Hoyden about Town http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Every Australian Novel Ever! http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140724.17055/every-australian-novel-ever/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140724.17055/every-australian-novel-ever/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:49 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17055 Guest Hoyden Bio: Our Guest Hoyden today is Adelaide writer, critic and editor Kerryn Goldsworthy, reproduced with permission from a post she made on Facebook. ]]> Guest Hoyden Bio: Our Guest Hoyden today is Adelaide writer, critic and editor Kerryn Goldsworthy, reproduced with permission from a post she made on Facebook.

bear in mind I am just riffing off the Canadian one — the first one I saw — which linked to the Irish, Russian, French and English ones. I did think we needed a List Of Our Own. Fellow Aust Lit nerds might also recognise something I have subconsciously borrowed from Professor Ken Stewart, the undisputed king of ASAL Parody Night.

Every Australian Novel Ever!

1) Four Characters from All Over the World Meet in the Bush and have Cryptic Conversational Exchanges, Often About Ants

2) Jesus My Friends are Horrible

3) Bruce was My One True Mate

4) I am an Old Woman Now and Cannot be Expected to Remember Things in Chronological Order

5) Shagging Several Different People, Some of Whom are on Drugs, Because Counterculture

6) Then There Was a Barbecue and All Hell Broke Loose

7) Finally I Found my Soulmate, who was Immediately Killed in the War

8) Surfing, Vols 1–17

9) Arabella, how Boldly and Divinely you Sit Astride your Horse with your Golden Curls Shining in the Hot Sun, and I Bet you can Kill and Gut a Sheep As Well and Cut it Up Into Chops

10) I Just Had to Get Out of Australia

11) A Man Travels from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere and Then Back to the Northern and Then Back to the Southern and his Bank Balance Goes Up and Down, and Then He Dies

12) An Explorer Travels Inland, and Then He Dies

13) A Jewish Scholar Makes it Out of Germany Just In Time and Travels to Australia, and Then He Dies

14) A Wild Girl Bravely Saves Her Little Brother, and Then She Dies

15) It was the War/Depression/First War/Pioneering Days/Convict Days, We Had to Do All Sorts of Appalling Things

16) Their Ancestors Had a Terrible Secret

17) The Frickin’ Landscape

18) The Divine and Mystic Landscape

19) The Landscape

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Dressmaking for the Obsessive http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140723.17035/dressmaking-for-the-obsessive/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140723.17035/dressmaking-for-the-obsessive/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:47:34 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17035

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Sorting family possessions, unless you come from a particularly orderly family, is full of highs and lows. Icky, cockroach poop-filled lows of drawers that haven’t been opened since grandma died, but the highs of items unexpectedly saved. Things you never knew were kept, or never imagined were brought on the journeys that brought your people to the places you are now cleaning out.

There have been a number of remarkable finds in a recent packing up of a house that was my grandparents’, probably the largest my generation will have to do, and I want to share one of the most extraordinary with an audience that will gasp as I did. I found an 1895 book of dress patterns. In Russian. This is the title page:

Russian text, with embellishments, date 1895.

Around forty pages, it is clearly meant as a comprehensive covering of all the basics, including a riding habit, aprons, travelling cloaks, and outfits for a little boy and girl.

Did you ever wonder how to fit a blouse over a corset?

Dress patterns showing blouse, sleeve and corset treatments.

Or what the pattern would look like to cut a leg o’ mutton sleeve?

Dress patterns showing sailor-suit dress and sleeve treatments.

Or how to adjust a high collar pattern to a décolletage suitable for evening?

Dress pattern showing evening gown treatment.

This book may have travelled with my great-grandmother from Harbin, or may have been passed around among members of the sizeable Russian community that existed on the outskirts of Sydney in the early twentieth century. My costumier friends are going to love me forever.

