Freedom of Information, Intellectual Property, and Such Like
What It’s Like to Get a National Security Letter, from one of the only people in the country able to talk about it: “Again, they advised me to not even ask my board whether or not I can do this. So this is, in some sense, really putting myself at risk personally. Here I am, trying to make a decision as to whether or not we should sue the United States government over a secret demand for information, on my own.”
Buffy vs. Edward Remix Unfairly Removed by Lionsgate: It’s fair use. Everyone agrees it’s fair use. Lionsgate even agreed it was fair use . . . initially. But they’ve still managed to make this remix artist’s life an exhausting mash of court cases. This is a very good example of how broken copyright law is in the United States.
Science, Math, and Such Like
Why the Internet should STOP saying dolphins rape each other. It’s scientifically incorrect and trivializes rape. Excellent read.
Crazy Living Rock. Go home, Evolution, you’re drunk.
The caterpillar with a stack of heads. Seriously, Evolution, go home. And don’t drive.
A scientific paper published as a 38-stanza poem.
And Superman’s ability to inflict people with prosopagnosia. Since I’m faceblind myself, I got a kick out of this.
A Category 5 Kaiju would only need to eat 18 humans per day. The math on Kaiju biology!
More math on Pacific Rim: How can they helicopter-lift the GIANT ROBOTS? I love math on popular media!
A researcher tastes one-billion-year-old water. For science.
HPV rates have dropped by more than half thanks to the vaccine. FUCK YEAH SCIENCE.
Writing, Blogging, and Such Like
The stats on how much of an article people are likely to read online. I am totally guilty of most of this, except for the inverse relationship between reading and sharing—generally the articles I share are the ones I was interested enough in to read all the way through!
Why typing two spaces after a period is WRONG. (Unfortunately, I cannot break myself of the habit, though Twitter is having a good go at it.)
Don’t tell the audience what you’re about to tell them. Just tell them.
Sexism, Racism, Homophobia, and Such Like
A tumblr of medieval European art showing that POC, y’know, existed there. So quit it with the “historical accuracy!” argument.
Fat Nutritionist on beauty as a mask. Fascinating, thought-provoking, wonderful read.
Real Women Have Carbon-Based Molecules. Strikes back at the idea that “real women” need to look any particular way.
The Bad Touch. About the Kickstarter thing.
A 17-year-old girl started a feminist society at school. What happened next will make you sick. These girls are high schoolers.
Twitter Trolls Turn Anime Convention Into “Paranoid Nightmare.” My god . . . the hashtag “#gropecrew” . . . TRIGGER WARNINGS LOTS AND LOTS OF TRIGGER WARNINGS.
I Have Met George Zimmerman. One of the many, many moving responses to the Zimmerman verdict.
Game On Ladies: A man discovers what female gamers face when he plays as his wife’s character.