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I read just now that the LiveJournal servers have been moved to Russia, so for my own safety, I've decided to sunset this account.

If you would like to keep up with me, please see what I'm up to on my other online cesspool, Twitter.

Thanks for being a friend.

My first AirBnB experience

I needed to stay in Heidelberg, Germany for a few weeks to do some research for my dissertation. I was booking it on very short notice because I had a lot of marking and other things coming up at the end of the term. Because I would be there during the Christmas market, a lot of the hotels were booked, so I decided to try an AirBnB. I also looked forward to having a kitchen so I could cook for myself instead of having weeks of horrible awkward dinners alone at German restaurants.

I went with an apartment registered as a "Superhost" because I wanted the reliability that came with that title. I was afraid; after all, I was travelling alone.

Here's how our interactions went.

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I accidentally caught a Trump supporter while innocently tweeting about the shitstorm dystopia that is the United States. It's kind of like rolling your windows down during a nice drive and having a mosquito fly in? He radically misunderstood my sentiments about depriving everyone of guns. I decided to go full Socratic method on him.

... and then he stopped responding to me :( real research is soooooo scary, I'm going back to the comfortably managed artificial fear of my conspiracy theories!!!!!!!! ahhh the sweet mother's milk of communally-stoked paranoia!!!!

Honestly, though, my only desire was to inject a moment of doubt. I don't want to persuade anyone of anything. I just want to sprinkle a pinch of critical thinking and skepticism all around me when I find myself in dark dogmatic alleyways and party lines. I don't think it worked, but I feel like it is always worth trying.

My letter to the Green Party of Canada

Dear Green Party of Canada,

I have been a loyal, emphatic, lawn-sign-bearing, persuasive Green voter since I moved to downtown Toronto (Spadina/Fort York riding) in 2002. I have been mostly in line, if not utterly delighted, with all of Green's policies. But recently social media drew my attention to the resolution to ban water fluoridation. This is the first time a Green Party policy has struck me as being (pardon me) bats***t crazy. Rampant tooth decay and oral infections were a leading cause of death in ancient Egypt. Tell me the Green Party is in the 21st century (CE) with the rest of us. Objections to the administration of fluoride to our population may be worth debating, but a flat-out ban is rabid panic-mongering madness that will have consequences for public health — particularly for our poorest citizens without access to regular dental care. The Green Party has been my relief in a democratic system where I have largely felt disenfranchised, but I would honestly rather vote for nobody than fall in line with what seems to be chemistry-phobic paranoia.

Help me vote for you. Clarify or scrap this resolution.


Submitted via the 'contact us' form at https://www.greenparty.ca/en/contact

he's playing the quarian diva engineer

dFEI_Ti: electric class?

me: what is your question?

dFEI_Ti: can you take class with electric power ? we can combine together … 3 chain OVERLOAD , ENERGY DRAIN radius , or electric slash etc …

me: I'm trying to promote my vanguards. I'll play whichever vanguard you prefer

dFEI_Ti: and please take equipments level III IV … is platinum

dFEI_Ti: take electric SMASH … phenix vanguard

me: yes boss

dFEI_Ti: arc g + electric SMASH = TECH BURST --> on geth enemy

me: I understand, I have been playing this game for some time

dFEI_Ti: human classes need extra shield against geth … cyclo III or IV

dFEI_Ti: ok

dFEI_Ti: please kick they just bought copies …

me: please stop telling me what to do. let's just have some fun.

dFEI_Ti: a lot of noobs in ME3 should I be quiet ?

dFEI_Ti: my 3 years statistic ---> 90% of noobs

(game starts, with me playing a character I don't often play, specced a way I have literally never specced it. Mr. Bossypants runs off to the basement of Firebase White on his own, insta-gelling whenever he goes down, while the other two players he tried to kick play my usual strategy and are good co-op players. I take second place on the scoreboard beneath Bossypants and mostly just try to hold the squad together.)

dFEI_Ti: hm you died more than 10 times (geth turret?) … you don't need shield

me: why so mean? we all have something to learn from each other. try to enjoy yourself.

