31 December 2009

00s Out, 10s In

New Decade, big changes.

The 2000s brought about big changes, and I predict even more changes in the 2010s. During the 2000s I turned 18, I graduated high school. I had my first date, first boyfriend. I started college, and I saw a lot of history (much of which affects me personally). I saw close elections, 9/11, the first Black American president, a huge leap in the deficit, same-sex marriage begin its rise, hate crime protection for LGBTQ, euthanasia become legal in three states (just today one joined!), and I saw computers LEAP.

Predictions that affect me personally for the next decade - marriage equality increases globally, creationist become fringe (like flat Earthers). I will get my BS, maybe a few more degrees.

And now to post this before the ball hits.

27 December 2009


Nathan likes to create languages, and so I have made a quick one with my understanding.

Pronounced similar to English, with Жx being /sh/ and Ѳѳ being /th/
Aa Ee Ii Oo Uu Bb Dd Ff Gg Hh Jj Ll Mm Nn Pp Rr Ss Vv Ww Yy Жx Ѳѳ
DO and IO have free word order
Prepositions precede their objects
Tense Markers
Past (simple)
Plus-Past (simple)
Future (simple)
Plus-Future (simple)
Simple tenses are used in literature to simplify the number of tenses
1st singular (I)
2nd singular (You)
3rd singular (S/He)
1st plural (We)
2nd plural (You)
3rd plural (They)
The vowels of pronouns all have their long vowel sound

Verb Conjugation
Verbs are conjugated based soley on number of subject

Example Regular Verb Conjugations
Jaep (to Walk)
Parap (to talk in a conversation)
Manio (to eat)

Example Irregular Verb Conjugation
Vio (to be)

Example Sentences
Eon jaed o = I walked
Ivo jaeps mo = We walk
Lom jaed yo = Walk!

04 December 2009

Sometimes I Feel Like I Live in Grand Central Station

Sometimes, certain phrases just catch us. Lady Gaga has stated that her song "Telephone" is about the Suffocation Monster, and this semester is one where this monster just seems to hit me. This semester has been hard on me, in spite of everything pointing otherwise, and the reason for the difficulty is that it has caused me to question myself, specifically what I want. It seems that there are a lot of plans for me, and I almost feel that the rejection of my Personal Development Plan (A program rejected my plan for the program due to its format) was an embodiment of how I have been feeling. Blaringly good things have happened, but they all get drowned out.

The song "Telephone" repeats, "Stop calling, stop calling, I don't want to think anymore," and this brings to mind a lot of different issues. Mainly, it pulls up in my mind the setbacks that have overshadowed the positives. The radicals trying to impose their bigoted, anti-family ideas of a hetero-exclusive society know they are losing. Because of this lose, crazy people have come out of the woodwork. The fact that hate crime rates have risen is by itself an indicator of these crazies appearing. Watching the Queer Stream Media since the expansion of the hate crimes bill has been a painful chore. One of the most notable hate crimes is the murder of a Gay Puerto Rican teen. He was decapitated and burned because he was Gay. This incident is too sickening to really even discuss, as the details are like those in the Matthew Shepard murder. Nobody can doubt this was a hate crime.

Unfortunately, the Queer victories have been overshadowed by huge losses. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal problems and the lack of action by the Obama Administration on DADT and DOMA have overshadowed the hate crime protections. The passage of Referendum 71 ("All but Marriage" in Washington State) was a huge victory showing that domestic partnerships can win, but it was overshadowed by Question 1 (outlawing equal marriage in Maine). Now, marriage equality in Washington DC is overshadowed by the lose in New York. (Going to toss in a link to Jen's blog post over at Blag Hag because I feel it is worth reading).

Here at Purdue, rhetorical statements against LGBTQ people have expanded. Beyond the whole Bert Chapman incident, a person from Illinois feels it is warrented to write in to the Exponent and call same-sex/gender attraction a disorder! Yet these people are being combated, as more people step up and state that these bigots are wrong. A commentary was recently published discussing how Purdue is behind the other Big Ten Universities in Queer issues. Yet, at least I know I, have let these great steps be overshadowed by the radicals. I forget that the radicals know they are losing, and thus lashing out. I also forget that the radicals know, deep down inside, that what they are doing is wrong.

