Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

I've been down sick most of this week, so that means I didn't get an episode out the door or much of anything done really. What I did do was lie in bed and watch a ton of YouTube videos. The one that I enjoyed the most was the mini-series Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, part of the BBC series Horizon. Presented by theoretical physicist and broadcaster Jim al-Khalili, Shock and Awe appealed to me because it was very much in the same vein as Connections, Coast, and Time Team. If you're a fan of science documentary, you will enjoy this one. The photography is gorgeous, the explanation of concepts is top notch, and the vintage lab equipment is fun to watch. Seriously, if I had watched Shock and Awe when I was in University, it would have made my AC Power course a whole lot easier to deal with.

Her Story

I just discovered this series last night and thought I would share it with you. This is really something that needs more investment and expansion. Currently, there are 6 eopisodes about 8 minutes long. The series is written, produced and stars actual trans and queer women and realistically examines the issues that we face every day.

Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.

Her Story is currently streaming on YouTube. Here is a link to Episode 1.

Why I Dance

I wish I had the physical ability to do this, but unfortunately, I can only cheer these women on as I find my own thing to do.

Why I Dance is a pole dance film about women who come together to reclaim their bodies and themselves. In celebration of all women everywhere. The proceeds of our original track will benefit the California Women's Law Center, fighting for social justice for women and girls. Purchase here:

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Gender Identity, In A Nutshell

"Okay" says the gym teacher, "Everyone line up, boys on one side, girls on the other".

The cisgender person lines up.

The transgender person moves from the line they were told to be in to the line they identify with.

The bigender person runs back and forth from one line to the other.

The gender fluid person runs in circles, screaming.

The agender person says "So long, suckers" and goes home.


A couple of stories cane up on social media this week that just left me shaking my head. The first one comes out of Edmonton where a Catholic School Board Trustee says that transgender students have a "mental disorder".

Ok, let me get this straight - you believe in the infallibility of the Pope, a virgin birth, women being created from the rib of a man, a burning bush, parting the Red Sea and creating the heavens and the firmament in six days, but someone whose ideas about gender don't square with yours has a mental disorder?

Angry White Guy Says Transgender Students Have 'Mental Disorder'

Universe created in six days? - No problem.

Burning bush? - That's cool brah!

Woman made from the rib of a man? - Yup. Says so in the book.

Parting the Red Sea with a stick? - I'm down with that.

Virgin birth? - Yeah baby!

Dead guy resurrected after 3 days and ascends directly into the sky? - Awesome!

Person self-identifies as a different gender? - You're delusional!!!!!

Why the hell is it that people who believe so many things that may or may not have happened thousands of years ago just can't believe what their fellow human beings are saying right now? If you don't agree with them, why not just nod and smile pilitely and move along with your day? I mean seriously, WTF is wrong with people.

via the Huffington Post