Link love and some notes on February’s challenge

This February’s challenge was to not read social media first thing in the morning.  The first couple weeks were hard, but after that less so.  I did reset my going to work to before 8am rather than to around 9am (for the days I didn’t have to be at work until 9:30), which was good because the building is lovely and quiet in the morning and it’s easier to get work done.  I also slept a bit more, but if I’m waking up at 5 after getting to sleep at 9, that is 8 hours of sleep– I probably don’t need that extra hour (especially since some of that time with the ipad in bed had been spent checking my email).  Unfortunately, I started doing more social media checking on my desktop at home instead of just the ipad, which means I started associating my desktop with wasting time rather than just working (and uh, blog stuff).  I also spent longer in the bathroom with my phone…  Overall I do not think I actually saved much time during the day, just changed when I did things.  And I’m behind on my email again.  But I didn’t time track so I don’t know for sure.  Was this worth keeping up with?  Probably not.  I do like the break of the addiction and have been occasionally keeping the ipad out of reach so I have to get up to use it.  So, I dunno.

Now links!

Georgia lawmakers pass bill that punishes Delta Air Lines for cutting ties with NRA

Florida lawmakers approve $67 million program to give teachers guns and training.

House committee passes resolution letting members pay for bullet-proof vets with taxpayer dollars

Reduction in firearm injuries during NRA annual conventions

In England, parents can tell their kids that these school mass shootings only happen in America.  Meanwhile my DC2 (and the rest of hir class) is scared because the lock-down drills they’re doing are legitimately terrifying.  And I can tell hir nothing to protect hir.

Info on kids’ rights to walk out of school for protests.

Fascism update

Do not engage with Nazis.  Just don’t.

Feminist analysis of 1990’s A little princess movie

Crumbs from the tax scam for lower income folks

Hey high income readers: are you wondering what to do with the surplus in your paycheck this month? Here are schools that need copies of “The Hate U Give”  (Or find another project you’d like to support– I donated to two classrooms in the low income town next to ours so they could get literally the same books that my kids already have in their classrooms).

Trolling mansplainers

TV series and emotional buy-in

I would totally watch this if I had it all subbed.

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12 Responses to “Link love and some notes on February’s challenge”

  1. rose Says:

    Thank you.
    Re UPS & NRA>>>> unlike the other delivery company that tosses packages over the fence, my UPS person enters gate, puts package on doorstep and rings my door bell. Total win for UPS.

    Glad to know House wants me to buy them bullet proof vests but they also want to let shooters to buy guns without ANY reasonable control. Remember the first thing they did post the new administration is agree that mental incompetency was NOT a reason to prevent gun ownership. So I don’t see why I should protect them from mental ill white men who are just like them.
    NO, I do not want to take your gun away if you ALWAYS store them safely where minors cannot access them (minors are good at getting into their parents locked storage units), if you are sane and can pass a background check, if you can give me a logical reason why you need a military developed weapon designed for the purpose of killing people, explain why you need automatic multiple shot ammo cartridges, and can prove you can hit a target accurately.
    AND PS: Agree in writing there is NO SUCH THING AS AN ACCIDENT WITH A GUN and will be liable for the severest punishment if your gun is ever involved in hurting or threatening another person.
    Not that I have strong feelings.

  2. yetanotherpfblog Says:

    I’ve been playing that Janelle Monae video on repeat all week and have noticed new visual elements every time. So good!

  3. Debbie M Says:

    It’s the “Contouring 101” that has captured me. Part teenager learning about make-up, part social commentary, part silliness. Fun!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      “If the men find out we can shapeshift, they’re going to tell the church”

      • Debbie M Says:

        I know, so many fun quotes!

      • Debbie M Says:

        “Men don’t like nostrils. You want to look like a pterodactyl. Men love pterodactyls. [Screech!]”

        “Beautiful women don’t have foreheads. Just darken it up. … If you have too big of a brain, it means you have ugly things, like opinions and thoughts of your own. Equality? Not for us! Equal pay? I don’t think so.”

        “She is above her peers; she doesn’t need oxygen.”

        “It is a sponge … drenched with the power of Satan.”

        “I don’t even know who I am anymore.”

  4. Omdg Says:

    So you hate the books I like, and think they are pretentious, fatuous, and… perhaps even bad for humanity. Got it. Trying to figure out if this was meant to be personal but that is probably narcissistic of me, at least I hope it is. I was going to ask if you had tried the Pink Carnation series. It’s written by an old friend of mine, and it’s the romance genre. I think it’s crap, but it’s probably totally up your alley.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Uh, no, that’s not related to your post at all, which I had forgotten about. There’s nothing wrong with the books you like. Different people have different preferences.

      This is a really vicious comment just because I mentioned on your blogpost that I only read completely frivolous books these days and thus had no book recommendations for you. #2 reads harder books that aren’t always sunshine and roses, but I haven’t been able to since my life got busier.

      Seriously, WTF? On Captain Awkward the other day half the commenters started attacking a LW who wondered if she’d done something wrong and a few attacked women sharing their stillbirth stories. Even on fricking Tiny Kittens people are attacking other people for asking the same questions everyone asks. I could use a few days away from whatever this is that’s going on on the internet right now that is causing so much attack-mode everywhere I go.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Just looked at both posts again– her post is no different than your posts– you’re both saying what you don’t like and asking for recommendations. Did you write your post as a response to hers?


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