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Part Two of ‘You can’t make this sh*t up…’ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140722.17041/part-two-of-you-cant-make-this-sht-up/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140722.17041/part-two-of-you-cant-make-this-sht-up/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:16:51 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17041

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In a move that should be extraordinarily embarrassing to white people everywhere, a US man has claimed part of Sudan as a kingdom for himself so that his daughter can be a Princess. No I’m not joking.

Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 2000-square-kilometre patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 – Emily’s seventh birthday – he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Mr Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan”.
There, Mr Heaton is the self-proclaimed king and Emily is his princess.

Mr Heaton, who ran for Congress out of Virginia’s 9th District in 2012 and lost, plans to reach out to the African Union for assistance in formally establishing the Kingdom of North Sudan and said that he is confident they will welcome him. Representatives from the Egyptian and Sudanese embassies in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.
Mr Heaton says his claim over Bir Tawil is legitimate. He argues that planting the flag – which his children designed – is exactly how several other countries, including what became the United States, were historically claimed. The key difference, Mr Heaton said, is that those historical cases of imperialism were acts of war while his was an act of love.
“I founded the nation in love for my daughter,” Heaton said.

I can’t even. I hope this one really is a hoax.

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Today in ‘You can’t make this sh*t up’ because no one would believe you’ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140722.17030/today-in-you-cant-make-this-sht-up-because-no-one-would-believe-you/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140722.17030/today-in-you-cant-make-this-sht-up-because-no-one-would-believe-you/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:34:59 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17030

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A nurse-midwife whose religious beliefs prevent her from recommending contraception, except in the case of a patient needing the medication for non-contraceptive purposes, has sued after not being hired by a family planning organisation who is funded to provide contraception. Also here and here from the group defending the nurse-midwife. I don’t know much about the US legal system but this is the legal doc they have posted.

Sara Hellwege, a nurse in Tampa, Fla., applied for a job at Tampa Family Health Centers in May 2014. The organization receives federal Title X family planning funds, which means that it must provide women contraception and other family planning services. But Hellwege is a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and told health center staff that she would not be willing to prescribe birth control if she were hired for the job.

“Due to religious guidelines, I am able to counsel women regarding all forms of contraception,” Hellwege wrote in an email to the health center’s direct of human relations , “however, cannot [prescribe] it unless pathology exists.”

This is not The Onion. It should be.

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TheAmazingAtheist purportedly wrote these words, looked at them, and chose to publish them http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140721.17014/theamazingatheist-wrote-these-words-looked-at-them-and-chose-to-publish-them/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140721.17014/theamazingatheist-wrote-these-words-looked-at-them-and-chose-to-publish-them/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:03:38 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17014 UPDATE: It has been shown that there is no evidence that TheAmazingAtheist actually wrote these words, and Kincaid has responded to these allegations. The tumblr from which this quote was sourced has been deleted. Please see below. Count yourself lucky if you've never heard of somewhat popular video-blogger TheAmazingAtheist aka TJ Kincaid. He's one of the subset of atheists who want certain other atheists to "stop being divisive" via pointing out the injustices of the kyriarchal status quo ongoing within the atheist "movement". He has ever so many rational and deeply intellectual opinions about life, the universe and everything. ]]> UPDATE: It has been shown that there is no evidence that TheAmazingAtheist actually wrote these words, and Kincaid has responded to these allegations. The tumblr from which this quote was sourced has been deleted. Please see below.

Count yourself lucky if you’ve never heard of somewhat popular video-blogger TheAmazingAtheist aka TJ Kincaid. He’s one of the subset of atheists who want certain other atheists to “stop being divisive” via pointing out the injustices of the kyriarchal status quo ongoing within the atheist “movement”. He has ever so many rational and deeply intellectual opinions about life, the universe and everything. I just saw a link on Manboobz to a tumblr quoting directlyattributing this quote to Amazeman’s (self-published) e-book Scumbag: Musings of a Subhuman (2007);

[NOTE: Image macro showing TAA with disputed quote has been removed since this appears to be a manufactured quote, and the tumblr where it was posted has now been deleted. I'm leaving the quote itself to lend context to the rest of the post and comments.]

