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Still catching up

May 13th, 2003

Women still face disparities at work. A new report released by the American Association of University Women finds that women are still stuck in “pink collar” jobs and are underrepresented in subjects that would prepare them for jobs in science, engineering, or information technology.

It’s not over yet.

Cervantes

May 12th, 2003

The Cervantes Project is an enormous collection of material about Cervantes’ life and times.

Noted

May 12th, 2003

New-to-me weblogs I’ve been enjoying lately:

Pseudorandom
Cheek
Twists & Turns

(dark) Phoenix

May 12th, 2003

We finally saw X2 over the weekend. I enjoyed it. My non-fan husband enjoyed it as well. As most everyone is attesting, it is one of the rare sequels that is better than the original. It felt more like the X-men than the first movie did, if that makes any sense.

The action sequences were well-paced and exciting, and the effects were ok, though not spectacular. The story was well-done, with only one major hole (Jason Stryker’s — Mastermind’s? — history was glossed over). While I do have a few quibbles (among them: not enough screen time for Cyclops, Storm was seriously under- and misutilized, Iceman didn’t even try to freeze the lake, and Prof. X’s role was strangely minimal), I do recommend it.

By the way: did anyone else think that Peter Rasputin/Colossus looked a lot like Adam from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Art becomes life

May 6th, 2003

In his novel Antarctica, Kim Stanley Robinson imagined a world where several countries were fighting over the rights to Antarctic ice — which was then melted into potable water.

The scientific community is actively pursuing this idea [link via Footprints] with the hope of providing clean drinking water to thirsty, and dying, millions around the world.

Geeky Thinkers

May 6th, 2003

This collection of 17th & 18th Century Mathematicians makes for interesting reading. At least for me.

Homeward

May 2nd, 2003

The 3-person crew (including my NASA-boyfriend Don Petitt) on board the International Space Station is coming home tomorrow [Chicago Sun Times]. Petitt’s reflections on leaving the station are worth the read [NASA].

The 2-person replacement crew arrived a few days ago [New York Times]. This team will have no assembly tasks, no space walks, and will do very little science. Most of their time will be spent just keeping the station running.

Good Reading

May 2nd, 2003

I just found the Classical Library, which, according to the main page is:

“devoted to presenting new HTML versions of classical literature based on electronic texts from sources such as Project Gutenberg and other works in the public domain that are newly scanned and converted.”

The author index suggests that the collection is small, but growing. Its sister site, The Anglican Library includes HTML versions of Christian literature.

There’s a first time for everything

May 1st, 2003

This Washington Post article about the falling water level in Lake Powell makes me wish I still lived in Arizona. I think it would be fun to visit some of the lost treasures of Glen Canyon.

More seriously, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the Glen Canyon Dam must come down — it’s just not serving the purpose it was designed for, and it’s harming other water storage projects in the Southwest. Just to be clear: I don’t think that all dams are bad, I am not advocating that we tear them all down. But I do think that Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam were a bad idea, and we need to admit that and move on.

Elsewhere

May 1st, 2003

The webpage of the UK’s Home Office (which is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales includes a section of Research Development Statistics. Many of the articles put out by RDS are quite interesting, including papers about Migrants in the UK, The Social Context of Underage Drinking, and one about the impact of the national lottery on horserace betting.