John Picacio shares a rundown of Hugo award winning art. Niiice. (Grokked from just about everybody at this point)
Writing is a team sport. Yes, this. Whenever I do actually get a novel published I'm sure the acknowledgement section will rival JRR Tolkein's appendices. And even then I'll have to put the line, "So many people I can't thank personally. If you helped me out and aren't listed above, consider this the paragraph that talks solely about your contribution to my success. Thank you." Because even when you're alone in your cocoon of writer's focus driving for the wall, all your coaches, supporters, critics, fans, and general detractors are shouting encouragement from just outside your hearing.
More on how not all calories are made the same.
Jsniece shares some more of the intimidation that women face when they speak up. In this case, it's from the skeptic/atheist side of things. Among other things, there's been this running meme that misogyny is tied to religion (Taliban and their treatment of women, the prevalence of honor killings, acid throwing, and genital mutilation). As I've stated, it has nothing to do with religion, or the lack there of, but with culture. Religion informs culture (and vis a vis), but it is separate from it. Misogyny may be closely wound into it's fabric, but it comes from the outside. In any case, guys, just fucking stop it. There is no excuse.
Tobias Buckell shares some good thoughts on the Chicago teachers' strike. And in general, the strike isn't about pay at all, it's about reforming the review process which the teachers feel will be discriminatory. But you don't hear much of that in the press.
Alligator Quotient: They're emailing it in.