Last night, Nathan and I watched the movie Latter Days. The movie concerned a gay Mormon. What was done to this guy because he was gay was atrocious, and difficult to watch. It was difficult knowing that in a few decades time the Mormon Church will have opened its doors to Gays and Lesbians (I believe the Catholic Church will as well and is already taking silent steps in that direction, but that is a statement for another time). The mother of the Gay Mormon knew what she was doing was wrong (in looking down upon her son being Gay). One could tell in how she acted that she knew she was wrong, yet she kept doing it. I think a lot of those crazies are like that now. American Churches are endorsing a bill in Uganda that would execute Gays and Lesbians. How crazy can they be? How much more radical and wrong could a person possibly be? Yet these people feel that they are violating god if they question this religion. To be honest, if there is a god, she is sick and tired of these bigots doing this in her name! (Brings to mind the Lily Allen song "Him").

The victories of 2009 have been overshadowed by the loses. We (society) must remember that these crazies are not gaining power, they are just losing. They are backed into a corner and are being faced with a mirror. And for that they will murder, and for that they will fight, but they will lose. They will lose because they are wrong.

16 November 2009

Stand by the Queer Community Statement

The Bert Chapman story has gained media attention in a variety of places. LGBTQ readers of a variety of blogs have seen the story. So have readers of various newspapers, listeners of some radio stations, and television watchers.

Unfortunately, some feel the story has to keep growing. This has already haunted Bert Chapman. Maybe he will learn that he is wrong, but I doubt it. Let's not make this haunt the LGBTQ population at Purdue. Bert Chapman posted comments. It has been shown that he was wrong. He has felt the backlash. There is no harassment case, and it should not be made into one. It is an issue, as the local LGBTQ organizations have stated, of free speech versus community standards. Bert Chapman has the right to say what he said. Equally, we have the right and obligation to say that he was wrong. Bert Chapman has heard that he was wrong; that his statements are false, that he is hiding behind false claims. Let's not move this beyond acceptable free speech. Let's not take this into the realms of harassment or anything else. Don't let this move into territory where everybody loses. Purdue has distanced themselves from him, which is all that one can expect.

I just want to make this statement - Bert Chapman posted a blog post on his private blog. What he said in that post was wrong, malicious, and offensive. It was not, however, breaking a Purdue policy. His speech in this sense has to be protected, just as my speech to write this blog post has to be protected. The Purdue community has done what it needed to do - show people that they disagree with Mr. Chapman. The librarians of Purdue did a wonderful move when they made their statement.Let's not devalue a huge gesture like that. People know Mr. Chapman hurt Purdue's image and that what he said was inaccurate. Our job here is no longer to point this out. I worry that now, I will have to defend Mr. Chapman as others go parading against his right to free speech. What then, of my activism? Will it be protected?

If speech is not protected, who is going to get silenced? A fair percentage of the Purdue community still doesn't accept Queer people. Do we want to create backlash against the work that has been done? Purdue is far behind the other Big 10 Universities in LGBTQ issues, do we want to make it worse?

Let's stop while we are ahead. The local LGBTQ organizations, the voice of the Queer community, has made a statement. Let's rally behind that statement, and leave it there. The Queer Student Union has distanced itself from all statements but this one for a reason. Let's not backtrack the work that has been done (or that is being done).

Side note on Progress:

Promising things are happening at Purdue. Gender Identity and Expression may be gaining ground for its addition to the nondiscrimination policy. I am hoping that Genetic Predisposition and Carrier Status, and Political Affiliation, will also make it on to the list of items to be added. Gender Identity is including in federal hate crimes legislation and featured in some way in all Big 10 nondiscrimination policies (except Purdue). Genetic Information is the next obvious area of discrimination, and steps at the federal and state level have been made to protect one from discrimination on this basis - hopefully Purdue will add to that effort. As for Political Affiliation, I think this one speaks for itself in a time like this.

As for the complicated reporting procedures here at Purdue, there may be change coming. Maybe, students will actually understand how to report real incidents of harassment and discrimination. If a solid system could be made that is easier to understand and use, Purdue would have made a HUGE step towards diversity and inclusion.

As for a Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Purdue still remains the Big 10 without one, but the case for one is growing. I won't go into this as it deserves WAY more attention, and I have quite a bit of information to cover on it.

