- I really like Lena Headey's interior design tastes. And also like her practicality for choosing to live in the Valley in a reasonably-sized house for her family.
- These teen girls protesting in their quinceañera dresses are far braver than I ever could be.
- Fan Ho, Hong Kong's poet with a camera.
- Dr. Jen Gunter's takedown of GOOP has been a lot of fun. Also for fun I checked Dr. Gundry's license and noticed that under the self-reported board certification, he lists "American Board of Urology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery", which is weird. The board of Urology does not certify for female pelvic medicine; that would be under the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. His board certification(s) should be for the specialties he practices in, which would be primarily cardiology and thoracic surgery. So, that's just strange. Wonder why he doesn't list his actual boards, and if he does have them (board certification is not a requirement to be a doctor, it's just a lot of hospitals/insurances/med groups prefer that their doctors maintain board certification to stay current on knowledge), if they're current.
- So my teenage horror reading might be turned into a TV show: Fox is developing R.L. Stine's Fear Street with a female director, Leigh Janiak. Someone please please please pick up Christopher Pike.
- New Guillermo Del Toro movie:
- Full transcript: Hillary Clinton at Code 2017: I guess she's in her "all out of fucks to give" phase, which I wish she had reached earlier, like maybe a decade ago. People going to be mad at her again blaming something else (this time the DNC itself) for her losing.
- Where Letters to Hillary Clinton go
- How the Trendiest Grilled Cheese Venture Got Burnt: Restaurants, as it turned out, are not that easily disruptable.
- Pinboard bought delicious! I wonder if my login still works.
- The Birthmark of Damnation: Ta Nahesi-Coates and the Black Body. A very interesting critique of Between the World and Me. I need to re-read it, but I think he's saying that Coates makes racism seem like this magical, terrible thing that just happens to black people, instead of it being a tangible political and class reality, and critiques him for his inability to see that resistance work can yield results. Now I'll have to re-read Between the World & Me.
- Chapo Trap House made this premium episode discussion on the topic free due to high demand. I haven't listened to it yet.
- Chinese labor activists investigating where Ivanka Trump makes her shoes now missing/disappeared.
- Chinese maker of Ivanka Trump shoes looking for cheaper labor in Ethiopia.
- Ethiopia imposes nationwide internet blackout.
- Ivanka Trump tweeted about the GOP passing bills aimed at combating human trafficking.
- Russia's Internet Censor Asked for a Pornhub Premium Subscription and Pornhub Gave It 10.
- Pornhub posts Putin critic's anti-governemnt video after activist ordered to delete it by Russian court.
- There is nothing more tedious in Asian America than debating and policing who Asian Americans should be fucking.
- Buzzfeed on Chasing Amy 20 years later. I think I watched the first two thirds of this? Still think Kevin Smith talks too much and makes too much stuff about himself.
- Found this essay from Laila Lalami about public vs private self very resonant.
- Protest photos: the power of one woman against the world.
- Facebook finally doing something about fake news.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda made a writer's block inspired playlist.
- What a Start-up's Scandal Says About Your Workplace; tl;dr: capitalism is incompatible with progressivism
- Jerks & the Start-ups They Ruin; tl;dr: bros suck
- Sheryl Sandberg: Four Years after "Lean In"; tl;dr: shit didn't get better but we still have faith in Lean In circles!
- The 3 reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber; tl;dr: making YouTube videos is work, but Google keeps changing the rules so no one has time to keep up; YouTubers don't know how to tell Nazi jokes because they don't practice like professional comedians; their management don't know what they do and don't tell them not to tell Nazi jokes
- What Helped Convince Me To Stop Being Hardcore Republican; tl:dr: indirect discussions
- #thanksfortyping; tl:dr: wives basically typed up their husbands' work for them
- The problem isn't Obamacare; it's insurance companies. Too true.
- I think it's the last day for the women's sci-fi and fantasy Humble Bundle. I've been waffling, but I think I will get it.
- And then read this: Dystopian dreams: How feminist sci-fi predicted the future. Like no shit. I've been terrified to re-read Butler's Parable of the Sower or Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.
- Speaking of which, the Hulu trailer is here.
- Also rolling my eyes forever at Aaron Sorkin reminding me why I never really got into West Wing and found everything after kind of insufferable. David E. Kelley suffers from the same issues.
- Was literally just thinking about how many male writers actually just plagiarized their wives or profited off of and took credit for their hard work. See Zelda Fitzgerald.
- Beijing continues to rule Hong Kong with the election of Carrie Lam, first woman leader, opposed by pro-democracy activists.
