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i’ve had a totally awesome long weekend. thursday night was susan’s birthday party (happy birthday, susan). that night our friends from maryland, john & mark came into town so we met them at the irish lion after the party for a few drinks. friday night we had our veggie bbq.

thanks to everyone who was able to come out. we spent the rest of the weekend just hanging out. we ran around town, ate tibetan food, grilled, watched zombie movies and well …drank. it was a blast.

i miss baltimore. i miss our friends there. i need to get my resume together this week and start applying for jobs hardcore. if anyone has any leads on interesting jobs, especially in the baltimore, DC, philly region (my preference lies in that order), let me know!

apparently the professional production of Grease with an all female cast scheduled by 2 philadelphia theater companies has been threatened by a lawsuit to be brought by Samuel French inc., who licenses the script for a violation of contract. what total crap. frankly this kind of casting is the only thing that would compel me to watch a production of this musical which always made me want to vomit in high school, especially when everyone kept singing the damn soundtrack. changing this from traditional gender roles to this weird butch/femme thing would actually make it interesting.

so i’ll bite.

1. Total number of books I own:
I don’t even know. Pete and i mashed our book collections together so long ago, i don’t know which are mine and beyond that i don’t know how many books we have collectively. we have 3 billy bookshelves that are jammed, then another set of shelves covered with books, then many boxes and piles. so, yeah. too many?

2. Last book I bought:
Odom, Wendell. Computer Networking First-Step.

3. Last book(s) I read:
for class: Learning the Unix Operating System
for amusement: the handmaid’s tale

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:
the woman warrior
our bodies ourselves – there’s a new edition
the little house on the prarie series
bone black
snowcrash

5. Tag 5 people and ask them to fill this out in their blogs: Jackie, Lois, Elijah, Matthew, Ben, and Anne, as a super-extra bonus

Your Birthdate: September 19
Your birth on the 19th day of the month adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your life path.

But at the same time, it poses a number of obstacles to overcome before you are able to be as independent as you would like. The number 1 energy suggests more executive ability and leadership qualities than your path may have indicated.

A birthday on the 19th of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach. However, a somewhat self-centered approach to life that may be in conflict with some of the other influences in your life.

This 1 energy may diminish your ability and desire to handle details, preferring instead to paint with a broad brush.

You are sensitive, but your feeling stay somewhat repressed.

You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations.

You do not tend to follow convention or take advice very well.

Consequently, you tend to learn through experience; sometimes hard experiences.

The 19/1 is a loner number and you may experience feelings of being alone even if you are married.

You may take on a tendency to be nervous and angry.

so this morning i got some infovis stuff done which feels nice. i still have a ton o’ crap to do, but there is yoga and mexican food this evening before more work is done and that’s nice.

i still have to work on the resume. if any of you feel inclined i’d love to have a link to your resume, or an e-mailed copy is okay too. for me looking at other examples helps to give me a better idea of how i want to lay mine out.

working from home is far superior to working @ school :)

oh is anyone going to be in the LANs workshop with me tomorrow?

very interesting post @ the The Volokh Conspiracy regarding women’s opinions on the subject of changing one’s name upon marriage.

This issue facinates me. I have always found the issue of naming and names important. who names, who gets named, the process involved, etc. It never occurred to me to change my name when i got married (even though it seemed to occur to everyone else – besides my own parents, to their credit). Many of my friends were even surprised that i wasn’t planning on changing my name, and i in turn was shocked at their surprise. that i had to explain my reasoning, etc. for me it felt like an odd decision to have to justify why i didn’t want to change my name. the main reasoning because, well it’s my bloody name. i have a degree with that name on it. i’ve started a career with that name. i feel it’s part of my identity, my heritage, etc. my husband had to justify to no one why he wasn’t compelled to change his last name to mine.

and to me that’s the issue. it’s significant that a woman is supposed to change her name. why is that? i can only take that to mean that in societal terms my name has less value and i don’t accept that in any other facet of society, so no…i didn’t change my name.

very often the reason for a name change is children and wanting a family to all have the same last name. i’ve seen very creative ways for this to happen without a couple having to unfairly abandon part of their name. my friends spike & jackie adopted a new family name when they got married. if we have children, i hope our child is intelligent enough to understand why both mommy and daddy have names of their own, just as they are individuals with other differences. our child will have a hyphenated version of our two individual names and i also hope that their teachers are smart enough to put two and two together as far as names are concerned. in my opinion, if that’s not the case there’s a bigger issue at hand than my decision to retain my own name.

found via feministe

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