Thursday Link Dump

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Mashable’s scientific approach to the Marvel shirtless scene.

Ranking the impossible.

One of the strangest things about the human mind is that it can reason about unreasonable things. It is possible, for example, to calculate the speed at which the sleigh would have to travel for Santa Claus to deliver all those gifts on Christmas Eve. It is possible to assess the ratio of a dragon’s wings to its body to determine if it could fly. And it is possible to decide that a yeti is more likely to exist than a leprechaun, even if you think that the likelihood of either of them existing is precisely zero.

I am surrounded in my physical life by people who write and teach writing workshops and this technique for mathematically figuring out a plot is one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen as a suggestion for developing a story. Maybe it will work for you!

Boil the Frog is a generator that creates a playlist between two artists/bands (it claims fifteen songs to go from One Direction to Rob Zombie).

Women and the Labor Movement.

While the vote was granted to (some) women in 1918, it has never been clear what the turning point was. The suffragettes had mostly suspended their activities four years earlier, and many historians believe Emmeline Pankhurst’s militant tactics set the movement back. Others argue that it was during the war years that women proved themselves equals through their war work. There is another argument that the 1918 act was about giving suffrage to returning soldiers; that it was nothing to do with the suffragettes at all, but an appeasement for the working class war contribution. I’m not completely convinced by any of these arguments. What’s obvious is the suffragette movement is not the clear-cut success story it is often presented to be.

So why do we look to the suffragettes as the definition of first wave feminism? Possibly because middle classes women’s voices have always been louder than the working classes. Maybe because we have focused our telling of the story of women’s suffrage on glorified acts of civil disobedience (strikes are just not as sexy). Or perhaps because modern feminism has disconnected itself from the labour movement.

If you or anyone you know is signing up for ACA in New York state during open enrollment, please see this article about Fidelis Care.

xkcd’s Map Age Guide.

A giant wooden penis has mysteriously appeared on a mountain in Austria. The article is full of dick jokes and puns.

Study Reveals Bronze Age Women Traveled Far While Men Stayed Home.

Researchers examined the remains of 84 individuals in the Lechtal, a valley region in Austria where ancient settlements once existed. Using genetic and isotope analyses, as well as archeological evaluations, of people buried between 2500 and 1650 BC, the researchers concluded that the majority of the women buried there were not native to the region.

However, these foreign women were given the same burial treatment as the native population, implying that they were very much incorporated into the local society.

Eleven-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device.

Reminiscing about A League of Their Own.

It is a frustration of mine, though not a surprise, that A League of Their Own isn’t considered a slam-dunk top-10 all-time sports film. It is the best-earning baseball movie in history, and it holds up as well today as it did in the early ’90s. The script and characters are funny and nuanced, and the mood isn’t dampened by a forced relationship with a wet-blanket character. (Although, to be fair, and with much respect for the troops, Bob Hinson is pretty dull.)

The baseball scenes are choreographed and performed so well that they rarely take you out of the film. The frying-pan-sized leg wounds are not makeup; the actress who played the superstitious backup catcher, Alice (Renee Coleman), truly did obtain that enormous strawberry while sliding into a base. The humiliating “gracefully and grandly” charm school that the girls must attend is based on the actual baseball players of the ’40s and ’50s being sent to makeup doyenne Helena Rubinstein for etiquette and beauty instruction. Even the “batter up, hear the call” earworm that is sung throughout the movie — in the clubhouse, on the bus, in your mind for the rest of the day — is the real deal.

Self Lymph Drainage Massage. I wish I’d had this last week.

Helpful chart for what to take when:

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, dry skin season is here. If you’re looking for an ethical source for quality shea butter, this company is good (ignore the terrible 90s website). They’re fair trade and their quality is great. I recommend going in with some friends for a better deal. A pound lasts me about a year (I mix it with coconut oil and a few other things to make my own body butter/massage oil).

50 Responses to “Thursday Link Dump”

  1. Xolandra says:

    So many excellent links, i am SUPER EXCITED to try to stump Boil the Frog *grins evilly

    Today in weird parallels: I also make my own body butter / massage bars. How are we still the same person?

    Also, if you need a lil Eartha Kitt in your life rn, this song is basically #lifegoals:

    And if you're not paying attention to Princess Nokia, you're probably missing out, my witches:

    • CleverManka says:

      How are we still the same person?
      IDK but I kind of love it.

      What's your recipe for the massage bars? I'd like to have something that wasn't quite as oily as the body butter (which is great for feet (in socks I don't care that get oil stains), a massage lotion (because it doesn't sink in quickly), and I even put it in my hair during the winter, but for application on dry areas before dressing for work, it's not the best.

      • Xolandra says:

        I use this one!

        I go a little heavier on the beeswax (I think? I go by weight instead of volume because who has time for melting or shaving beeswax to see how many cups it is? NOT ME) and use coconut oil instead of sweet almond oil. I dump some vitamin E oil and some tea tree oil as well (I have weird chicken skin, I always have little wounds on me from picking at my flesh), or like lavender if I am feeling Particularly French.

        I put in on my face after the shower, and by the time I'm putting my eyeliner on (during/after coffee, usually), my face is non-greasy enough that my eyeliner stays put all day.

