Today's Mighty Oak

I’m all done with my NaNoWriMo novel, so now I can finally get through some of my RSS feeds, here’s what I’ve found:

The combination Star Wars/Indiana Jones you didn’t know you needed.

Now you can get a giant Ritz cracker that doubles as a serving tray.

Brian Sims discusses why queer people thrive in politics: empathy.

The bottles you need to stock your bar.

What August Wilson can teach us about the current Supreme Court.

Alright, that’s it, short update today, have a great one!

Another NaNoWriMo is in the books (ha) and I’m catching up with everything, so this is a long post¬† Here’s what we have today.¬† First up, a friendly reminder:

A reminder, ‘ex-gay’ isn’t a thing.¬† You can’t pray away the gay.¬† Although this man thinks he did.

A South African judge won’t let a gay couple adopt since they aren’t out, it would be damaging to the child.

Just to put in perspective how insane and bad things are, the President’s World AIDS Day proclamation didn’t mention gay people¬† Let that sink in.

An amazing comic from Surviving The World about the holiday wars.

And of course:

Sarah Silverman has a great response to the many, many famous men being outed as sexual predators.  Give it a read.

In a big step in the right direction, a judge has paved the way for sexual orientation to (finally) be a protected class in Pennsylvania.¬† For over a decade, legislation hasn’t been able to make it through Harrisburg, so this would be a really good step forward.

Painting restoration is amazing to watch!¬† It’s pretty much like magic!

Steve Grand has a new music video.¬† It’s a good song, the video is a bit forgettable:

Pinky and the Brain meets “Silence of the Lambs” is hysterical.

Men with muscles and money are more attractive.  A study was done about this.  That study was a waste of money.

Very important news!¬† Disney’s Star Tours will stop mixing eras up during the program.¬† A wrong has finally been righted!

Speaking of Star Wars, here’s a recap:

The trailer for season 3 of The Magicians has me very excited!

Now you can make the English Triffle from Friends that doesn’t taste disgusting.

Have you set up your gaytivity scene yet?

In case you forgot, OK Go is amazing:

This year, the GayVN awards (for porn, apparently) have put all non-white actors into an ‘ethnic’ category (and keeping them out of other categories).¬† And thankfully, some actors are speaking out and taking them to task for it.

A second actor speaks up here.

Just in case you’re one of the few who haven’t seen it, the new Avenger’s trailer:

For all your mass shooting ‘thoughts and prayers’ needs, just fill in the blanks.

Justin Trudeau gave an amazing speech apologizing to the Canadian queer community for how they were treated in the past by the government.

And finally, the Supreme Court will hear a huge case about business’ right to discriminate.¬† I’m really nervous about it, but hoping Kennedy pulls out a win:

Have a great one!

Real quick update, let’s see what we have today.

First up, The Tea Party doesn’t understand satire. ¬†Or play video games, but probably not understanding basic concepts is the core problem here.

The future of Jell-O shots:

Also from 3D printers: human livers! ¬†Good for after all those Jell-O shots….

Remember the gay soldier who got booed at the Republican debates? ¬†Here’s a great, in-depth telling of his story.

That’s it for now, have a great one, and I’ll be back with more in 2014!

Alright, let’s see what we have going on today. ¬†First up, of course, thoughts go out to Boston. ¬†I was running tonight at the gym, and not that it did a bit of difference, but it was nice to run for them.

This capped off the week with the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, and of course, it’s always fun when there’s alcohol involved:

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 This judge is awesome: his cell phone went off during court, so he held himself in contempt and paid the fine.

Here are instructions for making a picnic table with a built in cooler, perfect for wine or beer for a picnic.  Awesome DIY project, and I can certainly think of certain family members/friends who would love this!


A good comic:

California is moving to remove tax-exempt status from charities that discriminate based on sexual orientation or religion, which would make the BSA councils pay tax.

The Church of England slowly moves forward, suggesting that they allow same-sex blessings. ¬†Now, to be fair, the marriage equality legislation moving through Parliament specifically outlaws same-sex matrimony in the Church of England, and the Church says matrimony itself should only be between a man and a women, so they have some room to grow. ¬†It’s weird having a state religion.

That’s it for now, but I’ll be back with more.

Alright, larger update now, let’s see what all we have.

