Thursday, August 20, 2009

time flies when you're pulling garlic

Sooo I apologize. I have been rather negligent with this blog. The thing is, I use my lifejournal all the time. Most of my livejournal entries are friends only. If I post something on my blogger blog (this one), chances are I'm just copying and pasting an unlocked entry from my livejournal. And I think that the few of you who read this also subscribe to my livejournal blog, so I don't bother updating my blogger blog very frequently. So consider this an announcement of an indefinite hiatus from blogger. I don't particularly feel like detailing my happenings this summer - if you're reading this chances are we've already had a conversation in real life about what I'm doing. If not, you should get on that.

I'll still use this account to follow other blogs because livejournal kind of sucks for that.

And to go out with a bang, here's a fun little activity. Here's what you do: Google "(your name) is like" and post the first 10 results.

1. Joanna is like LOVE
2. Finding a guide like Joanna's is like finding a nugget of gold in a pile of muddy pebbles.
3. kate nash? regina spektor? tori amos? conor oberst? GTFO joanna is like none of those bitches thankfully. (Haha... that's referring to Joanna Newsom. Whoo!)
4. These days Joanna is like this story I read in the paper about a shipment of tens of thousands of rubber ducks that fell off a ship in the northern Pacific long ago.
5. Singing with Joanna is like a massage for your soul.
6. Joanna is like many other three year olds.
7. Dissing Joanna is like shooting trout in a teacup…with an anti-aircraft cannon.
8. Joanna is like the best tv actress!
9. I come online and Joanna is like "Hello m'love." And I'm like "Look I am sorry if I gave the impression that I wanted to have sex with you. IT WAS A MISTAKE!!!!"
10. Joanna is like many young women in their thirties who are desirous of fertility.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stop the Umpcoos and Fishing Cougar timber sales!

Please please please call the Oregon Land Board and demand the halt of the timber sales in the Elliot State Forest! Tell them you support the Elliot Free State blockade, and want the police raid called off!

Governor Ted Kulongoski:

Secretary Of State Kate Brown:
(503) 986-1523

Treasurer Ben Westlund:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

life update #5469078

Well... farming is still going great. I'm 7/10 of the way done with the internship portion of the summer, and then I'll be a regular farm worker until the end of August, when I go to Japan! Not much has happened since the last time I updated. I guess my tan has gotten even darker. This coming weekend I'm going to the Oregon Country Fair.

The other day I finally brought myself to clean out my music library. I haven't done that the entire 3 years I've had this computer, so there was a lot of crap on it. I realized that I didn't need 12 Queen albums. Actually, no one needs 12 Queen albums. Other music that did not need to exist on my computer: Run DMC, the Grease soundtrack, terrible hipster music that I downloaded from music blogs and never listened to, low-quality live recordings of punk bands (especially when they contain the same songs as the studio albums, and the studio albums are only slightly better quality live recordings), Jim Morrisons's spoken word album, and an entire Cascada album (I kept the song Everytime We Touch for, um, sentimental reasons. [Side note: Yes, on the album it is spelled "everytime" rather than "every time".]).

Anyway, it's nice to be able to put my entire library on shuffle and not have to skip every other song. When I don't put the whole thing on shuffle I end up listening to one album over and over again until I'm sick of it. (I've been listening to Reinventing Axl Rose by Against Me! since, oh, spring break. Seriously, that's an awesome album.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I love xkcd so much.

Friday, May 29, 2009


I'm most of the way through my second week at work. I'm living on the farm in a house with 7 other fantastic people and three cats. I have a wicked sunburn all across my lower back, but otherwise I've got a great farmer's tan coming along. We finished amending most of the rows and today we planted tomatoes. Most of the time I'm too tired after dinner to do anything but go to bed. This is really satisfying work. Ummm bedtime. I'll post something more coherent when I'm more awake.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

chirp chirp

I'm back in Portland. I got in Sunday night. My luggage accidentally got sent to Texas and didn't get to Oregon until yesterday afternoon. I got my wisdom teeth out yesterday morning so I'm still pretty out of it. I look like a chipmunk. My phone tells me I texted to Tofu, "Xay i look iike walrus spuirrel laughing gas messes you up now i have vicoden ok thanks" and "If you want to bring me hot soup that would be so rad but you don't have to." I have no recollection of this.

This weekend I'm judging a Girl Scout camping skills competition, then I'm starting my job at Gales Meadow Farm on Monday.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1 year down, 3 to go

HECK YES all done! All my finals are over, all my assignments are in. I'll be home on Sunday.

