Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Snow day roundup

Why poppies:

I can't believe I even need to type these words, but: no one should ever be detained for speaking another language.

Local journalism matters.

Lots and lots of women didn't get credit for their contributions to science, until some women made sure they did.

If businesses want communities to welcome them, they need to do better.

How the wedding-industrial complex gets you to turn over your money. Still, a wedding will cost much, much less than some divorces.

The physics of microwaving grapes and pear-shaped nuclei.

Make sure your reading habits don't make you too spiky for men. I'd better go hide my Hothead comic book collection.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Saturday roundup

I will be better with regular updates! I've been once again embroiled in spiraling home repair/improvement projects.

Surprise! Eating meat is still bad for the planet.

Income inequality is always structural.

It's true, I should have cut my mother off sooner; I didn't, for my dad. And I'm far from glad she's in her current state, but I'm very glad she's no longer in a position to constantly terrorize everyone around her.

Jill Filipovic is on fire here, but this, from McSweeney's, is *everything*:

Always read Robin Givhan, whether's she's fashion-reporting or rocking fashion sociology:
The hat has become a symbol of us vs. them, of exclusion and suspicion, of garrulous narcissism, of white male privilege, of violence and hate. For minorities and the disenfranchised, it can spark a kind of gut-level disgust that brings ancestral ghosts to the fore. Here, in 2019, their painful past is present.
The MAGA hat speaks to America’s greatness with lies of omission and contortion. To wear a MAGA hat is to wrap oneself in a Confederate flag. The look may be more modern and the fit more precise, but it’s just as woeful and ugly.
To wear the hat is to take on history and divisiveness. Because whatever personal meaning might be attached to the hat, the new broader cultural meaning overrides. It is too late to save the hat from this fate. And it’s too soon to try to reclaim it and give it new life.
On the topic of fashion criticism, see my thoughts on puffer jackets.

WashPo discovered unrefined sunflower oil and I had thoughts (read the whole thread).

Have some periodic-table porn.

Polar bear meets camera.