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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.

That's it for now, have a great one!

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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:

That's it for now, have a great one!

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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.

That's it for now.  This weekend is Pittsburgh Pride, If you'll be downtown Sunday let me know, and look for photos and a recap next week sometime!

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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!

It's Pride month.  Need some help understanding the T in LGBT?  Here's a great article from the Good Men Project.  The Post Gazette is also running a great long-form series, check it out.

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:

Infighting at the NRA.

Why would anyone think a Hunger Games amusement park is a good idea?

That's it for now, have a great one!

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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.

Janet Mock flips the table.  Which is awesome.  An Australian diver does something similar, also awesome!

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!

Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!

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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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I'll have an update later about my trip to NYC (spoiler: it was amazing), but here's what else has come across.

Dark Horse is going to debut an American Sign Language font (for a gorilla) this year for Free Comic Book Day.

A bit ironic, and sad: statue of Pope John Paul II fell over and crushed a man.

Thank you for being a (super) friend:

The crazy rancher who is currently the Republican man of the moment, claims he's totally not racist, guys.  Spoiler: he is.

I had no idea that a 'zonkey' was a thing.  But one was born!

So this mash-up is now a thing:

I'm very sad about the annihilation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  I'm still excited about the new movies, but sad that it looks like we're losing Mara, Thrawn, Jacen and all the rest.

New Warhol's have been discovered, on floppy disks!

And it turns out the urban legends are true, the first of the E.T. cartridges have been dug up.

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Here we go, lots of fun stuff today.

First up, need a name for your hipsterish/foody bar/restaurant you're opening.  Check this web app out.  And I'll see you at "Bitters and Trough"

This looks like a lot of fun:

Even though it's not accurate to the map of the (Star Wars) galaxy, it's a cool art project.

Joss Whedon just released another movie, which is available to rent on Vimeo.

XKCD nails it on the head.  Yes, yes, a million times yes:

Um, so powdered alcohol (think pixie stix) is now a thing.  This will not end well for teenagers.

Hey look, crazy right-wingers are are calling for a celebration on my birthday!  And by celebration, the start of a 40-day fast against marriage equality, because, you know, Jesus.

Physics has created a new ax.  Kind of crazy!

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

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Big update, and mostly LGBT related, but I'm trying to catch up on my newsfeeds, and this was what I had.  Not all though, so read on:

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, probably for the Rio Olympics.  My mom totally called this.

A hate group leader went to a school who was ready for them.  They all grabbed tickets to his talk just to walk out on him and humiliate him.

Some kind of sorcery allows these jeans to "come out" the more you wear them:

A new bit of Papyrus tells that Jesus may have had a wife.  I'm sure there will be all kinds of gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, but I really don't think it makes much difference (except maybe to the Catholics who use that as part of the reason priests can't marry).

A PA lawmaker will introduce legislation to allow same-sex divorce, which is actually a good thing.  Right now, married couples (From other states, obviously), that move to Pa, have no way of ever divorcing, usually without moving back to where they got married for years of residency, which is usually not really an option.

A gay Scoutmaster in Seattle, now has the support of the city council and mayor, which is actually kind of a big deal.  He's continuing to lead the Troop (although he's on vacation at the moment, with his husband) and their Chartering Partner couldn't be happier with him, he's the reason they even have a Troop.

And the BSA "alternative," Trail Life?  Yeah, they're not only discriminating against gays, but also Jews.

I didn't talk about the Mozilla flap, because if you noticed, the boycott wasn't organized by the glitterati (Dan Savage, Andrew Sullivan, Evan Wolfson, Joe Jervis, Andy Towle, Michelangelo Singorelli, Box Turtle Bulletin, etc), but rather by straight supporters.  Do I think he should have resigned, probably, especially since the facts that surfaced made so many of his employees distinctly uncomfortable.  But just remember, when the gays and our allies call for boycotts, it's fascism.  When the far-right does, it's good and apple pie and Jesus and America!

The other big story is the discriminatory bill in Mississippi.  It's the same bill as what was defeated in Arizona, we just really didn't have a chance of winning in Mississippi.  Basically, segregation has returned, but this time instead of based on race, it's based on perceived sexual orientation.  I can be denied by any business in Mississippi, and all they have to do is claim it would violate their religion to serve me.

And just as a reminder, although sadly this happened here in Pittsburgh, gay men can't donate blood, or organs apparently.  Because you know, we all have AIDS according to the government, even though everything is tested and anyone can have HIV/AIDS.

A new book is due out about the lives of gay steelworkers, although sadly in Indiana, not Pittsburgh.

Okay, that's enough for this depressing update.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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