Bert Chapman Official Queer Community Statement

As Vice President of the Queer Student Union and an active member in the Queer Community of Purdue University, I thought I would pass on the joint statement of the local LGBTQ organizations.

Local LGBT Rights Groups Denounce Chapman Blog As Offensive
A recent personal blog post by Purdue librarian, Professor Bert Chapman, has raised the conflict between free speech and community standards. The undersigned groups support free speech, but that does not mean there are no consequences for such statements. While it is clear that all individuals have the right to print anything they wish regardless of the lack of value or research, it's also true that statements in print (or in this case on-line) should be rejected and called out when they misstate the facts and cause damage to a segment of the community. In this case, "An Economic Case Against Homosexuality, " is a mishmash of anti-gay rhetoric denouncing immorality and a pseudo-factual analysis of the economics of HIV infection. But the poor quality of research and the obvious bias against gays undercuts any serious consideration of his thesis, let alone the obvious conclusion, which Chapman does not seem to have the courage to state. Since he argues that money spent to fight HIV/AIDS (which is more prevalent now in the heterosexual community than the GLBT) is wasted, he is, in effect condemning all infected regardless of orientation to a death sentence. Such a poorly researched and sourced statement as this is shocking enough from a university staffer, let alone a tenured professor responsible for library research in the field of political science.

The Lafayette-West Lafayette community has taken years to develop a standard of respect and support for our GLBT citizens. Support for this part of the community is clear in the attendance at OUTfest 2009 and the strong backing of the Pride Lafayette Community Center. The Tippecanoe County area is one of a very few in Indiana where sexual orientation is included in non-discrimination ordinances. These advances were hard-won and require effort to maintain the community standards once established. Purdue has also made considerable effort to promote diversity and inclusion. In fact, the university has created a position of Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, which is tasked specifically with creating an inviting campus environment. The current climate on campus was difficult enough to achieve. This level of respect is threatened when staff members so blatantly disrespect and publicly disparage a whole subset of the university body.

Purdue Queer Student Union, ALLY, Delta Lamda Phi, and community organizations Citizens for Civil Rights and Pride Lafayette support anyone's right to speak freely about any topic. But we reject the gross mischaracterizations and untruths contained in Professor Chapman's blog. We urge the campus and community to join us in this condemnation.

Jessica Lee
President of the Purdue Queer Student Union
Senior in College of Liberal Arts

Adam Wright
President of Ally Association
Senior in College of Liberal Arts

Sean Samocki
President of Delta Lambda Phi
Senior in College of Technology

Jo Ann Mullen
President of Citizen for Civil Rights

Bryan Bell
President of Pride Lafayette

12 November 2009

Bert Chapman - Growing

Note - If you want a quick, balanced statement, I would advise the Indy Star article or the FOX 59 video. Also, the local LGBTQ Organizations have issued a statement.

Earlier Updates: 2:34-12Nov, 10:13-12Nov, 10:30-12Nov, 11:05-12Nov, 11:13-12Nov, 11:59-12Nov, 12:03-13Nov, 4:45-13Nov, 9:17-13Nov
Edit @ 11:55am on 14Nov - Queerty Article #2
Edit @ 10:12am on 16Nov - 365 Gay (maintained by LOGO), Exponent Commentary 1 and 2, statement of local organizations
Edit @ 4:08pm on 16Nov - NYU student newspaper and QSU blog
Edit @ 6:04pm on 16Nov - Academic Librarian
Edit @ 12:42pm on 17Nov - Exponent printed LGBTQ Organization statement, Politics and Puck, and Phi Beta Cons

I don't have time to type up all of what is going on, but know that the Indy Star and Fox 59 have both been doing interviews. QSU board media ban has stopped me from talking, but statements have been made by others. Also, QSU signed onto CCR's press release which will occur soon.

Other than that, I thought it best for all those blogging about this situation to bring all of the links I know of together.

