1. Timothy Ferris has an essay in the New Yorker about the making of the Voyager golden record and it’s wonderful:

Ann [Druyan] had obtained beautiful recordings of whale songs, made with trailing hydrophones by the biologist Roger Payne, which didn’t fit into our rather anthropocentric sounds sequence. We also had a collection of loquacious greetings from United Nations representatives, edited down and cross-faded to make them more listenable. Rather than pass up the whales, I mixed them in with the diplomats. I’ll leave it to the extraterrestrials to decide which species they prefer.


2. The Woman in the Room project gives you some handy posters to give voice to the frustrations of working with men who don’t get it (honestly, everyone female could use this, right?):