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April 30, 2006

My partner has initially accepted that she will have a computer.

I was fixing up this old clamshell iBook macintosh computer and went broke doing it. I offered to give it to my partner who has never owned a computer and does not really use computers. She has accepted and this is a first step in digital divide work with my partner. Her friend has just taken a job at an Internet café.

Books I am reading the past few weeks.

Some books I am reading that might be considered radical or about modern topics of legal studies.
Chan, Wendy & Chunn, Dorthy E. & Menzies, Robert. eds. Women, Madness and the Law: a feminist reader (London: The GlassHouse, 2005)
In this book I have read the introduction and the first two papers. These are:
Ussher, Jane M. Unravelling Women's Madness: Beyond Positivism and Constructivism and Towards a Material-Discursive-Interpsychic Approach
I just read this last night and understood it. I find the hope for better more humane treatment, fewer medications for women, and the idea of not seeing everything as mental illness, to be enlightening.
Kendall, Kathleen, Beyond Reason: Social Constructions of Mentally Disordered Female Offenders
I read the beginning of this and am almost finished this. It covers the history of criminal lunacy.
Sides, Charles H. Freedom of Information In A Post 9-11 World (Amityville, New York: Baywood, 2006).
I read the introduction of this book but not more yet.
Warren, Karen J. Ecofeminist Phiilosophy: A Western Perspective On What It Is And Why It Matters (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
I read a little of this but really got nowhere with it.

April 22, 2006

Would cyborgs get married? And whose parts would matter?

I am reading Goldman, Emma. Anarchism, and Other Essays (New York: Dover, 1969). Yesterday I read the essay on marriage. Her statistics about divorce do need to be updated but her conclusions and support for her thesis are still supported by our present day statistics. I found this essay to read in the book because someone had written a note in the book, saying there was a great quote in the essay. I assume this essay was read by the Beatles as it was very pro-love. Also John Lennon read a lot and this would have been available to him or to writers he did read who may have repeated the thesis. I trace my lyric listening personal history thus taking a path of reducing internal monologue as per Carlos Castaneda's lessons from Don Juan.

April 16, 2006

Reading critiques of Wired magazine.

The first critique I read of Wired magazine was
Pauline Borsook's, Cyberselfish (New York: Public Affairs, 2000).
This book enlightened me to the dangers of Wired magazine and clarified some of my own thoughts as a Wired reader.
This past few months I have been reading
Stewart Millar, Melanie. Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules The Wired World (Toronto, Ont.: Second Story, 1998).
This book builds on the sexist reality of Wired magazine. I have not read the whole book yet but am rereading parts of it with interest.

April 5, 2006

The iBook works.

The iBook I bought actually works I just need a new power adapter for it. I bought one on ebay and just need to wait for it to be shipped to me.

I completed reading Donna Haraway's famous Cyborg Manifesto.

I completed reading Donna Haraway's paper written in the 1980's. Here is the cite: Haraway, Donna. A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s in Haraway, Donna. The Haraway Reader (New York: Routledge, 2004) at 7-45. This is the paper that inspired me to establish this web site.