geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • “#Stanford Professor Andrei Linde celebrates #physics breakthrough…” [#geekgirl]

    [I absolutely love Professor Renata Kallosh's reaction: wonderful (in the true sense of the term).]

     

  • ACT Greens put an end to cage egg production after almost 20 years [#geekgirl]

    [From a press release from The Greens] ‘After 18 years and seven bills, the ACT Greens have finally won the battle to ban cage egg production and sow stalls in the ACT, said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.

    “In 1996, the ACT Greens presented their first bill in the ACT Legislative Assembly to outlaw the production and sale of battery cage eggs.  I am so proud that today, our 7th bill presented to the Assembly on these important issues has passed and will outlaw these inhumane and outdated farming practices,” said Mr Rattenbury.

    “The Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Bill will ban battery cages for egg production and the use of sow stalls and gestation crates for pigs, introducing a maximum penalty on conviction of 50 units ($7,000 for an individual or $35,000 for a corporation).

    “Battery cage farming places laying hens in horrific conditions.  It is widely recognised that hens kept in battery cage systems suffer chronically, unable to exhibit usual chicken behaviour such as flapping their wings or dust bathing.

    “The Bill also prohibits the removal or trimming of hens’ beaks, a common practice in the factory farming industry where the hen’s beak is removed with a hot blade or laser.  Not only is this process painful and inhumane, but it can also lead to other health complications which make it painful for the bird to eat.

    “A growing number of public campaigns and a high level of recent media attention have exposed the inhumane practices of factory farming.  It is clear that community awareness is increasing and public expectations are growing for higher standards of food production.

    “This bill represents a growing movement in the community, as consumers are better informed and able to make more humane choices when purchasing animal produce.  This is reflected even in our supermarket chains, with a number now stocking free range meats and phasing out the sale of battery cage eggs.

    Animals Australia Campaign Director, Lyn White, expressed her support on the bill “Animals Australia applauds the ACT Government’s landmark move to prohibit some of the cruellest farming practices which see millions of animals around Australia severely confined and denied any quality of life, purely for commercial reasons. This legislation reflects community expectations for the treatment of animals and sets a significant precedent for other states to follow.”

    Local produce farmer, Martyn Noakes from Bredbo Valley View Farm also welcomed the bill. “Prohibiting sow stalls within the ACT will have far reaching beneficial effects on the welfare of pigs beyond the ACTs borders; there is no need for sow stalls, caged birds or feed lots.  This legislation is a step forward in changing the way we all think about the way all our food is produced.”’

  • #RIP Marina Ginestà, “…the defiant militia girl” [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: El País/ Juan Guzman (EFE)

    [As reported by El País] “Some pictures are touched by fortune, ready to become icons of an era as soon as they are developed. One such image is a photograph taken at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, depicting a dishevelled, attractive young woman with a rifle slung over her shoulder who stares at the camera with a combination of joy and defiance as she stands on the rooftop of a building affording views across Barcelona. The girl, a magnificent symbol of the proletariat’s revolutionary epic and the hopes of a people who had taken up arms, was named Marina Ginestà, and she died in Paris on Sunday at the age of 94.”

  • #Antimedia by Florian Cramer [#geekgirl]

    Anti-Media by Florian Cramer

    “Anti-Media” Book Cover

    “The Cover of Florian Cramer’s new book is, in short, beautiful (and us posting this here has *absolutely nothing* to do with the fact he devotes an entire section of the book to discussing a work by our Creative Director…*cough*…).”

  • Ancient Plant Popsicles Sprout Anew [#geekgirl]

    “Plants that were frozen during the “Little Ice Age” centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say.

    Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions.

    Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet’s cyclic long periods of ice coverage.”

    [Via Centuries-old frozen plants revived]

  • Patti Smith Advises the #Young [#geekgirl]

    Patti Smith: Advice to the young from Louisiana Channel on Vimeo.

    “Build a good name”, rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. “Life is like a roller coaster, it is going to have beautiful moments but it is going to be real fucked up, too”, she says.

    The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives advice to the young:

    “Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it”, Patti Smith says.

    Interview by Christian Lund, the Louisiana Literature festival August 24, 2012, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

    Produced by Honey Biba Beckerlee and Kamilla Bruus.

    Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

    Meet more artists at channel.louisiana.dk

    Louisiana Channel is a non-profit video channel for the Internet launched by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in November 2012. Each week Louisiana Channel will publish videos about and with artists in visual art, literature, architecture, design etc.

    Read more: channel.louisiana.dk/about

    Supported by Nordea-fonden.

  • #Words to Use More Often [#geekgirl]

    Words to Use More Often

    [Via fug4cious] 

  • A “Coffee in Suspense” [#geekgirl]

    Caffè sospeso

    [Photo via The Washington Post, by Michael S. Williamson ]

    “There is a new form of active solidarity with the poor that started in Italy and apparently now also in Spain. Someone pays for 7 cups of coffee but only drinks 3. The 4 that are paid but not consumed then are (according to google translate) ‘pending’. People who cannot afford coffee can come to the cafe and ask for a pending coffee. The same is done with food.” [Interpretation by Josephine Bosma via Rosapoo].

    [Update: Apparently this is an actual established Italian tradition called a "Caffè sospeso" - a "coffee in suspense" - that has been revived due to distressing economic conditions. Hat tip to Neural Revue for the added info.]

  • #Marina Abramović + #Ulay: #MoMA 2010 [#geekgirl]

    MA + Ulay

    Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

    At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.

  • “Wherever you look is #beauty…” [#geekgirl]

    She's Beautiful + Sees Beauty

    Here’s to Alice Herz-Sommer, a holocaust survivor whose advice regarding life = incredibly poignant + profoundly wonderful [store it up: she makes complete sense considering she's 109]. When asked what’s the secret of her feeling so good at her age, she replies:

    “Optimism, and looking for the good. Life is beautiful. To be happy, to admire, to thank. [Being] thankful that we are living. Wherever you look is beauty.”