Nature already has an age of consent. That age is approximately 12-13, otherwise known as the onset of puberty. We don’t need Christian morals to set an arbitrary age on when a sexually mature human female can mate legally. We already have clear parameters on sexually [sic] maturity as established by the law of evolution, and acting within those parameters does not under any reasonable definition constitute “rape”. Moreover, because this irrational moral imperialism is almostly solely applied against males who pursue relationships with younger females, I do believe the change of age-of-consent laws should be a critical area of focus for Men’s Rights Activists.

So sure, 2007 is ancient stuff in internet years, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it, and Kincaid is back on the atheosphere’s radar due to other stuff going on which is not directly relevant to this quote, so I’m choosing to highlight this particular example of his scumbaggery because he doesn’t seem to have changed these opinions since 2007 because it’s not an uncommon argument and deserves to be scorned.

I’m struggling to get past histhese misconceptions about puberty and physical sexual maturity to count the other errors in that paragraph. The *onset* of puberty is the *beginning* of the bodily changes associated with physical sexual maturity rather than the sign of the *completion* of the bodily changes associated with physical sexual maturity. Women need more physiological changes to occur than just having begun the menstrual cycle for their bodies to be ready to safely complete a pregnancy, so even if we were to accept his argument that “Nature already has an age of consent” he’s looking at the wrong age.

Heit’s also losing me on the idea that the current legal age of sexual consent has anything to do with Christian morals in particular. Simply on a pragmatic social stability level society has an interest in attempting to minimise the number of babies born to girls who are have not yet acquired the life skills necessary to either control their fertility reliably or be financially secure parents (thus aiming for fewer households with children requiring state aid), entirely aside from the many, many other ethical considerations that don’t need “Christian morals” for their foundation which I’m sure you all can think of.

Don’t get me started on the “law of evolution” crap.

UPDATE: PZ Myers also posted on this macro over at Pharyngula, and the Horde has been unable to find a verified cite. I’ve also woken up to  find a handful of drive-by comments here informing me that they can’t find it either.  As the rationalwiki entry on Kincaid notes though,

Kincaid made a post on a Marilyn Manson fanforum in his pre-Youtube days in which he advocated a lowering of the age of consent to “12 or 13″ and admitted to having had “extreme pedophilic fantasies.”[6] In fact, he has admitted to having “dated” a 14 year old girl when he was 23.[7]

The exact words in the macro above, in particular the errors of fact, cannot be shown at this time to belong to Kincaid. The attitude towards sex with pubescent children though is consistent with his words expressed in the past.

FURTHER UPDATE: Kincaid has addressed this allegation on his tumblr:

Somebody said that you think that age of consent should be 13 and tau you were in a intimate relationship with a 14 year old when you were 23

Asked by Anonymous

Wow. The rumor mill just keeps on churning.

The age of consent thing is based on a post I made on an internet forum when I was like 20. And it was actually a pretty popular sentiment on the boards at that time. Hell, it was a popular sentiment on the internet in general at that time. It was also, I’m sad to say, an opinion that my father held.

After experiencing another decade on planet earth, I realize how horribly misguided that opinion was and is. I think that maybe it’s not so horrible for kids that age to begin sexual exploration with one another, but it’s definitely wrong for an adult to engage is sex with someone that young and inexperienced.

As for this nonsense about me dating a 14-year-old when I was 23, I was actually mocking a friend of mine who was over 30 and was macking on some 16-year-old girl. The sad fact is that when I was 23, I was single and pussyless. And I was too timid and frightened to even approach a girl sexually, let alone one who could wind me up in prison.

