Sparks: Facebook/Social Networking

One of the many reasons I don’t post with my IRL name here (I won’t say “real”, since xJane is just as real in many ways) is because I am attempting to manage my image. In our internet age, I still find it to be very important to not ruffle feathers in a public way … [Read more…]

Coming Down.

This is my first day in four months without some kind of behavior-changing drug in my system (not counting the experimental discontinuation several weeks ago that saw me scrambling back to the medicine cabinet and my little pill to head off nausea and deep bone and head aches). It’s not without ambivalence that I return … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Climb That Mountain High

I’ve been listening to this recently and it’s kept me going as law school ties me up in its basement, feeding me only bread and water, and negotiating a ransom exchange with my family husband. I keep getting the feeling that the majority of my family would like me to settle down and start having … [Read more…]

Pictures of the Week.

I ordered prints of my favorite flickr pics (from the ones I’ve taken) and created a photo mosaic in my office: And Discover Magazine’s blog picked up a picture of GameBoy contemplating a good breakfast to illustrate a post (free, with attribution: this, my friends, is how Creative Commons is intended to be used):

Creating New Constellations.

Our story begins at the Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles’ Silverlake District. There are thousands of galleries in SoCal, but CatGirl and I love this one because it showcases some of our favorite artists, “low-brow” creators often featured in the likes of Juxtapoz (which William Gibson apparently reads to cure writer’s block). When we visited … [Read more…]

Mary in Catholicism: Close to my heart (Spark)

Two recent news stories impressed upon me the fact that I will always be some kind of Catholic. Even if it’s ex-Catholic. My first step in rejecting religion was exploring my own. This started as what I later knew to be feminist critique of Catholicism. The more I learned, the more it seemed clear to … [Read more…]

“Are you really an atheist?”

said the friend sitting next to me at Christmas Eve dinner, with a vague look of disgust on her face, like I’d just admitted to enjoying self-flagellation. I was in the company of a number of people who had escaped Western religion (all some form of Christianity) and landed firmly in Eastern religion (all some … [Read more…]