And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Linkee-poo ain't gettin' nuthin' for Xmas, 'cause it ain't been nuthin' but bad

Hope you have a marvelous Xmas, if you're so included to celebrate and observe it.

Santa shot in the back with a pellet gun. Why we can't have nice things. (Grokked from Tania)

Fifty of the worst and weirdest nativity sets. Included mostly for the cement duck set. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Want to boost your understanding of Old English? This has been a banner year for you, then, with the digitization of many ancient texts. The latest is The Vercelli Book. (Grokked from Dr. Doyle)

Irene Gallo and picturing the Solstice. It seems strange, but I've seen a number of these in person. Also, more polar bears than you can shake a stick at.

"Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn't even read the whole thing. It doesn't want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform." Generation X is sick of your bullshit. (Grokked from AbsoluteWrite)

It's not pretty when a web server cries. Hahahaha (Grokked from the Slactivist)

First they lift the dinosaur tails from the dust and make them move fast, and now Neanderthals have hyoid bones. The hyoid is a free floating bone in your neck which enables human-like speech. It also is (for those people writing mysteries) the tell-tale sign of strangulation when it is broken. It's very delicate, so it's no wonder for all this time we thought they didn't have it. Sigh. Next you're going to tell me the world ain't flat. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The people of Iceland want you to know it was environmentalists who saved the lava fields, not the elf-lobby. (Grokked from Patrick Nielsen Hayden)

Curing the common cold. Or not. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Hmm, this Duck Dynasty Disaster is beginning to look interesting. First, it's exposing both the crafted lies and manipulation that is reality programming. If you want the quick primer, see the comparison photo midway down of the boys before the TV show, and the boys after the TV show. Very telling. And the fight doesn't seem to be going down. And it's exposing the cancer that is eating America from the inside out. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

And speaking of racism as the continuing root of many social problems, the Republican Party and Conservatives continue to back the wrong horse. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Hiring a hit man. In case you ever wondered where all those people being arrested for hiring hit men come from.

About that Target data theft, "'The most infuriating thing about this massive carelessness with customers' data, he says, is that the technology to prevent such data theft already exists and is being used in most other countries." Which we could all use here, if it weren't for the Satan lurking in the technology. No, really. I wish I could make that up.

"I grew up in a middle-class America where we pretty much knew life was an escalator. You got on the bottom step and if you behaved yourself, paid your dues, went to work, worked hard, you'd end up at the top of the escalator. And I think that escalator's broken now. It's a tougher scramble." The NPR series on the decline of the middle class.

"Behold, an anti-Obama smear so silly, even the NRSC’s Brad Dayspring and his team couldn’t muster the will to defend it." My guess is that dog didn't hunt, and so didn't pull in enough outraged contributions. So in a business move, they just forgot all about it. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Hey look, there actually is a climate change conspiracy. Unfortunately for the conservatives it's on their end. Yea, lots of money helping to skew the debate on the side of "oh, no, nothing to worry about." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Also, last November was the hottest in 134 years. And before you ask, "There were no parts of the world with record cold temperatures last month, but parts of Australia and North America were cooler than average." (Grokked from the Slactivist)

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