Life as an Extreme Sport

American Thoughts on Australia Day & Acknowledgement of Country

Yesterday/today (the 26th of January; time is a weird thing when you’re straddling the dateline) is Australia Day, also known as Invasian Day–it’s a day of celebration akin to the drunken antics of Americans on the fourth of July for European Australians, “settlers,” and a day of mourning for Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander communities who see it as a day of invasion and subsequent struggle to survive. So basically, the partying of the Fourth of July mixed in with Thanksgiving–after all, the European Australians did much the same to the Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders as Americans did to Native Americans. White folks, we aren’t so great at respecting other cultures. And the thing is, it’s not like the Indigenous Australians aren’t down with celebrating Australia–they are, after all, Australians, too. It’s just they’d really like it if perhaps the party could be held on not the

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Thoughts on Gender and the Philly Geek Awards

I’m lounging in bed this morning, not so much hungover as sleep-deprived, and I’m trying to figure out how to put last night in to words. It’s a bit of a sorry state for a writer, but I have a good excuse: I was exposed to one of those things you always hear about but never think really exist, and then coming face-to-face with it rearranges your reality enough that you just have to stop. What unicorn did I run in to? Philadelphia Geeks. I mean, sure, I’d heard here and there that Philly had a vibrant geek community. There certainly seemed to be a lot of space for techies and co-work places and the like. And I’d seen some glimpses of the potential when I went to Mega-Bad Movie Night at the Academy of Natural Sciences. But still. You know how it goes, right? You hear about great possibilities

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Current Philly-Area Forecast

Currently, the weather is Sad Cloud with Evil Sun. Later today, Evil Sun is anticipated to go Deadly, but will be cloudblocked, preventing most Instantaneous Death. Unfortunately, Death Sun will kill all the clouds tomorrow, and then work on killing all the humans. Friday, relief is seen with Spider Thunderclouds. Unless you’re arachnophobic, in which case RUN OH MY GOD RUN THE SPIDERS ARE COMING FOR YOU!

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