A Binder Full of Women in Every Pot!

I tend to watch the debates with Twitter and Facebook open.  When both candidates are committed to not answering the question asked, my temper gets short, and I need the snarky tweets of Tristyn to be able to go on without hitting something.  So I saw the memification of "binders full of women" play out in real time, and I was ticked off.If you care to pop over to The Huffington Post, I have a piece up praising the actual content of Romney's answer: There are a lot of things about Romney I d … [Read more...]

Tell Me Which Women Scientists/Authors/Geeks Inspire You

There is a big old fight happening in the comments thread of my Ada Lovelace Day post.  That's totally fine, but I do want people to share recommendations, without risking being drawn into an argument or having to scroll past discussions of differing rates of married male and female saints to find the suggestions.So, normal commenting rules are suspended for this post.Here's what you can post:Women in STEM fields (living or dead, fiction or nonfictional) that you'd like us to know mo … [Read more...]

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I hope you all have parties planned.  In case you don't remember from last year's celebration, Ada Lovelace day is a time to celebrate and bring attention to women in science, tech, and math.  Here's how it got started and how it works today: Ada Lovelace Day was launched in 2009 with a simple pledge on British civil action site, Pledgebank. Nearly 2,000 people signed up to blog about a woman in technology whom they admired on 24 March. The day was an astounding success, with contributors wr … [Read more...]

To take up arms against a sea of sexists

In July of 2011, an unpleasant incident at an atheism conference prompted a much needed discussion about sexism (including careless or negligent acts of sexism). Over a year later, Jen McCreight, who did some kickass blogging in the wake of the elevator incident and is a fierce fighter for women (and men who want to treat people decently) got driven offline by a brutal campaign of harassment and threats. I've included a few posts related to her fight in this sexism sequence.Sexism Among … [Read more...]

Housekeeping Note

When I made the move over to Patheos last October, all my post tags got wiped out. I was much too lazy to deal with retagging for a while, but I'm working through the backlog at 5 posts a day. Sometimes I notice that a series of linked posts never got a Sequence Index post, so don't be surprised or confused if new ones pop up in your RSS reader. … [Read more...]

Post-Chicago Update + Radio Interview

up yours illustration

I had a lovely time at Chicago Ideas Week, and my 15 minute talk on the Ideological Turing Test and how to have better fights should be online in about a month. For a preview of what my co-panelists and I talked about, you can check out the image above. Chicago Ideas Week contracted with Ink Factory to have posters drawn during each of the talks that highlighted key ideas.  I'm standing in front of the illustration they generated during Religion: Exploring the Unexpected.  I'm trying to point at … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/12/12)

--- 1 --- Vi Hart is continuing her lovely videos on hexaflexagons!  Catch up on installment one, and then watch the video below (in which Feynman enters our narrative, so everything gets very wonderful, very fast).  --- 2 --- I'm a little nervous about sequel/prequels, but my queasy feelings about Monsters University, are very slightly calmed by the kickass website that Pixar put together for the titular school.  It's incredibly detailed (down to an events calendar and police sa … [Read more...]


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