Monthly Archives: June 2005

i wonder what’s up with this?

“Highest-Ranking Woman Fired from Pennsylvania Police
Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Transue, deputy commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, was escorted out of her office last Friday. Transue was the highest ranking woman official in the agency, and the first woman to act as deputy commissioner. She gave up her badge, gun and ID card, and her picture has been removed from stations statewide, reports the Associated Press. State police officials have declined to comment on her employment status, but Major Robert Einsel has been appointed as her temporary replacement.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Transue filed a complaint last year, in which she accused the agency’s disciplinary officer, Captain Barry Titler, of perjury. Many suspect that Transue’s subsequent investigation and removal came as reprisal for reporting Titler. Penny Harrington, founder and board member of the National Center for Women and Policing, told the Philadelphia Daily News that ‘Because she did break the code of silence and reported inappropriate behavior, there’s a high likelihood she was targeted.’

President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Bruce Edwards, told the Philadelphia Daily News he had ‘gotten a lot of calls already from women on this job. They are not happy and they want some questions answered.’”


today has been an excruciatingly long day. I had class at 9:30 and just finished working about 20 minutes ago. besides about 3 hours taken out of there for eating, running, and walking to and from school i’ve been working the entire time. i’ve been preparing for 401 tomorrow which i’m actually feeling pretty confident about, working on the manual, and doing preliminary preparations with john & elijah for the submission for the semantic web conference. i’ll be focusing on momma communities in LJ. i hope it turns out well because i’m really excited about it. if all goes well it has the potential to turn into several projects, a few of them publishable.

the title of this post was deliberately selected to match the title of the Sunbelt presentation that we gave in February, because music, new music selected by my friends, really kept me going today. we picked up a bunch of new music to listen to on the trip to Ohio this past weekend. among other things we got the Trojan Dub box set 1, the new Sleater-Kinney, which I love, the new White Stripes, which is also wonderful, and some others. But the most interesting thing is a cd that creighton picked up was I am a bird now by Antony and the Johnsons. It took me 2 tracks to really warm up to it. The melodies are relatively simple, the vocals are a bit more complex and all around i find it both haunting and beautiful.

In light of just spending some quality time with dear friends one track in particular has had me thinking. track 5, “you are my sister” talks about friendships that end up resembling something closer to a familial relationship. the relationship that i have with many of my friends feels like this. many of us have known each other for quite some time. we’ve lived together, gone on trips together, gotten in arguments with each other, pissed each other off, worked together, moved away from each other, and still if i can’t see them for an extended period of time, as soon as we get together, it’s like we’ve never been apart. we’ve often referred to each other as extended family, and i think it’s becoming less of a joke to me and far more real.

i wonder to what extent this is a common experience. marginalized communities have modeled this chosen family idea -immigrant communities, slaves, gay and lesbian communities. groups whose family is not present, can not be present or simply doesn’t exist in a conventional way, or those who have been excluded from their biological families. Douglas Coupland and Wes Anderson very often model this phenomenon in their own work – the neighbor kid, the ex-husband, a group of co-workers, all seem to bond together and choose to put up with each other, depend on one another and in general choose to maintain this close bond.

it’s the choosing that’s fascinating to me. advocates of traditional marriage often decry living together (among other things, like you know, gay marriage) prior to marriage. One reason they often cite is the fact that either party can leave at any time. in reality, i don’t think it’s ever that simple. to compare it to chosen family, i suppose i could choose to stop communicating with my friends, or they with me, but i don’t see it happening.

i guess what i’m getting at is that although i have plenty of “real”, biological family, very often my efforts to spend time with my chosen family meet or exceed that of me visiting my “real” family and big life events seem to really focus on that chosen family.

ultimately, i wonder if this is “normal”? is this a more recent phenomena or has it always been this way? and if it is a growing phenomena, will society adapt to this? what if one of my friends became critically ill or worse? i mean you can’t take family leave to care for “just” a friend, but why not? the impact on me, on my life would be just as great if not greater than it would be for a biological family member.

