Links for 2021-04-28 14-01-59

Because everything.

CNN to Gov. Hogan (MD): “I keep hoping for your party to rejoin us on planet Earth – what’s going on?” There are sane Republican governors out there?

Beautiful watercolors.

In grammar, zero copula refers to the absence of an explicit auxiliary verb (usually a form of the verb be) in certain constructions where it is customarily found in standard English. Also called copula deletion or understood copula.

@PrettyBadLefty: “Some of my best ideas for leftist policies com from the irrational fears shared by conservatives on twitter, ot be honest. They be like ‘leftists want the post office to also sell weed and make mail carriers deliver it,’ and you gotta jot that down!”

List of company name etymologies.

Clueless. Cher is debating ‘whether all oppressed people should be allowed refuge in America’.

So, OK, like right now, for example, the Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?”

But it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I said RSVP because it was a sit-down dinner. But people came that, like, did not RSVP. So I was, like, totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, squish in extra place settings. But, by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier!

And so, if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians.

And in conclusion, may I please remind you that it does not say “RSVP” on the Statue of Liberty.

Alaska Airlines bans [Alaska State] Senator Lora Reinbold for her “continued refusal” to follow mask rules. “It wasn’t immediately known how Reinbold, who was in southcentral Alaska this weekend, would be able to get to Juneau where the legislative session resumes Monday. No other airline has scheduled flights between Anchorage and Juneau, and a ferry trip could take several days.”

Links for 2021-04-26 19-10-49

Superman, Future State: Superman v. Imperious Lex: “Nobody deserves mercy. That’s what makes it mercy. And every act of mercy saves the world for somebody. And sometimes, in showing mercy to others … we save ourselves as well.”

‘Friends’ theme on otamtone.

Some truly wonderful Proposed Post-Pandemic New Yorker Covers.

Euneirophrenia – the happy, relaxed state of mind when you wake up from a good dream.

Calvin’s Bath – The House of Nursery and Parents. Newborn’s first bath. So adorable.

Links for 2021-04-25 18-13-58

Beautifully bizarre “Backstreet’s Back” with an anime-girl overlay. Sound on and make sure you can see both screens. I’m kind of surprised tech is at this point — I’m falling behind, perhaps!

Cookie Monster: the Great Wave off of Cookiegawa. This curtain must be mine.

They are comparing a mild inconvenience to the ruthless slaughter of millions of people during WW2. Such a class act.

Brian Tyler Cohen: “This week, the pro-life party has thrown a fit because a cop was held accountable for murdering someone, passed bills allowing motorists to mow down protestors, and questioned the need for vaccines in the wake of 675,000 American deaths. Because … the sanctity of life.”

This page will show you — complete with an AR/Street View overlay — when satellites will be overhead.

Conservatives: “Actually, we should be able to run protesters over with our trucks. Also, I should be allowed to refuse to serve or hire gays. I want to electroshock gay teens into a hellish submission. Also, why should i have to wear a mask? I’m not old or disabled. Actually, if you think about it, should everyone be allowed to vote? Here’s why it’s good the police just murdered another child. Also … I’m afraid to say what’s really on my mind.”

Links for 2021-04-24 21-40-50


What if, in an alternate universe, there were laptops with VHS tapes?

BBC: Bureaucats: The felines with official positions.

Twitter: “During the pandemic, football teams have still had a home advantage, even though their fans aren’t around to cheer them on.”

Caitlyn Jenner Adds Celebrity to Run for California Governor. Yeah, NO.

[T]here could suddenly be a Pepsi billboard in the train station in North By Northwest or a pair of Nikes in the shop window in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. These brand images can be swapped out over time and some companies are developing technology so that the product targets individual viewers, changing brands according to who’s watching.

Last Wednesday was “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 40th anniversary of his first broadcast appearance.

@middleageriot: Donald Trump didn’t want to wear a mask, so the Republican Party helped him kill half a million people. That’s the GOP in a nutshell.

The face of a cat who has been coming to Coors Field regularly since March 2020 and just showed up to the stadium with a crowd in it for the first time.

Links for 2021-04-20 21-09-02

Queen Elizabeth, sitting alone socially distanced, at Philip’s funeral.

Big brother showing off his little sister to his classmates. VERY cute.

Larry Flynt: “People who have a nice, healthy connection to their crotch have a better connection between the head and their heart, and in a land of sexually healthy people we’d have less crime, less poverty, less divorce, less drug use-and fewer right-wing Republicans.”

They couldn’t call 911 because FedEx makes all employees lock their phones away before a shift.

The [Tennessee] bill [which passed their House, 64-23] requires parents to be warned 30 days in advance if an LGBT person/subject will be even mentioned in a Tennessee classroom, and allowed to opt-out their children.

[Florida Gov.] Desantis is signing a law today that makes 9 people standing on a street a felony, denies protestors bail, and removes civil liability for running over people during a protest. Ron Desantis is a fascist.

Police Arrested This Cop Watch Activist – But Then Recorded Themselves by Accident.

I see you.”

