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20 Jan 00:31

Re-Framing the Clothesline

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

It is insane to me that clotheslines are banned

Flashback Friday.

Electric clothes dryers are among the most energy-greedy appliances in the home, accounting for between 6% and 15% percent of home energy use. In contrast, drying clothes outside is both environmentally friendly and free. Yet, according to the New York Times, many homeowners associations insist that they are “…an eyesore, not unlike storing junk cars in driveways, and a marker of poverty that lowers property values.” In the documentary Drying for Freedom, laundry activists claim that bans on clotheslines affect 50 million households, requiring people to buy electric clothes dryers or hang their clothes inside their home.

Homeowners associations require many things intended to increase the “curb appeal” and property value of homes.  Many of these things specifically function to make the home and yard appear decorative instead of functional. Rules prohibit visible vegetable gardens, parking cars in the driveway overnight, allowing your cat outside (lest they poop), and failing to clean oil stains left by leaky vehicles.  They turn driveways, curbs, front yards, and porches into communal space designed to advertise the luxury of having non-functional spaces.  They say, in effect, “This is a lovely neighborhood where we can afford to curate flowers instead of vegetables and preserve pristine concrete by taking our cars to Jiffy Lube.”

All of this supposedly protects home values by preserving the notion that the neighborhood includes only middle- and upper-class people who can afford to avoid (dirty) work by consuming services.  Not being able to afford to dry your clothes electrically apparently appears, well, trashy.

Drying for Freedom is trying to interrupt this narrative, but instead of fighting the classist reasoning behind the clothesline bans, they are trying a different social movement strategy: re-framing. They are suggesting that using clotheslines isn’t a sign of poverty, but one of good global citizenship and, thus, a sign of responsible living. It seems to be working, too. As of 2016, 19 states ban clothesline bans, which is a start. Laundry activists hope the trend will go nation-wide, and then global, and that someday drying one’s clothes in a dryer will be the “trashy” thing to do.

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Originally posted in 2010.

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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19 Jan 17:53

Mavis turns 100.

by (Merlesworld)
Fergus Noodle

That is what the Queen sends you

I went to a 100year old's birthday party yesterday, this was a first for me, it was Barbara's mother      Mavis 100 birthday last week she is my oldest mate.
Held in the local club a wonderful affair all her family and a few friends.   
You can get a blessing from the pope
A letter from the Queen
I think this one is from the governor general
                                                 and this one is from the prime minister.

These were the place mats various things of interest from her lifetime
Did you know listerine was once used as a aftershave lotion, I didn't......
The front page of the daily telegraph on the day Mavis was born.

And her flowers she asked we all bring a artifical flower to make a display and give a donation to the stroke foundation instead of gifts.
Her cake was quite something made by her great grand daughter.

Here we are, The Bingo girls as Mavis called us, as we have been going for some time now.
Here is a much better picture of Mavis with her grand daughter.
She is looking good for 100.
17 Jan 23:12

Balls Balls Balls at Sydney Festival!

Fergus Noodle

She didn't fix her white balance?
I tried to get Webber's parent to go to this but no dice

1.1 million balls. That's the number if you were to count every single ball in one of the Sydney Festival's most popular activities called The Beach. Sydney is of course not short of a beach but this indoor beach located at The Cutaway in Barangaroo has so far attracted thousands of visitors to "swim" with their clothes on.
12 Jan 10:08

Hand Made Pesto | Zeffirino Pesto

by Ganga108
Hand made, home made pesto is the most exquisite of creations. Do try it. I first made it long ago, when I took a cooking class with Bill Grainger of the famous Bills Restaurants in Sydney, and author of many Sydney-style cookbooks. He made pesto by hand in the class. At home, Bill didn’t keep … Continue reading "Hand Made Pesto | Zeffirino Pesto"
08 Jan 20:48

The twins first Christmas but sadly Drummy's last.

by (Merlesworld)
Fergus Noodle

RIP Drumstick

This christmas was tinged with sadness as Drummy passed away she was a old chicken and had not been quite right  for a while but had always came good in a day or two .
The beer fairy found her near where she slept at night maybe she died in her sleep and my son buried her in the backyard and planted a dragon fruit plant we will miss her she was a real character. 
 Uncle Joe and his  nephew

 and this is Aunty May with her neice

Just chilling after christmas dinner

 We are sitting up waiting for our dinner bibs on and all.
 we are still waiting

 Dozing in the great outdoors
 A good brush after the bath
 Fluffy and smelling good.

 Angus is sitting in the sun till he is at least half dry.

All dressed up but will not stop kicking the legs
Kidney the guard cat

 They drove me home today so I showed my grand daughter the garden she likes ceiling,
but a roof of moving tree leaves was something new to her.

 The amazement in her eyes was wonderful
 and she is such a cutie

 Watching the leaves
Watching me.
02 Jan 01:30

Strawberry and Peach Lassi with Basil

by Ganga108
You know what? In hot weather I love a lassi, particularly a fruit lassi, for breakfast. Indian in origin, fruit lassi drinks mix yoghurt with fruit, spices and jaggery or sugar. Today, there were peaches on the kitchen bench, strawberries in the fridge and basil in the garden. A beautiful breakfast was born in the … Continue reading "Strawberry and Peach Lassi with Basil"
16 Dec 01:24

Dumpling Size Matters at The Mandoo, Strathfield

I had all but given up on my $25 or less per person restaurant section but then along came The Mandoo. Located on The Boulevarde in Strathfield this small Korean restaurant sells just two things: ENORMOUS dumplings and noodles.
15 Dec 22:47

Escaping The Rat Race With Lunch at Lochiel House, Kurrajong

Feel like escaping the rat race, if only for a day and going for a drive out in the country for some fresh air? Lochiel House in Kurrajong is a gorgeous 1825 cottage that calls itself a cafe but the food is definitely more restaurant style and quality and worth a trip in itself.
15 Dec 21:46

Lekker! South African Milk Tart Or Melktert

Fergus Noodle

I would eat it

A milk tart or melktert in Afrikaans is as the name suggests, a tart whose main ingredient is a milk based custard. With its Dutch spice origins, the tart is sprinkled with a generous amount of cinnamon sugar on top. It smells as good when it is baking that the only tough thing is waiting until the next day to eat it!
29 Nov 06:47

In Which Rory Gilmore Contemplates A Voyage Into The Known

by Durga

Yale Was Not A Good Choice


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
creators Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino

That last season of Gilmore Girls, when Amy Sherman-Palladino was no longer working on the show, was quite depressing. Nothing, however, could be as sad as the condition these women find themselves in when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life begins. Lorelai was the brightest light in a cute but sometimes grim New England town. Now she looks completely bored by the place she selected to raise her daughter so long ago. Even the most mediocre people seek appropriately-sized challenges for themselves, but Lorelai doesn't want kids, or a new job, or anything more from her boyfriend than to lie next to her as she watches the Hallmark Channel. An inspirational mother and hotelier has given up.

Things are even worse for Rory Gilmore. She has not found one man of any persistent intelligence. It is far more believable that Rory would be stuck in an endless loop, given that the only male figure she had to look up to during her childhood was barely ever there at all. Her relationships with men conform to the only way of interacting she knows: babbling endlessly to her mother. Some men like a woman who talks a lot, but most do not like to be talked to like the girl's mother.

Rory's Yale boyfriend Logan was always a problematic and underwritten character. His wealthy father made a point of putting Rory down, and she weirdly accepted this determination. Somehow, it seemed to enhance her view of the man's son. Logan lives in London, and when Rory is there she stays in his apartment. He promises not to discuss the other women he is schtupping, and she is cautious about prying too much in his drawers and closets. When we learn he is not really serious about Rory, it is expected and reflects even more poorly on her judgment.

Emily, the girls' mother and grandmother, is the only one who time has altered at all. The role played by Edward Herrmann of Lorelai's awful, distant father was one of the best characters on the show. It seems strange to eulogize his passing given that he was pretty much a monster to Lorelai and nothing like the loving father he should have been. We witness a long funeral scene with sweeping music, and various other lawyers talking about what an irreverent piece of shit Richard was. In the wake of the death, Emily lives in a massive house with an entire Portuguese family who has presumed on her grief.

