Metageekery Studies

Katherine Deibel is a metageek. She is also a scholar and educator working at various intersections of literacy, technology, popular culture, education, and disability. This blog is where she shares her varied thoughts on learning and teaching as connected to her curious and random collection of knowledge about webcomics, cooking, reading, human-technology interaction, fuzzy things, psychology, and her cat.
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wonderali:

I haven’t read comics in about two months now. Aside from a few general pieces here and there, I haven’t written about comics in about a year. There are some things about the comics community that are pretty ugly. And those things are getting in the way of my enjoyment of comics. What’s killing it for me is the harassment former DC editor, current Comics Alliance writer, and all-around awesome lady Janelle Asselin is trying to dig into and, in the process, has become a target of.

For the time I was writing somewhat regularly about comics, I was discouraged from writing about “uncomfortable” topics like sexism or feminism. This wasn’t for all the sites I wrote for. But I did get the feeling I was allowed to hang out in the special tree house with the boys as long as I acted like one of the boys and didn’t turn into one of those uppity feminists. And I get wanting to keep the focus on comics and the great things about them. Trust me, I would love to go back to the days of unabashedly adoring comics.

But that’s not enough anymore.

It’s easy to say women should be able to do everything a man can do: they can be astronauts and writers and scientists and the President of the United States if they work for it, they should be paid the same wages as their male counterparts, they should have the right to vote and drive a car and do everyday people things without hinderance, etc.

But that’s not where gender equality ends. People should be allowed to express a dissenting opinion on the internet without being threatened with rape; people should be allowed to have consensual sex without being labeled a whore; people should be allowed to wear whatever they want without being groped or demeaned; people should be allowed to express themselves in ways that do not conform to narrow, antiquated definitions of “gender” without being disrespected or physically attacked. And come on, people. This is obvious stuff.

So when someone gets catcalled or threatened or browbeaten, you have to stand up and say NO. And look, I get that’s uncomfortable and confrontational and hard, honestly hard, to do. I’m guilty of not saying anything, of plowing along with my head in the sand and just gushing over my funny pages. But like I said, that’s not enough anymore. We need to have this conversation; we need to call this bullshit behavior out.

Because ignoring the harassment is condoning it. It undermines the severity of the situation. It tells the victims that we care more about their attackers than we do about them. Not to mention, the instances when people flat out tell victims of harassment that they’re exaggerating the facts, or “that’s not what he meant” or “get over it and stop being so emotional.”

And that is fucked up. Seriously fucked up. We need to do better, people. We need to do a lot better.

I need to post more so that there’s more of such underrepresented voices talking about comics.

rescuepetsareawesome:

I adopted Flannery from a local cat rescue (Friends of Felines). She was 6-7 years old and tested positive for FIV. I later found out that at one point in her life someone shot her because she’s got a bb pellet in her shoulder, so she’s an official badass.
She’s a beautiful and healthy girl. She’s the friendliest cat I’ve ever owned, greeting me at my door and demanding cuddles constantly. 
I just want to tell everyone that FIV is not a death sentence and doesn’t mean you’ll have a sickly cat. Don’t make it be the reason you don’t adopt an awesome cat.

I almost thought this was my Francie girl for a moment! I guess she has a big sister.

rescuepetsareawesome:

I adopted Flannery from a local cat rescue (Friends of Felines). She was 6-7 years old and tested positive for FIV. I later found out that at one point in her life someone shot her because she’s got a bb pellet in her shoulder, so she’s an official badass.

She’s a beautiful and healthy girl. She’s the friendliest cat I’ve ever owned, greeting me at my door and demanding cuddles constantly. 

I just want to tell everyone that FIV is not a death sentence and doesn’t mean you’ll have a sickly cat. Don’t make it be the reason you don’t adopt an awesome cat.

I almost thought this was my Francie girl for a moment! I guess she has a big sister.

Profile of Francie, a tuxedo cat

metageekerystudies:

For some reason I’m really excited about the 2014 Cripping the Comic Con poster

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(full size PDF version available here)

There’s just something about it…

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But I just can’t put my finger on what…

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And yes, I am co-leading an interactive panel/workshop with dayalmohamed on creating a disability version of the Bechdel Test.

Woo!

For some reason I’m really excited about the 2014 Cripping the Comic Con poster

(full size PDF version available here)

There’s just something about it…

But I just can’t put my finger on what…

A year ago, a friend of mine had a St. Patrick’s Day party that included a potluck. Although I am generally known for my oh-so-goopy cheese dip recipes, I felt like doing something with hard apple cider (the one item I most miss imbibing). As I am prone to many culinary thought experiments, I had earlier mused about making a variation of beer bread albeit with hard cider. I decided to do a little research and go for it. After all, the worst that could happen would be massive fires… partygoers dead from horrible food poisoning… something involving super-intelligent cephalopods from the abyss…

Actually, the worst that happened was figuring out a recipe for an amazing sweet bread that is hyper-infused with apple-y goodness. I’ve made it several times and have been pestered for the recipe. Here it is. Before going into details, though, I want to recognize the recipe that served as the basis for what became my version. Thank you, Bluebonnets and Brownies.

