Happy Hoyden Day and Otterday Open Thread

Today is the 6th anniversary of tigtog’s first post, So why blog now?. And here we are!

I am told an otter is called for! This otter, provided from Lauredhel’s otter lineup via cuteoverload, is a hoyden if ever there was one.

Small otter sitting in takeaway food tray on digital scales reading "458 (grams)"

And in honour of the occasion, a Happy Hoyden Day otter cake (by Mark Rosenwald, Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike):

Shiny otter shaped cake

Please feel free to chat in this thread! What’s happening in your life? What’s your rant of the week? Stayed up late reading a good book, or flung a bad one across the room? What are you proud of? Whose soundbites are making you throw shoes at the TV? And, as always, commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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27 replies

  1. Just delurking to say thank you tigtog, thank you Lauredhel, thank you Hoydens all. HaT often makes me laugh, sometimes makes me cry, but always makes me think. This blog is the best.

  2. Thanks, Anneke! It’s nice to hear from the lurkers once in a while.
    Om nom nom otter cake – yum.

  3. Ha – a little bit of tangential trivia in a Thread of Doom I’m currently reading (thread not relevant thus not linking): a hierarchy of stench.

    There are degrees of stinkiness, with words to describe them, now lost to time, here, after being useful in the days of no running water in many houses. Just a general odor would be called “gamey.” A strong odor with a reach of several feet was called a “pong.” An overbearing odor was a “stink,” somewhat like a skunk— and those unfortunate persons existed.

    Works nicely with the I/you/they irregular grammar display: “I am gamey, you pong, they stink”.

  4. Happy Blogoversary!

  5. Happy Blogiversary TT. Thank you so much for starting Hoyden. Thank you also for introducing me to Lauredhel’s writing. I have learnt a lot from you both over the years and look forward to years more [and all the other HaT authors and guests too.]

  6. Hey, happy blogiversary! I’ve been reading for three years and it still feels like a group of friends sitting around having a nice cup of tea. 🙂

  7. Happy blogiversary to all of us, and thank you TT/Lauredhel for making me a contributor.
    I could not stand to put a knife into that otter cake! It’s too lovely.

  8. Congratulations, Tigtog – what an amazing achievement. Thanks to you and Lauredhel for setting this place up (I should go back and work out the timeline on that one, as I’ve never been entirely clear!!), and for making space for some of the amazing bloggers and commenters I’ve encountered here.

  9. A bit of a Hoyden timeline (purely assembled from the archives), expanding on tigtog’s author timeline:
    September 6 2005: tigtog begins Hoyden at tigtogblog.blogspot.com. At the time, the title was Hoyden-About-Town with hyphens
    August 28 2006: tigtog moves Hoyden to viv.id.au/blog (I think the blog archives before then didn’t move for ages but they can be found on hoydenabouttown.com now) and drops the hyphens
    March 21 2007: tigtog announces Lauredhel is joining, Lauredhel’s first post
    May 30 2008: Lauredhel announces the creation of the Down Under Feminists Carnival
    June 6 2008: Lauredhel hosts the first Down Under Feminists Carnival
    November/December 2008: HAT is nominated for and a finalist for weblog awards.
    December 16 2008: Mindy’s first post as an author (all first posts listed here are non-guest ones, if someone else wants to research their first guest post feel free)
    February 8 2009: Beppie’s first post as an author
    February 28 2009: Helen’s first post as an author
    June 22 2009: blue milk’s first post as an author
    September 4 2009: Queen Emily’s first post as an author
    September 5 2009: tigtog and I moved the site to its current home at hoydenabouttown.com, and Wildly Parenthetical’s first post as an author
    September 6 2009: tigtog announces WP, Queen Emily, hexy and Mary as new authors
    November 9 2009: My first post (I was never a guest)
    July 16 2010: Chally announces that she’s the new coordinator of the Down Under Feminists Carnival and it moves off Hoyden to its own site.
    August 9 2010: Jennifer’s first post as an author
    September 1 2010: Jo Tamar’s first post as an author
    April 21 2011: hexy’s first post as an author

  10. Happy Blogiversary! So glad this blog is on the net.

  11. w00t!

