A billion dollar gift for Twitter
Listen, it’s almost 2017, so it’s absurd to still be writing “how to save Twitter” thinkpieces. My use of Twitter is waning. It might just be the usual cycle of the mehs, but I’m finding myself increasingly less bothered about it recently.
Things I read this year: My favourite books of 2016
2016 has basically been a left-up toilet seat of a year, but it wasn’t all terrible. Some great books were published that I gobbled up like a little library gremlin. If you haven’t read these books yet, I strongly recommend you resolve to do so in 2017. Get in quickly, before the world ends. Last one of these, some good books in here that I’ve added to my list already.
Why poly is so feminist: The version to give the clueless
Wonder why modern poly is so feminist? Why most of its leaders, organizers, book authors, bloggers, public spokespeople, and other movers-and-shakers are women? And have been ever since Deborah Anapol and Ryam Nearing got the movement rolling 30 years ago? A good counter to the ‘it’s all a ruse by guys so they can get laid more’ line which, frankly, annoys and insults the hell outta me in equal measure!!
They wait, when they should turn to journeys, / They stiffen, when they should bend. —Louise Bogan, “Women”. A writer writes about facing her rejector, an abstract lesson in how your actions towards others reflect more about you than you realise.
Scottish baby box pilot scheme launched
Scotland’s first baby boxes are being delivered to mothers-to-be by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. All newborn children in Scotland will receive the boxes by the summer following a three-month pilot in Clackmannanshire and Orkney. Bravo!! What a great idea, another reason I’m proud to be Scottish.
The Inside Story Behind Pebble’s Demise
If the myth of Silicon Valley is to be believed, Eric Migicovsky should be ebullient. After all, he has failed. I backed the original Pebble kickstarter but it never ‘felt’ like this would end any other way.
Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary
Leia Organa, the politician and revolutionary who led the defeat of the Galactic Empire, died after a short illness. She was 60 years old. Alternate title: Clever fan fiction hits me right in the feels.
Sharon Horgan: ‘Carrie Fisher was so real it was dangerous’
The Hollywood legend’s last role was in Horgan’s Catastrophe. The night before Fisher returned to LA, they went for dinner (with Salman Rushdie). Here, Horgan recalls an evening that was typical of their friendship It’s hard to write a love letter to someone who was allergic to bullshit. I love Catastrophe, so this is especially poignant, and rather wonderful. What a woman.
Taste with Your Ears
Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, has been working on how our senses combine for many years. He’s done a lot of research on how sound affects your perception of flavor. He’s done this with wine and music. Despite what the summary suggests, this is not just an excuse for a night out. Fascinating our brains is!
George Lucas Can’t Give His $1.5 Billion Museum Away
“I’ve been ready to retire for a few years,” George Lucas said. “The idea of going out and doing another Star Wars is something I’m not that crazy about. You know, it’s very consuming. ” He’s a strange one, isn’t he? Interesting view, albeit through a very specific lens.
Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System
The concept of an operating system is pretty straightforward: it is a piece of software that manages a computer, making said computer’s hardware resources accessible to software through a consistent set of interfaces. Tech story of the year number two? The rise and rise of Alexa.
Anatomy of a Tomboy
With roots in race and gender discord, has the “tomboy” label worn out its welcome? An Object Lesson. The tomboy conjures an image of a girl in overalls and baseball hats, wearing short hair and nondescript shoes. She probably isn’t into Barbie. Another in a series of articles that highlight just how important language is (in terms of understanding the origin of some of the terms)
The Troublesome Women of Sherlock
The BBC show seems to have difficulty fitting female characters into its universe. But it isn’t Arthur Conan Doyle’s fault. When Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Mary Watson, Dr. John Watson’s wife, in 1903, it was in such perfunctory fashion that he didn’t even mention her by name. I enjoy Sherlock, but this isn’t the first time Stephen Moffat has been accused of this kind of thing.