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Wesley Clark Jr., middle, and other veterans kneel in front of Leonard Crow Dog during a forgiveness ceremony at the Four Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday. (Josh Morgan for The Huffington Post )

Apologies in our culture are fraught and frequently ineffectual. Most of the apologies we hear aren’t actually apologies–they’re a list of reasons or excuses, or they attempt to push responsibility onto the injured party–what I call Fauxpologies. Read full post

Being a Weirdo on the Internet

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This is pretty much what powered my campus internet connection in 1989. As far as I know, this could actually be my university’s VAX 9000. Even the vented floor is the same.

I got my first email account in 1989, working as a student employee for my university’s IT department. It gave me my first experience on the internet via access to Usenet News—a beautiful, terrifying, engaging world that was literally at my fingertips 24 hours a day. It was love at first sight, and I was hardly alone among my co-workers in my affection for it.

Our supervisors taped notes to the student staff monitors: “No NEWS until Checklist is done!” meaning we had to complete all items on the shift-change list before reading what had popped up on our groups. A wily move on their part, making NEWS access contingent on finishing a task instead of just disallowing it. I wonder if they simply didn’t want to fight that battle or if they understood the importance of access to a crew of mostly (let’s face it) socially awkward nerds. Read full post

Fuck you, I’m a Super-villain

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The worst thing about being ill isn’t the physical or mental health aspects. The worst part is how easily my agency and my sense of personal power can be taken away from me. Read full post

Watch your mouth

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Connie Sun’s website is pretty amazing.

What we say to ourselves, whether we say it aloud or not, is important. It’s a pity the notion hasn’t permeated the zeitgeist like the notion of “clean eating.” I’m of the (strong, correct) opinion that what comes out of your mouth is more important than what goes into it. While hardly a one-woman crusade to rectify that, I am a very loud, very aggressive proponent of talking nice to yourself. Read full post