The Blog That Started It All

Student Blogs
Me 1
Me 2
Boilercrat Junction 1
Boilercrat Junction 2
Boilercrat Junction 3
Boilercrat Junction 4
Politics and Puck 1
Politics and Puck 2
Politics and Puck 3
Politics and Puck 4
Politics and Puck 5
Politics and Puck 6
The Dark Matter Effect
Blag Hag
Waking Up Now
Justin Harter

Academic Blogs
Academic Librarian

National LGBTQ Media
Queerty 1
Queerty 2
Joe My God
Victoria Advocate (Texas)
LGBTLife on twitter
Back 2 Stonewall
The Advocate
365 Gay

National Media - Other
Everyday Christian
Phi Beta Con (National Review Column)

National Higher Education Media and Other University Newspapers
Inside Higher Ed
NYU Local

National Newspapers
Chicago Tribune (AP article)
United Press International
USA Today (National)
Baltimore Sun (Maryland)

Indiana Newspapers

WTHR (Indianapolis)
FOX 59 (Including QRC in the video)
WSBT2 (South Bend, IN)

Opinions 1
Opinions 2 - 1
Opinions 2 - 2
Opinions 2 - 3
Opinions 3 - Librarians support all members of Purdue Community (I would like to note that the College of Agriculture Librarian is on that list - Marianne Stowell Bracke. Plant Biology is in the College of Agriculture, so I wanted to note that!)
Commentary 1
Opinions 4
Opinions 5
Unpublished Opinions 1
Unpublished Opinions 2
Commentary 2
Commentary 3

Protest Event
Facebook Group

Official Statements
LGBTQ Organizations of the Lafayette Area (on QSU's blog here) (in the Exponent) (in Politics and Puck)

09 November 2009

Bert Chapman Opinion

In an attempt to not undermine any actions being taken by anybody dealing with Bert Chapman (see my previous post on the topic here), the QSU board has decided against having any board member submit an opinion to the Exponent on the topic, however we are allowed to use our own private blogs. Here is what I would send in (trimmed to the 300 word limit) were I to send in an opinion on the topic. Note that this is a response to the second set of opinions on Bert Chapman which state that he was fine in what he did (this opinion and this opinion).


Professor Chapman's blog post was inaccurate. He starts his argument with HIV-AIDS. Unfortunately, he never got the memo that HIV-AIDS is not an exclusively gay disease. HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, not the Gay Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV-AIDS is also spread by more than just sexual contact. As for the tainted blood supply comment, Gay men have been blocked from donating blood in the US since 1983. Whether or not gay men are able to donate is not going to stop HIV blood testing, precisely because HIV-AIDS is not a gay disease.

It is also interesting that Professor Chapman was unaware of the ease of finding prison rape statistics. I am kind of curious how a professor of library science is unable to find this information. This rings bells of Kevin Casimer's economic argument against librarians.

As for arguing that domestic partner benefits are a further example of how gays and lesbians hurt the economy, I would like to bring up the recent event of an interracial couple being denied marriage. I am certain that money could be saved by not allowing interracial couples to get family insurance benefits, but that does not make that denial acceptable. One could save a large sum of money if all Christians were denied family insurance benefits - does that make it okay?

It is interesting that Professor Chapman chooses to argue against gays and lesbians based on an economic case. Commissions studying the potential economic impact of same-sex marriage in New Jersey and New York have concluded that the economy would benefit from equal marriage. Massachusetts has also claimed an economic gain from equalizing marriage.

Professor Chapman's blog might be using sarcasm to point out why gays and lesbians should be afforded equal rights, as his claims are inaccurate and overstated.


Somewhat in relation to this, Sunday, November 15th, starting at 1:00pm will be an AIDS walk. The walk is starting at the Gold Fields (across from the Co-Rec) on Third Street, and will be a 2 mile walk. $5 is the minimum donation, and there will be free snacks and refreshments. This is hosted by the African Student Association.

Here is a map of the world distorted by HIV-AIDS. I think it has quite an impact on its own.

06 November 2009

Sometimes, lots of things happen! Part III

As lots could go into the next three posts, the following are the contents:
- Bigoted Purdue Professor
- Lady Gaga
- Humans versus Zombies



Humans versus Zombies (zombie tag) has made it to Purdue's campus! The game started Tuesday and goes until Saturday (when the final mission occurs).

Of course, I had to get converted into a zombie on the first day. I was turned near SC and CL50, on my way from WTHR to Smith.

The Exponent has, of course, included a comic for the occasion:

You see, humans wear their bandanna around their arm, and zombies around their forehead (or neck if they are stunned - which occurs when shot with a nerf gun or clean socks). When a human is converted, they have to give an ID number to the zombie, who enters it into the computer. Zombies then have to feed ever 48 hours, and each human feeds 3 zombies.

It has been a lot of fun. The final mission is to stop the people who have hidden in their rooms the entire time. Basically, humans have to get to an extraction point to get airlifted to safety as the idea is the invasion will be bombed.

Zombies have finally passed humans in numbers, but it has gotten really hard to get humans. Luckily, most zombies have been fed so that we won't starve our by Saturday. More later, but here are a few pictures.

Sometimes lots of things happen! Part II

As lots could go into the next three posts, the following are the contents:
- Bigoted Purdue Professor
- Lady Gaga
- Humans versus Zombies


A Celebration of Queer Culture to Ensure:
Lady Gaga

Yes, that is from today's Exponent. It is official, Lady Gaga is coming to Purdue!

Of course, her visit means a complete and total celebration of Queer culture. Camping out in the Stewart Center under the Pride Flag, singing all of the songs a zillion times, and general enjoying the amazingness that is Lady Gaga.

Also, in honor of this occasion, here is my favorite Lady Gaga video. My favorite outfit she has worn is of course the gyroscope:

Anyway, Lady Gaga's shocking style has resonated in many here in Purdue's Queer Community. She has also taken many steps in helping the fight for Queer Equality, claiming that one of the biggest events of her career was speeching at the National Equality March. She often thanks god and the gays for where she has gotten. Lady Gaga even posed for a major Gay magazine - OUT:

Seeing Lady Gaga will be AMAZING, and I am super pumped!

Sometimes, lots of things happen! Part I

As lots could go into the next three posts, the following are the contents:
- Bigoted Purdue Professor
- Lady Gaga
- Humans versus Zombies


Bigots for Professors

Bert Chapman, a "professor" of Library Science, has posted a very homophobic blog post about his supposed "economic case against homosexuality." Several student blogs have picked up on this story, and basically point out how the professor is a) not using facts at all, b) bigoted, and c) out of line. You can read some of the other posts at Blag Hag, Boilercrat Junction, The Dark Matter Effect, and Politics and Puck. The blog has also been picked up on national gay blogs, most notable Queerty. LGBTLife on Twitter had multiple tweets about this incident.

The professor is blatantly incorrect. The information is incredibly easy to find. And besides, even if some of his points are true that doesn't make them right. I am sure companies could save money if they didn't give insurance benefits to interracial couples or non-Christian couples, but that doesn't make it okay.

Three Opinions Page of the Exponent has printed three so far (1, 2, and 3 are all listed in that one link).

Stay tuned for the next posts today!...

04 November 2009

And then Maine happened.

"In a disappointing defeat for advocates of freedom, choice and limited government everywhere, voters in Maine overturned a state law allowing Mainers to choose who they marry." (source). But then again, how could we compete? I mean a veteran and happy family against people with big signs claiming gays and lesbians are possessed by demons? I mean come on, these "Yes on 1, No on Equality" things just wanted to protect marriage*.

*But only if you are a couple composed on one Christian man and one Christian woman, Christian being defined as any church believing in the teachings of Jesus Christ except the love, hope, and acceptance that he preached.

15 October 2009

Anti-Religion, Christian-Endorsed Board

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs241.snc1/8827_1246225679032_1331100509_697149_6364643_n.jpgToday, on the way back to the Queer Resource Center from lunch, I saw the sign above (with a lot fewer words then). The sign of course states, "I hate religion because..." I wrote, "because love between adults should not be looked down upon." Apparently, a few of my other friends have also written pro-gay messages on the board now, which makes me happy. Anyway...

I walked back by the sign a few times (and added, "evolution is undeniable."). I then proceeded to talk to one of the people with the board for about half an hour. It is for a Christian organization (not a church like I previously thought). I got a flier for the event they are doing around this. It is called "Jesus Without Religion" (Will occur October 15 @ 7:00pm in Mathews 304). [He also gave me his contact information to talk more. We of course talked about my religious background, and how they have small groups that sit and talk about what Jesus himself said. I will probably email him asking what translation of the Bible he prefers.]

