Marriage equality is up for a vote in Washington this year. Two Seattle artists created this video in support legalizing same sex marriage. Don’t forget to vote this year. It’s as important as it ever was.
The long tail of Lego | The Great Debate – I haven’t read Makers and I’m not sure that Chris Anderson’s long tail theory is playing out, but that’s not why I am pointing out this article. And no, it’s not just because I love all things Legos either. Instead, the rise of a cottage industry of Lego products made by non Lego manufacturers mirrors fan fiction and may provide some guidance on how fan fiction can provide fulfill the niche gaps. In the excerpt provided at Reuters, Chris Anderson writes of Will Chapman whose sons were disappointed there were no modern day warfare Lego sets. Chapman set out to make his own building molds, melting down Legos for the plastic base and recreating Lego like structures for his war mad sons. Lego not only turns a blind eye to this, in some ways they embrace this culture giving advice on how to make the blocks more kid safe.
Chapman now supports his entire family on the sale of his non sanctioned Lego products. In some ways, this is like pull to publish fan fiction. It extends the discussion about free riding. It’s an example of how complicated and nuanced these discussion can and should be. Reuters
Why The Best Spies in Mossad And The CIA Are Women – This article is kind of silly in its assumptions but I love the message here – that women are some of the best spies in the spying business. We have so few stories in romance about female spies. I know that they are thick in some areas of historicals but it’s always written for shock effect. This is not to lay blame at the feet of the female writer for the lack of representation because as the Forbes’ article points out, Hollywood perpetuates the muscularity of the spy caper. According to the head of Mossad, however, female spies are pretty awesome.
Last week, in a stunning departure from protocol, the head of Mossad – Israel’s national intelligence agency – singled out his female field agents for praise. “Women have a distinct advantage in secret warfare because of their ability to multitask,” Tamir Pardo said to Israel’s Lady Globes. He also added that women are “better at playing a role” and superior to men when it comes to “suppressing their ego in order to attain the goal.” Forbes
Copy That – File this under “why it is dangerous to plagiarize.” A leading Iranian news service copied an Onion story that said Ahmadinejad is more popular in rural America than Obama. They admit to being snookered but are not backing down from the Onion’s satirical piece, arguing it might indeed be true. Pressing Issues