Congratulations to the lovely and talented Mr Firth on his Best Actor BAFTA. Do go and see The King’s Speech if you haven’t already.
Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.
Charles Darwin was born 202 years ago today, and the International Darwin Day Foundation uses February 12th each year to celebrate Darwin, Science and Humanity. In November it will be 152 years since the publication of his paradigm-shattering work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
“She now set her heart on being called to the bar (not, it seems, for her own sake but to offer free legal advice to the poor).”
After nearly a year in concept, the No Chicks No Excuses website listing women speakers covering a wide variety of expertise has been launched, so that organisers no longer find it so terribly difficult to find women who know how to speak at a large event.
Paraphrasing a comment I just made at LP: The “shit happens” comment is revealing despite being a media “gotcha” beatup, and what it reveals isn’t pretty.
Just when you thought it was Ladies of Leisure being at fault now it’s working mothers making their children fat.
It’s to honour Jules Verne. Interactive steampunk ahoy!
She wrote all about it, which means I don’t have to!
[TW: rape culture] Don’t know about it yet? You’re lucky. Here’s a timeline. Geek Feminism and Shakesville have multiple posts on how Penny Arcade fucked up not so much with just(!) an insensitive rape joke in their webcomic, but with their mockingly dismissive responses (and how that played into their fans’ responses) to people’s objections to that webcomic.
Hundreds have already been killed and the violence is escalating. Let your people get on with it without you and your mates. You are not needed.
Via Possum at Pollytics, I have been made aware that Caroline Overington and other people who work for the Oz’s Media Diary think that problems with devastating cyclones and killer heatwaves have been given too much attention, presumably since not enough people have died from them.
The NSW Coalition has said they will not attempt to reverse the introduction of ethics classes in Special Religious Education time this year. Classes begin this term.
“Generation Y losing ‘female’ skills” It must be a slow news day. Horror of horrors Generation Y women are losing the skills their mothers and grandmothers apparently took for granted. In case you didn’t know, all women of the baby boomer and older generations were goddesses of cooking, sewing, ironing and all other housework related things. Todays modern woman is… Read more →