Today's Mighty Oak


It’s been a while, so I have a lot of fun stuff to share, let’s get started. ¬†First up, amazing facts about frogs:

Holy crap, scientists have invented Lightsabers!

The commissioner of the NBA slams the Olympics for their handling of the Russia LGBT laws.  And speaking of, Brian Brown, head of NOM, worked with Russia lawmakers to draft the legislation working its way through the Duma to forcibly take children from LGBT adults.

And lastly about Russia, a music video about the torture of the Russian church:

Sometimes, grandmothers play one of my favorite games, Cards Against Humanity.  Yeah, weird and creepy, and I would have given her the point for that round.

Just like you can’t open a business and refuse to serve the Irish, or women, or Jews, you can’t flat our refuse to serve the LGBT community. ¬†Unless the Republican party gets it way, of course.

The new trailer for the next Hobbit movie:

You’ve probably seen the Chipotle ad that’s making its way across the Internet, but here is the “truth” version.

Here’s a great essay about the impact Harry Potter has.

And another great essay at the Good Men Project about gay sex.

This will make you smile, I promise:

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what’s going on today.

First up, posted by Clintus, and I love it:

Sometimes, people don’t realize what’s it like having a state religion. ¬†England, of course, has one, and they have “surrendered” on marriage equality.

Meet Scooter the llama.  Who was tased by police after she spit in their face.

And finally, the new trailer for The Hobbit part 2:

There’s all kinds of info coming out of E3, but I’ll have to sort through it all, but suffice to say the new Smash Bros. is going to finally include Mega Man!

That’s it for now, have a great one!



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

It ¬†may be almost 70 degrees (and I’m in shorts in January), this is awesome:

The White House has denied the request to construct a Death Star. ¬†But go read the response, someone is a great writer, and a huge nerd, it’s awesome!

A magical 3-in-1 connector from CES, seems strange it took this long to come up with this, but it should make Apple users very happy.

The Dark Knight Trilogy, condensed to three minutes.  Spoilers, obviously:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-af-Pru2USc

Violence erupts over the AP/Chicago manual wars.  Via The Onion, of course.

For all the Myst geeks out there, this totally reminded me of the entrance to Channelwood:

The Good Men Project takes on bathroom graffiti.  The image is worth clicking through.

What is less popular than root canals, used car salesmen and even Nickleback?  Congress.

I’ve been listening to this almost non-stop, I think the beginning of it is kind of bland, but halfway though it picks up:

Saving sound in a bottle, pretty cool idea.

Also via The Onion, so true, or at least, close to the truth:

Monks will now accept prayer requests via text, pretty cool!

JoHo has a good post up about the suicide of Aaron Schwartz, one of the founders of Reddit, and one of the creators of RSS.

While there were of course a wide range of things that made me change jobs, this certainly was up there among the top of the list.

Music recreated from The Hobbit, Part 1:

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.

First up, a really cool webpage from Starbucks that allows you to look up referendum that are going on in your state this election.  Note to those in Pa: we got nothing.

But I do have to say to the House of Pa: WTF.  No seriously.  YOU WANT NEWBORN BABIES TO STARVE.  What is wrong with you?!

This is going around, I saw it from Betty Bowers, and of course, Santorum make an appearance:

Amazing take-downs of Ann Coulter.  Although I am loath to even mention it, I hate giving her any attention.

And President Obama takes down Ayn Rand.  Very well done.

But this will make you a smile, a fun radio ad airing in Minnesota.

And quite possibly the best tweet ever:

This has made me happy all day: “Not my problem” in Polish is “nie moj cyrk, nie moje malpy.” Literally “not my circus, not my monkey.”

‚ÄĒ Howard Tayler (@howardtayler)¬†October 24, 2012

So here is the first TV spot for The Hobbit:

Or if you’d rather learn about Middle Earth, check out the LotR statistics project.

Penguin and Random House are in talks to merge.  Not great for the publishing world, or readers.

This is really cool:

And finally, coming soon to The Nerdist channel on Youtube:

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Couple update for you guys, let’s see what we have:

First up, did you know that Bradley Manning was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?  Pretty awesome, especially the write up.

