Links for 2021-03-03 18-32-59

The 💉 Syringe emoji has been updated to remove the blood, allowing this existing emoji serve as a vaccination emoji in 2021.

@EvilCEOE: Instead of “anti-vaxxers” we should call them “plague enthusiasts”. (A tweet from February 2019, if you can believe it.)

Me: Sound editors need to stop using the Wilhelm Scream. It takes you out of the movie, now — we all know it too well.

When conservation groups need to transport rhinos, they typically do so by suspending them from a helicopter, upside down. (with delightful photo)

C&H: ” … I’m allergic to peanuts … ”

My aunt’s telling of how she helps teach people how to read English. It’s really a lovely story.

CPAC: Hyatt Hotels says stage design resembling Nazi rune is ‘abhorrent’

A Republican is against education bill because it’s ‘convenient for mothers to come out of the home’.

Links From 2021-02-26 20-26-25

I love how the party that portrays itself as the Christian Party of Family Values is actually worshiping a golden idol.

@acitrano: It’s almost impossible to believe [Donald Trump] exists. It’s as if we took everything that was bad about America, scraped it up off the floor, wrapped it all up in an old hot dog skin, and then taught it to make noises with its face.

It’d be interesting if Mr. Coates adapted the Earth-23 Calvin Ellis story, but, either way, I think this is surprising, and good, news.

Quote from The Americanization of Emily:

Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: We shall never end wars, Mrs. Barham, by blaming it on the ministers and generals, or warmongering imperialists, or all the other banal bogeys. It’s the rest of us who build statues to those generals and name boulevards after those ministers. The rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields. We wear our widow’s weeds like nuns, Mrs. Barham, and perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices. My brother died at Anzio … an everyday soldier’s death, no special heroism involved. But my mother insists he died a brave death and pretends to be very proud.

Mrs. Barnham: You’re very hard on your mother. It seems a harmless enough pretense to me.

Charles: No, Mrs. Barnham. No, you see, now my other brother can’t wait to reach enlistment age. It may be ministers and generals that blunder us into war, Mrs. Barnham. The least the rest of us can do is resist honoring the institution.

“I have nothing against football. It just seems very wasteful losing two hours of my life, to watch 22 millionaires on TV chasing a bag full of wind in their underwear.” – Guy Martin

broliloquy and korrigantsionnach:

I want a story about a king whose son is prophesied to kill him so the king is like “whatever what am I supposed to do, kill my own kid wtf is wrong with you” so he just raises him as normal, doesn’t even tell him about the prophecy, and instead of some convoluted twist of events that leads to the king’s murder the son grows up and when the king is very old and dying and in excruciating pain the kid is just like alright I’mma put him out of his misery.

The king’s son becomes the new king, and is prophesied to defeat evil and bring an age of prosperity. His generals and knights all crack their knuckles but he pretty much ignores them and focuses on strengthening the infrastructure of his kingdom. Forty years later he is old and sick but still hearing his subjects’ grievances, and a general’s like “how will you defeat the prophesied evil now? You’re old and weak.” Another visitor, a teenager fresh out of the kingdom’s public education system, looks at the general like he is an ignoramus. The king eradicated poverty, housed the homeless, taught the ignorant, ended class exploitation by abolishing the nobility and imprisoning the corrupt, and established a highly respected guild of doctors that recently figured out how to cure the plague. There are no brigands because there is enough wealth for everyone to live comfortably; hiding in the woods and taking trinkets from people simply doesn’t make any sense for anyone but the desperate, and the people are not desperate. Evil is a weed, explains the teenager. It grows in cracked roads and crumbling houses and forgotten corners, rooted in indifference and watered by suffering. But the king demands that broken things be mended and suffering people be made well.

No evil lives in this kingdom, says the teenager. It starved to death before I was born.

Links for 2021-02-26 17-37-51

Binary Sunset‘, covered by Laura Paley. Beautiful.

The Americanization of Emily (1964):

Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: We shall never end wars, Mrs. Barham, by blaming it on the ministers and generals, or warmongering imperialists, or all the other banal bogeys. It’s the rest of us who build statues to those generals and name boulevards after those ministers. The rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields. We wear our widow’s weeds like nuns, Mrs. Barham, and perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices. My brother died at Anzio … an everyday soldier’s death, no special heroism involved. But my mother insists he died a brave death and pretends to be very proud.

Mrs. Barnham: You’re very hard on your mother. It seems a harmless enough pretense to me.

Charles: No, Mrs. Barnham. No, you see, now my other brother can’t wait to reach enlistment age. It may be ministers and generals that blunder us into war, Mrs. Barnham. The least the rest of us can do is resist honoring the institution.

Anthony Vincent – Under Pressure.

Reunion of Momma and Puppies at the Marin Humane Society. So sweet. Momma dog is so scared until she realizes that those are her puppies, and then it’s a 180&degr; change into happy.

TNG is ‘One Hell of a’ Good Show.