Anyway, apparently they want to learn more about the qualms people have with their religion. They expected the hypocrisy, oppressive, and hate messages. I think this is a very noble idea, as trying to improve one's community is important. I commended this project multiple times, and wanted to know more about follow up on it (there is not going to be too much though :( ). The Exponent did not send a reporter, but I am sure this will decorate the Opinions page (in which I will certainly send my input! In defense of asking for criticism to improve one's community. Of course I will defend the pro-gay statements too).


As a side note, there was a protester for a very short while. He had a sign saying, "I love Jesus because..." I added, "It's okay to be gay." Anyway, he was gone before I could look back :(



Edit: There is a picture of the counter protester.  You see the marked out bit, that is my comment ("It is okay to be gay"). That makes me sad that it was marked out :( Really? Why? To confirm the many comments about disliking religion because of its anti-gay aspects?

Anti-Religion, Church-Endorsed Signs


A church on campus has a sign on the Memorial Mall (here at Purdue) asking people what they hate about religion. I added the first gay line, "Love between two adults should not be looked down upon," and now there are a few more. There are also a lot of others about being judgmental and such. Another I kind of want to add is, "Evolution is real," or "The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the one true god."

You might want to know that a church is doing this to better understand why people dislike religion. Maybe another pro-gay ministry will occur on campus (So far there are the Episcopal Church, Wesleyan Foundation, and the Unitarian Universalist Church that I know of.). Anyway, I love the idea. I hope it goes well and hope lots appears in the Exponent.

Of course, somebody has now shown up to protest. He has a sign stating, "I love Jesus because..." I of course added, "It is okay to be gay." Later I will see what else is added :D Anyway, I LOVE it. (I think I just love religious protests).

09 October 2009

The Tenth Letter on Jed

Today, I open up the Exponent to find the last opinion on the Non-Theist Society's protest. It presents the same kind of arguments the other anti-Brother Jed protesting opinions presents. There is just one problem, it is in response to Jennifer's argument published the same day as mine. So, Michael Ebert feels hurt that Brother Jed's version of Christianity was mocked, even if that Christian message was homophobic, racist, et cetera? Is a homophobic, racist, prejudice message then okay if it is masked as religion? Is racism and homophobia exempt from criticism if it is under the guise of religion?

Apparently Blasphemy Day was also wrong (which is the first bad response to it I have heard yet). During this event, ANYBODY could write on some posters whatever they liked without fear of censorship. For some reason this alienates theists (I clearly remember many theist messages on those posters, but you can see for yourself here). I don't understand how it alienates theists (could somebody explain?). Sometimes I think the people writing these letters don't know what is going on, they just react to what they see the Exponent publishing. 

This series of letters has hit the maximum. It does say something about checking online though, and so I probably will watch that some. Sad that epople clearly missing the reason for the counter-protest was the last letter.

I think we need a reminder of what occurred, so here is the video. Note the very homophobic slurs caught on film here. (I am the one in tye dye).

07 October 2009

Brother Jed Blitz II

Yet another opinion of mine has gotten into Purdue's Exponent (my first, and by far stronger of the two here). Compared to my last it is not very strong, and I honestly only wrote it because my last one had not gotten in yet and there seemed to be TONS of Anti-Non-Theist opinions. Also today were two other Pro-Non-Theist article (here and here).

Of course this further expands the response tree (Note, after reading a blog one of the connections were rerouted). I am pretty sure that only one or two more letters will be allowed on this subject (there is a ten letter limit, and according to my arrangement there have been nine [not counting the one relating to missing Brother Jed's appearance]).

More to come when more occurs!

06 October 2009

Brother Jed Blitz!

On Monday I got published (my article here) in the Exponent (Purdue's Student Newspaper) for a piece I wrote in response to this letter. A lot of responses to the Josh Phillips article have started to be published, two more editorials being published (here and here).

My editorial has been meantioned on two blogs that I have seen (here and here). In the QRC I have a response tree detailing all of the responses so far to these articles, which is the picture on this post. I am wondering if a response to my article will be published - we shall see!

