Today's Mighty Oak


I hope everyone is enjoying their post-Thanksgiving turkey comas.  Let’s see what we have today.  First up, an insane 360-degree water slide.

I’m sure you voted in this last election, and if you live in Allegheny County, you can check out amazing statistics about how everything went (you can drill down to you voting district)

And speaking of voting, need help getting people registered for the so, so important 2018 election?  Indivisible has you covered.

And lastly in politics, this amazing song from Randy Rainbow:

The Player’s Tribune has an awesome article up about the crime of running the Boston Marathon while female.

I’ve talked about it before, but an amazing article from The Good Men Project about straight people trying to make things like National Coming Out Day about themselves, and how hurtful it really is.

And lastly, I just finished it, but here is the trailer for Season 2 of Lady Dynamite.  Maria Bamford is one of my favorite comedians, but she is a very acquired taste:

That’s it for today, I’ll be back with more soon as November wraps up, have a great one!



Happy Guy Fawkes Day! (one of my annual posts):

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent

To blow up the King and Parli’ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England’s overthrow;

By God’s providence he was catch’d

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!

A penny loaf to feed the Pope.

A farthing o’ cheese to choke him.

A pint of beer to rinse it down.

A faggot of sticks to burn him.

Burn him in a tub of tar.

Burn him like a blazing star.

Burn his body from his head.

Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.

Hip hip hoorah!

Hip hip hoorah!



Shocker, people are idiots.

It’s decorative gourd season!  Check out this video years in the making:

Kids can become certified ninjas in Japan!  Well, close enough, at least!

A photographer added Pennywise into the engagement photos she did for her sister.

An awesome local protest piece of art here in town.

I”m so excited for Black Panther, check out the new trailer:

What happens with Chris Griffin and Pinky read Star Wars dialogue?  Tons of laughter.

Disney brought real sloths to the DMV to recreate Zootopia.  I’m so jealous!

Wizards of the Coast has pulled together some statistics about the most common race and class combinations, it’s pretty interesting.

Mika’s new song has dropped, and it’s catchy:

Another mystery solved: the scrolling text from The Matrix was a sushi recipe.

As always, XKCD makes a great point.

The trailer for season 3 of Eastsiders looks great (and even includes a stop in Pittsburgh)!  But sadly, Colby Keller is in it, so I may not watch it because of that (although I think this was filmed before he was doubling down on his white privilege):

That’s it for today, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what we have today, first up, the new Google ear buds are going to change the world with live translations.

Stan Lee takes a stand against bigotry.

Fitz and the Tantrums’ new song is my new jam:

A touching tribute to Matthew Shepherd.

And speaking of, the politician who was saved by a married lesbian spoke at a convention dedicated to taking away her rights.

Oh hey, so did the president.  The first to do so.  He spoke at a convention that has discussed ways to pass legislation to put gay men to death.  Let that sink in.

Also in the horror show that is this administration, Jeff Sessions has rescinded protections for trans* people.

The president has also removed all mention of the queer community from the Health and Human Services department, meaning no mention of queer focused health initiatives.

And Jeff Sessions rescinded other protections for all members of the queer community.  These are things that affect people you love.  Be fucking pissed.

Okay, quick pallet cleanser.  The new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey takes the form of a Big Band musical number:

After the horrific shooting in Vegas, just a reminder that your thoughts and prayers do jack shit.  We need comprehensive gun control in this country, including a rescinding of the second amendment.

It boggles my mind that it takes something personally happening to someone for them to take action.  It is not that hard to actually think about other people and try to imagine a better world for them, as well as yourself.  But, predictably, when gun violence is close to a gun fanatic, suddenly, he realizes his mistake.  It infuriates me that it takes a tragedy like this for him to realize how wrong he is, but hey, at least he came around I guess.  I just won’t be patting him on the back for his sudden realization.

A Dutch news program takes on (with dark humor) the insanity that we live with here in the US:

Okay, the graphic designers have gotten a hold of the US map.

Speaking of graphic designers, a great SNL skit about fonts:

And if you can believe it, the man who created Papyrus, responds!

Stranger Things 2 (or the second season, not sure what to call it) looks amazing:

The president rolls back the mandate for birth control under health care, because he wants to drive up abortion rates, the cost of healhtcare and get rid of preventative medicine.  Just kidding, he’s a racist and since it is both something Obama put into place and a GOP wet-dream, it’s gone.

