Tough Babes

From Tom G. Here’s one of the women listed.
Marina the Night Witch

Pie High

Okay, I am a lover of fruit pies. I love fruit pies more than chocolate. I do like ice cream on my pie, so I can’t be considered a purist. I think that Pumpkin Pie got such a high percentage just because it’s associated with Thanksgiving. I can’t understand why Cherry is not the most popular pie filling. Really!! there must be a mistake here.

pie chart

Melissa Wakefield’s completed pie chart.
Courtesy of Melissa Wakefield, NPR

Sylvia Archive: Fishy Science

When will gender equality be a variable in scientific studies? Share a hypothesis in a comment.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Arguments To Have

A really good list. Thanks, Roz & Janet!


Film News

Reporting from our correspondent, Connie S.

I ran in and saw ANITA yesterday. This article is by the film’s director Freida Mock.   I really liked the movie.  Anita Hill is as stalwart and forthright today as she was before the Senate over 20 years ago…full of integrity and dignity.  She told the truth.  There is no question about it.

I Made A Movie About Anita Hill, A Woman Who Changed The Face Of History, by Freida Mock

When I started the “Anita” project in 2010, what I knew about Anita Hill was pretty much what the public knew through news stories and books. I thought I would make a movie that offered a fresh story about politics, power, race and issues of sexual harassment, seen from the distance and hindsight of 20 years, the time that has passed since those infamous Hill/Thomas Senate Judicial Hearings of 1991… .

For more, check out the full article at

Image Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Sylvia Archive: Cats Helping Cats

The Cats with Signs feel for another cat. Share in their empathy with a comment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Can’t Part Just Yet

On Wednesday, April 15, the young librarians from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library pulled up in a big with van. They had come to pack up my life in cartoons to archive for the archives, for scholars to study. I was pleased and appalled. They went into the basement, stayed for a while and then anxiety forced me to leave and buy my tiny finches an enormous birdcage, which I returned the next day.

OSU white van

I was not able to part with my original cartoons on Wednesday. I have kept them to go through them, only 2000 or so. And pick out my favorites. Then Tom suggested I pick out the cartoons with a story and offer them for sale, one a day.

Here’s the first: When OJ was on trial. There were two prosecutors, one of them was Marcia Clark. Ms. Clark was divorced and it must have been acrimonious because her ex-husband was threatening to take the children because Ms. Clark was neglecting them to spend long hours on the trial. I did this cartoon and received a note from Ms. Clark reassuring me that I didn’t have to worry, that it was all right….her children were by her side. Yes, I am looking feverishly for the tiny note. I’m sure I put it somewhere safe, not in my letters file. I have a general letter file, a hate mail file and then file folders of the personal letters my friends sent me. I will keep looking , but at this moment only  the original cartoon strip is for sale ($250) You’ll be the first to know if I find the note. Sylvia

Marcia clark cartoon strip

Sylvia Archive: Power Lunches

Harry claims to have created this meal. Ever attend one? Share in a comment.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Silence, Please

Here’s a silent movie GIF that is wonderfully odd and funny, from Tom G. Happy Friday.


Sylvia Archive: Cuisinart Wizard

The Woman Who Does Everything Better is a mechanical whiz, among other things. Query about an ability in a comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014