Below is an explanation of the response tree:

Two articles started this - one that Brother Jed came and the other about the Society of Non-Theist's Pastafarian Preaching. There was one response directly to the Brother Jed article, which was because they were sad for missing Jed. Three responses were directly to the Pastafarian Preaching, all negative. One of these, by Josh Phillips, has had three responses (including mine) all positive.

05 October 2009


My letter to the editor

24 September 2009

GIDEONS and Vernal Pool Plants, OH MY!

I have been slowly building a religious text library. While I have the one true religious book - The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - I have decided to show that the best way to show that Pastafarians are probably right is to have a ton of religious texts. Those religious texts must also be free (so that we can call them pillaged).

Earlier this week the Gideons came to campus, and I played the Gideon Bible game. I ended up with 21 of the Gideon Bibles. They are the New King James translation. I will probably end up bulk donating them to Purdue's Non-theist Society so I can make sure they go for something moral and secular (I will of course keep one).

The other texts in the collection include a New International Version Bible, which I got from the freebiblenow.org guys when Brother Jed (hate-preacher. See the counter-protest accounts here and here) was here. I also have a translated copy of the Quran, and a Book of Mormon. Nathan's interlinear Greek Bible is included, though he will take it back sooner or later.

All of these religious texts will go to good, moral, secular use.


I have been helping Dr. Nancy Emery do some research here at Purdue. Today I measured the leaves of the vernal pool plants which are living in a glorified fridge. Thought people would like to see their cuteness :D One of the plants has a REALLY deep purple color, though the camera on my phone fails to capture it.

12 September 2009

First Ever Hair Dying!

Today Nathan colored my hair. It is the first time I have ever had my hair colored. I have to say I absolutely love the new color (Burgundy)! These pics aren't the best, so you will just have to see me in person, but this should give you somewhat of an idea :D




I am super excited about it!

10 September 2009

Computer Conversion

Oh computers, and how much they change. I can remember my first computers. My Dad was into gaming on computers way back when, and so ever since I was little there have always been computers in the house. When I was in preschool I used to play on an old MS-DOS machine, and sometimes the Windows 3.0 machine. The first computer that was actually mine was the Windows 95, and it was great. Lasted FOREVER until I got an XP tower, which then became one of those computers that gets upgraded every year for Christmas (Sidenote, this desktop is in the process of dying. I am pretty sure the harddrive is going out, and it is just too old to be worth replacing the parts that would have to be replaced).

During my senior year, around April, I got an Acer TravelMate 5720 (running XP, a real OS) as an early graduation present. It has been a great computer. I have done some upgrading (Memory from 1 GB to 4 GB being the main one). It has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor that is 2.00 GHz, and it has treated me well.

Unfortunately, Microsoft produced this trash called Vista (I think it was too many big named software developers trying to outdo each other so much they made trash. And while you personally may not think it is trash, it undeniably flopped). Anyway, Microsoft stopped selling their best OS ever - XP. Now, Windows 7 has come(ing) out. While Windows 7 is not as clunky as Vista (What was it - twice the computer to do half as much with Vista), it is still clunky and Microsoft is going in the wrong direction. This is the same thing Apple did when Microsoft got big, and there is definitely a trend to Mac now (I think it is good that they pass back and forth though).

Anyway, I knew this Acer would be my last PC, but I did not realize that Microsoft would so actively try to kill XP (trying to kill a good thing? What is wrong with them! They should enhance their amazingness with XP and ditch this new direction). So, now I have decided that I finally need to take the plunge and buy a Mac. Honestly, the only thing stopping me is money. While Macs have become comparable to PCs in price (The only reason it doesn't seem so is that Mac does not produce a lower end computer, and there is a slight surcharge but I call that environmental protection), it still takes money, which I don't have. I am hoping that between Christmas, Scholarship/Loan money, and maybe a little savings from working for Dr. Emery I will be able to make the switch.

Currently I am thinking about a 13.3" MacBook Pro. I found one for $1299 that has a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, dedicated video card, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, etc. A picture of this gorgeous machine appears in this article.

Now, for all the doubters of Mac, I have to make some statements. 1) Walk around my department (Botany and Plant Pathology). Look at all of the computers, and tell me what you see. With Mac I can visualize Windows if necessary, and so compatibility is not an issue. In fact, my problem is comparability the other way around. I have run into cases where my PC (even with 3rd party software) can't do simple things (like show highlighted icons) that was done on a Mac. 2) With Windows 7, Microsoft is going to cut off compatibility for Windows XP, so I can't just go with XP again. 3) I have used Macs for years. I know how to run one, I know how they work, and I know how their owners love them.

