Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail In People
NPR article about recent strides to make animal research less homogenized, and also questioning whether/which animals serve as a good stand-on for humans. also acknowledges that all current regulations and laboratories and companies all privilege the use of mice/rats.
research  human.research  science 
15 days ago
Doing the Lambeth Walk
There are only three traditional choices for the cashed-up hero after victory. Harry Potter is too young to settle down and provide the wizarding world with a happy ending, and has too acute a sense of humour to spiral downwards into a spectacular flame-out. That leaves a life of good works. Choosing to lead it in Muggle Brixton comes with its own set of challenges, including Malfoys in the biscuit aisle.
hp  fic  blamebrampton  draco/harry 
16 days ago
Superbabies Don't Cry
About the illusion of control over all aspects of health, and how it connects the idea of blame/fault with disability and illness.
bodies  disability  health 
16 days ago
To Donald Trump, the American city will always be a dystopic, ‘eighties movies’ New York
"At the end of the 20th century, with crime at an unprecedented high, Trump tried to build a fortified castle in New York City. Now that's he's president, could the old future New York of film be upon us?
trump  politics 
4 weeks ago
Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes
NYT article, 3/15/17
Researchers listed their study at ClinicalTrials.gov but didn't think they were FDA-regulated. These people charged subjects payments for the investigational "treatments."
Unclear if IRB approval was obtained. Article refers to "independent" review board, but the i in the acronym stands for "institutional," :p
research  human.research 
5 weeks ago
What Calling Congress Achieves
"For them, as for so many of us, life in the past several weeks has taken a turn for the strange and exhausting. Politically minded citizens who went to work for Congress now find themselves in the situation of airline agents during a Category 4 hurricane: a relatively small cohort with limited resources encounters a huge number of people up in arms."
trump  history 
5 weeks ago
Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option
"To know history is to be able to see beyond the present, to remember the past gives you capacity to look forward as well, it’s to see that everything changes and the most dramatic changes are often the most unforeseen."
fightwithtools  politics  trump 
5 weeks ago
Anime Recommendations 6.0
from reddit.
After movie recs, 12 genres w/one "starter" per genre. If formula works for you, scroll to the category & find 12 more.
5 weeks ago
High-definition remasters for PlayStation 3 console
List of games that have been remastered and released on the PlayStation 3.
"These games include the subtitle "Remastered in High Definition" or "HD Collection" on the North American cover."
video.games  ps3 
5 weeks ago
House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results
"The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a “workplace wellness” program."
research  privacy  politics 
6 weeks ago
Worse Than Tuskegee
Seventy years ago, American researchers infected Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea, then left without treating them. Their families are still waiting for help.
research  human.research 
8 weeks ago
Cooking Basic Beans in the Rancho Gordo Manner
Referenced in Jamelle Bouie's most recent newsletter
10 weeks ago
Feds Arrest Five Congressional IT Contractors At The Capitol
"Five men who had access to the House of Representatives’ entire computer network were arrested in the Capitol Thursday evening following a months-long investigation by federal law enforcement officials, according to a lawmaker briefed on the raid."
ficfodder  politics  espionage 
11 weeks ago
Lenten message: Money, pride make people ignore God’s word, neglect others, pope says
For Lent 2017.
Released by the Vatican Feb. 7, the text of the pope’s Lenten message — titled “The Word is a gift. Other persons are gift” — focused on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:19-31).

The parable calls for sincere conversion, the pope said, and it “provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.”
catholicism  pope.trololo 
11 weeks ago
Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted
by Rebecca Solnit. "American people will stand up for ideals of humanity, from lawyers and tech workers to the Californian senate."
trump  politics  fightwithtools 
january 2017
Required Reading: 50 of the Best Sci-Fi Comics
"From cyborg sexuality to superhero futurism, these comics represent the best the genre has to offer."

I was pleased that this actually included a decent amount of manga.
comics  reading 
january 2017
How to Resist Propaganda
Includes links to Mounk's political science work, arguing that liberal democracies are much less stable than most assume.
& story of how he went on RT in part to excorciate them.
& how-tos on how to resist Trump's erosion of institutions in the U.S.
fightwithtools  trump  politics 
december 2016
The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order
more useful than the Vorkosigan advice from Bujold that I found on her website, lol
bujold.lois.mcmaster  books 
december 2016
Trump changed everything. Now everything counts.
Opinion piece by Barbara Kingsolver.

"Millions of Americans are starting to grasp that we can’t politely stand by watching lives and liberties get slashed beyond repair. What are you going to do?"
politics  fightwithtools  trump 
december 2016
Making The Hamilton Mixtape: Lin-Manuel Miranda explains the stories behind the songs
Plus, Kelly Clarkson, Wiz Khalifa, and other contributing artists share their inspirations.