    *serves drinks*

  12. Congratulations and many happy returns to the Hoydens!
    That’s a gorgeous cake.
    It feels like a bit of an intrusion in the celebrations, but since it is the Otterday open thread and you invite rants, here goes: (warning for explicit offinsive language, including in the link)
    Stilgherrian (his real, legal, entire name) wrote a rant about being banned from Google+ for not having an acceptably normal-looking name. The anger is IMHO entirely justified, but apparently the strongest word he knows to express his displeasure is “cunt”. Some commenters complained, and I really don’t think his explanation helps at all:

    Some people think I shouldn’t use the word “cunt”. I disagree. The English language provides a glorious spectrum of tools for expressing our anger, if anger is precisely the right word here — we also have fury, rage, outrage, ire, pique, vexation, wrath etc. I chose the word quite deliberately because this is for me a fundamental, nuclear-grade screw-up on Google’s part.

    So am I to infer that an intimate part of my anatomy (but not his, I assume), far less offensive and bothersome to me than my arsehole, is in his eyes, “a fundamental, nuclear-grade screw-up”?

    • I noticed that post too, Aqua, and felt much the same as you. I didn’t mind any of the other ranting swearing he did in the post, but there were already so many people objecting to that in terms of ‘cunt’ as just one of the collection of his “bad words” that it seemed like specifically addressing his use of ‘cunt’ on that post would be lost in the noise.

  13. I just can’t even make sense of what “cunt” is meant to mean other than “really, really, really bad person” in a sentence like Note here that I’m giving you the opportunity to lie and pretend that you did actually send such an email and that you didn’t simply act like cunts and suspend service. If this is meant to reflect some kind of real-world property of women and/or their anatomy, I’m at a loss to follow the metaphor.
    And I agree that trying to address the misogyny in his comments would have been lost in the noise.

  14. I really wish that word didn’t mean a part of female anatomy because it is such a good word for a really beyond ordinary awful person or act. Short, punchy one-syllable that isn’t really conveyed by any other word now that fuck is so common place. But I can’t like it because of it dual meanings.
    On other things, I’m really enjoying the Rugby World Cup, despite knowing almost nothing about Rugby. I am astounded at the size of Samo, he made the rugby ball look tiny in his huge hand, running along fending opposition players off with the other hand. I am also loving the haka. I was beside myself Friday night when Tonga did their own version and was about to give them the win based purely on the haka, but then New Zealand pulled out a really fantastic one. Australia really needs something better than Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi. Sigh. Excuse me while I go surrender my passport.
    For those of you who missed it, I think this is it.

  15. Happy blogiversary!

  16. This thread inspired me to toddle off to the archives to try and figure out when it was I started reading/commenting (yes, it’s all about ME). I came across this piece about Hockey saying something sexist about Gillard, when it was all about workplace legislation. Feels kind of funny to look back on, now so much has happened that we couldn’t have guessed.
    Thank you, tigtog and everyone else, for being here.

  17. Thanks for that, Mary – what an amazing history of amazing women… compiled by an amazing woman! So much amazingness!

  18. Congratulations tigtog – and thanks for providing this space 🙂
    And thanks to everyone who contributes – authors, guest posters and commenters – for making it what it is.

  19. Hmm – something wrong with the computer at home and I couldn’t leave my message on Saturday morning, or any of the many times I tried again over the weekend.
    Happy Hoyden-iversary!! Congratulations and thank you tigtog. This is my go-to page for discussions of news/current affairs/politics/tv, you name it.

  20. wow – my felicitations/italian auguri and happy Hoyden-anniversary !
    (confession : i have a blog-crush on your “have a random Hoyden” and this cuteoverload otter)
    greetz & cheers

  21. The week has gotten away on me, and I have only just gotten back here now to say congratulations, and thank you. HaT is a great blog, and a great community, and I love being able to participate in it. And thank you tt, and Lauredhel, for the care you have taken with respect to a friend of mine in recent months.

  22. Oh, this is a fun kerfuffle: a fake staff profile for “Dr Conan T. Barbarian, B.A.(Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D. (Long Room Hub Associate Professor in Hyborian Studies and Tyrant Slaying).” at Trinity College Dublin.

    “In 2011/12, he will be teaching on the following courses: ‘The Relevance of Crom in the Modern World’, ‘Theories of Literature’, ‘Vengeance for Beginners’, ‘Deciphering the Riddle of Steel’ and ‘D.H. Lawrence’.

    (via @drnaomi on Twitter)

  23. *eyeroll alert* massive not-getting-it and condescension in comments responding to Clementine Ford’s very funny rant over at The Drum

  24. Huge sections of the crowd at the Tigers v Warriors game have just done the Haka and brought me completely undone.

  25. Though I mostly lurk now, I really appreciate this blog. Congratulations on 6 / 10 tenths of a decade!

  26. Eh, got my letters and numbers mixed up there. Sudden outbreak of the necrotising algebras.

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