First up, P!nk covers Queen:

Not that I’m getting married anytime soon, but this looks awesome, hope it comes to Android soon, I so would have done this for my brother’s wedding!

In honor of the Olympics:

Here’s an awesome game, see if you can name the movie character from their famous wardrobe. ¬†I only got one correct.

The answer is no.  I would not swim in this pool:

Awesome, (but confusing to view on a screen as opposed to a printed form) flowchart of alcohol.

Oreo has been doing some awesome ads, this one is no exception:

Pretty neat looking, and cheap, way to build a shelf.

This is just amazing, Edison’s Cradle:

And lastly from ManMadeDIY, a new bicycle that is built of mostly cardboard and very cheap.  Could be a gamechanger in developing nations.

Ceiling Cat is real!  See the proof:

This is what happens when toys get technology.  Lots of fun.

The Tetris light, I’d spend way too much time playing with these each morning:

Holy crap, we’re on Mars! ¬†No seriously, we’re on Mars!

That’s it for now, have a great one!

Back with a couple things for everyone.¬† First up, I’ll have to wonder if my laptop bag (a new one I just switched to by the way) will forever smell like vanilla, since I splashed my drink onto it.¬† Not too much, but enough.¬† But then the table next to me spilled their entire drink on the floor, so I feel a little better.


A follow up to the cello Star Wars, I like this one better by the way:

Here is the Muppabet, which reached the end, and has since ended.¬† That’s a neat idea though, to have a set end for a blog.

Don’t click unless you want to feel your arteries clog up.¬† I’ll give you a hint, it involves a McRib, bacon and fried mozzarella sticks.

Okay, one more Muppet item, this amazing mash up with the Lord of the Rings.

Here’s a good graph for you:


The creator of TED is looking to recreate the conference once again.

I have a few friends who will love this for the pokeman reference.  I have others who will love it for the gardening skills.  Here is the pokerose.

When I’m out in public and can overheard a first date, I live tween using the hashtag #FirstDateEavesdropping and it’s a fun time.¬† Andy Boyle did the same, but with a break-up

He’s out of the race, and didn’t have a chance to begin with, but I had a special type of vitriol for Herman Cain, seeing as he’s racist against the Lebanese.

That’s it for now, catch everyone later!

I’m probably going to take some heat for this, but here is an ad that was running, and then quickly pulled:


Copyranter picks it up as a Date Rape ad.  Slog sees it as a alcohol ad.

Copyranter mentions how hard it is to do a good rape ad, and he’s right.¬† It’s a very, very tough line to walk.

Slog points out that alcohol and drinking do not magically make rapists exist.¬† It’s a valid point, and it makes me think that this works better as an alcohol awareness ad.

In that sense (with some changes to the the copy), I think that it is a great ad, and I would hope it would remind, not just women, that when impaired, people are prone to do things they wouldn’t otherwise, or were even coerced into.¬† It could be quite an awesome campaign, focused around the “couldn’t say no” theme.

Emphasis on “couldn’t.”

Contrary to the views in the links above, I don’t see this as victim-blaming.¬† I can see how it could be perceived as that, but I guess I’m more looking at the ad as a piece about self-control.

Even though this ad was quickly pulled, it got a lot of coverage online, so at least we can hope that brings attention to the cause.

This story is for all who love Randall, and if you haven’t, make sure you check out his horoscope hotline, a bunch of us call it every morning at work.¬† And by the way, Honeybadger doesn’t give a shit, just in case you forgot.

Remember the shooting spree at the summer camp in Europe?  Check out this string of text messages between a girl on the island and her mom.  Touching and amazing.

It’s a little late at this point, but here’s the Border’s closing bingo!

BuzzFeed has a collection of Harry Potter Tributes, (and¬† a list of HP inspired drinks) check them out, here’s a favorite:


Awesome hidden library hack for those with lofts.

Myths Retold is pretty awesome, although each one is long, so I sadly don’t read it as much as I should.¬† But here is one of my favorites, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Here’s a cool time-lapse of the front page of the New York Time’s webpage through the years:

Nook Books do this, but check out this cool trailer for a children’s book.

And winner of irony goes to this story.¬† I haven’t done much on Google+ because not many of my friends are on it yet, but this just makes me want to hug everyone at Google.


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