On “Perverts” and the Brony/Pegasister Community

Michael J. Nelson: “BronyCon 2012 drew a crowd of 4000 chubby little pervs.” (twitter.com) When I first started writing here about getting into Dance Dance Revolution in late 2003, I got a lot of negative e-mails. Most of them were along the lines of, “You can’t go play video games where kids are present because you’re one of them queers and everyone will be right to assume that you’re just going there to try to ‘pick up’ or kidnap kids for whatever perverted things people like…

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.musecast Episode 2

On this episode of the .musecast I show off more of my photos from my recent trip to the Toledo Botanical Garden and discuss the garden, which leads to a discussion of my late father’s work and connections to The Prostitutes of Lake Wobegon. Apologies for popping wind into the microphone so much, but as soon as I finished that take I had to deal with people setting off fireworks outside (it’s not even July yet, people!) and they haven’t stopped since. Link list for Episode…

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Have a Heart, Sen. Scott Brown

Senator Scott Brown 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Brown: My name is Sean Shannon, and I’m a freelance writer and English teacher from Toledo, Ohio. I have not yet had the opportunity to visit your fair state of Massachusetts, but I hope to do so in the future, and like all Americans I am impacted by your work in the United States Senate even though I am not a Massachusetts resident. Like many Americans who follow politics, I know that…

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.photography update

New in .photography: Flora and fauna right at midsummer at the Toledo Botanical Garden. I took these photos yesterday, as we finally had a cool day that was good for a long walk around the garden. I figured the solstice would be a good time to catch the more brilliant colours there, and I think I picked a good time. As always, e-mail me if you want any of the photos in the set at their full resolution.

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So It’s More Acceptable to Bully Kids?

Donations for bullied bus monitor soar past $500,000 (MSNBC.com) It’s difficult to figure out just how to phrase what this story has compelled me to say without sounding like I’m trying to play down what Karen Klein went through, and continues to go through as the video of her being bullied on the school bus she was monitoring gets played over and over again, on news broadcasts and millions of computer screens all over the world. Let me say at the start, then, that what…

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