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Otterday! And Open Thread http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140719.17012/otterday-and-open-thread-292/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140719.17012/otterday-and-open-thread-292/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:00:24 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17012

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Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by this pensive otter.

black and white portrait of a pensive looking river otter perched on a rock.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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Cheesemaking: Haloumi http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140716.17007/cheesemaking-haloumi/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140716.17007/cheesemaking-haloumi/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:50:24 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17007

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I received a cheesemaking kit for Xmas. Having made feta a couple of times, I decided to branch out and try haloumi. People were interested on twitter, so here it is: the process of making haloumi from scratch. Well, from milk. If you have a dairy goat or cow, more power to you: you can really make it from scratch.

fresh triangles of folded haloumi with chopped mint, on a white cheese rack

Maybe you can. And if you’re a visual person like me, maybe this walkthrough might help a little. Total prep time is 3-3.5 hours (not counting the sanitising step beforehand), but you spend a lot of that time not doing anything.

Step one: good full-cream non-homogenised milk. I’ve tried two different pasteurised non-homogenised cows milks, and one made a much creamier better-textured cheese than the other. You can use homogenised milk, you need to add calcium chloride to the milk after the initial warming step; this is not something I’ve tried. For haloumi (but not feta), I’d be comfortable using unpasteurised milk, as there’s a cooking step involved; but those decisions are up to you. You can leave the milk out for an hour or so before starting to make the cheese, to get it a little less cold.

Next: sanitise all of your equipment and surfaces. Iodophor solution is provided in the kit I use (Mad Millie). Your surfaces you can wipe down with vinegar. I use fresh paper towels to lay my equipment on.

Then it’s on to the actual cheesemaking! This is, as you might imagine, very image heavy. Most of the steps take far quicker to do (especially if you don’t have one hand holding a camera) than to document. Most equipment will be in a moderately well-equipped kitchen, and you can improvise an incubator with blankies and suchlike, but you do also need a proper fine cheesecloth, a good thermometer, and non-iodised salt.

To begin: incubate at 45 for 90. Warm four litres of milk to 45 C, and incubate for 90 minutes. You can wrap towels/blankets around your pot, or incubate in a warm water bath in a large esky, or buy a cheese incubator kit. Check temps partway through and adjust your water bath, if you’re using one, with hot water.

open pot of four litres of milk, in a water bath in an incubator

thermometer in the water bath showing 45 degrees

a large round purple cheese incubator, lid on, with Mad Millie logo

After those 90 minutes are up, you need to check for a clean break. With a blunt straight knife, make a surface cut in the cheese, and check that it ‘breaks’ cleanly. Whey should pool in the break, and it should neither be too clear nor have lots of bits floating in it.

open vat of freshly incubated curds. Several cuts have been made, and translucent whey is accumulating in them

When you get that break, slice the cheese vertically in a grid, with slices about 1-1.5 cm apart.

long knife cutting a grid pattern in cheese curds

You’re going to be aiming for very approximate cubes here, so let the curds settle for a moment (they start to separate fairly quickly by themselves at this point), then cut horizontally with a large flat metal slotted spoon. If you don’t have one of those, you can instead repeat the cuts in the previous step but with your knife at a 45 degree angle. Then start to gently stir the curds, cutting too-large ones against the side of your pot with the spoon.

slotted spoon stirring large curds

Keep the curds moving gently for around ten minutes. They should shrink nicely.



You can take a brief break to line your colander with the cheesecloth, and place it over a large pot.

cheesecloth-lined white colander

See how much the curds have shrunk?

slotted spoon stirring small cheese curds

Drain them in the colander. Slowly and carefully, because they will clog the cloth.

white curds draining in a colander

Then wrap the cheesecloth over the top …

cheesecloth wrapped over the top of the curds

… and weight it gently to press. I use a metal bowl on top with a two-litre bottle of water, for 20-30 minutes. Other people press with varying weights (or with their hands), for five minutes to five hours, so this doesn’t seem to be a particularly sensitive step.

