While I continue to write, here are some things to amuse you.

Attack ads circa 1800:

STD Test? There’s an app for that. Eew!

Tea with the Squash God » The Cow in the Apartment and the Ghost of Steampunk Future, or, Why Ursula Vernon isn’t writing a Dickensian Steampunk Novel.

All spit-take warnings are in full effect for the next one

Damn You Autocorrect

This is the most important article on gamification I’ve read yet.

There, that will keep you busy for a bit.

Gender Studies

I don’t know if I’m just attuned to gender-related articles right now or if there are just lots of them. But I found these interesting:

My Brief Life as a Woman is an article by a man who, thanks to treatment for prostate cancer, got to go on the emotional rollercoaster that women experience as menopause.

I liked the article above better than this one: The Penis Pant, an article in which a man suddenly realizes that PMS and cramps hurt like hell. Thank you for joining the rest of us.

This is not your standard McDonald’s commercial.

From the New York Times: an op-ed on The Pill right in time for its 50th anniversary:

But there is something we could do to help the pill live up to its potential: let women purchase it over the counter. A half-century of evidence shows us that it’s safe to dispense the pill without a prescription.

But should you have birth control in the first place? Well, some “feminists” say no…. and here’s a short history of the feminist antifeminists that would tell you just that.

OK, this one is just odd, but I had to share. This is a picture of Batman pregnant with Superman’s baby. Remember before you click: you can’t un-see things.

Speaking of things you can’t un-see, here’s an iPad cover I won’t be buying.

Too much to write, here are some links instead.

And now: Kittens riding a Roomba.

Health care – a round-up

This is mostly a link dump so I can come back and find these articles again if I need them.

And then there’s one of the most useful sites I’ve found on health care and politics so far, Politifact. These folks are taking those things you’re hearing on TV or reading in the paper and fact-checking them. Then, they post the results online with a grade ranging from “true” to “mostly true” to “half true” to “false” to “pants on fire”. They also occasionally check to see if a politician accused of flip-flopping on an issue did.

It’s a particularly good place to find information on who said what and whether it was true, because most of the news I learn about health care right now is third-hand (so-and-so on the radio/tv/whatever that congress said….) and that means that it’s getting blown out of proportion…. and when it’s a lie to begin with, well, it’s no wonder everyone is afraid and confused.

Probably more on this later, but for now I’m just trying to learn everything possible to find out what the hell’s really going on.

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