Firefly + Fifth Element + Cowboy Bebop + Doctor Who
- PodCastle Essay: We Have Always Fought: Challenging The “Woman, Cattle And Slaves” Narrative – audio version of a powerful essay written and read by Kameron Hurley on representation in narrative (originally published at A Dribble of Ink).
- Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet –
- Why I’m spending today swapping out the dialect in my novel –
- A Call for Easy Access to More Contraception and Choices –
- Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama –
- Arizona points to procreation to defend gay marriage ban – by extension, it would be illegal for infertile people to marry, and debatable whether fertile people can remain single.
- Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV –
- Miami is slowly flooding, and will eventually be our newest Venice
- TVTropes: Precursors – I got to thinking the other day about the next intelligent race that will evolve on Earth after we’ve rendered unfit for human habitation (aren’t I a cheery fellow?). To them, *we* are the precursor civilization. Some sort of intelligent cat or rodent or parrot or salamander is going to be wandering around the remains of Hong Kong or Dubai or NYC, trying to figure out the mystical beings who built these magical metal structures. Of course, a few hundred years after that they’ll have figured out how we fucked up (environmentally, if not socially) and they’ll be colonizing the rest of the solar system…
- When the Boss Says, ‘Don’t Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid’ – In any negotiation where only one party has all the information (salary, auto sales, etc.), who has the power?
- Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics/How Babies’ Brains Practice Speech – cool study, adorable pictures
- Designing Playful Learning Spaces – On children’s museums and learning environments.
- Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted – Raise your hand if you actually believe these new laws are motivated by increasing women’s safety and not restricting women’s choices. Hint: check whether new restrictions are accompanied by increasing education and access to birth control to prevent pregnancy in the first place.
- Red vs. Green: Gaming with colour blindness
- Where Are All the Female Science Fiction Heroes in Picture Books? –
- Amazon Wants You To Pay $120 For A Glorified Library Card –
- Story behind this video available here (h/t to George Takei for the link to the story and Dan Savage for talking about this on his podcast and pointing out that Christians protesting Pride events is like gay groups or atheists protesting Easter church services)
- Can a wristband prevent sexual assault? UW concept brings sensors to the party – Interesting concept. This band works as an automated periodic check-in call that helps friends watch out for each other AND helps monitor personal health choices (“maybe I should slow down so I’m not miserable tomorrow”). While the number one priority in preventing assault has to be getting *everyone* to prioritize consent and respect, this seems like a useful tool in a less-than-perfect world.
- Sex Nerd Sandra #152: Hook-up culture & history with Dr. Lisa Wade – Linking for discussion on how *any* sort of proscriptive social norms makes it hard for individuals to advocate for their own needs.
Would’ve preferred a more Caesar-centric story.
I bought a coffeemaker this morning, and just brewed my first batch (decaf). I used to have a coffeemaker, but when I moved about a year ago I realized I hadn’t make coffee in 5 or 6 six months and it would be wasted space in the car.
Now though, I’m trying to get off energy drinks. Or at least cut back on them. Health-wise, they don’t seem much different than coffee (based on what I found in PubMed last time I checked), but they’re expensive. While the upfront cost of a coffeemaker and regular & decaf coffee is way more than a week of Monster, that scale won’t take long to tip back the other way. I’m thinking if I switch to a cup of coffee in the morning, that’ll help quit the habit.
I’ve got several bad habits (like spending money on energy drinks) I’m trying to shift. Hopefully this is the beginning of the Mike-I-want-to-be and the end of Mike-Who-Was.