greenie_breizh: (full of words)
First, [livejournal.com profile] arcadiane wrote this excellent post on Where The Wild Things Are (the movie). I realized I'd never written about the movie and what I thought about it but she's said it all, pretty much, and I'm still not sure I have my own words to talk about it. I can see how people would hate the movie and find it boring, but if you can let yourself be taken by the beauty, the quiet, the kid's point of view, and not look for a plot, it's exactly what I would have wanted this movie to be, I think.

Second, I actually discovered this a while ago but I don't think I've ever linked to them: ASL songs. They're vids that put songs into ASL language (I'm assuming you can do the same with other sign languages, but as in the world of hearing, American stuff dominates online) and they're damn cool. Two awesome guys who do them are CaptainL0ver (his version of If You Seek Amy is particularly awesome, but check out more) and CaptainValor (I love him in Party in the USA). And then there's this adorable teen (and the girl he learned it from) doing it on Hot 'n' Cold (they're not super fluent or putting the rhythm into it as much, but he's super cute). (They're all a little gay and effeminate, too, which, <3.)

Third, not so much with the fun and funny, my f-list is awesome and shared links with me about James Cameron's Avatar that I wanted to share back with everybody:
- About the white privilege perspective in the movie, check out When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like "Avatar"?, which is dead-on throughout the entire article, but I want to highlight this paragraph:
These are movies about white guilt. Our main white characters realize that they are complicit in a system which is destroying aliens, AKA people of color - their cultures, their habitats, and their populations. The whites realize this when they begin to assimilate into the "alien" cultures and see things from a new perspective. To purge their overwhelming sense of guilt, they switch sides, become "race traitors," and fight against their old comrades. But then they go beyond assimilation and become leaders of the people they once oppressed. This is the essence of the white guilt fantasy, laid bare. It's not just a wish to be absolved of the crimes whites have committed against people of color; it's not just a wish to join the side of moral justice in battle. It's a wish to lead people of color from the inside rather than from the (oppressive, white) outside.

- About ableism in the movie, read Future of Portrayals of Disability in Movies? Cameron’s Avatar. I thought about a lot of that as soon as I saw Jake in a wheelchair. :/
greenie_breizh: (clothesless)
Vanessa Hudgens on the whole naked pics thing:

"It's just really unfortunate, and to this day people hate me for it, but it's not like I chose to put that out there in the world, you know? It's so aggravating and frustrating, and whenever anybody asks me, would I do nudity in a film, if I say that it's something I'm not comfortable with, they're like, 'Bullshit, you've already done it.' If anything it makes it more embarrassing, because that was a private thing. It's screwed up that someone screwed me over like that. At least some people are learning from my mistakes." (Source)

I can't stress enough how glad I am that she isn't apologizing all over the place. I've ranted enough about it previously, but I just wanted to say that. I'd actually love to have a calm, adult conversation with her about this whole scandal - and the assholes who are suggesting that having private photos leaked means you should have no problem displaying your body to the world. She seems to have a much more mature way of dealing with it now, which I can respect.

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I feel for Caster Semenya - I am a woman with male chromosomes. An interesting Daily Mirror Chronicle by Sarah Graham that's a good overview of why it's not as easy as drawing a line between male and female. I continue to be appalled at the way just about everybody is dealing with Semenya, from the way people seem to think it's appropriate to discuss very personal medical info to the incapacity of grappling with the fact that even sex is a social construct. I haven't read too much, but I like that her family and friends in South Africa are not caring. So much for being the civilized, liberal one, Western culture, no?

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Sinead's Hand: A cute video about same-sex marriage< from an Irish organization.


I've hit pretty much all my trademark topics so time to go watch Corbin Bleu on my TV. ;)
greenie_breizh: (teh pretty)
This was yesterday in Vancouver:



Bear with the boring beautiful sunshine of the beginning of the day, it's worth it.

So yes. We had a huge thunder storm last night to go with the 2nd fireworks show of the Celebration of Lights (South Africa totally won me over by using music from the Lion King and actually having coherence in their fireworks). It was... indescribable it was so beautiful. Awe would be the perfect word to describe it. I'd never seen lightning streak the sky like this, and it lasted so long.

I mean, the Celebration of Lights is amazing enough on its own most of the time, but this was just breath-taking. I wasn't supposed to be downtown originally, and we got soaked watching this under (fairly light) rain, but it was so so worth it.


By cisley. Perfect illustration for the night.

You can see more here (there was a gorgeous orange/pink light falling on the city at sunset when lightning first started striking).

