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  • Don't you love the couple with a baby on the way who honestly believe they're going to use cloth diapers? What assholes!

I hate to be the Feminist Grinch here...



I appreciate a good commercial. I do. As a former marketer I admire how GoldieBlox has so successfully tapped into the desire for parents of girls (and, I think for grown women) to see toy manufacturers create products other than dolls or princess crap.

But before everyone runs away with…


Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart

I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.

After thanking him I asked him "Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?". Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.

They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me "My Dear, are you okay?" I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked "Do you want a hug?"

Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me "You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now." I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute role model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.


^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart

Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you

(Source: lemonsweetie)

Digital Buddhist: NewsFoo: My Warm Welcome to the World of Tech Journalism


It was a year ago this weekend that I sat at a hotel bar in Phoenix, Arizona in anticipation for this “un-conference” NewsFoo, which I had miraculously been invited to attend along with 149 others in the fields of technology and journalism, to begin the next morning…

Sitting next to me a…

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Digg Blog: Digg Reader Update!


Over the last 90 days, the Digg engineering team — all 5 of them — has been heads-down building an updated take on the RSS reader. For our first public release, in time to (just) beat the shutdown of Google Reader, our aim has been to nail the basics: a web and mobile reading experience that is…


In which Robert Smith reports on the end of R.E.M. through (semi-tuneful but definitely hilarious) song

Safecast bGeigio Nano

Gorgeous piece of hardware, built by Sean Bonner.


Hillary Clinton on Being Asked about Her Clothes


Sec. Clinton

Interviewer: Okay. Which designers do you prefer? 

Hillary Clinton: What designers of clothes? 

Interviewer: Yes. 

Hillary Clinton: Would you ever ask a man that question? 

Interviewer: Probably not. Probably not.

[Via UniteWomen.org; State.gov]


Stories told by the next generation of storytellers. This is Intern Edition. Coming Wednesday, August 8.

Knight News Challenge Round 2: The Internet of News Things


1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]

To develop a wireless network of sensors to feed a data backend and visualizations for DIY data gathering.

2. How will your project make data more useful? [50 words]

The vast majority of data journalism is based on data collected by the government. What…

(Source: newschallenge2)