Dec. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm
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I ate creamy pasta with salmon by the sea with the girlfriend a few days ago. It was cold and grey, but the scenery was beautiful. I took some pictures with my crappy cellphone.

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Hello, people. Hopefully you're all fine and well (or at least not too stressed out by the holidays: it sure can be annoying). I'm quite busy these days. By totally unproductive things, such as watching movies, listening to new music and reading blogs on the Internet. Also family stuff. Also the girlfriend (lovely but a tad overwhelming for the nerdy person that I am).

But yeah for cream filled chocolate, mulled wine, salmon on buttered blini, no snow in sight and new video games!

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I think I may have a girlfriend? Not sure how it happened (besides the whole me flirting with her and taking a train to meet her). She's pretty, funny and kind. And she's saying a lot of romantic things to me, in which I don't believe at all, but still they're always nice to hear. The only problem is that she's living about 300 km from here. Ah yes, also my trust issues are making me a bit cynical about the situation. It's fun, though. Will it last more than a few weeks? All bets are on.

Tomorrow will be la Journée de la Jupe (skirt day) in France in order to fight for women's right to wear anything they want. And by anything they want, they really mean SKIRTS, or anything else approved by our perfect and oh so civilized western society. Because there's nothing wrong with imposing a dress code that could make a lot of women unconfortable. Because no women's ever felt any pressure to wear skirts in the first place. Never. And because it's not ironic at all that the very same country that banned Burka not so long ago wants to fight for that specific right. Fuck you, France.

European Parliament wants EU countries to recognise existing same-sex unions
On Tuesday the European Parliament reaffirmed that the effects of civil documents (birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) must remain the same throughout the European Union.

This implies that all couples, including same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships, must retain their rights in all EU countries. Currently, same-sex couples often lose the rights given by their existing marriage or civil partnership when travelling in the European Union.


A Very Special Episode of Grey Areas: Privilege Denying Dude Edition

This week, on a very special episode of Grey Areas, we’ll be talking about Privilege Denying Dude! Again! Because if there is anything we at Tiger Beatdown like to do, it is run things right into the ground!

I spent quite a great deal of time writing about PDD last week. Initially, I had concerns. Those were sandblasted out of me once I read the deluge of commentary from real life Privilege Denying Dudes who wanted this meme scrubbed completely from the Internet. Not the avalanche of racist, sexist, ableist memes that metastasize through the Internet at large: no, no, no, those are obviously free speech. But the concept that marginalized people might be using their jokes against them, OH FUCK CALL THE PRESIDENT SOMEONE NEEDS TO SHUT THE INTERNET DOWN.

I can't recommend you enough to read the whole article. It's spot on and very well written.
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La Fiesta des Suds is one of my favourite festivals in Marseille. It's always full of smiling people, positivity, social mixity, great food from every corners of the world. And obviously great "southern" music (in a very inclusive way : Nina Hagen did a gig in 2009).

I didn't find any youtube video about the Masilia Sound System guys unfortunatly. But Youssou N'Dour was AMAZING.

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Last monday, I went to a symposium titled "Bodies, identities... and after?". It took place in the framework of the UEEH (Universités d'Été Euroméditerranéennes des Homosexualités), an annual LGBTQI meeting which brings together people from mediterranean countries.

It was great. I laughed. I learnt a lot. Everyone was friendly. There was free coffee. And it was nice being surrounded by clever people knowing what the feminism movement stands for. Can't wait for next year.

And now for something completely different :

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Pride 2010 : rainbow flags

I went to Pride saturday. It was fun, as usual, and i've been hit on by many, many, many, many MEN. No really. Come on, people. It was Pride! I was wearing a white ribbed tank top! And a rainbow bracelet! And a shiny rainbow bottle opener keychain! (because it's sad and thirsty when you don't have a shiny rainbow bottle opener keychain in your life). How many clues do you need?

Well, OK, I could have been bi, but it would have been nice to have at least one lady flirt with me (and I mean one who would actually FLIRT with me, because being all friendly doesn't count at Pride).

Dear 2010, stop sucking, please.

More seriously, it was a bit disheartening to see so few people. I live in a big city, but sadly the lgbt community is not huge here. But I got some flyers advertising a lot of interesting associations and I'll try to check them out in the fall. I'd like to participate more actively in the associative life of my town, even though that's a bit intimidating for me (and by that, I mean that I'm fucking terrified).


Jul. 7th, 2010 02:09 pm
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Are you a responsible adult?

Hey, I feel better about myself now.
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I think I'm going to kill my clients. I know that not everyone fully understand how the web works, but I'm sure most people know that it's not magical either. Right? Or maybe not. Maybe they're all : FUCKIN' WEBSITES, HOW DO THEY WORK?

Meanwhile, Tim Wise is still as great as ever : Of Collateral Damage and Roosting Chickens: Reflections on Racism, the Economy and the High Cost of White Ambivalence

A must read.
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Last friday I went boat riding nearby. Unfortunately the sea was a bit too cold to take a swim. It was sunny, though, which felt nice considering the awful weather we had until a couple of days ago. I'd like to say I tanned but I mostly burnt.

I took a few photos. I've always loved the tortured look of the landscape, the stark contrast between green blue sea and the sparkling white limestone. Huge, incredible and so silent except for the sound of waves and the cries of seabirds.

As for historical tidbit, you can see a blockhouse in the last pic, dating from WWII and built by the Germans who were occupying my hometown.

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OK, so I know that I've been a bit shut in the last few months (years?). But right now? Too much. Social. Interactions. They can say what they want about going out and how healthy it is, I'm sure it's not (for me). I need some time alone or I'm going to snap. I can tell because I want to draw. I never want to draw. Obviously, something must be very wrong with me.


As someone recently diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, the following article really hits home.

I don’t have a “real” mental health condition, I’m just weak, and other bad self-talk
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It's been some time since I've spent the evening dancing by the beach, under sunset light, drinking a cool beer (or several). It was wonderful. Everyone was very friendly. I've even spoken to Gari from the French band Oaïstar (I guess that nobody knows him, except for people from southern France, still, it was fun).


May. 12th, 2010 08:47 pm
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I've just received an email from some website. I tried to unsubscribe from their newsletter a few weeks ago to no avail: their FAQ was empty and there was no unsubscribing link at
the end of the messages I kept receiving. And now they tell me they took so much time to answer because they had to contact their IT director to do the job.

I just can't believe there are still websites so badly designed. Is that so hard to imagine that people could want to unsubscribe from a newsletter instead of moving emails to a spam folder? Come on, people, it isn't even that hard to code for cthulhu sake.


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