What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Linkee-poo, tell me what can I do, baby is in black, and I'm feeling blue

Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood and others discuss Orpheus in the Underworld. Yes! Also of note that's the working title of the 3rd act of the WIP. Also the start of the "never look back" meme. A radio interview on BBC4 with links to articles. Listen to it while you can. Also, much musings on the meaning and purpose of the artist, the journey of the shaman (although they don't call it that), and the reinterpretation of the myth through the ages. Also why I totally dug a part of a book by a friend that unfortunately was cut before publication, it was like this. So totally want to get the audio of this to listen many, many times in the years to come. MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE.

We're just going to leave this here. The Banksy Coke Ad, or, "People are fucking with you." As he says, "They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you."

If you've gone to some SF/F cons and wondered into the vendors' room, you've probably met Larry Smith. He's the one with the fantastic books. Apparently after attending a con he and his wife rolled their van. There's a GoFundMe page to help they get back on their feet.

The Medieval Technical Support/Help Desk video. I think this is fairly old, and I believe I linked to it before (but I also think that was a pirate copy and it got taken down). This one is from the broadcaster. Books. Whatcha gonna do. (Grokked from John)

Where 35 of your favorite fast food restaurants got their start. (Grokked from Dan)

Remember when I mentioned that suing Rolling Stone, the reporter, and the alleged victim of serial rape was a Bad Idea™? "The Department of Education found that the University of Virginia mishandled complaints of sexual violence…" Also, "The DOE also cited a 'hostile environment for the affected students' at the university, according to the release." But that investigation started before the article was published. I can't wait to see what happens to the fraternity in court. While I don't have any data, I'm guessing it won't be a good day for them when they try to prove their reputation had been damaged and the defendant's council starts introducing countervailing evidence.

Heinous fuckery. "A former hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical businessman has purchased the rights to a 62-year-old drug used for treating life-threatening parasitic infections and raised the price overnight from $13.50 per tablet to $750." And then complains that he doesn't understand what all the fuss is. Maybe not first against the wall when the revolution comes, but in the first week. (Although I've heard a report he's returned the patent to the previous non-profit owner, guess he didn't think anyone would be upset). (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Content providers fight back against ad blockers. It's an arms race (I expect ad blockers will come up with some sort of selective blocking technology). (Grokked from Dan)

There's this meme about how the Moon's gravitational pull doesn't affect the Earth (actually, it does), but now we can see in more detail how the Earth affects the Moon. The Earth is deforming the Moon, evidenced by fractures in the crust. Also, you know, tidal-locked and all (also, the Earth is increasing the orbital velocity of the Moon which is moving it into a higher orbit, and the Moon is slowing the Earth's rotational speed). (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Okay, so, some atoms can be induced into a state where they can't "tunnel." Wow. Quantum "Weeping Angels" (and yes, the article does make that comparison). Okay, fairly geeky, and I think the article broke my brain, but kewl! (Grokked from Dan)

Kim Davis speaks. That, right there, is what we call a violation of your oath of office and abdication of fiduciary responsibility. Except for the "so help me", I don't remember God in any of my (multiple) oaths of office. She has the right to believe as she does, but if that interferes with her responsibility of being Clerk, then she needs to make a choice, uphold your oath to serve or follow your God and resign your office.

Strangely enough, your viewpoint on if America has enough opportunity and equality for all depends on your race. Who knew?

The Huckleberries believes Obama is the most anti-Christian president evar. Nobody tell him about Jefferson's Qur'an. His head might explode.

Ben Carson was dis-invited from speaking at a Southern Baptist conference because of his religion (Seventh Day Adventist). Irony.

Tweet of my heart: @TeaPartyCat BREAKING: Koch brothers petition Supreme Court to reverse Citizens United “before we squander all our money on losers like Scott Walker.” (hat tip to Dan who pointed it out)

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