From the world pool: April 15, 2016

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Socio-political commentary

Silencing Tactics and You  (via @eilatan)

Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said to Me, Annotated.  “You don’t mind if we call you a ‘chick,’ do you?” I say nothing, because you’re onto me. You’ve guessed it. I am actually a socialist collective of 112 baby chickens dressed in a trenchcoat. Curse your perspicacity. 

All That Isn’t Said: Kaye M. talks Islamophobia in YA.  (via @eilatan)

digitization: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. A thoughtful look at some potential impacts of digitizing material that was never intended for a wide audience.

Brutal honesty vs loving honesty

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness. (via @PennyRed)

Groundbreaking nonprofit for women in tech, the Ada Initiative, to shut down.

Art + Design

Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndrome. Of the approximately 6,000 children born in the U.S. with Down Syndrome each year, more than half will need glasses at some point. Some of the physical traits associated with Down Syndrome, including close-set eyes, a low nose bridge and small ears, mean that glasses tend to slip down individuals’ noses, wing out too wide in the temples and not stay centered on their ears. The glasses that are available are uncomfortable, uncool, and, since the optical center tends to be off, not very helpful, vision-wise. “The standard solution for the slippage was a cable around the back of the head,” says Dellapina, “but parents who put them on their kids have never tried them themselves.” Since she was already familiar with optics and frame design, Dellapina started sketching out alternatives.

The Resurrection of a Zither Banjo.

The Harvard Library That Protects The World’s Rarest Colors. The history of pigments goes back to prehistoric times, but much of what we know about how they relate to the art world comes from Edward Forbes, a historian and director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944. Considered the father of art conservation in the United States, Forbes traveled around the world amassing pigments in order to authenticate classical Italian paintings. Over the years, the Forbes Pigment Collection—as his collection came to be known—grew to more than 2,500 different specimens, each with its own layered backstory on its origin, production, and use. (via @eilatan)

Glas Glas won master film maker Bert Haanstra a well-deserved Academy Award® for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film with a bebop heart, its lyrical use of light and sound still looks and sounds fabulous, nearly 60 years after it was made. 

Just cool

Hungarian Chef Turns Ordinary Cookies Into Stunning Embroidery-Inspired Art. And it’s all done freehand: watch the video. (I have to say, apart from the initial omg reaction, my first thought was: Just how much does one of these cookies cost?)

Just for fun

It’s downhill from here. #if anyone ever asks me about female fantasy and some of the ways it differs from perceived female fantasy #i am just going to cite this post

Cat burglar.

Pet emu playing fetch. Such joy!

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