24 October, 2010

Changing the rules

For anyone who has been following this blog for any time, it is clear to see that it has lost steam despite my best attempts to keep it running as a music blog. Things change, and I have come to the point where I am not inspired to *JUST* write about music in a limited space, but instead to write about a lot of things including, adjacent and parallel to music in my life. Or perhaps, to better phrase this, write about my life with a soundtrack.

Tonight, I am listening to Air's album Walkie Talkie, and I have this Douglas Adams quote running through my head: "It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an airport' appear.” That's been running through my head since my morning/afternoon in the Sydney Opera House, when someone made the somewhat unsettling comment that they felt like we were in an airport. What was funny was that they were absolutely correct, and yet there were moments when all I could feel was this intense certainty that I had shuffled into a gigantic musical instrument and been swallowed within its walls – and something about that was calming. Air would soundtrack this day in my life, and they have since I got home late this afternoon.

In other news, I love this article deeply, and also think the point made is completely valid. Sex education should be more than just planning for the "catastrophe" of sex. Why does it have to be defined catastrophically? I will never understand this as anything but another way that people try to rule the world through fear, either consciously or unconsciously (and probably through a bit of both).

Here's the article: "Why Didn't We Learn About UTIs in Sex Ed?. I was lucky enough to have a mom who told me about UTIs long before I needed to really worry about them, and also told me secrets for dealing with them. But honestly, I found it horrifying that this adult woman writing the article just put up with the effects of UTIs for years, because she had never learned about them or felt like they were worth mentioning to doctors or sexual partners. That is a problem! Anyway, interesting article, and I love Jezebel so that is an added bonus.