Oh, yeah, I forgot that the last time we went to the grocery store we came out and it was hailing. There's nothing like trying to stow wet plastic bags in your trunk when you're getting pelted with little balls of ice.
Thankfully the weather was good last night, but getting home at 10 pm, even when your larder is suddenly full of food, doesn't mean you're going to cook dinner. Thus the regular "buy the cooked chicken and grab some nice cheeses and pre-cut veggies and french bread post-grocery-store" dinner.
Spent the day looking at cyberpunk research, found an article by Laura Chernaik called Pat Cadigan's Synners: Refiguring Nature, Science and Technology that may have much to do with my mass and pop culture paper. Found another post-structuralist feminist who was talking about cyberpunk as the last western frontier ... who interpreted the conception of the metaverse in things like Neal Stephen's Snow Crash as a gigantic metaphor for the vagina (and then, of course, hackers are those who penetrate.... ) On the one hand she definitely had textual proof in certain lines, but on the other ... EWW. Sorry, having a non academic moment. Also, why does it always have to turn out that there's some binary between penis and vagina? between feminine and masculine? I can understand why she did it - in a sense some writers have been suggesting the cyberpunk conception of the metaverse (or whatever you want to call it) as the last frontier that needs to be conquered is very much in line with some neo-manifest destiny theory, but... I think that there are writers who complicate that conception, more than just the women writers of cyberpunk. KW Jeter, for one, and no one would call him a feminist writer.
Off to make more Giles graphics - I'm trying to decide now if I will save them for summer_of_giles or post them to the_jossverse since they extended their Giles + Illyra round for two more weeks (so, hey, lovely Giles people, if you're interested in posting in a new environment and getting outside of the usual Giles circles, check out and consider joining!)