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A Theoretical Edition

In Advice, Funny, Life, People, Social Commentary on August 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Dear Ally,

Why has Louis Althusser decided to make my life miserable by not clearly defining “ideologies” or “interpellation”?


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Oh Trish. My poor Trish.

I wish I could tell you that it’s because he doesn’t like your face. I wish that I could blame it on Optimus Prime, or an Althusser-zombie-Hitler alliance. I wish it were that easy to explain away.

But the truth is far more painful. Because the truth is, on a basic molecular structure, Althusser is just like you and I. Read the rest of this entry »


An Ask Ally Appeal

In Advice, Uncategorized on August 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I’d like to take a moment, if I may, to address a concern which seems to have plagued Ask Ally since its inception. You see, despite the fact that there now appears to be a goodly sized chunk of people, mostly my friends or casual acquaintances, who read Ask Ally (and who ask for more frequent updates), few if any of these people ever send in questions of their own to be answered.

Allow me to clarify something here. If you haven’t clicked on the ‘How it Works’ page which is listed to the right of your screen, please do so. Ask Ally runs off of real questions submitted by real people. I do not make up my own questions to answer (though I may have influenced some ideas by which a question has been submitted).

Anyway, the appeal part comes in here: please, please, PLEASE send in some questions. The e-mail address is, or, if you wish, you can submit a question in a comment on any of the pages or posts on this blog, and I will consider that as a submittal.

The questions can be little ones – perfect for an Ask Ally quicky, which I write when I am busy – or really good ones, perfect for a full on Ask Ally response, which I write infrequently and too hastily. But please, do send them. I am running quite low and as my dissertation is due in at the end of August, I am thinking that there will be some more time for Ask Ally in the near future, which can only be realised if I have questions to answer.

However, having said all of this, there are some things to keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Ally’s Artistic Expression

In Funny, Life, People, Relationships on August 4, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Yeah, Ally is all about expanding her methods of artistic expression. From writing, to composing humourous songs (and poems, which are sometimes a kind of song), to (now) pre-fab webcomicry!

It’s about my little brother, Kiby. He does some pretty funny things sometimes, so I decided to chronicle them in the most lasting and classy way possible: exploiting someone else’s art on the interblags. It’s kind of how I roll.

Anyway, I sort of hope this works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t really matter! Yay!

I Wanna Be A Hobo…

In Life on August 2, 2008 at 12:51 am

I would like to be a hobo.

I don’t want to be what we now refer to as a ‘homeless person’, I want to be a hobo. A classic 1930’s-era hobo, complete with battered harmonica, plaid ‘kerchief bindle, plenty o’ tinned beans, nary a care in the world, a head full of tales spun by the fire, and a heart full of homespun wisdom! Read the rest of this entry »