Originally uploaded by l@in.

despite being swamped with work, i’m in a rare, stellar mood. it seems that i’m happiest when i’m most busy. I’ve got 2 editing projects, one it think will not meet deadline, and the other needs to be started this weekend. It seems that i’ll be working on new projects with Elijah & John due at the end of this month for a conference in Galway (my god, can i possibly scrape together the funds to go?), in addition to working on the BROG paper for AoIR coming up in October. i’m also trying to get a handle on my first independent research project for my fall class with Susan, which is both terrifying and thrilling. i also start teaching a section of L401 that I’ve never taught before this thursday. I need to make my notes for that this evening.

this weekend was nuts. Creighton deigned to come to Bloomington although he swore when we moved that he’d never do it, and made his way to Ohio with us for the wedding. i worked my ass off last week and planned on working friday night once we got to Brunswick, OH as our hotel advertised wi-fi. the bloody wi-fi was down all fucking weekend, and really scuttled my plans, and the plans of other work-a-holic guests, with whom i commiserated. it the end though, I got all my work done, and relaxing for two days was probably the very best thing that i could have done.

brooke & tim had a lovely wedding. though married, in general i loathe weddings, as most of them seem to be all pagentry and little substance. both weddings that i’ve attended this summer have been both heartfelt and fun. brooke & tim’s wedding even had an armada battle which Creighton and i fought valiantly in a gosh-it-might-float rowboat against pete, john, and ben. afterwards beer was had while floating around the lake. the weekend also brought a bit of drunken-yoga-while-smoking of all things. the only thing that would have made it better was if amy, rob, and mark had been able to be there.

this weekend really made me realize how lucky i am to have such wonderful and interesting friends. it’s nice to have visitors, not guests. people that are comfortable kicking about your house, and helping themselves to a beer. we won’t be in indiana much longer, so if you’re going to visit, like ben, john, creighton, and mark have, i suggest you do it soon.

anyone who knows me, has heard me say that i can’t wait to get the hell out of Indiana. and while that may be true, i have recently come to the realization that i have wonderful friends here as well. for all the reasons that it will be wonderful to leave here in December, there are also reasons that it will break my heart to leave. and for this i find myself immeasurably happy – what could i possibly have done to deserve for things to be this good?

The Temperance Card
You are the Temperance card. Temperance is the
blending of elements to produce stability. We
say that someone is temperate when they are
pleasant and easy going. Temperance achieves
balance through merging, so a temperate person
is one who feels whole. Creative genius is
often found in the ability to unite two
previously unconnected ideas. Aleister Crowley
considers this one of the most important facets
of this card and names the card Art. He refers
to a generation of a third element out of two
previously existing elements. In the same way,
the artist has the ability to create a painting
from canvas and some tubes of coloured paint.
The temperate person is also inclined to think
about philosophy. Temperance leads to a calm
and rational logic but can also look beyond
everyday knowledge for the truth. Image from
The Stone Tarot deck.

Which Tarot Card Are You?
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… report about the weekend wedding to come

i have been and still remain up to my ears in things to do. i the next week i have to

– finish my xml project
– complete the db manual i’m editing
(anyone know of a quick and easy way to convert an html document to a PDF?)
– prepare to teach the L401 section of search and retrieval
– pack to go camping

this weekend i’m attending the wedding of afoundobject and thewrongtim, and at the moment this bastard is staying at my house and will head out to the wedding with us. yay!

i owe like 50 e-mails to various people. my apologies. must. catch. up.

in other news, what’s up with this?

High court OKs personal property seizures

check out the great op-ed piece in the NY Times by Neal Stephenson,

Tune In, Veg Out

To geek out on something means to immerse yourself in its details to an extent that is distinctly abnormal – and to have a good time doing it. To veg out, by contrast, means to enter a passive state and allow sounds and images to wash over you without troubling yourself too much about what it all means…

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