I really fucking love this city sometimes.
greenie_breizh: (everyday)
I'm still trying to get over my doubts from yesterday and the nervousness I feel because I think the project is turning into something very different from what I'd originally imagined in my head. I just need to convince myself that it's ok and I'll figure out the lit review and everything later. Basically originally I was interested broadly in how teachers teach, and I'm realizing that especially since I need to make the interview shorter, I'm really more interested in how the teachers teach and handle diversity and difference in the classroom.

Basically I'm still not sure what I'm doing. :/

So instead of freaking out, let me share a couple of funny links.
Cats can really sleep anywhere.
Cats fail and grad students.
(Funny but Dollhouse spoiler!) )

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Now a few links stolen from [livejournal.com profile] le_canard.
The documentary Girl Like Me touches on how racism intersect with beauty standards. It's mostly bits of interviews with black girls who talk about how they've been made feel about their appearance. We often think that tastes are personal - so what if I like blonde better than brunette? It's a good reminder that tastes are also embedded in cultural bias and in Western nations, that means a certain racial bias, too.
The experiment featured at about 4 minutes is pretty heart-breaking and disheartening. It was reproduced recently and I don't know if I'd put quite the same positive spin on the story. I would love to try the experiment in France, but also to have white children do it, because I'm pretty certain patterns would differ.

And finally, in French, Mr. Haïdari who works at the City Hall in Marseille (he's assistant to the Mayor), talking about why he thinks it's important that we have racial statistics in France. The usual argument against such statistics - that they create racial categories that don't exist - is true in the sense that race is a social construct, but it blatantly ignores that this social construct has very real (psychological and material) consequences today in France (and beyond). Racial categories will never be perfect, but it's a better alternative (in my opinion) to pretending that there isn't a racial problem in France. These categories, we made them up, but today they influence the lives of people of color, and we have to stop ignoring that because it makes us uncomfortable.


That reminds me that this morning I was in a school and asked the head of the school (because he was showing me what kind of information students fill out every year) if he had any same-sex household that had a kid in his school. His first reaction was, "you know, it's none of my business" ("ça ne me regarde pas"). Which struck me as odd. Why would we want these families to be invisible? Is it that strange to imagine that teachers would know if their kids have a mom and a dad, one parent, two of the same sex? Under the excuse of giving people privacy, aren't we really playing into a system that assumes and favors heterosexuality? That's a rhetorical question, obviously. It's very telling that we ask kids to fill out information about their mother and father, but to ask if they have two moms or two dads is a breach of privacy.
greenie_breizh: (snuggle time)
Very quick political update:

Some elements on Obama and DADT.

The California Supreme Court will hear the Prop 8 case on March 5. It will hear arguments both to repeal Prop 8 because the measure was invalid, and to annul all the same-sex marriages that were performed between May and November. A decision won't be issued that day, though, it will take several months.

On that note, watch this wonderful video:

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.
Considering I have very little interest in marriage myself and I'm critical of normalizing images and all that, I really wish that stuff wouldn't make me cry so easily. There's just something about the feeling of hope and community - and I look at all those crowds of people and wonder where are the people who voted yes to Prop 8 and how can they not see love and a human attempt to be happy that doesn't hurt, just brightens faces?)
“One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are, when you don't come home at night.”
- Margaret Mead
greenie_breizh: (cute)
Puppy cuteness from here to start:


I am absolutely, absolutely dying of the cute watching videos of Knut, a baby polar bear from the Berlin Zoo who was raised by one of his keepers. The first video is lots of really adorable photos, but I think the best video is this one, where you see him being fed and falling asleep and basically just being a ball of fuzzy cuteness. Stuff like that kinda makes me wonder if I'm doing the right thing with my life. I think I could be happy just taking care of animals and making sure they grow up ok and just that they're well taken care of.

Makes me happy I'm seeing Glacier tomorrow :)

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Less with the cute and more with the political,the Catholic Church and the Pope are being A-holes for Christmas by saying defending humanity against homosexuality and transgenderism is as important as saving the planet. Um, news flash, idiots: one leads to us DYING, the other one leads to the world changing (albeit, not to your liking) while we LIVE. Fucking morons. I love how no one asks them to justify why on earth it's so important to have clearly defined genders and why it's such a big deal to have blurry gender roles. Masculinity and feminity don't have anything to do with procreation, last time I checked.

In a less moronic move, California's state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has asked the CA Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8:

Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification," Brown's brief says. [...] Brown's brief acknowledged that the state is facing a constitutional crisis. Every branch of government--including the governor, a majority of state legislators, and the state's highest court--approves the rights of same-sex couples to marry, while a slim majority of voters have eliminated those rights. "We have a conflict between the amendment power (through voter initiatives) and the duty of the Supreme Court to protect minorities and safeguard liberty," Brown said.


