Why we’re winning

Read this; just read this.

There’s a culture war happening right now. It’s happening in games, in film, in journalism, in television, in fiction, in fandom. It’s happening online, everywhere. And everywhere, sexists, recreational misogynists and bigots are losing.

I think it’s true. There are ways in which some kinds of bigotry, particularly sexism, seem to be getting worse, but this is only because it’s being challenged in places where it hasn’t been before. And because the fact that it happens is more widely recognized as a problem than it might have been in the past.

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Awesome music Thursday: Butter-Fly

Have you heard? They’re making a new Digimon series that goes back to the cast and setting of the original series.

And the oddly-named opening song of Digimon Adventure was pretty special. Koji Wada’s first song and still his most famous, and once voted the second-best anime opening of all time, this song (as well as the evolution song Brave Heart) has been known to cause nostalgia even in those who only ever saw the series as a dub that didn’t keep the music.

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The downside of schedules and plans

Putting yourself on a schedule can be a good way to make sure you actually do what you plan to, but something I’m starting to realize recently is that getting too attached to a plan can lead to not wanting to do things out of order, and become a barrier to getting anything important done when the next step is a big or time-consuming one.

Like how right now I should be working on a novel or story, but the thing I want to do “next” is a large complicated change that I’d like to do all at once, so I’m posting this instead.

97 hours of consensus

The science on global warming/climate change is a lot more certain than some people seem to think it is. 97% of climate scientists agree, and only around half of Americans do and a good portion of those don’t realize just how sure the science is.

That’s the reason for 97 hours of consensus; to make people aware of the scientific consensus on the subject, which is a good cause even if the mere fact of consensus isn’t the best argument in their favor.

Year by year, decade by decade, gradually over long periods of time, we see that the earth’s temperature is rising and we know from very careful scientific studies that have been done, that the majority of this warming is due to human production of heat-trapping gases.
Professor Katharine Hayhoe

 

See all the quotes so far here.

Dreadnoughtus: Gigantic, exceptionally complete sauropod dinosaur

And it has such an awesome name too.

After Big Bang

The new 65-ton (59,300 kg) dinosaur species Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal for which body mass can be accurately calculated. Its skeleton is the most complete ever found of its type, with over 70 percent of the bones, excluding the head, represented. Because all previously discovered supermassive dinosaurs are known from relatively fragmentary remains, Dreadnoughtus offers an unprecedented window into the anatomy and biomechanics of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth.

Illustration: Jennifer Hall Illustration: Jennifer Hall

Dreadnoughtus schrani was astoundingly huge,” said Kenneth Lacovara, PhD, an associate professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who discovered the Dreadnoughtus fossil skeleton in southern Patagonia in Argentina and led the excavation and analysis. “It weighed as much as a dozen African elephants or more than seven T. rex. Shockingly, skeletal evidence shows that when this 65-ton specimen died, it was not yet full grown. It is by…

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The crime against Jennifer Lawrence

In case you haven’t heard, nude pictures of several women, notably Jennifer Lawrence, were stolen and leaked a few days ago.

Out of the people talking about the incident, there is (sadly unsurprising) a lot of victim-blaming, but even among those who don’t go quite that far some have called it a “scandal” and more or less implied that what happened had more to do with the people in the pictures than the ones who stole them.

Well, this wasn’t a “scandal”, it was a crime. The blame lies entirely with the criminals.  The Belle Jar has a good account of what’s been going on and what’s wrong with it. (Reddit being the worst of the worst is equally unsurprising.)

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Awesome music Thursday: Transformers EVO

There has long been a trend in anime of using random pop songs for openings rather than actually having specially made theme songs. Sometimes that works out just fine, other times not so much.

But one day a group of singers who didn’t like that trend got together and formed a group that would specialize in theme songs. And thus JAM Project was born.

Oh, did I mention that all those singers are very talented and that pretty much everything they’ve done as a group has been awesome?

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