Today's Mighty Oak


The world is awful, and there’s a lot going on, but let’s see what we have. First up, let’s calm down a bit with a beautiful exploration on Canon in D:

Dumb Runner (The Onion but for running) had two great articles which made me laugh a lot recently. The first, local runner receives photos from his virtual marathon and one that is so true locally, ‘without the marathon, residents scramble to find something else to bitch about.’

Brass players (and percussionists, opera singers, etc), be the change you (and hero) you want to see in this world.

Feeling down? Here’s Chris Hemsworth to tell you, yes you, how awesome you are!

We’re getting a new Star Wars Holiday Special! Which….that is news, but this time it’s Lego!

Also, here’s how we should swap the titles of the Star Wars movies around.

Okay, buckle up, getting to politics. First up, the Mass Dem party coordinated with the College Democrats of Mass to try to levy false sexual abuse accusations at a gay candidate in the primary. The whole thing is dirty and reeks of homophobia, as well as a misunderstanding of the dynamics of gay relationships.

AT the DNC, Michelle Obama was immaculate (transcript here):

Likewise, President Obama set out in the starkest of terms what is at stake (transcript here):

On the final night of the convention, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was extremely funny, and since I enjoyed VEEP so much, a nice touch!

Pete Buttigieg had a moving moment talking about his marriage as he was introducing Biden.

And then finally, the acceptance speech:

Since then, of course, things have gotten worse, with more stoking of hatred and violence, but in a stirring move, the Mets and Marlins left their game and left a BLM shirt draped over home plate.

And finally, the NBA has come to agreement to turn their arenas into voting sites!

That’s it for today. Have a great one, wash your hands, wear your mask, double check your voter registration and make a plan to vote!



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, we now know what the tubes of the Internet look like:

If you need some good sports news after the Lance Armstrong scandal, check out this touching story from The Good Men Project.

The Good Men Project also has a cool time-lapse video from the LA Times of the trip of the shuttle Endeavor.

Remember how the republicans have been shouting from the rooftops about voter fraud?  And remember how those who fight against something the most are normally committing it themselves?  Yeah, republicans are committing more voter fraud.

Romney is also possibly getting into the illegal by asking employers to tell their employees how to vote.

Here’s the Lego version of the space jump:

The big Seattle newspaper is giving away free political advertising, but only to one party. ¬†They are stating it is to prove how effective their advertising is, so they can gain more business in the future. ¬†Kind of strange, and throwing objectivity out the window. ¬†Now, to be fair, they can throw it out the window, but then they can’t go back and claim to not have a bias. ¬†Anyway, a good portion of their writers have signed on to a letter, saying the policy affects their journalistic integrity.

Ben Stein went on Fox news and told them that to fix the economy we have to tax the wealthy. ¬†Also, I had no idea he didn’t believe in evolution. ¬†Guess he isn’t as smart as I thought.

This has been floating around, a great response (from a fake CEO) about maxi pad commercials:

Marriage equality is on the ballot in four states (and I have friends in each one of those states), so here’s a reminder: instead of you know, helping the poor, as Jesus said, the Knights of Columbus spent over 15 million dollars fighting equality. ¬†Guess you didn’t really need to help the sick either:

And lastly about politics, a play written by Dan Savage about Obamacare (via Twitter).

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



Alright, back again, let’s see what we have right now:

First up, the short list for the first-annual Information is Beautiful awards have been announced.

The title says worst puns ever, I say best.

Please, please, please learn to kern:

Um, a python that was caught in Florida was 17 feet. ¬†Well I know what I’ll be having nightmares about now.

Also in animal news, Aphids may have evolved to use photosynthesis.  Pretty amazing!

It’s long, but worth it, the Lego story:

Famous CD covers recreated via the medium of…socks.

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Happy Monday everyone! ¬†Let’s see what we have today:

First up, this ad aired only in Canada during the Super Bowl, but I really like it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0qZYqdsYAg

Interesting ad from Copyranter:

What a strange caveat.

Lego is releasing LotR sets, and I’m super excited for them, as well as the inevitable video games. ¬†Check it out here.

Amazing post from Literally Unbelievable:

I still need to see Thor and Captain America, but here is the preview for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and I’m already making plans to go see it:

Another ad from Copyranger, kind of awesome, would be cool to see this run in City Paper:

I love the toast to Jared in this:

And this ad has been making its rounds, I think it’s fairly well done (or at least a good idea, the art needs some work), although a¬†objectifying¬†to women, I hope there’s a male counterpart in the campaign:

And finally, every presentation you’ll sit through, ever:



Couple things for everyone:

Check it out, Lego Freddie Mercury!

