ursamajor: Scully knows how to use her Sig Sauer. And she's pissed. (not your damsel in distress)
Random sexism of the day: paging through the Pinboard popular links as I am wont to do. Click on Why We Created Julia because, hey, they created a whole new computer language? Sounds nifty, wonder what for, worth the 30 seconds to skim a summary.

Couldn't even make it to 50 words into a 500+ word document before the following sentiment was expressed:

There are those of us who used Mathematica before we could grow facial hair. There are those who still can’t grow facial hair.


Before and still, with the implication that the only reason "those of us" who can't grow facial hair is due to youth, rather than gender or genetics.

Dear Viral, Jeff, Stefan, and Alan: you publish these words; you tell us your target audience is "power Matlab users" and "male," and then you give your language a female name. Please tell me you're not surprised I find this sexist. (No, I am not a Matlab user myself, but this certainly would turn me off from using your language if I were. And yes, I do know female Matlab users, thank you.)

Then again, we live in a society where this week, a Congressional hearing on a women's health matter was held and the only two female witnesses allowed to speak came from conservative religious colleges:



From a smart but depressing article on the culture war over birth control:

If we’re wise, we’ll keep our eyes on the long game, because you can bet that those angry men are, too. The hard fact is this: We’re only 50 years into a revolution that may ultimately take two or three centuries to completely work its way through the world’s many cultures and religions. (To put this in perspective: it was 300 years from Gutenberg’s printing press to the scientific and intellectual re-alignments of the Enlightenment, and to the French and American revolutions that that liberating technology ultimately made possible. These things can take a loooong time to work all the way out.)


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So if you like your chocolate chip cookies chocolatey, I recommend Guittard's "super cookie chips." Holy cow. (Cambervillains and Bostonians, they are available at Whole Foods; I suspect some place like Pemberton's or Formaggio Kitchen is likely to carry them as well.)

The chocolatiest chocolate chip cookie in the East. (Used Guittard "super cookie chips." Oh wow.)


At least part of this is due to the recipe on the back, which cuts the proportions of the non-chocolate ingredients in half relative to the chocolate chips, but the size of the chocolate chips in question - larger than thumbnail, when most standard chocolate chips are pinky-nail size - plays a significant role as well. And they are yummmmmmy.

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