colander of cheese with steel bowl and orange juice bottle of water weighting it down

When the curds are consolidated and springy, cut into wedges with that blunt knife. Don’t cut your cheesecloth!

cutting white cheese disc into four quarters

Aren’t they beautiful? Handle with care, they’re still pretty fragile.

four wedges of white cheese in a colander showing the texture of the cut edges

Meanwhile, if you were prepared, you’ve heated the drained whey up to about 95 degrees.

warm yellow whey in a large pot, thermometer showing 95 deg

Or perhaps you weren’t prepared, so you put the whey on to heat, then went out to gather some mint:

bunch of fresh mint

And talk to the chickens.

closeup of large barred Plymouth Rock hen looking for treats. Coop and Barnevelder hen in the background

Whatever you do, though, DON’T BOIL THE WHEY! It will boil over in a trice. Just bring it to the boiling point carefully, then switch it off.

whey at 98 degrees, just starting to boil over

Lower the cheese wedges into the hot whey with a slotted spoon. Very gently ensure that they’re not sticking to the bottom. Put a lid on. Leave them in the hot whey for about 10-15 minutes (heat off, remember!). When they float to the top, they’re cooked.

cheese wedge being lowered into hot whey

While the cheese is cooking, prepare your draining rack, about 20 grams of non-iodised salt, and the chopped mint. You could use other herbs, or none, but mint is traditional.

cheesecloth lined rack, salt, chopped mint

Lift the cooked wedges out of the pot.

lifting hot wedges of cheese out of pot

And drain and cool them on the rack. You can press them a little with your hand to help the fluid out. Some people dunk them in cold water; I don’t.

four wedges of cooked haloumi draining on rack

Sprinkle liberally with salt and mint:

four wedges of haloumi with lots of chopped mint on them

And fold them over. Then sprinkle the outsides with the rest of the salt. Gently press them a bit more.

folded wedges of minted salted haloumi

Once cool, they’re ready to wrap in cling film and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

folded wedges of minted salted haloumi

Want fried pictures? You’ll have to wait. I’ve not managed to take any yet, as the fried cheese, lemon juice squeezed over the top, disappears into someone’s gob far too fast every time. Each triangle makes around five slices.


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Science outreach and when glorifying heroes can alienate prospects http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140715.17002/science-outreach-and-when-glorifying-heroes-can-alienate-prospects/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140715.17002/science-outreach-and-when-glorifying-heroes-can-alienate-prospects/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:59:31 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17002 [I]t is dangerous to rest your scientific outreach efforts on scientific heroes. [...] Science outreach doesn’t just deliver messages about what science knows or about the processes by which that knowledge is built. Science outreach also delivers messages about what kind of people scientists are (and about what kinds of people can be scientists). ]]> The history of science is full of high achievers and pioneers who had well-documented “foibles” i.e. failings in their treatment of other people. Brilliant scientists are not necessarily good examples of moral/ethical behaviour.

“Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.”
– Richard Feynman

Using the oft-quoted Richard Feynman and his celebrated frankness about regarding women as sexual puzzles to be unlocked as a case study, Janet Stemwedel aka Doctor Freeride examines how a common tendency to minimise such “character flaws” by treating people as resultant vectors (as though any harms they caused are outweighed by the glories of their scientific achievements) can actually have the exact opposite of the desired effect when attempting to tell stories that are meant to draw people into the field of scientific study:

One take-home message of all this is that making positive contributions to science doesn’t magically cancel out harmful things you may do — including things that may have the effect of harming other scientists or the cooperative knowledge-building effort in which they’re engaged. If you’re a living scientist, this means you should endeavor not to do harm, regardless of what kinds of positive contributions you’ve amassed so far.

Another take-home message here is that it is dangerous to rest your scientific outreach efforts on scientific heroes.

