For the attention of @robyngallagher.


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Internet Histories 2

I love The Pantograph Punch. Perhaps not the only place where an essay could first take you to this explanatory comic of Syria dictatorships, for whose illumination I am grateful, and then (with a second author) throw the turn of phrase below, but definitely the closest to hand.

Pop music is often seen as a disposable, low form of art – so, crywanks aside, it’s reassuring to see it treated seriously.

second sight: Geologic time

Dazed and Confused is now further away from the present than 1976 was from Dazed and Confused.

Sir? Buddy? Youngblood? Hoss?

Other popular options [for addressing a male stranger] include pal, partner, par’ner, chief, governor, hoss, and my main man. … No one minds being addressed as doctor or captain.

Symptomatic at Overland

Boys, men, they thought I was special, when probably I was just a bit mental.

I read this essay almost a week ago and keep coming back to it. It’s like being dropped into the middle of a conversation. And I want to know: how did things work out for Nicos and the baby, as well as the author?

True Stories – The New Inquiry

No matter how rich the storytelling, the online personal-essay format, with its subtlety-free headlines and comments-welcome presentation, reduces these texts from nuanced portraits of human behavior to straightforward arguments about how to live.

The response of the article author to this is fairly straightforward: write fiction instead. I don’t know.

17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?

…We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.

Source: NPR: Hollywood Needs More Women  (via albinwonderland)

This citation cites a citation that cites Geena Davis paraphrasing an unnamed source. Makes a change from Kevin Bacon; but its tenuousness and the interest of what she says (17%! 33%!) make me wish she’d dropped chapter and verse.

(via whenblorgonsattack)

Two directions – Bunker Notes | Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu

I’m late keeping up with my feeds, but this should come to the attention of Robyn Gallagher, if not all of ye.

Any parental diffidence about the new Wiggles has been overcome by the enthusiasm of the younger members of the household. And, to be fair, this is a great children’s song: simple concept, original dances, tuneful singing, nice use of minor chord progressions, Anthony playing elder statesman and not mugging for the camera (no longer competing with Sam), and Captain Feathersword in a pirate wetsuit.

Hinemoana Baker - eight years without a holiday | TEU - Tertiary Education Union

“I’m really grateful to be employed and I enjoy the work,” says Hinemoana as she sips her coffee.

Life on successive casual contracts; poet as fixed-term fixture. 

Time to push back on behalf of the academic precariat!