Archive for March, 2015

Native Tongue

In Native Tongue, women in a patriarchal society develop a new language, with new words to express new concepts, and teach it to their daughters in order to free themselves. In our society, oppressed groups also develop new language, though not quite so dramatically. Things like vocal fry, uptalk, “like.” When they use their altered […]

Maybe we shouldn’t put the oil in a pipe or on a train

It looks like Keystone XL isn’t going to be built so all that bitumen from the tar sands is going to have to find another way to market. That means oil trains. Lac megantic wasn’t the only oil train accident, though it was very deadly. Another particularly large accident was in West Virginia recently (it […]


Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors,” complains Andreeva. Link.

While you’re waiting for the bus

The math of Ferguson: percentages don’t show how bad it really is “What’s our Nature paper?” Are walking and cycling as green as we imagine? The other issue is that cars look relatively good because the comparison is on a per kilometre basis. The emissions associated with the manufacture and disposal of cars are averaged […]

Who the hell doesn’t know Stromae?

So sometimes I get really sad and dance and somebody wrote a song for that.* Stromae is kind of insanely famous not-in-America. When he played at SXSW the marketing and crowd were very weird. All over SXSW, kiosks were plastered with posters that posed a provocative question: “Who the hell is Stromae?” It’s a question […]

Migraine Log – latest research edition

So January and February I got a lot of migraines. A lot. I don’t know why I’m getting so many. I guess I can be grateful that many of them are not severe. Here’s a round-up of articles on migraine research that made me feel better than that graph: A nice summary of migraine and […]