Monthly Archives: September 2011

Wedding Weekend

My best friend and her fiance are getting married tomorrow! The wedding weekend is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier for them. Between work and the wedding festivities (bachelorette party last night, wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tonight), however, I have barely been home (literally — I left for work yesterday morning and didn’t get back until about half an hour ago) and thus have had no chance to write blog posts.  Continue reading

Dar Williams in Saint Paul!

I adore Dar. And while I think that absolute best Dar concert is the Dar-at-Bryn-Mawr concert, tonight was pretty excellent (even though it was Dar and someone else). The first half of the concert consisted of Joan Osborne and then, finally, what I’d been waiting for all night — Dar appeared on stage. And she was her endearing, quirky, warm, exceptional self. It was a fantastic concert.  Continue reading

Catherine Tate, David Tennant, and Comic Relief 2007: My Intro to DT

The first time I ever saw David Tennant in anything — or any of the Doctor Who cast, for that matter — was in a YouTube video of a sketch performed by the fantastic Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) for Comic Relief‘s 2007 Red Nose Day. It was utterly hilarious . . . and I loved his Scottish accent. That video is the reason why, when I finally started watching Doctor Who, the Tenth Doctor was my Doctor from the beginning.  Continue reading

The Sing-Off: I’m Cheering for the YellowJackets

Facebook alerted me today to the fact that the newest season of The Sing-Off has started. As I began to watch the show, the first thought that passed through my mind was that I miss a cappella so much. The second thought was that I’ve found my favorite group already — the University of Rochester’s YellowJackets.

And while I don’t really like the yellow blazers (it’s a bit loud for my tastes, although I think it’s a cute play on words), I’m a fan of the group. By the time they got to Kenya (well, really during the “we’re nerds” canoeing part), I was on their side. Continue reading

Emma Thompson and “Send Up the Genre”

A fellow Mawrtyr posted this on Facebook with the caption “Emma Thompson should be an honorary Mawrtyr.” I would be proud to claim her as an honorary Mawrtyr.

A Surprisingly Enjoyable Reunion

This afternoon, I shared how nervous I was about this reunion (my five-year high school reunion) with my friend — a friend who also happens to be the only other trans person I know of from our high school — and a group of other queer and trans people. It was good to have that time because even with that support, it took mental effort to get myself out of the car and to the reunion. Despite that, the reunion was surprisingly fun. Continue reading

At the Ani Concert: Ani DiFranco’s 41st Birthday in Minneapolis

I just got back from my second Ani DiFranco concert, and she was utterly amazing — magnetic, endearing, humourous, and, of course, musically incomparable.
And oh, man, can she play guitar.

Animal Videos For Something a Little Fluffy

I’m  in the mood for something a little fluffy — not necessarily something involving actual fur, but something that will make me smile. So I Googled “adorable YouTube animal videos” and found two videos involving unusual pairs of animals being sweet to each other.  Continue reading

Georgia Killed Him

Troy Davis died tonight at 11:08 PM ET. The state of Georgia killed him. After four hours of deliberation, the Supreme Court decided to deny a last-minute stay of execution, and so Georgia went throught with it.

Before Troy Davis died, he had the following to say:

I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask . . . is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight. For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls.

Don’t Let Them Kill Troy Davis

Troy Davis will be killed at 7:00 PM EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21st, 2011. The state of Georgia has sentenced him to death for a crime for which “no forensic or DNA evidence linking Davis to the shooting has ever been found, and nor has the murder weapon.” He has been on death row for nearly as long as I have been alive.

Amnesty International urges people to demand that “Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm seek a withdrawal of the death warrant and support clemency himself” (Chatham County’s District Attorney’s office’s contact information: Telephone: 912-652-7308   Fax: 912-652-7328). Their petition to the Georgia Pardons Board and District Attorney Chisolm is still available hereCall Judge Penny Freesemann at Telephone: 912-652-7252 who has to accept the DA’s withdrawal.

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