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1. Interesting little bit of back story behind one of the #isthisapigeon meme currently sweeping through my timeline.

2. Alex Kingston & Matthew Goode will star in the Discovery of Witches series. I haven't really been that interested in the books, but I'm very interested now (although sadly this is a Sky production so I'll be waiting a loooong time to see it).

3. [twitter.com profile] fozmeadows did a little thread about how Diana got her blue dress in Wonder Woman, and I died.

4. Here is a really lovely story about a Playmobil boat that is traveling the world.

5. The UK trialed a new voter ID system in some boroughs during the recent local elections and, surprise, it meant some people couldn't use their legitimate right to vote because they didn't have the right kind of ID. There are no figures available on whether people returned later with the right kind of ID.

6. Books by women are priced 45% lower in North America.


7. Jenny of Reading the End and Maureen of By Singing Light had a great conversation about fanfic, genre fiction, and litfic. The various linked Twitter threads provided for background are also very worth reading.

8. An author has attempted to trademark the word "cocky" for use in the titles of romance novels; the blowback has been about what you might expect. The Internet has dubbed it "#cockygate"; for an overview of the story, see Kayleigh Donaldson's overview at Pajiba. Legal Inspiration has an excellent explainer of the legal issues involved. Thanks to my library work, I know a fair amount about copyright and fair use, but trademark law is more of a mystery to me, so I found this particular article really informative.

9. Black Panther Spoilers! In an interview for the Blu-Ray release of the movie, Ryan Coogler explains what happened to Killmonger's mother. Now, I appreciate that he made the film with this knowledge in mind, but we couldn't have gotten a single line putting this information in the movie?? This is my sole criticism of Black Panther, and it would have been so easy to fix.

10. Although I'm not sure I agree with his proposed solution, Film Crit Hulk's criticism of the ending of Avengers: Infinity War is spot-on.


11. I really liked this interview re: diets and food, The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right. I cracked up several times:

Now the big question: Which foods will give me cancer?
Processed and cured meats are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a Group 1 carcinogenic. This doesn’t mean they’re as bad as tobacco, but it means the evidence about a link is comparably clear. Red meat is classified as Group 2A, which means it is “probably” carcinogenic. Needless to say this is a work in progress, but in general almost everyone in the United States would be better off eating less meat.

What if I barbecue it? That seems natural.
Charring food, meat especially, produces carcinogens; so does cooking carbohydrate at high temperature, which happens in the making of chips and some cereals.

This seems like bad news.
These are carcinogenic exposures, but then again, so is sunlight.

12. Has anyone else been looping "This is America" by Childish Gambino? I played it at least ten times when it first dropped, because I kept finding new things going on in it. I liked The Carnage and Chaos of Childish Gambino’s "This Is America" by Doreen St. Félix and 'This Is America': Breaking down Childish Gambino’s powerful new music video by Sonia Rao. Donald Glover is not playing around.

13. Did you know there's a monthly sticker club? If not, now you do. You're welcome.

14. The subtle power of uncomfortable silences — I enjoyed this article; I've put this into practice in my political work and it's alarming how well it works on folks, especially men. I live in the U.S. South, though, so make no claims about it working elsewhere, but have been amazed by how often I get my way just by asking for something and then not cluttering up the space with further info, justifications, or pleas. People do what I want just because the silence bothers them!! Amazing.


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