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Alright, let’s see what have today. First up, in cool space news, we have a new atlas of the Solar System!

NASA has also released a stunning photo of Saturn in its summer.

In other exploration news, NOAA is sending divers down a blue hole off the shore of Florida!

A video showing the evolution of the world’s tallest buildings:

Has your mail been slower lately? It’s not your imagination, the new Postmaster General admitted he’s slowing it down. It’s all an effort to discredit voting by mail, BTW.

Don’t come at me with any ‘both-side-ism’ because they are far from each other. The North Dakota GOP had to disavow it’s own platform because they admit that no, gay people don’t ‘infect society.’ Monsters.

In other state political news, Washington State is suing the federal government because they are trying to take away queer rights in regards to healthcare. So yes, things are in fact much worse now.

Back to federal again, Biden vows to allow the military to display pride flags again. With their new ban on Confederate flags (you know, the traitors that killed members of our military), it also banned pride flags (you know, currently serving members of our military).

And in what should cause you endless rage, the administration initially decided they didn’t need to do anything about the global pandemic because it was only affecting ‘blue’ states. Not only are they dumb as fucking bricks, they are monsters willing to literally sacrifice American lives for their own gain.

And some local bad news, protesters at a Pro Police Rally decided to chant about killing queer people. Because no where is actually really safe, sadly.

Okay, some good news. AOC delivered an amazing rebuttal to the lawmaker who insulted her and gave a fake apology. Worth a watch!

And surprise, surprise, the antifa movement has caused zero murders in 25 years.

Okay, pallet cleanser: check out this music video from The Mandalorian:

XKCD examines the habitable campfire zone.

Johnny Walker is coming out with a sustainable, paper based bottle! How cool is that!

A reminder, when we talk about toxic masculinity, not only is it bad for everyone around us, but it’s also bad for men. When we talk about defeating toxic masculinity, it’s also good for the men as well! A new study shows that those more disposed towards those toxic traits are more likely to be depressed themselves.

Okay, and finally, The Muppets take on Hamilton Act One and Act Two!

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Alright, let’s see what have today. First up, and most importantly, a reminder for November:

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt want to start an Avengers DnD game and I’m all for it!

This comic is relevant to my career.

There were so many things I loved about Mayor Pete (and of course, things I didn’t), but his representation matters so, so much. Here is just one example of it, something I would have never dreamed of seeing growing up.

Also in political news, and especially after he’s been attacked for it, I love this ad from Bernie.

And in great news to help flip the Senate, Democratic challengers are leading in four tight races against incumbents!

An amazing look at the sets of The Mandalorian.

Aaron Schock is fucking trash.

Romero’s Day of the Dead is getting a new treatment as a short-run series on SyFy.

But in sad news from SyFy (although not wholly unexpected), The Magicians will end at the end of this season. An amazing show and book series, although both very different from each other.

And finally, bringing it back to the comic linked above, here’s some trucks in a towing contest:



Alright, let’s see what we have today. First up, in amazingness, a hotel clerk clapbacks at a racist customer trying to book a room.

In case you haven’t seen it, the trailer for the sequel to Breath of the Wild:

In Pride month news, an Alabama mayor defends his plan to kill queer people and a ‘death to gay’s pastor is going to hold a rally in Orlando because Pulse.

But in good news, the NYPD Commissioner has officially apologized for the raid on the Stonewall Inn.

Google has released a beautiful digital monument for the 50th anniversary called “Stonewall Forever,” preserving our history.

XKCD hits it out of the park. This. Absorb this:

And finally today, Mika announced a new album and he released the first single:



Shocker, people are idiots.

It’s decorative gourd season!  Check out this video years in the making:

Kids can become certified ninjas in Japan!  Well, close enough, at least!

A photographer added Pennywise into the engagement photos she did for her sister.

An awesome local protest piece of art here in town.

I”m so excited for Black Panther, check out the new trailer:

What happens with Chris Griffin and Pinky read Star Wars dialogue?  Tons of laughter.

Disney brought real sloths to the DMV to recreate Zootopia.  I’m so jealous!

Wizards of the Coast has pulled together some statistics about the most common race and class combinations, it’s pretty interesting.

Mika’s new song has dropped, and it’s catchy:

Another mystery solved: the scrolling text from The Matrix was a sushi recipe.

As always, XKCD makes a great point.

The trailer for season 3 of Eastsiders looks great (and even includes a stop in Pittsburgh)!  But sadly, Colby Keller is in it, so I may not watch it because of that (although I think this was filmed before he was doubling down on his white privilege):

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



Alright, let’s see what we have today.  First up, the trailer for Disney’s Maleficient:

I really can’t prepare you for this, but 12 awful sex tips from Cosmo…presented by Gollum.

All the weird stuff that Blockbuster is putting up for sale on Craigslist.

And also, the new Muppets trailer:

Sadly, I don’t fit the age categories, but if you do, you can audition for Star Wars Episode VII

As it turns out, dinosaurs might have been bigger than we thought.  Scary!

