Ways to waste time

So, for the past few weeks I’ve been in a bit of a funk.  All semester I’ve been super-productive, with perfect attendance for the first time in my life, doing all the reading, getting work done for both my jobs, etc.  Then May came, and that just kind of stopped.  As a consequence, I’ve found some new and fun ways to waste time on the internet:

1)  Blogging.  Besides this, there’s my foodblog, and it’s just getting to the time of year where I can actually get cheap fresh produce to cook with.  Always a plus.

2) A sudden interest in pop culture.  It’s a lifelong goal of mine to be on Jeopardy!, but I always knew I’d get the pop culture questions wrong.  I subscribe to four magazines, and Vanity Fair is the only one that just never gets read.  I thought Curve was pretty much the only lesbian magazine out there, and I’ve been pretty unimpressed with it.  But then I discovered that there is good lesbian pop culture out there.  Chief on my list being AfterEllen, and especially the video blogs.  This vlog with Bridget and Nancylee came out this morning.  Who doesn’t want friends like this?  I don’t have a ton of lesbian friends in real life, so it’s still something of a novelty to listen to people chat about dykey things.  

3) Facebook flair.  I can’t figure out how to link the application, but look for “Pieces of Flair” on Facebook, or alternatively, friend me (I’m the Judith who’s a grad student at the University of Iowa) and I’ll send you some.  Just leave me a message to let me know you’re there via the blog.  Flair is pretty much amazing.  Witty buttons, on a bulletin board… high school hath returned!

4) Twitter.  So basically, a website that recognises that the entire point of Facebook is to creepily stalk people and embraces that aspect by having its sole purpose be to say what you’re doing at any given moment of the day.  Hmm.  I’m peachy_penumbra if you’d like to follow me.

5) Google Reader.  I never got super into iGoogle, the Google homepage, but this I can totally dig.  You can put all your blogs and any website with an RSS feed into neat little folders, and updates show up like an inbox.  Of course you can search anything, and as you scroll past something it marks it as read.  Instead of having to click a del.icio.us link for every single blog, even if they haven’t updated in two months, now I can read from one place, in the morning, with my cuppa tea.  Genius.

About Avory

Avory Faucette is a queer feminist activist, writer, and public speaker. Zie graduated from the University of Iowa with a JD in 2009, focusing on international human rights and gender/sexuality issues in the law. Hir current work focuses on queer identity, policy, and marginalized identities under the queer umbrella. As a genderqueer person, zie comments frequently on non-binary identity, transgender and genderqueer issues, and media coverage of these populations. Zie also speaks at colleges, universities, and events on transgender and queer issues and conducts trainings on related topics.

Posted on May 11, 2008, in pop culture, reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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