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Pls use vwls

I got an email from a coworker the other day that said “Pls finalize this”.  Is it really that much more time consuming to add three more vowels and come off as a professional?  Maybe it doesn’t bother other people but when someone I am not friendly with at work sends me an informal email it drives me crazy!

-Sara

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40 Slaves

I found this quiz “How many slaves work for me” a couple of days ago and took it.  It factors in all of these industries where human-trafficking and slavery is prevalent and there are a lot.  You can even get super detailed and rank how often you eat certain foods and types of technology you have in your home  (I’m assuming ones that come from more slave-heavy areas).  I apparently have 40 slaves working for me.  The main factors that contribute to my number include our technologies, medicine, and clothing.  Take it and see where you come out.  I think a lot of this can be remedied by knowing the origins of the product you buy.  But that can also be difficult when you are talking about something as complex as an iPad.

-Sara

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Nice Try

I’ve been pretty ranty on Saturdays lately – so here are two vidoes that make me giggle.  Of course they are both cat related.

-Sara

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Nice Try

I’ve  been pretty ranty on here lately so here are a couple of things that make me giggle.  They are all cat related, of course.


-Sara

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Think Before You Speak

I was upset by part of Ann Romney’s speech this week when she was talking about parents of the world sighing as they tried to get their kids to bed:  “And if you listen carefully,” she said, “you’ll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men. It’s how it is, isn’t it? It’s the moms who have always had to work a little harder to make everything right.”  Obviously she was pandering to the women of the crowd but she really took someone else down in the same swoop.  We aren’t parents but this comment just perpetuates that whole “men are idiots” stereotype.

And at that moment, I was feeling two things.  The first was that I was incredibly annoyed by it, like Taylor.  The other was the thought that this is what it has recently been like for women and other groups on a pretty routine basis: seeing a politician that is outside of a group making commentary on that group like they know something.  If you haven’t…been female…wanted birth control for YOUR OWN REASONS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO JUSTIFY…been gay…had an unplanned pregnancy…been raped…been poor and not had access to basic healthcare like mammograms…been in debt…been a minority…been a teacher…been any number of things…maybe keep your mouth shut a little longer and THINK before you act like you have any life experiences relating to it.
-Sara

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The 10 Most Similarly Looking Women in Dallas

The local Dallas magazine, called D Magazine, hosts a contest each year for the “10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas”.  Each week, for four weeks, they post pictures and bios for 5 Dallas women.  The voted top three from each week culminate into 12 women being voted for the 10 spots.  The rules are “Contestants must be 21 years of age or older and residents of North Texas.  And, obviously, easy on the eyes.”  Oh D Magazine, you’re so witty.  I’m going to mostly skip over the feminist rant I could do about the fact that this contest even exists.  The women are initially selected through nominations by the public and the editors.  The winners get nothing except the pride of saying they were voted one of the most beautiful women of Dallas.  A real resume builder.

So what five women do we have to vote on this week?  All of them are skinny, conventionally attractive (a phrase Taylor and I like to use), and have long flowing hair.  Man, look at that diversity.  No one is wearing glasses.  No one is even a little overweight.  No one has shorter hair.  It probably makes little girls feel good to see that beauty is being defined by so little in appearance.  You could say that ethnically speaking, they tried to be diverse: 3 white people and 2 Asians.  The jobs are lacking in diversity too: a model, a fashion blogger, health-care consultant, bartender, and a freelance writer.  I do not have a problem with any of these jobs – I just want to know where the science, technology, engineering and mathematics women are.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe next week will be 5 engineers.  But let’s try and be a little bit more diverse on the job front here for the selection process.  That way, maybe I could have avoided these situations below:

  • “So are you an English major?” (random guy at Georgia Tech)
  • “I would have thought YOU were the teacher.”  (Starbucks guy when I told him what Taylor and I do for a living)
  • “Wow, you don’t look like an engineer!”

The last one I have gotten multiple multiple multiple multiple times.  I realize some people intend this as a compliment but it is actually incredibly insulting.  I’m sure some people may not particularly like the fact that I am offended by someone thinking I am some form of a liberal arts major.  I want to clarify that I have no problem with liberal arts majors and what they do (Hi sister and brother!).  The problem I have is that people are still making assumptions about our occupations based on how we look.  Yes, my field of work did used to be predominantly male.  But my engineering grad school classes had more women then men in them.  My grad school advisor was female.  My current supervisor is female.  My supervisor’s supervisor is female.  My supervisor’s supervisor’s supervisor is female.  People do what they want because of what they are passionate about in life and not because of how they look.  Except maybe models.  And Hooters girls.

So a post that I intended to just be a discussion on a stupid contest really took a turn there, didn’t it?

-Sara

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Oh You Were Sleeping?

We have a large window in our room with blinds that reach to only a foot above the ground.  Luna likes to paw at them at night while we are sleeping.  It reminds me a lot of this cat although Luna doesn’t quite have his rhythmic capabilities:

-Sara

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