        • CleverManka says:

          Wow, that's way easier than I thought it would be. I already have two of the three main ingredients in my house right now And equal parts of each ingredient? NICE. Thanks for the link!

          The Burgomaster has ridiculous dry itchy skin in the winter but he skimps on using the lotion bars that a friend makes because she doesn't always have stock on hand. So he bruises himself from scratching. *sigh*

          • Xolandra says:

            YUP. Dirt simple. Like, takes max 20 minutes + setting time. Pro-tip: use it on getting out of the shower. For some reason having damp skin really helps.

            BURGOMASTER. a) drink more water and b) PUT THE LOTION ON ITS SKIN. Why be miserable all of the time when you could be miserable only some of the time?

          • CleverManka says:

            His argument for not using my lotion (which is NOT expensive lotion) when he runs out of lotion bars is that the lotion sinks in faster so he has to apply it numerous times a day which seems wasteful.
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          • Xolandra says:

            seems wasteful

            Sounds logical. Sure. May as well live with itchy skin rather than slather lotion on more than once! Sure. Makes sense. Good logicking, yep yep.

          • RoseCamelia says:

            I think the Burgomaster may need what so many women need. ::cups hands around mouth:: YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU DESERVE GOOD THINGS!

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            I use sweet almond oil in the shower, but I should probably have a secondary lotion system in place.

          • Xolandra says:

            O yes also it is super forgiving as a recipe. Like, slightly more oil or butter is no big deal.

        • jenavira says:

          …well, that's coworker holiday gifts sorted. Thanks!

    • vladazhael says:

      Flashback to years ago when my manfriend had the fairly typical younger dude obnoxiously overpowered car stereo and used it to listen to Eartha Kitt singing in French.

  2. damngoodcoffee says:

    Re: women in the labor movement; I know I must've recced this before, but 'Feminism Unfinished' is an excellent book overall (somehow both well-researched and a relatively quick read) that talks about the history of feminism in the U.S., mostly in between the 'waves,' and includes a lot about women and the labor movement. It's awesome.

    I have to wait to see Thor (boo) b/c of unexpected medical charges and me trying to save money (b/c I would be buying both a movie ticket and two uber/lyft rides), but it WILL happen b/c everything I've seen about it thus far w/o being spoiled has been good.

    A League of Their Own is the freaking best.

    • CleverManka says:

      Holy wow, my library actually has that and it's NOT checked out! I wonder if I can get the Burgomaster to run an errand for me tomorrow….

      • damngoodcoffee says:

        I always partly feel bad whenever I rec books to people b/c I have such a long list of books that I just somehow never get around to reading, but if you do have time/interest, that is a great one.

        I'm currently working my way through a rec from my sister, 'Dark Matter' by Blake Crouch, which is… not great.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      A League of Their Own is indeed the Freaking Best, and thank you for the rec, I just added it to the Nook.

  3. Lynn says:

    Lord that Fidelis thing is so typical of how NY state government works under Cuomo — pretending to be progressive while ultimately prioritizing the rights of corporations over everyone else.

    (My go-to line whenever anyone floats the prospect of Cuomo running for president — which is what he really really wants to do — is that Cuomo, in actuality, is everything people accused Hilary of being with regards to Wall Street and backroom deals.)

  4. Rillquiet says:

    The penis article reminds me of an old English riddle mentioned by Stephen King: "First white, then red; first lies in bed, then stands in bed; the bigger it gets, the better the old woman likes it." (A strawberry, you dirty-minded heathens.)

    Someone, please talk me out of the Her Universe Loki cape blazer. I am too old for such fripperies but it fills me with yearning.

  5. LaxMom says:

    I don't know how that author has the nerve to give out writing advice, trying to SKIM his article HURT my eyes. It hurt my brain. It was painful to read and stilted, jittery, commanding and forced all at the same time. Like hell will I try anything he says. Also, I think my kids at 10 wrote better.

    Not that I'm judgemental or anything. (sorry not sorry)

    • CleverManka says:

      Eh! I figure there are all kinds. Someone with a more math-minded brain might find this super useful!

      • jenavira says:

        I liked it! But I am one of those people who chronically has too many ideas for the amount of time I have to dedicate to them, so.

        • LaxMom says:

          Oh, I don't know, his advice might work, it looked more or less reasonable as far as using a "gimmick to trick you into meeting your writing goals" advice goes. But his writing style was what was kiling me. I looked at a bit more of the site, I guess it's all supposed to be like that, and give the shortened, "throw it out there" style of an elevator pitch, but the voice wasn't for me.

  6. Kazoogrrl says:

    Ah Taika, what did we do to deserve you?

    Reminds me, the Moana reo Māori is out! He worked on the movie translation with his sister.

  7. jenavira says:

    That Bronze Age women article is terrific, and a beautiful example of good science writing (headline gets the point across, article describes the actual data they're working with and direct quotes from scientists about their conclusions). A lot of archaeology just needs a little reframing to be really interesting. "Patrilocal marriage" doesn't tell a story the same way that "60% of the women buried here came from Somewhere Else and brought their culture and skills and stories with them" does.

  8. Flitworth says:

    Oh I am so excite you included the ranking the impossible piece! I told husband I wanted to stitch the whole article onto a sampler, it was such a fun read.

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