Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived Additional notes from the author: If you want to learn more about Tesla, I highly recommend reading Tesla: Man Out of Time Also, this Badass of the week by Ben Thompson is what originally inspired me to write a comic about Tesla. Ben's also got a book out which is packed full of awesome. There's an old movie from the 80s on Netflix Instant Queue right now about Tesla: The Secret of Nikola Tesla. It's corny and full of bad acting, but it paints a fairly accurate depiction of his life. The drunk history of Tesla is quite awesome, too.
Emails Show How Hawaii Stiffed Arizona Secretary Of State's Birther Investigation On Monday, TPM filed a public records request for the correspondence between the Hawaii government and the Arizona Secretary of State's Office. The results show Bennett and his staff grew ever more impatient with the slow pace of Hawaii's response before the secretary finally took to a local conservative radio talk show on Thursday to voice his concerns. "Hello Jill. I just left you a brief voice mail message," Arizona Deputy Secretary of State Jim Drake wrote in an email to a Hawaii attorney on May 1. "I am wondering whether you can give me a ballpark timeframe on our request. As you know, the closer we get to November, the more my phone rings. Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine's response? In an interview with the Associated Press late Friday, a spokesman for the Hawaii attorney general said Bennett still has yet to show that he legitimately needs a verification of Hawaii's birth certificate despite numerous emails back and forth. From: Jill T. Hi Ken-- Jill T. March 30, 2012 Ken--
My Little Pony Corrals Unlikely Fanboys Known as 'Bronies' Each day, out-of-work computer programmer Luke Allen self-medicates by watching animated ponies have magical adventures. The 32-year-old, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, loves his daily fix of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, and he’s not alone. He’s part of a growing group of “bronies” (“bro ponies”) — men who are fans of a TV show largely intended for a much younger audience. “First we can’t believe this show is so good, then we can’t believe we’ve become fans for life, then we can’t believe we’re walking down the pink aisle at Toys R Us or asking for the girl’s toy in our Happy Meal,” Allen said in an e-mail to Wired.com. “Then we can’t believe our friends haven’t seen it yet, then we can’t believe they’re becoming bronies too.” Every nerd has a favorite TV show they watch religiously and know inside and out. The fan videos might be the main reason anyone outside the brony community knows the show as a meme. My Little Pony creations have taken off in other areas as well.
Why Teaching Equality Hurts Men | shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows Don’t let the title put you off. This isn’t what you think. With few exceptions, there comes a point in every little girl’s life when she first suffers exclusion on the basis of gender. This isn’t the only way it can happen. The above scenarios are not atypical. We also teach children they live in an equal society. Clearly, this isn’t true; and as the above should demonstrate, examples of its untruth abound in childhood. The point is, childhood matters. Which is where we come to the inherent problem of telling these same children, once they’ve grown into teens and young adults, that society is equal. How, then, does any of this relate to the frankly incendiary notion that teaching equality hurts men? Because of everyone, straight, white men are the least likely people to experience exclusion and inequality first-hand during their youth, and are therefore the most likely to disbelieve its existence later in life. Let the impact of that sink in for a moment. And this hurts men. Like this:
A men’s centre at Simon Fraser University raises questions Photograph by Brian Howell Keenan Midgley played basketball, soccer, baseball and football. But it isn’t his athletic skill that has made him well-known on campus in Burnaby, B.C. It’s the budget he’s written as treasurer of the Simon Fraser Student Society. The fifth-year accounting student added funding that will carve out a special space on campus for guys. The women’s centre is a 450-sq. Midgley says men could benefit from a similar “safe space.” Although the women’s centre’s coordinator declined to be interviewed, skepticism of the concept is evident in the centre’s FAQs. Those are the very stereotypes Midgley says the men’s centre’s users might discuss. Still, it isn’t just the women’s centre that questions the funding. Midgley admits no men approached him asking for their own space. Graham Templeton, the outgoing opinions editor at SFU’s student newspaper The Peak, doesn’t think the men’s centre would be capable of providing the support Midgley proposes.
Erik Johansson Kate Hart: Uncovering YA Covers: 2011 edited 5/20: These charts are not professionally researched or produced. Please take their findings with a grain of salt. Thanks. Last year, I started a series of infographics about YA book covers, mostly as a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the Wall Street Journal's "Darkness in YA" controversy. Nine. So this year, I decided to widen my search. As you can see, last year's finding that YA covers are no more "dark" than they are "light" still stands. And while it's not an exact count, this chart gives you a general idea of how self-published covers compare in hue. But the color diversity ends there. I had hoped that without "gatekeepers," self-publishing and indie presses would make up some of the ground in minority representation. Now, I realize this chart is not representative of all self-published and indie titles. So how are the gatekeepers doing? Better... but not great. It probably goes without saying that MENA, Native American, Indian, and other races/ethnicities fare the worst. So!
Time-Lapse Video of Incredible Annular Solar Eclipse Did you see the eclipse yesterday? In case of poor geographic location or general Sunday laziness, here’s a time-lapse video showing the celestial event in its full glory. Created by amateur astrophotographer Cory Poole, a math and science teacher, the video gives a great overview of the entire eclipse from start to finish. Poole watched the event from Redding, California, which was directly in the path of the moon’s shadow, allowing him to capture the full extent of the “ring of fire.” During this annular eclipse, the moon was slightly too far from the Earth to completely block out the sun, leaving a bright red ring that would make any Xbox player shiver. This time-lapse video was made by stitching together 700 individual frames, taken through a solar telescope with a special filter that can see the sun’s chromosphere, an outer solar layer from which flares and prominences emerge. Be sure to check out Poole’s website for more photos of the event. Video: Cory Poole Go Back to Top.