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Not Just a Funky Looking Valley Girl

2 June 1970
Go ahead and add me to your flist. I'd appreciate a note letting me know that you have.

Don't assume anything based on the presence of any names in my flist - I don't trim as vigorously as many others do. All it means is that I don't mind having that account reading my "locked to general" posts. I also don't necessarily read all of my flist at any given time. Depending on my time constraints, I may be reading none of it, or a very small subset - I don't change it by trimming my list, I change it by editing my Default View.

If you know me offline, please ask me before you link my offline and online names in a publically accessible place.

Addendum: I'm an L.A. native. I'll tolerate a lot in my journal, but gratuitous L.A. or California bashing is not welcome here. Go do that somewhere else.

A few more things about me, here.

Also, in the wake of the 2004 national election, you should know this about me. My political art is here: http://www.cafepress.com/politicklers

New Addendum:
Those of you who remember my previous name and photo policy should note that it's no longer in effect. I'm no longer attempting to maintain a veil of separation between my offline and online selves. [Edited 23 Oct 2011 - being a single mother of two, I unfortunately feel a need to shield them from fallout for my more "radical" postings on politics and justice, but at the same time feel even more urgency about trying to change the world for the better for their sake as well as everyone else's.]

Most importantly:
Debate is one thing. Dragging in fights from other places is another. I don't like seeing feuds taking over other peoples' journals, and I don't want them in mine. Be civil here, please. (It hasn't been a problem thus far, but I'd hate for it to become one in the future.)

Edited on 09 March 2009 to add (in reference to a recent LJ mess):
I like escapism when it lets me escape. It *really* sucks when the escape vehicle turns out to aim me RIGHT BACK at the stuff I was trying to escape from.

My favorite writeups of The Discussion That Ate My Corner Of The Internets:
How to do this better:
A themed summary:

ETA (2010-July-14): Occasionally, my journal breaks out in discussions of racism. I'd appreciate it if you'd read this page about "The Art of Defending Racism" before you engage.

ETA (2010-October-19): http://abagond.wordpress.com/2009/10/05/how-to-argue-like-a-white-racist/
http://community.livejournal.com/fight_derailing/9867.html - How to Discuss Race and Racism Without Acting Like a Complete Jerk

I used to have this journal titled, "Sister Inspired Ion Cannon of Desirable Love", for a long time. In the wake of the Great Internet Assimilation Thread, I've changed it.
442nd, 442nd regimental combat team, accessibility, adobe photoshop, air america radio, anti-fascism, anti-marriage protection week, anyone but bush again, art nouveau, art of happiness, asian american, asian calligraphy, bisexuality, boxfish, browncoats, carousels, civil rights, consent culture, conversation, cooking, copyediting, cowfish, custom shoemaking, dance, dead man's party, digital photography, eccentric, eddie izzard, editing, exomusicology, fair elections, firefly, flowers, foc, fontography, food, forgotten history, gastrotourism, geek flirting, geekery, gender-bending, gender-blind marriage, genre-crossing, graphic design, grosse point blank, holistic but not woo-woo, homebirth, homeschooling, hyphenate culture, ice cream, indirect communication, internationalization, intersectionality, iron chef, janeane garofalo, japanese dishware, jethro tull, jewelrymaking, john cusack, joss whedon, kindness, kissing, klezmer, knitting, labor rights, lactivism, language acquisition, laurie anderson, layers, layout, liberal politics, lilo & stitch, linguistics, liveaboard, lois mcmaster bujold, macromedia flash, magical realism, margaret cho, marine surveying, marshmallows, massages, multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multicultural, multilingual, neal stephenson, nikkei, nina hagen, o'franken factor, olivia, olivia-the-pig, only yes means yes, open source, orcinus, passion, photography, pikachu, pilates, poc issues, polyamory, polyglot, polymer clay, premo, productive procrastination, protest music, pt, quark express, quirky, relationship geeking, renaissance men/women, right to choose, rocketeering, rollercoasters, sailboats, sailing, satin, science fiction, sensuality, shinto, shoemaking, shoes, silversmithing, siouxsie and the banshees, slash, social justice, steampunk, subtitled movies, susan sarandon, sustainable energy, sustainable living, suzette haden elgin, taking back my country, tao, tea, ted, thomas jefferson, tl40, too liberal for obama, translucence, ubuntu, unusual spices, utopia with cheese, vaccinations, vampire fic, velvet, weird music, winnie-the-pooh, world music, yoga, yonsei


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