Desperately seeking waivers: Union disgruntlement with Obamacare spreading
**Written by Doug Powers Last month, a 22,000 member United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers — the same one that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and lobbied for passage of Obamacare — called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The list of those unions who are starting to realize […]more...
Body Image: Maybe Toddlers Are on to Something
Editor’s Note: Have you ever watched a toddler walk around without a shirt on? They strut a little bit. They pat their round bellies, stick them out and smile. We don’t do that as adults, do we? Shasta at Outrageous Fortune explores why we don’t treasure our bellies — our core — the same way as toddlers do. It makes me want to love my belly a little more. -Jenna
I have spent hours watching both my children experiment with wiggles of their pelvises or twisting of their torsos. Rolling around on the floor with them, I have rediscovered the physical experience of childhood — banging on the floor with our powerful back and thigh muscles, the feet a mere afterthought, or arching our backs so that our heads pop up, the hands against the floor steadying us rather than providing the bulk of our support.
The child who walks with a big, soft tummy and wide legs is much more aware of her core and its ability to propel her through space than the adult with a rigid spine and an aching lumbar. We could take a lesson from her, rather than the other way around.
Getting the Technology Right for the Penning of Punk
What happens when you’re in a fictional world when the technology used it the story suddenly doesn’t match up with the time period of the story? Throws you off, doesn’t it? I’m a fan of the TV show Warehouse 13, which is full of wonderful steampunk gadgets and goodies. The folks at The Pen Punks write about the intersection of story telling and punk technology in this must read post: Know How to Use Your Tech.
Steampunk desktop by Jake Von Slatt via Flickr
Punk lit would be nothing without the technology weaved into the world created by the author. I would go as far as saying technology makes any punk world. While it may be the cogs and wheels of Steampunk, the neural connections of Cyberpunk or the recombined DNA strands of Biopunk – tech and the future of science is undeniably at the center of all punk genres.
It isn’t just punk genres where technology matters. Any imaginative fiction involving technology is a huge favorite of mine and I love it when it’s well done. Another show on SyFy comes to mind – Continuum. I really want one of those outfits the main character wears! Is this where technology is headed? It could be, but even if it isn’t, in the hands of a good writer it is entirely believable.more...