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Russian Witch Baba Yaga’s Guide To Feminism

6. Promote healthy consent by asking visitors to your hut if they came of their own free will. (Or were sent by someone else.) It’s important for your students/admirers/victims to understand that they have bodily autonomy and don’t have to wander around the woods looking for weird witchy huts if they don’t want to. Have some diagrams and source materials ready, just in case you need to get more in-depth on the topic of enthusiastic consent.

Q. and A.: Ken Liu on Science Fiction and Chinese History

A Social History of Jell-O Salad

The [Americans with Disabilities Act] at 25: How One Law Helped Usher in An Age of Accessible Design

I strongly suspect this article is a bit too optimistic about the so-called Age of Accessible Design, but it’s a great read nonetheless.

Qantas staff ‘cursed’ after removing ceremonial boomerangs from flight, says Doomadgee

MWF stuff: Excellent post on Mark Latham’s MWF panel: “If You Don’t Like It, You Can Fuck Off”: A Reluctant Recap Of Mark Latham’s Melbourne Writers Festival Talk; fun little MWF ‘reviewer for a day’ review How to Review Voicing Race at Melbourne Writers Festival 2015: A Guide in Three Parts.

Eleanor Robertson went to a panel on “grievance feminism” so we didn’t have to.

…anyone who’s actually thought about this beyond Baby’s First John Stuart Mill pop-up book realises that the issue is far more complex than three-word slogans can handle.

Twitter blocks access to some accounts that archive political tweets (specifically political tweets that then get deleted). Our dystopia is here~

A wombat joins Tinder. Wombats are the best.  Even this total “why do lady wombats always say they want nice guys and then hook up with jerk wombats?” fedora-sporting nice guy.

Is It Legal To Release Balloons Into The Air? Not in NSW. But MORALLY and ETHICALLY, just don’t do it. I know it’s beautiful, it’s meaningful, it’s a memorial. But it’s terrible pollution, in Australia it’s literally like throwing three dozen condoms straight into the water. Just like that. Don’t do it.

Unsourced ‘cos we found it in the comments to an article about cyclists: Cycling-in-the-News Bingo.

Having feelings about this article on why Al Jazeera stopped using the word migrant. I love it so much.

No Award refuses to be drawn into a conversation about gun control, but this quote about how a temporary ban on the Adler shotgun has been lifted in exchange for a vote from Leyonhjelm is interesting:

Senator Wright said the Government had traded gun safety for Senator Leyonhjelm’s key crossbench vote.

“He’s traded off a vote in relation to migration law to push forward a weakening on gun laws and it highlights the risk he will push the Coalition further to water down their gun laws,” she said.

Obviously, by ‘interesting’, No Award means are you shitting me, a deal on migration and guns? Like that’s not a loaded statement. But, I mean, whatever makes old white men happy, I guess.

This video game is quite offensive and highly problematic, if you are Liz.

A very important work of credible non-fiction: John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels by Theophilous Pratt.

Most helpful review:

Brilliant and, in all modesty, possibly one of the great works of the 21st century. I especially liked the Chapter layout and how they were sequentialized. This groundbreaking tome once and for all settles the matter of the perfidious John Scalzi’s popularity! This book actually has THREE bonus Chapter Fives, unlike some other lesser works which give you barely two. This NEEDS to be nominated for a Best Editor award next year!

Awesome Australian film Gayby Baby was banned by the NSW Premier from being screened in schools as inappropriate during school time. A good school is one that teaches pupils to think for themselvesLabor MP Penny Sharpe Perfectly Sums Up The ‘Gayby Baby’ Furore In This Passionate SpeechThe NSW Government’s In Seriously Hot Water For Caving To The Daily Telegraph Over ‘Gayby Baby’.

It’s been a busy day for progressive Australians on Twitter, forcing Australian Border Force to go from promising neo-fascist visa checks on the streets of Melbourne over the weekend to cancelling the whole thing.  Three cheers for successful social media outrage coupled with a successful protest (organised in less than an hour, mind, and held on a work day).

Buzzfeed has the breakdown:

A Timeline Of The Border Force’s Very Bad, No Good, Terrible Day

The Guardian’s rolling coverage has a bit more detail, and, with no disrespect to Buzzfeed, gravitas.

Useful source for the next time this happens: what to do if the immigration department demands to see your papers.

Remember, if you see a person being subjected to harassment, and you feel safe doing so, grab your smartphone and start recording.  (Friend of No Award Amanda almost got punched in the face in a Hungry Jacks once after she confronted a guy being rude to a Singaporean employee, so use your best judgement.  No Award takes no responsibility for any assaults you may suffer while doing the right thing.)

