Experts Say that Knitting and Crocheting Can Have Surprising Impacts on Your Health

This article explains how crafting like knitting and crochet can have positive impacts on both your physical and mental health.  From keeping your fingers nimble to keeping your mind nimble crafting has a positive impact on your life.  According to this article mathematical skills, chronic pain, memory loss, and much more can be helped by crafts like knitting and crochet.  A really neat thing that didn’t occur to me in this context is the sense of accomplishment you get from a finished piece.  If you are thinking about getting into crafting, or wondering why so many people do these things, then this is the article for you.


How Ancient Legends Gave Birth To Modern Superheroes

This article is a review of the book “The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger” By Jess Nevins.

After the introduction an excerpt from the book is presented, this excerpt begins the exploratory process of this text by challenging all ‘definitions’ of superheroes.  A bit dry for what most people would think of as a ‘fun’ read but this certainly does set up the tone and premise of the book.

A quote from the author Nevins is: “A lot of previously ignored or overlooked characters become fair game when we talk about the lineage of the superhero. I think redrawing the boundaries is important, because now we can see that the superhero wasn’t a 20th-century invention, but rather the weaving together of many different heroic traditions that date back centuries or even millennia, and the recapitulation of a wide range of historical character types.”

This is a fascinating analysis of superheroes and the historical characters that influenced, consciously or subconsciously, their creation.  If you like DC, Marvel, etc, and/or history, myths, legends, etc. then this will probably be a fascinating read.  Some day when I am feeling more philosophical I will have to go over this text and find out where some of my favorite heroes come from.

Before Jessica Jones There was Eve Dallas

*Before posting about this article I have to admit, I love the JD Robb In Death Series and cannot wait for each book to come out twice a year.*

This article discusses how the new Jessica Jones, critically acclaimed, television series that is highly praised for being groundbreaking closely mirrors much of what Nora Roberts (pen name JD Robb) began writing in 1995.  In case you are unfamiliar with either of them the essential premise of Jessica Jones and Eve Dallas (of the In Death Series) is the following:
Strong female characters are at the center

Surviving the Trauma of Rape

Attempting to thrive and overcome in a patriarchal society

Guilt over a failure to save someone

Being hemmed in by constraints


They are both apparently quite similar, and both seem to be very empowering for women.

*This was an interesting article, I do not think that I will be watching the Jessica Jones series, there don’t seem to be many positive male role models whereas in JD Robb’s series Eve manages to snag one of the good ones (though there is enough conflict to ensure a lack of Mary Sue syndrome.)*

Controversial Website that Lists Predatory Publishers Shut Down

This is an article regarding a website created by a single person which contains a list of publishers that this individual considers predatory.  Apparently on 1/15/17 this website and peripherals was taken down with little to no explanation. This article explores a few essential facts about the website, with an elaboration that there was little transparency about how ‘predatory’ was defined in addition to the fact that once a publisher was on the site it was hard to get them off, in addition to some speculation about why the site may have been discontinued.

*I know of at least one director that was considering suspending all purchases from publishers mentioned on that site regardless of how valid/useful the information contained in the volumes was.  That director also did not conduct any personal exploration into their publishing practices, simply took the information on the website at face value.  Such, well meaning, forms of censorship can be very dangerous.*