It’s the weekend! Here’s a few interesting links on science, medicine, writing, and more from around the blogosphere:
Someone finally explains the real strength of the Bechdel Test, as applied to movies and books. I’ll be keeping this in mind in the future when I write about characters whose backgrounds fall outside of the privileged arenas in society.
Io9 brings us video of the world’s tiniest protest rally, brought to you courtesy of Phylum Arthropoda. Video embedded for your viewing pleasure:
Speaking of adorable things, don’t miss Dreamwalkeramrita’s whimsical re-imagining of common text abbreviations as fuzzy little superheroes!
A portrait gallery of the elderly reflected in mirrors as their younger selves. I found these pictures haunting and beautiful.
All about vitamins, and why many of them might not be as helpful as you think. In the future we’ll spend a whole week here at Medical Microfiction talking about vitamins, thanks to the suggestion of author and reader CJ Friend.
Podcasts I Liked:
- Escape Pod 402: The Tale of the Golden Eagle – a story that blends elements of sci-fi and fantasy, and read by the author to boot. I found it a beautiful meditation on the ways we transform, and the ways we remain the same throughout our lives.
- Drabblecast 82: An Overgrown Clump of Narcissists – I got a good laugh from this story. A talking gun convinces a suicidal man to go on living. Now with Happy Trees!
- Drabblecast 289: The Cold Equations – while I strongly disliked the sexist elements in this story, I’ll it a pass since it’s a piece of classic sci-fi from the Golden Age. Excellent full-cast production, though.
What’s going on in your blog this week? What caught your eye around the interwebs?