I would just like to announce that Gangstas Kristin and Kathy are a couple of punks. Thanks to the conversation they kept dropping last night on The Twitter just before I went to bed, all I could think of today were old Soul II Soul songs. When I should have been paying attention to the traditional YOUR SUMMER IS OVER, TEACHERS megamurdermeeting, all I heard was Back to liiiiife, back toooo reality. Back from a faaaantaasyyy, yeah. Visions of urban Neo-Nubian soulsters (and that one token white guy playing the computerized synthesizers) danced in my head. I drowned out the uber-boring anti-bullying guy by humming What’s the meaning? What’s the meaning of life? It was helpful in the moment, but now I just cannot stop those songs from playing on repeat. Then I came home and found that in a Tweet I didn’t see last night, Kathy went one step further with songs that get cerebrally-lodged and mentioned The Facts of Life. MAKE IT STOP.
Speaking of bullying, one blog you NEED to be reading if you aren’t already is The Animated Woman. JC Little is a computer-graphic-arty gangsta and is made of The Funny and Awesomesauce (capitals very necessary because that is how much she rocks me). She was hit by a troll last week and handled it in the most gracious way that I have ever seen on the interwebz; she sent a pickle weasel of love. I wish I had a fuzzy stuffed pickle weasel. JC, oh ye of animated greatness, if you ever produce stuffed pickle weasels, I will buy one and make bully students hug them until they turn into fluffy kittens (the students, that is).
Another good blog find is Dear Photograph. As explained on the site: “Take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.” It is of a similar substance that has made PostSecret so intriguing. I’m hooked.
Have you heard of the3six5 Project? Self-proclaimed geeks Len Kendall and Daniel Honigman are behind this genius project. In their own words:
Every day for 365 days, a different person will write an entry about their experiences that day. The key is that each post somehow relates to what’s happening in the world that day and how it relates to them. By doing so from January 1 to December 31 2010, we will have a snapshot of the entire year, told from the perspective of 365 individual voices. Volunteers from across the country picked a date of their choice.
Brilliant. 2011 entries are being posted each day, and they are now taking applications for 2012 authors. I emailed an application last night and received an acceptance with my assigned date this morning. I’ll be writing on June 18, 2012, which is the twins’ birthday (you send in 3-5 dates on which you’d like to write and if it’s available, chances are good that you’ll get it if you’re selected to contribute). The 2012 list is being updated as they accept writers; you might recognize a few of the names from the infertility blogging community already there. ANYONE is encouraged to apply – both bloggers and non-bloggers. If you apply and receive a date, please let me know so that I can be sure I don’t miss that day and also send others over to read.
Finally, Gangstas, please go say hello to Gigi. She’s new to the blogging community and is at the start of her first IVF cycle to become a single mother by choice (SMC/SMBC). Welcome her into the fold and send her some encouragement, please.
Finally finally – what are some of the worst songs to get stuck on mental repeat? I need ammo to send Tweet bombs of brain-sucking song love to Kathy and Kristin for a while (only because I love you guys). Here’s one for starters: MY POSSE’S ON BROADWAAAAY! (Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s earlier and lesser-known gangsta anthem).