And I’ll just drop this here, the 10 things you need to know about Patriotism:

In good medical news, due to PrEP, there has been a huge drop in new HIV cases in England (where it was studied).

And finally, the amazing trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi:



Alright, let’s see what we have today, a bit of a longer update, and lots of videos:

Because it’s a shit show, the president’s newest judicial nominee thinks trans* kids are part of ‘Satan’s plan.’

In the spirit of Halloween, the Internet thinks that Pennywise and the Babbadook should date.  Awwwww.

The new Wes Anderson movie:

Need a game to play to unwind?  Play some font games!

Pittsburgh gets its own Drag Queen Story Hour!

Netflix sends an awesome “Stranger Things” cease and desist letter.

Birds made into a musical composition:

David S. Pumpkins will return!

Billy Crystal is right, Miracle Max and Valerie do need their own spin off!

The new trailer for The Punisher is intense:

Wesley Woods is interviewed about him calling out the white privilege of a certain gay porn actor.

The Satanic Temple is amazing.  They have announced that if the current prevails and bakers can deny gay couples wedding cakes, they’ll demand cakes for Satan.  Because religious freedom.

You guys, the floor is lava.  No really, THE FLOOR IS LAVA:

In good news, the US Census will add back in a question about sexual orientation, reversing the decision to effectively erase LGBT citizens (and any possibility of funding for resources).

The superintendent at an Air Force prep school said, in no uncertain terms, that racism has no place in his school.

I don’t have Amazon Prime, but I listen to this podcast, I’m super excited it’s being turned into a show:

Edie Windsor, who recently died, was known for her fight for marriage equality.  But she was also a computer science whiz!

An Australian pizza shop trolls the anti-gay billboard next to it.  However, I disagree, pineapple can go on pizza!

This is the trailer for a zombie Christmas musical that legit looks amazing:

Russell Tovey, of Looking, fame, will play The Ray in the Arrowverse.

Dale Hansen, sportcaster from Texas known for his amazing viral videos, does it again.

The federal government is set to argue that gay workers should not have any workplace protections, although they’ll be arguing this against other parts of the federal government.  This is a hugely important case, and one that I’m worried about.

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  First up, Prince has his own Pantone color!  Of course it’s purple!

If you haven’t been convinced that ‘gay conversion’ torture is real, or harmful, new, horrific recordings have surfaced thanks to investigative journalism.

A new reality show is coming to (British) TV, and I certainly want to watch it: Bromans:

The mayor of Hell (Michigan) has banned straight people.

My new favorite thing on the Internet: Dungeons and Drag Queens!

A gay porn star calls out Colby Kellar for his privilege.  It’s beautiful.

And finally, the trailer for the new Netflix documentary about Lady Gaga:

That’s it for today, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  First up, a beautiful look at Pluto!

Hyperloop One had it’s first test run, and it looks really cool!

Eli Lieb’s new song:

There is a new AR Star Wars resort coming to Disney, and I really want to go!  In other Star Wars news, a fake study about midichlorians made it into four scientific journals.

Would you like to dance like David Bowie?  From Labyrinth?  Of course you do!

In a huge blow, the new administration is arguing that federal protections do not apply to LGBT workers.  This was an absolutely huge win during the Obama administration, so this is a tough loss.

The Catholic Church: still a hate group.  Now a bishop has said that gay men won’t get last rights or funerals.

And finally, an awesome behind the scenes peak at Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

That’s it for today, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what we have today!  As always, Surviving the World hits it out of the park:

Philadelphia added black and brown to their pride flag.  There are a lot of different pride flags.  And although I think they should have laid it out differently (maybe put black at the bottom and brown at the top to better match up colors), I think this is really cool.  For a long time, the HRC (‘corporate gay’) was only focused on white, cis-gendered gay men.  This isn’t much, but it at least starts to recognize the people of color that are part of the queer community (and have been since the beginning, helping to kick off the Stonewall Riots), so I think it should be welcomed!

And of course, part of the conversation about the role of corporate America in the quest for queer rights.  We just had a good discussion about this over brunch, actually!

The perks of being in a gay relationship:

Speaking of, don’t forget, the Catholic Church doesn’t think you deserve love if you’re gay.

In case you were wondering, the Babadook meme came about because for whatever reason, Netflix put it in their LGBT category.

The Scottish Episcopal church will have same-sex matrimony!