Links for 2021-02-25 20-22-32

Goofy – Evanescence’s Bring Me to Life. So, so wonderfully bizarre.

Why food service workers use blue bandages. Interesting.

Can’t let that pesky democratic process actually work, you know:

Ohio lawmakers are debating a bill which would allow the legislature to strike down @OHdeptofhealth public health orders they disagree with. This ghoulish woman says that we haven’t “culled the herd” because we’re “still taking vaccines.”

Arizona Republicans propose giving lawmakers — not election officials — final review of election result.

Stephen Gruber-Miller: “The Iowa Senate has voted 30-18 along party lines to pass a bill shortening Iowa’s early voting period by days, reducing Election Day voting by an hour and creating a stricter deadline for returning absentee ballots.”

Screenwriter Bob Gale confirmed Marty McFly’s nemesis in the trilogy, Biff Tannen, was modelled on Donald Trump.

@itsJeffTiedrich: Continuing to worship the guy who lost you the House, the Senate and the presidency really is a special kind of stupid.

The Goodfellas painting — based on a 1978 photograph in National Geographic magazine of ‘river nomad’ and former banker John Weaving and his dogs Brocky and Twiggy on the Shannon.

Many long COVID survivors are feeling significantly better after receiving their first vaccine dose.

Casual. Smart casual. Business casual. Business formal. Business megaformal. Bu…

“Dozens of employers in Texas, many of them in the DallasFort Worth area, have told people who were unable to go to work or work remotely due to loss of electricity during last week’s destructive winter storm that they must consider the lost days as vacation, or otherwise go without pay.” (src)

Biden granted the emergency declaration without making fun of Texas, without bringing up the secession bill, without pointing out all the shit Cruz has said about him, and without criticizing the state’s decision to get off the national grid to evade federal regulations. He just did it. Because Texans are Americans, too. And they’re hurting, and need relief. Just to be clear.

@RBReich: If America’s distribution of income had remained the same as it was in the three decades following the second world war, the bottom 90% of Americans would now be $47 trillion richer. Tax the rich. Break up monopolies. Invest in the American people.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Blames Constituents for Giant Electric Bills. “[T]he people who are getting those big bills are people who gambled on a very, very low rate…going forward, people need to read the fine print in those kinds of bills.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders calls Walmart the United States’ “largest welfare recipient.” “Walmart made over $15 billion in profit last year alone, and yet … Walmart pays wages so low that tens of thousands of their employees are forced to rely on public assistance in order to survive.

Australia passes law to force Facebook and Google to pay for news:

[G]overnments in Australia and Europe have become more determined to force American technology giants to financially support their domestic news industries. In 2019, the European Parliament created a new “neighboring right” giving news sites the right to control the use of “snippets” in search results, and French regulators made it clear that Google wasn’t allowed to simply stop showing snippets—Google needed to cough up some cash.

TMZ: “Lady Gaga’s dogs were targeted by thieves Wednesday night … thieves who shot her dog walker and stole 2 of her French Bulldogs … law enforcement sources tell TMZ, and we’re told Gaga is offering $500,000 for the return of her dogs, ‘no questions asked.'” Kind of tone-deaf of Lady Gaga to ignore the shooting of her dog walker.

[A] cute pupper that most probably had worked as a traffic officer in one of his past lives. Meet Kupata — a dog from Georgia who turned himself into a local celebrity by helping kids safely cross the street. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Links from 2021-02-24 20-14-37

Steve Martin (before he was famous) on the Dating Game.

Maria Price La Touche, The Letters of a Noble Woman, 1908:

I am nearly driven wild with the Dorcas accounts, and by Mrs. Wakefield’s orders they are to be done now. I do hate sums. There is no greater mistake than to call arithmetic an exact science. There are Permutations and Aberrations discernible to minds entirely noble like mine; subtle variations which ordinary accountants fail to discover; hidden laws of Number which it requires a mind like mine to perceive. For instance, if you add a sum from the bottom up, and then again from the top down, the result is always different. Again if you multiply a number by another number before you have had your tea, and then again after, the product will be different. It is also remarkable that the Post-tea product is more likely to agree with other people’s calculations than the Pre-tea result.

Try the experiment, and if you do not find it as I say, you are a mere sciolist, a poor mechanical thinker, and not gifted as I am, with subtle perceptions.

(*snicker*)

Really don’t understand why the Johnson & Johnson vaccine isn’t a complete no-go. “Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was found to be 66 percent effective overall at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.” Why the fuck would I want a vaccine that, 1 time out of 3, is still going to let moderate/severe COVID through? I admit I’m not a scientist in any of the appropriate fields.

The Kitty Council.

Redwood tree canopies contain so much moisture that they support aquatic life, including water-dwelling crustaceans believed to have climbed 70 metres up the trunks from lakes below to reach their new homes.

Hedberg fans will be touched by thisJ.

John Carpenter: “I hated the Reagan years. I hated them. He destroyed unions, for one thing, and they’ve never come back like they were. I’m not saying unions are perfect but they’re necessary. And the idea of unrestrained capitalism is just bullshit and that was his thing. Just take off the restraints and the invisible hand will guide us! No it won’t! It just won’t happen that way because it doesn’t work that way, you old piece of shit!”