Includes Spotify embeds with the songs.
hamilton  music  writing 
december 2016
Hamilton 2016 write-up
I went to the same show as such_heights.
hamilton  dreamwidth 
november 2016
on, 'The Passionate, Accurate Story'
"So that's my challenge to myself: to try to find my way toward stories that I care about, that are important to me, while lowering my standards a hell of a lot when it comes to them being politically and aesthetically perfect."
november 2016
The significance of plot without conflict
"Kishōtenketsu contains four acts: introduction, development, twist and reconciliation."

With a follow-up over at https://owlectomy.dreamwidth.org/494853.html
november 2016
We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump
"Having studied authoritarian states for over a decade, I would never exaggerate the severity of the threat we now face. But an American kleptocracy is exactly where president-elect Trump and his backers are taking us. That’s why I have a favor to ask you, my fellow Americans.


We are heading into dark times, and you need to be your own light. Do not accept brutality and cruelty as normal even if it is sanctioned."
politics  trump  fightwithtools 
november 2016
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry
"[Y]ou stand there, in silence, thinking, "What can I say in response to that?" Or you laugh along, uncomfortably. Or, frustrated or angry, you walk away without saying anything, thinking later, "I should have said something."

People spoke about encounters in stores and restaurants, on streets and in schools. They spoke about family, friends, classmates and co-workers. They told us what they did or didn't say — and what they wished they did or didn't say.

And no matter the location or relationship, the stories echo each other."
fightwithtools  politics  social.justice 
november 2016
Autocracy: Rules for Survival
"I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect."

Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says.
Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule #3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule #4: Be outraged.
Rule #5: Don't make compromises.
Rule #6: Remember the future.
politics  fightwithtools  social.justice 
november 2016
Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ isn’t the black superhero we’ve been waiting for
"As a commentary on blackness, I mean, we are discussing it, so I guess it accomplished something, right? But, as a meaningful commentary on blackness, I don’t think Luke Cage is the black hero we were waiting for. I’m still waiting for Black Panther.

I think the show was marketed as something that, in the end, it wasn’t. It was great that it was in Harlem, but aside from name dropping and a few performances, the series wasn’t a love letter to Harlem. Yes, Luke Cage is a bulletproof black man, which in theory means so much with the climate of America today, but…does the series actually examine that? No. Anytime it actually tried to create a plot around the police and Black Lives Matter it was routed in corruption or a way to trick the community into believing Mariah’s political agenda."
race  luke.cage  fandom 
october 2016
"Books are such a significant part of the dialogue in key scenes, and how often does any show feature a Black man with an affinity for books — as any character, much less the lead?"
race  books  marvel  luke.cage 
october 2016
Wisconsin's Public Pension Works to Spread the Cheddar
More in-depth history of Wisconsin's retirement system. From 2013.
september 2016
Wisconsin's fully funded pension system is one of a kind
Report done with Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the City University of New York.

Hilarity re: Gary Gates, but moreso, an explainer about how the Wisconsin Retirement System works.
september 2016
Ta-Nehisi Coates Explains How He's Turning Black Panther Into a Superhero Again
"I feel a deep responsibility to history. I can’t act like that stuff didn’t happen."
coates.ta-nehisi  comics 
september 2016
Some notes on how to ask a good question about theory that will provoke conversation and further discussion from your colleagues

"I came to realize that as teachers we spend very little time talking to each other about how we read theory, never mind how we teach it.

... I tell my students: theory is both descriptive of the world we live in and speculative as well, in that it seeks new worlds and new language to understand what seems to be “natural” and “normal.” If the ideas that theory wants to express were easy to say, they would not need to be said. The work of undoing what you know, or what you think you know, is hard. You’re going to have to work hard. We aren’t here to learn what we already know."
september 2016
At the center of most spy scandals, you can usually find one of these four factors
"[E]ven as spying has become more technologically sophisticated, some of the oldest rules of the profession still hold true."

"[I]n the intelligence community, there is a mnemonic for the points of leverage that spies can use to turn a citizen into an informer: “MICE” — which stands for Money, Ideology, Compromise and Ego."

