Most science blogs link to other science blogs. I get the feeling our readers are in good hands when it comes to getting their science-fill. So here's what else I'm reading (or watching) right now:
What belongs in the public domain? This video begs the question in a big way. (It also happens to be hilarious). See the Washington Post recap here.
Coming Out : On Gay Identity (A Video Series, Courtesy of BigThink)
There is something intensely voyeuristic about this, which makes it both compelling and avidly watchable. I've seen quite a number of the videos on BigThink and am usually bored to tears within minutes (academics rambling on does not make for good viewing, typically). But catch the brilliant at their most personal and it's something else entirely. My favorite? John Waters -- he comes at the end.
Ever wanted to watch a vaunted Princeton lit professor take on pop's dirtiest star? (In the vein of : Ali G. goes to Princeton)
A hysterical take-down of Christine O'Donnell by none other than the Guardian's AF Kennedy. (A woman) Be sure to at least check out the picture and O'Donnell's tightightight smile!
"Uppity anti-masturbation campaigner, ex-witch and TV pundit Christine O'Donnell is both an embarrassing threat to established Republican interests and a woman with the stunned eyes and tighttighttight smile of a stranger to self-love. (She also presents an apparently intoxicating, Palinesque persona: part 80s hooker, part moron, part woman who may wake boys with garden shears for impure thinking.)"
Please see also Christine O'Donnell, constitutional scholar, on the separation of church and state (what's that again--?)
A collection of contributed horror stories. Hat tip to Mr. Ritchie for sharing.
A short, short post on Language Log by Geoffrey Pullum (a linguist whom I greatly respect and admire). He seems to always be advocating for optimism. "I like the diversity of humankind, and the complicated character of individual human beings. The surprises and the contradictions appeal to me."
One link that's been circulating that I really can't stand : "FCKH8 (Warning : You Will Be Offended)"
There's something truly pathetic about preaching to the converted while offending the on-the-fencer's (who are you trying to win over here, anyway?). One of the most powerful shorts I've seen in the last year was MIA's "Born Free." I think that lyric testimony made me feel much more likely to give to a gay-rights campaign (or any other campaign to aid the marginalized or oppressed) than a flippant (adolescent) "f*ck you." Anger can prove a powerful weapon, but wielding it is a delicate matter.