Here it is, my year in review. Have a wonderful and safe New Year!
2014 was a pretty good year. Here's the roundups of what the year looked like. My personal video will be up in a few days, so be on the lookout for that.
First up, Google Zeitgeist (stay with it until the end, it's worth it, I promise):
DJ Earworm's yearly mashup of the biggest pop songs:
The actual Google Year in Search video:
JibJab's look at the year:
And finally, YouTube Rewind, which although there's always a heavy emphasis on the dancing videos, impressed me with the depth of talent involved (Chris Hardwick, Conchica Wurst, Pentatonix, Sam Tsui, etc):
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, NASA is releasing news about the water on comet 67P, which does not appear to be the type of water we have on earth.
Students at MIT made a wooden roller coaster in the middle of campus.
A great infographic to help you cipher out all those mythical creatures.
This Christmas light display is set to the Star Wars music, a first that I've seen:
Native American Council offers amnesty to 220 million whites. Satire, but poignant.
Also satire, all the nation's gay straw-men march on Washington for the right to marry animals.
Interactive paper snowflake maker to help you come up with new designs.
Just watch this, it's amazing:
SNL parodies the new Star Wars trailer. My favorite is Princess Leia and her glasses.
Michael Keaton nails it. When asked how he felt about other people playing Batman he replied,
"Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.”
Would you like to shoot fireballs from your hands? Of course you would. Here's how.
After a gay choir director was fired from a church, they'll have to close because membership plummeted in response.
More and more details from the Ferguson Grand Jury are coming out, and they're showing just how much of a fraud the whole thing was. The Governor (Democrat by the way) assigned an inept prosecutor with an agenda, who then had the grand jury work with previously overturned laws and submitted testimony from "witnesses" he knew were lies.
I've recommended "I'm From Driftwood" before, and this is one of their latest videos, really good:
The Salvation Army has a long and well-documented hatred of the LGBT community, and I always encourage people to donate to a different charity. That being said, the bellringers are volunteers and often aren't that involved with the organization itself, so if they ask, just politely decline and donate elsewhere.
The closing musical segment of The Colbert Report was amazing. Check it out.
JK Rowling tweeted this out, because she's amazing:
And sadly, what we've known for years, expanding the T to Oakland would be "problematic," for a number of reasons. Sadly, it's just not feasible, not right now. BRT isn't the answer either, but it looks like that's what we're going to try.
Alright, pretty big update, let's see what we have first.
What is seemingly becoming an epidemic of excessive police force against unarmed minority citizen is staggering. The data supporting the fact is staggering. And the amount of hateful, ignorant comments on social media has led me to a binge of unfriending. I'm surprised to see some of them go, but then I just shout in my head, "Bye, Felicia!"
The vast majorities of cops are good at what they do and caring individuals. The vast majority of protesters are peaceful. And each situation is different, but we're seeing not only a civil rights crisis, but a total lack of empathy and, in the words of Bryan Safi, "A great injustice occurred and people lost hope."
Minor inconveniences, like traffic jams, are nothing compared to the gross civil rights violations going on. When even George W. Bush says the country has a problem with race, you know it's a problem. But, if you're like me, you didn't know where to start tackling this huge problem. Here's a good video to help:
And no, reverse racism is not a thing. White privilege exists. If you're a straight, white, Christian, cis-male, you have privilege in this society, end of story, hard stop. Still not convinced. Check out these real quotes from coverage of all that's been going on. If you follow no other think on this topic, follow that last one, please.
It's important to talk about these things, and I only break out of my normal blogging routine when it's really important. Not to make light of what's going on, obviously, but as a pallet cleanser, you don't have to understand this, because, I don't think anybody can:
Surviving the World brings up a very good point.
Does Sean Bean actually die more than other actors? Check it out.
And Lego has made a model Atom Smasher! How cool!
And in case you haven't, here's the Star Wars teaser:
In other Sci-Fi, news, I never really watched Friends, but this is genius:
So, Chess Boxing is a thing, apparently.
The Gay Games brought $52 million to the city of Cleveland.
Wesboro Baptist Church got pranked on Thanksgiving: their number was given out instead of a turkey hotline.
Buzzfeed looks at guys catcalling other guys. So remember, it's creepy an inappropriate when anyone does it...to anyone:
Nick Jonas gets a gospel choir to back him up for a version of his song, Jealous.
A gay Ohio student's defiant tweet after he was gay bashed:
ASAP Science sings about love. Nerdy and romantic!
The Lord of the Rings legacy trailer:
So, you can still be put on trial for Crimes Against Humanity, and it's about to happen.
A member of the House of Lords says that gays lead miserable, short lives filled with 20,000 sex partners. The math is staggering, and I don't know who would call that miserable.
Just add Coco:
Watch the Norwegian Curling team put on their pants without their hands.
The Trailer for "Looking" season 2 has arrived:
Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today, check out this amazing LEGO clue set!
A new study shows yet again, there is no correlation between violence and video games.
Surviving the World has a great theory about holiday creep:
You can get your child's crayon creation (or yours) made into a real plush toy!
The midterm elections weren't great (except for Wolf beating Corbett), but there's a lot of hope for 2016.
Game of Thrones character pixel art, which looks like they would fit in perfectly in a 90's LucasArts game.
Amazing "historical" portraits...of superheros (and villians).
