Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, a sentence I never thought I'd type: exciting education news from Arkansas: new state law requires schools to teach coding!
I'm still really sad about the cancellation of HBO's "Looking." Here's a great write-up showing just a few of the reasons it is such an important show.
A computer hacker tricked straight guys into hitting on each other on Tinder, in an effort to show the harassment women are exposed to.
New Ant Man billboards are going up:
The pitcher for the Oakland A's and his girlfriend are buying all the tickets from season ticket holders upset that there's going to be an LGBT night.
Also in sports, a closeted bi football player says Michael Sam doesn't speak for him. Except he does, since Sam had the courage to come out.
A new study reveals that homophobia in teens leads to mental disorders and an increased risk of suicide for the gay and bi teens around them.
And as science has shown, male sexuality is just as fluid as female sexuality (but social norms have forced us to previously think otherwise).
Ryan Reynolds revealed the awesome Deadpool costume:
If you haven't seen the documentary "Bridegroom," check it out (with a box of tissues), it's on Netflix, in Redbox and you can probably find it online. There was a protect going on during a screening and Shane Crone had a great response to them.
The next ballot initiative in California: Jackass Initiative.
And for everyone who think there isn't anti-gay discrimination in this country, read this heartbreaking account of a high school athlete in Kentucky.
Also in WTF, seriously, George Zimmerman?! I mean if you had any doubt he was a total asshole or just delusional, here's your proof.
The trailer for J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" is live.
It's pretty, but I"m afraid of thunder so I will not be getting the stormcloud light:
The Obama administration has announced its opposition to "conversion therapy," which amounts to torture.
Madison becomes the first city to specifically protect atheists.
Malta has banned surgery on intersex children, which is huge.
Did you know that the US Forest Service had a cocktail guide? Now you do.
The trailer for the third season of Orange Is The New Black is up:
You've probably heard about the frog that looks like Kermit. There's also a fish that looks like Cookie Monster!
Golden Girls Lego set. This needs to happen!
This Georgia florist will turn away gays. But they will welcome adulterers. They said so!
And finally, the story of Passover, through a Rube Goldberg machine:
That's it for now, but I'll be back with more soon (recovering from illness has it's benefits, I can finally get through all my newsfeeds!)
Let's see what we have today, first up, a sneak peak at Mark Z. Danielewski's new 27-novel series, The Familiar.
It's awesome that my Alma mater is embracing this and going with it (pictured at the beginning is Br. Norman, president of the college):
ABC is developing a pilot for a relaunch of The Muppet Show! I've been over all the reboots, but I can totally get behind this!
I mentioned before my sadness at the death of Terry Pratchett, and here is a collection of some of his greatest quotes. Especially:
It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.
Michael Sam trolls a reporter about his upcoming wedding in Westeros
A breakthrough in stem cell knowledge may allow two men or two women to conceive a baby.
Conan joins Grindr:
That's it for today, short update, but I'll be back with more soon!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, Star Wars (in their changing canon) is adding their first official LGBT character!
One of my favorite authors, Terry Pratchett, passed away. He was an outspoken advocate for the rights of those with dementia and for medical-assisted suicide. His Discworld novels are amazing, and I highly recommend them!
President Obama's speech at Selma, required viewing:
I'm proud that I'm gay, and I'm proud that I'm Lebanese. Those two don't always go together.
So, what, exactly, will happen when the Queen dies?
Bravo to Planet Fitness who revoked the membership of a woman harassing another woman.
Short update today, but I'll be back with more soon, have a great one!
One of my three recurring posts each year:
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, a classy Star Wars wedding (really)!
And speaking of Star Wars, this drone was made into the Millennium Falcon!
The original, vocal-only track of Under Pressure.
From his about to be released new album, the live version of All American Boy:
There's a lot of legal wrangling, but a pilot for the Wheel of Time was made. It's not good. But I like to think it was thrown together as a throw-away prologue just so a studio could try to keep the rights when they go to court.
There's a lot of problems over at the Delta Foundation, the group that runs Pride in Pittsburgh. Equal, their magazine stopped publishing after not paying writers or their printer, board members are resigning and the (unpaid? Really, he says he's unpaid, but I wouldn't exactly believe that) President is still hanging on. We'll see how Pride goes this year, there were a lot of people angry with how Pride in the Street was handled last year.
Do you like the SI Swimsuit Issue? Outsports takes a good look at "pretty things" in sports, their place, and how they affect the LGBT community, worth a read.
And a student from CMU asks patrons of 5801 was masculinity means.
This. All of this:
Oklahoma republicans are trying to ban AP US History. Because, stupid.
And if that wasn't enough, seriously, we're living in the future!
Trailer for the upcoming movie, "Trainwreck,"
A man will listen to 168 hours of Nickleback for charity.
A Florida representative thinks going to the bathroom is a choice and that trans* people shouldn't be allowed to use public restrooms.
And another Republican lawmaker thinks we should get rid of the requirement that people who handle our food wash their hands after using the bathroom.
A new way from Google to explore the universe.
JK Rowling is way more organized than any of us.
I don't really like the trident, but otherwise, here's the new Aquaman:
And on the Marvel side, thank goodness, Spider Man is coming to the MCU.
Police in Baton Rogue are still arrested gay men for having sex.
A transman recreates the iconic Adam Levine shot for testicular cancer awareness.