Links for 2021-02-23 22-54-58

Bacteria. Catchy song.

Greg Abbott, then the Texas AG, sued the EPA to avoid winterizing Texas’ power grid in 2011.

Roald Dahl’s Widow Tells BBC Charlie From ‘The Chocolate Factory’ Was Originally Black.

Saving a frozen little bird.

@JYSexton: They want you to believe America is exceptional while Americans huddle against the freezing cold in the powerless dark, beg for money for healthcare online, go without clean drinking water, and sort through trash for food thrown out of massive chain grocery stores.

jdmaccoby:

GOP: government is bad
GOP: [does a bad job governing]
GOP: see

WE! DO! NOT! TALK! ABOUT! THE! ORANGUTAN!

Into the Spider-verse animator Emma Shih shares her reference videos that helped her with the subtle performances for the movie.

Football to the head in ultra-slow-mo.

Shaxicula.

HuskMitNavn.

Giant sax bass. The sound on this is amazing.

@TheRealRynnstar: Forever wondering if I’m truly far left or if I’m just empathetic person living in a late capitalist hellscape where I get called a commie for saying “hey maybe poor people don’t deserve to starve.”

Nautilus: I am a Heroin User. I Do Not Have a Drug Problem. I couldn’t disagree with this guy more when it comes to most of what he said; he sounds like an incredibly intelligent person who is really fooling himself. That having been said, his ideas on how to avoid drug deaths are spot on. Specifically, here:

the majority of opioid deaths occur as a result of combining opioids with multiple sedatives. But there are certain opioids that do concern us if taken alone and the person isn’t aware that they have this particular opioid. Those are fentanyl and the fentanyl analogs. These drugs are a lot more potent than something like heroin, meaning they require less of it to produce the effect. Most of the public aren’t seeking fentanyl or its analogs, but people are tainting things like heroin and oxycodone pills with fentanyl or an analog.

One way to deal with this tainting, this contamination, is to have free drug-checking facilities, where people can submit samples of their drug and get a chemical readout of what is contained in the substance. That way they’ll know whether to take the substance or how much of it to take.

@RBReich: It’s a tiny window of opportunity. In only 4 of past 28 years have Dems had the presidency AND both houses of Congress. So raise minimum wage, reform labor law, expand voting rights, provide universal health care, raise taxes on the rich, and get big money out of politics. NOW!

Links for 2021-02-23 20-51-01

No, it’s not fake snow. Here’s why lighters scorch snowballs.

Nikkialiah – “Earth is Ghetto / I Want to Leave“.

Hunting the tardigrades.

It Was Agatha All Along“.

Oatmeal: Fun Facts About the Perserverance Rover.

Software keeping inmates in Arizona prisons beyond release dates.

Niagara Falls partially frozen over, with rainbow, with neat video.

Seth Meyers: Fox News Lies About the Texas Blackouts as GOP Lies About the Election.

Best way to handle a dent.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on his phone while Former Metropolitan PD Chief of Police Steven Sund testifies about violence at the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

He was such a glorious ham in this movie.

13.3% vaccinated, as of today

Great cartoon comparing our discovery of how complicated atoms really are (quarks, etc.) to how complicated sexuality really is.

The E.T. II sequel would’ve been dark.

The Great Storm, Philipp A. Urlich.

Let me [do this] so that Future-Me can easily understand it.

Links for 2021-02-21 22-58-37

Calvin & Hobbes’ Suszie Derkins plays Calvinball against Death to save her life.

Draw an iceberg and see how it will float.

Star Trek did not promise that people would magically become inherently ‘better,’ but that they would progress, always reaching for their highest potential and noblest goals, even if it took centuries of taking two steps forward and one step back. Ideally, humankind would be guided in its quest by reason and justice. The ultimate futility of armed conflict, terrorism, dictatorial rule, prejudice, disregard for the environment, and exercising power for its own sake was demonstrated time and again.” – Nichelle Nichols, Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories

Amazing little bit of dad-play.

NYT: Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction.

NYT: Pfizer’s vaccine works well after one dose, and doesn’t always need ultracold storage. “A study in Israel showed that the vaccine is robustly effective after the first shot […] Pfizer and BioNTech also announced on Friday that their vaccine can be stored at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks.”

Ted Cruz, criticizing JUST LAST MONTH someone going to Mexico during quarantine.

Ventripotent: having a large belly.

Have you heard of Mapril, June-uary, or Dark August?

The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas Interconnection was formed, amidst other reasons, to avoid having to winterize their power grid. And their problems exist because they can’t pull power from other states – see this map.

Tokyo’s Kadokawa Culture Museum Houses an Arresting Kengo Kuma-Designed Bookshelf Theater. Good lord, it’s gorgeous.

‘Something just immediately bit me in the butt’: Haines woman survives outhouse bear.