As part of her Ordinary Women series, Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency examines the impressive achievement of Ada Lovelace, the “mother” of computer programming.
You can also watch the Ordinary Women profiles on Ching Shih and Ida B. Wells:
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Following the tragic fire in an Oakland warehouse space called Ghost Ship, engineer and designer Gui Cavalcanti put together a guide to help ensure that unconventional homes, studios, and galleries are as safe as possible. Cavalcanti’s article acknowledges that people generally use these types of spaces because they can’t afford more conventional real estate. And his guide centers on small, inexpensive changes that can save lives. Here's an excerpt:
Make sure your exit infrastructure is fire-safe. News reports indicate that the Ghost Ship fire was exacerbated by the fact that an improvised stairwell was made of pallets. For the record, people often construct bonfires out of pallets. They are not sound building material, they are not fire-resistant in any way, and they should not have been serving as exit infrastructure between the first and second floor. I’ve seen many pieces of improvised infrastructure in the spaces I’ve visited; second floors that are served by home-built wooden ladders, wooden lofts that serve as mezzanines, catwalks made of old building materials, you name it. All of these examples can be extremely hazardous in a fire or other hazardous situation. They’re cool, they’re edgy, they’re creative, but they can also be fundamentally unsafe. Make sure you have safe exit paths (that are marked and made of fire-safe materials) to all of your spaces, even if you also have decorative walkways and paths. Ladders, poles, ropes and other features are not safe exits.
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BuzzFeed shared this awesome story about an Oregon artist named Crispin Young Wilson who created a stunning galaxy ceiling for a friend’s four-year-old son, Ben. Ben was anxious about having his own room for the first time so Wilson gave him something special to look at while falling asleep. The ceiling looks completely normal in bright light:
But in the dark it looks like this:
Ben reportedly loves his new room. And really, who wouldn’t? You can see more of Wilson's work or commission a mural on her website.
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I recently stumbled across Dutch designer Rommy Kuperus’ work and I can’t get enough of it. Her purses and accessories look good enough to eat (literally), and there’s a really great sense of humor to her work:
You can find more photos or make a purchase on her Etsy shop, Rommydebommy. Read the rest
The comedian’s performance is even Lin-Manuel Miranda approved:
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If you aren’t already watching The CW’s stellar musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, you should definitely check it out. You'll be treated to plenty more slightly demented musical numbers like this one. As the song says, “When my friends and I stick together, there's nothing we can't do/And when I say that, I specifically mean, we're gonna stage a coup.” Read the rest
If you were missing the classic “Where You Lead” theme song during Netflix’s four new Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life mini-movies, this impeccably edited video is just what you need. Read the rest
Writer and animator Natalie Gray creates a lot of great fan art, but one of her coolest pieces is this Harry Potter-themed “What do wizards have in their pockets” collection. The four GIFs represent the four Marauders: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. Read the rest
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With some clever editing, YouTube user John C. Worsley helps the DS9 crew get into the holiday spirit with their rendition of “Wonderful Deep Space Nine.” Read the rest
Indiewire critic David Ehrlich crafted this lovely video essay celebrating the best cinema of 2016. Read the rest
The scientists commenting on the E/V Nautilus live stream just can’t contain themselves when it comes to this adorable Flapjack Octopus.
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The Daily Beast vice president of audience development Alex Leo captured this sign at one of the anti-Trump protests in New York City.
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My friend Tyler Feder (whose Hamilton tribute I recently celebrated), decided to turn her post-election sadness into something productive. So she posted this simple message on Instagram on Wednesday:
As the hashtag began to fill-up, Feder set to work drawing free portraits and uploading them on her Instagram and Tumblr.
Bright light @sonyareneepoet (whose birthday is today!!) requested by another very bright light, @themilitantbaker ✨🎂 #drawmetyler
Bright light @timajgarad ✨ #drawmetyler
Feder explained to me:
"When I woke up on Wednesday, I knew I needed an outlet for all the heartbreak I was feeling. As an illustrator, drawing portraits of marginalized people felt like the best way to extend kindness to those feeling the same heartbreak. I want everyone I'm drawing to know that they are valuable and seen."
She initially envisioned #DrawMeTyler as a one-day project, but she found that she didn't want to stop when the day was over. She told me the portraits are therapeutic for her and she's hoping to keep the project up for as long as it will fit into her freelance schedule. Here are just some of the dozens of portraits she's uploaded over the past few days:
Bright light @creasetoefurr ✨ #drawmetyler
IRL bright light @simplyshelli 😘 #drawmetyler
Bright light @radicalkhmergirl ✨ #drawmetyler
The brilliant @tinysuperpower ❤️ #drawmetyler
Bright light @lorainfontaine ✨ #drawmetyler
The graceful @lovemedeux ❤️ #drawmetyler
The ever lovely @not_a_leopard ❤️ #drawmetyler
Bright light @steph_spines ✨ #drawmetyler
The powerful @fuerte_femme ❤️ [I wish I could draw these faster but I'm going to do as many as possible today!] #drawmetyler
Bright light @sarahmawed97 ✨ #drawmetyler
The bright light @sanajaverikadri ❤️ #drawmetyler
The stunning @faithelle, whose perfect glasses I must find a way to acquire immediately ❤️ #drawmetyler
The glowing @kstills645 ❤️ #drawmetyler
The beautiful @_sidvicious ❤️ #drawmetyler
A true bright light in my life, @dimitraskouras, with her sweet partner 💕✨ #drawmetyler
Other artists have since joined in on the project too. Read the rest
Writer and editor Emily Ellsworth has been earning a lot of attention for her incredibly helpful Twitter thread on how best to contact your Congressional representatives. A registered Republican who campaigned and voted for Hillary Clinton, Ellsworth has formerly worked for both Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart. Here's her advice:
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Doubling as a tribute to both Leonard Cohen and Hillary Clinton, Kate McKinnon’s somber Saturday Night Live cold open perfectly encapsulates what so many have been feeling this week. Read the rest