Today's Mighty Oak


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, the only way to present a puppy:

 Lord of the Rings tarot cards, pretty awesome artwork!

There will be a fantasy league for the puppy bowl this year.  Yes, you did read that correctly.

A little late for this year (unless you celebrate Orthodox Christmas), but this is well done:

The Onion takes on hell. ¬†And it’s fabulous take-over.

How big is the moon?  This big.

How a choir of “silent monks” did to celebrate Christmas.

A son’s Christmas gift to his dad:

An alternate ending to Harry Potter, very well done, actually.

How Libertarians have failed the country on gay rights.

When Thomas Kinkade and Star Wars mix.  Pretty awesome!

That’s it for now, have a great one everybody!



Alright, let’s see what we have today. ¬†First up, it turns out that intelligent people drink more.

In case you forgot, Rick Santorum is an idiot. ¬†Like, there aren’t enough words to decry this man.

If lawyers were copywriters. ¬†It’s sad, by the way.

And for fans of “Orange is the New Black”

The beginning of the year-end round-ups (I’ll have a special post later, still waiting for one more video to be released), but here are 45 of the most powerful images of the year.

A man went an entire day (with one slip-up) by only saying “Hodor.

Research has proven that anti-LGBT legislation causes harm, especially on young people.

And sadly, speaking of, a prominent Russian actor was applauded when he said he wants to burn all gay men alive.

The final book in The Magicians trilogy comes out in August, and we have a cover.

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



Alright, let’s see what we have today. ¬†First up:

TNT is back with their stunts:

Musical port-a-potties.  Yes, you read that right.

Recordings are being made of Holocaust survivors, via hologram.  This is a great idea.

Physics defying amusement park:

Pantone color puns

Check out Google’s new offices in Tel Aviv, pretty awesome.

Lego’s pop culture riddles

A pen that tells you when you made a mistake.

External airbags to protect cyclists.

A museum is using special light bulbs to transmit data to people’s phones:

Ordering snow via your phone (for Christmas)

This is a cool idea: bringing the beach into your office.

Beautiful wood cityscapes:

Sculptures that appear only when viewed in cylindrical mirrors

And finally, real life Mario Kart:



Alright, let’s see what we have today. ¬†First up, from Jimmy Fallon and The Roots:

Staples is looking to provide 3D printing in stores, pretty awesome!

HuffPo reports on the gene that predicts what time of day you’ll die. ¬†Creepy.

Want a tour of the ISS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doN4t5NKW

And finally, some politics.  The far-right is convinced that immigrants are socialists and just want to steal your wealth:

The GOP will authorize wars without paying for them, but they won’t spend a dime to help those affected by Sandy unless they get tax and program cuts.

Florida, like Pennsylvania, admits that voter suppression is the goal of voter ID laws.

And here’s a look at the diversity of the 113th congress. ¬†Holy crap, people born in the 1980’s are being elected (click for bigger):

That’s it for now, have a great one!

 



Quick update for everyone, let’s see what I’ve rounded up this time:

First up, if you’ve seen the many parodies of “Shit Girls Say,” this is probably one of the more clever ones.¬† Although not accurate (unless it’s a silent order of course):

Following yesterdays political news in Iowa, BuzzFeed has 25 people google’ing “Santorum” for the first time.¬† Hilarity ensues.

One of the blogs I follow is UpADownA.  And they posted this very beautiful image of an oatmeal stout (my favorite kind of beer):

 

Makes me want to to drink a New Holland Poet.

George Michael (the singer, not the Arrested Development character) is rightfully pissed…after Christian groups were praying for his death while he had pneumonia.¬† Note to those groups: Jesus told us to love one another.¬† I don’t remember anything about hate.¬† You’re doing it wrong.

Today’s whoops from the Catholic Church.¬† I feel sorry for the kids though, but at least they got financial assistance.

I know it’s after Christmas, but here’s a really well-done animation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsuWPQ5ZGX4

That’s it for now, be back soon, have a great one!



Okay, one more Christmas type video, this one from T-Mobile in a follow up from their “Welcome Home” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29pYYtejLpg



Okay, popping in once more to share a video that’s been circulating.

 

Here’s the background of the story at the Times:

They had handed out a few letters to friends to answer, but not nearly enough to make a dent in the pile. Each day when one of them would check the mail more letters would fall out of the box.

One option: Take the letters to the Main Post Office, where they would be added to the thousands of other letters sent to Santa each year. Thoughtful strangers, in a perfect world, would pick them up and buy the letter writers gifts.

But Jim imagined the worst: ‚ÄúIf we bring them back to the post office, are all the kids getting a letter back with ‚ÄėReturn to Sender‚Äô? I don‚Äôt want that to happen.‚ÄĚ

And another follow up interview here:

It’s interesting to think about kids growing up and learning that Santa was really two gay guys in Chelsea. How do you think that will make them feel?
Jim: By the time they grow up, it won’t matter. Years from now, they won’t even think in terms of gay or not-gay.


