Today's Mighty Oak


All right, let’s see what we have today. First up, Billy Porter delivers the Queer State of the Union:

A great piece over at Pittsburgh Lesbian Corespondents about the fractions of the local community and how seemingly good causes can actually be a detriment. Also, a reminder that Jackie Evancho sang at the last inauguration: she and her family can be safe, but ignore the plights of other minority communities, and that’s not okay.

The situation is getting worse in Chechnya, and it continues to be horrifying.

Some happy news, a neat queer take on a favorite show of mine, Critical Role!

Why yes, Fox News, that is in fact what racism looks like. Your hosts.

Health and Human Services has granted a waiver to an adoption agency to discriminate because “Jesus.”

Brazil’s only gay member of Congress had to flee the country for his safety.

Can we please just be done with Bernie. Please?

USA Hockey has an great new trans and non-binary policy, they seem to always be out in front of the other major sports.

Related, why is the current administration obsessed with erasing trans people?

Alright, sorry for most of the sad and infuriating news. Only up from here, I hope!



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  Lots of political news, so fair warning.

Oh, the irony of the NRA creating the database they’ve been screaming about for years.  Oh, the irony.

Rick Perry: Vocally hates Obamacare, quietly asks for $100 million benefit from it.  You know, because he hates it.  So much.

I could probably talk about this over at the King of Spades, but as it turns out, schools with anti-homophobia policies are safer…for all their students.  Amazing.

But then again, according to Justice Scalia, we’re an “invented” minority, and thus don’t deserve equal rights..  I wonder when I first came into being?

And here’s the three articles that make me furious.  An Iraq vet was booed at a city council meeting…because he’s gay.

A church in Tennessee kicks out a family…for supporting their daughter, who just happens to be a lesbian.

And lastly, an interracial couple gets assaulted, and has homophobic slurs thrown at them (they had been out with a gay friend), in New York City, which has this rash of homophobic attacks lately.

Well, this has been a depressing post.  In happier news, I’m heading to a reading of “The Birdcage” tomorrow as a fundraiser for the Zoo (the flamingo enclosure, specifically), and this Saturday is the City of Play Festival.  Come downtown to play some new games and run around downtown, it will be fun!  And if the games aren’t fun, we’ll make it fun!



More things for you (and then probably just one or two more big posts like this this weekend):

Cool Russian PSA for reading:

 

I thought I posted about this before, but maybe I didn’t, how awesome are these pools:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7mXLqIJXHs

Now you can use a typewriter to make a painting.  Pretty awesome, but I think it would take too long and turn out being a bit pixelated (although it would be a cool style)

From Copyranter, we’ve finally found Snooki’s doppleganger:

 

File this under irony.  And asshatery.  Music used in an anti-piracy ad was pirated.

Also from Copyranger, this Billboard popped up here in Pa.  And I love it:

 

There are a lot of Nintendo characters.  Check out a mural of a ton of them here.

There is some really awesome art around the Occupy Movement.  Check it out here.  I’m a fan of this one:

 

Because it has to do with typesetting, I loved this issue of Gutters, go check it out.

That’s it for now, back in a bit!

 



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.

 



Let’s give this a second try…(first time did not save and I lost everything).  Hey everybody!  Lots of fun links to pass on, and I’ll be updating The Great and Secret Show as well, so stay tuned for more later this weekend as well.

I’ve found a lot of old links (from a few months ago), so I’ll only be posting the relevant ones, hope you enjoy:

Sometimes life is funny.  And ironic.

I really hope the city decided to leave the chalk drawings:

I was in a conversation with a friend talking about the different names for groups of animals.  The obvious winner is a sedge of cranes.

Ever feel alone?  You got nothing on this guy!

Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies is about exactly what you think, or at least their banner is.  The site is on Bloquin, so good luck trying to get it to display correctly or have a working RSS feed though.

I hate the Wesboro Baptist Church as much as anyone.  But I love that they tried to take on the San Diego Comic Con and lost, so bad (and this doesn’t even show the parade the attendees put on as a counter protest).  Strong language and logic that will make your head explode about eight times:

Here is a cool chart showing different aspects on covers of fantasy book.  I can’t embed it here, for some reason it breaks Joomla.  Sorry!

And really, at this point, you’re just showing off:

Okay, that’s it for this one, shorter update, but more to come soon!

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