weeklies 7-7-2012

I’m not sure how, but it’s July! And, as usual, a weekly round-up.

– Let’s start with feminism. Provocateur Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote to the Atlantic a piece called 1% Wives are Helping Kill Feminism and Make the War on Women PossibleAnd then there came a piece on that piece on Feministe: Feministm + Housewivery. Both are worth your time with a nice cup of coffee.

What famous directors said about their first films.

– Continuing with directors, here’s the Woody Allen School of Productivity, a great infographic.

Helen Mirren joins Meryl Streep and calls for more women in the movie industry, behind the camera. Guardian notes Mirren said

“When I was making films [early in my career] there were very, very few female directors, and there were certainly no women on set, which made taking one’s clothes off all the more difficult,” she observed, before remarking that directors such as Julie Taymor and Kathryn Bigelow had helped to shift the gender balance. “Things have moved on, but as far as I’m concerned, they haven’t moved on enough,” she added.

– A very cool and interesting phenomenon of e-readers: publishers now can get data such as most highlighted passages and how fast people read a book and how people read books.

Composer Knits Scarves That Power a Piano. Wired reports on this awesomeness: learning to knit would be part of his graduate coursework at California Institute of the Arts. But when his interface design instructor challenged him to build a non-boring MIDI controller device last fall, Bryant found an unlikely musical ally: red yarn. By weaving conductive thread into the yarn, Bryant found that he could manipulate the fiber to control a musical instrument — a decidedly non-boring outcome.

– Wikileaks started releasing approximately 2 million emails related to Syria, now dubbed ‘Syria Files’ on Thursday. The files, next to a caricature of Assad can be found on the wikileaks website. BBC reports that the emails range from August 2006 to 2012, and are embarassing both to Syria and its opponents. Al Jazeera blog was going to do a highlight on selected emails, but the blog link seems to be empty for the moment.

And to wrap things up on a cute note, here’s a corgi:

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