"Most of the biggest American spy cases in the last 20 years, 30 years, have been about money..."
writing  a.song.is.a.weapon  espionage 
september 2016
Crash Override: Resource Center
Crash Override works with clients before, during, and after episodes of online abuse with a combination of public resources, private case work, and institutional outreach.
While each case of online abuse is different, everyone can benefit from some basic know-how. As we learn more about the current trends in online abuse through our private study and casework, we publish generalized tools and resources to help both the public and our clients in need.
tools  harassment  internet 
september 2016
Brown Recluse
Brown Recluse (in Seattle!) focuses on zines by POC. Currently on a temporary hiatus.
zines  greed 
august 2016
Portland Button Works
An additional zine distro recced by wrdnrd
zines  greed 
august 2016
Pioneers Press
A distro recommended by wrdnrd
zines  greed 
august 2016
SFF Back In Print
Below is the SFF back in print book list, currently a work in progress. I'm prioritizing works that have been brought out by small press or self-publishing first, and gradually adding books republished by bigger groups like Book View Cafe and Open Road Media as well. I may also expand to include specific backlist revival efforts from Gollancz SF Gateway and Baen as well. I'm aiming for this list to be inclusive, so you will find not only mainstream SFF from the usual publishers, but also children's titles, futuristic romances, and books from women's presses or other small presses.
books  sf/f 
august 2016
Pens Ready, Music Steady: a K-On! Fic Prompt Generator
"Let's get our lazy, uninspired butts writing fics to #EndTheDrought. Includes two characters, a place, and two helpful theme/ideas. Optional season/time for further inspiration if needed. Also, these can either be shippy, or not. Just have fun with it!"
fic  k-on!  writing 
june 2016
Romance and Abuse in Shoujo Manga and Anime Part 1 – Introdution
"At this year’s Sakura Con, I had the amazing opportunity to present a panel on Abuse in Shoujo Manga and Anime to a completely full room. Starting today, I will be posting a transcript of the panel in four parts."
manga  anime  shoujo  feminism 
may 2016
Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty
How do the best stories work? John Mullan examines what today’s TV dramatists can learn from the masters of the trade
writing  reading 
may 2016
"America is a country MADE of myths. Those of us who grew up here have absorbed all the same canon: the American Dream, Columbus discovering what he thought was India, Manifest Destiny, John Smith and Pocohontas’ epic romance, Paul Revere’s ride, etc. But you wanna talk revisionism and bastardization? Chile please; most of the stuff we learned as kids in school is riddled with absolute, high and ripe bullshit, if it isn’t bullshit all the way down.

...A few key refrains get repeated blatantly throughout the show: Immigrants are awesome. We’ll never be free until we have true equality. When we work together and trust each other, we’re unstoppable. The message is clear: our failure to remember these quintessentially American themes is the main reason so many things have gone wrong with America today. We started with good ideas, big ones, and only our own selfishness and limited imaginations prevent those ideas from becoming reality.

This is what fantasy is for, in my not-so-humble opinion. This is the power of myth — of believing in, of identifying with, of evolving past. By celebrating and interrogating the myths of early America, Hamilton ends up creating something that those old school textbooks tried but failed to do: creating an historical heroic fantasy that we can all identify with. The textbooks just did it wrong; not only did they fuck up the facts, they tried too hard to exclude some and exalt others. Hamilton doesn’t chump out like that. And the result is magic."
hamilton  sf/f 
march 2016
Love Gem Studio
recycled/recovered metal; ethically-mined; rings
march 2016
Bario Neal Engagement Rings
Handmade, with reclaimed or Fairmined precious metals and ethically sourced gems.
march 2016
Free RPGMaker games translated from Japanese
Someone in a fandomsecrets thread thought these were good, lol
video.games  investigate 
march 2016
Sesame Shiitake Sushi
I've had this twice at a local restaurant & love it. I could make a close approximate with this recipe, minus the chili paste, :3
february 2016
#YayHamlet: What Shakespeare and Broadway’s Biggest Hit Have to Do with Each Other
[Answer: rhetoric!]

Some analysis of specific characters' rhetorical quirks, but more of an overall point about "the state of rhetoric" over which some like to clutch their pearls.

"Hamilton is ridiculously popular with exactly the age bracket that our lecture attendee was so concerned about — students whom he presumed have worse language skills than prior generations. My argument is that their skills are every bit as good. Hamilton‘s popularity proves it. They can and do revel in complex patterns and verbal intricacies. Our job as teachers of Shakespeare is just to help them re-tune their ears. Anyone who can understand and enjoy Hamilton can understand and enjoy Shakespeare."
hamilton  class.issues  race 
february 2016
How 26 Tweets Broke My Filter Bubble
A primer on how to educate yourself on social issues that don't affect you.
february 2016
Star Wars shirts on sale
Some of these are from juniors' sections/etc., but would like to take the time to check out sizes/prices later, ^_^
february 2016
Eddie Bauer Horizon skirts
friend j00j said the skirts = pockets & snaps. Sounds boss.
clothing  greed 
january 2016
Liz's Everyday Carry
"It is a delight to predict what might be needed and produce it on demand, like magic, from a bag. My desire to be prepared is both for my own sake and to be impressively helpful in an unexpected way, which is no less satisfying for being loaded with gendered burdens."

