Friday Links

It’s the first Friday of 2015! I am working on a final blog post about my goals for 2014 and how they worked out. I’m also working on finalizing my goals for 2015. I know for many of my friends in wasn’t a great year, but personally, I’m pretty happy about 2014, and looking forward to an even better year going forward.

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:

Old Fashioned 101: The classic American cocktail. An awesome, single-page web site explaining the proper way to make the world’s oldest cocktail.

Twitter, LiveJournal and navel-gazing. Covers some ground I’ve written about before, but much less rambly.

Thoughts on Fathers.

4 Things That Were Supposed To Happen By 2015 Because Obama Was Reelected.

In Which John C. Wright Completely Loses his Shit over Legend of Korra.

One last buzzing beehive for 2014. A nice answer to the bigoted writer who has proclaimed, “did not call for the extermination of people, but ideas.”

‘Modern Family’ gay criticism misses mark.

INDIANA CONSERVATIVES POISED TO INTRODUCE LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE BILL.

Op-ed: We Queer Folk Have Always Been Both Black And Blue.

10 great LGBT stories from 2014.

Your biggest online security mistakes (and how to avoid them).

Ancient Trees: Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing World’s Oldest Trees.

How Amazon’s Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry.

If Protesters Are Responsible For Officers’ Deaths, So Then Are The Tea Party.

Is inclusiveness becoming the new closet?

When a Gay Man Marries a Straight Woman. The stories of people interviewed are worth reading. The author’s conclusions are a bit… well, you’ll see.

AFA’s top spokesman, thinker: Make adultery and homosexuality illegal.

NASA’s Plan For An Off-World Colony: A Floating City Above Venus.

Transgender teenager, 17, leaves heartbreaking suicide note blaming her Christian parents before walking in front of tractor trailer on highway.

DAN SAVAGE: PROSECUTE TRANSGENDER TEEN LEELAH ALCORN’S PARENTS FOR ABUSE.

This Graduate Stripped Down For All The Right Reasons.

Unconditional Love: A Missing Link for Homeless LGBTQ Youth.

Gay Black Men, It’s Time to Do Away With ‘Trade’ and Down-Low Brothers in 2015. While I agree with the idea, for a complex set of sociological and psychological reasons, I think this call will be as successful as the perennial attempts to get gay men of all races to stop having downlow relationships with politicians and the like who have anti-gay public personae/agendas.

The Saddest Thing I Know about the Integers.

Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism – My Husband’s Not Gay isn’t so much an indication that Mormonism is homophobic as it is a sign that Mormon homophobia has taken an even subtler and more pernicious turn.

The Solar System Is Slowly Re-Arranging Itself.

Judge stops short of ordering Florida clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses when ban ends.

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” – Natalya St. Clair:

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A gif set from this commercial was being shared on Tumblr, and I just had to track down the video:

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LogoTV NewNowNext blog reports: Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” has become something of an LGBT anthem, especially with its video depicting a harrowing gay-bashing and lyrics decrying religious intolerance. At a live show in Paris this month, the Irish singer-songwriter was surprised when a 20-member choir infiltrated the audience and began to sing along during “Take Me to Church.”:

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I included Hozier’s heartwrenching video in Friday links some months ago, but here it is again:

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Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian offers the Best of 2014:

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Abba – Happy New Year:

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Eli Lieb – Lightning In A Bottle:

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. I publish an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live in Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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