Okay, one more Surviving the World:

The Harry Potter books: as titled by Ron and Hermionie

The touching facebook post of an ally cop.

Amazing video of a gorilla playing in his bath.  Really adorable!

Kesha’s new song is amazing:

The French marching band played a Daft Punk medley for the President, but can we talk about the fact that they march French horns?  I mean, if any country would, it’s France….but still, why not just use a mellophone?

A court is allowing Mississippi to enshrine anti-LGBT discrimination in law.

In case you forgot, the Catholic Church is a hate group.

And in what is really, really worrying (now with a solid five conservatives on the court, please, please hang on Kennedy!), SCOTUS has agreed to take on a ‘religious freedom’ aka I want to legally discriminate so I’m hiding behind Jesus, lawsuit.

The miracles of Jesus…under Trumpcare:

And finally, some are hailing these ads of previously anti-gay family members apologizing to those they’ve hurt.  But here’s the deal.  That then puts the onus on us, as queer people, to always take the high road and say we forgive them and welcome them back.  Sometimes we’re tired.  Sometimes we don’t want to.  Sometimes the pain of cutting someone out of your life is so great, that opening that wound again to let them back in isn’t a possibility.  Maybe don’t be an ass in the first place.  Look at your life, look at your choices.

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Alright, been a bit behind due to Half Marathon training I started writing this in May, but forgot about the draft, sorry about that, but it’s updated and finally finished- but let’s see what we have today.  First up, a great letter from the Good Men Project about the people we’ve lost due to the election.

The Buffy 20th anniversary reunion.

Surviving the World has a great comic for Pride:

Science has created a drip-free wine bottle!

A Federal Court found that the Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination.  This is huge, but will likely be fought (hint, read on).

In one 24-hour span, the new administration delivered three huge blows to queer rights: erasing us from the census, removing workplace protections for federal contractors and slashing budgets of programs to fight HIV/AIDS.

Randy Rainbow serves up an awesome Wicked parody:

PA legislator Brian Sims was being harassed by an online troll. So he called the troll’s grandmother.

Can we all just finally agree that Andrew Sullivan is a horrible person?

The problem with gay conservatives is a total lack of empathy.  A great piece by Slate.

The beautiful tribute to Carrie Fisher at Star Wars Celebration:

Betsy DeVos will not protect LGBTQ students.  This is my shocked face.

An awesome follow-up from an Outsports story, I love seeing people around the country (and world) being able to help each other!

A fully magical* pub is set to open, all set in the Harry Potter world!  *Magic achieved via science and movie affects.

This dropped from the Hamilton Mixtape this week, and it’s amazing:

The full, original text of Tolkien’s “Beren and Luthien” is, for the first time, available.  For those who have studied Tolkien, this is a huge deal.  That story is pretty much the basis for the lore that then came full circle during the Lord of the Rings.

Juno has been sending back jaw-droppingly beautiful shots from Jupiter, take a look!

A new rule for the New York Subway (or at least newly being enforced) is that all dogs must fit in a bag (or other carrier). So New Yorkers are doing exactly what you think they are.  

Eli Lieb has a beautiful cover of “Castle on a Hill:”

A reminder that the Catholic Church still considers gay people ‘intrinsically disordered’ and other deeply offensive bullshit.

And a Republican lawmaker in Missouri thinks there is a literal distinction between humans and gays.

Alright, that’s it for now, I’ll be back with more, I have a couple other drafts to finish up!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  First up, we salute you bravely fired McDonald’s social media employee

Mostly Human takes a look at technology, and how we process grief after the loss of a loved one.  With bots.

Having a good work/life balance is important.  Science has proven it, and a healthy sex life improves job satisfaction!

And speaking of, the (straight) media needs to leave Tom Daley alone.  We don’t know the details of his relationship with Dustin Lance Black, nor is it our business.

Clue is becoming a comic book!  With multiple endings, because of course!

If you’d like a good variation on Pachelbel’s Canon, take a listen:

There is now reusable tape that you can use to make anything a LEGO surface!  It bends!

As it turns out, Mr. Aonuma and I have the same favorite Zelda game: Phantom Hourglass!

Would you like to see Chris Hemsworth do his Thor workout? Of course you would.  You’re welcome.

The HRC brilliantly trolls right-wingers by buying ads on grindr during CPAC:

If you’re not reading The Player’s Tribune, you’re missing some of the best writing anywhere.  They posted this article dedicated to the memory of Brendan Burke.

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