Minority characters are always completely subservient to the white ones in Palladino-Sherman's writing, and Rory's friend Lane never got half the scenes she deserved during the run of the original show. She has had two children with her husband, but we never even get to learn the names of the boys or speculate on the kind of relationship Rory might have with them. Kids have changed everyone I know, but they don't seem to alter Lane or Rory's other friend Paris, who ironically runs a fertility clinic.

Everyone on Gilmore Girls look none the worse for wear, unless you probe deeper. Lauren Graham in particular is still a vibrant and beautiful woman; even though Luke still has a certain mercurial charm, it feels like she has not completely found the right man. Alexis Bledel enters middle age even more self-possessed; it seems a mystery that she cannot find a man who complements her. They really should have cast her real life husband on this joint, and maybe they still will.

One running joke has Rory ignoring a boy with no self-respect, who believes he is dating her and getting to know her family, named Paul. It is cruel in the way that jokes on Gilmore Girls always were. One character would make fun of another, and this seemingly offhand jibe would represent some deeper unhappiness, and the immensity of the problem would balloon when you least expected it. Sherman-Palladino excelled at writing scenes like this, which ostensibly started as one thing but because something completely different through the flow of his signature patter.

We are supposed to believe that Rory has seen some of the world: the parts that her mother was never able to. At one point, Rory romanticizes a vagabond life, and we realize how much she needs this valuable perspective, a journey that would allow her to see what kind of man she could love who would love her back. Instead by the end of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, she is tied down exactly like her mother. God this show made me want to cry.

Ethan Peterson is the reviews editor of This Recording.

24 Nov 01:04


22 Nov 06:58

the-midnight-blues: I gotta go, my date is here


I gotta go, my date is here

22 Nov 02:37

mel-cat: My first spring ( via Sergey Kosov )


My first spring ( via Sergey Kosov )

14 Nov 02:21

archiemcphee: We were so taken with Cassie Murphy’s “Mangier...


We were so taken with Cassie Murphy’s “Mangier Things” illustration, her depiction of the cast of Stranger Things as cute kitty cats, that we wanted to make sure you saw some of her other catified pop culture reimaginings.

All of these punny pieces are available as prints via Murphy’s KittyCassandra Etsy shop.

[via sosuperawesome]

14 Nov 01:26

archiemcphee: We’re pretty sure that’s not how you use a Horse...


We’re pretty sure that’s not how you use a Horse Mask… 

[via redditor blur92]

11 Nov 01:53

cat-cosplay: “Look to the future, because that is where you’ll...


“Look to the future, because that is where you’ll spend the rest of your life.” ~George Burns

Cat Cosplay, Harry Potter

10 Nov 21:23

archiemcphee: Cats can and will do whatever they want....


Cats can and will do whatever they want. Previously we’ve met a cat who attends school in California, another who frequents a grocery store, a busy kitty on the go who likes to ride the train, and a dutiful cat that helps run a train station in Japan. Now let’s meet Sailor, our first feline Ship’s Captain.

Captain Sailor is a Persian cat who’s been working on a Russian tourist ship since 2008. The ship cruises between Moscow and St. Petersburg and is co-captained by a human, Captain Vladimir Kotin, who also helps Sailor keep his uniform lint-free.

Sailor keeps watch on the bridge of this ship every night from midnight to 4am. He now also has a Scottish Fold subordinate named Boatswain, who is apparently often caught napping on the job:


[via My Modern Metropolis]

24 Oct 18:27

the signs as cats in halloween costumes














16 Oct 21:59


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14 Oct 23:14

What Happened When One NYC Pharmacy Charged Men More

by Bridget Crawford

What Happened When One NYC Pharmacy Charged Men More

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Thompson Chemists in the Soho neighborhood of New York City got some attention this week when it posted signs saying “All female customers shop tax free” and “All male customers subject to a 7% man tax.” Here’s some press coverage of the event from Gothamist:

Jolie Alony, who has owned the pharmacy for 22 years and lives in SoHo, said she wants men who shop at her store to understand the extra costs that women bear when they shop.