Anyway, since I am talking about a PC-Mac switch, I felt it only appropriate to post the following. Really, both operating systems are viable:
We Didn't Start the Flame War (Note: May be offensive)

Now on a random note, I have to post my Facebook friend analysis done by some third party software.

09 September 2009


Wow have the past three weeks been busy!

One less credit hour and yet I have more work to do. Really, that is no surprise, and the only one that bugs me is the ridiculous work for organic chem lab. The class is great, but the lab has been a bit of a drag. Honestly, all of my class classes are great (HONR 299 - Insects in art literature and music is obviously going to be fun, and the prof is awesome! CLCS 237 - Gender and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Antiquity is also a fantastic class, lots of reading but still great! CS 177 - Programming with Multiple Objects is not bad at all, and I like starting into the ways of thinking with programming. CHM 255 I have already discussed).

QSU is another place where A TON of time goes. Events to plan, a CRAZY number of emails (You would be AMAZED the number of emails I get for it - I was!), etc. I didn't know the work level jump it was going to be (Sec to VP). Not that it is a bad thing, I like doing it a lot. Honestly, my work in the Queer field is my most rewarding at the moment (research is, but since they are just sporadic pilot experiments the time investment isn't enough to feel the reward/sting). I have noticed my interest is more on the internal when it comes to QSU work. Running and managing the internal parts of the organization, but that is just a sidenote.

Nathan and I have had most of our time eaten by outside activities (He has ALLY, I have QSU. He has more credit hours, but I have Organic Chem Lab), and we have not necessarily done much beyond that. Hopefully Friday and Saturday (before the homework barrage that is Sunday comes).


Btw, have to note the aeration poops. Purdue aerates its various lawns often, and it leaves a lot of funny looking soil plugs everwhere. Picture is to the left, taken with my LG Lotus (which is an awesome phone - full keyboard flip! - but it needs a battery life improvement! Hopefully in Gen II, or else I am thinking of the Reclaim.)

03 September 2009

In the Beginning

The first blog post is like the first page of a new journal. What in the world does one write on such a thing?


So (Yes, I start a lot of sentences with so, deal with it), the day started off in what is probably a bad way - 7:30 Chem Lab (Why did I schedule that thing?!). Of course, I have to spill chemicals on me and fill out an accident form, but at least we finished (and it only took two and three quarters hours! /sarcasm).

After Chem Lab I got to see my boyfriend for a few hours :-DD! (This smiley is refereed to as the "Ultra-Happy Face of DOOM"). It was his birthday, which was great (I got him 700 Russian Rubles). I didn't have much time though as I had to print off a paper, and then run to my honors class - Insects in Art, Literature, and Music (which is fantastic by the way!).

Then, I got to play battleship - botanist style. My professor thought it would take two days, but it only took three hours (The plants are tres cute, I may have to post pictures). After which I went to FEELS (Food, Environmental, Engineering, and Life Science Fellowship by the National Science Foundation) class.

Then, it was time to put on my Vice President of the Queer Student Union hat. I did a lot of the coordination for the Big Gay Callout (Nicholas means "Chicken running around with its head cut off" in some language, I am certain!). It went great. We had almost one hundred fifty people, and the Coffee Night following blew our previous attendance figures out of the water (I still don't know a final count, but 71 was the last number I heard). I have to say that our officers this year are fantastic. I only have to ask them to do something and they will, which is excellent because VP is more work than it sounds!


All of the above comes together to finally form this - the blog I have been saying I would start. You see, I was a little worn out, and after a shower I finally felt the urge to start. I knew that my blog would be named, "The Walls Line the Void," because I feel that is what I do. The world is chaotic, but out of the chaos we have found order (pseudo-order? culturated order?). We have built up our lives, our societies, our cultures, and our ideas. We have essentially lined the great void with walls (and don't take this in a negative sense. We humans have plenty of room to add on in the void!). This house that we have built in the void has plenty of work to be done, and we humans will have to get hopping, but that is why we are all on this ride (that we call life?).