(game takes pity on me and boots me from his lobby. I join up with a friend and try to have a good time but fail Wave 10. my heart still pounds. why did I try to be nice to him? why did I accommodate his demands? why didn't I get on my headset and tell him that me spending my level IV gear will never make as much of a difference as him getting on mic and playing co-operatively? ugh. I feel way worse than I did when I started playing. this is the sort of experience that made me never want to play multiplayer games in the first place.)

(In conclusion, go fuck yourself, dFEI_Ti, wherever you are. Try to be nice. It's a good game, just try to enjoy it. Maybe you are confusing "noob" with "being a separate human being from yourself".)

(ugh, he really got under my skin. Mass Effect is supposed to be my happy place. I wish I never had this encounter.)

My second hot OKCupid date

Now what do I do? The trolling possibilities are literally endless.

Another piece of amazing background information:



I'm just being me here, man

I joined OKCupid because a bunch of my friends are on it and I thought it would be funny.

It has been.

My profile indicates clearly that I am in a strictly monogamous relationship and I am looking for "new friends".

I'm really just looking to troll the trolls. I could probably just write that in my profile too. It's not like they read it.


The great loves of my Bioware life

Alistair Theirin (Dragon Age: Origins): that high school boyfriend who died for me to kill an Archdemon will be forever young and perfect

Fenris (Dragon Age II): that old flame who will always be irresistibly attractive and whenever we're in the same room we can't seem to keep our hands off each other

Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect trilogy): that guy I almost married

Dorian Pavus (Dragon Age: Inquisition): my gay best friend for whom I will always secretly pine

Thane Krios (Mass Effect 2): my Space Husband Now And Forever Please Read My Epic Romance Fanfiction About Him At http://archiveofourown.org/works/613209 NO ONE SHALL EVER DETHRONE HIM FROM MY HEART HE IS MY FOREVER LOVE OH THANE WHY WHYYYYYYY

Glorious Skype transcript

[2014-08-28, 1:16:42 PM] genmike: I'm here for a honest life partner
[2014-08-28, 1:16:45 PM] Elana: life partner???!
[2014-08-28, 1:16:52 PM] genmike: Yes
[2014-08-28, 1:16:55 PM] Elana: like wife?
[2014-08-28, 1:17:00 PM] genmike: Yes
[2014-08-28, 1:17:07 PM] Elana: and you think you're going to find one randomly on Skype
[2014-08-28, 1:17:24 PM] genmike: Yes
[2014-08-28, 1:17:27 PM] Elana: good luck with that
[2014-08-28, 1:17:30 PM] genmike: I met my last wife here on Skype
[2014-08-28, 1:17:38 PM] Elana: evidently it worked out really well

Christy Mack

Christy Mack is beautiful.

She makes a very good living being beautiful, by being a porn star.

She also keeps snakes and advocates for animal rights.

I like her. I follow her on Twitter.

The other day, she got the living hell beaten out of her by her ex, who is also an MMA fighter.

I'm upset about this. I've never met this woman. I don't really know much about her apart from occasionally reading her tweets. But this is horrible, nightmare violence. It's even scarier because the perpetrator is a fighter by occupation. He knows how to break a person.

I like her because she struck me as a strong personality, with a strong aesthetic, and a performer's drive. Not only does she have my sympathy and horror as a woman, but an abstracted part of me is offended, because she is beautiful. How could anyone want to destroy someone who is so carefully constructed and embellished? Punching her is punching a woman with a side of art piece.

I'm sad about it. I'm afraid. It's scary to read the perpetrator's tweets afterwards, framing himself as the victim, as being wholly well-intentioned.

I'm upset about the way different news outlets want to reduce this story to "fighter beats porn star", just two caricatures having it out at each other, implying that he is just 'roid rage and she is just inevitably en flagrante (which is apparently not even what happened).

I think I'm also just upset on a human level, that somebody who was part of my life, even as a tiny digital footprint, has had this kind of horror visited upon her.

It's sad.