10 11 / 2013
The Valkyries, on young girls in comic shops
- 1: A dad came in with his 4 year-old daughter and told her to ask me ("the lady who works here") for recommendations. She did and I showed her a few comics I thought she would like while the dad kind of waited a respectful distance away so that it was really our conversation. Then he said to her "I just want to make sure you know you can always ask the people in the comic book store for recommendations and they'll be happy to talk to you."
- And all of a sudden I realized that he was making sure his little girl would grow up believing that she is welcome in comic book and nerd spaces instead of feeling like she's an outsider just because she's a girl.
- PARENTING FTW!!!
- 2: That reminds me of the girl who gets $10 for every A on her report card and spends it all on comics.
- 3: This reminds me of the dad and daughter who came into my store and bought the American Dream tpb we had. And then proceeded to buy every book with a strong central female character I could think of to recommend. Good parenting.
- 4: There is a family who would always come in on Saturday. The older sister and mom weren't really into comics, but they would walk around with the younger sister and dad while they picked out what they wanted. The young girl always came in and spent her allowance on comics.
14 10 / 2013
"Most condoms are made of superthin latex, to help a man forget that he’s wearing one. But the Origami Condom, one of the designs spotlighted by the Gates Foundation, is intended to be felt. Its accordion-like silicone folds allow it to slip onto the penis more easily than a rolled condom, and generate pleasurable friction while in use. The Origami Condom has a roomier tip than a traditional condom and a lubricated interior, which creates additional tactile sensation as the wearer moves—the difference between wrapping yourself in plastic wrap versus silk sheets."
10 10 / 2013
prooffreader asked: What was your data source for the cancer survival graph?
Thank you for asking this question- it forced me to dig a little deeper into my sources! There are a few answers to your question.
I first saw the tables/figures in a lecture on presenting scientific information from Dr. Stephen Marshall’s epidemiology class at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
The original source of the data was the SEER 1973-1998 cancer surveillance database, as analyzed in Hermann Brenner, “Long-term survival rates of cancer patients achieved by the end of the 20th century: a period analysis,” The Lancet, 360 (October 12, 2002), 1131-1135.
However, I believe the revised table was taken from this post on Edward Tufte/Graphic Press’s website: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0000Jr
Hopefully that answers your question!