Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the trailer for the Alan Turing movie. Turing is the man most responsible for the computer, as well as breaking the Nazi codes during WWII:
A new study shows that children who read Harry Potter are more welcoming to the gay and immigrant communities.
The Satanists are using the "Hobby Lobby" decision to ask restrictive abortion laws be stricken, as they violate their religion. Brilliant.
Seen on a t-shirt (in a window):
It can't be unseen, but the Good Men Project tackles Manternity photos in an awesome way:
Let’s be frank—Pregnant women are beautiful, but some of the photographs we take of them are HORRIFIC. Simply HORRIFIC. And I don’t mean that it’s awful that we see their uncovered pregnant forms or anything (remember, the ladies themselves are beautiful), but, lately, in the race to create the most Pinterest-friendly maternity photos, pregnant women have been subjected to a level of photographic flourishes and clichés that would make an Anne Geddes baby cringe. Props are involved, Photoshop is unleashed, hearts are painted on bellies—cuteness is MANUFACTURED and those manufactured photos can take the most natural thing in the world and make it feel surprisingly unnatural and forced.
Also see: Garfunkle and Oates, "Pregnant Women are Smug"
Nerdist covers the science of Tatooine.
A new Kickstarter campaign for a Sci-Fi movie that will punch you right in the feels:
And finally, Andrew Rannells is taking over for NPH as Hedwig, here's the promo shot:
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First up today, want to be a judge? Slate has a cool tool where you can write your own marriage equality ruling. Check it out here.
So....this is a thing...somehow: the gummy bear wurst.
I'm so excited for this movie, here's a five minute look at Guardians of the Galaxy
And related, an economist looks at how inequality leads to less education, lower income and host of other problems.
The real state of the NRA in America:
The Church of England finally voted to allow women bishops.
The Burger King in San Francisco made a Proud Whopper:
President Obama recently signed an executive order to force equality in employment for federal contractors (basically ENDA), this is why it's needed.
The HObby Lobby decision was horrible for women, of course. But now it's being used to discriminate against the LGBT community in employment (see above), justifying discrimination and may affect the research of HIV/AIDS
In case you missed it, this amazing video from Weird Al:
The intro of Futurama recreated in 3d. And it looks amazing!
It's fan made, but this is a really good promo for the next season of American Horror Story!
And finally, the trailer for the final Hobbit movie
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AS the World Cup winds down, here's Ragan's list of the best and worst ads.
Gawker's new project is kind of like a meme Snopes. Check it out.
A great write-up of the music of Supernatural, which plays such a big role in the show. I'll hear a song they used, and get transported back to it instantly.
And also in music, the soundtrack for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 looks great!
Hobby Lobby is having a big affect on the LGBT community, sadly. Companies are coming out of the woodwork asking for exemptions, on the same grounds (closely held religious believes) to discriminate in their hiring practices, other companies are looking to drop all coverage for HIV medication and now the major lobbying groups are revoking their support for ENDA since it doesn't go nearly far enough. Lots of fall out. I may expand this into a separate post just to go over everything.
And speaking of contraception, isn't it amazing that when you use science (testable, observable results) and not just screaming ignorance and fear, you see that access to contraception decreases the abortion rate significantly?
I love Kristin Wiig, and love Bill Hader, this looks amazing:
Nerd alert: The new edition of D&D (okay, keep judging, it's okay) actually has a great and geeky passage about gender/sexuality:
You don't need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender," the new rules state. "You can play as a male or female character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances. Think about how your character does or does not conform to the broader culture's expectations of sex, gender and sexual behavior. For example, a male drow cleric defies the traditional gender divisions of drow society, which could be a reason for your character to leave that society and come to the surface."
And sometimes I forget how dumb people are. Some people are taking Steven Spielberg to task...for apparently hunting a triceratops.
Every. Campfire. Ever. Entirely accurate.
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Fairly quick update, let's see what we have today. First up, appropriate for Independence Day:
While I think people should be honest, especially about their flaws, before getting married, I think this new "shadow wedding" trend is a bit much. But hey, if it gets people into nature, maybe it's a good thing.
Stefon from SNL's Weekend Update was one of my favorite recurring characters. Here's a map of some of his more famous suggestions.
Now that a bunch of countries have pulled their foreign aid for Uganda due to their draconian anti-gay laws, their president now says accepting foreign aid is 'sinful.'
Ten lifehacks to know for summer:
Um, how stupid can a (Republican) politician be about climate change? That's a serious question, because I think he just gave me an aneurysm reading his absolutely moronic comments.
The final book of "The Magicians" trilogy hits shelves on August 5, and I can't wait (I'm rereading the books in anticipation). The trailer, featuring and fans and some really, really big names in literature, just dropped. Check it out.
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Quick update, in case you haven't seen it, the second season of Orange is The New Black (which I'm almost done with), has an awesome extended trailer:
Amazing idea to help combat the anti-choice protesters.
I'm not this far in the books, but in Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire, there is a fictional board game, that a fan had 3D printed!
The National Center for Lesbian Rights launched a campaign to end ex-gay conversion "therapy" (read, torture), called #BornPerfect
Google has taken on Rift, through low-tech: cardboard:
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First up today, this amazing, working Lego Zelda lamp.
Also on Nerdist, would you be brave enough to use this hand-crafted Jumanji board? I wouldn't.
All State teamed up with a favorite artist of mine, Eli Lieb, and their resulting campaign video will hit you right in the feels:
New propaganda posters for the next Hunger Games movie, although I don't quite get the one for District 6. Does he have tires for legs, or just pants that look like tires?
Surviving the World on guns. Yes, all of this.
If you haven't seen it yet, the awesome new video (of course) from OK Go:
Want to be Mega Man? Of course you do!
Hey look, people realize that greater LGBT visibility drives down youth suicide. Glad to hear someone talking about this.
Also, I get confused as to why a leader of a hate group agrees that we don't choose to be gay, but still thinks we don't deserve any rights.
And again, Surviving the World hits it on the head! Kind of my mantra for adventures:
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In case you missed it, NPH (who won the Tony for this role, along with his co-star, Lena Hall) performed "Sugar Daddy" from the show I went to NYC to see (which won for best musical revival). This was how it was performed at the Belasco, complete with carwash, making out with audience members (this time, his fiance) and lap dances:
A piano showed up in NYC in the East River.
There are a lot of hateful parts of Christianity. Case in point, the Southern Baptists have denounced the very existence of trans* people.
The Onion has launched their Buzzfeed clone, Clickhole.
The AFA is refusing mail sent to them with the Harvey Milk stamp, or at least, the ones that were announced beforehand.
18 reasons the Super Bowl is really just like Pride.
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Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, a new species of crocodile has been named after Tolkien's Balrog!
Orange is the New Black came back yesterday, and they made this great promo clip:
Oh god, this may in fact, be the most meta thing ever (at least in terms of the Internet).
Today in wasted money for scientific studies.
The US teen pregnancy rate has fallen to historic lows! Which is great news (except it's still way high compared to other developed nations), but it's because of access to birth control, women's health clinics and abortion services and comprehensive sex ed. Imagine that.
So John Oliver set out to save Net Neutrality, and in doing so, released the Internet Trolls, which brought down the FCC's comment page:
Garfunkle and Oates, one of my favorite comedy bands, have a new show coming to IFC which will debut in August!
Shockingly, women aren't really welcomed at gay orgys. A great read from The Stranger/HuffPo.
The (designated hate group) AFA is telling members to return to sender any mail using the Harvey Milk Stamp. I prefer the Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame) idea of using both Milk and Charleston Heston stamps on the same envelope with little hearts around them both.
Cosmos pick-up lines. Yes, you read that right.
Fun video made with an iPhone, a transparency and a marker:
Beware the spoilers, that may or may not be accurate for Star Wars.
Google actually changed the kerning of their logo.
California is thinking of banning the 'gay panic' defense, that bar associations have already condemned.
Gay people, we're just like you:
Why would anyone think a Hunger Games amusement park is a good idea?
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Let's see what we have today. First up, seals are just dog mermaids:
The Penguins season may be over, but the NHL is still awesome: every team has a player who has spoken out in favor of LGBT rights.
In less than a year since Windsor, every single state will have marriage equality or their ban will be challenge. North Dakota completes the sweep.
A porn website gave America wood...by planting trees in honor of Arbor Day. Well done.
More snark: remember, the Russian Orthodox Church hates gays. But men in dresses, that's okay.
When straight guys are exposed to Grindr:
An awesome comic from Surviving the World. Points if you get the reference!
Joe the Plumber is an idiot and an insensitive asshole. Seriously.
And so is Adam Carolla. Sorry my existence is so troubling to you.
Okay, last asshole of the day: this college that removed every single copy of the student newspaper rather than let an article run that described how hard it is to be gay on their campus.
Check out the trailer for "Internet Machine" which details the actual infrastructure that makes the web.
This however, looks even better:
This is interesting and confusing. The brains of gay men who adopt through surrogacy rewire themselves to exhibit traits of both moms and dads.
The Rams, who drafted the first openly gay player (Michael Sam), also drafted the first African American player.
This, by the way, is how to talk to kids about Michael Sam:
The backlash was swift, but these kinds of things are very legal.
A story with a happy ending, I mean, as much as it can be, with a burial.
What an amazing, five-year joke.
Ummm, I'm not sure what to make of the "exclusive" social networking app, only available in chain restaurants.
So this is available in grocery stores.
Here is John Oliver explaining Eurovision for those who don't know about it:
And here's the winning performance. It starts off slow, but finishes amazing!
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Alright, pretty big update nope, fighting with coding and software, so let's see if I can get half of this published, let's see what we have today. First up, the fail that was American Spring:
What if Buffy was a 90's LucasArts game? Check it out.
A new demonstration of the Google self-driving cars, which I find fascinating:
John Oliver has an honest climate change debate.
The Guardian released a study (And an awesome infographic): 2.7 Billion people live where it is illegal to be gay.
When Mario meets Game of Thrones. Mario always pays his debts:
Speaking of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin writes the series...on a DOS computer.
Nerdist's All Star Celebrity Bowling, which is a ton of fun, is being picked up by AMC!
Who would win, a wizard or a Jedi (I was correct, by the way):
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