Friday Links (holiday weekend edition)!

asipf1It’s Friday! The final Friday in November! Where did the year go? Seriously, where did it go!?

Because we’re traveling this week, and my schedule has been disrupted in ways in addition to the traveling, et cetera, this week’s links are a little shorter than usual.

Anyway, here is a collection of news and other things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

That Girl Who Dies: Fridging, Feminism, Writerly and Readerly Doublethink, and Spoilers for Unmade (and oddly.. Little Women and Narnia…). And it’t not what you think… well, it’s partly what you think but… oh, it’s so complicated!

First published a couple years ago, but worth a read: No, you’re not entitled to your opinion.

The Secret Life of Passwords: We despise them – yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams, our dearest memories, our deepest meanings. It is a beautiful article, illustrated with beautiful animated graphics, and definitely worth your time.

Retina OSX on the Original Macintosh. Very cute!

Compassion is painful. That’s how you know it’s working.

Bob McCulloch Is A Lying, Slimy, Arrogant Tool Who Gave A Masterful PR Performance.

2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Uncovered In Turkey Before Being Lost To Flooding.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Loses, Again, In Appeal Trying To Intervene In Oregon’s Marriage Case (where marriage equality has existed for six months).

Philae: The bouncing baby space probe that gave itself another chance.

Good Police vs Bad Police. A friend said this much better than I could.

Why I Want Pope Francis to Write the Requiem for Gabriel Fernandez, the Boy Slaughtered by His Parents for Appearing Gay.

B3eJR2RIgAAsSrCReaders Push Lucie’s Place Fundraiser Past Its Goal. So, because the Duggars donated $10,000 to the campaign to stop a gay rights bill in Arkansas, recorded a nasty robo-call about it, and have been drumming up hysteria at anti-gay rallies, one blogger begged his readers to make a small donation to a homeless youth center that tries to make a safe place for LGBT kids, and other bloggers amplified the signal. In less than 24 hours more than $20,000 was donated to Lucie’s Place. So let me take this moment to urge you, whereever you are, to donate some money to a local youth homeless shelter, such as Lucie’s Place (, the Ali Forney Center ( or YouthCare (

How could they? How could we?.

Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Let’s be writing buddies!

Just Dance 2015 – Xmas Tree – Bollywood Santa – 5 Stars (Thanks{?} to Shockwave for the link):

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Pastor Manning Discusses Semen (parody… sort of):

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How to Talk To Your Kids About Gay Country Musicians:

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Frente! – Bizarre Love Triangle:

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Best Snow News Bloopers EVER:

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PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – GAGARIN (the grooviest music video of the year):

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