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So, what did you think of the Super Bowl ads? Missed any? Want to watch them again? Check out Hulu’s AdZone where you can vote thumbs up or down on any of today’s ads. I liked this one.

Here’s a good run-down on the heightened level of misogyny in this year’s ads from Dorothy Snarker. It felt that way to me, too.

Claire Danes plays Dr. Temple Grandin in an outstanding new HBO film about the pioneering animal scientist whose autism is a central element of her ability to understand animals and to think visually. Her astonishing and inspiring story first came to public attention in an article by neurologist Oliver Sacks called An Anthropologist On Mars. The title comes from Dr. Grandin’s own description of her sense of bafflement in trying to understand human behavior and communication.

But her understanding of animal behavior transformed the operations of cattle facilities. The movie makes clear that Dr. Grandin faced prejudice not just as an autistic person but as a woman. But her ideas were so compelling that she has become a world-respected authority. And she has been a guide to autism as well, writing and speaking about her experiences as a way of helping neuro-typicals understand those who literally see the world differently.

Dr. Grandin herself can be seen in this interview.

And here she talks to NPR about her squeeze machine. Her mother has also written a book about her experiences, Thorn in My Pocket.

Snowpocalypse. Snownami. Snowmageddon. A couple of shots from the big snow of 2010.

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Well, I’m excited!

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