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- Check your straight party vote before you cast it because this meshugas has been happening.
- The friend of a friend warning about not having water for showering has turned out to be a hoax. Yay! Please recycle your bottles.
- Student-supplied article on racial bias in CPS removals in Austin.
- Article on the bi-racial/bi-cultural experience
- Article on the fallacies of binary sex – apropos of attempts to limit the definitions of sex
Invisibilia: The Callout – Pretty much everything from Invisibilia is really good. This one is apropos to some of our discussions about callout hashtags like #bbqbecky and enforcing social norms.
Snap Judgement – Really interesting, well-produced stories about unexpected stuff.
- Bring ID
- Bring a piece of actual paper on which you have written your choices
- Read endorsements to make those choices.
- VOTE ON EVERYTHING
- vote.org for your precinct.
Apropos of our discussion about the internet and self-regulation in 347 (and the oncoming train of mid-terms) I give you apps:
Forest – An app that forces you not to jump around to lots of apps on your phone. Might be good if you are procrastinating on writing or coding (I’m looking at you, 358).
Thrive at UT – Developed for the UT Counseling Center. Lots of interesting features. Free.
Gratitude – Claims to “rewire” your brain through encouraging daily gratitude practice. Yeah, no. But I enjoy it and the interface is kind of cool and lets you be artsy with it. I only tend to journal my weirder dreams and stressful moments, so this is more pleasant to look back on 🙂
Stop, Breathe, & Think – One of the many subscription-based meditation apps. This one looks a bit more flexible and affordable than some of the others.
This week in Procrastination:
Hot Ones – A press-tour stop for celebrities where they have to eat increasingly firey wings while being interviewed. Oddly addictive. Chrissy Teigen is the undisputed king.
Try Channel – No, not the Try Guys. Irish people trying mostly odd foods or watching stuff and swearing in ways that even I haven’t thought of.
This website has a variety of cognitive tests that determine your implicit bias towards different groups of people. Implicit bias is non-rational and often unconscious. Understanding bias can help you be a better critical thinker and ally.
Trevor Noah interviews Tanara Burke, founder of the MeToo movement
MeToo was founded by Tanara Burke in 2006, specifically for people of color who are sexual assault survivors. She talks about the genesis of the movement.
Nannette: Hannah Gadsby
Ground breaking standup by a comedian from Tasmania who faced homophobia and violence in a country where it was illegal to be gay until the 90s. Trigger warning – she’s very funny but it gets super real sometimes as she struggles with the tension between humor and healing.
- My Monday office hours are canceled this week. The Wednesday hour at the GDC will happen as scheduled.
- 378L, 347, and 358 will NOT have a class meeting on Friday. I will be posting attendance assignments for Friday in the next 24 hours. Enjoy ACL/the OU game/studying/resting. Please check Canvas for your attendance assignment.
- When They Took My Son – Reveal Podcast on two stories of child separation. Several of you are doing your papers on this issue, so it’s worth a listen. Good, in-depth reporting.
- Definition and description of DARVO (Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender) by a researcher at Stanford. A helping of logical fallacies with a side of cognitive distortion.
- About ACES: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Score is used as a predictor for a variety of emotional, physical, and social issues during childhood and adult development. This may be quite relevant to several of your papers and is a good search term as well.
Procrastination/Mental Health Moment:
I’m going to try a new thing – I’ll post a weekly list of interesting stuff: podcasts, news stories, and rando stuff related to coursework and discussions in class. I’ll also post it on my Twitter feed for former students who are interested. Here’s what’s on my mind from the last week:
Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong – Huffington Post
This is a thoughtful article that doesn’t discount health risks associated with obesity, but rather points out that our attempts to curb these risks have been insanely ineffective and are inexorably linked with the prejudice fat people face from the medical community and society at large. My own research bears out some of these findings.
Making Amends – On the Media (audio)
Several perspectives on #metoo including the invisibility of low-income workers who face harassment and a rabbi’s perspective on atonement in the Jewish tradition.
Facing Racism at the Blanton
Day-long program on racism in America.
Book of the Week:
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Pod of the Week:
If you don’t have anything to say, say it in ALL CAPS – This American Life
This podcast is from a few years ago, but it figures prominently in my dissertation and subsequent discussion of how negative online interactions can, sometimes, have surprisingly positive outcomes. Sometimes.