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  • Signal Boost: Pamela Denoon Lecture

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    People who can get to Canberra: this year’s Pamela Denoon lecture is the 25th Anniversary of the event. The speech will be given by Wendy McCarthy AO, and many previous speakers and committee members will be attending for this special occasion.

  • Staring at men’s crotches

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    Vice recently posted a fashion spread today called “Groin Gazing.” It features a series of photos by Claire Milbrath with styling by Mila Franovic, and the photos are framed tight on the clothed junk for your viewing pleasure. The models… Read More ›

  • Perhaps now the usual suspects will stop being undeservedly smug about the Sokal hoax

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    In 2005, a group of MIT graduate students decided to goof off in a very MIT graduate student way: They created a program called SCIgen that randomly generated fake scientific papers. Thanks to SCIgen, for the last several years, computer-written gobbledygook has been routinely published in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

  • Media Circus: sabre-rattling sparks Cold War nostalgia edition

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    Conflict in the Crimea, Arizona legislation, biblical amusement parks, celebrities “giving up” and our embarassment of an Immigration Minister.

    What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

  • I die of love

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    I wish so much that I had been able to buy Miriam Elia’s book, We Go to the Art Gallery before it was stomped on by Penguin books. I do love a bit of mothering and nihilism in art galleries,… Read More ›

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    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?

  • Friday Hoyden: Beatrice

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    The way women are treated by men in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is awful, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is an anti-women play. This is a play that exposes everything that is foolish and harmful about fearing female sexuality, or about doubting female capacity for steadfastness.

  • #AWW2014 Book Review: The Mind of a Thief

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    Book review of The Mind of a Thief by Patti Miller for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014.

  • Kurt Vonnegut on The Money River, aka neo-liberalism

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    The Money River, where the wealth of the nation flows. We were born on the banks of it. We can slurp from that mighty river to our hearts’ content. And we even take slurping lessons, so we can slurp more efficiently.

  • Sunday Singalong: I’ve Got The Music In Me

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    An assortment of versions of the song first made famous by Kiki Dee in 1974.

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