“Imagine if a restaurant made it their policy that customers could only order in Morse code. A lot of people would probably stop going, not because they’re incapable of learning Morse code, but because they no longer feel the restaurant is worth the time and effort it demands. Voter suppression doesn’t have to make it impossible for certain people to vote. Suppressing voters means adding hurdles that serve no purpose other than to make voting complicated and unappealing.”

Links and Quotes and Texts from 2021-04-18 02-36-16

In [Jacobson v. Massachusets, 197 U.S. 11 (1905)], the US Supreme Court upheld the Cambridge, Mass, Board of Health’s authority to require vaccination against smallpox during a smallpox epidemic.

@KevinMKruse: “There was a massive smallpox epidemic during the American Revolution. Washington quarantined the infected, refused to let people from hot spots travel to his army, and even sent a thousand soldiers to Boston to prevent the spread there.”

@fartsandwich70: “When Trump-worshippers say they would do anything for their country they really mean they won’t even do the absolutely bare minimum if it might inconvenience them in any way.”

@qikipedia: “The sugar in Coke makes it more dense than Diet Coke, which means Coke cans sink in water while Diet Coke cans float.”

Jupiter. And Saturn. And earthrise.

Werner Herzog’s Board Game Reviews.

To be credited:

Here’s how we’ll celebrate our vaccination:

  • By snuggling our baby nephew for the first time;
  • by putting our hair in a professional’s capable hands;
  • by reveling in a clear physical boundary between work and home;
  • by high-fiving a stranger;
  • by sneaking samples at the cheese counter;
  • by spending a random night in a bar with friends, taking turns picking songs on the jukebox;
  • by pretending to read inside a coffee shop when we are really just people-watching;
  • by taking to the dance floor and bumping our sweaty body against the sweaty bodies of joyful strangers;
  • by sipping a bloody mary on an airplane;
  • by smelling the hot grill at a boisterous family cookout;
  • by literally dusting off our heels and stepping out;
  • by going to CVS on a whim;
  • by signing up our kids for swim lessons;
  • by browsing for hours, everywhere and anywhere we can browse;
  • by finally gathering to grieve and honor the memory of our grandmother;
  • by finally unblocking everyone who got vaccinated long before us;
  • by wandering through an art gallery;
  • by spending time in our home alone, now that our family can be out and about safely;
  • by singing with a choir;
  • by finally meeting our new coworkers in person;
  • by unclenching our butthole;
  • by wrapping our arms very tightly around our parents and our nana and our siblings and our far-flung best friend–ALL THE CUTIES, really–because we know how lucky we are to be here and be close to one another again.

Fink’s Hoagies delivery man gets COVID-19 vaccine while on hoagie run in Philadelphia.

“Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) were the only two members of the House to vote against reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program. The life-saving program matches cord blood units and bone marrow donors to patients diagnosed with various blood diseases. A spokesperson for Greene said the bill opens the door for the NIH to study aborted fetuses, while Boebert said the program adds too much to the national debt. The bill passed by a vote of 415-2 on Thursday night, as a dozen other lawmakers did not vote on the bill.” (src)

“Since hot dogs are basically just pureed meat stuffed inside an animal intestine, a hot dog doesn’t stop being a hot dog even after we eat it, we just become the new hot dog casings and that makes us (in a way) hot dogs as well.”

Vallejo, CA Ofc. David McLaughlin attacking Adrian Burrell on his own porch for recording him. “[T]he fact that he walked away from a supposedly dangerous suspect to put a stop to any documentation of what he was about to do to him really says it all.” (more)

@RBReich: Let me get this straight: In the 1950s, corporate taxes accounted for 35% of all federal revenue. Now, they account for 7%. Yet Republicans still think corporations pay too much in taxes?

Wiegraf Folles, Final Fantasy Tactics, 1997: “If the penalty for a crime is a fine, then that law only exists for the lower class.” (paper: “A fine is a price“)

Reuters: “Of 77 million people vaccinated in the United States, there have been 5,800 such breakthrough infections, Walensky said, including 396 people who required hospitalization and 74 who died. [CDC Director] Walensky said some of these infections have occurred because the vaccinated person did not mount a strong immune response. But the concern is that in some cases, they are occurring in people infected by more contagious virus variants.”

Stephen King, The Institute, encapsulating the problem with we Americans nowadays as well: “Luke realized he wasn’t a child at all to her. She had made some crucial separation in her mind. He was a test subject. You made it do what you wanted, and if it didn’t, you administered what the psychologists called negative reinforcement. And when the tests were over? You went down to the break room for coffee and Danish and talked about your own kids (who were real kids) or bitched about politics, sports, whatever.”

Personal: Watched “Nobody” this evening. Really quite enjoyable.

The Basket Tree is pretty.

In a kiln, a set of three drooping cones can monitor the effects of temperature on the pottery items being fired:

The pyrometric cone is a small pyramidal cone made of the same materials as other ceramics, plus a bonus material called flux. It is stood up in the kiln next to the items being fired. As the cone is heated, it droops over like it’s falling asleep. When a specific temperature equivalent heatwork is reached, that cone’s tip will touch the ground.

