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Witch Please Podcraft and Review

Witch Please is excellent. It is fun, clever, thought provoking, funny, and broadly entertaining.  Their tagline, “A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars,” while literally true, does not do it justice. It is a fancast, at its heart, but you do not have to be …

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Cosplay like a Lady – Emmett Frost

I blame everything you are about to see and read on Emily Finke. Not all of it is entirely safe for work. You have been warned. Three years ago I dove into the world of genderbent cosplay with a take on Princess Leia’s slave costume from Return of the Jedi. …

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Tech Writer Explains Fashion

Ladies, I would like to inform you of something: Fashion is trying to sell you a fantasy. I know, right? So surprise. Much awe. But don’t worry, Slate is here to explain it to you. Our esteemed Gentleman Tech Writer isn’t sure if you realized that a company primarily known …

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Hyperbolic Crochet

I never took any of the classes in the excellent fiber department at my art school. Maybe I thought it was too 2-dimensional or sedentary or too old fashioned. Visions of acres of granny yarn projects may have turned me off.  I bitterly regret it, because now I know that …

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Lavinia Waterhouse: Gold Rush Physician, Frontier Suffragette. (Women in Science 58).

Lavinia Waterhouse (1809-1890) lives at the intersection of a tangle of ideas that, to the 21st Century mind, have no business being together.  She was a physician practicing in the midst of California’s Gold Rush who was also a Spiritualist who was also a poet and artist who was also …

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Labor pains–Piper Harron’s mathematics thesis

I’ve recommended a lot of books to people over the years for their various merits. I’m recommending that everyone read Piper Harron’s PhD thesis for many of the same reasons. This piece is a primal scream of human struggle and is recognizable to anyone whose ambitions have ever been cut …

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The Women in Science Reading List: The Twenty Best (And Four Not Best) Books To Read and Own

When I first started collecting biographies of female scientists, I thought the genre, thanks to the historical and systemic neglect of the subject matter, would be fun to collect and relatively easy to complete.  Some Curie, some Meitner, a Franklin or two, and done.  Six years later, and my shelves …

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Scott Adams, Great Man or Greatest Man?

Some noble soul on the internet has paid everyone a service, taking the nuggets of immortal wisdom from the blog of celebrated cartoonist Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, and placing them in Adams’ own comics. You can read them here: http://mradilbert.tumblr.com/ As a man, I have to celebrate Scott Adams. Without …

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