Links for 2021-04-04 22-29-33

The Galactic Federation interviews Earth for membership.

How Mad Magazine Changed Comedy and Angered the FBI.

The Swiss Army are going to trial issuing female soldiers with women’s underwear instead of men’s.

Queer Aunt’s Collective.

So as far as I can tell, this awesdome thing is called a HiSea HDPE plastic floating walkway.

Soccer tournament bans 8-year-old girl’s entire team because she ‘looks like a boy’. This kind of crap …

The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season Two.

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.’

Links for 2021-04-03 21-06-47

Ars Technica: “About 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine were ruined […] Johnson & Johnson had partnered with Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture the active ingredient of its vaccine. But according to two US officials who spoke with Politico, workers at the West Baltimore facility mixed up the ingredients in Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine with those for a different coronavirus vaccine. Emergent BioSolutions is also a manufacturing partner of AstraZeneca, according to The New York Times, which first reported the problem.” Oh, that’s good. Glad they’ve got the opportunity to significantly screw up multiple types of vaccines, not just one.

Ars Technica: “A Supreme Court ruling today in favor of Facebook limits the reach of a 1991 US law that bans certain kinds of robocalls and texts. The court found that the anti-robocall law only applies to systems that have the ability to generate random or sequential phone numbers. Systems that lack that capability are thus not considered autodialers under the law, even if they can store numbers and send calls and texts automatically.” Motherfucker. Although, frankly, it appears to be Congress’ fault: from Sotomayor’s opinion: “Congress defined an autodialer in terms of what it must do (‘store or produce telephone numbers to be called’) and how it must do it (‘using a random or sequential number generator’).”

CBR: [That ’70s Show] “originally had 30 working titles, but three of them stood out among the rest: Teenage Wasteland, The Kids Are Alright and Feelin’ All Right. These working titles captured That ’70s Show‘s vibe a lot better and would have allowed for more flexibility with its timeframe.”

So if you do an exaggerated pout, under your lip, there is a little ball of muscle that stands out. That ball is called the mentalis muscle. h/t Hank Green

A chair made for needy pets.

Dump Truck – Parry Gripp.

GRADATIONs.

Julie Andrews Reveals How They Pulled off That Iconic Sound of Music Scene

Magic Gloves of Bionic Pianist João Carlos Martins.

Wind storm tips over tractor-trailer.

Links for 2021-03-31 17-00-26

Amazon’s tweets were so aggressive that one of the company’s own security engineers filed a support ticket—titled “Suspicious activity on @amazonnews Twitter account”—that aired concerns about whether the posts were evidence of the company’s Twitter account being hacked.

The [U.S. Strategic] Command’s Twitter manager, while in a telework status, momentarily left the Command’s Twitter account open and unattended. His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet. Absolutely nothing nefarious occurred, i.e., no hacking of our Twitter account. The post was discovered and notice to delete it occurred telephonically.

Do not taunt the happy fun Border Patrol.

The GOP is evidently now fixating on “defeating” vaccine passports (DeSantis, Taylor Greene). Because God forbid we get out of this pandemic safe and sound.

The Bloomberg Terminal is like the Batsuit: I wouldn’t wear it to a party, but there’s nothing else I’d rather wear if I wanted to wake up feeling like I could save Gotham City.

Here’s an F-16 doing a Max Climb.

Really interesting illustration.

This poor momma bear is trying so hard to get the kids across the street

Omega Mart: you have no idea what’s in-store for you

Links for 2021-03-29 21-07-16

“Once more, let me remind you what fascism is. I need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt. Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.” – Tommy Douglas

RIP Medical Debt.

Today, Boston Dynamics’ quest for commercialization continues with the announcement of a second commercial robot, “Stretch,” a box-moving bot designed to meet the demands of warehouses and distribution centers. (Video.) I think this is neat, but I also think the more advancement they and others do, the more a need grows for UBI. We are eventually going to eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Google Translate is evidently very gender-biased when it comes to translating Hungarian’s gender-neutral pronouns.

@marinadove_: Big Bird has forward facing eyes suggesting he is a predator.

@mwiyas: The notion that future is a commons, and one that is best cared for in the present is both fantastically thrilling and nerve wracking. Stewardship of the future is one of those things that’s non-deferrable. You carry the yoke, now, today. You build it now, today. Thrilling because each days efforts compound. Eventually leading to a better future. Nerve wracking because deferring progress also compounds; building a inactivity debt that requires a lot more effort to undo before any progress can be achieved. Everything compounds.

The medlar … or “open-arse” … fruit, only edible when rotten.

Bread butts!

Mother Hen Shelters Three Kittens.

Baby Wakes Up Happy and Smiles While Being Unswaddled After Nap.

New theory suggests large blobs of material in Earth’s mantle are remnants of protoplanet Theia.

It is insane to me that a state legislator can be arrested for “felony obstruction” by “knowingly and intentionally did by knocking the governor’s door during session of singing a bill.” [sic] Rep. Park Cannon knocked on Gov. Kemp’s door while he was signing the racist travesty of a voting restrictions bill. That is not any sort of crime, let alone a felonious one.

