Everything is digital now. Everything is electronic now. It is borderline impossible now to not leave an e-footprint wherever it is you're going. I'm reminded of a scene from Parks and Recreation where Ron Swanson becomes furious when he finds out what "cookies" are, that they're tracking him and that his home can be easily pulled up on Google Earth. Then he resolves these problems by throwing away his computer. I can understand the frustration. It is a mildly creepy feeling when I'm doing research for a divorce case that I'm working on and an ad pops up for a shoe store or comic book store that I'd been perusing on my phone days earlier or even something relating to that divorce case! All of this leads to me to the perils of the "cloud".
For some of us out there, myself included, we do not have warm and fuzzies about our grandparents. One set of my grandparents passed when I was too little to remember them. They were wonderful and loving people, from what I'm told, and I hate that I did not have a chance to get to know them. On the other side, just a grandmother remained and she was not a great person. She suffered from a terrible alcohol and prescription pill addiction, which made her an abusively belligerent and paranoid woman - obviously not someone a child would want to be around, or the kind of person a parent wants their kids around.
There's an old saying I often hear thrown around: "you should never lie to your doctor or your lawyer". And in my experience, this is often true. Since I was a counselor in my prior life, I'd also add "therapist" to that list as well, but that's a different blog post.
If you've been following the news, you've likely heard about litigation surrounding Taylor Swift, who was being sued for defamation by a radio DJ. Swift alleged that this DJ had grabbed her, under the skirt, in 2013. Not wanting to make a national news story of the situation, Swift had reported the grab to her "people", who notified the DJ's radio station employers, who then fired the DJ. This DJ then alleged that Swift made up allegations that he had grabbed her inappropriately, which resulted in him getting fired and becoming unable to find any employment now. He sued her in federal court for this.
Would your decision to hire an oncologist be based solely on whether or not that doctor has had cancer? Or would your choice of pediatrician turn on whether that doctor has children of their own? I remember when I was a counselor working in addiction treatment, I would often be told "What do you know?! You're not an addict!"
This is a post about "mansplaining" and misogyny in the courtroom. This is a post dedicated to all the women out there who come in and crush it in the courtroom. Oftentimes in heels or itchy pantyhose. Oftentimes after dropping their little ones off - that is, after they've fed/bathed/clothed them. This is a post for the women who can't be aggressive without being called the "b" word, or who feel like they have to compensate for not being a man in a man-driven profession and go too hard in the paint, too adversarially. This is a post I've been wanting to write for a while, because I see this type of thing going on and have been the butt of it myself.
For those not in the know, revenge porn is the sexually explicit portrayal of one or more people distributed without their consent through any kind of medium. A couple of weeks ago, I watched a Lifetime movie called "Revenge Porn". It was about an eighteen year old high school student who was getting ready to graduate and leave for college. She'd taken some risqué selfies which were saved to her personal computer at home. As par the course in Lifetime movies, things escalated quickly. A hacker broke into her computer, stole the pictures, and then began disseminating them like wildfire. The girl was told not to return to her school, her boyfriend broke up with her, and she lost a college scholarship at a prestigious university. Turns out, the hacker was a former student of the girl's mother, and he was exacting revenge against the girl's mom by going after her daughter and ruining her life.
It's coming, my friends. No, not winter. DragonCon 2016 is this week! If you're out of the loop, and I can't see how considering it's one of the largest draws to the city of Atlanta of the entire year, DragonCon is a celebration of pop culture, fandoms, music, dance, history and alternative history...basically anything and everything! Back in the day, conventions usually focused on just one genre. For example, there were the ubiquitous Star Trek conventions which catered to, you guessed it, Star Trek fans. Not anymore!
So, anyone who was around in the 90's and kept up with popular culture probably remembers when Maculay Culkin became "emancipated" from his parents after accusing them of embezzling some of the fortune he amassed as a child actor. I've often wondered just how exactly a minor becomes emancipated and what exactly that means.
I didn't play Pokemon back in the 90's when it first became "a thing". My brother, and I'm sure he won't mind me mentioning, was pretty obsessed with it, though. Ever since then, as you my readers may be aware, I have grown into a quiet, adult otaku. That journey, as well as being there for my brother's foray into the world of Pokemon, has left me with a healthy understanding of the jist of the game.