Alright, I’m finally starting to go through everything from last month, let’s see how much I can cram into this one post before it gets too unwieldy or I get lost and confused.¬† I’ll try to break up the links with images and videos, so read and click away!

I’ve followed the story here and abroad for a while because I’ve found it extremely interesting, but it seems that now gay men can donate bone marrow in Canada.¬† Another step in the right direction for Canada, we’ll see how long it takes the U.S. to follow.¬† Sweden also recently ended their ban on gay blood donation.

I kind of like Lady Gaga’s music, and even though she sometimes comes off as bat-shit crazy, she really is a good person.¬† Seen here, she meets Queen Elizabeth II, obviously knowing when to pick her publicity/battles.¬† I wonder what she would be called if she was ever given the title “lady”?

This is kind of crazy, but strands of tiger DNA has been found in the AIDS virus.¬† From what I’ve read, it is thought that HIV/AIDS came from monkeys (I think), so I’m not sure how this fits in with research and whatnot.¬† But in a giant breakthrough, researchers have found that stem cells can kill HIV, or at least, have the proof of concept.

Have you seen the Wii’s holiday ad, I really like it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGRaTaNCPMc

Are you in a dire situation?  Just hit the button.

If you haven’t seen it, PostSecret’s new video is pretty amazing:

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God from Frank Warren on Vimeo.

The Episcopal Church elected its first openly lesbian bishop.¬† Canterbury isn’t too happy, I can’t even imagine (or care for that matter) what ex-bishop Duncan is saying.

When you click through to see Yale students protesting some evangelical preacher on their campus, make sure to see how many categories on his sandwich board you fall into.¬† Obama voters, Dirty Dancers (really?), Hindus, Feminists…you’re all on there.¬† And going to hell, apparently.¬† Like I always say, it will be a party, and we’re all apparently invited!

And here is a picture of my favorite protester, Chris Pesto from Syracuse:

This link from Gizmodo, is an awesome cheat sheet for buying a new TV, check it out if you’re in the market.

I think the evangelical preacher at Yale would like this link.¬† It ends up making me angry if I read too much, but if you want to see the hilarious things that people worry about, namely, people working retail during December that would dare to with you “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.”¬† Stupid people aren’t allowed to believe things that I don’t.¬† Currently the most offensive, GAP, mostly due to their awesome commercials.¬† Here’s an example:

I am absolutely sickened by the new Gap commercial comparing Christmas to Solstice and “do what you like”. I will NOT shop at the Gap, Old Navy, or their sister stores any more nor will my teenagers. …

And here’s the commerical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVMPWlWDvsI

I’m liking the campaign mostly because it’s pissing off the right so much.¬† And from what I can gather, a direct response to the right after they pulled shenanigans back in the fall.

Speaking of good ads, I love this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovMbBEZNXuE

As well as this campaign for Levi’s:

Also, this one for Discovery Channel:

Someone alert the Russians, vodka is now available in pill form.

I’ll go ahead and say no, progress bars on traffic lights is not a good idea.¬† But interesting idea though.

The Catholic diocese of St. Louis sent $10,000 to Maine to help overturn their marriage equality law.  I have a big post coming up for that, with all kinds of links and updates, really everything that has happened since NaNoWriMo, and the election at the beginning of November.  People are now protesting the diocese of St. Louis, but truth be told, $10,000 was just a drop in the bucket.  It will make your skin crawl, stay tuned.

Dollhouse may be cancelled, but their marketing is just really starting up (thanks a lot, Fox), here is Rossum’s November ad:

I don’t understand this at all, how it works, or even that it could be done.¬† Scientists have trapped a rainbow, and my mind just exploded a little bit.

I found this song on a mix CD that I’ve had for a while, and I’m really liking it, although the music video leaves a lot to be desired:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF-3TUcva9M

If I was in Seattle, I would go here, and blow up golf balls and use cannons for mini-golf!  I would go there a lot.

This has been making its rounds, and it rocks:

And since it is the end of the decade, we’ll be getting lot of these vidoes.¬† Although I think this left out a lot of stuff, it’s a good start.

Ok, one more video then I’ll break it up a little bit.¬† This video made me like Martha Stewart a lot.¬† It’s a good thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ow_nZO8vfQ

If you liked Harry Potter, or even if you didn’t, you should really read The Magicians, I read it, and could not put it down, and was really hoping there would be more than one, but as of now, it’s a one off book.¬† However, you should pick it up, it examines what a magical world would be like if it was college, instead of a prep school, and the hazards and problems young adults have to face instead of teenagers.¬† Check out this article from io9 about it if you’re interested, and you should be.

Ok, I think that’s it for now, sorry for the length, although there is still a lot more for me to go through and post for you.¬† I’ll be back with more soon, enjoy the day!

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