This week in the Slacktiverse, January 11th, 2014

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

froborr wrote:

I’ve started a second deconstruction, entitled The Very Soil, of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. First post (which is all there is so far) is here.

chris the cynic wrote:

Last week I promised desperately begging for money posts.  This week I did it shamelessly.  Here, here, and to a lesser extent here.

On the topic of money, have you ever seen something that made you think, “When I’m rich I’m totally getting one of those”?  Well I recently have, just one problem, I don’t know what it is.  I know that it’s a brass kaleidoscope with stained glass and a music box, but that’s not enough to track it down.  I don’t know if it was unique or manufactured in mass, I don’t know who made it, I don’t even know what it’s called.  Pictures here.  If you’ve got any ideas do tell.

Have you ever stopped to think about how we will explain to future generations about marriage inequality.  They’ll have questions, we probably won’t have very good answers.  Follow the link for a hypothetical classroom of future students grappling with the concept.

I’d like to add a feature to my blog, a randomly selected quote from the blog appearing in the sidebar every day with a link to what article it comes from.  Obviously a first step in such a process would be gathering snippets to be randomly selected from.  So I asked people to help with that and provided a few examples of what I’m talking about here.

Finally, I did two bits of Snarky Twilight.  One with Bella preparing to go to the Cullen’s house, the other with her dealing with the absurd amounts of white in it.

On the Slacktiverse itself:

In Case You Missed This

Firedrake wrote:

Simply giving money to the poor makes them better off and is cheaper than conventional welfare programmes. It really is time for a basic income.

Pluralistic ignorance: how people conform to their mistaken estimates of “how most people think”.

Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail. Hates just about everything.
Unashamed of printing blatant lies. Hugely successful.

Top Hollywood films that passed the Bechdel Test earned more in 2013.
(Dodgy methodology but an encouraging concept.)

Things You Can Do

froborr wrote:

My dear friend Viga has been offered a scholarship to an extremely prestigious art school, but combined with all the maximum federal grants and loans, it still leaves her a few thousand short. Being poor and having no family, she can’t get a private loan, so she’s trying to raise money via gofundme. The donation site is here and a post I made explaining a bit about where she comes from and why she needs help is here. Donors over $10 get to ask Viga to draw something for them, of increasing complexity and polish for higher donations, details are at the gofundme.
A transgender high school student was being bullied, she reported it, nothing happened.  Pretty bog standard stuff so far.  Then three girls attacked her.  She defended herself.  The entire thing was caught on camera.  Of the four girls involved in the altercation, which do you think is being brought up on charges?  That’s right, only the transgender student.  This petition is to have the charges against her dropped.
States trying to trample on voting rights in the USA is becoming a big big thing since the US Supreme Court went all Supreme Court like.  That said, a new voting rights act could fix that and previously said act has passed with heavy bipartisan support, so here’s a thing by someone who things the problem can be fixed.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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