Social identity and depression

Sandra Davidson investigated how a person’s social identity affected their ability to recover from depression.

WE HAVE known for a long time that being socially isolated is bad for your mental health. Some of the most cruel and enduring punishments are about social isolation – banishment, exile and solitary confinement. So we know this instinctively, and it’s been used throughout history. But I was interested in finding from a more scientific approach what aspects of the social world were important for recovery from depression.

Read the article at The Citizen.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

If your knowledge of Indian cinema is limited to Bollywood musicals, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which runs from 1 to 11 May, will give you a broader view. The festival includes recent mainstream and independent films from across India and the subcontinent and screens at HOYTS cinemas in Melbourne and Chadstone.

Lakshmi, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and set in Hyderabad, looks at one of the darker aspects of contemporary Indian society. It is based on the true story of a 14-year-old girl who is sold into prostitution and becomes the first person in the district of Andhra Pradesh to successfully have sex traffickers prosecuted. The film has generated controversy in India for its unsentimental approach and for some violent scenes. This is not a film for the timid but it raises awareness of a form of systemic abuse that affects children in India and other parts of the world.

Lakshmi screens at HOYTS Chadstone on Friday 2 May and HOYTS Melbourne Central on Tuesday 6 May as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Cross-posted to A Wok on the Wild Side.

Guest presenting on JOY's Technogaze for International Women's Day - Saturday 8 March

I’m making my radio debut tomorrow! Technogaze is the technology program on JOY 94.9, Melbourne’s GLBTIQ community radio station. For International Women’s Day (noon tomorrow, Saturday 8 March), I will join the regular panel and talking about women in technology and whatever else might come up in the program.

Web hosting for freedom

I’m thinking of offering low-cost web hosting and online media training for activist and community groups. I’m concerned about the increasing commercialisation of the online commons, and about small groups becoming dependent on ‘free’ services offered by corporations that do not share their values. I want to help empower people to reclaim the DIY ethic of the early days of the internet.

Interested or have similar ideas? Let’s chat.

Introducing Lanyon

Lanyon is an unassuming Jekyll theme that places content first by tucking away navigation in a hidden drawer. It’s based on Poole, the Jekyll butler.

Built on Poole

Poole is the Jekyll Butler, serving as an upstanding and effective foundation for Jekyll themes by @mdo. Poole, and every theme built on it (like Lanyon here) includes the following:

  • Complete Jekyll setup included (layouts, config, 404, RSS feed, posts, and example page)
  • Mobile friendly design and development
  • Easily scalable text and component sizing with rem units in the CSS
  • Support for a wide gamut of HTML elements
  • Related posts (time-based, because Jekyll) below each post
  • Syntax highlighting, courtesy Pygments (the Python-based code snippet highlighter)

Lanyon features

In addition to the features of Poole, Lanyon adds the following:

  • Toggleable sliding sidebar (built with only CSS) via link in top corner
  • Sidebar includes support for textual modules and a dynamically generated navigation with active link support
  • Two orientations for content and sidebar, default (left sidebar) and reverse (right sidebar), available via <body> classes
  • Eight optional color schemes, available via <body> classes

Head to the readme to learn more.

Browser support

Lanyon is by preference a forward-thinking project. In addition to the latest versions of Chrome, Safari (mobile and desktop), and Firefox, it is only compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and above.


Lanyon is developed on and hosted with GitHub. Head to the GitHub repository for downloads, bug reports, and features requests.