i'm going to try to keep this light, but, really, it isn't. Rev. Mary Magdalen, conspiracy name Rachel Bevilacqua, has been engaged in a nine year custody fiasco with her son's father, culminating in this incredibly unfair turn of events. Some readers of this blog may be unfamiliar with The Church of the SubGenius, if, for example you don't pay much attention to banners and blogrolls. If you're not a SubGenius, perhaps the concept of X-Day might be hard to grasp, and you might not comprehend why, 1.) attendance at X-Day might shock a Roman Catholic judge, and 2.) why Rachel and her husband's membership in the Church and its participation in its events is in no way a sign of unfit parenting. But, lets be clear, this judge's custody decisions are based solely on Rachel and Steve's high profiles in the Church. As Rev. Stang points out, if we can't get this judgement overturned, any woman who has ever been to X-Day could lose custody of her children.
Over the past several years i've seen and spoken with Rev. Magdalen at X-Days and Devivals, and wasn't even aware she had a child, which speaks to the fact that her son Kohl has been kept well apart from the more adult aspects of SubGenius life. She is a person of uncommon sweetness, charm and self possession, which is shown by the amount of strength it takes to keep your convictions while living through a parent's worst nightmare. Rev. Ivan Stang has a blog entry on just how much SubGenii owe to Magdalen and Jesus here, and the official Church account of the case and legal donation site has detailed information on why money is desperately needed to see justice is served.
Praise "Bob", we're seeing some tax refunds this year, and i'm grateful to help a little, when so often lately we have to sit idle due to lack of funds. i'm urging you to go to the links, read, and donate (scroll down). Then, take a look at Jesus' General's take on the subject.
Thanks to Rev. Michael and modemac at the High Weirdness Project for mucho info.
Let's not let the pinks win this round!
Please help Izarra find a body for her new friend. Not for me, but for all the ball jointed dolls who are also Korean horror film fans...
Isn't the blue wig cool? It's not what i would have planned with Masterpiece French Brown eyes, but it is a perfect fit. The lovely faceup is by Charlie at DoA, and came with eyelashes that didn't survive shipping from the U.K.. But i think torso, feet and limbs (she has hands) are more urgent, don't you? Praise "Bob" and hail Connie, we're getting a decent tax refund this year!
An extraordinary day of BoingBoing blogging... first check out Why Publishing Should Send Fruit baskets to Google by Cory Doctorow. Here's a taste:
Some day, electronic texts will substitute for print books: the convergence of superior technology and an audience raised to read off-screen will make treeware editions into luxury items and white elephants, the way that oil-paintings are today. It's certain to me that books will be largely represented as bits in the near future. It's likewise certain that bits will never, ever get any harder to copy than they are today. From here on in, barring nuclear holocaust, bits will only get cheaper and easier to copy, period. Anyone who thinks bits will get harder to copy is either not paying attention or kidding himself or kidding you.
It's not all valentines for Google at BB today; Chairman Cory also has Google Video DRM: Why is Hollywood more important than users?, and there is Xeni Jardin's up-to-the-minute coverage of Google protests by Tibetan exiles.
On a related issue, BB points to a great rant on John Battelle's Searchblog, Never Poke a Dragon While It's Eating:
Until the person leading this country values human rights over appeasement, and decides to lead on this issue, we're never going to make any progress. Congress can call hearings, and beat up Yahoo, Google and the others for doing what everyone else is doing, but in the end, it's not GYMA's fault, nor, as much as I wish they'd take it on, is it even their problem. It's our government's problem. Since when is China policy somehow the job of private industry?
Working on a rundown of a few dead tree magazines... will post when ready!
Postcard of the Detroit skyline, probably from the 1940's. Postage was a penny, and , "I'm Traveling On That Good Gulf Gasoline And Gulf-Lube Motor Oil. Having A Wonderful Time.", is printed above the message area.
Moira Shearer, the British ballerina and iconic star of The Red Shoes, died on Wednesday, just a few weeks after her 80th birthday. She was a hot young dancer with the Sadler's Wells (now called The Royal) Ballet when Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger pestered her into playing Vicki in The Red Shoes. The film went from sleeper to huge international smash, and Shearer later felt that the success of her film debut overshadowed any chance of achieving her artistic goals in dance. She made half a dozen more films, including two more for Powell, but by the time she was 27, she left Sadler's and married Ludovic Kennedy, who survives her with their four children. A woman of great intelligence, talent and grace, she will forever be remembered for the role she didn't want to play. When i was a little girl, she alternated with Leslie Caron as the person-i-wanted-to-be!