Who knew that dollar bills could be such works of art.  Check them out here

In breaking news, women make less than men.  And it’s awkward when it comes out in politics.

Personally, as a matter of style, I don’t use the Oxford comma, but I’m always of the camp that whichever style you choose, you be consistent with it.  And XKCD covered it here.

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



Alright, let’s see what we have.  An image heavy update, first up, for the kids from the 90s who will get this:

Fantastic xkcd comic here and here

So apparently you can simply walk to Mordor.

And from the lawyers:

A few misconceptions about guns.

And here is a fantastic quote from Ezra Klein:

“If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing. If terrorists were detonating bombs in port after port, you can be sure Congress would be working to upgrade the nation’s security measures. If a plague was ripping through communities, public-health officials would be working feverishly to contain it. 

“Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not. But that’s unacceptable. As others have observed, talking about how to stop mass shootings in the aftermath of a string of mass shootings isn’t too soon.’ It’s much too late.”

And even though it was hidden for a while, just remember, giving tax breaks to the wealthy doesn’t actually create jobs.  It just gives them lower taxes.

And finally, to make you feel better, 26 moments that will restore your faith in humanity.  It’s very touching.



Another fun update for everyone, hope you enjoy!

Amazing XKCD wedding cake:

XKCD web comic wedding cake 

And some other cook cakes from Nerdist.

I’m not sure if this is somehow connected to the book about the Subway system, but there is an indy documentary about the font “Helvetica.”  I need to find a way to see this!

Lifehacker has a good article about how to protect you stuff.  I especially like the idea of setting up a fake porn folder with your contact and reward information on a flash drive.  Genius!  And here is their article about free apps, check it out.

This is scary, there are squid that can jump out of the water.

Hardcore Gaming, which is a strangely very static, web 1.0 type of site, ran an article a while back about Myst.  Check it out if you’re interested, and haven’t heard enough about it from me before.

Here’s a cool video about what if Mozilla made a cell phone:

Need to mix up your board games?  This book will help.

Here’s the projected timeline of the death of newspapers around the world.  We’ll see how this plays out.

And finally, a week without Facebook?  MSNBC tries it out.



Hello everybody!  Big ole update for you today, enjoy the links and all the fun things!

I saw Alice in Wonderland last week, and I enjoyed it, although the 3D was totally unnecessary, and I would suggest you save the money and see it in normal 2D.  One entire section of the movie is the classic orange/blue contrast (Alice’s dress and the Mad Hatter’s hair), which was cool, but kind of overdone.  And strangely enough, every singe preview before the movie was for a Disney movie.  My brother and I both noticed it, I hope that does not become a trend.  Disney however, did do a cool thing and pull the original Alice out of the vault for an ‘unanniversary’ release.  And finally on the subject of Alice, check out what Disney did with $700,000 dollars:

The Wrap discusses the blurring of the line between news and advertising and the journalistic integrity/ad revenue debate that always rages on.  Do I like te ad?  Not really, I don’t think it made much use of the medium.  Do I think readers realized it was an ad and knew to turn the page?  Yes.  Do I think it probably annoyed them?  Yes.  But then again, those are just my thoughts.

Also in ad news, Copyranter has coverage of an awesome McDonalds ad:

Copyranter also links to a spot for colon/rectal screening, pretty clever:

Queen of the Nerds, Felecia Day will return as Little Red Riding Hood on SyFy (I feel dirty just typing that).  I’m very excited, hopefully it turns out well.  Now to wait for The Guild season 4!

Also in nerd news, BrentalFloss’s first CD is coming out soon:

Speaking of nerd type things, you should read Sex Advice from a DnD player, including this gem:

I’ve been dating someone really great for a few months, but he’s never referred to me as his girlfriend. How do I take it to another Level?

While the obvious answer is “Accomplish a story task in the boyfriend track for XP equal or greater to your next level threshold,” I get the feeling you might be hinting that you want to descend into the fetid labyrinth that festers beneath his ancient wizard’s tower. In that case the stairs are in quadrant M23, behind the Throne of the Kobold Hetman.

During the Oscars, I was really interested in the winner of one of the short film categories: Logorama.  Check out the entire film (16  minutes) here.

I know it’s been over for a while, but this is one of the coolest things to come out of the Olympics: Water usage (specifically dealing with toilet flushes) during the gold medal hockey game.  Pretty awesome!

Here’s a cool video made entirely from a flatbed scanner:

Memoirs of a Scanner (Pillows Edition) from Damon Stea on Vimeo.

 

XKCD is one of my favorite online comics.  Toby Dave and Ian explain it here, and Jocelyn explain Toby, Dave and Ian explaining it here.  Wow, so meta!

I missed it (due to date and the fact it was in Washington State), but even though I’m horribly afraid of any kind of public protest, I might have gone to a protest for Pluto:

ATTENTION ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS!

A horrible injustice has occurred! Aghast astronomers, intrepid interstellar adventurers, and many others have joined forces to protest one of the darkest days in recent solar system history. Pluto—the smallest and most distant planet—has been removed from the planetary pantheon.