Since we finally have some snow (I’ve been singing Christmas Carols for a few days now), check out Snow Henge (via Copyranter):

Also from Copyranter, the village of Hobbiton in New Zealand is no inhabited by sheep, and the “best” ad campaigns of all time. ¬†No real way to to judge “best,” although they are all iconic and important in their own ways.

The Ottawa library system is starting a “Human library” feature, where you can interview people of interest for 20 minute blocks. ¬†This is an awesome idea, I really need to get a passport and head to Ottawa, this is just remarkable!

CPAC is an annual conservative conference, and sadly, one of the most hate-filled events of the year.  Speaking of, this year, they invited (and later refused to renounce) a white supremacy speaker.  Maddow covers it here and Slog covers it here.  Disgusting.

I’ve been following the birth control debate, although not as close as I probably should have. ¬†Reproductive health coverage is a part of health coverage, and I think it should be included (and maybe we’ll get some advances in men’s reproductive health while we’re at it). ¬†It’s about setting a basic standard of health, which the government is saying employers are saying they must provide. ¬†That being said, I was upset that he backed down from the Catholic Church, but will still get the same result anyway, by instead putting the onus on the insurance companies, not the employers. ¬†So I guess in the end, it worked out, I Just hate setting the¬†precedent¬†that one¬†religious¬†denomination can dictate¬†government¬†health coverage decisions.

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Another fun update for you, let’s take a look at what I’ve found online for you.

First up, need an explosion?  Just use this link and click the button.  Thank you Old Spice.

And again, if you haven’t seen it, go see The Muppets:

Facebook has announced a new anti-suicide help tool.  Pretty awesome!  Although there are so many status updates that are just lyrics, this will be tough to work out:

 

Awesome article: Everyone should work a service job.  God how much did I hate folding the basic tee table at Bauer?

George Takai gets us all behind a common cause:

No words can enhance this amazing sign:

 

Check out this revisioning of the Dark Knight Rises trailer:

Check out the best wedding and engagement photos from 2011 here.

Pantone released their color of the year.  Eh, not impressed.

This looks amazing, I had no idea it was being made:

I love Google’s sense of humor, check out the instructions to walk to Mordor.

Occupy Wall Streets becomes Lego Sets!  Not really, but cool idea from Slate.

A fun Star Wars Video:

That’s it for now, back with more soon!



Quick update here, although I’m hoping to do some more updates that will show up later this week and next.

Lots of fun movies, lets start with this one, shared by my friend Kyle:

The Hobbit films finally have release dates and titles.¬† I think it’s weird they’re using “There and Back Again” even though the story of the Hobbit (plus a bunch of extra stuff) is going to take two movies.¬† But then again, I don’t really believe that these will stay as the release dates.

Here’s a fun movie to help you learn the 50 states:

This is all over the blogs this week, but prisoners overseas, instead of doing manual labor, are getting carpal tunnel farming gold which is then sold for real money.  Weird.

Rachel Maddow has a great list of parody movies about the Republican presidential field.

If you’re not, you should be very excited about the upcoming Harry Potter movie.¬† This will make the wait even longer:

And here is an amazing, amazing, cover, please listen:

And lastly, in really dorky news, here is the long-awaited update about the Myst movie, including what may be a new direction for the script.

That’s it, but there will be more soon!



Quick update for everyone.  First off, Randy Rainbow tries to save the Spiderman Musical:

Good news, Sir Ian McKellen will reprise his role as Gandalf in the upcoming Hobbit movies!

This might be the coolest idea for a soap dispenser ever:

I like that it not only saves you money and is better for the earth (no plastic containers for liquid soap that is mostly water anyway), the soap will throw off it’s scent into the air, doing double duty!

I think I’ve always known it, but music, does in fact, make you happy.¬† And now it’s been proven!

One more quick video (less than 20 seconds):

And lastly today, from NaNoWriMo’s blog, this may be the most awesome book store in the world.¬† Now I just need a passport and a lot of money to go to Buenos Aires:

That’s it for now, short update, but I’ll be back soon, have a great one!

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