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got my hair highlighted silver

in reality i have some gray hair. i decided to quit exposing myself to the toxic chemicals of hair dye that i've been using on and off - mostly on - for about 25 years. i started going gray in high school, and this is when i also started using hair dyes, the two being actually completely unrelated. my family is graced with fantastic grey hair in its older generations, so i looked forward to a nice white-silver sheen. i always said i would grow my hair long so i could have long hippy grey braids. always wanted to do that.

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uh, remember that thing i said about the co-option of Occupy?

this "music festival" is happening in mid-may, actively soliciting donations.... and charging $35-$55 admission.

no lineup has been announced, though they are careful to clarify that there will be international acts.

from their site:
The Occupy Festival is endorsed by the Occupy Chicago organization. The festival is contributing to the Occupy movement by donating 50% of all profits to Occupy Chicago.

If you support the cause, help keep it alive:


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stupidity is malice

this is sort of related to maggles' point from the other day about people going through life harming people, without the express intent to do so.

i've come to feel, over the last few years, that being stupid is malicious and antisocial, and often a choice.

it would be unwise for me to state what happened in my life to bring this up, being a public forum, but it's solidifying my view that stupidity causes more harm to more people than anything else.

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Spring is Alive!!

my fermentation experiments continue. warm weather is allowing me to open windows and attract - in my own mind anyway - lots of wild airborne yeasts for my fermented vegetables, kombucha, and now sourdough starter. did you know you can just make your own friggin sourdough starter? it's true, you do NOT need someone to give you a starter. you need water, flour and patience.

essentially, you take equal parts water and flour, mix it up, and let it sit for a while, about a week. stir it often to stimulate the process by distributing the yeasts.

the temperature in my house is erratic, so i placed mine in a ball jar in my bedroom, and tried to keep that temperature more stable with a space heater. i was sure it wasn't working, it was just a liquid mess. i took some advice from the wild fermentation book and dropped some blueberries in there. that white stuff on the outside of berries and grapes is natural, wild yeast, attracted to the fruit. drop those in there whole to introduce good yeasts. being winter, my berries were imported, so they're not truly wild NJ yeast, but fuck it.

once i did that, i could see things start happening.

the Mr is - we'll call it - tolerant of my little experiments, but remains convinced that i'm breeding botulism and i'm gonna kill us all. so naturally when he asked with a frightened look on his face what "those little black things are" i told him i'm pretty sure it's a good mold, probably some form of beneficial mushroom. heh.

look at that picture. see the little white spots? those are the tiny bubbles of the fermentation. you will see more of them around the blueberries.

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the proper way to get hit by a car in NJ

there must be something wrong with how i walk through parking lots because for the second time in a year, i was hit by a car in one. the first time was a middle aged woman, more interested in spotting open spaces than pedestrians. i'm walking pretty fast, too fast to stop myself once noting - oh shit - that car ain't stopping, so i end up getting hit in the knee midstride, as the car keeps moving. now, i'm pretty convinced that even while she didn't see me before hitting my knee, she did see me afterward and decided to resume looking for a space.

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my second favorite line in an antidepressant commercial:

"imagine you with less pain."

in their defense, this ssri is being marketed as an osteoarthritis drug. well not exactly, because if it were they would appeal its viewers to do a but more than imagine themselves with less symptoms, and osteoarthritis is carefully mentioned only once, and not in the same sentence as the drug name. it's imagine having less pain, imagine your osteoarthritis, now imagine you with less pain.

"does it reduce pain?"

"will it treat osteoarthritis?"

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Occupy the SEC

a group called Occupy the SEC is comprised of former wall street employees. some members have done teach ins at Occupy camps teaching the demonstrators about investment firms' calamitous intent.

they wrote a 325 page letter to federal authorities including the SEC and FDIC which details the practices that are routine on wall street, making the case for the volcker rule. see it here:


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