Welcome to my weekly variety hour, where I post bits and pieces of awesomeness I found around the interwebz.
First, some shameless self-promotion.
- The Confidential issue of Bitch Magazine features my article, Heroine Overdose: The Mediated Missions of Stiletto Spy School. Pick one up on the newsstand, or buy the issue online.
- In the Twin Cities and looking to break into writing for magazines? Well, you’re in luck. I will be teaching a two-part workshop on just that. The workshop, From Query to Print: Magazine Writing Basics, will take place from 10-noon on December 4th and 11th at the Loft Literary Center. Low income discounts are available. I would love to see you! And if you have a writer or aspiring writer friend in Minneapolis or St. Paul, please spread the word!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and luckily we are driving rather than flying to our final destination.
- Many people have posited that the new full-body scanners aren’t harmful. Here’s an article from the New Scientist that suggests otherwise, indicating that the scanners can actually damage human DNA.
- As an Israeli (I have dual citizenship), I’ve found myself wondering why US airports can’t take a hint from one that has the best security in the world. Here’s an article entitled The ‘Israelification’ of Airports–High Security, Little Bother.
- I am appalled and disgusted that so many of us will not be able to fly without having to chose between potentially harmful scanners (which also have the ability to store naked photos) or invasive and humiliating patdowns. Seth Godin put it well in a recent post, Groping for a Marketing Solution: TSA and Security Theater.
The holidays are coming up, and my boyfriend and I are in the middle of moving. It’s going to be a crazy few weeks (or months).
- I normally don’t endorse products, but Sankofa Song’s Don’t Lose Your Sh*t Kit just came out and I wanted to spread the word. The kit, which is under ten bucks, includes some delicious music as well as breathing and sound exercises that will help you not lose your shit (or get back into a good space if you’ve already lost your shit), as well as a shiny 21-page PDF e-book. Also, Fabeku is awesome and his music is magically delicious.
Here’s to an excellent Thanksgiving for everyone, and safe travels!