.

Friday, February 4, 2005

song of the day

the wreck of the old 97
well they gave him his orders at monroe, virginia
said steve, you're way behind time
this is not 38, this is ol' 97,
put her into spencer on time.

then he turned around and said to his black, greasy fireman,
shovel on a little more coal.
and when we cross that white oak mountain,
watch ol' '97 roll.

and then a telegram come from washington station,
this is how it read
oh that brave engineer that run ol 97,
is lyin in old danville dead.

'cuz he was going down a grade making 90 miles an hour
the whistle broke into a scream.
he was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
scalded to death by the steam.

one more time!

oh, now all you ladies you'd better take a warning
from this time on and learn
never speak hard words to your true-lovin' husband
he may leave you and never return
poor boy.
as performed by johnny cash
live at san quentin prison
lyrics by david g george
no doubt there is a copyright on this thing somewhere

the history of this song is cool reading. these guys even have an audio clip from the original recording.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

meetings considered

on friday, february 11, i'll be telling my story at the eastside group, at 8pm. so if you want to come and heckle, please do.

i'm tempted to record what i say with my little voice recorder and post the result here.

i'm really tempted.

i'm really stupid, too. so ... what do you think? would you give a shit?

in other news, apparently the office manager job at the local central office has changed hands again. you'll recall that i got fired from there not too long ago, which is just as well, but it doesn't change the fact that i still haven't gotten my w2, which i desparately need to do my taxes. i'll go down there next week and meet the new victim and see where the fuck my paperwork is.

this year's reading list

to help you choose what to read this year, i'll offer this nugget: the american library association 100 most frequently challenged books, 1990 - 2000.

i've read some (but not nearly enough) of these. my comments are interspersed.

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

if any book should be read by middle (junior high) school students, it is this one. the central character, huck finn, comes to realize just how horrible slavery is, learning that nigger jim is a real person with real feelings, and that he deserves his freedom just as much as everybody else. omitting the word "nigger" renders the book meaningless; it's as much an important part of the story as remembering that the little rock nine were called niggers as they went to school in 1957.

6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

a portrayal of the heart-rending choices that sometimes get made. without suggesting whether the outcome of this book is right or wrong, it's useful as food for thought. if your complaint is that it contains depictions of murder, i sure hope you don't watch television.

7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling

wizards and magic. okay, fine, it's got wizards and magic in it.

it's also a story about love, loyalty, courage, the triumph of right, the sacrifice of self for something higher. if that isn't something we should read about, what is? (book six comes out in may.)

8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

the complaint on this one is that it portrays the occult. having read it on a number of occasions, i don't see it. it's about coming to terms with loss, handling grief. what gives?

10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

"non-traditional families" are a reality. like it or not, they are here to stay. whether you like them or they're "best" or not is not really relevant to the discussion.

it therefore is wise to educate our children in what they will encounter in real life, because our "protecting them" now will not protect them later. i'd rather have my children learn about something i dislike in a safe, supportive context, so that i can explain and guide them, rather than have them run across something screwy and scary in a place where i can't help them understand what they see.

12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel

i would guess that people don't like this book because of it's graphic portrayal of sex scenes. i found the first couple sort of erotic; after that i found them boring and skipped them. i wouldn't give this book to a seven-year-old; but it might be appropriate for a 14- or 15-year-old with some explanation about sexuality.

the first book portrays brutal rape scenes, but the later books portray sexuality in a loving, healthy, sharing (if sometimes somewhat wanton) light. again, education and explanation is the key.

21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

i can't imagine a situation where someone would want to ban this.

23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein

sorry, folks, but there are homosexuals in the world. this is another one of those things that banning books about it won't make go away. and children "exposed" to homosexuality don't magically turn gay, anyway. as much as i find homosexuality personally not interesting, i see absolutely no reason to attempt to suppress something that concenting adults might want.

29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras

okay. this one is really funky.

this is a book about physical, mental, and emotional changes that happen to girls during puberty. it explains the basic mechanics of sex, menstruation, impregnation, pregnancy, birth, all the ugly details of being female that someone of the female pursuasion needs to know about. it also contains a chapter about what happens to boys as they mature.

after the author wrote this one with her daughter, she wrote a companion book for boys with the help of a close family friend. i did the male book first, and later read the female book. while i was, at least theoretically, familiar with most of the material in it, i did find it enlightening.

i guess if biological fact bothers you, you won't want to read this. on the other hand, if you're, say, 11-14 and funny changes are happening to your body (and you've started bleeding from rude places) and you don't know why, this book is a pretty useful, objective resource.

41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

this isn't a book about rape. it's a book about fairness and common human decency. whether the bad guy did it or not really isn't relevant.

42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

flowers for algernon is one of the most fascinating studies of human development i've ever read. it starts with a medical experiment that makes a retarded man extremely intelligent, and follows his development in the form of his personal journal.

i guess if reading misspelled words is a problem, you should avoid this. and you should also not read this book if you hate to think, or if you hate people who think.

48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

the first thing that came to mind when i saw this one on the list is "jesus h. motherfucking christ! what the fuck, over?"

it's a book of children's poems. they're about the trials of being a kid, written from a kid's point of view. perhaps people who want to remove this book from libraries think that silverstein is somehow unfit for public consumption because a large body of his work was originally published in playboy magazine.

a light in the attic, along with the rest of silverstien's children's poetry books (including "where the sidewalk ends") are on my kids' must-read lists. i read my copy of sidewalk and light in the attic so many times the bindings fell apart.

52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

certainly these are books for adults. but i suppose adults deserve the same trust in their ability to make their own reading choices as children do: none.

54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy

boys are interested in sex. boys want to have sex. boys will have sex, and if you don't give them a little education about it, they'll do it incorrectly. now get a life.

59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras

see my entry for the girls book, above.

62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

i wouldn't recommend this book for little kids; it's definately a teen reader at the earliest. but it provides an enlightening take on the world and is worth the effort it takes to read it. along with cat's cradle, it'll be on my kids early high school must read list.

70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

i've never read lord of the flies, but it was offered to me at age 9 or 10 by my parents. that tells me a lot about its suitability for children: perhaps a "normal" child might need to be a little older, but even so ... jeez.

71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

more of the same from twain, a book commenting on a "way of life" that needs to be commented on. if nothing other than a historical study, this book is a great work.

85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern

i personally would rather not listen to or read stern. i guess that means i should prohibit others the opportunity, too.

88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

this book has actually been reincarnated in "the 20th century children's book treasury" as an indian children's picture book.

91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis

can't have any of that, now, can we?

94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy

girls have sex? really? where were they doing it when i was a kid? more importantly, where are they now?

96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

if you haven't picked one of these up, give them a shot. heaven forbid you might learn something.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

are people this stupid?

yet another stupid peice of legislation, on grrl's site, makes me insane. i've talked at length about reproductive rights here, and i won't go into it again.

but it makes me wonder: does this kind of shit go on in europe or austrailia? or is it just that american women are supposed to be somehow ... stupider?