Wednesday, April 30, 2008
But the promise of the future doesn't change the reality of the present: nearly every girl at Pardada Pardadi wakes up before sunrise to go poop in the fields. "
Full story here...
PoopReport is collecting donations for the building of toilets for a lower-caste girls school, and the girl's families. For those who dont know, women in rural villages go out and do it in the fields before the sun comes up (there is no privacy, among other reasons).
So why not donate?! Even one dollar goes a long way in India.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
You dont have to be goth (i'm not) - just dark clothes would be cool though.
Its this Friday, starts at 6pm, upstairs at the Town Hall Hotel, Newtown. Your help would be appreciated!
And nothing makes your day like an email from Katie Himmelburg (Knitscene) in your in-box.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
One of my co-workers (who I quite like) just described a cook book she bought as being 'gay'.
I looked at her, and said with a jokey-smile, "Dont say that - thats horrible!".
She laughed as well, but still had an uncomprehending look on her face.
I explained further... "Well, its like saying something is so 'Jew', or so 'female'. Its just not very PC."
"Yeah, my cousins say it too, dont get me started on the rant I give them, hehehe. There is nothing bad or wrong about being gay."
She looked a bit startled, but then added "Oh, well, i dont have a problem or anything, my sister in-law is one of those."
Oh dear. I gave her a funny look and she decided to stop before going any further.
The IT guy came to fix my co-workers computer and reminded me of what happended when he came last time:
He looked at me, and asked "Are you gay?"
I was lost for words briefly, then replied "Well, yes, I am, but thats a bit personal isnt it?"
He was looking for Gai, a woman who works on my floor.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hosted by: Kris Howard
Location: Bayside Lounge, Darling Harbour
Date: June 14, 2008
How to get there: We'll be about a minute's walk from the Craft Show (which will also be going on), at the Harbourside end of the Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. You can see more details about the Bayside Lounge here: http://www.scec.com.au/services/details.cfm?objectID=160.
Please bring:Your knitting! Warm layers if we decide to be outside. Money for drinks and food.
The backup plan is:We're hoping to be outside, but if the weather doesn't agree, we'll be inside the cafe, warm and toasty but still visible through the big windows.
This KIP is not knitting exclusive
There are free bathrooms available nearby
"Please cleanup your facebook. Sex, drugs, lesbian stuff, no religion. People look at that before they hire you - Pres. Bush gets reports about this stuff, too. Listen to your mother — have a little common sense for goodness sake. Have some Christian values!
"Please email me right away and tell me you are alive.. Thank you.Mom "
Me: i have internet in my room!!!!
Me: WOW IS RIGHT!
Mom: right on mf
Me: what is mf?
Mom: my fruitcup
Me: oh of course "
"Hello, Kate. I heard a funny noise, thought it might be you. I love you. Mom "
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Its just another way of controlling their sellers and extracting more fees.
I.e. listing fees, final value fees and now PayPal fees.
Not to mention as a buyer, PayPal is set up to promote paying for won items through your Bank Account. Ever wonder why?
You can't do a charge back on your Bank Account, but you can on your credit card. The Boi has had a few problems with online sellers being fraudulent and PayPal being useless; so much so he doesnt buy online unless I have checked it out first, and always does it through hys credit card.
For example, say i've bought some sprockets from MrDodgy.com, and they never arrive. I've paid via PayPal (bank account option), so I dispute it. If PayPal finds in my favour they give me a refund UNLESS the seller has no money in their online PayPal account. If thats the case, I cant get anything back (this is an on-going issue on the MCY topic on Ravelry). Zero. PayPal says there is no money to give me.
So instead, I click 'change funding options' and choose credit card. PayPal throws up a 'are you sure, Bank Account is much better etc etc screen'. I pay by Credit Card anyway. If the seller is dodgy, and PayPal wont/cant help me, my bank can. Charge back time!
The lesson - always use the Credit Card option, even if its a pain in the bum. And Ebay - i'm not selling through you anymore, its too hard. Buying, well, thats another matter.
Dear Mr/Ms Anonymous Troll,
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Unfortunately, since you have chosen to remain anonymous, I cant take the time to return the favour (or rick-roll).
As per your comments, I dont agree with violence on China or Tibet's half (the only violence I agree with is the consensual kind). I never said we should use violence to make a point, but there is always that 10% of people who get carried away (or that 90% of China's military). However, if my country was invaded by a hostile force, i think i'd want to open a can of whoop-a$$ too.
I've met nuns who were raped by Chinese soldiers. I've seen the old women and men who had to walk for months to get out of Tibet. (Umm, maybe search through for all my posts labelled 'India', I have travelled). So after 08/08/08, I will keep supporting Free Tibet, as I have always done. I will continue to donate money to the Tso Pema Medical Fund when there's an emergency. And no, I dont have a bumper sticker (I dont have a car).
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Australia was invaded by Europeans 200 years ago - and we've just said sorry to the original inhabitants and try to make amends. China has invaded another country to get its natural resources, committed cultural genocide, stops free press and the list goes on. So no, I dont think China should get the Olympics until it behaves like a grown up.
I think you forget that as a Subversive, a Lesbian, and a Knitter, thats what i'm gonna blog about. Maybe save your pro-china shill for a more appropriate blog?
(off to knit and b*tch, cos apparently that's all I do)
Monday, April 07, 2008
There were some problems.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Love this banner. The idea of letting China hold the olympic games is so revolting to me, and I wonder what I can do. (Besides the usual writing letters, signing petitions and going to protests).
Something different... Makes me think of the Yarn Harlots Knitting Olympics - surely there is something we crafters can do to express our dis-satisfaction and help out as well? Maybe, maybe not.
Will need thinking, I think.