Have you been defriended on Facebook?  Shatner is here to help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUpwmDQ0NQY

Apparently, walking through doors makes people forgetful.  Strange.

Diary of a Part Time Monk, and awesome blog I read last year during Lent is being made into a book.  Pretty awesome!

Here are 15 songs you never knew the name of.¬† You’re welcome.

This is a cool reversal, a biracial performance artist uses whiteface to combat racism.

And finally, this amazing trailer.  Looks awesome, and again, I had no idea this was being made:



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!



Just a couple things right now, first up, a trailer has been released for the next Lego Harry Potter game:

Coming out of Ohio: Amish on Amish violence: cutting beards!  Good gravy.

I’m not a huge political movie fan, but this poster looks just awesome:

 

Need help finding a Sci-Fi or Fantasy book?  Answer a few questions and NPR has you covered here.

That’s it for now, happy Homecoming SVC (thinking back, they’ve had awesome weather every year, which is amazing!)!



Hello there everybody, another clearinghouse type article here for you, so enjoy the wonderousness that the Internet has to offer:

This apartment must have been so, freaking expensive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg9qnWg9kak

Craigmod takes a look at the current state of eReaders and how we need to move forward.  I really like the idea of collaboration between eReader and their documents.

This was passed around before, and I can’t embed it, but check out how these athletes entertained the crowd during a rain delay at a baseball game.

Looking for Halloween costumes?  Or just a little something for your alter ego?  Look no further than the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.


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I saw this last year, but forgot to post it.  How cool is it that the White House now has a Seder?

This is being billed as London’s Eiffel Tower.¬† I don’t see it.¬† At all.¬† It’s being built for the 2012 London Olympic Games, which more and more, a looking like a disaster (see: the ugly logo):

Would you like to see stories from The Bible acted out by Legos?¬† Really, who wouldn’t?¬† Check it out here.

T-shirt war:

I kind of love this Lost alarm clock!  However, I think it would get really annoying every morning.  Also, it only takes batteries, no plug, which is just strange.

Scientists can use giant magnets to make humans ‘less moral.’ So if someone comes up to you and asks for a shady favor, while holding giant magnets near your ears, just say no!

This is a little sad and a little frightening.  Watch out Stephen Colbert:

I’m fairly certain this is better than any lawn gnome ever.

With the recent relaunch of ChatRoulette, here’s an interview with its creator, a 17 year old Russian boy.

This is pretty awesome, a self-sufficient waterfall that creates energy and works as an observation tower for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.¬† London take note, Brazil is doing it better (but I still won’t go there because of the tornadoes of fire):

IGN has an awesome article refuting the claim that video games can’t be art.¬† I generally like Ebert and love reading his writing, but this is one thing he’s wrong about.¬† Make sure to check it out.

Just remember kids, cleavage is wrong.  Especially when it is on a puppet.

Want to hack the internet a little bit to get more traffic to your site?  Try this linkbait generator.  Currently it reads for me: 8 ways Star Trek can save your life in a Plane Crash

Here’s a fun link to sports team’s logos from Middle Earth, I’m partial to this one:

Mennonno sapiens has a great article about the Tea Party.  Check it out if you have a minute.

And we’ve found the primordial ooze.¬† Cool:

May I introduce you to Butch Bakery.  Kind of awesome.

Or maybe you need to create your own warning sign.  Do it here

That’s it for now, but I’ll be back soon with more.¬† Have a great one everybody!



Alright, I hope everyone had a good weekend, I’m back with all kinds of stuff, enjoy everything!

First, I’m going to kill you with cuteness.¬† This monkey sounds like R2D2!

Last year it was announced that Joss Whedon was going to direct an episode of Glee.  And now it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris will guest star in that episode!

Speaking of Glee, the Christian Right is warning parents not to let their children watch it, for, and get this: including too many musical numbers.  Thank goodness they were here to point out the obvious!

But thankfully, the courts have ruled that colleges and universities can decide not to science credits from classes that taught only creationism.

Have you had the urge to listen to “Mrs. Robinson” lately?¬† It could be because of the huge scandal in Ireland recently.

Conan put the Tonight Show up on Craigslist, although it has already been taken it down, you can check it out at The Consumerist.

