Otterday! And Open Thread.

This weekend’s open thread is hosted by this sleepy, sleepy sun-drenched otter, snapped and shared by Kim Wall on flickr.

a sunlit otter lying on a rock, with greenery behind. The otter's eyes are almost closed.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. For those who like to watch music videos or have children who do, you might like to know that the video for Pink’s song ‘Try’ shows a stylised (in dance) but still fairly explicit depiction of domestic violence. It was a bit difficult to explain to a 6yr old who was watching TV with me at the time 😦

  2. Has anybody been watching Redfern Now? I’ve recorded it so that we can watch it with Sprog the Younger now that her exams are over, but she’s off at a not-quite-Schoolies (i.e. not at a town which promotes itself for Schoolies) week with her friends, so we won’t start watching it until next week. I’ve been hearing really good things.
    We have been watching A Moody Christmas, which is a lot of fun.

  3. I am really enjoying the rain today, and having a weekend off before studying for my final exam this year. It’s been a long semester. Week after next I’ll be starting my summer research scholarship!
    Also, I was in New Idea last week, talking about asexuality. Yay visibility.

  4. I watched the first ep of ‘Redfern Now’ and thought it was brilliant: the story of an Australian family, told by black actors. I liked the balance between realism and optimism, and Leah Purcell was awesome. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  5. Our state (Washington State, US) just had its elections. Couple big victories – gay marriage legalized (hooray for my neighbors!), and we’ll stop putting people in prison for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. There was an initiative about privatizing schools, and we’re not sure how it will turn out – our state does “vote by mail,” and votes are still coming in. We had a great big failure economically though, making me wonder how we will fund education and social services. I really wish I could get my mind off politics, but in the meantime, here’s my post about it:

  6. Thanks for the link, Kristin. We’ve been doing most of our discussion of the US election on the latest Media Circus thread, which I’ve just edited to add a few extra phrases so that people searching on election keywords are more likely to find it!
    It’s OK to talk about politics here too though. My initial feelings of simple relief at Obama’s re-election have consolidated to a more hopeful perception of genuine social advance in many of the other political contests around the USA – it seems that a turning point in the culture wars has possibly, finally, been reached. Certainly it appears that some conservative evangelicals are seeing it as more than just a lost election.

    ”Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., said in an interview. “It’s not that our message — we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong — didn’t get out. It did get out. “It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed,” he said. “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.”

  7. Tigtog, I have never been more grateful for all your posts on “OMG censorship!” and comment moderation. I am now applying those principles to Facebook. Burn, trolls.

  8. Redfern Now is bloody excellent TV and I hope it becomes a staple of the ABC stable. Really, really good drama and a depth of talent that has been hidden for too long. I am also enjoying that special awkwardness of A Moody Xmas.

  9. Loving Redfern Now. Complex story lines and characters, well written, beautifully filmed, brilliant acting, flashes of humour to relieve serious subjects and overturning stereotypes every step of the way.

  10. I’m catching a train up the coast this morning, because my dad has been in hospital over the weekend and will be coming home tomorrow, so I’m going to be there to help my mum get him settled in back home. I have quite a lot of work to catch up on as well, so blogging from me will be a bit light this week.

  11. It’s still Sunday, here in the USA, so here’s my weekend contribution. I don’t know how interesting it will be to the folks “down under,” but it’s what’s on my mind.
    Yesterday, my son and I saw the film Argo, which is a film which puports to tell the story of the rescue of 6 American Consulate workers who escaped from the US embassy in Teheran when it was captured in 1979. (I hope the Wikipedia links come out OK.)
    As a US citizen that remembers that time and believes that the Hostage Crisis (as it’s known here) was largely responsible for Ronald Reagan becoming president and for the US switching to military force as its primary foreign policy instrument, I looked forward to seeing what the film might say about this time.
    What actually happened with these 6 people back in 1979-1980 (at least, what I’ve read in recent newspaper articles and in Wikipedia) is fascinating, has a number of suspenseful elements and plot twists of its own, and IMHO would make a good movie. The film that was actually produced is interesting and suspenseful, and initially gives the impression of trying to tell what happened, but then it “jumps the shark” in the last 20-30 minutes by throwing in a bunch of ever more dubious plot twists, concluding with a bunch of Iranian security vehicles chasing the Swissair 747 that they’re escaping on down the runway.
    The result was that I felt like I’d been taken in by a con man, and I wasn’t prepared to believe any aspect of the film that wasn’t confirmed by other sources. It felt like Ben Affleck and his producers decided that, rather than dramatizing the actual events, they would dress up a standard Hollywood thriller plot with whatever details from the true story fit into the cliches.
    I can’t help comparing it to another recent film about real events: Faire Game, a film about how the Bush administration leaked Valeri Plame’s status as a covert CIA operative to the press, in order to get back at her husband, a US diplomat who was publicly contradicting the Bush administration’s justification for the Iraq war.
    From what I can see, that film pretty much agreed with at least some version of what actually happened. At the end of that film, while I felt angry (but no angrier than I was when it happened), I also felt satisfied that the truth had been told.
    I didn’t feel that way at the end of Argo. I felt like I’d been taken for a ride.

  12. Yay, Jo!
    First day after the temp job from hell and I’m nervously watching a feverish, coughing and vomity four year old after four or five hours’ broken sleep. Joy.

  13. (((hugs))) Aphie and TigTog. Hope your unwell people are on the mend soon.

  14. Is there a word for when someone goes overseas and has all the feelings and then comes back and blogs about how youse are all whingers and why aren’t you caring about things that I saw overseas and *random misogyny here*? Apart from wanker that is.

    • Dunno, Mindy. Misogyny doesn’t appear to be random anywhere really – unthinking/unexamined/internalised is hardly the same as ‘random’.

  15. This end should point at the ground if you want to go to space. If this end is pointing at space you have a bad problem and are not going to space today.

    And people say rocket science is hard.

  16. Just been sideswiped by the patriarchy. The student union of the university I work for is being stupidly misogynistic, again, and my specific department had joined in.
    Also, I’ve discovered that a film is being made about Wikileaks, which seems really inappropriate as Assaunge is still under investigation, and Cumberbatch is playing him. WTF?

  17. Jennifer Kesler has crafted the perfect 2012 definition of feminism.

  18. Lauredhel…this is probably not the place to do this however I just wanted to thank you for writing a blog many moons ago (a book review). Discovering it changed the course of my career (and dare I say: life). As a result, I have created this:
    It is not perfect. It is a starting point.
    Your feedback is invited and welcomed. (and did I say thank you thank you thank you? One never knows the impact ones musings will have…)

  19. rbelle, that guide looks terrific! (For others: it’s an illustrated, categorised guide to accessible sex toys and accessories, with all sorts of considerations included.)
    Not being much of an afficianado, I don’t have a lot of critiques. One thing I will say (and this is likely on your to-do list anyhow) is to make the guide available in a basic HTML form as well as in PDF, as PDF isn’t accessible to everyone.

  20. YetAnotherMatt #17, I assumed that eventually I’d figure out what you were referencing with your comment there.
    Today I caught up on my xkcd backlog.

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