5 Interesting Links for 05-31-2013

Steubenville Case (Life)

Punk legend Henry Rollins provides an evocative look at the responsibility and causation that lead to this case, without ever absolving those young men, and offers some suggestions to change the rape culture that persists in our society.

Optimism (Psychology)

While optimism hasn’t kept colds and flus at bay for me, it makes the downswings in life much more tolerable by knowing not just that I will get things from the experience (used one flu as fodder for a character who was infected by a modified virus) but that things will get better. I may not know how, or when, but I have faith they will. This article looks at some of the gains from that perspective and why it’s worth cultivating if you don’t already have an optimistic outlook.

Medicine (Science)

Restoring natural hearing definitely rates as an interesting article, but this article offers something extra as well in the form of a warning that this success should not be overstated as the process is still in its early stages. Especially when compared to the damage done with GMO foods, it’s good to see the other side of the coin with caution ruling over uncontrolled enthusiasm.

Solar Roadways (Technology)

A viable, efficient alternative to asphalt roadways that provides power, better warning systems, and having many other values. Watch the videos as well. It’s worth it.

Opening Scenes (Writing)

A handful of agents weigh in on various openings they’ve seen too often and which rarely work. While I’m not much for blanket statements, it’s a good list to check your opening against and make sure it doesn’t fall too blatantly into one of these categories.

Curve of Her Claw

Fall into a world where beauty is a facade, and one elf is pushed beyond reason to rid herself of the smooth-skinned curse. ~ Now available as an eBook:
Curve of Her Claw

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8 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 05-31-2013

  1. Erin says:

    Aha! There’s the hair cells! 😀

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      I am a filter. And hair cells is just the type of thing to slip through cause it’s neat :).

  2. Jean says:

    The Steubenville case is worthy of greater discussion, and discussion in the manner in which that article discusses it. Not for the individuals, but the society that allows this behavior to happen — condones it, in fact. When Angela James has to explain to her 8-year-old what rape is because a group of 12-year-old boys threatened her with it (presumably as a joke!), that’s part of the problem. I can’t even begin to imagine what’s going on in the military I retired from five years ago, but it seems to be part of this culture as well. And, there’s more. Yes, we can blame the hook-up culture, but what has prompted such a completely casual and disinterested view of sex? But it isn’t about the sex. It is about power and control. Does the hook-up culture fit into that? I believe it might. I can’t begin to capture the spectrum of issues this case highlights. Thanks for the article, Mar. I saved it to Evernote for possible future elaboration.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      It kills me to have to say something like this, but as a culture this particular rape case is actually doing some good. Finally, we are talking about things that everyone is aware of on some level, whether that “level” is to use rape as a joke, and it’s not going away. It’s still both relevant and right up there in being noticed and discussed. Cultural change can’t happen in the dark. It can’t happen when people hold their tongues in fear of retaliation or even just rocking the boat. This boat is rocking now. I just hope that some of the attitudes and expectations laced through every aspect of our culture, military and general culture, will be tossed overboard.

      Though that may be a long time coming considering Congress persists in discussing legislation targeting solely female citizens without a single female voice allowed.

  3. Linda says:

    This TED talk is very pertinent to the issue of sexual violence. It’s excellent.


    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      Thanks, Linda. I’ll cue it up and see what it has to offer to the discussion. As I said to Jean, while horrifying on one level, that this problem ranked a TED talk gives me hope for the future.

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