Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, June 5-11, 2016

The Stanford rape case was all over the interwebz last week, as were the stunned reactions.

Jessica Valenti remembers her life as a sex object. The Guardian.

The rebel virgins and desert mothers who were written out of early Christian history. Alex Mar for Atlas Obscura.

Mallory Ortberg presents gleeful mobs of women murdering men in western art history. The Toast.

Hazel McCallion says, ageism is getting old. The Globe and Mail.

Adam Grant: unless you’re Oprah, ‘be yourself’ is terrible advice. The New York Times.

Teen suicides in Woodstock, Ontario prompt discussion of the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs. CBC’s The Current.

Iona Sharma: ‘A’gailleann’: on language-learning and the decolonisation of the mind. The Toast.

We learn more about our language by listening to the wolves. Holly Root-Gutteridge for Aeon.

John Beckett shares the reasons why he thinks the otherworld is bleeding through. Patheos.

Wow. Look at this self-sustaining community (Now This):

 

Indigenous communities are teaching scientists about nature. The comment that accompanied this article when shared by a friend: it took them this long to figure it out? Vox.

Gene drive therapy may be used to fight malaria. NPR.

Scientists discover a new cat species roaming Brazil. Monga Bay.

Oh, that’s what those bright spots on Ceres look like. Phil Plait for Slate.

Maryana Kopylova makes these alien toys. Space kittehs! Whatever, they’re cool. Brainberries.

This is Colossal shares Kevin Peterson’s hyperrealistic paintings of children and animals exploring urban remains.

ASAP Thought shares five ways to reduce mental health stigma.

 

Liz Fosslien and Molly West share six illustrations that show what it’s like in an introvert’s head. Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution blog.

You’ll feel better at work with these two-minute habits. Robin Madell for The Business Insider.

This makes me happy 🙂 Pharrell Williams offers a masterclass to students at the NYU Clive Davis institute.

 

And . . . if you like lovely folk harmonies, you’ll want to watch this documentary of Dala’s tour to Alaska.

 

There is no light without the darkness and no darkness without the light.

Be well until next week.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, April 24-30, 2016

Light-headed? Yeah, I think so. Oh! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Your thoughty funny for the week:

First, Newsner reports that farts can prevent cancer. Then, IFLS reports that theory stinks.

NASA’s ‘impossible EM drive works: German researcher confirms it can take us to the moon in four hours. Physics-Astronomy.

Then a friend shared this MIT Technology Review article: the curious link between the fly-by anomaly and the ‘impossible’ EM drive thruster.

If Saturn was this close on May 1st, we’d all be dead. Phil Plait for Slate.

Lucy Orr reviews the evolution of AI in popular culture. The Register.

How the “Moth Radio Hour” helped scientists map out meaning in the brain. Amina Khan for The LA Times.

The secret language of narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths: how abusers manipulate and traumatize their victims. The Minds Journal.

The Awesome Daily has collected these pictures of the 40 most breathtaking abandoned places in the world.

Cosmopolitan lists 22 of the most beautiful places in the world.

Dala sings Red is the Rose.

 

Priming the pump, popping the mental corn, call it what you will, I hope it happened.

Now . . . go write!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Feb 21-27, 2016

Gah. Can’t brain. Well, maybe a little. Little brain.

The fight to preserve the Cree language. The Walrus.

Building James Webb, the biggest, boldest, riskiest space telescope, yet. Daniel Clery for Science Magazine.

Sean Carroll talks about whether the universe had a beginning. Yes, we still don’t have definitive evidence. Slate.

Astronomers find another small, icy body beyond Pluto. Slate.

Listen to the otherworldly beauty of overtone singer, Natascha Nikeprevelic. Good.

Despite anti-vaxxer resistance, the Gardasil vaccine has already drastically cut HPV infections in young women. Slate.

This is something that might affect me personally. The Liberals are “unravelling” the Conservative’s plan to recoup savings from the public service’s sick benefits plan. Negotiations are ongoing. We’ll have to see if this has a real impact. The Ottawa Citizen.

The Dala girls wrote a new song!

 

The next Chapter will be up on Saturday.

Take care until then.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz June 15-21, 2014

I think I have to declare this the week of TED. A fair amount of TED talk here. All excellent, as TED talks tend to be.

Just a bit of politics here. The Northern Gateway pipeline is that other pipeline, but it’s a Canadian thing, so some of you may not have heard. Here’s an interesting article about the lies that have been told in an attempt to push the project through.

Kudos to the UK where teaching creationism is now banned in state-run schools. I Fucking Love Science.

A man dedicated to fighting woo: The Huffington Post interviews James Randi (The Amazing Randi).

Just to offer some balance, a post on meditation from one of the woo-pitchers Randi debunks. Actually, I don’t think Randi has an issue with meditation, or its potential benefits, just all the other stuff that tends to get glommed in with it.