And here is the most expensive sketch, from his final night:

Speaking of, this is how the late night wars went down, according to a Japanese news station.¬† I don’t understand either:

Watch this clip of Gov. Rendell (The Gov. of Philadelphia, I mean, Pennsylvania), does me make some sort of slip implying that he’s gonig to run for Senate, or am I reading too much into his comment about “some of us” losing our races:

This is floating around out there, but apparantly, the number of Crayola crayons doubles every 28 years:

Would you like a Router made from Legos?  Of course you would!

Tim on Distorted View mentioned this one, as well as some other ones, but I do agree, this must be the best Rickrolling ever!

I’m not sure what to think about these signs.¬† I like them, I guess, and I appreciate how oddly specific they are…

This commercial played while I was at the bar yesterday, I laughed, a lot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4XQ2vPZgBo

More weight to the only reason I want a PS3: Little Big Planet is going 3D!

If you didn’t watch the Hope for Haiti telethon last Friday, here is my favorite performance of the night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBSaCo39EaI

If you haven’t heard, the fear-mongering and hateful Focus on the Family will be running an ad during the Super Bowl.¬† Which is interesting, since CBS doesn’t show ads “touches on and/or takes a position on one side of a current controversial issue of public importance.”¬† Right…

And just to keep us up to date, The Onion has a great roundup of God’s Anger according to Pat Robertson, the jerkface.¬† Although to be fair, Satan did respond via a letter to the editor.¬† And here’s a fun little game to pass the time, staring Pat Robertson, Martin Luther and (wait for it) Hitler

I don’t like cats.¬† Never have.¬† However, I do have to give this cat credit.¬† A lot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh0fYZirSv8

The guys over at the NOH8 campaign have an awesome blog post called “Redefining Republican,” written after the two McCain’s (Cindy and Meghan) joined the campaign.¬† Worth a read.

Speaking of Prop 8, you’re telling me that the LDS church didn’t want anyone to know that they were involved?¬† I’m supposed to be surprised, right?¬† Here’s the followup, it’s just as important as the first link, as it corrects some of the reporting.¬† Basically, it’s not a direct quote, but how a witness observed the communication.

Patrick, once again, has an awesome blog post, this time about the Internet as support group, including a note from “The interwebs.”¬† A little past Cluetrain, but still related, so I’m going to tag it.

Go, right now, and play first person tetris.¬† Enjoy!¬† And speaking of video games, hardcausal has an awesome article about explaining games to your grandmother.¬† Worth a read.¬† And Nintendo Power makes fun of…Nintendo.

Guinevere the Boy Scout returns, check out her latest post here, an awesome entry about the Winter Parent and Son weekend.

The following video is supposedly DVR proof.¬† The concept is sound, and I believe proven.¬† If you keep your product in the middle of the screen, even someone fast forwarding through the commercials will see it long enough to make an impression in your brain.¬† And while yes, that is true, this ad misses the mark.¬† Seeing a picture of a grasshopper does in no way make me want to purchase their phone, it doesn’t even correlate, because the brand isn’t in my mind first of all, and secondly, since it isnt, there isn’t enough time for me to see the tiny phone and make the connection.¬† Not bad for effort, but totally missing the mark:

Contrary to the title, I did not find most of these funny.  While I do think they are good ads, not hilarious by any means.

Caution, more fun animals: Ok, moose are funny enough when they walk or run, they appear as though they  just have extra joints and their limbs just kind of flail about.  And the music in this video is awful.  But watch it anyway, just on mute.

Have I mentioned how much I love Representative Grayson?¬† And I’m still trying to learn more about the Supreme Court decision, apparently it doesn’t’ change as much as first thought, but it’s still a scary precedent, to be sure!

And now, a fun chart:

Speaking of food, good job, Giant Eagle!  This really is a good use of the Advantage Cards.  And to anyone who was surprised that they were monitoring your purchases I ask, really?

Interested in copy writing?¬† Appreciate the word ‘inconceivable?’¬† Check out the Princess Bride Guide to Copy Writing.¬† That’s right.

The guys from the Woot! podcast went to CES and made this video.  If the Wii by itself destroyed TVs, than that bowling ball is going to make so many, many people cry.  Who would think that that is a good idea?

What would The State of the Union be like of Steve Jobs delivered it?  Slate finds out.

The first live tweet was sent from the International Space Station.  And my mind has exploded a little bit.

Honestly, I’m surprised no one else thought of this.¬† The BBC straps a camera to birds heads and lets us fly with them:

Ok, that’s it for now, giant post!¬† Have a great one everybody!

 

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