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Not with the cute or the political, but with the funny to finish:

Every Fanfic Ever Written! Excerpt:

THE PWP (HET)

CHARACTER: I'm straight!
CHARACTER OF OPPOSITE GENDER: What a coincidence! So am I!
(They have sex.)
greenie_breizh: (by my side: pets)
Our babies are now grouchy teenagers (I'm kidding, they're still adorable) and I figured it was time for an update so you can see how well MeiMei Chloe's doing!

First, a video where she's walking so you can see she's gotten much more stable when she's walking calmly. She just looks a little wobbly. (Sorry the orientation of the video is screwed up, I forgot when I was recording her... >.>)


More cat adorableness under the cut! )
greenie_breizh: (together)
Not a big fan of his disclaimer at the beginning, but he has some very good points and, well, it's Keith Olbermann.

greenie_breizh: (cute)


Terra and I were at Brad's house today, doing some pumpkin carving! I was going to carve the Chinese characters for "serenity" into one of mine but got worried I would screw it up (this is the first time I carve a pumpkin on my own!). So instead I did evil (vampire?) Harry Potter (on the right) and a cute pumpkin who's having the BEST time, all the time, because, much like me, he's easily entertained. I named him Ron for continuity. And on the left side of my dear laptop Aziz, you have scaredpants pumpkin. In its defense, it did hang out very close to Chtulu (Brad's pumpkin, not featured here!) for a while, and that would scare the shit out of anyone.

I had an awesome time carving :D And I'm very happy with how they turned out.

While I'm sharing silly stuff, this video of Ellen interviewing Vanessa Hudgens just cracks me up. I just love the way Ellen asks her question very seriously and yet a little hesitant, and Vanessa doesn't seem entirely sure at first when she's joking or not. ^^


And finally,courtesy of metaquotes, are you pro- or anti-American? Take this test and find out! I got disqualified but if I hadn't, I'd still be at -35. Living in Vancouver screwed me from the start! Damn you, Vancouver, for being welcoming and progressive.



EDIT:
So, remember how I mentioned the kittens had been nursing from each other ever since Mommy's been gone? And how Chloe'd taken up sucking her own nipple? Yeah, well. She's been doing it a lot and yesterday I picked her up and noticed her nipple was very red, almost raw. ... Yes, my cat sucked herself raw. So I called the vet to check what I should do, and now I'm making sure she doesn't do it again, at least until her little nipple has healed. She's a very special cat for sure. ^^
And because I can, photo!
greenie_breizh: (still life)
Found at The Ecologist thanks to [livejournal.com profile] emsana.

It's a video on global warming that focuses on the very important concept of feedback mechanisms. From Wikipedia because I think a concrete example is necessary:

"The climate system is characterized by strong feedback loops between processes that affect the state of the atmosphere, ocean, and land. A simple example is the ice-albedo positive feedback loop whereby melting snow exposes more dark ground (of lower albedo), which in turn absorbs heat and causes more snow to melt."

Basically in the long term our actions can have much more impact than we expected, especially since the extent of feedback mechanisms are often hard to predict. It also partly explains why, if we were to stop existing and affecting climate right now, the temperature would still continue rising for a while.


Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.


The video also mentions a few other important things:
- We've known this is happening for twenty years now. (I am frankly growing impatient with us.)
- We need to consume less.
- Our capitalist (rather, productivist) system requires that we continue consuming more. And the people who benefit most from that system in the short term are going to do everything they can to maintain the status quo.
greenie_breizh: (Default)
Our little one is almost 10 weeks old now! So here, have a bunch of videos. :D

This one just cracks me because she sounds so pathetic and really, it's an act. ^^



More videos of Meimei Chloe in our back yard (running around!) behind the cut.

Still working on that coordination thing... )
greenie_breizh: (random3)
Like I was mentioning this morning, one of the kittens we're fostering, Chloe, has brain damage. She has cerebellar hypoplasia, which means she has very bad balance and coordination. She can't hold her head too well and she can't walk or move around much. She's the cutest thing though, sweet and playful and cuddly. She falls asleep on our laps all the time and likes to lie on her back and swat at whatever passes by.



I love that her nose is partly pink, partly black, and she's got adorable white markings on her chest, legs and face.

This is what she looks like when she tries to walk:


terra_placidusTerra did a post about the disease on her LJ (with a beautiful video of an adult cat who lives with CH). Basically Chloe's disability doesn't affect her life expectancy, but it also doesn't have a cure.