If the gist of your outreach is: “Science is cool! Here’s a cool guy who made cool contributions to science!” and it turns out that your “cool guy” actually displayed some pretty awful behavior (sexist, racist, whatever), you probably shouldn’t put yourself in a position where your message comes across as:

  • These scientific contributions were worth the harm done by his behavior (including the harm it may have done in unfairly excluding people from full participation in science).
  • He may have been sexist or racist, but that was no big deal because people in his time, place and culture were pretty sexist (as if that removes the harm done by the behavior).
  • He did some things that weren’t sexist or racist, so that cancels out the things he did that were sexist or racist. Maybe he worked hard to help a sister or a daughter participate in science; how can we then say that his behavior hurt women’s inclusion in science?
  • His sexism or racism was no big deal because it seems to have been connected to a traumatic event (e.g., his wife died, he had a bad experience with a black person once), or because the problematic behavior seems to have been his way of “blowing off steam” during a period of scientific productivity.

You may be intending to convey the message that this was an interesting guy who made some important contributions to science, but the message that people may take away is that great scientific achievement totally outweighs sexism, racism, and other petty problems.

But people aren’t actually resultant vectors. If you’re a target of the racism, sexism, and other petty problems, you may not feel like they should be overlooked or forgiven on the strength of the scientific achievement.

Science outreach doesn’t just deliver messages about what science knows or about the processes by which that knowledge is built. Science outreach also delivers messages about what kind of people scientists are (and about what kinds of people can be scientists).

As Stemwedel notes, it can be difficult to acknowledge that someone who had a positive impact on you can have had a negative impact on others because of differing perspectives due to different life experiences. That is however the truth of human interaction in all fields, not just scientific endeavour. Objectivity is a team sport, and if you refuse to listen to those whose experiences and responses differ from your own then you are not being objective at all.

Maybe you aren’t the kind of person whose opinion about science or eagerness to participate in science would be influenced by the character flaws of the “scientific heroes” on offer, but if you’re already interested in science perhaps you’re not the main target for outreach efforts. And if members of the groups who are targeted for outreach tell you that they find these “scientific heroes” and the glorification of them by science fans alienating, perhaps listening to them would help you to devise more effective outreach strategies.

We can all do with reminders to spend more time listening to others about all sorts of issues. Defaulting to “what we’ve always done” or “what would have worked for me as a kid” is always going to limit the effectiveness of what we’re trying to do.

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Quicklink: Autism not just a boy thing http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140715.16997/quicklink-autism-not-just-a-boy-thing/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140715.16997/quicklink-autism-not-just-a-boy-thing/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:07:00 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=16997

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As regular readers of this blog probably already know, there are plenty of women on the autism spectrum, some of whom write and comment right here. The common/general view of autism tends to follow the Simon Baron-Cohen theory of “extreme male brain” though, because it got a lot of media coverage, because scientists whose work reinforces essentialist views of gender always do get a lot of media coverage. There are countervailing conclusions drawn by other researchers however, with respect to the sex skew in autism diagnoses. Virginia Hughes analyses The Sexual Politics of Autism in her National Geographic blog; a meaty overview with lots of juicy links.

Archive index image: Temple Grandin, the Colorado State University professor world-renowned for using insights gained from her autism to design humane livestock-handling systems, on horseback

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Every Arnold Scream http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140714.16991/every-arnold-scream/ http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140714.16991/every-arnold-scream/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:54:14 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=16991

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… From Every Arnold Movie. I found this mashup weirdly cheering somehow.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a success for one reason and one reason only: he sounds awesome when he screams. We put together this compilation of every Arnold Schwarzenegger scream from every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. NOOOOOOOOOO. GET TO DA CHOPPAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

Created by Oliver Noble for filmdrunk.uproxx.com

Bonus pic: Grace and Arnold!

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Grace Jones fooling around with sharp pointy things on the set of Conan The Destroyer

She’s got him where she wants him

I hereby declare a winter whimsy thread. What’s tickled your fancy lately?

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