Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for May, 2010

The Evolution of My Dream Technology

I’ve had versions of the same recurring dream/nightmare for decades. While I don’t particularly enjoy the dream, it is hilarious to me to reflect on how it has evolved over time to keep up with advances in technology in my waking life. The dream always involves the urgent need to use a phone at some…

I recently got the chance to view “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”. This is the best film I have ever seen in my life. It is not an easy film to watch. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse and want to see it, you may want to watch it with a trusted…

Somebody Wants My Balls!

Technically speaking, I believe it’s my ovaries that are the proper object of envy, but no matter. Prof-Like Substance has spoken. I’m going to try something a little different this week and actually do something organized, rather than just toss out anything that happens to be on my mind. I often get comments, here or…

The last week or so I’ve been reading that classic of naturalist writing, The Outermost House by Henry Beston, as the last of this year’s selections for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Book Club. The book is a delight to read for those who love language – it is essentially one long prose poem. But at…

If you read my entry on How to Feed 4 on a Food Stamp Budget and were at all engaged in the comments thread, then I would highly recommend you read Sharon Astyk’s post Eating Poor. Her post is fantastic, informative, thought-provoking, challenging.

A Bit of Sport with the Students

As you know, it was just over a thousand years ago this past March that I defended my dissertation. As I recall, I picked up a dozen bagels and some cream cheese on the way to the defense, and the department secretaries administrative assistants brought in an urn of coffee. It was me and my…

I went to the Morris Arboretum plant sale last Friday. As a member, I got a “bonus” plant for free. The “bonus” plant is a lure to bring you to the plant sale. You pick up your bonus plant at a special tent at the very back of the plant sale, so you have to…

A New Attitude

After my last few posts, and the tons of comments from thegoodman and Queef, I’ve started thinking seriously about my approach to this blog. Maybe I am just a little too angry for no good reasons, too often just calling childish names and not solving discrimination. Perhaps I can do better. Perhaps I should start…

Why Are You So Angry?

Thegoodman really, really wants to know. If you do not consider yourself a failure, that is great. Why then are you so angry about this situation? If it has worked out well for you, what is driving your passionate hatred for our patriarch society? Like many gender discussions/arguments, your approach has made me feel guilty…

Samia has a very thoughtful analysis of that whole Boobquake biz…I’d recommend you read it first before going on with this post. I love Samia because she is witty, she always makes me think, and often helps me see when I am missing big, important issues. But I am not sure I am in agreement…