Today I might just climb Mt. Mansfield.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

it's so much less confusing when lines are drawn like that

... I've been listening to a lot of Against Me! lately.

I'll be back in Oregon in ten days! This semester has gone really fast. Overall, this year has gone really well. My classes have been good, the campus is beautiful, and I've made some good friends.

This summer I'm working on a small organic veggie farm outside of Forest Grove. I'm getting my wisdom teeth out the day after I get back to Portland, so I'll be wandering around for a week or so hopped up on Vicoden. That weekend I'm judging tambu, then I'll start my job, then the next weekend I'm going to Camp Westwind (14th year in a row).

Err that's all. I have a couple of essays to write, commencement to attend (Joel Salatin in speaking!), and a plane to catch.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


WRESTLING MATS ARE HERE!!!!! I'm so excited!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

spring break

I was back in Oregon this past week for spring break. I had interviews on three farms, and I should find out tomorrow if I have a job for the summer. I saw Defiance, Ohio at the Satyricon and met a nice vegan traveler from Chicago. Voodoo gave us three vegan donuts for the price of less than one. I went to a couple fur protests. At the second one, the cops stopped by and told us, essentially, that we were allowed to do all the things we were doing, and we weren't allowed to do a bunch of things we weren't doing. Then they asked us a bunch of dumb questions that we had no obligation to answer. It was funny.

The weather was fantastic all week and I rode my bike everywhere. It got up into the 70s. Of course, back here in Vermont, it's snowing again.

I'll be back in Oregon in a month!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


If you don't know about the AETA 4, look the case up. It's infuriating. The criminal complaint against these four people gives the following as reasons for their arrest:
1. They wore bandannas and protested at a vivesector's house, trespassed on his lawn, and chanted slogans.
2. They protested at some more researchers' homes, "dressed generally in all black clothing and wearing bandannas over their nose and mouth, marched, chanted, and chalked defamatory comments on the public sidewalks in front of the residences."
3. They were present at a protest where allegedly someone tried to break into a researcher's house and hit the researcher's husband with a "dark, firm object". But the complaint never actually accuses these four people of trying to break in. It just says they were present when it occurred. It's guilt by association.
4. They left fliers at a cafe with the names and addresses of researchers.
5. They used the internet to find the above information.

You all are smart enough to know that other than trespassing on someone's lawn, all that stuff is legal. You'd think none of this would hold up in court. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. They were indicted on March 12 of animal enterprise terrorism.

I don't agree on all issues with the animal rights movement. I would have no problem eating something I killed myself or wearing leather I killed and tanned myself. Humans are animals, too. We consume. That's life. But the AETA 4 are just one group of many people who are being targeted by the government for "radical" activity in the name of protecting people from "terrorism," but really to protect corporate profits and silence dissent. The animal rights movement and the radical environmental movement are pretty out there, as far as leftist groups go. They're easy picking for the government because mainstream liberals don't want to support crazy radicals who sit in trees. So the government can squash their 1st Amendment rights without repercussions because most people don't want to hear that message anyway. But then the FBI can move on the next group that's not quite as "out there" and take away their 1st Amendment rights as well. They can say, "this is perfectly legal. We did it to those crazy radicals, and no one raised any objections." Then you've got the chilling effect, where people don't voice their opinions because they're afraid they'll be next.

Belief systems that don't support capitalism are being criminalized. The criminal complaint against Eric McDavid gives information on anarchism and Crimethinc, then talks about how Eric McDavid is an anarchist. That's irrelevant information! Someone's political beliefs are not basis for arrest! (Being an anarchist isn't the only complaint. The biggest issue is that he allegedly conspired to blow up a tree genetic engineering operation. But the only conspiring done was with "Anna", a paid FBI informant, who supplied bomb-making recipes, financed transportation, provided a cabin in the woods, and pushed the group into action. It's a classic case of entrapment.)

These aren't isolated incidents. Stuff like this is happening all over the place, you just have to look for it. It's called the green scare.

Err sorry for the rant?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

deja vu

I'm pretty sure Mitch, our farm manager, is Woody's long lost twin. The following conversation illustrates why.

Mitch, looking shifty: "I'm incognito."
Kate: "Uhh, how are you incognito, Mitch?"
Mitch: "I'm wearing a black hoodie with the hood up."

