Showing posts from February, 2015

Hat's Off to the Men in Miniskirts in Turkey

I am a little fed up with the amount of man-hating bitchiness I have been running into online of late. I have been at a loss as to what to do next. Then, yesterday, a delightful bright spot in my day was this story about men in Turkey taking a stand against violence against women by donning miniskirts and either marching in the streets or tweeting pics of themselves:

Men in miniskirts take stand for women's rights in Turkey

Here are additional related articles:

Turkish Men Are Wearing Miniskirts to Fight for Women’s Rights

Turkish Men Wear Miniskirts In Support Of Women’s Rights After Brutal Murder

Here are twitter entries under the Turkish language hashtag they are using:


I figured out while still a teenager that the antidote to bad men is not hating all men, it is seeking the company of decent men. A shout out to all the men in miniskirts in Turkey:

Thank you for being a bright spot in my day and I hope you do see gains for women's rights in your countr…

Ronald Read: Gas station attendant, janitor, self-made millionaire

Ronald Read died recently at the ripe old age of 92. He lived his long life in obscurity and did not make the news until after he died when this Ordinary Joe bequeathed $6 million dollars of his $8 million dollar estate to a hospital and library. This earned him a very brief page on Wikipedia and a few news articles. Due to the quiet life he led, there seem to be relatively few details available to learn from.

Below are excerpts from the most interesting pieces I found, with links to the full articles:

Meet Ronald Read: The Vermont Millionaire Who Lived Frugally And Bequeathed His Wealth To Hospital, Library

Ronald Read, a former gas station attendant and janitor, was so frugal that he would hold his coat together using safety pins. He would also cut and gather his own firewood and hated making unnecessary expenses and wasting anything.

Besides his knack for living frugally, the Vermont man, who worked until he was 76 years old and died at 92 last year, also had a talent for picking …

Commentary on an Artist's Statement by the artist Leonard Nimoy

I posted a piece this morning on HN under the title (pre-approved by the moderator, Dan G) Leonard Nimoy's Artist's Statement on a set of female nudes (NSFW).  And here is the direct link to the artist's statement: The Full Body Project (NSFW, still, in case I have to say that). It didn't get any traction. I think that's kind of a shame.

Just in case people are freaking out about female nudes being posted on Hacker News, please note that the poster is a woman and this is not smut, it is art. Although the nudes do appear on the statement, it is the artist's statement that really caught my attention. Obviously, you kind of need to know what he is talking about, so the pictures kind of need to be there. But I didn't post this to HN to be titillating. I think it's an interesting, thought-provoking piece, and here's why:

I was fascinated with the fact that Mr. Nimoy talked about this being their story instead of his. He talks about how his previous nudes…