Dogs and Smurfs: Representations of Female in Kid’s Books

Male is default. That?s what you learn from a world of boy dogs and Smurf stories. My daughter has no problem with this. She reads these books the way they were intended: not about boys, exactly, but about people who happen to be boys. After years…

Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery

Or so claims this interesting post about the use of sonography in 2009 by researchers Odile Buisson and Pierre Fold?s to create the first complete three-dimensional image. And then there’s the discoverer [cough] of the clit, too.

Kitten vs Two Scary Things

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Magna Carta Essay in the Wild

Amongst other silliness, it claims that King John’s titles included Duke of Hazzard, and observes that “peasants were reduced to eating burage and socage.” It also invents a fictitious war against Flanders Fland (a region on the coast of Luxembour…

Vanity Fare on TSA: So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost.

To walk through an airport with Bruce Schneier is to see how much change a trillion dollars can wreak. So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost. And directed against a threat that, by any objective standard, is quite modest. Some other important quotations: The full-body-scanner…

DIY Star Wars Snowflakes

Chaunce Dolan on Friday, December 17th, 2010: With the holidays right around the corner we thought it would be fun to make some snowflakes. In our hunt we came across some Star Wars snowflakes created by a husband and wife. After making a few of t…

SOPA on hold, PROTECT IP still pending

I’m a registered Democrat. I vote, I canvass, I caucus. As a Website owner and as an American, I’m dismayed by Congressional attempts to censor the internet. I’m appalled and chilled that we have a former Senator who publicly asserts that the U.S. should take a lesson from China to…

The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Harper Collins, NY. 2009. ISBN: 978-0-06-165819-8 Buy from Amazon Buy from iBooks Buy From Powell’s Ree Drummond was a Southern California college graduate with plans to move to Chicago and start law school when she met an Oklahoma cattle rancher. She married “Marlboro Man,”…

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition—Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Anthony Bourdain. Ecco, January, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0060899226. Buy from Amazon. Buy from Powell’s   I first heard about Anthony Bourdain via his No Reservations show on the Travel channel. It was immediately clear that Bourdain not only loves food, he loves…

Club Dead—Charlaine Harris

Club Dead Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse 3 Ace Books, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0441010516. Buy from Powell’s Buy from Amazon Charlaine Harris’ Club Dead is the third in her series of “Southern Vampire” novels, preceded by Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas, both of which were previously reviewed for…

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