Comments for Hoyden about Town http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:48:01 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition by eilish http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-258692 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:48:01 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185#comment-258692 When women choose to wear niqab here, some of it is “I’m holier than you”, some of it is pressure from family/community.
If a woman wearing niqab is a ‘security risk’, so is a woman wearing a wig. I worked with a woman who had three fantastic ones (cultural signal – “my family is rich”)and they were all different. For the first couple of weeks of working with her I caused great amusement by being unable to recognise her when she wore a different one.

Lambie is now squealing “I was taken out of context” and accusing the photographer of attacking her.
Very very Hanson.

It will cost $35 000 to fix the broken bore that supplies water to Utopia. The people have been waiting three months for it to happen. Water has been trucked in every couple of days, because that is easier than fixing the bore.
I wonder how much it cost to have all the journos follow Tony around.

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Comment on Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition by Mindy http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-258691 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:16:34 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185#comment-258691 I hate that I don’t know what to believe anymore while others seem so sure. Maybe they are Terrorgraph readers.

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Comment on Otterday! And Open Thread by SunlessNick http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/comment-page-1/#comment-258690 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:52:21 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17204#comment-258690 (Yes, I am playing Baldur’s Gate EE. Why do you ask?)

I’m currently replaying Dragon Age II (several times over) in preparation for when Inquisition comes out.

I loved this comment from Amphioxx on the relevant Pharyngula TOD

I do like that.

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Comment on Otterday! And Open Thread by eilish http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/comment-page-1/#comment-258689 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:58:03 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17204#comment-258689 I’m afraid I can’t fully endorse that kind of play, Megpie.
Getting caught up in the plot is all very well, until you’re stuck in a forest up against a basilisk and you haven’t got a Protection from Stone scroll and your tank is granite.
(Yes, I am playing Baldur’s Gate EE. Why do you ask?)
I do not love MMOs. Single player campaigns for the win.

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Comment on Otterday! And Open Thread by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/comment-page-1/#comment-258681 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 03:22:42 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17204#comment-258681 Mini-boss beaten, now on with the storyline to places far and strange. I’m having to keep on stopping myself from going back and re-starting the game from scratch and “doing it properly” (that is, grinding in each area until I have enough money to be able to afford all the gear on sale at the shops, and then building up a reserve for the next area). Instead, I’m carrying on with chasing the plot and not particularly worrying too much about whether or not I can afford the latest and greatest gear.

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Comment on Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-258678 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:50:43 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185#comment-258678 I’ve seen one burqa. Total. There was one Muslim couple who lived in the catchment area for the Target store I worked in as a teenager and early-twenty-something. This pair were apparently fairly full-on, because the husband was in full Pashto gear (long pale beige tunic over creamy-white pants, plus creamy-white scarf/unwound turban around his neck) in the middle of Perth as well. The guy had skin as pale as mine and mousy-brown hair. The wife was wearing full burqa (in black), gloves and floor-length skirts in the middle of a WA summer. She didn’t speak (neither did he – certainly not to someone as insignificant as a checkout chick) so I’ve no idea whether they were both of European descent or not.

My feeling about the two of them was that the guy was one of those people who’s as impressionable as wet cement, and felt this was the only “right” way to be Islamic.

By contrast, I had at least one co-worker at the same store who was from a culturally Islamic family (I discovered this overhearing her talking about the whole business of Ramadan fasting) who didn’t even bother with a head scarf while she was at work or at school.

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Comment on Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition by eilish http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-258674 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:49:14 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185#comment-258674 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-20/new-powers-for-police-under-proposed-anti-terror-laws-amendments/5758178

They are going to be able to detain people.
This is terrible. And unnecessary. They’ve got some poor bloke from the Muslim community forced to say he supports it, when we all know who’ll be targeted.
They had 800 police to round up one bloke who said he was going to murder someone. You think about all those women who report their partners are going to kill them: 800 police don’t show up and drive up and down streets.

Lambie’s doubling down on her offensive Facebook post. A photo of a woman with a caption suggesting she is dangerous is not ‘honouring’ her.
And for real: how many women wear burqas in Australia, anyway? I’ve seen maybe five women wearing niqab in my life, and not one burqa ever. What next, ban tattoos because of bikies?

As for Tony and his ‘wants to help': only if it’s a photo-op.

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Comment on Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition by tigtog http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-258673 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:02:14 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185#comment-258673 Someone left Insiders on in my background and I’m listening to these so-called serious pundits totally buying into the Abbott Arnhem Land stunt as a helpful and meaningful exercise where TA genuinely wants to help. Yet during this week of conspicuous nailbag wearing, he didn’t get the water turned back on for the residents of Utopia, did he? Wants to help my arse.

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Comment on Otterday! And Open Thread by Mary http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140920.17204/otterday-and-open-thread-298/comment-page-1/#comment-258670 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:20:07 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17204#comment-258670 For years, there has been Stuff happening in November. End of university year. Third trimester (both babies born January). Leadup to summer holidays of course.

But this year, I’m not pregnant, I’ve graduated from uni, and my summer plans are pretty staid. And that means that maaaaaaybe this year I could attempt Nanowrimo? I’ve also learned, belatedly, a little bit about how fiction writing works since the last time I thought about this, specifically, major plot borrowing and scraping the serial numbers off are widespread and mainstream in modern original fic writing and totally a legit way to avoid, eg, trying to come up with a new plot out of whole cloth.

So. Maybe.

Relatedly, I keep realising in multiple respects the way in which academia’s interest in novelty and in very very carefully documenting non-novelty are, essentially, unique. In business and even much creative work, consciously reusing patterns without much thought to citation is normal. Which comes with its own issues for sure (eg, appropriation, not that academia is especially free of it) but also its own good points.

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Comment on Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140910.17185/media-circus-is-welfare-dependency-really-our-greatest-social-evil-really-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-258661 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:36:43 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17185#comment-258661 I suspect Jackie Lambie is busy trying to be the next Pauline Hanson. The orchestration is different, but the song is still the same.

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