As you will see, many of the links this week turned into mini-posts. Once again, if you find that annoying and just want no-frills links, let me know. This is something I’m very willing to change if it bothers.
A brilliant post on homeschooling. I’d say this is the best post I have read all week long. Highly recommended.
In defense of publishing your stuff in a free access format. What this writer says makes a lot of sense to me.
“The typical PhD program is a great place to develop bad work habits.” I know mine was, that’s for sure.
There are very weird people in this world. This blogger, for example, doesn’t distinguish between not wanting to see your parents naked and being a prude who cringes at the sight of a nude body. This must mean that if I like pornography, I should be totally fine with watching a porn flick with my parents starring.
This blogger continues to churn out the best academic advice I have ever read in my entire life. Reading this blog and following this advice has transformed my scholarly existence in the best way possible and I will never tire of sharing this joy with everybody.
Did you know that Facebook closes down accounts that writers start under their nom de plume? This is all shades of crazy. I can just imagine what would have happened if Mark Twain and George Eliot lived in the times of Facebook. The blogger I refer to is no George Eliot or even Jack London (just like I’m not either) but since when can’t authors use writing pseudonyms? Just this week I was told by two different people I know in RL that they have trouble thinking about me as anybody other than “Clarissa.” One more reason to hate Facebook, I guess.
If you need any more proof that some pageant parents are a public menace, read this article. And then please share what makes you think you need any more proof. Does Toddlers and Tiaras ring a bell? If you ever eat something bad and need to induce vomiting, two minutes of this show do the job. (I want to reiterate that not all pageants are horrible and not all pageant parents are creepy. There are perfectly good, fun pageants where kids really enjoy themselves and parents do all they can to let their children have fun in a healthy way.)
“An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if: c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents.” Want to know which barbaric country introduced this regulation? Read the details here.
I hate pickup trucks, never want to know anything about military insignia of any country, don’t want to have friends who are Evangelical Fundamentalists, hate any kind of beer, and have no way of knowing if my neighbors have college degrees. If this makes me a “disconnected” snob, then I’m happy to be one. I’d rather be a snob than the stupid person who came up with this ridiculous, meaningless questionnaire.
If you enjoyed the quiz referenced in the preceding link, take note that it was created by the jerk who “has argued that a) blacks, b) Latinos and c) all women are intellectually inferior creatures. The man who has argued that poverty cannot be helped by anything the government could do, because that breeds indolence and poor work habits and in any case poverty is caused by the innate stupidity and bad work ethics of the poor.” Still feeling good about yourself?
“A friend zone is a myth.” And I agree completely. This is a very insightful and talented young journalist writing. What does it say about me that whenever I read a post by a brilliant young person, I immediately think, “I wish this were a student of mine”?
The winners of “The Best of Russian Photography” competition. The captions are in Russian but who cares? The photography is beautiful.
Are there really people who ask their partners not to masturbate outside of their presence? And, more importantly, are there people who tolerate such controlling partners? What’s next, “If you dare have an erotic dream that doesn’t involve me, I’ll divorce you”?
On the history of the expression “I’m just sayin‘”. What a beautiful expression it is, too. I love it.
In the wake of the Komen people being defeated by the blogosphere and punished for their bigotry, a stupid fool is shocked that those vile Liberals actually consider the right of a human being to decide what happens in that human being’s own body to be a sacred right. Yes, how totally vile of them! The jerkwad who wrote this stupid post got so flustered by commenters challenging him on his hatred of women that he closed down the comments after just 23. Yes, it must suck to be called out on being a woman-hater.
Are the young becoming excessively cautious? (I blame this phenomenon on helicoptering parenting more than on the economy. What do you think?)
An instant test that reveals a lot about the person taking it. I can’t say more for fear of spoiling it. But it just takes a second. All I can say, I’m proud of how I did.
“Saraba Magazine is accepting short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and excerpts that reflect the diversity of sex and sexuality. Note that the publishers and editors have a bias for experimental writing.” Maybe there are people reading this who are looking to publish their work.
Honor killings in Canada. The last sentence of the post will speak to all people trying to escape their abusive families: “If you do manage to leave, don’t look back.”