Quite possibly the best swing ever:
Check out the video for the final credit song for the Hobbit, sung by Pippen himself.
A great article about the Duggars, worth a read.
Tony Hawk takes to the new Hendo hoverboard:
A cool site I stumbled upon called Storm the Castle, with all kinds of fun science and nerdy projects!
A reminder, the very existence of marriage equality is not persecution of people who oppose it. Especially when you're not forced to perform any, and can even turn gay people away from your business without any legal repercussions. And yeah, in the end, civility, equality and even the power of capitalism will bring you around.
A designer is working on a typeface to specifically help people with dyslexia read easier.
Jimmy Kimmel takes on Sesame Street with his weekly look at "unnecessary censorship:"
The FDA is considering changing the gay blood ban, but it's still a ridiculous policy they're looking at.
And FIFA, the wonderfully corrupt and useless organization, is in trouble coming up to the 2022 Qatar World Cup: they want to 'regulate' homosexuality like alcohol, so only allowed in certain hotels and visitors must show passports for entry. So many, many things wrong.
Sometimes, I really love Anonymous, like when they take down hate group websites. They're also doing some great work digging up all the white-supremacy ties that Ferguson PD has, which is really, really scary.
These things happen regularly, sadly: 'Christian' homeless shelter turns away a gay couple.
And just absolutely revolting, a 'Christian' woman interrupts the first-ever Muslim prayer service at the National Cathedral.
Watch this. Seriously, John Oliver's salmon cannon is new my favorite thing:
That's it for now, but I'll be back soon with more!
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! (one of my annual posts):
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
Alright, I'm set to start my ninth year of NaNoWriMo at midnight tonight, so here's some fun stuff to get us through:
John Oliver is providing the best stock video to cover the Supreme Court.
I love the new ad from Google:
Gov. Corbett photoshopped an African-American woman into his website imagery, so Brian Sims photoshopped himself in. You know, in case the Governor wants to reach out to the LGBT community too.
A good video about why the Washington football team needs to change their name.
The awesome new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron:
Would you rather see that trailer set to "My Heart Will Go On"? Are you sure? Because it works.
And along those lines, a great idea: the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack will be available on cassette!
Tongue in cheek: What if straight people had to come out? Funny.
OK Go is back, and it's, as always, amazing:
So this is actually (sadly) progress: a Southern Baptist leader speaks out against anti-gay torture.
Will we have nuclear fusion soon?
And in other science news, a dam that looks like the Sarlacc from Star Wars!
I used to read Andrew Sullivan a lot (although he kept moving sites and I never kept up). It always bugged me that he was one of the loudest voices beating the war drums for the U.S. to invade Iraq. And now, apparently, he thinks the murder of Matthew Shepherd wasn't a hate crime. I'm officially done with the horrible man.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Alright everybody, here's what we have today.
First up, Ebola is threatening chocolate!
We've been pouring juice wrong this whole time:
I totally geeked out about this, Myst is being made into a TV show!
XKCD takes on marriage equality.
American Horror Story: Freak Show's opening credits:
And even better, the musical number from episode one, "Life on Mars"
Take a few minutes to check out the Redskins Report from The Daily Show, totally worth it. And cringeworthy.
Remember Book It! Pizza Hut wants to reconnect.
Do yourself a favor and watch this:
Remember when Michael Sam was the biggest thing the NFL had to worry about?
South Park takes a look at the Red****s controversy too:
And finally, Media Matters takes a look at the top 5 myths about anti-discrimination laws, and thankfully, we're finally make some (very small) progress here in Pa:
That's it for now, have a great one!
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!
In case you haven't heard, there was a horrific gay-bashing in Philadelphia earlier this month. Sleuths on Twitter figured it out, using clues from social media to identify the suspects. It was revealed that they were former classmates from a Catholic school.
Why do I specifically mention that they went to a Catholic school? Because the Catholic church has a demonstrated record of continuously saying that gay men are intrinsically evil, disordered and should be put to death. Now I don't know about this specific Catholic school, but the overall record of the Church both in the U.S. and around the world isn't great, and now they have the audacity to be shocked that their church members would beat up gay men!
Now, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia did come out with a statement basically saying "don't beat up gay people, even if you don't like them." Which is a great sentiment, although two points. One, I feel as though any person, Catholic or not, should know that. And two, it's a little bit late for them to try to backtrack now after years of hatred towards the LGBT community.
So back to the crime: a mob of 12 people beat up two men after they asked if they were a couple since they were holding hands. Think about that brutality for a minute.
Since then, one of the suspects, a basketball coach at a Catholic school was fired (well done) and another suspect who is a nurse was also fired (also since she was sharing patient's x-rays on Twitter, a big violation of privacy).
But here's the rub: only three people were charged. Yes, this is an on-going investigation, but that still leaves nine people. And no one will be charged with a hate crime, because sexual orientation and gender identity aren't covered by PA's hate crime laws. Brian Sims is making a renewed push for HB/SB 300, which would add those classes to the hate crimes laws (in addition to those with disabilities), and he brought some of the victims and their representatives to Harrisburg to lobby.
Just like the police officer to used excessive force at Pride here in Pittsburgh, who was not charged, there's no legal recourse for members of the LGBT community here in the Commonwealth.
If you want to do something, contact your local representative to Harrisburg and sign this petition.
All my best,