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Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede is a freelance writer living in Chicago where the cold never bothers her anyway. She frequently contributes to The A.V. Club and documents her experiences in the city on her blog Introverted Chicago. When not contemplating time travel paradoxes, she often tweets sarcastic things @CarolineSiede.

Stay connected to the Black Lives Matter movement online



A few months ago the Black Lives Matter movement dominated the news cycle as waves of protestors took to the streets following the non-indictments of police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in New York City. And while it may be earning less media coverage now, the movement is still very much alive both in physical spaces and online.

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Adorable photo proves meeting your heroes is hard

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2-year-old Quincy has a passion for trucks so naturally he wanted to meet two of the garbage men who actually get to drive one.

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Scientists have potentially figured out a cooking method to cut calories from rice


While nutritionists used to suggest that those looking to lose weight stay away from fats, newer research points to sugar and starch as the real enemy of weight loss.

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Plastimake is moldable plastic that can do just about anything

I stumbled across this video for Plastimake, which is a moldable, resuable plastic that can be formed into just about anything, and now I want nothing more than to try it out. (It's a bit like Sugru repair putty, but while that dries into a rubbery material, Plastimake cools into hard, basically unbreakable plastic.) Sadly, the company has been overwhelmed by orders recently and new stock won't be available until May 2015, although the site is currently accepting backorders.

In the meantime, potentials fans can browse the impressive galleries of all of the stuff people have created with Plastimake, including practical fixes, costumes, and sculptures.




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Empowering feminist drawings to brighten your day


Fighting for feminist causes is a necessary, but often exhausting struggle. What I love about these designs by Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti is that they are positive, uplifting, and empowering.

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Jesse L. Martin releases beautiful gospel cover of the Firefly theme song

How do you thank writer/director Joss Whedon for donating to your Kickstarter campaign? With a gospel cover of the theme song to his cult TV show, apparently.

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Here are two tiny hamsters celebrating Easter

Earlier this year, Boing Boing shared a video of two tiny hamsters going on a tiny Valentine’s Day date. I now invite you to celebrate Easter with Porkchop and Dumptruck, the rodent stars of the YouTube channel AprilsAnimals

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Watch Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner imagine an episode of "The Real Housewives Of Westeros"

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.54.52 PM For its latest installment of “Improv Imagination,” Vanity Fair asked Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark) to describe an episode of (the totally fictional) Real Housewives of Westeros,

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Nope, men and women aren’t equally sexualized in comics


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Here’s the perfect U.S. road trip


Randy Olson, a fourth-year graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, previously used a genetic algorithm to figure out the fastest way to find Waldo. Now Olson is back and he's using that same algorithm to map out the perfect U.S. road trip.

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#Sleevebucks turns coffee sleeves into pop art


These awesome #Sleevebucks Tumblr and Instagram accounts transform the ubiquitous mermaid from the Starbucks coffee sleeve into all kinds of different pop culture images.

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These Japanese miniature food videos are totally addictive

Tiny pancakes! Squee!

Tiny pancakes! Squee!

It’s hard to figure out exactly what’s so satisfying about these miniature food videos uploaded on the Japanese YouTube channel Miniature Space, yet for whatever reason I just can’t stop watching them.

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The importance of Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut

via NASA

via NASA

Two of my biggest passions in life are feminism and space travel, so naturally I have to share this incredible retrospective on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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Ijeoma Oluo explains the importance Mr. Spock had on her biracial childhood


Leonard Nimoy’s recent death inspired a ton of great writing about his long, diverse career (I got a chance to share my thoughts over at The A.V. Club). But far and away my favorite piece comes from feminist writer Ijeoma Oluo on Medium.

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This blog proves medieval Europe was more racially diverse than we think


Vincente Albán; Ecuador, Spain (c. 1783)

Those who learn about history through pop culture (or even those who rely on their high school history education), might assume that medieval Europe was populated solely by white people. But the blog Medieval POC (which stands for people of color) is trying to change that misconception.

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The Humanæ art project catalogs human skin tones

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After snapping a portrait of a volunteer subject, Brazilian artist Angélica Dass extracts a sample of 11x11 pixels of his or her face and matches it to the corresponding Pantone color.

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Check out these great female literary heroes for readers young and old


March is Women’s History Month, and Buzzfeed is celebrating with a list of 29 books featuring strong female protagonists.

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These sleek videos celebrate the art of cosplay


Professional and amateur cosplayers will spend hours, weeks, and sometimes even months recreating looks from their favorite movies, TV shows, and comics. And since the intricate details, moving parts, and personality of cosplay can be hard to capture in a single photo, UK filmmakers Sneaky Zebra put together sleek, cheeky video tributes to the art of dressing up.

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Date set for Chicago police torture reparations hearing

Photo by Caroline Siede

Photo by Caroline Siede

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a group of police torture survivors who are currently fighting for reparations from the City of Chicago.

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Victims of police torture fight for reparations

The Homan Square facility, exposed as a CIA-style "black site" where police detainees would be brutalized without access to lawyers or relatives, is nothing new to those familiar with the violent legacy of police commander Jon Burge.Read the rest

Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede.Read the rest

Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models

With the recent success of Frozen and the anticipation of Moana, Caroline Siede examines the power of the Disney princess.Read the rest

Real life hoverboard introduced via Kickstarter campaign

Hoverboards are now a reality thanks to a Silicon Valley think tank. Caroline Siede chats with inventor Greg Henderson about the board's design and the company's newly launched Kickstarter campaign.

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How Harry Potter shaped a generation

Seven years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Caroline Siede looks back on the book series that defined a generation.Read the rest

Orphan Black's uneven finale offers a game-changing cliffhanger [S2E10]

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Orphan Black's penultimate episode has a lot of mommy issues [TV recap S2E9]

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A new character shakes up the world of Orphan Black [TV recap S2E8]

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Orphan Black turns into a high-stakes comedy of errors this week [S2E7]

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Helena grows up and everyone pairs off on Orphan Black [S2E6]

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