Friday, May 15, 2015

The Friday Four, Part 118


I just discovered a new series on Netflix: Turn.  It's set in a small town on Long Island during the American Revolution and follows the intrigues of a handful of rebels each fighting for freedom in their own way. Having spent several of my formative years near Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, and other historical sites, I love that aspect of the show, as well as the reminder that people who lived long ago really weren't all that different from people today. They loved, hated, fought, laughed, cried, and lived through it all just as we do today.


Anita Sakreesian released a new video in her Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series, and her second one focused on Positive Female Characters in Video Games.  Not being much of a gamer (at least of video games) I'd never heard of Jade from Beyond Good and Evil, but I appreciate a more rounded character who doesn't simply embody the stereotypes Anita's discussed in her earlier videos.

Jade dresses relatively practically, is from an economically disadvantaged background, uses her various talents to make her way toward her goals, and works as a partner with her companions to fulfill her altruistic desire to save her world.  Anita sums it up:
...we definitely need more games with warm, compassionate, multitalented characters who have realistic and relatable concerns, and more narratives in which taking a stand against corrupt systems of power is more important than personal gain or revenge.

A couple of weeks ago we got a new batch of baby chicks.  Here they are at about two weeks old, right after we got them:

Cute little fuzzy balls of fluff!

And here they are now, at about five weeks old:

Adolescence is an awkward stage no matter the species.
They're about half fluffy fuzz, half feathers, and all adorably awkward. And man, their little chirps are getting loud!


This cute video, from the same folks that did those hair and makeup styles by decade videos, tracks the reaction of an engaged couple to what they might look like 30, 40, or 50 years down the road.  It's awfully sweet.  I even got a little teary-eyed.

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