Spark: Gendered Robots

I haven’t yet seen WALL•E, but here is an article I found interesting discussing the genders of the two main robots. It is an interesting discussion of the perceived genders we apply to the characters based on our cultural assumptions. It is also interesting, however, how we can work beyond them. hat tip

Spark: Google Stats

A legal team attempting to defend their client against (among other things) “obscenity” charges is trying to get Google to release certain stats about search terms in the area the trial is taking place. This is because part of the “obscenity” definition relies upon what “the average person, applying contemporary community standards” would find obscene. … [Read more…]

China withdraws from Tibet, with Apologies.

Someone took John Lennon’s advice and imagined “all the people, livin’ life in peace:” It’s a simple exercise (and don’t follow any of the links, as it will burst the bubble by leading you to the real news), but it brought tears, shivers, smiles. It’s a glimpse of the world as it could be, and … [Read more…]

Spark: Muslim Women in the News

Turkey’s Political Tensions Weigh on Women’s Heads, where a new law allows headscarves in universities. hat tip Writers Can’t See Past the Veil, a critique of Muslim women’s recent portrayal in the news. Using the Koran to feminist ends. Spark is a new category for sharing links. No intense commentary, just a link & a … [Read more…]