“We want to bring awareness on how it feels to be a woman, so the men actually get to feel it,” she said. * * * Despite what her signs say, Alony explained, men aren’t actually coughing up more than they normally would at the register; rather, she’s offering a 7 percent discount for women—effectively cutting out sales tax. She’s still required to report all sales and pay out the sales tax in full, so, she said, she’s just making up the difference herself.

The policy is being run as a promotion—Alony said she’ll see how the day goes and decide if she wants to keep it in place.

Thompson Chemists later posted this note on its Facebook page (see more press coverage here):

Calm down SoHo friends!

As stated in the article: “men aren’t actually coughing up more than they normally would at the register; rather, she’s offering a 7 percent discount for women—“
this makes up for how women are often overcharged for over-the-counter and beauty products (on average 7% according to the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs).

This is a friendly reminder to treat your friends and neighbors as equals and to read articles in their entirety before passing judgment.

With love from your neighborhood pharmacy,
Thompson Chemists

The Gothamist article says that the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs “wrote back to Gothamist to explain that there’s no legal issue with the Thompson Chemist promotion, as there isn’t a prohibition on price discrimination for goods. It is illegal, however, to discriminate in the pricing of services.”  I would be surprised if it is correct that vendors can legally discriminate in price, based on the sex of the customer.  The finer point is that Thompson Chemists is essentially giving a discount to women and not men by paying the women’s sales tax themselves.  In other words, Thompson Chemists is still on the hook for paying to New York State the sales tax on all of the (taxable) property it sells; the store is simply choosing to cover some of the tax itself.

I love the awareness that Thompon Chemists is raising, but I do wonder if it is legal to offer discounts to one group and not the other, on the basis of sex.  Or, are discounts so inherently discretionary that the law defers to the judgment of the store offering the discount?  Con Law experts, please chime in.

Feminist Law Professors

11 Oct 06:13

Springtime Strawberry And Lime Coconut Muffins

Fergus Noodle

NQN shares her favourite memes with us

Looking for a delicious baked goods for a crowd or to pop in a lunchbox? These soft lime and coconut muffins are dairy free and full of zesty lime and creamy coconut. And the piece de resistance are the sliced and fanned strawberries on top!
11 Oct 03:59

Getting Messy With It! Rib-O-Rama Or The Best Ribs in Sydney Challenge!

Fergus Noodle

They go the 'I'm Angus' which is the restaurant our dog owns.

Looking for Sydney's best pork ribs? How about a day spent eating ribs at 10 rib places all over Sydney? That was the challenge set to my intrepid group of friends. Strap on your bibs and get your wet wipes out. It's going to get messy in here as we sample Sydney's sauciest pork ribs!
10 Oct 20:47

NSW Liberal’s Bill to kill

by Saving Our Trees
What is wrong with the Baird Liberal government? An article in today’ Sydney Morning Herald ( ) says that the Baird government will abolish the need to get a licence to kill native animals. “Last year 47,000 native animals and birds were killed in NSW by property owners using a “s121 licence”.” 47,000!  If […]
10 Oct 20:46

Barzaari, Marrickville

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

let's go here

If you've never had pide bread fresh from a woodfired oven you need to. Shaped into elongated boats, fresh pide is warm in the fingers and soft in the mouth, its surface of gently puffed bubbles brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with nigella seeds. It's one of the highlights at Barzaari, Marrickville's latest gustatory beacon, headed by chef and co-owner Darryl Martin whose CV includes
08 Oct 10:20

Girls Exposed to a Diverse Set of Scientists Shift their Assumption that They’re Mostly Men, But Boys Do Not

by Gwen Sharp, PhD

Flashback Friday.

Eden H. sent in an exploratory study about kids’ stereotypes of scientists. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab asked 7th graders to draw and describe a “scientist” before and after visiting the lab on a class trip. They first read about the Fermilab, then came to the lab and meet with some of the scientists and talk about their work. From the Fermilab website:

What we changed for this field trip was the before and after descriptions and small group sessions for each student to meet with two of three physicists rather than one large group session. We deliberately chose a typical white male, a young female and an African American physicist. We let the students and physicist take their discussion where they wanted.

