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One Direction Versus Pedantic Listeners

As the latest incarnation of the musical monomer and unsinkable rubber duck that is the 'teenage heart-throb boyband', One Direction have made a good portion of British citizens absolutely sick of their smug expressions, apparent physical perfection and that one member that looks a lot like Ellen Degeneres. 

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What Does Media Mean to Me?

Recently I was lucky enough to get to see a screening of Miss Representation, a documentary about women’s representation in the media. I’m going to be honest and say I’m quite smitten with the movie, I could probably talk about it for hours, but I’m going to try to limit …

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Guest Post: The Silent Half

A guest post by Sara: Television is a huge influence on us. We learn more about social norms from television than from our parents. And yet, when was the last time you saw a TV show that features a strong female character? When was the last time you found a …

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Guest Post: My Body is a Cage: Girls, Science Fiction, and John Carter

A guest post by Alyssa: Note: There are no spoilers here for John Carter or Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars.  Well, except that there’s a princess and the story is set on Mars. The Barsoom series is an almost forgotten piece of vintage science fiction written by Tarzan …

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Guest Post: Samus Aran – Friend or Foe to Feminism?

A guest post by Edward Strickson: Back in 1984, the game Metroid was brewed in the steaming cappuccino of Nintendo, and with it came one of the first female protagonists in gaming. Samus Aran, alas, was not revealed to be a woman until the end of the game, and the …

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Hobbit Production Video!

Here is something a little interesting for your Friday! Peter Jackson has been releasing videos documenting the filming of the Hobbit, and a couple of days ago he put out the 6th one. This one is all about the spectacular location shoots. There are also…dinosaurs. Maybe. (video below the jump!)

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Feb 29 – Leap Year

Oddly enough this extra day in the year has been one of my busiest days. I feel like having an extra day should help the workload for the year, but that doesn’t really seem to be happening for me. Also anyone working today who is on salary or annual income …

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The Problems of Making Physics Popular

There was a quite interesting kerfuffle among some physics bloggers recently in regards to something Prof. Brian Cox said in a lecture that was aired on the BBC a TV show last week. Tom Swanson at Swans on Tea came out firing with a post entitled “Brian Cox is full …

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