hello all! i'm back home in san francisco and doing some closet cleaning. i have a few newer items for sale, including a few things from Five & Diamond, plus some older pieces i'm finally parting with. i'll probably add a few things here as i keep going through stuff.
for local folks, if you see something you want, holla. all prices are negotiable. shipping will be USPS Priority, $5 each item except shoes (combined shipping when possible). Paypal highly preferred.
Brown Ruffle Wedge Heels Sz 37 $45
Very cute leather wedge heels from Ginita in a light brown color, with green crochet lace ruffling around the edges, and matching green ribbon detail on the sides, as well as little cutouts in the leather. The heel on these is really comfortable, and they've only been worn a few times, before I realized they're really too short for my feet. There's some very light scuffing on the heels, mostly because they're leather-covered, which shows scuffing more easily. They're made in Portugal and size 37, with a 2.5" heel. They run true to size, I would say -- my feet are too narrow for them. ( more behind the cut!Collapse )
Selling off a bunch of different clothes, including rare Kitchen Orange, SDL, Serious LA, and more! Paypal only, buyer pays shipping (Priority, $5 per item, will combine shipping) except for local folks (let me know if you want to come by to see anything!). Thanks for looking!
i'm getting rid of a whole mess of fake hair supplies for cheap, including 17 packages of silky braid & jumbo braid for dreadmaking or other hair extensions. I've also got some double-ended dreads in purple & blue that i no longer wear, some rexlace, and some other things. if you know anyone who might be interested in this stuff, point them here!
owww i think i broke myself at the gym yesterday. not sure how, but this morning i woke up with a crick underneath my collarbone. how the heck does that happen? ow ow ow. currently sitting on the sofa with a heated corn pillow over my chest trying to improve the situation while feebly attempting to do schoolwork.
meanwhile burningland preparations continue to take over my life and drive latemodel to distraction. obsessing appears to be the best way to keep me motivated, though! there are also more possibly fun fashion events this week, seeing as it's that time of the year, including a Skingraft trunk show at Five & Diamond on Sunday Aug. 10th from 5pm-9pm, a vendor's sale featuring Gibbous, Miranda Caroligne and a ton of other local designers at Mighty from 2pm-8pm also on Sunday (Beyond the Fence), and something similar on Wednesday the 13th at the Bus Stop gallery, 135 Dore St., 6pm-10pm. i will definitely check out the Skingraft show, even though the Steamtrunk one was not actually all that exciting, but at least it's an excuse to dress up and drool over pretty things i can't afford right now.
i also have my first DJ gig in an embarrassingly long while at MEAT on Thursday the 21st, so you should all come out and i will attempt to remember how to DJ. i mean, drop the phat beats. must remember not to get too trashed before i start spinning, though :P.
i've noticed the concept of "privilege" seems to getting bandied about with some frequency lately (both among my friends and the feminist/anti-racist blogosphere more generally), often in place of the more hackneyed concept of "bias." and i'm certainly glad to be part of a community of people concerned with issues of social justice and willing to engage in dialogue about them -- and raise pointed critiques when necessary.
but i've also noticed that the bulk of these discussions hinge on a particular set of leftist theories about social order, usually based on originally Marxist critiques of power and ideology (as taken up by feminists, dependency theorists, postmodernists, and others). in this line of thinking, the dominant classes control dominant values and ways of understanding the world, restricting and containing all other perspectives. classificatory systems have emerged that institute social and cultural differences, which are then naturalized as biology (this process is linked specifically with the early modern period in Europe and the rise of capitalism). modern conceptions of race, for example, can be traced to colonialism and European encounters with indigenous peoples they were trying to control (this is especially evident in the Americas with the Spanish who instituted strict guidelines as to who had what rights according to their parentage, thereby establishing distinct racial groups based on geographic origin).
similarly, many feminists continue to show how the concept of gender functions to reinforce power and culturally constructed difference, and is then made to seem natural (think about how in the '50s, women were told that they were naturally mothers and nurturers and should leave the workplace, which they'd been occupying thanks to the war, and return home to raise children and care for their husbands).
