Hoyden about Town » tigtog http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Terpsichorean Tuesday: Time Warp Tap Dance http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140930.17220/terpsichorean-tuesday-time-warp-tap-dance/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140930.17220/terpsichorean-tuesday-time-warp-tap-dance/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:43 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17220 Rocky Horror Picture Show ]]> I’ve set the video to start playing at the beginning of Little Nell as Columbia’s tap segment from the version in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. You can always start it at the very beginning of the whole song if you prefer.

Bonus: Sweet Transvestite – Rocky Horror Tribute Show 2006 – Anthony Head

Bonus-bonus: for those who’ve yet to see Craig McLachlan’s turn as Franknfurter, prepare to feast your eyes:

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Media Circus: Shame Shorten Shame – Spineless Opposition Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17226/media-circus-shame-shorten-shame-spineless-opposition-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17226/media-circus-shame-shorten-shame-spineless-opposition-edition/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:24:33 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17226

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Paraphrasing several people I’ve seen making similar points on social media, where the hell is our Federal Opposition right now? The current LNP government, when they were in Opposition, staunchly opposed dozens of popular bills for no good reason other than being a way for them to make the Rudd or Gillard government look ineffectual. But when the Abbott government proposes unpopular bills that push us towards being a totalitarian state, or dismantle the social safety net and the public stake/oversight in essential infrastructure, or strip protection away from our environment and farmlands leaving it without meaningful mitigation/adaptation systems for addressing accelerating climate change, or send our military members back into harm’s way while vilifying our Muslim citizens? The Shorten Opposition is there voting with the government in the House without rigorously debating the bills or using the Senate conscientiously as a House of Review, so these bills are being fast-tracked into legislation without adequate scrutiny let alone electoral transparency.

We deserve better from Bill Shorten and we deserve better from the Labor caucus, too. Why the hell is he still the Leader of the Opposition? Does nobody have the guts to step forward and say that they could do a better job? Does nobody believe that they could do a better job? Really? Really?


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Music Monday: Dub Side Of The Moon http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17217/music-monday-dub-side-of-the-moon/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140929.17217/music-monday-dub-side-of-the-moon/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:15:28 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17217

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I’ve gotten out of the habit of regular posting (some of you may have noticed). I’m going to work on building the habit back up by just posting bits of anything at least once every other day. So today you get a different take on some classic Pink Floyd.

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Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140919.17201/happy-international-pirate-day/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140919.17201/happy-international-pirate-day/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:05:24 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17201

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A text macro: text above the skull and crossbones flag says "to err is human". Text below the flag says "to arr is pirate".

To err is human, to arr is pirate

Just saw a photo on FaceStalk of my youngest niece all dressed up as a pirate, which I won’t share with you, but which is awesome. Looks like her school is actually celebrating the day? Or maybe that was just her choice for end of term mufti day? I guess I’ll find out when I see her next week.

Anybody else doing anything Awrrrrrsomely Piratical today, m’hearties?

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Dawkins stirs the pot again http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140913.17193/dawkins-stirs-the-pot-again/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140913.17193/dawkins-stirs-the-pot-again/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:04:31 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17193

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I’ve just posted at Feministe about the latest developments in the skeptosphere’s Deep Rifts TM. For those who’d rather discuss the ongoing cyberstorm that began with Elevatorgate here, this is the thread for you. Links to other people’s posts especially welcome.

For those who’d rather talk about anything but Dawkins cynically clickbaiting yet again, there’s always the Open Thread or the Media Circus Thread.


UPDATE – FURTHER READING:

Dana Hunter at En Tequila Es Verdad – The Shermer Allegations: Some Considerations for Those to Whom This Is a Nasty Shock

Dawkins has now doubled down and jumped the shark with a triple twist and pike – Richard Dawkins: The Wrongering. See also Rebecca Watson at Skepchick – Dear Innocent People Murdered in Witch Hunts

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Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:55:12 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185

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Quoting (with permission) Paul Norton on FB:

You know there is something wrong when government ministers, parliamentary secretaries and their various shills use language that clearly indicates that they regard welfare and “welfare dependency” as greater evils than destitution, homelessless, starvation and the aggravation of chronic mental illness through a combination of ideological demonisation and bureaucratic harassment.

