"To outside eyes, the struggle over the Hugo can be confusing. It involves the arcane details of a complex nomination procedure, and factions with names like Sad Puppies 3 and Rabid Puppies. But the ruckus makes a lot more sense in the context of science fiction's historical lack of diversity, and there's perhaps no better illustration of that problem than the career of Samuel R. Delany." History may not repeat, but it sure as heck rhymes. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)
Galaxy Quest moves forward as a TV show. I think something got lost in the translation. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
The jeweled skeletons of European Catholicism. This is something that sets my dials to 11. Plus, the Smithsonian article accompanying the photos is fantastic and a really good introduction to this macabre artwork, why it was done, the trade in relics, and what these skeletons meant to the people who purchased and revered them. I personally love the tail of church psychics dowsing catacombs for saints and martyrs. (Grokked from Merrie Haskell)
And so it goes. An interview with Caitlin Doughty of Ask a Mortician and angel of the Good Death. (Grokked from John Scalzi)
World's largest USB drive (video). Just in case you lost the wonder over your smart phone. Remember, kiddies, you weren't the first generation to use computers. Ah, hardware from when we all wore bearskins and used flint knives. (Grokked from John)
Behold, the genius behind the aluminum beverage can. (Grokked from Dan)
The changing face of palm oil production.
Normal children who are very comfortable and at ease – in Western Art History. Might be slightly NSFW due to penises (penii?). Here's the weird part, there are even stranger things out there (he said with 24 credits hours of art history and a love of museums and old etchings). (Grokked from Maureen Johnson)
"Calling the situation 'a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurring over an extended period of several years,' the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has traced eight related cases of Listeria: five in Kansas and three in Texas. Those cases span a time period from 2011 to 2015." Good thing we have a slate of presidential candidates pledged to reduce business regulation and government over site. After all, we don't need the government involved in business. "'All eight case patients are adults, and three deaths have been reported from Kansas,' the FDA says." I mean, it's only Listeria. Note this has been going on for four years, and it's only now we have Blue Bell recalling all their products. But the worst part isn't in the story. With all those factories idle waiting for cleanup and recertification, all those people on the shop floors are out of work.
You'd think they would be a little more circumspect about showing their true natures so early in the electoral process.
Christ would not vote to raise the minimum wage. Wow. Such ignorance. Much stupidity. This is a prime example of how people read the Bible and only see what they want to. Donny Boys quotes Matthew 20: 1-15 (which he miss marks, BTW), but misses entirely what this story is about by leaving off the first and last lines of this parable. This is a story about how people can gain the Kingdom and has nothing to do with pay issues. "'Or are you envious because I am generous?' 16 'So the last will be first, and the first will be last.'" He also entirely misses the context of this story by ignoring Matthew 19 where Jesus is discussing how to obtain the Kingdom. It's a story telling people not to be dicks to late comers to the Word, because all will receive entrance into the Kingdom because God is generous. Also in the previous chapter is where Jesus states that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle that it would be for a rich man to enter heaven. "Jesus answered, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'" Hey, Donny, have you done as the Christ commands you? But then he completely misses that it's John the Baptist speaking in Luke 3:14, not Jesus. And also, two lines before John admonishes the crowd, "'Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same'" which completely contradicts Donny's statement about how rich people with money don't owe anyone a job. Seriously, Don, go back to Bible School with the 3rd graders, 'cause you didn't learn the first time. Also, follow Wheatons Law, "Don't be a dick." (Grokked from Vince O'Connor)