Here are some of the before-and-after pictures and descriptions (all 31 are available here):

In general, the students seemed to come away with an idea of scientists as being more like “normal” people, not just stereotypical geeks in lab coats. But some of the other changes are interesting, too. The author of a post about the study at Restructure! analyzed the before-and-after images (as best as she could identify the sex of the drawings):

  • Among girls (14 in total), 36% portrayed a female scientist in the “before” drawing, and 57% portrayed a female scientist in the “after” drawing.
  • Among boys (17 in total), 100% portrayed a male scientist in the “before” drawing, and 100% portrayed a male scientist in the “after” drawing.

I looked through all of them and only saw one instance (posted above) where the child changed the scientists to be clearly non-White.

Of course this is a small sample, but the results seem to reproduce what other studies have found regarding the importance of role models and gender stereotyping, in particular, that girls are more likely to imagine themselves  in careers when they see women doing them. For instance, the relative lack of female professors in male-dominated departments such as engineering may play a role in discouraging women from choosing to major in such fields (as well as other factors such as steering, concerns about family/work conflicts, etc.).

Originally posted in 2010.

Gwen Sharp, PhD is a professor of sociology and the Associate Dean of liberal arts and sciences at Nevada State College. 

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07 Oct 05:15

The Sopranos Inspired Satriale's Sandwich Deli, Kensington

Fergus Noodle

I feel like we have very very sad sandwiches in Australia

"OMG honey, there's a sandwich bar in Kensington! We're getting more places to eat!" I said excitedly. Okay it was literally one new place so I perhaps shouldn't get too excited but if you're a Sopranos fan the name will ring a bell. Satriale's sandwich deli is named after the one that Tony Soprano owned in the television series. And they make New Jersey Italian style sandwiches.
29 Sep 02:30

Food Glorious Food ... 2016-9-28 ..

by Barbara Neubeck
Fergus Noodle

I wondered why Barbara was suddenly eating more colourful food

 The biggest thing in our daily life at the moment is FOOD .....

Hubby's Doctor has told him he has to go on an eating plan to lose weight because he is heading for more health problems if he doesn't lose weight soon.

I'm joining him on this adventure as I need to lose some weight too.....

.........  this is Bolognaise with Cauliflower rice.....  it was delicious...

  ...........  this is Steak with salad and a sauce from the pan juices and creme fraiche...  beautiful...

............  this is prawns (shrimp)  with Greek Salad .....I had this at the club on Monday......

.... now this one is Warm beetroot and orange slices on a  bed of chinese cabbage with walnuts and sardines.....   we all really liked this could use other fish  ......

                                                  ...   baked pork with salad....  

I won't go on any more...  lol  ......

I'm just happy Hubby is liking it enough to plan to stick with it....   I love salad warm or cold...  

I'm cooking Potato and pasta for Mum and she has a sandwich for lunch and weet bix for breakfast as she normally does ..... for us it's super low carb....
..So glad hubby is off the meal replacement shakes    he was always hungry...  with this plan he's not hungry at all....
...  and ....  he has lost 3 kg in 10 days.....  
I lost 1.5 kg   in this time ...  loving it...   xxxxx

Can't leave without a flower .....

... and a feather ......

...   have a good day ....     Barb  xxxxx                                                                                                             
29 Sep 01:03

The Whole Kit and Ka-Boodle. A Boodle Feast at Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe

Fergus Noodle

They've got karaoke

It's a Sunday night at Sizzling Fillo restaurant in Lidcombe and it's fairly busy. The walls on one side of the restaurant have painted red bricks with blacked out areas. A wedding altar stands at the back of the karaoke stage. There's a woman wearing a tiara and sash at the head of a long table spread with banana leaves. Her table is laid with a boodle feast. So what is a boodle?
28 Sep 04:32


by hell-baby

27 Sep 22:16

culturenlifestyle: The Most Regal, Friendly and Fluffy Kitten...

by hell-baby


The Most Regal, Friendly and Fluffy Kitten In The World Is Named Aurora

Aurora is a unique and elegant cat with pristine snow white fur and sparkling blue eyes. 

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