these are all, of course, useful critiques of how cultural difference is naturalized, and there have been many excellent historical and theoretical analyses of these processes (Ann Stoler, Judy Butler, Foucault, etc.). but the downside is that theories of power very easily become explanatory models in and of themselves -- we can explain social injustice by reference to power, without having to analyze how that power is produced. i think it's easy to take up the concept of "privilege" as a shorthand for the ways these norms are internalized, particularly by those whose position in the social structure (ie, "subject position") places them at an advantage over others (i.e. white people, men, straight people, etc. etc.).
privilege may indeed offer a useful way to think about certain social issues and power, but it seems like it's being used increasingly as a tautology -- "you're just acting that way as a function of your unconscious privilege." we used to level the criticism of "bias" against people for articulating implicitly sexist or racist views, but bias tends to connote a semi-conscious subjective predilection that can be easily corrected with a good dose of "objective" reality. "privilege," of course, is harder to refute, as a function of one's subject position, but i'm not sure it's an effective way of responding to people in order to displace certain norms or power structures. furthermore, while Marxism can be very useful as a social theory, it doesn't offer a complete or total explanation of all social life or experience. many interesting new social science theories take on Marxism (and its materialist underpinnings) -- from economic critiques of "capitalocentrism," which seek to displace capitalism as the dominant form of economic life, to Actor-Network Theory which tries to explain the "social" through links of actors in networks, rather than taking social "ties" or "forces" as an a priori given.
anyhow, clearly i've been wasting too much time on the internet and/or reading too much critical science studies (aka Bruno Latour). but i'm curious about how other people perceive the concept of "privilege" and how it's being taken up in certain conversations.
i'm listing a ton of clothes for sale that i'd like to get out of my closet -- lots of clubwear, classic cyber brands, hard-to-find items, and many other things! i prefer paypal but will accept money orders in the US, and ship just about anywhere the post office will let me. i'll ship most items Priority Mail for $5 unless otherwise specified.
the OC is on fire! as is most of southern california. so why did i just fly back? classes are still being held but damn does it smell like smoke. also, it's warm but i don't want to open my windows any further. good thing i'm coming back to SF on friday. or maybe sooner depending which way the winds blow.
i mean, i don't think they're here. yet. but i haven't been able to get through to my parents in providence. i... i think their landline is dead. and... it's all over my flist. so i'm getting nervous. i'm just not sure what to do. i don't have any, you know, weapons or anything. except maybe a frying pan. oh well, guess i'll keep grading.
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ok, now my roommate hasn't come home, and it's way past midnight. this is totally unlike her. it's also... really quiet outside. but like, the lights and the tv are still on, so i shouldn't worry yet... right?
oh shit, what was that noise? i could swear i just heard... shuffling... out on the street. and like, moaning? wtf!
a few months back, i was baking scones and muffins and biscuits every week, until i realized that gorging on baked goods all the time might not be the most healthy thing. but it sure is nice to have a freezer full of homemade breakfast things to take to school when i'm in a hurry, or to serve with brunch on the weekends, so now i've decided to test out various lowfat or nonfat recipes to see if i can make some lighter but equally tasty treats. this morning i made cranberry-oat muffins with rolled oats, white whole wheat flour, nonfat yogurt and dried cranberries. i doubt they're really all that low-cal, but they came out tender and delicious, so i thought i'd share the recipe (i looked at a number of different recipes online and in the Fannie Farmer, and put this one together myself).
the white whole wheat flour is great stuff -- it's made from some particular varietal of wheat, and you can get it at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and similar places. It's more nutritious than refined white flour, but doesn't taste as grainy as regular whole wheat. i also used Strauss nonfat organic yogurt, who makes some of the best dairy products i've had in the US.
following badriyaz's bandwagon, i thought i'd post reviews of my new BPAL scents which arrived earlier this week, to my mildly sheepish joy (seriously, when did perfume get so exciting?).