I think it’s time we posed the question: given a choice between a welfare system in which some people get money they don’t deserve but nobody dies miserably, and a welfare system in which nobody gets money they don’t deserve but people die miserably, which do we prefer? And does Bill Shorten have the ticker to frame the issue that way and declare which option he prefers?

Some news stories related to how we view the “undeserving” in the West these days:

The contrast with the rhetoric surrounding critics of the increasing wealth gap as advocates of “class warfare” is stark, and John Oliver sums it up (particularly with note to the national lotteries at the end) – the usual ‘don’t read YouTube comments’ caveat applies:

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Media Circus: Blaming/Shaming Women Edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140901.17177/media-circus-blamingshaming-women-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140901.17177/media-circus-blamingshaming-women-edition/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:45:53 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17177

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In just the last week Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn and over 100 female showbiz celebrities brought it all on themselves, doncha know.

Also in the last week our current Federal LNP government has kept on working to push its ideological agenda through Parliament, against what seems horribly likely to be insufficient opposition despite the best efforts of the Greens.

The PM and masked minions are raiding the Universal Entitlements Bank of Australia, while Nick Minchin tries to revive the engine of getaway vehicle Joe Hockey.

Orderly and methodical (The Canberra Times, 26 August 2014)

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Media Circus: No Snappy Title edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140820.17141/media-circus-no-snappy-title-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140820.17141/media-circus-no-snappy-title-edition/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:07:55 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17141

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I have been mostly speechless/typingless at the latest goings in local/federal politics, taking refuge in offline activities. Elsewhere the police brutality in Ferguson MO and egregious overreaction to peaceful protests, and the continuing atrocities perpetrated by the expanding Islamic State essentially makes me want to vomit rather than write. And there are stilling missing girls in Nigeria, and other horrors happening all over. But I should still put up a post for the rest of you to vent/rant or even ideally substantively discuss these issues, because disengagement is never going to be a solution, even if it’s sometimes temporarily necessary for some self-care. Go for it.

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Procedure Fail: WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140729.17092/procedure-fail-wiscon-feminism-and-safe-spaces/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140729.17092/procedure-fail-wiscon-feminism-and-safe-spaces/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:07:26 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17092 obvious deviants who could never be part of my well-ordered community (when in fact they are commonly those with the well-liked/respected status to be given the benefit of the doubt when/if reports are made against them), it's worth reading about the mistakes of communities with which one isn't familiar so that one can learn about patterns to watch out for and procedural standards which need to be known and practised by decision-makers. ]]> Many SF fans are very disappointed that a serial harasser was allowed to attend WisCon 38 despite reports against him laid during WisCon 37, and that the official response to much criticism during and since the convention has been to provisionally ban him for a few years rather than ban him in perpetuity.

Readers who are already part of SF fandom have probably seen a lot of this WisCon 38 fallout already, and there is a great deal of related/background reading that might seem daunting to those anyone who hasn’t heard about this at all (I certainly haven’t read everything myself), but this situation is worth people outside SFF reading about because one of the major revelations that has come to light about how/why this was mishandled so badly was that decision-makers were not made aware of nor did they factcheck all relevant information before reaching their decision: precedents regarding a similar situation at a different convention in recent years that was mishandled in a way that should have made WisCon more alert to avoidable mistakes,  past accusations/confessions against/from the accused, details of reports from accusers in this situation not conveyed, the accused was given further followup and input into the final decision but the accusers were not, and claims about legal obligations made by the accused have since been revealed to be false. Since this sort of institutional memory-holing of relevant history regarding serial harassers and non-transparency of procedures to the accusers is precisely the sort of social convention that serial harassers rely upon in order to keep getting away with what they do, alongside the fallacy that harassers are obvious deviants who could never be part of my well-ordered community (when in fact they are commonly those with the well-liked/respected status to be given the benefit of the doubt when/if reports are made against them), it’s worth reading about the mistakes of communities with which one isn’t familiar so that one can learn about patterns to watch out for and procedural standards which need to be known and practised by decision-makers.

