Attack ads circa 1800:
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
There, that will keep you busy for a bit.
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.
- Weeding paths and rocky areas?Try boiling water.
- I’d like to eat at the Conflict Kitchen. For a long time I’ve had a theory that no people who make decent food can be all bad, and I’ve yet to find a culture where I couldn’t find anything I could eat. These folks are pretty much saying the same thing. Too bad it’s in Pittsburgh – that’s a 5-hour drive.
- In the 70s, when a method for separating male and female sperm was developed, making the ability to choose the sex of your child possible, there was a fear that doing so would only make America more patriarchal. Now there are good reasons to believe that patriarchy is being destroyed altogether, and a matriarchy is on the horizon.
- Art made of Rubik’s Cubes
- Design for readability first. I tried to do this here, but I might take another swing at it now that I’ve got a better idea of what “readability” means with each passing day.
- When tabbing through forms on your Mac, would you like Safari to highlight drop-down menus as part of the tab flow, the way Windows does? Here’s the solution.
- Have a Mac and Keynote? Do you wireframe for a living? You could use Keynote for your wireframing. (I wonder if this would work on my iPad version of Keynote!)
And now: Kittens riding a Roomba.
This one’s just too funny not to share:
Tea Party Rallies? If staging public gripe fests gives these people something to do, then great. It’s outside. It involves handicrafts, the making of signs and costumes. It’s like Scouting for irked middle-aged white people
This is mostly a link dump so I can come back and find these articles again if I need them.
- Frontline: 5 Capitalist Countries and how they do healthcare – a good roundup, with few details, but a nice starting point.
- Articles in New Yorker Magazine about healthcare – haven’t read these yet but they were recommended to me.
- Newsweek: A science fact check – describes a worldwide “charity” of volunteer scientists and physicians who review treatments and identify whether they’re effective.
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.