#MWF15: 2nd Asia Pacific Writer’s Forum

On Friday I was chuffed to attend the 2nd Asia Pacific Writer’s Forum held at the Wheeler Centre as part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Our topics for the forum were “Increasing Diversity,” “Media Control”, and “The Literary Economy”. I live-tweeted the event, and Peril recorded it for future analysis but I am cheekily getting in first with my feels.

This post is a combination of note taking of the discussions and translations into my feelings and continuing thoughts.

But relatedly, and above the cut: today I issued a challenge on twitter:

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museum shops of the world: Yokosuka Museum of Art

Please welcome Friend of No Award Amanda to Museum Shops of the World. 

Amanda and the view from the roof (lots of blue)

If there’s one thing the Japanese do well, it’s ridiculous merchandise. And that translates to their museum gift shops (and how!).

I’d long heard of the Yokosuka Museum of Art in Kanagawa – it’s renowned for its architecture and ability to “blend into the sea” (it kind of really does), as well as highlighting contemporary Japanese artists. The gift shop is in two halves – one being in the main building and the other in the separate pavilion dedicated to Taniuchi Rokuro.

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First Term at Malory Towers – Chapters 19 and 20

Previously: While recovering from her appendectomy, Sally has deduced that Gwen is the person destroying Mary-Lou’s property, even as she blames Darrell and Alicia.  Darrell and Sally agree that Mary-Lou needs more self-confidence, and that the best way to make this happen is to manipulate her.

Well.

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#breaking: melbourne voted most livable city in the world

AGAIN. Fifth year running. Speaking as someone currently oppressed by our train system, how is this even possible? Is it the water?

Things that make Melbourne the most livable city:

  • trees that answer emails
  • trams
  • copious amounts of good coffee
  • brunch everywhere
  • donuts
  • Nutella donuts
  • SECRET TUNNELS under Fed Square and in fact the whole CBD
  • Liz really wants a Nutella donut
  • but only from the tiny Vietnamese bakery across the road from Footscray Station OMG
  • the Franco Cozzo mural in Footscray
  • Franco Cozzo

franco cozzo standing with his arms spread in front of a mural of franco cozzo

  • did we mention coffee
  • Little Red Trucks dudes all being hilarious hipster dudes who want to talk about what books you have in your heavy boxes
  • discussing the weather is not a topic for when you have nothing else to discuss, it is Very Important
  • the secret tunnels under the hospital
  • the blocked up below ground public toilets dotted around the city
  • that time Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider was filmed in the CBD and they edited out all the tram stops
  • cycling down Royal Parade in spring
  • the ACDC ‘Long Way to the Top’ video clip

  • the State Library Dome
  • the Cats of SLV tumblr
  • complete digital archives for The Argus
  • the Public Records Office of Victoria
  • Kino Cinemas beer + choc top dinner during movie festivals
  • the tram stop noise that Rockwiz uses as a buzzer sound
  • burgers and cider during Rooftop Cinema
  • little tiny bookshops that can’t possibly afford to still be in business BUT ARE
  • Captain Melville burgers
  • White Night
  • forcing Starbucks to downsize
  • lowest dropbear fatality rate of any capital city

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“Australians may or may not be making booze out of Vegemite” is hilarious right up until you realise that the rumour is about Indigenous Australians, and ties into a long history of government interference in Indigenous communities.

Important fatberg update: Fighting the fatbergs: how cities are waging war on clogged sewers.

From that link: Arne Hendriks is building his own fatberg.  I legit hope this comes to MONA.  I’ll go back for that.  I’ll even take the boat.

The cats of the State Library of Victoria tumblr.

When changing names means changing identities. Steph has so many feels about this.

That awkward moment when Our ABC briefly employed a Nazi spy.

A group of students have figured out a way to disrupt the period industry in low-income countries. Amazing brown girl innovation.

Remember that time Mark Latham almost became prime minister?  These days, he’s probably* a misogynistic and transphobic troll on Twitter, and causing some grief for the Australian Financial Review, which publishes his rants.

* “Probably” = the twitter account in question claims it’s run by an old school friend of Latham’s, which doesn’t explain how its tweets end up word for word in AFR columns, but obviously Latham can’t blame his nanny.

ETA: It’s most definitely Latham, so there goes that slender shred of doubt!

Koala on a quadbike. Probably a dropbear.

a jelly bean in a viking hat with blood coming out of her

Steph has a new housemate, proving that sometimes it pays to enter twitter competitions. (Stay safe around trains, quokkas!)