Sinomacrops bondei, apparently evolution’s answer to the question, ‘what if frog, but also bat, but also dragon?‘” SO CUTE.

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios CEO: “We did a special shoot of Luis recapping the entire 10-year history of the MCU for San Diego Comic-Con when we announced Michelle Pfeiffer playing Janet van Dyne. I’m sure it’s around somewhere…”

This baby chimp was born with broken ribs, had pneumonia, and was abandoned by his own mother. A human couple raised him and showed him love. Today — this is how he reacts whenever he sees them.

Porcelain baby tiger. 🙂

@TheEbiraWitch: “Men’s inability to show and properly communicate their feelings and emotions does NOT make them logical. Emotion is NOT the opposite of logic. You’re NOT a logical being because you haven’t cried since you were 8.”

Woman on a Beach: “If we’re the only beings that are conscious of this universe, us looking up and appreciating it is a very good thing, right? I’m almost certain we’re the only ones. So if we’re not conscious of it, it’s meaningless, isn’t it? If we occasionally look into space and think about it, then the universe will not be lonely.”

miss-nerd-alert: “Studies were conducted where owners would listen to recordings of cats vocalizations and try to determine what the meow meant. Owners could identify what their own cat wanted (food, attention, help) based on the meow they heard, but couldn’t for other cats. Your cats aren’t just learning a new language, they straight up invent a secret code that only you understand.”

NASA’s Black Hole Field Guide:

Joke 2021-04-18

Olaf the Norseman is shopping at a supermarket when he comes across an old lady in a wheelchair, almost in tears.

“What’s the matter?” asks Olaf.

“Oh;’ sobs the old lady. “I want to have a look at the frozen puddings but, as you can see, there are three steps down into the chiller cabinets.”

“No problem,” says Olaf, lifting her onto his back. “I’ll take you.’

Olaf strolls through the chiller cabinets with the old lady on his back. She selects several puddings and puts them in the basket he is carrying for her.

At the other end the old lady’s husband is waiting with her wheelchair.

“I’d really like to thank you,” says the old lady as Olaf sets her back down in the chair, “but I don’t even know who you are!”

Olaf just waves and walks off.

“I was really worried about you,’ says the old lady’s husband. “What have you been doing?”

She replies, “Well, I’ve been through the desserts on a Norse with no name.”

Links for 2021-04-15 21-00-38

Brazil’s President Mocks Claims He’s ‘Genocidal’ While Doing Nothing About Covid-19 Killing 4,000 People a Day:

Bolsonaro filmed a YouTube video outside the presidential palace in Brasilia on Tuesday mocking claims his government’s widely lambasted response to the crisis amounted to intentional mass killing: ‘They called me homophobic, racist, fascist, a torturer and now… what is it now? Now I am… someone who kills a lot of people? Genocidal. Now, I’m genocidal.’ The next day on a visit to the southern city of Chapeco, Bolsonaro didn’t appear to be taking the matter any more seriously and continued to insist on a policy of inaction.

Howard Dean’s racist, genocidal pharma sellout:

Dean works for Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, alongside Newt Gingrich, as a ‘senior advisor’ to the firm’s lobbying arm. “…] Dean published a remarkable op-ed in Barron’s, opposing any measure to permit the world’s poorest countries to manufacture generic versions of the covid vaccines they desperately need.

Embrace the Grind:

I don’t disagree: being able to offload repetitive tasks to a program is one of the best things about knowing how to code. However, sometimes problems can’t be solved by automation. If you’re willing to embrace the grind you’ll look like a magician.

I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn’t Want:

I did not hesitate to assess whether I really wanted to spoon with him. I had no lucid thought about it at all. I simply agreed

Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus:

A molecule called pseudouridine in tRNA allowed it to evade the immune response. As it turned out, naturally occurring human mRNA also contains the molecule.

Added to the mRNA made by Dr. Kariko and Dr. Weissman, the molecule did the same — and also made the mRNA much more powerful, directing the synthesis of 10 times as much protein in each cell.

The idea that adding pseudouridine to mRNA protected it from the body’s immune system was a basic scientific discovery with a wide range of thrilling applications. It meant that mRNA could be used to alter the functions of cells without prompting an immune system attack.

Letter from Leslie Knope on Trump’s Election (2016).

Nearly 7 million Americans might not get a COVID-19 vaccine because they don’t know it’s free:

6,900,000 U.S. residents don’t plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because they’re mistakenly concerned about the cost of the shot. In reality, the U.S. government is paying for the vaccine, making it free at the point of service to all U.S. residents

The Republican Party’s Loathsome New War on Trans Kids:

A bill filed in North Carolina would require that any government agent — including teachers or any other public school officials — ‘immediately notify, in writing, each of the minor’s parents, guardians, or custodians’ if a minor exhibited ‘gender nonconformity.’ Is that boy’s hair getting a little too long? How are that girl’s jeans cut? If that bill became law, the school would have to write a letter home warning that the child is not displaying the proper gender conformity.

Police Officer Stationed in My High School:

He took me to jail where I sat for hours. My parents were on vacation, there was no one I could call. He then told me I was not under arrest but that he was trying to teach me a lesson.

Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics.