Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day, boxers and boxing fans!

Happy December 26, all other users of the Gregorian calendar on the same side of the International Dateline as me!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (12/13/2012)

From "too big to fail" to "too big to jail": two-tiered justice in America.

Fuck you, Men's Rights Activists.

Rep. Virginia Foxx is a serial member's-only elevator-rider intimidator.

The neural bases of spiritual experiences, discussed by Oliver Sacks. (Learning about this kind of thing is basically why I stopped believing in God.)

How to email a professor. Pretty common sense, but you'd be surprised how many students seem to need this advice.

Young Earth creationist quote-mines biologists, blogger/professor asks said biologists to respond, pwnage ensues.

Looking for a job with a pathologically shit-headed, psychologically abusive tinpot office dictator with delusions of relevance? This could be your chance.

Those "Ditto" Christmas lights are real.

Kickstarter project for a Tolkien cookbook. (No doubt it will include lots of taters).

And J. R. R. Tolkien himself recites "Namárië." If you already know what that is, you're probably my soul mate. But in case you don't/you're not, it's the words to Galadriel's lament in Quenya (an Elvish language) as the Fellowship leaves Lorien in The Fellowship of the Ring. (And if you don't have at least a vague idea of what that means, why are you reading my blog?)

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (12/9/2012)

The Obama Administration is considering how to undermine marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.

Singing about killing Americans years ago is far more outrageous than actually killing non-Americans on an ongoing basis.

The life and death of Stalking Cat.

And maybe the world's biggest domestic cat.

I never knew that "Assassin's Creed" was so... deep. (No really. And subversive too. Now I want it.)

Some great black-and-white photography from Japan during the 1950s.

Russia's Anti-Mormon Campaign: An influential young pro-Kremlin politician is trying to get the Latter-day Saints banned from the country. (I know how to resolve this, though. Since Mormons seem to think that holding a vote is a good way to decide who should have what rights, the Russians should hold a vote to see if Mormons there should have freedom of religion. Fair is fair, after all.)

Apropos of which: Mormons and gays.

And, of course: Mormons and Negroes.

Hey, a good publicist has to lie sometimes, amirite?

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (12/6/2012)

Republicans! Tremble in fear before Team Commie! Our organizations are so terrifyingly efficient that they can steal elections years after disbanding! (At least that's apparently what 49 percent of Republicans think ACORN did.)

Today I learned: America's only coup d'etat took place in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Things are so different today, yet still.... The terror of black American motherhood.

About half of all traffic accidents in L.A. are hit-and-runs (and nobody's doing much about it).

Special issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology: Neural parasitology - how parasites manipulate host behaviour. (Squee. I don't actually ever squee, but if I did, I might over this. Perhaps I'm a little unclear on the concept of squeeing?)

A grammar rule which will live in infamy. (Take that, peevologists!)

Hazmat team sent to high school. Because of mercury. In a thermometer. An intact thermometer.

A new Subnormality comic. (I wish I had more readers, because then more people would read Subnormality, because I like it so much.)

Know how sometimes you go on the internet late at night and randomly surf from link to link and end up somewhere really esoteric but somehow fascinating and cool in its esotericness (What is the noun form of esoteric? Is there one?)? Anyway, Polish war hammers.

Rediscoverin tha Christmas Spirit, by Prezzy Thomas S. Monston.

I have felt like this so much in my life:

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Thursday haiku: Meta dream baby

If you were real, would
you be creeped out because I
wrote this about you?

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