- Fake news and fake solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?
- Bruce Schneier on the New Security Threats From the Internet of Things
- Woman escapes kidnapper by leaping out of trunk of moving car.
- Ad industry lobbyists look forward to impending death of online privacy.
- Facebook tells developers to quit it with the surveillance already
- Google's new open source JPEG compression algorithm can reduce images by 35 percent without loss of quality.
- Godless parents are doing a better job. Man I hope so.
- America's empty church problem. And even within the white working class, those who don’t regularly attend church are more likely to suffer from divorce, addiction, and financial distress. As Wilcox explains, “Many conservative, Protestant white men who are only nominally attached to a church struggle in today’s world. They have traditional aspirations but often have difficulty holding down a job, getting and staying married, and otherwise forging real and abiding ties in their community. The culture and economy have shifted in ways that have marooned them with traditional aspirations unrealized in their real-world lives.” (Thought I had while reading this: traditionally, women are the ones who do the work of keeping the family together and forging community ties like church and school. If men are unable to stay married, or have never learned how to get along with others in healthy ways, of course those ties are going to come loose. I also detect a huge flavor of entitlement - entitlement to the promise of the "American dream" whereas for immigrants and their children, that dream is mostly aspirational and not guaranteed.)
- You're still fucked under the GOP health plan even if you have insurance through your work.
- Thinx promised a feminist utopia to everyone but its employees. The company’s parental leave policies were also galling, say sources, in light of Thinx’s proudly feminist stance: two weeks leave at full pay plus one week at half pay for the birthing parent, and one week leave at full pay plus one week at half pay for the non-birthing parent. (Side note: loving all the female-oriented spaces doing such awesome journalism lately. Also, this is why people should unionize.)
Twinkie Chan makes food scarves. No, I do not know if Twinkie is her real, legal name. I would not be surprised if it were.
Samuel L Jackson to play Andrew Mwangura, controversial contact for troubled seafarers and pirates.
Cute picture of Gary Locke and his family.
This one is adorable, too: picture of a White House staffer's kid patting President Obama's head to see if his haircut feels the same as his.
Credit card reform.
AlternativeTo. Gives you alternative software options for Windows, Mac, Linux and online apps.
Reena Ahluwalia's jewelry is gorgeous.
I'm not sure if I like this or not, actually. Somebody turned Dante's Inferno into a videogame.
- For manrobotmonster : ihasahotdog.
- NxE’s Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers - I'm not sure why some of these are on here because some of them don't post anymore. But there's a lot of cool people to add to the reading list.
- One nation, not just speaking English: Obama says: Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English -- they'll learn English -- you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.
- We love. Deal with it. Ask.Metafilter thread on things people love about Los Angeles. Lots of good things here.
- Watched Hancock. I enjoyed it, but I'll be the first to admit that the story made no sense.
- Movies! Please stop teasing with Batman trailers.
- Also saw Flower Drum Song, probably not for the first time, but for the first time in whole. Wow! This is such an awesome musical and with really good songs.
Excerpt from his next book. Via Maud Newton. That picture cracks me up.
I'm as nerdy as they come, a deep lover of books, but those long hard years marked me as deeply as that river marked Conrad and maybe that's what the writer means when they say that I'm "from the street." If that's what the writer's getting at then I'll take it, I've no interest in erasing my particular version of the "American Experience."
Newsweek interview. Via coffeeandink.
But in my mind, I think that the same way a small, cold, gray, drizzly island nation in the North Atlantic could imagine itself the center of the universe, I see no difference why a Dominican who comes from this tiny little place and time can't also imagine himself the center of the universe.
Going to college was like immigrating again except it wasn't as fucked up, it was actually kind of fun. I mean, it wasn't fuckin paradise, I mean, I worked my way through college, delivering fuckin pool tables. I mean, I know kids who say they worked their way through college and they had a fuckin work study job at the library, you know? I was fuckin working my ass off, so it wasn't a fun ass joke, but compared to what immigration was like when I was a kid? I was like, shit yeah, this is great! You get ass, people invite you to smoke weed, you meet people from all over the world, you read books you can't believe ever could have been written.
This video is from the Authors@Google series and is about 50 minutes long:
Arabs are part of an ethnic group, not a religion. Arabs were around long before Islam, and there have been (and still are) Arab Christians and Arab Jews. In general, you’re an Arab if you 1) are of Arab descent (blood), or 2) speak the main Arab language (Arabic).
Not all Arabs are Muslim. There are significant populations of Arab Christians throughout the world, including in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Northern Africa and Palestine/Israel.
Perhaps I should write one, too about what Americans should know about China:
1. Nobody in China eats General Tso's chicken.
2. There are different ethnicities within China.
According to LAist, April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Perhaps I should tell Mark to get some halloumi. I have no idea what other sorts of cheeses are grillable.
Is anybody else watching Top Chef this season? I just watched the last episode, in which the Quickfire was to make an "upscale taco" and the Elimination Challenge was to make food from the pantries of a neighborhood in Chicago for a block party. So far, no one's really standing out, but I do know who's pissing me off - from Eric the bald dude who said that "Mexican food is soul food not upscale food" (shut up, dude) to Valerie (I think that's her name) who fucked up macaroni and cheese with Velveeta, not learning from her mistake the previous time. Another thing I hated was how they made all the women give soundbites about how hard it is to be a woman in the kitchen. I'm pretty sure it's true, but the way it was edited, no one said anything useful and it came across as kind of whiny. Come on, Top Chef editors.2.
Unrelated, but relevant: Via Maud Newton - Chris Lehmann on "Victim 'Hood" and Tayari Jones' "There's A Sucker Born Every Minute".
For my artsy friends: Adobe Photoshop Express Beta is free (for now) - you get 2 gigs of space for your photos. Woohoo!
Tonight I go see Jennifer 8. Lee at Pasadena's Vroman's, where she's going to be talking about her new book Fortune Cookie Chronicles. It's mostly about how Chinese American food (shocker) isn't really Chinese.
- Verdant Computing is an environmentally-friendly computer company.
- Here's a list of "social ride-sharing" sites. (Hmm, we used to do this in college, but in a much more inefficient manner. People wrote stuff on cards and put them up in a certain location, hoping someone would see it.)
- FoodBlogSearch helps you search for recipes on food blogs.
- I thought this was neat. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked Nichelle Nichols out of quitting "Star Trek".
- Edison Chen t-shirts now available! Man, what took them so long?
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a blog. LAist interviews him.
- Many kids who qualify for free lunch don't get it because they don't want to stick out. I didn't remember it being a big deal in elementary school, but my sister and I often skipped lunch in middle and high school, due to the fact that overcrowding meant that by the time you got to the front of the line, lunch was over. I forget if we still qualified for a reduced lunch by that time. Probably not.
(Note: Yay Obama!)
Meanwhile, here's some pretty stuff to check out:
Rust Belt makes jewelry sourced from re-purposed materials. Environmentally friendly and pretty!
Crybabys Boutique sells some really cute fabric.
Paul & Joe have some lovely desktop wallpaper.
This ring pistol is very cool.
(All taken from NotCot.)
- Via the Bargainist: Express coupon - $10 off $40, or $20 off $80, and a free subscription to either Lucky or Details. Good through 9/16/07.
- Global Voices is one of my favorite blogs, mostly because I get information about stuff outside the US. However, I find it impossible to keep up with because it's basically about everybody, so I just bookmark interesting posts and save them for later reading. Some interesting ones (I definitely have a bias though):
- Syria: History, Culture, and Identity.
- China: Charity pulled for thankless poor students. My favorite selection from here is the story of a Chinese businessman who based his charity-giving on American influence.
- Zimbabwe: China withdraws support for Mugabe.
- David Tennant (aka Dr. Who) and Patrick Stewart (aka Professor X/Captain Picard) will be in a production of Hamlet together! I think I can convince Mark to go see a Shakespeare production now!
- Vibe interview with Obama by Jeff Chang. Part 1 and Part 2. I do not have any particularly coherent thoughts about the Democratic nominees right now (other than I wish they would quit trying to be Republicans).
- I've got two daughters and it's a challenge for me every day to make sure that they're getting a positive self-image and that they are not being swept up in some of the negative attitudes about girls generally and Black women in particular. Now the main responsibility is with the parents, and I've never supported censorship as a strategy to deal with this. But I think it's something that we can all talk about. And so I think that some in the hip-hop community immediately assumed, I guess based on press reports they heard, instead of reading my actual statements, that I had targeted them out by themselves, and others assumed that I was trying to score cheap political points. (re: don imus shit)
- Everything you wanted to know about street gangs.
Q: How do you define a gang?
A: Great question. There are a few important legal cases where prosecutors tried to prosecute college fraternities as “gangs.” They suggested that the fraternity was an organization that existed to promote criminal behavior, such as the abuse of women and underage drinking. Most judges threw these cases out because they thought that fraternities were not, by definition, “gangs.” But judges rarely gave a logical reason for excluding (typically white) fraternities from the “gang category.”