Real Images from the Solar System!

Lord of the Rings‘ publisher is now owned by News Corp.. Oh, joy.

Key & Peele: You Can’t Fight a Guy with a Baby.

Links for 2021-03-27 22-09-22

In an alternate universe, if you’re giving up meat during Lent, you order a Hula Burger from McDonald’s.

How the COVID19 vaccine actually works: “fork hands?”. (Funny.)

Daddy shaved his beard and the twins do NOT like it. But what’s cute and kinda sweet is how one twin puts a protective arm out in front of the other.

Caitlin J. Stout:

A friend asked the other day what percentage of people I went to youth group with “deconstructed” and what percentage remained evangelical. As I thought about it, I realized that for the most part it was the kids who took their faith the most seriously who eventually walked away.

Those of us who tearfully promised that we would follow Jesus anywhere eventually followed him out the door. The Queer kids, more than anyone, learned exactly what it meant to work out our faith with fear and trembling.

They told us to read the Bible and take it seriously and then mocked us for becoming “social justice warriors.”

Now they’re warning us not to deconstruct to the point of meaninglessness.

But they took a chisel to God until he fit in a box. They deconstructed the concept of love until it allowed them to tolerate sexual abuse, celebrate white supremacy, and look away from kids in cages.

Some of us got to where we are because we took it all to heart. We took the most foundational elements of our faith to their natural conclusions. Folks who deconstruct evangelicalism aren’t drop-outs; they’re graduates.

Kitten zoom so hard they actually drift. (Sound on.)

Sebastian Murdock at now-BuzzFeed’s HuffPost: “There’s no way they can make the password ‘spring is here!!’ and then like, fire us all lol.” Narrator: Later …

I am not suiciadl, but I certainly empathize with the sentiment:

It’s been a year. Over half a million dead. And people are still acting like fucking assholes. So the people who are doing the right thing have to do the right thing even longer, while we watch everyone flaunt the rules and mock those of us who actually care. When I was suicidal, people told me I was selfish and I had to stay alive for the sake of other people. So I did. Now I’m in a world of selfish people, and death means nothing anyone.

BALL? BALL. BALL. GET BALL MOMMY, I FETCH.

The instant conversion to KittyProtecSelf mode. So cute!

What I did not know: “Tortoise shells have nerve endings and are sensitive to the slightest touch.” So: “This tortoise at Badger Run Wildlife Rehab loves to feel her shell scratched, so a kind volunteer made her a scratching device.

Cat: I. Am. Getting. Out. Of. This. Thing.

“Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the development of a tactile military code that would allow his soldiers to communicate silently at night without requiring a light source. The same system was later perfected by 12-year-old Louis Braille while he was still a student at France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth.”

Soda cans have a plastic liner. Wanna see it?

Dave Grohl’s young daughter: “You said we’d go swimming.

British people reacting to American pharmaceutical ads during the Harry/Meghan interview.

The so-called “Pastor” Greg Locke, Mar. 7: “800+ people at church this morning. No masks, no temperature checks, no social distancing and no apology.

[Soccer ball] to the face 1000x slower.

When a string snaps mid-performance – Kristine Balanas, Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante No. 1.

Links for 2021-03-27 17-47-27

Meet Mr. Murderbritches.

Every time you try and go on a website.

Fictional planets – size comparison.

Basically, doctors bled George Washington to death as a cure for the sniffles.

Now, Virginians have asked for it back repeatedly, saying ‘it’s our heritage.’ But the response from the Minnesota Historical Society has basically been, as @dadhoc has summed it up, “to us, this is the legacy of 215 men who were killed or wounded in the preservation of the Union. What, exactly, is its legacy to you?”

Remember Joxer on Xena? He’s Sam Raimi’s brother.

Lola Bunny and the dewlap.

So basically Georgia is becoming an oligarchy:

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a major power grab on Thursday on a party-line vote that would remove Raffensperger as the chair and a voting member of the state election board, which oversees the certification of elections and voting rules, and instead allow the GOP-controlled legislature to appoint a majority of the board’s members, including the chair.
[…]
The state board, in turn, would have extraordinary power under the bill to take over county election boards it views as underperforming, raising the possibility that elections officials appointed by and beholden to the heavily gerrymandered Republican legislature could take over election operations in Democratic strongholds like Atlanta’s Fulton County, where Trump and his allies spread conspiracy theories about “suitcases” of ballots being counted by election officials in November after GOP poll monitors had left.

Georgia bans giving water to voters in line under sweeping restrictions.

Links from 2021-03-27 16-40-27

I learned something with this video: “Why You Can’t Compare COVID-19 Vaccines“.

I hadn’t realized what was ‘magic’ about the size of A0-A6 (metric paper) — that they are constantly the same shape. One of these days the U.S. really need to go metric, when we’re a little less stupid. The video is actually a kind of cool update to the infamous “Powers of Ten” video.

Star Wars TV spot while film was in theaters: “Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. In love.

Wow. I hadn’t realized this until seeing this photo, but Sebastian Stan (Bucky in Captain America) really is a dead ringer for early Mark Hamill.