We refuse to bow to this outrageous decree and declare: PLUTO IS A PLANET.

It’s been stirring for a while, but here are some of the letters that have been send to the Itawamba County School Board, in response to their cancellation of prom and then trying to blame it on one of their students.

And speaking of, here is a great, great editorial piece written in response to it, here is one of my favorite paragraphs, which is a little out of context, so I would encourage you to read the whole thing:

What happens is that some Protestants cherry-pick edicts out of the Bible that support their prejudices and then, in a neat bit of mental judo, spread their arms wide and claim their religion is under attack if anyone contradicts them. “What about tolerance for ME?” they cry. It’s as if I seized a copy of the Bible and began beating someone over the head with it and, when you try to stop me, I accuse you of failing to respect my faith.

And some more old news, check out Jon Stewart discuss the Massa/Beck interview:

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Cool video showcasing monsters/aliens taking profile pictures:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcbZ0v8Mpvk

Here’s an interesting article about how to put together a useful online news room, some great ideas, although I would probably pick and choose a couple of things, depending on the situation of course.  And Nathan discusses some of his favorite online tools.

Remember those old Choose your Own Adventure books?  How about choose your own adventure blog?  Pretty cool stuff!  I can’t wait to read through it!  And here’s the Twitter version.  Speaking of Twitter, have you ever wanted to see Tweets illustrated?  Of course you have!

I saw this on Slog, and I think a couple other places, but here’s a cool video about possible future kiosks that will work with tablets:

Penguin Books is going to be releasing cloth bound, hard cover classics, the design is very old, but impressive (especially the cloth).  Here is what the first and second sets will look like.

Apparently one of Tiger’s mistresses has released the contents of her text messages with him.  Apparantly we already knew half of the conversation, so Slate put together their own version:

Joslyn: Sent: 04:02 PM 08/28/2009:
What would you say to Carlsbad Caverns if you were there right now?

Tiger: Sent: 04:06 PM 08/28/2009:
I want to be deep inside you

Joslyn: Sent: 04:12 PM 08/28/2009:
LOL. I love spelunking.

I don’t see what all the fuss is about!

And an absolutely, positively must watch clip:

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And here’s an awesome video from Colbert about the Census:

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And in scout news, the Girl Scouts (who are surprisingly more and more progressive, even if their paperwork or organization doesn’t really work or make any sense), even (denying and then admitting) to putting out a sex-positive, realistic pamphlet.  The PR is kind of a nightmare (denying it, then making up lies, then saying that it was yours all along).  And the story is at a conservative site that uses a boy scout merit badge sash by the way.  And over on the other side of the gender gap, an Eagle project had to be changed from a volleyball court to bocce due to noise concerns.  It doesn’t make any sense to me at all, but that is part of the process, working with the community. I will add though, that when we play bocce at camp, we are generally pretty loud, it’s because we’re having fun!

The Kill The Gays bill in Uganda debate rages on, Andrew Sullivan covers it, here’s a quote:

The anti-homosexuality bill, simply put, is a backlash. A backlash from a group that, in the long run, is losing the battle of ideas.

Andrew also recently had a great entry about his marriage:

Even though we have been together for six years, shared a household for five and a half years, pooled our finances for five and a half years and will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary this summer, we are total strangers as far as the federal government is concerned. And if the federal government recognized our marriage, I would have been an American citizen three years ago. In fact, if I had married a longtime female friend 20 years ago, I would be a long-standing citizen right now. (Yes, a heterosexual marriage would have voided the HIV ban automatically for the past 22 years.)

What does the federal government call a legally married man who has paid taxes for twenty-two years and has a PhD, and a job? A faggot.

I almost forgot, Healthcare finally passed!  Here’s some reaction to it, as well as how it will affect you (three versions here, here and hereAnd here’s some reaction and some answers to common questions (a very good read) as well as Slate’s ideas for the Republican party.

Here’s a great, if asshole-ish series of e-mails, the greatest quote:

Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus have a sword fight.

Ben Folds sings to Chatroulette users as his new alter ego, Merton, live during a concert.  Check it out:

Here’s a really cool evaluation of Flickr images throughout the seasons (click through for the whole article):

Lifehacker covers how to make cheap and effective screen covers here.

In college we read a book called The Influentials, and this made me think of my friend Teri, who most certainly was an influential on our campus.  I’ll have to alert her to her changing status…

I don’t have anything to add to this trailer, it’s just awesome:

And finally, here’s a cool montage of movie endings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOqSXHtk0s

That’s it for now, have a great one!



Alright, here we go again, except now instead of Uganda, it’s also Rwanda.

My mind exploded a little bit when I saw this:

As always, xkcd is awesome, and now I’m going to have to go bang my head against a wall.

Um, this is awesome:

I always forget that the cookie table is a Pittsburgh thing.  The NY Times covered it, check out the article here.

Also, I first heard that they were making a Robin Hood movie a few days ago.  And here’s the trailer, I feel as though more things should be turned around that quickly (at least in my head):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSqL9ygBCck

And finally, Gold, Women and Sheep:

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