Pretty big update today, hope you'll find something you like!
First up, scientists have figured out a way to kill the emerald ash borer, the invasive beetle destroying America's forests: by designing a special bug zapper they want to have sex with.
Explore the Death Star with this interactive map.
I feel as though this was specifically made for me:
A porn parody in the style of Wes Anderson. It's exactly what it sounds like.
New Line is planning on doing an L. Frank Baum biopic, awesome!
Watch this awesome guy high-five people trying to hail cabs in NYC:
The Dalai Lama says there's no reason for a successor, he should be the last.
HRC president apologizes to the trans* community. Which is really, really a big deal. Awesome.
This was also bisexual visibility week, and here's a great article about something I learned this week: lopsided bisexuality.
A Rube Goldberg machine powered only by light:
Did you catch the gay couple in the DirecTV commercial during the opening game of the NFL season?
Judge rules that BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf Spill. In other news, the sky: blue.
Awwwwww, Groot is the latest celebrity who's nudes got hacked from the iCloud (fake, obviously. He's a sentient tree)
Is this the most important image on the Internet:
Seriously, the universe is beautiful. Check out this new picture of Andromeda.
While playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Sam is wearing number 46, the year the NFL and MLB (in the minor leagues) color barriers were broken.
Remember, when you open your school to one religion, you have to open it to all. That's how the Satanists are passing out books at a school in Florida.
This guy is faster than a speeding train. Amazing:
A gay festival in Russia was attached with poisoned gas. The people who gassed the festival? Members of the Russian Orthodox Church and and a local lawmaker.
However, because of all the blowback of the Socci Olympics, the IOC is adding sexual identity protections to prerequisites to host future games.
Panic! At The Disco nails it:
Big news from the Catholic Church, they may allow members to use birth control. I mean, besides the cases they already do. And besides the fact that most members already do. But still, progress!
And also in good news from the Catholic Church, the Pope personally presided over a wedding of 20 couples, including one couple already living together and one couple where the wife already had a child. Redefining matrimony!
And the best way to end any day:
Have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, the trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Steelers (from week 1) made This Advertising Life. How appropriate.
And speaking of football, this aired during the season opener, well done:
Criminal charges dropped against activists when it was revealed they were working to stop climate change.
This is just one example of the absurdity of abortion laws, specifically Pennsylvania abortion laws.
The phone hacking that resulted in a bunch of celebrity nudes is a crime. But we all need to remember this diagram (in regards to pictures, bank accounts, etc):
Here's an interactive diagram showing who likes who in the Middle East.
Why volunteering is good for you. And here's where I put a shameless plug for you to join us at Gay4Good for a service project sometime!
The judge's decision from Wisconsin and Indiana are amazing:
Because homosexuality is not a voluntary condition and homosexuals are among the most stigmatized, misunderstood, and discriminated-against minorities in the history of the world, the disparagement of their sexual orientation, implicit in the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, is a source of continuing pain to the homosexual community.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Fun update today, let's see what we have. First up, the trailer for the next season of Downton Abbey:
Check out Spiderman's application to join the Avengers.
Most Republicans would be upset if their children were gay. Because they're horrible people.
Also, women realized that the Republican party is intolerant, lacking in compassion and stuck in the past. Also, the sky is blue.
And speaking of horrible people, the indicted former Governor of Virginia is currently living with a priest who was arrested for public sex.
Celebrities warm about binge watching shows:
Scientists can control 1,000 self-organizing robots. Check out the video, it's awesome, and so scary!
One of the gay social apps is adding free space for LGBT non-profits to reach people, pretty awesome!
Another bakery here in Pa. has (legally) refused a gay couple. This time, because, you guessed it: Jesus said so!
We need something good to end on, so here's Garfunkle and Oates (heartwarming instead of funny):
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I'm actually now on a better (unpublished) plan that will be permanent. If they can't find anything like that, they'll get you a year-long discount. And if they can't find you any savings, there's no charge. Otherwise, it's half of the savings for one year.
If you decide to try it out, they do all kinds of bills, not just cell phone (TV, internet, satellite radio) use my name in the referral when you sign up and you should get a discount!
Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend, let's see what we have going on today.
First up, we're getting closer to a new generation of spray-on solar power.
An awesome post over at the Good Men Project about the parents of a trans man (or I guess boy, due to age).
You guys, there's an ACME movie in the works:
The Onion nails it on the head, like they always do - this time, about Ferguson.
This story got buried during everything going on in Ferguson, but a pastor cancelled a man's funeral after finding out he was gay, and called his mom to tell her that while she was at a viewing and next to his casket.
And we're getting closer to turning our sweat into a source of electricity with e-tattoos.
Research is still being done, but it looks like still-developing brains are not negatively affected by today's technology, at least in moderation.
The Good Men Project also takes a look at empathy. Which the more I think about it, is what we're missing the most of in today's world and would solve most of our problems. But how do you teach people to be empathetic? I can't figure that part out.
That's it for now, but I'll be back with more soon!
Quick update today, let's see what we have. First up, the perfect reaction to Westboro's planned protest of Robin Williams' funeral (NSFW):
Nate Green, the straightwashed country music star.
Amazing dragon backpack! It looks very confusing, but so cool!
Want to relive one of the best parts of The Guardians of the Galaxy? Of course you do, check out the Dancing Baby Groot!
Or, you can translate any website into Groot-speak.
Its like the new version of "free candy:"
DERP is a real thing, and helping out social scientists.
This is one of the reasons the Gay Games are awesome: a 99-year old (with her doctor's permission), competed!
There's a new Noah's Ark "amusement park" opening up, that's getting a massive amount of tax breaks: but they won't hire you if you're gay or aren't Christian. Yeah, that's messed up, and they should lose their tax breaks.
And also in gay related news, I always forget, technically, my organs could be rejected for donations, just because I'm gay, which is somehow tied into the gay-blood donation ban.
Pierce Brosnan and Jimmy Fallon play Goldeneye 64, really meta and awesome:
That's it, have a great one!
Let's see what we have today, first up, I learned that my favorite Smash Bros. character's full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. I'll probably name my next car that.
The Church of England is now facing a legal fight after rescinding a job offer to a married, gay priest. The way the English law works, they have marriage equality, but the CoE is specifically barred from performing them, for some reason. I blame the powdered wigs.
Yes. The perfect way to respond to blatant Twitter racism. So much yes.
The trailer for "Into the Woods" is here:
The Great Horror Campout is a thing. Read about one reporter's experience here.
Arrested Development is coming back for a fifth season!
This is a wonderful, fantastic ad. For whatever reason, the one million moms (all six of them) are in a tizzy because of the background music, so it's even sweeter that it's so good:
A really touching story about a deceased father, an old XBox, and ghost data from a racing game.
The inner monologues of the DirecTV puppets.
This is a thing, that can't really be described, so just enjoy it:
Alphabetical order seems pretty simple, right? Well, it takes over 27,000 words to code it correctly.
That's it for now, have a great one!
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:
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
Have a great one!
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.
That's it for now, enjoy the weekend everybody!