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No postiness for awhile – I was away all weekend for an event in my hometown, and halfway through the weekend, my only two-year-old Vaio went kaput for the second time – and this time it wasn’t under warranty. After hearing that parts and labour would likely cost upwards of $300, I decided to cut my losses, and not an hour ago, I purchased zees, a Studio 17 from Dell:

Shiny!

Shiny!

In red.

Shexay!

Shexay!

As a bonus with my purchase, I got a deal on a Creative Zen media player, which is – I think – the mobile-video device I’ve been looking for forever:

So teeny!

So teeny!

Mama likes her toys. Yes, she does.

But lots of stuff happened this weekend/early this week! And I don’t want it to pass by unnoticed. And so, what Astraea and Melissa said.

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While I wait for SYTYCD to start (and I hear it’s a goodie, from someone who was at the taping), I bring you this video that proves, once and for all, that all we need to do to fix this world is just shut up and shake some booty already. Enjoy!

Matthew Harding spent 14 months visiting 42 countries in order to produce “Where the Hell is Matt?”, a four-and-a-half minute video featuring Harding (and anyone else he could rope into it) doing an incredibly silly, high-energy dance in some of the most breathtaking scenery around the world. This may be the best four minutes and twenty-eight seconds of your week.

The moment the water hits is awesome. (Via BoingBoing.)

And welcome to my coming-out party!

“‘Coming out party?'”, you may ask. “But there are posts going back months, even years, before this post!” And yes, indeed there are. I’ve been “blogging” so to speak, since about 2002, on a little site known as Livejournal. I was introduced to the site via a posting-board friend, Back In The Olden Days, when you had to get an invite to the site to create a journal. Mostly, the design of the site was primarily designed to keep track of what’s going on in your friend’s lives on a day to day basis, even if those friends lived in the same city, or in Australia, with the handy “friend’s list” page – all of your friends’ latest hijinx, collated on the same webpage! Ingenious!

I still have that little Livejournal, but consider it a personal journal; I talk about relationships and work and all sorts of private things that I write about to share with ,and seek counsel from, my friends. But I also wrote about politics, and feminism, and all sorts of things that annoyed me about the world we lived in, and it’s become increasingly obvious that just because my friends love me, they don’t necessarily want to be held hostage to my diatribes on Keith Olbermann, especially since my inner diatribes are part of a larger internet conversation (The Feminist Librul BlogosphereTM), and the context can get lost on them. I also didn’t particularly want to advertise that personal el-Jay to the internet at large, as I often spoke of my name, and my family and my location and there are a lot of Internet Douchebags out there – as much as I’m a ranty-panted brawler, I tend to like to keep my personal life calm and stalker-free.

And so, this blog, she was borne.

Because I do enjoy providing context, I’ve imported my more political posts from my old journal. I’ve also added in an “About RKMK” and a “Blogular Map of My Brain“, the latter of which is likely to be updated pretty regularly as I come across posts that resonate with me. I’ll continue to sift through my six years of bloggery to get more depth and substance to the blog, and they’ll be backdated to the time I wrote them, as well as writing new stuff – I do tend to have a habit of excerpting a brilliant post and writing “What they said, go read it”, but in future I’m going to do a bit more. (We’ll see how that turns out.)

Anyhoo. Here I am, world. Lookitme!