Links and Quotes for 2021-04-04 02-25-46

ringlorn: “the wish that the modern world felt as epic as the one depicted in old stories and folktales—a place of tragedy and transcendence, of oaths and omens and fates, where everyday life felt like a quest for glory, a mythic bond with an ancient past, or a battle for survival against a clear enemy, rather than an open-ended parlor game where all the rules are made up and the points don’t matter.”

The bunny equation and the first egg equation.

CNN: “Archeologists have uncovered the first known temple to the important pre-Hispanic deity called the Flayed Lord, who is represented by a human’s skinless corpse.” Yes, in the middle of a worldwide plague, archeologists disturbed the tomb of an entity known as the Flayed Lord. This … is such a wise act. :/

This editorial cartoon is such a good encapsulation of how I’ve been feeling lately.

Why we need Two Doses of mRNA Vaccine. (Rather funny, actually.)

Tiktok: Battle rapper roasted by Indian mom. 🙂

“[T]he unobservable Universe, assuming there’s no topological weirdness, must be at least 23,000,000,000,000 light years in diameter […] 15,000,000x as large as the volume we can observe […] should be significantly even bigger than that […] googols of times larger than what we can observe.”

The Mandalorian filming on a real-life holodeck

A walk in the woods

A chair made for needy pets.

Dump truck, dooby dooby, dump truck …

Gradations. Really nice video.

The Magic Gloves of Bionic Pianist João Carlos Martins.

Live footage of tractor-trailer overturning (and subsequent rescue) in 62 mph snowstorm.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly lobbied behind the scenes against the creation of the National Suicide Hotline in 2019 because it included specific support for LGBTQ people.

Husky hugging a baby.

Minimum wage would be $44 today if it grew at same pace as Wall Street bonuses.

@Ali_Davis: “One thing I’ve learned over the past year is that zombie movies don’t have enough scenes where the authorities announce that there are slightly fewer zombies but definitely still zombies out there and then a bunch of people rush out to restaurants and amusement parks.”

IvanBeefkoff: “I thought I would hug people, but a year later I want to punch them for being selfish, arrogant and lacking basic long-term thinking.”

Lester Holt:

[I]t’s become clear that fairness is overrated. Before you run off and tweak that headline, let me explain a bit.

The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in. That the sun sets in the west is a fact. Any contrary view does not deserve our time or attention. I know recent events assure that you won’t have to look far to find more current and relevant examples, I think you get my point.

Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of journalistic responsibility or some kind of an agenda. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Providing an open platform for misinformation, for anyone to come say whatever they want, especially when issues of public health and safety are at stake, can be quite dangerous.

Our duty is to be fair to the truth. Holding those in power accountable is at the core of our function and responsibility. We need to hear our leaders’ views, their policies, and reasoning, it’s really important. But we have to stand ready to push back and call out falsehoods.

this thread really makes me want to be in a relationship

u/kaden86: What’s your creepiest “glitch in the matrix” or unexplainable thing that’s ever happened to you?:

BeEccentric: My friend Sarah was in a nightclub, drunk off her face, when she got an overwhelming urge to tell a total stranger that her leg hurts (edit: it didn’t). All a bit strange, she ignores it but it doesn’t stop so she walks up to this guy and says, ‘I Know this is crazy but I’ve got a huge urge to tell you my leg hurts. I know that’s crazy, again! Sorry!’ But he bursts into tears. Turns out his dad had just died and they made a pact before that if there was an afterlife he would get a message to him saying a totally random phrase, so there could be no mistakes, which they decided was ‘I’ve hurt my leg.’

Author: wcitymike

Bookworm and amateur photographer who likes the surreal and the silly.

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