Social Justice Atheist Geekery

Links for 2014-04-21 to 2014-04-27

Neil deGrasse Tyson on women, science, and intersectionality

Rejuvenating bodily organs

HEAVEN’S QUEEN releases – I love this series. Sci-fi action with a great lead (who happens to be a woman) and power armor. Guys, I love power armor. So much.

Postmodern Jukebox One Take 2013 Mashup

Thoughts on Hugos and voting for the love – “There’s this thing my husband talks about in wine, that I think is relevant here. People ask him all the time if a particular wine is good. He responds, “Did you like it? Then it’s a good wine. It might be flawed, but that doesn’t change the fact that you enjoyed it and if you enjoyed it, then it’s good wine.””

Not Perfect by Tim Minchin

YANSS Podcast 022 – How we miss what is missing and what to do about it with statistician Megan Price – Survivorship bias and other problems with the human brain.

Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male

The Library ebook Situation is Appalling

eBook Production is Hard – Especially if it is an After Thought to the Paper Book

People Don’t Like Google Glass Because It Makes Them Seem Weak

Space X To Protest No-Bid National Security Contracts

Links for 2014-04-14 to 2014-04-20

More Oxygen Please!: How Polyamorous Relationship Strategies Might Oxygenate Marriage – “… the very strict (yet often unstated) agreements that are involved in many monogamous relationships are not present in polyamorous relation-ships. By implementing a policy that seems more forgiving of human tendencies to desire other people (or even be friends with someone of the opposite gender), polyamorous people may be doing a service to the longevity of their relationships.If nothing else, they may have eliminated one major source of relationship dissolution.”

Snow is largely a no-show for Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – Remember when the Midwest and Atlantic regions were (are) having extended winters? Alaska wasn’t.

Dear Marvel, I kind of love you a lot right now – Stina Leicht on diversity in Winter Soldier and how awesome Black Widow is (answer: so awesome).

Teen Sexting Not So Bad? – one of the best comments I’ve heard about teen sexuality (I think it was on Tangentially Speaking) was “if you want to control something, you must accept it.”

American Libraries Live: The Copyright Conundrum – interesting ALA webinar

Generation Z’s prospects

10 Big Companies That Pay No Taxes (and Their Favorite Politicians) – How do you get a negative tax rate? Can I have one?

The Four Levels of Discrimination (and You) (and Me, Too)

2014 Hugo Award nominees – (linking to’s post but they’re all over) Apparently there is some minor kerfluffle about some of the nominees? Personally I agree with Scalzi – however they got on the ballot, the ballot is the ballot (that’s how votes with primaries/nominations work). I’ll be shocked if Ancillary Justice doesn’t take best novel, but I’m excited that Neptune’s Brood made the list (“economics space thriller with mermaids” – how can you not love that?). Equoid was also very good; afraid I haven’t read the other nominations (unless you count the half of the Wheel of Time I read a few years back. I’ve heard I should finish the series).

Links for 2014-04-07 to 2014-04-13

I was tired of posting things in a bunch of places throughout the week and not knowing how effectively they were being distributed… and then I realized I could just put them here in a sort of weekly roundup.

Heartbleed related – Mashable has a list of who was affected/where to change passwords, and NPR linked to a webapp to test whether a site is secure now.

Let’s Party Like It’s 1889 – Stina Leicht always gives great commentary. I’ll probably link to her blog a lot.

E-cig study shows they affect cells – Exposing someone to second-hand smoke is morally equivalent to punching them in the face. Turns out e-cigs aren’t that different.

Star Trek’s Kate Mulgrew says she was tricked into narrating film that argues the Sun revolves around Earth & Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

Mike Mignola (Hellboy) on the Nerdist podcast

Arden Leigh on Tangentially Speaking  – Interesting conversation about social-sexual dynamics.

Pictures of Mary Robinette Kowal at the Sesame Puppeteer Workshop – one of my favorite authors is also a puppeteer.

A strange relationship with text – Tobias Buckell on speed reading, writing, and dyslexia.

TNT Greenlights ‘The Librarian’ Offshoot Series Starring Rebecca Romijn; Noah Wyle Closes Deal To EP, Recur As Flynn Carsen – Apparently I need to watch the Librarian movies sooner rather than later.

Yes, Red States, Not Expanding Medicaid Is Actually Killing People. But You Knew That.

Reading and Drinking

How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All – Stereotypes, confirmation bias, societal pressures, and basketball.

Tech and five year olds – My nephew is just a couple years behind this. It’s gonna be interesting to see what society looks like in 20 years, and what we’ve done right and what we’ve messed up for them. Key phrase in this article is “teaching them responsible use.”

“The Stuff We Don’t Do” by Marissa Lingen – a Nature Futures short story, audio on the Nature Podcast


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