Are you a fan of the RadioLab podcast? I love it and also the Robert Krulwich npr blog. He recently posted a video blog by scientist Emily Graslie (who hosts The Brain Scoop channel on YouTube) where she discusses the sexism in the mail she receives. It's an articulate analysis about the issues women who work in the STEM fields must face (STEM = Science-Technology-Engineering-Math). It's well worth your time and is re-posted below.
I usually listen to podcasts when I have to weed the garden or perform other tasks I dislike and haven't explored many video blogs. But I will certainly follow The Brain Scoop now.
Do women scientists in France experience the same thing?
Take a moment to watch it and let me know your reactions.
Ever since early childhood, I've had dreams in which animals speak to me, as in the above ad. And I answer back and we have grand conversations. I awake from these dreams with profound sadness that I can't chat with non-human creatures.Does anyone know the computer program that allows one to alter a video to make it appear that animals are talking? I'd settle for a faux conversation with my dog.
I like to sew, but it doesn't require your whole brain. If I'm not sewing with my quilting group, I'll usually put a mystery on the TV to keep me company . And British mysteries are the best.
Many of you who are of a certain age will remember the British TV series 'Inspector Morse'. Not long ago, American TV showed the followup series about his partner, 'Inspector Lewis', and a prequel series about the young Morse, 'Endeavor'.
It's hard to find original Inspector Morse episodes without buying the costly box set. Netflix and Amazon Prime have Inspector Barnaby in Midsomer Murders and Inspector Lynley, but no Inspector Morse. So it's with great joy that I can share with you today, a free trove of 34 Inspector Morse episodes on YouTube.
They were uploaded by Nick Max and are listed as M(1)RSE, M(2)RSE, etc. up to number 34. Here's a link to his playlists which include many other British mysteries as well.
And here's a very interesting program about John Thaw who plays Inspector Morse. I was pleased to see that he appears to have been a very nice man as well as a good actor. If you're a Morse fan, you'll enjoy this.
Now, dig into the first episode and enjoy! And thank you for reading this blog and sharing it with your friends.
I wonder how many Jack Russell terriers there are in Paris?
They seem to be overtaking the Yorkie in popularity.
Is it because they are so darn photogenic, like this little guy?
Did you read about the terrier 'rat hunts' they now have in Manhattan? I wonder if this guy is happier guarding his Paris atelier-coiffure or if he would rather be out searching for vermin? Just having an "I wonder" kind of day.....
Have you read the already infamous Sunday New York Times op-ed piece "How Hipsters Ruined Paris"? It's been tearing up the internet all week. Written by Thomas Chatterton Williams, the biracial author of the memoir "Losing my Cool: Love, Literature and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd", it tells of his disappointment with the changes around his neighborhood in the north of the 9th arrondissement, south of Place Pigalle. He bemoans the loss of 'grit' and character amidst the rise of gentrification. The area even has a new Manhatten-style monicker, SoPi (for south of Pigalle) and the "hostess bars" have almost disappeared, replaced by trendy restaurants, clubs and coffee bars spawned by hipsters. He laments the "banal globalization of hipster good taste" and the loss of "authentic Paris".
The author has been thoroughly lambasted by those who accuse him of being a newby (he moved to Paris in 2011) hipster author himself who wants to freeze Paris in his own favorite era. Not to mention glorifying prostitution as somehow more picturesque than good ole sex trafficking.
His wife and daughter are Parisian and he's apparently spent a lot of time in Paris before moving there. I can understand his sadness as the sense of place disappears in favor of the new global urban lifestyle. And this is more of an urban phenomenon. As an author, he could move to Paris without leaving much of a footprint on it. Other young people move there, have to make a living, and start restaurants and coffee bars. It's important to note, that Parisians themselves are part of this trend, as they have fallen in love with all things Brooklyn and have opened and are patronizing Brooklyn-style establishments all over Paris.
The bigger problem however, is what comes next: the rise in rents, the big chains like Starbucks, and then big developers. Some areas in Paris have successfully fought this trend. In the famously BoBo (French hispster) area of the 10th arrondissement, Jardin Villemin, the only large park, would have been substantially smaller and less attractive had local residents not fought back against the city which had already sold a big chunk to developers. And now it's a heavily used verdant area close to busy Gare de l'Est. The residents of charming Place Sainte-Marthe are solidaire as the French say and have an active community group resisting developers and profiteers who would move out longterm renters. Yes, hip restaurants have moved in, but the old-timers have not been ejected.
In my area of Northern California, some small communities have restrictions against big chains. Others have surrendered and now have the homogenized look of the rest of America. It's too bad that Americans have not retained the soixante-huitard (sixties hipster and politico) habit of taking it to the streets and resisting like the French are prone to do. Or organizing, like the Place Sainte-Marthe quartier.
Have you been following the ruckus about Banksy in New York City? He's a successful British street artist who's been making his mark on Manhatten this month. You can follow along on a website dedicated to his New York work. He's talented, clever and witty with a huge dose of social commentary. How can you not love his Meatpacking District truck, Sirens of the Lambs!?!
New York has had many famous street artists, most notably Jean-Michel Basquiat. However, Paris has more than its share. In fact, even Banksy admits his debt to Blek, the granddaddy of Paris graffiti artists. Good street art seems to be an urban phenomenon. Most Paris visitors have returned home with street art photos.
In my little town of Petaluma, we are always on the lookout to remove gang graffiti as soon as it appears. We don't seem to get the high-class street art of big cities. Of course no one wants ordinary tagging on their property.
Do you see a difference between street art graffiti and vandalism graffiti? And if so, what is it? Is it only a function of bourgeois values? Most new art movements have been seen as transgressive at their inception. This is how one graffiti artist, Lush, sees it (from streetgiant.com)
Is this an art form for the young that those of us of "a certain age" just don't understand?