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?
That's it for now, have a great one!
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!
Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!
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):
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!
Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter of "Milk" and boyfriend of Tom Daley (not really important, they're just cute together), was recently asked to speak at his alma mater's graduation.
However, once they realized there naked pictures of him on the internet, they rescinded the offer, citing their previous sex scandals and not wanting to draw attention to those issues. Well, guess that backfired, since now it's back in the forefront of everyone's mind.
We're quickly getting to the point where no one running for political office won't have naked pictures somewhere on the Internet. Teenagers (and adults) have cell phones with cameras, it's going to happen.
The pictures were lifted off Black's ex-boyfriend's computer, and he won in court after suing them, because of how they were procured.
But Black hits back, and his response is eloquent:
For too long now I’ve sat silent on this issue. That ends here and now and with this sentence: I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer...
And yes, we were doing what gay men do when they love and trust each other, we were having sex. I have never lied about my sexuality. If you invade my privacy, this is what you will find. I have sex. It brings me joy, fosters intimacy and helps love grow. I hope anyone reading this can say the same for themselves and for their parents...
With this cruel act, PCC’s Administration is punishing the victim. And I ask you this: If I was a heterosexual man or woman with this same painful injury in my past, would PCC’s Administration still be rescinding such an honor?
I think it's a good response, and it's nice to see. I hope it makes other organizations think twice about things like this in the future.
All my best,
Geoffrey McGrath, along with other adults, started a Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop at the Rainer Beach United Methodist Church, an inner-city church in Seattle.
This church had never had Scouting units before, and they quickly signed up 15 youth between the two, most of them kids who had never had any experience with the Scouts. The kids like the camping, and programs and the community service opportunities.
McGrath is a gay man (we're friends on Facebook through our work with Scouts for Equality and I've been living vicariously through him and his husband's pictures from their recent trip to Italy), and RBUM knew this. And was happy to have him.
The national BSA office revoked his membership, but he continued to work with the kids, refusing to let the units fold, lest the kids not have a chance to experience the program.
Well, on (Good) Friday, national revoked the charters from the church, because the church refused to kick out McGrath.
Yes, you read that right, national decided that those fifteen youth, those two units (it's all about the numbers, believe me), should all be kicked out, because they want to discriminate against one gay man, even after the city council and mayor of Seattle (which I believe includes the President of the Board of the Chief Seattle Council) sent a letter to national taking them to task for revoking McGrath's membership.
The story exploded on Facebook, was picked up by news outlets all over the country, including Time Magazine.
In the meantime, Pack and Troop 98 are now working to find another program (since they aren't allowed to use the BSA program, advancements or uniforms), and they are looking into if they can transfer into other units.
Most people realize that this adult policy will not be around for much longer. This is going to be looked back as one of the ugliest incidents BSA every choreographed.
All my best,
Today, the ACLU announced that they submitted a motion for the trial for marriage equality in Pennsylvania to move it to summary judgement. Basically what that means is both sides have agreed that the case can be decided by the judge on the briefs submitted. No witnesses, although the judge may decide to ask for opening statements.
This moves up the entire timeline. The deadline to appeals to the motion are due by May 12, so anytime after that date, we could have a decision from the judge. Originally arguments were set to take place in June, so this really is moving things up significantly.
As of right now, marriage equality is batting 1,000 since the Supreme Court decisions last summer, but every single time a stay has been issued.
So, my thinking is now that we'll have a decision by the end of May, a stay, and hopefully a failed appeal by the end of the summer.
The other side of the coin, Corbett, who is in a precarious position for his reelection could choose not to appeal. I think he will appeal, but he may want to try to gain some votes, even at the expense of losing some of his base. If that is the case (which again, I don't think will happen), most likely some right-wing group will try to swoop in and claim standing to keep the appeal going. If that happens, my guess is it will take a while for the courts to decide if they have standing or not, further delaying the process.
Anyway, if you want to read more, the ACLU of Pennsylvania has an FAQ here.
All my best,
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!
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!
One of my yearly posts, just remember, if you can't laugh with your religion, you're doing it wrong.
Happy Easter everyone!