Baby Chloe is so sweet that we're all falling in love with her, and I think Terra and/or I are seriously considering keeping her.

And just for fun, a photo of Billy after his bath last night. )
greenie_breizh: (current tv)
Dr Horrible icon! Makes me happy. :D I'm so staying up tonight to try and get part 2 before bed. Might just download from iTunes straight away if it works so I don't clutter the website with everyone else. :)

A really good LA Times article with an awesome Behind the scenes gallery.

Still on Dr Horrible and also on Dollhouse, a Joss Whedon interview at Monday's FOX event. Speaking of, there is also a cool Eliza Dushku interview from that event and how much do I love her? A whole lot. The "I've got skills" and wanting to be a chess master is just adorable. :D See for yourself (I don't even mind the heavy make-up too much for once.)



And now, off to pack...
greenie_breizh: (gay)
Un peu tard pour faire un edit de mon post précédent sur le sujet, mais (toujours pour ceux que ça intéresse), le MAG est passé sur le JT de 13H de France 2!

A voir ici sur le site de France 2. Le sujet sur la gay pride commence à 13'07'', et ça enchaîne sur le sujet du MAG à 13'30'. Ca donne une bonne idée de ce que donne les interventions du MAG "en vrai" sauf que là c'est moins le bazar que dans certaines classes ;) (faut dire que c'était visiblement une petite classe et en plus les caméras ça doit aider).

Bon après à voir les trucs que les élèves sortent c'est un réflexe, j'ai envie de leur répondre et je suis frustrée que le reportage ne montre pas toujours la réponse claire des intervenants (car les gens qui regardent le JT ne l'ont pas forcément, la réponse, et j'imagine que du coup les téléspectateurs ont des chances de se dire "bah c'est vrai il a raison le gamin") mais bon à moins de faire tout le JT sur ça c'était pas possible. ;) J'ai beaucoup aimé la franchise de tous les élèves, moi c'est ça que j'aime dans les interventions que j'ai faites avec le MAG, et j'ai en particulier apprécié l'honnêté du garçon qui dit "le rapport sexuel en lui-même, ça nécessite une pénétration", parce que beaucoup de gens le pensent mais n'osent par le dire. Dommage, car ce serait bien que nos jeunes intègrent l'idée que le rapport sexuel en lui-même, ça ne nécessite rien du tout, et que la pénétration n'est pas la finalité de la sexualité, simplement une de ses expressions.

J'ai déjà dit que ça me manquait tout ça, n'est ce pas?
greenie_breizh: (funny)


I love Joss, I love Joss and Eliza together, and if anyone can figure out what he says last, just before he says Eliza's not doing too bad? Let me know. *g*


EDIT: Duh. It's Tahmoh Penikett that Joss mentions.
greenie_breizh: (joss is boss)


SO MUCH LOVE. Oh, Joss. Oh, Eliza. You make me so happy. Almost as happy as the BDHs (okay, not quite just yet, but you'll get there. Hopefully.) I'm going to need a Dollhouse icon, dammit.

Did I mention Dollhouse's got a 13 episodes order? WOOT. I'm so excited. It also helps that FOX seems to have a sense of humor about what happened before and how distrustful the fans are and it really makes me confident they're not going to screw around too much this time. I actually really like that video they just released, The FOX family. *g*

Thesis almost done. Working on index. It'll have to be done by Sunday since I'm printing it out then. Off to Salt Spring Island this afternoon!
greenie_breizh: (radiant)
omg that video with Morena being trans is awesome. Apparently [livejournal.com profile] thunder_nari came across it first. Heee. I just love it. See for yourselves:




While I wait to figure out how to alternate the photo stripe on the sidebar, I'm going to stick with activism since it's more in keeping with the theme. But I'm preparing a better stripe of kisses, too. :)
greenie_breizh: (buffy)
The most complete Paley fest report I've read. There's a LOT of awesome in there, and some nostalgia like Buffy always brings. Interestingly enough, while I absolutely loved reading this, it doesn't quite make me swell with undying love like the BDHs do. They're just something about the Firefly guys.

Speaking of, metaquotes had an hilarious description of Firefly featured today. XD

And finally: Awareness test. DO IT. Guys. REALLY. It's just video you have to watch.


As far as life goes, I'm working on the water paper. Well. Procrastinating, mostly, really.
greenie_breizh: (gay)
That's kinda cool: a video against homophobia created by kids in a high school in the suburbs of Paris.

It's cute, and it's kinda funny that, a couple of girls excepted, guys tend to go for longer pecks. *g*

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