You only want Diamonds because De Beers wants profits

Diamonds Are A Sham And It’s Time We Stop Getting Engaged With Them

“Yeah, they say three years’ salary.” — Michael Scott, The Office American males enter adulthood through a peculiar rite of passage – they spend most of their savings on a shiny piece of rock. They could invest the money in assets that will compound over time and someday provide a nest egg.

Bodyhacking – Women

Bodyhackers Are All Around You, They’re Called Women

I have two cyborg implants. One is in my hand, and it lets my unlock phones and doors by waving at them. The other is in my uterus, and it lets me control my own fertility.

Gender in Film

The Largest Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender, Ever

Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles. But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion.

Because data is a wonderful thing. If it can be measured, why guess?

Cave drawings and some early sculptures, by Women?

There is a great tumbler post talking about the recent research showing that many cave drawings and some early scultures were done by women. The concept that these sculptures are accurate from the perspective of a person looking down (taking a selfie) is particularly awesome. NSFW for nudity, but click through for more info!

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Dead ocean

One sailer recounts how his trip on the ocean has completely changed over the years. He declares the ocean is broken. Read on for his tale of lifeless waters.

The ocean is brokenIT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it. Not the absence of sound, exactly. The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull.

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New Teaching Method Unleash a Generation of Thinkers

There’s been a lot of talk lately about revamping our education system away from what was designed for the Industrial Revolution. Places like the Khan Academy are trickling in, and results are coming in. Click here for a profile of a classroom in a poor neighbourhood in Mexico that showed good results with the new methods.

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of GeniusesHe started by telling them that there were kids in other parts of the world who could memorize pi to hundreds of decimal points. They could write symphonies and build robots and airplanes. Most people wouldn’t think that the students at José Urbina López could do those kinds of things.

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Neil Gaiman – Why libraries

Neil Gaimen explains why we should care about libraries. No, really, like it’s really really important. And reading. Good gosh. Reading is important too. And how you raise your children to read. I’d say his lecture is required reading… but… yeah. Well it still is. Holy shit can this guy write.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreamingIt’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important.

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Restore Our Anthem

Restore Our Anthem is a petition to restore the Canadian National Anthem “O Canada!” to it’s 1908 original version, which said “thou dost in us command”, but was changed in 1913 to “In all thy sons command”. While the later might be more current English, it did change the meaning rather drastically. Changing this to “in all of us command” makes a lot of sense to me. Click through for a nice video they put together (though it does lack an example modified anthem). Let me know what you think in the comments bellow!

 

Restore Our AnthemCampaign to change the lyrics of O Canada, the national anthem, back to the original gender-inclusive wording.

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Christopher Columbus was awful

The Oatmeal delivers an on point reminder (and history lesson) that Christopher Columbus was awful in comic form, and gives us a nice alternative in Bartolome to celebrate on ColumbusBartolome Day. What fact were you most surprised about? Tell us in the comments bellow! via reddit, click through for the whole comic.

Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) – The OatmealA note from the author: All of the information in this essay came from A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself.

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