He was indeed. Plus! Plus he was wearing a camouflage baseball cap. But there's more - then he put on Bonnie's giant sunglasses! They both have an incredible wealth of knowledge of random trivia, they both have a tendency to jump around in conversations, and they both have very rural personalities. I'm pretty sure they're the same person.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the nerdiness comes out

I'm the TA for the intro-level chemistry and physics class here. As such, I am teaching a unit on projectile motion next week. I was working on a basic lesson plan - solving for change in time using the equation for vertical displacement, then solving for horizontal displacement. I practiced the derivation of the formula delta x = v(i)radical(2h/g). Then I said to myself, "Ooo... I'm going to derive a formula for what v(i) needs to be to make the vertical displacement equal to the horizontal displacement." So then I did. (v(i) = 1/2 g radical(2h/g), where h=delta x.) And then I realized that I'm a really big nerd.

The end.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'm still alive, by the way.

In the last two weeks, I suddenly got super busy. Between looking for internships and a general increase in work load, I've been leaving my room at 7:15 in the morning and not getting back there until 9 or 10 at night. I'm going to enjoy spring break.

Speaking of which, I'll be back in Oregon for spring break! That's April 4-11. I'll be traveling all over looking at some internship positions on farms for the summer, but I should also have some time to just hang out in Portland. I'm looking forward to a much-needed reunion with my bike.

Monday, March 16, 2009

it's so easy

Guns N Roses: So offensive. So good.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

call these cracks in the system a revolution

This past weekend I went to Washington DC for Power Shift, a climate change conference. Hannah, Andy, Hannah, Joe, and I left Craftsbury Thursday morning. (Ha: Andy, two Hannahs, and two Joes.) We stopped for the night in New Jersey and went for a walk in the only old growth in the state. I found a turtle shell with some bones inside and Andy found a skull. The car was making funny noises all day. In the morning we stopped at an auto shop to get the car checked out and there were about 10 things wrong with it, making it unsafe to drive. So we backtracked about an hour, dropped Andy and his car off at his parents' house, and took the train into New York City. HOLY CRAP NYC was overwhelming. You have to understand, the entire week before I left VT, I was on February break and I was on campus with about 10 other people.

Then we got on a bus for 5 hours and arrived in DC at 9 pm. The next day, I went to workshops on direct action, false solutions to climate change, and creative activism. I was kind of freaked out by the 12,000+ people.

The false solutions and creative activism workshops were somewhat disappointing. While they talked about the danger of nuclear energy and the myth of clean coal, wind and solar were hailed the whole weekend as real solutions. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Solar panels and wind towers don't happen in a vacuum! You have to mine for the metals and that means you have to have an entire industrial infrastructure for mining and manufacturing and you have to get people off the land that the metal is located under and whoop-dee-doo there we go again. Displacement of indigenous people for slightly less toxic energy production is still displacement of indigenous people. Capitalism for slightly less toxic energy production is still capitalism. One of the speakers on the creative activism panel was a women who's a race car driver, but get this: she's also an environmentalist because she's greening the racing circuit! Aaah that frustrated me so much. During the Q and A session I asked her how she can ethically justify driving a race car. Her response was that football pollutes a lot more than auto racing, she's reaching an audience that wouldn't normally be reached, and her car runs on biofuels or something. Aaah. OK: we can do garbage things like "green" (coughgreenwashcough) auto racing, or we can realize that auto racing has no right to exist because it is inherently destructive and wasteful.

Here's a nice picture of most of the Sterling group:

Then the next morning there was a nice surprise: Ralph Nader! Apparently he's awful to work for, and he's a hypocrite in that he used to tell people he lived in this little boarding house when really he lived in a giant place with his brother, but he's such a good speaker and he's got a lot of great things to say. Here's what's ironic, though: the only way to find out that Ralph Nader was speaking was if you had signed up for text message updates from the conference. And in his speech, Nader talked about the need to get out of cyberspace and off our electronic devices, and live real life.

Ralph Nader: "Who here has never been in a Wal-Mart?"
Me: "Oooh me me me!"
Ralph Nader: "Wow, you must be new here."

5 of us left after that. We got lost and finally made it out of the city around 11:30, and back to school at 11 pm.

Then I got a stomach bug, but I'm pretty sure it's gone now.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I spent several hours on the farm today. The more I'm down there, the more sure I become that I want to farm. I love love love the cattle (especially Winnie) and the draft horses and the sheep and the goats and the chickens and the pigs. I love listening to Mitch's stories after we load 130 bales of hay onto the trailer.

Right now the draft horses live in a pasture enclosed by a fence that even I can step over. It's more of a suggestion than anything solid. Even if the fence was high enough that they couldn't step over it, they could easily plow through it. After chores this afternoon we were coming back up the farm road when we noticed Rex, a 20-hand-tall white draft horse, standing by the road outside the pasture. We had to shovel the snow away from the gate to open it, then lure Rex back inside with a bale of hay.

