Skepchick Sundaylies: Hobbies v. Crafts, Vaccines, Scottish Independence, and the End of the Forced Apology
Sunday Funny: SMF (via SMBC)
DBT Skills: The Calm Yo Tits Edition
Olivia provides the keys for interpersonal effectiveness.
The Physics Philes, lesson 114: We Got da Beats
Mindy discovers how physics drops some dope beats.
The Woman Who Saved Shakespeare and Helped Win Two Wars: Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Friedman (Women In Science 20)
Dale investigates the history of cryptoanalyst Elizebeth Friedman: “When World War I came to the United States, the armed forces simply did not know how to deal with the creation of effective codes, or the deciphering of enemy transmissions, and so took the unprecedented step of handing over sensitive cryptographic work to a civilian married couple who were at the time working at a farcical utopian intellectual community run by an eccentric millionaire. And thus begins the tale of American cryptography…”
Hobby? Craft? Survey!
Kim discusses the potentially gendered connotations of Hobbies vs. Crafting: “My first instinct was that hobbies are masculine and crafting is feminine. Crafting is things like: paper *crafting*, sewing, crochet, locker hooking, scrapbooking, knitting, and rug making. Hobbies are things like remote controlled airplanes, woodworking, and building models. These break down clearly along stereotypical gender interests. What do you think about hobbies versus crafting?”
NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review
Katie reviews the new vaccine documentary, Calling the Shots: “As skeptics, we know the importance of continuing to beat this dead horse of a subject [vaccines]. It’s one of the most important from a public health standpoint, and one of the most frustrating and infuriating on a personal level. We understand the facts about vaccination, what’s more important is how messaging should reach vulnerable populations.”
Coming Out Stories: The Long Ride Home
Vince shares his coming out story.
The Horror of Math
Jodee wonders why so many people shut down the moment they come face to face with a little math.
Is There a Difference Between Teaching and Having an Impact?
As much as the lecture method has come under fire in recent years, Peter still thinks it has a unique ability to be inspirational.
Scottish Independence Part 3: Interview With A Pro-Union Scientist
The Scottish referendum is nearly upon us! Alasdair continues his series on the topic.
#SorryNotSorry — The End of The Forced Apology
Jenny tells a story about how her son has started to call out people for not being sincere when they say “sorry.” And he’s right.
11 Things I’m Going to Keep Saying in the Vaccine Debate … and 4 We Shouldn’t
Erich does a point-by-point takedown of yet another anti-vax blogger who doesn’t understand how vaccines work.
Please Don’t Slut Shame My Preschooler
Steph’s preschool-age daughter was just told that she has to wear shorts under her skirts. But why are we worried about preschoolers being “decent”?
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