More IFLS: How neurons decide whether you cope or become stressed.

TED talk from David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals.

And related, from the Wall Street Journal: Our brains are made for enjoying art.

A TED talk from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the secret of happiness, flow.

Another TED talk from Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from.

TED talk from Colin Stokes. What are today’s movies teaching our kids? This kind of goes with the article on strong female characters from this past Tipsday. Hint strong doesn’t equal pew-pew-pew!

Jim C. Hines responds to a blog post entitled “The naive idiocy of teaching rapists not to rape.” Read to get the goods.

An interesting article from Irish Central on the black Irish and their history.

Entertainment Weekly interviews David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the season 4 finale of Game of Thrones.

And Maisie Williams on her character, Arya.

One of my favourite pair of singer/songwriters: Dala 🙂

 

And just for laughs: What do you Poupon?

It was a fairly thoughty week! Enjoy, my friends 🙂

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Creative connections: On Dala, civic responsibility, and unexpected acts of yoga

This Wednesday past, one of my favourite musical groups, Dala, was in Sudbury.  I watch their web site for local concert dates, because I just love them.  Their pure vocal harmonies and soulful folk really touch me.

Dala at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre

Dala at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre

I first discovered them courtesy of the CBC’s Stuart McLean.  They were his musical guests on one of his Vinyl Cafe tours.

On Wednesday, Dala and Adam Crossley performed a free concert as part of the Vale Concert Series at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park to support the Sudbury Food Bank.

Adam Crossley

Adam Crossley

Here are a couple of articles, for your reading pleasure:

Donation, in cash or food, was voluntary, but I donated what I would have otherwise paid for a ticket.  There are still a lot of people who need the food bank’s services.  Should I ever become one of those people, I’d like to think that others would take an interest in helping me.

It’s a great thing to get out and do something artsy, but non-writing related.  All work and no play makes Mellie a dull girl 😉  I also learned last year that I have to keep my well replenished.  It’s a Julia Cameron thing.

Like any endurance sport, writing is a marathon.  And really, it never stops.  If you continually draw on your creativity, eventually, that well runs dry.  Cameron suggests that you get out and experience the arts as a form of levelling that creative water table.

Art begets art.

On the way out, I saw a group of people in the park doing yoga.  There were letters pegged into the ground by the roadside that spelled out Zenlife.

Zen Life yoga from across Paris Street

Zen Life yoga from across Paris Street

Pretty cool, I thought.

What do you think? Do you have favourite musical groups you like to see?  How do you feel about your civic responsibility?  What about fresh air yoga?  Want to try it?  Already have? What was the experience like?

Caturday quickies: What I did this afternoon

Hi all!  I went to the local Chapters and hung out for a bit with my friend Kim Fahner, who was doing a book signing with her new writing friend Sarah Lashbrook.

Kim and Sarah talking to fans :)

Kim and Sarah talking to fans 🙂

Of course, I bought Sarah’s book, Where the Stream and Creek Collide, and asked her if she wouldn’t mind doing an interview on Writerly Goodness 🙂  Look forward to that in the coming weeks.

Of course, I had to feed my book addiction and spent $80 altogether on Sarah’s book, YA fantasy and adult fantasy novels.  In the past couple of weeks I also scavenged a pile of books from the several boxes my mom was taking to a book sale, and got the StoryBundle of ebook classic SF for a nominal donation (excellent deal – go, consume).

Yes, I read procedurals, classics, and other stuff as well as fantasy ;)

Yes, I read procedurals, classics, and other stuff as well as fantasy 😉

Did I mention addiction?

Yeah.

In other news, I’m going to take a short blogging holiday next weekend.

I’m off to a friend’s pre-wedding celebration in Michigan City, IN on Saturday.  If I was independently wealthy, I’d be going to her destination wedding, but this seemed a happy compromise for both of us.

Try not to miss me too much 😉

Next up: I’m finally finished K.M. Weiland’s Dreamlander and I’ll be reviewing that today.  I joined Story Cartel and got the ebook free for an honest interview.  This is another great ebook site I’d highly reccommend.  Free books!  ‘Nuff said 🙂  I also hope to have a guest blog coming up for you tomorrow.

Upon my return, I’ll get Sarah’s interview up and continue on my merry way.  There are a couple of fun things coming up in August: a Dala concert and a Great Big Sea concert.  I’ll be blogging those as well as keeping you up to date on the work sitch.

My current acting will be up as of August 31 and I still have no idea whether I’m heading back to my old unit (absolutely fine with me), if the pool I’m in will result in a new assignment, or if my application on an internal competition will result in something else.  I’m not good with uncertainty.

So lots of Writerly Goodness yet to come 🙂