Mashup: Cracked Pepper

In honour of the 40th (!) anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, CCC[myspace] has released another mashup album (remember Revolved?). This one is called Cracked Pepper. I’m listening to it now, and it’s pretty fucking good. Check it out:

  1. cracked pepper
  2. with a little glam
  3. lucy at the river
  4. the word is good
  5. kelly watch the hole
  6. she’s slipping
  7. love kite
  8. it’s far too late
  9. hawaii 64
  10. struttin’ rita
  11. good pressure
  12. cracked pepper (reprise)
  13. a sky blue rhapsody

And for your enjoyment:

Hi-res artwork: fullcover

And all of the tracks and artwork in a tarball.

Passive-aggressive note collection

At passive aggressive notes.com, you can read the lovely little notes that cow-orkers, room-mates and others have left detailing just how inconsiderate people have been and how they really ought to be more like the writer of the note in some way. It is a fun read, chortling at people’s unreasonableness while furiously trying to a) remember if I’ve ever left these bitchy little notes and if so b) trying to rationalize away why my notes were perfectly justifiable.

Because, you know, they totally were.

Be a hero this summer

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RFC: Feminists

[crossposted to Feminist Allies]

So for some reason my friend Jen decided to randomly ask me a question about the intersection of feminism and queer visibility. I know I didn’t cover all the bases here, but given that I hacked this together in a few minutes while at work I think it’s a pretty good basis for further examination. What do you think? What would you add? What would you change?

Reposted with permission (unabridged), from a chat with a friend:

[2007-07-10 11:20] jen: jen has started a chat with you
[2007-07-10 11:20] da5id: oh hai
[2007-07-10 11:20] jen: why is women’s empowerment/strength associated with sexually ambivalent behaviour (drag, androgyny, bisexuality) ?
[2007-07-10 11:20] jen: hello :)
[2007-07-10 11:22] da5id: Because all of those things challenge people to consider the meaning of gender. If one denies the socially constructed nature of gender one cannot work to break down its socially rooted injustices.
[2007-07-10 11:23] da5id: And, um… “ambivalent”?
[2007-07-10 11:23] jen: my professor’s phrasing
[2007-07-10 11:23] jen: not mine
[2007-07-10 11:23] jen: what do you mean, by the way
[2007-07-10 11:24] jen: if you’re busy, it’s cool
[2007-07-10 11:24] da5id: Give your professor this link:
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=ambivalent
[2007-07-10 11:24] jen: will do
[2007-07-10 11:38] da5id: In order to address women’s equality issues (which drive the empowerment/strength stuff), one must first accept that such issues exist. In order to do so, one must ditch essentialism and recognize that gender is a social construct. A great way to do so is to break out of the man/woman binary and show that lines, if they exist at all, are blurry as all hell.
So: person X is bisexual, and this is accepted rather than treated as aberrant. Ergo, bisexuality is an acceptable and natural state. Ergo, there is no strict duality of MSW/WSM, nor is there even a duality of hetero/homo. Things are fluid, and it becomes a whole lot more difficult to pigeon-hole people based on sex and gender.
Also: person Y is a transvestite, and this is accepted rather than treated as aberrant. Ergo, clothing that is commonly seen as either feminine or masculine cannot be strictly associated with one sex. Gender constraints are eroded, forcing observers to relax or even abandon their notion of gender. This means gender is not an absolute. Ergo, it is a social construction. Ergo, it can be changed. Then we are drawn to examine it and ask how it can be changed for the better, leading us back to issues of female empowerment.
[2007-07-10 12:07] jen: sorry i was in a meeting – also, i am in love with you
[2007-07-10 12:07] jen: thank-you for the help
[2007-07-10 12:10] : jen has left the chat.
[2007-07-10 12:16] da5id: No problem.
[2007-07-10 12:17] da5id: Hey, is it okay for me to post this conversation on my blog?
[2007-07-10 12:17] jen: sure
[2007-07-10 12:17] jen: thanks for asking
[2007-07-10 12:17] jen: permission
[2007-07-10 12:18] jen: off to lunch and take care
[2007-07-10 12:19] : jen has left the chat.