The trailer for the upcoming Netflix show, Daredevil:
UK Scientists get the go ahead to make a baby with three parents: to fix a gene that is usually fatal for the mother during childbirth.
A great video about wedding cakes, and a whole lot more:
JCM thinks the follow-up to Hedwig and the Angry Inch should be a very dark mini-series.
A judge's ruling in NJ could be the basis for further banning of so-called conversion therapy for minors.
The celibacy challenges, worth a watch, for the cause and the juvenile humor:
Google Cardboard is teaming up with the Mattel Viewmaster for some new VR technology
And the Breakfast Club will be re released in theaters to celebrate its 30th anniversary!
The Pope was just featured in an article in Time talking about the meaning of Lent and how sacrifices and fasting should serve a greater purpose.
So, if we're going to fast from anything this Lent, Francis suggests that even more than candy or alcohol, we fast from indifference towards others.
And that's a great sentiment.
However, it comes a day after reports of his new book emerged where he compared the trans* community to nuclear bombs:
Francis claimed people who ‘manipulate’ their bodies are similar to ‘Herods’ that “destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.”
He made the comments in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, speaking out against what is known as gender theory.
“Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings,” Pope Francis stated, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
“Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.”
Big update, that has kind of been a month in the making, so here we go! Let's see what we have, first up, Surviving the World:
Speaking of Surviving the World, I was named to the Dean's List with the best codename ever: Whiskey Flower!
Last year's biggest news stories in infographics.
Because we can't possibly allow other ideas to flourish. Or have nice things.
The new Avengers Trailer:
Great piece from the Good Men Project: A letter to my boyfriend's homophobic family. Go read it.
A Fox affiliate edited a protest video to provoke anger. Who would have guessed.
Pat Robertson, astonishingly, is wrong. He thinks gays will die out since we can't reproduce. Well, we're still here, because straight people keep making us....
I'll just say thank you to the people of Portugal for this.
So, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who is under strange laws in England where they have marriage equality but are not permitted to perform them in Anglican churches, that's what happens when they'res a state religion I suppose), is refusing to say why he opposes marriage equality.
Right now, 14 Florida counties are throwing hissy fits and are refusing all marriages at courthouses so they don't have to perform same sex weddings.
And speaking of marriage equality, this is the year we've had:
And what may be the endgame for marriage equality, SCOTUS will hear the cases before the sixth circuit (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee), and we should have a ruling by the end of June. Please pardon me while I'll be nervously waiting.
A great new series of photos of LGBT life.
Did you hear about the "ex-gay" therapy billboard in Virginia? The stock model they used is gay. And not a twin.
Speaking of, want to help stop teenage LGBT suicides? Then outlaw "ex-gay" therapy.
Two pundits fighting on cable news are surprised when their mother calls in to scold them for fighting.
I might have linked this before, but it's really funny:
Ireland will be voting on marriage equality, and foes have started their lying ads already. But they have their work cut out for them, because of the massive child abuse scandal from the Catholic Church, they have lost all trust and credibility from the Irish people. And they're fighting against marriage equality, turning many citizens towards equality.
The Native American "zodiac," which I fit in very nicely a the bear (late August).
NASA made awesome travel posters for various "destinations" in the universe.
I love the word 'moist,' because everyone else seems to hate it. But here is The Oatmeal's take on it.
Twins come out to the dad, and they're an emotional wreck. You will be too. This is about right, by the way. (But it's a good video, watch it)
Finally, a good use for the Nintendo Power Glove.
My new favorite tennis match:
The Good Men Project lays out why we need to ban so called "reparative therapy." AKA, torture.
The dichotomy of being a non-media-portrayed-stereotypical gay man.
Awesome new ad from Nikon, you may remember the dads from about a year ago:
And what we've known for a long time, now with scientific backing: knowing a gay person makes you much more likely to support gay rights.
The best of Chobot from Nerdist News last year:
I've been a bit harsh on my bishop, but he impressed me with this letter.
Are the Whedon properties related? Possibly by The Slayer.
A ball pit in their house. Awesome!
Um, sadly, yes:
When you're a sitting governor and trying to insult the education plan of the President, better make sure your grammar is correct.
Really cool timeline/map of marriage equality in the United States.
This guy nails his Celine Dion cover:
Infographics about all your favorite (alcoholic) beverages
And Nerdist has a series of infographics about Disney princes (Seriously)
The best thing about the Miss Universe competition, by far. Thank you, Canada.
Hat is back, this time, gays versus lesbians:
Guaranteed there is a bunch of backlash over this: The National Institute of Health funded a study to examine Grindr behavior
The only openly gay representative in Alabama is threatening her colleagues: if they push back against LGBT legislation, she'll publicly out the ones having extra-marital affairs. Now she's getting death threats.
And asshat Sally Kern (representative in Oklahoma), even though she "totally has gay friends, you guys," pulled her "right to discriminate" bill, but still has two radically anti-gay bills pending
Mesmerizing sculptures make math beautiful!
Some of the ladies of Downton Abbey play Cards Against Humanity:
I've told some friends about these yoga mat covers, but I love them! Especially the quiver of arrows!
Really good mash-up of Star Wars and Age of Ultron
Because of Obama's executive order, ExxonMobile has finally added LGBT protections to their corporate policy, but only because they wanted to keep their government contracts (it's been a 17 year battle)
Pew Study looks at the segments of the LGBT population who oppose marriage equality. There's a lot to unpack there, I may do a separate post about it.
Whew, that's it, have a great one!
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.