HARD APPLE CIDER BREAD

(makes 1-2 regular loaves plus some mini loaves)

INGREDIENTS 
3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour 
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
3/4 cup brown/natural sugar 
At least 20 fl. oz. Hard Apple Cider
1 apple  (enough to make 1/2-3/4 chopped)
Dried apple rings (enough to make 1/2 cup chopped)
Spices 
Extra flour for thickening batter

NOTES

  • The above ingredients are approximate. Even with baking, I tend to play it a little loose.
  • For the sugar, I usually do a mix of brown sugar (dark if I have it) and turbinado sugar. This bread benefits from sugar with more a molasses undertone. You could also use honey, but this may require more flour and leavening.
  • The hard apple cider you use should be one that has a strong apple finish to it. I particularly like ciders that I would call dangerous in that a kid could drink one and think it is just apple juice. I particularly like Spire’s Dark and Dry. 
  • While a 20oz bottle is often enough, my loose hand with ingredients sometimes has me needing to add more moisture. It is much more fun to add more cider than boring water.
  • When I’ve made this recipe, I’ve either use one big 20oz bottle of cider or two 12 oz bottles. 
  • For the apple, I’d recommend a good tangy, eating apple. Braeburns or Fujis work very well.
  • Dried apples can often be found in a natural foods section. I use Trader Joe’s New Zealand Dried Sweet Apple Rings. If you have leftovers, pair them up with a good cheddar (Dubliner cheese goes very well with them). 
  • For spices, it depends on what flavor profile you want. Most people go all cinnamon and nutmeg when it comes to apples. Like Alton Brown, I prefer to accentuate the apple itself. I add about 3/4 teaspoon of cloves and 1 teaspoon or more of freshly ground grains of paradise. If don’t have the other, try some freshly ground black pepper. Basically, I want the spices to give some bite.

DIRECTIONS

Peel and dice the apple to make a little more than a half cup. Make the apple pieces the size you want to find in the middle of bread.

Chop up the dried apple rings to get about half a cup. I find scissors to be helpful as the dried apples can be tough and gummy.

Combine both the fresh and dried apple pieces in a bowl along with no more than half of the hard cider. Let sit for at least 15 minutes. The main goal is to rehydrate the dried apple rings plus infuse the fresh apple as well. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. If you are using honey, do not add at this time. Whisk to combine. 

Add the soaking apples and most of the remaining cider. Leave an ounce or two aside in case you need to add more moisture. Add the honey too if you are using it.

Mix the ingredients. Treat this batter like a quick bread or pancake recipe. You don’t need to over mix, and a few dry spots will cook out. The batter shouldn’t be too wet or too dry but a bit goopy. Add more flour or liquid depending on the consistency.

Taste the batter. If you want more spiciness to it or more apple-y goodness, add more. The batter is safe to eat raw (and you will want to!). I sometimes sprinkle in more baking soda/powder as I get paranoid about leavening.

Spray loaf pans with cooking spray and spoon batter into each between 1/2 to 2/3 full. Feel free to lick out the bowl and spoon, but be ready for any inebriation that follows.

Bake loaves for up to 40 minutes. Mini-loaves cook much faster, of course. Keep an eye on the risen tops to see if they appear set. They are done when a toothpick in the middle comes out mostly clean.

Let cool before eating.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

I like mine cold with a little butter, but heating it up real in the microwave also works great. 

I used the crumbs with vanilla ice cream or yogurt for extra dessertiness.

This bread also paired well with corned beef and cabbage when I used the grains of paradise. It’s still sweet but pairs well with some savory dishes.

REMEMBER: Not all the alcohol will cook out of the bread. If you have any sensitivity to alcohol, be prepared. It might not be advisable to eat half a loaf in one sitting and then expect to be productive the rest of the evening. (Not saying that I have such an experience).

kateordie:

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One of the most important statements we can make to ourselves is “I deserve to be treated with respect and decency.” Acting on these words, is sadly hard, but it is worth making that declaration. You might hurt a lot now, but personal respect heals those wounds in time, and you’ll feel much better sooner than later.

jayzsongwason:

mrgeef:

Disneyland and Walt Disney World now have guidebooks for guests with cognitive disabilities (such as autism). They include the above charts of what to expect at each attraction (strong smells, loud noises, restraint types used, duration, and more), lists of quiet areas for when you need down time, and answers to frequently asked questions, among other tips.

They are available to download in PDF format: Disneyland | Walt Disney World

If you don’t want to download a PDF (or prefer to click the download link on Disney’s site directly), here are their pages for Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities: Disneyland | Walt Disney World

This is awesome.

I am honestly amazed that such things exist, but it makes me happier and more optimistic for the world.

(via kedasederragar)

rescuepetsareawesome:

This is my little kitty, Francine, otherwise known as Francine Franjeska the Franciest the Sixteen and a Quarter. She was adopted in late October from the Seattle Animal Shelter. She is my second shelter kitty and came into my life a month after I lost my first and most wonderful cat, Susie. Francie is her own little bundle of energy and craziness. She has taught me that my apartment is filled with invisible lemmings and that laser dots are the most evil things in the universe. She is my fearless friend who has fortunately decided that she no longer has to sit on the toilet beside me while I am using it.

My Francie-chun!

This is a golden article and should be your number one read today about disability and bathroom needs. It does kind of peter out at the end, but I am hoping for a shitty sequel as a followup.

(And yes, I think the article is great despite all the puns I can think about when describing it.)

emeraldcitycomicon:

Hey tumblr! Thank you for the amazing support you’ve shown us regarding Emerald City Comicon and the harassment policy we posted yesterday. We’re in such a great mood that we figured, why not give away two 3-day passes to the this year’s show?

To be eligible for this giveaway you must:

  • Follow emeraldcitycomicon on tumblr
  • Reblog this post between March 7, 2014 12:00PM PST and March 14, 2014 12:00PM PST

We are giving away two 3-day Emerald City Comicon 2014 badges, to a randomly selected person who reblogs this post. Please note that Emerald City Comicon is in downtown Seattle, WA. Emerald City Comicon is held on March 28, 29, and 30, 2014. No further accommodation or transportation will be provided. When we announce the winner next week please be sure to have your Ask open so we can contact you about collecting the badges! Badges are completely transferable, so if you win you can give them to a friend.

I already purchased my 3-day pass, but I would happily shanghai / gift some passes to people I know.