As expected for something written by Liz Henry, this also includes hilarity, itemized lists of what goes into each of her bags, and stories about human kindness.
accessibility  mental.health  self.care 
december 2015
Collaborative Overload
Soon helpful employees become institutional bottlenecks: Work doesn’t progress until they’ve weighed in. Worse, they are so overtaxed that they’re no longer personally effective. And more often than not, the volume and diversity of work they do to benefit others goes unnoticed, because the requests are coming from other units, varied offices, or even multiple companies. In fact, when we use network analysis to identify the strongest collaborators in organizations, leaders are typically surprised by at least half the names on their lists. In our quest to reap the rewards of collaboration, we have inadvertently created open markets for it without recognizing the costs. What can leaders do to manage these demands more effectively?
work  non-profit.orgs  science 
december 2015
Kindness Over Genius
for Sarah who said somethin' like:

"in my 20's, i think i was most captivated by genius, but now, in my 30's, i realize how rare authentic kindness is."
poetry  mental.health 
december 2015
9 Books To Read If You're Obsessed With 'Hamilton'
Decent list appearing to keep in line with the actual spirit of the musical, including things like Che Guavera's "Motorcycle Diaries" and a history of hip-hop.
books  investigate 
november 2015
Why The U. Of Minnesota Research Scandal Threatens Us All
"How the UMN handled medical research, a volunteer patient’s injuries, and investigator misconduct is a cautionary tale for all clinical research and for all of us who rely on honest clinical trials to provide us with safe medicines."
november 2015
9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible
We get caught up in righteous anger, in validating sadness, in the cold hard realities of violence and abuse. We talk about smashing the patriarchy, breaking the gender binary, shattering the glass ceiling.

This is all important, and very empowering, but I guess I’m tired of running on rage and despair alone.

So here’s my access request to my social justice community: I want our activism to be fun. I want it to be fulfilling, and caring. I want it to be full of love.
feminism  social.justice  fandom  accessibility 
october 2015
" Now that “Hamilton: The Original Broadway Cast Recording” has been released, are you looking for something to read while you obsessively listen to it on repeat? Are you someone who can “never be satisfied” until you’ve devoured all things even slightly Hamilton-adjacent? Have you already read “every treatise on the shelf?” Well, I’ve got some comics suggestions for you."
books  comics  investigate 
september 2015
Your own origin story: 21 comics to get newcomers hooked
Obviously I'm not a newcomer, but there are a lot of entry-points for things like Daredevil and Batman that I'd be willing to try.
comics  us.comics  investigate 
september 2015
50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice
A rant about Strunk & White's Elements of Style
august 2015
Attack on Titan: Inspiring Post-Apocalyptic Adventure or Japanese Military Propaganda?
"This social anxiety echoes throughout Attack on Titan. One of the biggest criticisms levied against Japan’s youth is that they lack the ambition of previous generations. But if the majority have no hope of advancement due to a corporate wall, why is that a surprise? In the manga, most people are content to live inside the walls. It’s safe. But as the manga’s protagonist, Eren, says, that’s like living in a cage. There’s no hope for something more. Eren, along with his allies, don’t accept this fate as easily. They fight against it actively.

Works do not happen in a vacuum. Context is king. If many dystopian recent YA novels reduce girls to property of men and convenient baby makers, then that is a reflection of the anxiety over womens’ rights in the U.S. If Attack on Titan bears eerie parallels to current events in Japan, that is hardly a coincidence."
anime  attack.on.titan  japanese.politics 
june 2015
Laudato si' - Encyclical by Pope Francis, "On Care for Our Common Home"
"In some places, rural and urban alike, the privatization of certain spaces has restricted people’s access to places of particular beauty. In others, “ecological” neighbourhoods have been created which are closed to outsiders in order to ensure an artificial tranquillity. Frequently, we find beautiful and carefully manicured green spaces in so-called “safer” areas of cities, but not in the more hidden areas where the disposable of society live."
faith  pope.trololo 
june 2015
Breaking Through Writer's Block by Zen Cho
"The main thing that kept me from writing was that I was worried it wouldn’t be good enough. If I started writing and it didn’t feel right, I pretty much gave up right away. I was terrified of failure and that prevented me from doing the work, because if you don’t do something, you can’t be bad at it."
june 2015
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