Linkspam, 2/1/13 Edition

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February 1, 2013

Detail of a miniature of a nun spinning thread, as her pet cat plays with the spindle

Detail of a miniature of a nun spinning thread, as her pet cat plays with the spindle; from the Maastricht Hours, the Netherlands (Liège), 1st quarter of the 14th century, Stowe MS 17, f. 34r

A nice even dozen links this week!

  • A Dream Deferred: How Access to STEM is Denied to Many Students Before They Get in the Door Good The so-called science teacher in this post fills me with rage.
  • LOLcats of the Middle Ages Love this so much.
  • Coastal Snobbery, ‘The Masses’, and Respecting the Lowest Common Denominator Love this article. There really is coastal snobbery–I’ve seen it in action many times over the years, both when I was living in the Midwest and after I moved to the East Coast. Just because a lot of people like something doesn’t mean it’s bad (although sometimes it does).
  • Selfies Really interesting and thoughtful article about self-portraiture and image. I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to selfies.
  • Sick This is also thoughtful and thought-provoking. I don’t want to talk too much about what this is about because I think it does diminish the impact of the piece, but I will note that it does involve violence against women.
  • In which I tell you how I was almost a Mover and Shaker What strikes me about this is the fact that Library Journal sent the author of this piece an email that implied that her inclusion on the list was a done deal and spent a lot of time interviewing her and others. Also, of course, it seems that there’s a lot of goalpost moving in librarianship these days, too. Not a librarian, so maybe that isn’t the case. Also, whenever I see LJ I think LiveJournal, not Library Journal.
  • Student comes out to his teacher in writing assignment I think I have something in my eye.
  • The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap Where’s the eyewash station? I really have something in my eye.
  • The Humanities Know, Part 1 “I would like to point out that the current convergence of conservatives’ desire to cut education funding with technologists’ fantasies regarding online education pose a serious threat to higher education, especially to higher education that includes the humanities.”
  • E.L. James needs to shut her ignorant mouth about abuse. “E.L. James cares so much about you, abuse survivors, that she’s willing to prioritize a woman’s right to be spanked over your right to not be stalked, intimidated, beaten, and controlled. She cares so much, that she won’t even listen to you when you try to tell her what’s wrong.”
  • You Thought Reborn Babies Were Creepy? How About Vampire Reborn Babies? I’ve been fascinated by this particular hobby for a long time–there are people who do it just because they enjoy modding dolls, but there is a not-insignificant group of people who collect these dolls and treat them as if they were real babies (at least online).
  • Striving Sara Lamb is one of my favorite fiber artists and someone whose work I really admire (she has a YURT). This is about creativity and risk taking and learning even from our failures.


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