Juliet (II) by Sarah Xerta

JULIET (II) by Sarah XertaCombining depictions of rape with those of almost inevitable descent into apathy, Xerta creates a narrative that might leave the reader wishing she were less skilled, and less insightful.

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Ads Blocking Me

The discussion of ad-blocking on the internet often polarises into user freedom vs. user freeloading. But, as with many issues, this might be concealing other, less-extreme options. For example, considering advertising in other situations as more than evidence that ad-block users are hypocrites.

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Rise of the Prince by Nicholas C. Rossis

Rise of the Prince by Nicholas C. RossisCombining a well-realised twist on devolved civilisations with a firm grasp of the power of emotional and spiritual factors in shaping action, Rossis creates a possible future humanity that seems plausible on both a logical and visceral level.

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Greenstar Clothing

As people who have seen me recently will know, Greenstar is now available on a series of fine clothing products.

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Sleep Is The Best Meditation

For a reason hidden from me by state or circumstance, I woke up in the early hours of this morning; not to full wakefulness, but enough for both rational thought and remembrance of the same. Most of the thoughts were mundane or personal, but the one that stood out was an uncertainty over whether I wanted to fall asleep again, or only needed the benefit of sleeping more.

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Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight into It by Michelle Proulx

Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight into It by Michelle ProulxCombining intergalactic peril with comic romance, this book offers entertainment free of both mawkishness and explosion-escalation.

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Building Strong Societies

Dave Higgins:

This article by John Scalzi sets out a his thoughts on how to raise a “strong woman”; and I can see the merit. However, as I favour both cross-fertilisation of knowledge and avoiding unnecessary gender bias, I wondered if they held if references to female children were removed.

  1. Promote good role models.

  2. Always treat family whose privilege is less as if they were your equals.

  3. Treat others with the same respect as you would family.

  4. Respect others’ agency.

  5. Treat others as thinking beings.

  6. Point out cultural nonsense as it happens.

  7. Support others’ rights and aspirations.

  8. Do all of the above without needing to get credit for it.

To my mind, not a bad set of guidelines for any situation.

Originally posted on Whatever:

This question was asked by JRed and seconded by a number of people in the thread:

What advice do you have for raising a strong woman in today’s world*? Our daughter just turned one, and I want her to grow up to know who she is and what she wants, and to not take crap from anyone. But it’s overwhelming when society seems to have 10,000 conflicting messages about what those qualities even mean for women, much less how to cultivate them. I realize this topic might set you up for the haters, but my husband and I would love your thoughts.  *OK, let’s narrow “the world” to the United States.

I can’t give a recipe for this other than what we’ve done with regard to our own daughter, but inasmuch as I expect that’s what you’re asking, here’s how we’ve done it.

(Disclaimers early: I’m not a perfect parent. Neither is…

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Unintentionally offensive

Dave Higgins:

When I read that Ian Duncan Smith would be continuing his assault on the United Kingdom’s benefit obligations, I considered writing about the risk this posed; however, Crissy provides a starker demonstration of how benefits are not a reward for apathy than I could.

Originally posted on Fangs and Lasers:

Yesterday at work a customer made an off hand remark about getting something free. Lots of people do this, nifty percent of the time they are teasing. We laugh, I say sorry can’t do that, and we go on our ways.

But yesterday was a bit different. We laughed, then he said “I’m just kidding. I work for what I have. I’m a conservitive, not a liberal. I don’t expect anyone to just give me anything.”

I was a little offended. First time in a really long time that I’ve ever been offended. I don’t necessarily consider myself a liberal, but I have been on public assistance before. Even now I have free medical from the state because I can’t afford health care. And this is what this person thinks of me? That I just want free hand outs instead of working for myself?

I laughed it off and let…

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Only The Dead by Wolfgang Carstens and Janne Karlsson

Only The Dead by Wolfgang Carstens and Janne KarlssonIntermingling poetry and illustration, Carstens and Karlsson remove the barrier between sound and vision, bringing the reader closer to a holistic experience. By mirroring the constant input of multiple senses that life provides, they make the reader more deeply live the collection, making the chap book both the message and the application.

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Greenstar Diary Entry: If It Looks Like Doc…

In the final Greenstar Season 2 crew diary, Doc gives unique perspectives on one of Topik’s major flaws and the possibility of hidden food supplies.

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