Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bits and Pieces - March 27, 2012

Did you know the first US patent for a color TV was awarded to a Mexican inventor? This is a cool site with an enormous store of information. And it has the good sense to feature Estonia as one of its up-front countries.

It's hard to tell if Anne-Marie Slaughter is doing a bit of cherry-picking here, or if the examples she cites are really a trend. In either case, good job, Secretary Clinton!

Doing science while brown. And in a hoodie. Women are subject to excessive scrutiny in some of the same ways as black people, so I've got some feeling for the need to be perceived as totally harmless in a paranoid world. I recommend some serious meditation, particularly by white males, on how it would feel to have to calculate your every move on pain of death, rape, or arrest.

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