If you slice off a hair from someone with uncombable hair syndrome and look at the cross-section, it’s not round. Instead, the hair is either triangular or pinched in the middle like a kidney bean. These irregular shapes mean that the hair doesn’t lie flat, cannot in fact lie flat.

On a sign: “Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. It means that I understand your choice is none of my damn business. I will always fight for your right to choose.”

New Zealand Approves Paid Leave After Miscarriage. I need to move to New Zealand. They really seem to be better aligned with my social sensibilities of what’s right and wrong.

@poggs: I don’t know who needs to hear this, but your choice to give up the last ≅11 months of your regular life, being careful and socially distancing, could very well be the reason somebody else is alive today – and it will *always* have been worth it.

@WHCOS: Nine weeks ago, 8% of people over 65 had gotten their first COVID shot. (People over 65 account for 80% of COVID deaths.) Today, that number is over 70%. In nine weeks.

@AOC on abridged payrolls while CEOs take excessive bonuses even if their company fails: “I am sick and tired of seeing powerful people with both hands deep in the cookie jar turn around and tell people there’s nothing in there for them or our country’s future. It’s rank hypocrisy and corruption. Incompetence at best. We shouldn’t tolerate it.”

Her reply is just *chef’s kiss*:

Forbes: DC Films still doesn’t know what to do with Superman, the studio reportedly is unsure how to make the character “relevant to modern audiences”.

@Grace_Segers: Yeah, there really is no way to make the story of a space refugee adopted by farmers in Middle America who later becomes a journalist and a hero focused on righting injustices and thwarting the schemes of a selfish billionaire relevant to modern times.

Andrew P. Street:

[Brian Eno’s] daughters listened to stuff from all sorts of eras without any idea of genre or timeline or context because it was all equally available to them. As he put it, everything was present.

And I think that’s the big difference in the last decade or so of pop culture: we now accumulate stuff rather than replace it. Instead of The Office being a sitcom people remember from a decade ago, it’s a show they’re watching now. There’s new pop culture, but it has to elbow for room amongst humanity’s vast back catalogue.

And because everything is present, everything is necessarily judged against the standards of the present. So where once you’d only see, for example, an episode of the Muppets if you knew what it was and sought it out, now it’s just something popular on Disney+ that anyone can stumble over and go “um, why is Johnny Cash flanked by Confederate flags? I didn’t know he was a white supremacist!”

And, friends, THAT is why we’re getting disclaimers on shows or letting old children’s books go out of print: not because people are oversensitive or hysterical or stupid, but because society changes and pop culture used to keep pace with that, but now that everything remains accessible we interact with our cultural past differently.

@KenyonLaing: Just to confirm… everyone feels tired ALL the time no matter how much sleep they get or caffeine they consume, but also has trouble falling asleep / is constantly hungry but also nauseous with acid reflux / spends every second working or cleaning yet nothing gets accomplished?

Links for 2021-03-26 21-39-26

This Guy’s Simple Explanation Of What The Division Sign Actually Represents Is Blowing A Lot Of People’s Minds.

Question: Would you mind putting on a mask for us?
Ted Cruz: Yeah when I’m talking to the TV camera, I’m not going to wear a mask.

Ornithopter, powered by rubber bands.

The National Rifle Association bragged that it helped block a ban on AR-15s and high-capacity magazines in Boulder, Colorado. Days later, a gunman reportedly armed with an AR-15 killed 10 people at a Boulder grocery store.

[CDC Director] Walensky pleaded with Americans—however weary they are—to keep wearing well-fitting masks, social distancing, and avoiding travel and large crowds as vaccinations continue. So far, more than 48 million people have been fully vaccinated in the country, which is only about 15 percent of the population.

I really, really love Jen Psaki. She’s so good at this.

That Zoom Call with the Lawyer-Cat, Explained | The New Yorker – YouTube. Amazing bit of research into the origin of the software … and even the kitten got ID’d.

Animation of Asteroid Apophis’ Close Approach with Earth in 2029

Georgia governor signed a voter suppression law under a painting of a slave plantation.

Links for 2021-03-25 14-52-26

This poster art of figures like Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor (and Leeloo) is amazing.

Why you can’t compare Covid-19 vaccines.

A “Supercalafajalistickespeealadojus” song predates Mary Poppins, but the word predates that by two decades.

Kevin MacLeod – ‘Monkeys Spinning Monkeys’.

Tomorrow is a Place, Sanna Wani.

In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.

Weren’t you the 13-year-old in 13 Going on 30?

A man named Karp married to a woman named Fishel found shrimp tails in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The cereal was purchased from the Costco on Topanga Canyon Blvd, and his wife played Topanga in Boy Meets World. Meanwhile, Karp used to be a guest on Pistol Shrimp Podcast.

We’re done with Plague 1, now see Plague 2: the Locust Swarm (Brood X).

Neural Networks Create a Disturbing Record of Natural History in AI-Generated Illustrations: Our visual cortex recognizes the textures, but the brain is simultaneously aware that those elements don’t belong to any arrangement of reality that it has access to.

Does Robert E. Lee High School have a racism problem?

Trucks without brakes | Runaway truck ramps