Geek Melange: Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces

I’d fully intended to have a glowing, gushing and rather fangirlish entry about my WisCon experiences up within a week of returning from the con, but that cold bug decided to fight eviction for nearly a month, things at work got busy and life generally got in the way.

And then the first rumbles of “All was not right in the state of WisCon” started showing up on my radar.

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If there’s one advantage to how technology has changed the way we communicate, it’s that news no longer stays buried until long after the initial furor has died down. In response to public demands for accountability and an explanation of what in the hell the Subcommittee was thinking, the news that’s been coming in a steady and quickening pace from within the ConCom and Subcommittee about how the Frenkel decision was made has been more than a little disturbing. Not only were some of the committee members unaware of the particulars of the ReaderCon/Valentine/Walling situation and how that provided a roadmap to avoid repeating their mistakes (one of the results being the entire board resigning because they had messed things up so badly that nothing they did would be trusted by the community), they were unaware of the sum total of Frenkel’s behavior and history because that information had been cherry-picked by the person who was appointed as the Member Advocate and ostensibly supposed to be advocating for Frenkel’s victims. Further, Jankowski and Matthesen were not followed up with during the process, nor was their input solicited regarding the Subcommittee’s decision before the decision was announced – but guess whose input was solicited instead.

Frenkel asserted during his interview(s) with the Subcommittee that due to a NDA with his previous employer he was not allowed to speak publicly about anything related to his departure from their employment, and that this precluded him from addressing or even apologising for his actions. This factor was apparently crucial in the Subcommittee’s decision to make the ban only provisional and subject to reconsideration upon expiry of this purported NDA, but the Subcommittee reportedly never checked with the employer whether Frenkel’s assertion was true before making their ruling. Surprise – it wasn’t true.

A known harasser, someone who has been an industry missing stair for decades, whose questionable work history has led to many who worked with him as their editor to ask each other, “Have you been Frenkeled yet?”, who claimed contrition for similar actions in 2010 but apparently didn’t actually learn anything, who had the arrogance to show up at WisCon 38 to “prove he did nothing wrong,” lied to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. 

I am Jane’s total lack of surprise.

Elise Mattheson has just had a guest post published at several blogs about her perspective on the procedural failures at WisCon since she first submitted her report on Frenkel’s harassment. Unsurprisingly she has lost a lot of trust in the competency of WisCon to responsibly and transparently deal with harassers so that con-goers are adequately safeguarded.

The Geek Feminism Wiki: Jim Frenkel at WisCon 38 has a comprehensive outline of the situation with links to many responses/analyses. Those who wish to learn more about relevant patterns/precedents/procedures regarding other harassment events in a variety of communities can check the GF Wiki’s Incidents page for frequently updated information.

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Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:21:00 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090

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Good news everybody! Our esteemed Treasurer Joe Hockey just told the Kiwis that the Australian economy is not in crisis nor even in trouble!

Joe Hockey has told New Zealand that there is no crisis in the Australian economy, nor is it in trouble.

The treasurer also made no mention of the “budget emergency” he and his government referred to when justifying their unpopular budget to Australians.

Instead, Mr Hockey reassured Kiwis that their second biggest trading partner is benefiting from 23 years of consecutive economic growth.

“The Australian economy is not in trouble,” he told New Zealand political current affairs show The Nation on Saturday.

Mr Hockey also denied drastic reforms to Australian healthcare, education and taxes were about ideological change.

Looking forward to him repeating this excellent news on one of our very own political current affairs shows any moment now. A…………ny mo………..ment.


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