Spinning Discs: Super Feminist University Memories

CJIV – campus student radio

CJIV disc spinning

 

 

 

Just before I was a baby dyke, I was at SFU (super feminist university also known as Simon Fraser) – I was a radio DJ.

a pal of mine had the show after mine and often we’d blur

I announce this disc and my gal pal grabs the mic and slinks

“Nina teases me all the time.”

when the song started, my jaw was dropped open

it suddenly dawned on her how we sounded on air.

 

CJIV showboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CJIV with media inset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mensche Fail: Wiesel the Weasel

For a long time, the only people I could listen to were ones who I knew had been through something worse than me.

 

Combat Troops and Holocaust Survivors were the total list.

 

I have been a lifelong atheist and I read this book at my bleakest hours – Night

 

that a man who was in those camps and was a member of a group that was very nearly exterminated – who found the strength to hang on and stay sane and socially functional

 

 

would know call for the genocide of Palestinians

 

seriously

 

wtf and where can there be hope in that darkest of night?

 

 

 

 

Wiesel the Weasel

When I was 18 years old, I met 2 people who had been in those camps. my high school history class went to the conference at the University of British Columbia and I made a point of talking to them – and they wanted to meet me after I got up in front of 800 students to take the Catholic Church representative to task for not only the holocaust, but the crusades and spanish inquistion, and the slaughter of the Cathars and Knights Templar. as a bonus, I got to verbally swat the History Professor from UBC when he justified their crimes against humanity by saying they killed heretics. my question was “Why is the catholic church so intolerant of others?” the church rep shockingly, admitted the guilt and the wrong doing. something the church itself has never done

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BBQ sauces, marinades, rubs & glazes.

Originally posted on Jennis Slaughter and Books!:

From my family to yours.  BBQ sauce, marinades, rubs and glazes.  Over 200 recipes.  Available in both paperback and e-book.  Check ‘em out. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N7YH9DM .

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CanCon: Public Speaking

One of my favorite radio programs on CBC is the Vinyl Café with Stewart McLean

 

 

His Dave character famously cooked a turkey and had many adventures over the years of being a music roadie and then settling down to married life and running a second hand record store.

 

The episode that I enjoy is when Dave is invited to a university to give a speech and instead of talking about music, he ends up reading his notes about how to give a speech.

raw recovery specialist - I did this photo so I would have a reminder to drink water. Hydration is critical to managing diabetes.

raw recovery specialist – I did this photo so I would have a reminder to drink water. Hydration is critical to managing diabetes.

 

Nina’s pubic speaking tips.

 

1. Never picture any audience naked, in underwear or on the toilet. This will result in giggles or distraction, never mind being completely unprofessional and disrespectful to the audience.

2. Have a pitcher and glass of water to drink from. These are effective props that not only ensure you have a damp enough throat to speak, but they also give you an excuse to take a moment and compose your thoughts and answers.

3. Don’t bluff. One of the best and most effective tools that I have found that engages an audience is to tell them to write any questions on the back of their business card and pass them forward so I can respond with replies or more details if I do not know the information off hand. It is okay to not know everything.

4. People are there to hear, if not you, at least the information you are presenting. So they will understand nervousness, because public speaking is one of the highest phobias going.

5. Taking a moment to consider a person’s question, rather than rattling off a pat or rote answer – gives the impression of considering a person’s words and taking their question or them seriously. And, it may actually be a different question than what you have heard before or have overdiscussed, so it is a tool to also make sure you are not missing a nuance and might be able to fine tune something rote.

 

6. There are no stupid questions if they are being honestly asked. Sometimes the most obvious can have profound impact. So don’t be shy on the other side of being in an audience where one can ask questions.

 

7. Remember, the speakers are there to communicate and talk to you. So asking questions, is a good thing.

 

8. Open ended is better than closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. House Rules

Originally posted on Ioadicaeu's Blog:

“It’s a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what.”

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I no longer have patience

Originally posted on Ioadicaeu's Blog:

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“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with…

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BILL HICKS’ PRINCIPLES OF COMEDY


1. If you can be yourself on stage nobody else can be you and you have the law of supply and demand covered.
2. The act is something you fall back on if you can’t think of anything else to say.


3. Only do what you think is funny, never just what you think they will like, even though it’s not that funny to you.


4. Never ask them is this funny – you tell them this is funny.


5. You are not married to any of this shit – if something happens, taking you off on a tangent, NEVER go back and finish a bit, just move on.


6. NEVER ask the audience “How You Doing?” People who do that can’t think of an opening line. They came to see you to tell them how they’re doing, asking that stupid question up front just digs a whole. This is The Most Common Mistake made by performers. I want to leave as soon as they say that.