yesterday's scent was Intrigue: "A sultry, exotic scent that inspires devious plotting and clandestine affairs. It is a scent painted in artifice, veiled in deceit, and slithering with whispered secrets. Black palm, with cocoa, fig and shadowy wooded notes." in the bottle, i can smell the cocoa -- not to rich and chocolatey, more like good Dutch cocoa powder or hot cocoa. beyond that, hints of fruit, also not too sweet, and some other scents that are harder to identify (i'm not even sure what "black palm" is). on the skin, the cocoa and the fig come out nicely but not too strong. there's a greenness to the scent. by the end of the day, it had mostly faded, but i could still detect some of the notes.
the day before was Gluttony: "Thick, sugared and bloated with sweetness. Dark chocolate, vanilla, buttercream, and hops with pralines, hazelnut, toffee and caramel." I can't really distinguish the chocolate in this, or any of the other individual elements -- to me, it smells like butter and sugar and fresh baked cookies. very strong in the bottle, and very sweet. goes on a little too strong at first, but then lightens to a more manageable sweet, still reminiscent of baked goods. i smelled lightly like a cookie shop till the end of the day. mmm.
today, i finally get to try Jack, which i think may be too strong for school days: "The scent of warm, glowing jack o'lanterns on a warm autumn night: true Halloween pumpkin, spiced with nutmeg, glowing peach and murky clove." in the bottle, this smells very nutty and creamy, and i'm very much looking forward to seeing how it smells on me.
my surprise favorite has still been Hellcat, which i stole as an imp from rivetpepsquad. i can't afford big bottles of all of these, so i have to decide which i want to wear the most often. some of the others that i wanted to like, including Snake Oil, just go to baby powder or soap on my skin, which is no good. i think i want a scent that smells like honeyed figs with a hint of fresh milk, that they could name after some Persian or Babylonian princess, like Vashti. i don't think they have one for her yet.
on a non-olfactory note, if you enjoy IDM/ambient/DnB-style electronic music, you should download Statement of Purpose, a free album on the netlabel Xynthetic. so far, all the tracks are really good, including the one from displacer, who posted the link.
The AP at least, has called the election for the Dems, and CNN and Salon are reporting it so far, though not NPR last I heard.
Add to this Rummy resigning this morning, and Bush's shit-eating speech as he tried to backpedal on his "stay the course" strategy in Iraq, I'm having the best day ever. Feels so good to think maybe the nightmare of total conservative control may be coming to an end.
The parental notification law also lost in California -- even having the proposition on the ballot offended me. And even though Prop 83 passed, the draconian measures to surveil and track former sex offenders, it was overturned in court immediately. Good thing justice somewhere still cares about peoples' rights.
uh, ok, i'll stop with the funny talk now. but seriously, i haven't been this excited about election results in, what, 8 years? 10? bad enough that i'll be 30 before bush is out of the white house. even if we only win back the house, i already feel better. still nervous about the senate race -- it just seems like such an impossible dream for the dems to start winning back some power. either way, i think this means there might be hope after all, and i'd love to see progressive politics further mobilized in this country.
He is quiet and small, he is black From his ears to the tip of his tail; He can creep through the tiniest crack He can walk on the narrowest rail. He can pick any card from a pack, He is equally cunning with dice; He is always deceiving you into believing That he's only hunting for mice...
...And we all say: OH! Well I never! Was there ever A Cat so clever As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!
-- T. S. Eliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
also, i'm pleased to report that i'm starting to feel somewhat human again and less like i'm moving through a fog all the time. maybe my brain will recover after all, yay! i guess that means it's time to keep up with the unpacking and cleaning and laundry.
why does it always feel so good to get rid of stuff?
i'll ship anywhere in the US and Canada via USPS and possibly elsewhere by request, paypal preferred but i'll consider money orders too. local folks who want to come try stuff on are also welcome to do so :). local trades and other favors are possible ;). be warned -- most everything is a size small, 'cause i am.