Friday Links! (Including Ed Sullivan!)

Here’s a collection of news and other things that struck me as worthy of being shared:

Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People.

The 6 Male Characters Women Never Get to See in Movies.

One in four Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun.

Chalk up 3 more lives decimated by anti-gay “Christianity”.

Tea Partier Chides Obama For Cuts To Medicaid For Which He Personally Voted THREE Times .

Prosecutor Told Mother Of Five Year Old Rape Victim ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

Guardian mistakenly outs Patrick “Picard” Stewart as gay – he’s not. I just loved Sir Patrick’s responses on twitter.

Study: Homophobia takes 2.5 years off [the bigot’s] life.

STUDY: LGB INDIVIDUALS IN ANTI-GAY AREAS DIE 12 YEARS EARLIER. Note: showing it’s the anti-gay bias that is the problem…

Group claims study shows that family-friendly movies are beating out sex and violence; counts Fast and Furious 6 as “family friendly”.

National Review Is To The Right Of The Kansas GOP.

Cardinals Start To Copy Pope’s Simple Style.

Sex Is Not an ‘Economy’ and You Are Not Merchandise.

Religious Liberty Or Anti-Gay Animus?. Money quote: “…with devout Catholics, the acid test is divorce. The bar on divorce – which, unlike the gay issue, is upheld directly by Jesus in the Gospels – is just as integral to the Catholic meaning of marriage as the prohibition on gay couples. So why no laws including that potential violation of religious liberty? Both kinds of marriage are equally verboten in Catholicism. So where is the political movement to insist that devout Catholics do not have to cater the second weddings of previously divorced people? … Do we enshrine the right of, say, an Orthodox Jewish hotel-owner to discriminate against couples who might be inter-married across faiths?”

Google Offers a Guide to Not Being a ‘Creepy’ Google Glass Owner. So, so many straight lines in this one…

The Semicolon Is the Perfect Punctuation for the Digital Age.

An octopus steals his video camera and swims off with it:

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Annie Feat. Bjarne Melgaard, “Russian Kiss” (Part of the proceeds from the song will go to the gay rights advocacy non-profit All Out):

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If you have somehow managed to miss the Guardian’s of the Galaxy trailor:

When I first heard they were adapting this Marvel comic as a movie, I was confused as to how it could possibly work. The problem was that I was thinking of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book as published from 1969-95, which was a weird sort of resistance group made of of characters that had originally appeared in one-shot Marvel sci-fi titles of the 50s and early 60s, each of whom was the last survivor of a planet that had been destroyed by a n alien empire. I didn’t realize that in 2008 Marvel gathered a bunch of odd characters from some of their weirder 70s sci fi titles and created a very different group of misfits that seems to share more than a bit in common with the crew of both the Farscape and Serenity. Anyway, now that I know which characters they’re going with (and these guys were all involved in fighting Thanos, who was the “mysterious” bad guy in the after credit sequence of The Avengers), it makes a whole lot more sense. (And how can you go wrong with the Blue Swede cover of “Hooked on a Feeling”???)

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Speaking of Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling,” here’s a blast from 1974:

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The original was a hit in 1968 by B.J. Thomas (and yes, yes, I’m old enough to remember that, too). The only videos I found of him singing are from much more recent shows where he looks he doesn’t look quite as ancient as I feared. However I found this awesome clip from the Ed Sullivan Show, 1969, of B.J. Thomas singing his much bigger hit. And you really ought to watch it. Put up with the very cheesy background choregraphy, because a bit after the 2:00 minute mark it gets too silly:

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2 thoughts on “Friday Links! (Including Ed Sullivan!)

  1. I love love love love **love** the Cracked article, “The 6 Male Characters Women Never Get to See in Movies.” ❤ Just this morning, I was remembering a Cynthia Heimel article about how boring women characters are in movies. An article from the 1980s. It's 2014. We've come so far.

    SO commented on The Guardians of The Galaxy trailer yesterday:
    “When I first saw that, I thought, ‘They do know there was this really goofy comic of the same name, righ– OH.”

    1. You need to tell SO that the originally filmed (but never used because it was leaked) after credits sequence of Iron Man 3 was originally going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in.

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