7. Write what entertains you. If you can’t be funny be interesting. You haven’t lost the crowd. Have something to say and then do it in a funny way.


8. I close my eyes and walk out there and that’s where I start, Honest.


9. Listen to what you are saying, ask yourself, “Why am I saying it and is it Necessary?” (This will filter all your material and cut the unnecessary words, economy of words)


10. Play to the top of the intelligence of the room. There aren’t any bad crowds, just wrong choices.


11. Remember this is the hardest thing there is to do. If you can do this you can do anything.


12. I love my cracker roots. Get to know your family, be friends with them.

 

 

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Elvisworld: Was Elvis agoraphobic?

amazing – I have never seen any images or film like this

just coming out of a store and getting in to a Elvis aug 14 glady gravecar…

 

Elvis with Lisa, Linda and probably her pal JeanneMay coming out of a store and getting into a car.

 

We often think about Elvis cooped up in his mancave Graceland, but the reality is that he did get out a lot and do stuff.

 

he didn’t always have the Memphis mafia guys 24.7

 

Elvis aug 14 glady grave

 

 

 

 

 

 

this photo was taken of Elvis returning to Graceland August 14 – returning from the cemetery where Gladys was buried.

 

the next day, he went to the dentist

 

then, he died.

 

1977

 

 

I was 9

 

 

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Writer Chat 149: Kimberly V Steele

Kimberly V Steele – new to the artist support shared blogroll!

In the past for writer chat, I would just transpose a conversation that I had with a range of artists and post that.

Today I tried something different and posted a number of questions and topics on Kimberly’s facebook timeline and let the conversation wander over nine hours – enjoy!

 

Hello Kimberly Steele and her fans and dykewriter readers!

Power of myth

what story was a influence on you as a child?

 

Kimberly V Steele The Dark Crystal affected me deeply as a child, especially the archetype represented by the villains in the story, the Skeksis.

To this day, I have a perception of the one percent elite as Skeksi-like caricatures — an ancient regime of pretentious hoarders who bedeck their ugly selves in dead pelts and glittering baubles and lust after the “essence” of the last of an endangered species in a dying World.
Nina Tryggvason I think Henson would appreciate that comparison – the Dark Crystal had that excellent message of power and arrogance – and light and dark being a needful part of the other – incomplete without balance.

 

What do you think about fan slash fiction   and why it is generally heterosexual women who write it?

What do you think about fan slash fiction
and why it is generally heterosexual women who write it?

 

Kimberly V Steele I wrote my own fanfic based on The Labyrinth: http://www.kimberlysteele.net/…/the-continuation-of…/

Nina Tryggvason fan fic is one thing – Slash fan fic is a whole other – and it’s gone from Star Treks Kirk slash Spock (thus slash fanfic) homosexualizing them to even I have seen Law and Order and other mainstream procedurals.

Where you like me, disappointed when Laurel K Hamilton took Anita Blake from Catholic to Dominatrix and beyond erotica into porn?

Ann Rice I think added the tone of het women writing their gay male fantasies – is that about women empowerment or just riding the boy’s wave and not creating a women’s voice?

 

Kimberly V Steele I didn’t realize Laurel K. Hamilton did that with the Anita Blake character! Hmm, I’ll have to look that up.

I like that Ann Rice went to the m/m realm, though she does seem very traditional/boy’s club to me especially in the light of her current Christian leanings.

I love the idea of slash fic but I don’t see how it would be easy to do it well.

 

Nina Tryggvason Anne Rice brought the male homoerotic vibe to the vampire genre Louis and Lestat and her earlier porn Sleepy Beauty series… well … let’s say a lot of writers do not realize how much they reveal of themselves.

I think that just as het men have a two girl fantasy, I think het women must have a 2 guy one to explain slash fiction -

Hamilton started Anita out as a Catholic Necromancer who was celibate and determined to never have sex with a vampire. so that lasted 3 books and by book 5, she’s in a three way with Jean Claude and the werewolf. by book 8 she has a pride a werecats and I can’t remember, I think it was book 11.

 

Your thoughts on the zombie apocalypse?

Your thoughts on the zombie apocalypse?

 

Kimberly V Steele It’s already here. Just look around you!

 

 

 

Friend Of Kimberly V Steele: I think a 28 Days Later scenario is more likely.
Kimberly V Steele Cormac McCarthy’s The Road seems the most likely to me.

 

Nina Tryggvason Bioweapons in the wild. Yes, that this a highly likely scenario and one in the Disaster Preparedness Incident Command manuals.

in fact, in Canada. the Province of Quebec prepared for a zombie attack. I am pretty sure Vancovuer City is seriously planning an exercise and if they are smart – they’ll do it Halloween and take advantage of the net flash mobs zombie walk.

this is where the question connects about when we existed with other primates and are the stories of animal humans and variations of humans from animals to degrees of cognitive functioning (zombie to vamps) is this just tapping into our species memories or retold and retold over stories.

 

Varney vs Dracula -   The Penny Dreadful bypassed by the novel - but the Penny Dreadfuls set the tone for later American pulp fiction  thoughts on the technical publishing side over the ages to online delivery and freeing writer from publishers entirely?

Varney vs Dracula -
The Penny Dreadful bypassed by the novel – but the Penny Dreadfuls set the tone for later American pulp fiction
thoughts on the technical publishing side over the ages to online delivery and freeing writer from publishers entirely?

 

Kimberly V Steele I think the slide to online publication is great.

Just like the music industry, where the power was wrenched out of the hands of the elite record labels and put into the hands of artists, that is what we are seeing in respect to the Big Five publishers and writers.

I used to wish I could get “signed” to Harlequin or Dorchester until I found out both companies bend over their authors. If you’re not Stephenie Meyer or Dan Brown, you will most likely get dicked in a traditional publishing deal. It’s far more lucrative to stay indie.

Nina Tryggvason I see blogging as the modern pamphletting…..Yes and even Jean Auel (Clan of the cave bear) and more recently Charlaine Harris (southern vampire/true blood) – their books have little resemblance to the film and tv versions. so there’s control and rights issues there

Kimberly V Steele The final frontier is for huge television and movie companies to be threatened by indies, and that is happening, though I think it is a wave that is in its infancy.

 

 the world of the writer vs the worlds they create for us  people say write what you know, but that's a terrible limit to imagination  your thoughts on how often writers where sickly children and set apart in intellectual pursuits instead of more social things like sports?


the world of the writer vs the worlds they create for us
people say write what you know, but that’s a terrible limit to imagination
your thoughts on how often writers where sickly children and set apart in intellectual pursuits instead of more social things like sports?

Kimberly V Steele I wasn’t sickly, I just freaking hated sports. I’m not sure why children are always being pitted against each other in every school activity. No wonder they have no ability to cooperate as “teams” as adults.

Nina Tryggvason I agree. Part of my becoming agoraphobic as an adult was just exhaustion from zero sum competitive exchanges which is what now seems to pass for conversation

Do you think the masses and fractured audience make it harder for people to find things in common to talk about or is i1ts good that everyone has a niche?

Kimberly V Steele It’s good and bad. It is a golden age for writers and musicians because we can directly connect with all kinds of niche audiences. It’s bad because there are so many people who have no idea how to work together… especially in light of the coming environmental/social/political crises.

 

Bathory vs Dracula   who is your fave historic vampire?

Bathory vs Dracula
who is your fave historic vampire?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly V Steele I tend to have it in for Bathory because she cuts such a tragic figure in history. And I like that she was completely ruthless.

Nina Tryggvason Plus you know, it’s hard to be on the who’s who when you are a woman.

It’s telling how she wasn’t actually a criminal until she started with the minor nobility, when it was just peasants her hobby was just distasteful. it’s an interesting relationship to the ideas we have now of individuals mattering, but only if you have the right bank balance and demographic characteristics

Kimberly V Steele That’s the primary bullshit of American ideals, this notion that class hierarchy and warfare does not exist.

Friend – sharpened wooden spikes and die slowly for several days. Of course, the case of Gabriel Belmont is truly sad. He used to be a knight of a holy order in medieval times until he fell to Darkness.

Nina Tryggvason to give Vlad credit he did kinda invent multiculturalism. when the Turks came to this kingdom and didn’t remove their turbans as per his uncovered head custom, he had their turbans nailed to their heads. so it was a kinder death than slowly being impaled.

Liz murdered 730 some odd girls, kept a diary. Her fave was to stand underneath while they were iron maidened so she could have a hot blood shower.

Kimberly V Steele I’d be all for a modern day Vlad or Liz if only they would round up and slowly torture to death all the redneck inbreds who participated in the Pig “Rassle” in Shithook, Wisconsin. 

(see: http://fox6now.com/2014/08/14/pig-rassle-goes-on-as-planned-but-now-peta-calls-on-church-to-make-this-years-event-its-last/)

Your thoughts about how vampires turned from terrifying predators to romantic figures to sparkly wusses

my own note – this seemed to be the turning point – this movie captured the fear and sexuality of the Stoker novel while other movies focused on the horror or the comedy of it

 

Kimberly V Steele People are afraid of death. Very afraid. That’s why vampires in a more innocent age represented sheer terror.

As we learned to question religion, death became something to be challenged, and that’s why the vampire becomes a symbol of power. The watered-down vampires are just unfortunate, written by authors who are repressed Christian necrophiliacs with a virginity hangup.

They are popular because a big publishing house shoved them in your face repeatedly for a really long time.

Nina Tryggvason Yes. and fear/anger – sexual responses are all processed in the same brain region. I recall reading orgasms referred to as the little death because of the momentary zone out at the peak. what scares us is exciting and stimulating and the seducative living forever at a cost would have high martyr complex appeal….

 

From ghosts, to ghouls, zombies, vampires and werewolves/critters

is this our anxiety manifest or species memories of when we were not the only primates ?

are these ideas of creatures trying to explain how we often feel disconnected to ourselves, society and each other

degrees of humanity, our fears of ourselves or even our view of our inner nature

human or beast?

 

Kimberly V Steele Zombie stories are a manifestation of the anxiety that surrounds eating dead animal flesh. It is as if meat eaters KNOW eating flesh is disgusting and wrong, yet they need to create a scapegoat, i.e. a zombie, in order to deal with their own necro-voyuerism. This is also true of vampire stories.

 

reading is an individual experience  and our brains process light reflected differently than a light source  are you a traditional bookie or do you prefer to read on electronic gadgets?

reading is an individual experience
and our brains process light reflected differently than a light source
are you a traditional bookie or do you prefer to read on electronic gadgets?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly V Steele I was late to the Kindle “game” and I only got one to make sure my own books were formatting correctly. I love eBooks and I am very grateful they exist, however, I will always be a paper book woman. Because at least if I drop my novel in the bathtub, I don’t destroy most of a library.

 

(this was my original blog. I lost the password to it and had to start over)

http://ntrygg.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/three-day-novel-contest/

What’s your view of writing contests?

Have you ever tried the infamous Canadian Three Day Novel Contest?

would you be a jurist for example?
 
is this a path that you found helpful in crafting and developing your writing?

is this something you would recommend to aspiring writers?

Kimberly V Steele I’m just going to be an ass and say this: I’m a good enough writer not to need contests to get attention.

Nina Tryggvason yay you. own your confidence.

Kimberly V Steele Contests exist to make money for whomever is hosting the contest.

Are you involved in any in person or on-line writer peer review groups?How much of writing is actually marketing for you?The writer-agent relationship?

http://ntrygg.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/writer-chat-loglines-pitching-plot-development-and-selling/

Kimberly V Steele No. I don’t have enough in common with other writers, nor am I interested in reviewing their fiction. I already have confidence in my own writing and am critical of it — I don’t need another chef tending that pot. If another writer is going to get me to read his book, it had better be good.I read a great deal more nonfiction than fiction.
I will need an agent if my books ever get made into films. No films? No agent needed.
Nina Tryggvason You could used a business entertainment lawyer for one off deals.
 one of the reasons I loathe Twilight is that Stephanie Myers bragged about doing no research about vampires and to me, what she demonstrated is that going up in a ghetto community, such as Mormon and other religious clusters  is that you end up not being as culturally literate as children of mainstream mixed multicultural societies such as Canada.   Seriously, The Count on Seasame Street reflects the Slavic vampire tradition of the counting obbession - thus being able to defeat the vamp with a sprinkling of a large number of rose thorns on the walkway to one's door - more than there is anything vampire in Twilight.   so what are your fave research and classics in the spookynatural genre?


one of the reasons I loathe Twilight is that Stephanie Myers bragged about doing no research about vampires and to me, what she demonstrated is that going up in a ghetto community, such as Mormon and other religious clusters
is that you end up not being as culturally literate as children of mainstream mixed multicultural societies such as Canada.
Seriously, The Count on Seasame Street reflects the Slavic vampire tradition of the counting obbession – thus being able to defeat the vamp with a sprinkling of a large number of rose thorns on the walkway to one’s door – more than there is anything vampire in Twilight.
so what are your fave research and classics in the spookynatural genre?

 

 

 

 

 
Kimberly V Steele I have an old series of Time Life books called The Enchanted World. They are wonderful collections of old folkore and fairy tales with beautiful illustrations. My parents bought them for me when I was a girl in the nineteen-eighties.

They actually quote their sources in the index of each edition of The Enchanted World, so I was able to discover all kinds of other books and sources from the sources they quoted.

I don’t resent Meyer for inventing her own “perfect sparkly Mormon boy and girl” vampire universe. What saddens me is that her rapey, possessive male character captured the imaginations of a generation of young girls. The popularity of Twilight is a testament to how far feminism has backslid in the early twenty-first century.

 

Nina Tryggvason Yes, that adoration of a withholding lover who is a murdering predator. I found it highly disturbing in that story sense and wasn’t sure which was worse – the middle aged women in the offices swooning over it or the teenagers.

As a child, I didn’t care for Disney movies they got all the stories wrong. I grew u reading Hans Christian Andersen The Brothers Grimm and I have continued studying folk tales across many cultures.  the point of them was to warn children of the dangers of the world and how to be in it. so watering them down for children, takes away the entire point.

Kimberly V Steele My all-time favorite is The Juniper Tree.

 

 

Nina Tryggvason Where do you place yourself in the sci fi fantasy to supe horror spectrum?

Kimberly V Steele I think Horror: Paranormal Romance is the one.

 

the other side of the supe world  fairies, forest folks and merbeings?  your thoughts about them in the supromcom chick lit explosion of novels?

the other side of the supe world
fairies, forest folks and merbeings?
your thoughts about them in the supromcom chick lit explosion of novels?

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly V Steele The trouble with fairies is that Gaia is beautiful and majestic enough on her own. We are always seeking escape to the supernatural world when the real one holds undiscovered wonders more “magical” than any we could invent. I’d like to see people rethink their fetishization of the supernatural and return to respecting plain old Nature.

Nina Tryggvason That really is a great nutshell. Awesome answer.

Kimberly V Steele If I have had a bad week, I go to the forest preserve. It helps ease my mind the second I set foot in it.
Nina Tryggvason nature connected is certainly critical to human mental health

 

 

The final round – let’s get personal.I notice that part of your blog is cooking related and this is a common theme with a lot of my writer gal pals
what are your favorite spices to use in cooking?
Kimberly V Steele Fennel! And cloves.
 Dianne Cameron Garlic, cilantro, dried hot peppers. ;D
I know you’re a vegan so do you wheat grass juice at home or do you find it easier to get it on the go?
Kimberly V Steele It’s easier for me to get it on the go. Though I am thinking of growing it in my apartment for myself and for my cat (Kiki)

 

 

Thanks to Kimberly for being a blog guest today and really, for hanging out with me on facebook. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

The Zombie High Holy Holiday – aka easter

http://ntrygg.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/zombilicious/

http://ntrygg.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/sacrilicious/

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Emergencies: Building Evacuations

in case of fire

 

My professional background includes Emergency Preparedness.

I have been a volunteer for office first aid and Emergency Response Team. I have also been the Head Warden for an entire Federal Tower, with responsibility for departmental holdings and suboffice sites.

 

The best practices for building emergency is to terminate and secure your work, gather your personal belongings and line up at the floor staircase exit.

 

Anyone wearing high heels needs to remove them and no taking beverages or bulky items.

 

The goal is to maximize the number of people who get out, so nothing that delays people doing that is to occur.

 

That means, leave the building in silence so you can hear any intercom or be able to communicate in evac groups if need arises.

 

For the building, the system is a intermittent tone to alert prepare for evac and a solid tone to mean get out, get out now.

 

 

Emergency Teams include watchers at the exits to ensure staff and client compliance with the procedure, searchers to check the floors and a central point person  overseeing those who then report their floor cleared and leave themselves to count their floor people at the group gathering location.

 

Somewher away from the shadow of the building.

 

 

Now. this is where things fall apart. that is fine is there is something wrong with your one building.

 

 

but in downtown cores, there are very few gathering spaces and most will be spoken for several buildings worth of people over.

 

 

something that city planning fails to coordinate and people do not realize that in most disasters, help is three weeks away.

 

there is too much needing to trigger response at the municipal/county, provincial/state to Federal to International Aid.

 

 

so anyone wanting to survive needs to factor that in their at home

911 lessons

 

 

as kinda funny as I think the meme is

 

I remember spending a lot of hours looking at the uploads of images that people who escaped WTC in 9/11

 

and seeing – knowing – these firefighters were doomed

 

 

but also learning by the company responses and the losses

 

 

the companies that prepared didn’t make their staff stay at their desks

 

 

 

we need to consider

 

the time it takes

 

 

to actually leave

 

 

I have had to evacuate a building of 24 operational floors and it took 10 minutes for the majority to be out

 

 

a building with 100 floors takes a lot longer

 

 

and people’s nerves to have to walk

 

possibility back up floors to crossover floors

 

 

 

increases the terror and likehood of panic and more deaths as a result

 

 

do we really need such phallic structures that put people in danger?

 

 

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