I have lots of delicious raw milk from milking Winnie so this evening I made butter by hand. Raw milk tastes a lot better than pasteurized milk.

Right now I am more likely to find baling twine than old tri-met tickets in my pockets. By no means do I no longer think of myself as a city kid - I still have many generations' worth of knowledge to learn - but I'm getting there.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5 exciting things

1. I think I know where I want to do my internship this summer. It's called Gorman Heritage Farm and I'd be a farm camp counselor/sustainable agriculture intern. The only problem is that it's in Ohio, which clearly is not Oregon. Hmm. But it might be good for me to explore another part of the country. And I could still come back to Oregon for most of May. But seriously, that job is pretty much exactly what I want to do and I'm perfect for the job, if I do say so myself.

2. Jack brought his niece to school today so she could sell Girl Scout cookies. I bought 3 boxes. Mmmm. This is the first time in 12 years that I'm not selling cookies. I got really excited. Hopefully I can make them last more than a week. I may have to hide them from myself.

3. I talked to Rick and Tomas about doing a semi-independent study in calculus next year and it looks like a real possibility. It doesn't really have anything to do with my major, I just like doing math for fun. Eric and Andy are also interested in doing that with me.

4. My cold is almost gone. I didn't lose my voice after all.

5. I definitely have a place to stay in DC. Technically it's in Virginia, but it's only about 20 minutes away from the conference and they're my cousins and they said I could bring 3 more people to stay with them.

Monday, February 16, 2009


I really hate being sick. That's the problem with Sterling: when one person gets sick, everyone gets sick. Luckily I missed out on the scabies epidemic at the beginning of the semester. I just wish my nose and lungs would clear up and my face would stop feeling like an over-inflated balloon and my throat would stop feeling like someone took a sheet of sandpaper to it.

This weekend I went camping for two nights on Mt. Moosilauke in New Hampshire with my Foundations of Outdoor Ed class. It was cold. A group of us hiked to the summit where it was clear, windy, and epik as hell. You can see two videos my friend Joe took here. (Thanks, Garma.)

Not much else to report. I'm hanging around campus and then going to Washington, DC for February break. That'll be overwhelming/exciting.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


The internet in my dorm has been working for the last several hours. What is this? Although it probably won't work at all tomorrow. Last night the entire internet went down at Sterling - not just the wi-fi, but the desktop computers in the library as well. Hooray for living in the middle of nowhere.

Err I had a big post planned out about all sorts of useless stuff but here's the gist of it:

3+ cups of chai tea in one day is not a good idea
Washington DC for February break
Potluck tomorrow night, I assume
I'm so happy


Monday, February 2, 2009


Good:All my classes are super interesting! I really want to visit Alaska in the summer now and see the midnight sun. SO AWESOME.

Chemistry and physics tutoring (aka Joanna earns a tuition credit and gets to be a big nerd) starts tomorrow! And Rick said I could teach the projectile motion unit!

Camping trip in the White Mountains in NH with Foundations of Outdoor Ed over Valentine's day weekend! We played Animal Signs (with noises!) in class today! (Awkward turkey for the win.)

Bad: The internet ate my Woodlot essay. I really don't want to rewrite it.

My schedule is super super super full and I don't know if I'm going to have any time for anything other than school work. Luckily I love my classes.

I'm actually considering washing my Carhartts. They smell awful.

I should not be allowed to drink this much tea in one day. SO TWITCHY.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


My winter intensive class is going well. It's basically a bunch of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and canoe paddle-making. I'm skiing a lot outside of class as well. The weather has generally been clear and cold. (You know you're in northern Vermont when a comfortable day is anything above zero degrees F and a warm day is anything above 15.)

I'm making some awesome new friends and appreciating friends from before even more. I'm excited for long block to start so I can settle back into a routine. And I might go to San Francisco over spring break!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I would have been sniped

I definitely stopped reading this comic at the sign because I wanted to figure it out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

the inside of the window in my room was covered in ice this morning

Holy crap it's really cold. I hate frozen snot. I hate nosebleeds from sub-zero temperatures. However, otherwise I'm really glad to be back.

Tofu and I went to Corvallis before I left. Creeper Club reunion!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

back in VT

I'm the only one in my dorm tonight. It's kind of creepy. People aren't actually supposed to get back until tomorrow at noon. Picture dump and stories to come soon.