A troubling situation for women around the world.  No thanks to religion. :P  Go here for a bigger version, thank you NeuroNotes.

 

WorldwideContraceptives-740

A fine video by QualiaSoup.

V in the evening sun

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, was dedicated to the Countess Anne Margarete von Browne, and written in 1798. This makes it contemporary with his three string trios of opus 9, the violin sonatas of opus 12 and the violin romance that became his opus 50 when later published. (The year also saw the premiere of a revised version of his second piano concerto, whose original form had been written and heard in 1795.[1])

It is divided into four movements:

  1. Presto – cut time
  2. Largo e mesto – 6/8 in D minor
  3. Menuetto: Allegro – 3/4 in D major – G major – D major
  4. Rondo: Allegro – common time

 

Fairly well this year, as long as we keep up with watering!

flower garden

Le jardin chez Arbourist et Intransigentia

I was excited. I was hopeful. I very much wanted it to be true. But I’m not at all surprised (a bit depressed though) that solar roadways are a bad idea. Three main categories of problems have been illustrated by many.

One is cost. This one is tough as the solar roadway people haven’t been all that forthcoming on how much each panel might be, but estimates based on what little we do know show roadways costing somewhere between 20 and 56 trillion dollars.

Two is solar efficiency. Solar panels are angled to best capture sunlight, the really good ones tilt to follow the sun. Lying flat on the road is just a bad place to collect solar energy. And as everything these roads are supposed to do is based on them collecting massive amounts of solar energy, this is a huge problem.

Three is durability. Rock erodes glass. Rock being ground in by untold tonnes of traffic erode glass fast. Those super expensive modules wouldn’t last too long.

And these are only very brief summations of entire categories of problems that have been pointed out about the roadways.

Now, if the solar roadway people are earnest in their efforts (and I have no reason to suspect they aren’t) they now have over 2 million dollars to get this idea as far as it can possibly go. While that won’t be a fraction of how far they envisioned or how far I had hoped, they should be able to learn something. Whatever they find, doubtless there is an easier and cheaper way we could be learning it, but as is so often the case, we’re doing it the hard way. Salvage what we can and move on.

If nothing else, more people are thinking about roadway improvements, which is a good thing. Someone will look back at this and think, “Boy, that was a horrible idea, the REAL way to improve roads is by…” and they will probably be wrong too. But they will be slightly less wrong. So plods on progress.

feminininty Susan Brownmiller has a remarkable talent for framing slippery sociological concepts.  This quote is from the introduction to her book “Femininity” and it lucidly describes the nature of the viscous catch-22 women experience for the crime of being born female.

    “Femininity always demands more. 

It must constantly reassures its audience by a willing demonstration of difference, even when one does not exist in nature, or it must seize and embrace a natural variation and compose a rhapsodic symphony upon the notes.  Suppose one doesn’t care to, has other things on her mind, is clumsy or tone-deaf despite the best instruction and training?  To fail at the feminine difference is to appear not to care about men, and to risk the loss of their attention and approval.  To be insufficiently feminine is viewed as a failure in core sexual identify, or as a failure to care sufficiently about oneself, for a woman found wanting will be appraised (and will appraise herself) as mannish or neutered or simply unattractive, as men have defined these terms.

    We are talking, admittedly, about an exquisite  esthetic [sic].  Enormous pleasure can be extracted from feminine pursuits as a creative outlet or purely as relaxation; indeed, indulgence for the sake of fun, or art, or attention, is among femininity’s great joys.  But the chief attraction (and the central paradox, as well) is the competitive edge that femininty seems to promise in the unending struggle to survive, and perhaps to triumph.  The world smiles favorably on the feminine woman: it extends little courtesies and minor privilege.  Yet the nature of the competitive edge is ironic, as beset, for one works at femininity by accepting restrictions, by limiting one’s sights, by choosing an indirect route, by scattering concentration and not giving one’s all as a man would to his own, certifiably masculine, interests.  It does not require a great deal of imagination for a woman to understand the feminine principle as a grand collection of compromises, large and small, that she simply must make in order to render herself a successful woman.  If she has difficulty in satisfying femininity’s demands, if its illusions go against her grain, or if she is criticized for her shortcomings and imperfections, the more she will see femininity as a desperate strategy of appeasement, a strategy she may noe have the wish of the courage to abandon, for failure looms in either direction.”

-Susan Brownmiller.  Femininity p. 15-16

This Blog best viewed with Ad-Block and Firefox!

What is ad block? It is an application that, at your discretion blocks out advertising so you can browse the internet for content as opposed to ads. If you do not have it, get it here so you can enjoy my blog without the insidious advertising.

Like Privacy?

Change your Browser to Duck Duck Go.

Share this Blog

Bookmark and Share

Contact Info

Need to send me email? I have a infrequently monitored email account. Reach me at : arbourist at outlook dot com.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 208 other followers

Progressive Bloggers

Atheism Plus

Categories

July 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jun    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Archives

Blogs I Follow

joannevalentinesimson

On Being a Woman

darkhorseswore

capturing the manosphere in senses

Your social constructs are showing

Prose, atheism, radical feminism, Big Brother and social justice

Gender Identity Watch

Watching Legal Developments That Erase Female Reality

mirabile dictu

Feminism, Poetry, Images, Politics

Anti-Imperialism.com

News, Analysis, Culture

Pearls Before Swine

The Blog O' Stephan Pastis

roughseasinthemed

just another roughseas blog about life in Gib and Spain

Bitethehand - the real Untrusted?

How the CiF rebels turned hypocrisy into an art form

femininefeministe

"The first problem, for men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." -Gloria Steinem

CHAPTER 20.

Rhythmatic Explosions

notyourfeminazi

Welcome to my soapbox. Check your privilege at the door.

CEREBRATION

Reflections of a deeper psyche!

The Prime Directive

"No future triumph or metamorphosis can justify the pitiful blighting of a human being against his will." Peter Zapffe

Sniping In Heels

Thoughts on all things geeky or feminist. Mostly things that are both.

welcome to paradox

amateur poetry and prose. i don't bite, i stab.

Out From Under the Umbrella

playing in the rain

Victoria N℮ür☼N☮☂℮ṧ

Life, Synaptic Pruning, and the Pursuit of Happiness

emilymacarthur

Organized chaos.

Leanne's Little World

Serving up a nice cup of equali-tea!

she thinks. she says. she writes.

Geek Feminism Blog

Women, feminism, and geek culture

Enquiries on Atheism

αθεος και ευτυχισμενος

Bread and Roses

Musings on feminism and LGBTQ rights from a straight male.

Class Warfare Blog

I don’t want to start a class war; it started a long time ago and, unfortunately, we are losing.

phonaesthetica

Keeping the beast in the sock drawer since 1974.

Sex matters.

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

The Arctic Feminist

the blogging of terri strange

thepoliticalvagina

Social Commentary, Activism, Humanism

Humorless Cunts

Media That Won't Make You Rampage

Deep Green Resistance News Service

Strategic environmental activism

Experiential Pagan

A panentheistic shamanistic sceptic with attacks of mystical significance.

No Fly on the WALL.

Not just another Feminist blog. || There is Feminism... and then there are Feminisms. || For those who are fly, and those who soar. || No flies are on this wall.

Feminasana

yoga + yarn + feminism

A Point of Contention

"To argue with a man who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead" -Thomas Paine

resist-o-feed

relevant to your interests

The Belle Jar

"Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath

Believers vs Non-Believers

Religious Debates with Atheists vs Theists in PalTalk.com

FeminGenUality

Where feminism, gender and sexuality duke it out

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 208 other followers

%d bloggers like this: