Minor League Baseball's Opening Day is April 5th -- which means we are close to experiencing the unique and noteworthy uniforms teams wear during. On June 21st, the Fresno Grizzlies will sport "Coming to America" jerseys that look fantastic. And the Durham Bulls will wear the latest pop culture threads when they don Stranger Things-themed uniforms. On July 13th, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rays will host "Stranger Things Night" in honor of the Netflix series that became an instant obsession.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Magic: The Gathering has become a new obsession in the TeenSpot department at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.…
Today, I attended the #PLA2018 session “Using Fandom to Build STEAM, Summer Camps, and Youth and Community Engagement.” I’m a huge fan of fandom, as are many librarians I know, so this seemed like it would be right up my alley. It was! But there was so much more too it, as well. First of all,...
The wellness movement is having a moment. The more luxurious aspects of it were on full display last weekend at the inaugural summit of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop, from crystal therapy to $66 jade eggs meant to be worn in the vagina. Meanwhile, juice cleanses, “clean eating,” and hand-carved lamps made of pink Himalayan...
Last month, in its second round of layoffs in as many years, comedy hub Funny or Die reportedly eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content. Hours after CEO Mike Farah delivered the news via an internal memo, [...]
Here’s how I’m responding:
1. Publishing primarily here at KimberlyHirsh.com. Several months ago now I began to explore the IndieWeb movement. I’m still not really doing it fully – not using replies or events yet, for example. But I’ve gotten started and finally found my groove with long posts, status updates, and link-sharing, at least.
2. Using Facebook almost exclusively for its group functionality. Sadly nobody else is doing this with as widespread adoption as Facebook. This is where most of my communities are congregating. But I’ve unfollowed all of my friends and liked pages. If I want to know how a friend who internets mainly via Facebook is doing, I go directly to their timeline.
3. Subscribing directly to content providers in other ways. If I want to see everything, I go with RSS for a full blog feed. If I want more curated content, I go with a newsletter. I use Gmail labels to keep all my newsletters together and deliberately choose when to review them.
4. Observing my own response as I browse social media. If I’m scrolling Twitter or Instagram and I start to feel sad, angry, or bored, I step away. This is more about self-care than defeating algorithms, but it feels related, somehow.
There are scholars doing interesting and important work on this. Here are a few to check out:
Wearing exciting hats! Solving mysteries! Defying the men! The heroines of these titles reject the centuries-old trope of the demure woman, and they often have a lot of fun doing it.
For the longest time it felt as though video games were growing up with me.
When my son was a tiny thing, I could strap him into his carrier and wear him to sleep as I sunk hours into Dragon Age Inquisition or Final Fantasy XV. But as he’s gotten more mobile, that’s stopped being an option. The Switch solves this problem beautifully. I can play as he naps and stay at his side. If I wake up early, I can play. I think it will take me forever to beat Breath of the Wild but that’s fine.
I love the Switch.
It’s almost Christmas time, when many of us have a bit of time with our families. It seems an appropriate place to pause and think about the myriad of ways that our families provide support for many of us.
As I was reading it, I nearly teared up thinking of the amazing ways W. has supported me – for our entire almost-20-years-together (yes, we got together very young) – but especially in the past two and a half years.
There are of course all the amazing daily things he handles – dishes, laundry, grocery runs, takeout orders.
And standard academic spouse moments: listening as I work out a new idea, talking me through impostor syndrome, telling me that I should apply for conferences and grants even if I think my idea is dumb.
But also, like, crazy champion moments: making sure I eat in the middle of a paper writing marathon…
…and being my rock as I’ve been tossed upon the seas of impostor syndrome and anxiety that are so common among doctoral students.
So yes. Let’s hear it for the partners of academics. They are amazing people.