Friday Links (angry owl edition)

Screenshot from msnbc video.
Screenshot from msnbc video.
It’s Friday! The third Friday in May. My how the time files.

Anyway, here is a collection of some of the things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared. Sorted into categories with headings so you can skip more easily:


Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine.

Images: Uncovering the Colossal Dreadnoughtus Dinosaur.

Left-handed cosmic magnetic field could explain missing antimatter.

Writing and speaking come from different parts of the brain, study shows.

Early European may have had Neanderthal great-great-grandparent.

Our Galaxy Could be Mixing With Andromeda’s Supersized Halo.

5 Roman Inventions You Probably Take For Granted.

Weird political news:

Idiot Tennessee Rep Knows All The Christians Are Being Holocausted, Just Can’t Say Where.

Warning, Austin: Your Female City Councilors Will Talk a Lot, Hate Math.

Jon Stewart destroys Fox News scrooge Varney: ‘How f*cking removed from reality’ are you?

Texas Lawmakers Are Getting Ready To Defy The Supreme Court On Marriage.

Anti-Gay Activist Admits Her Testimony To Senators On Texas Anti-Gay Bill Was False.

Democrats demand probe into discrimination against Jews, gays on Middle Eastern airlines.

Evangelicals’ claims of conservative supremacy are overstated — and misread America’s religious landscape.

News for queers and our allies:

In Elementary School, I Was an Effeminate ‘Honey child’.

The Queer Cripple and the Body Conundrum.

Rush Limbaugh Tells Businesses To Blame Anti-Gay Bigotry On Muslims.

Dell Urges Texas Lawmakers To Stop Anti-Gay Marriage Bill.


High School Wrestling Champ Quells Bi Rumors: “I’m Not Bisexual…I’m Gay.

Some LGBT residents critical of Utah’s new anti-discrimination law. When half the law is exemptions, it ought to be everyone who is unhappy… (except the bigots, of course)

LGBT’s: Don’t Forget Riots Are What Got Us Here.

Gay couples are facing pressure to get married from their employers.

Yes, There Are A Lot More Gay Christians Than You Probably Think.

Gay rights supporters score two victories in conservative Arkansas.

Why Tim Cook Should Threaten to Shut Down Apple Campus Amid Texas Anti-Gay Crusade.

The obligatory Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards update:

In which I waste time and annoy Puppies. “Obeying the rules doesn’t mean you played fair. It might just mean you’re a very successful weasel.”

Statistics of Gender on the Hugo Writing Nominees: Probabilities and Standard Deviations.

The Barker and the Big Tent.

Sad Puppies Review Books: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. Not all of these satirical reviews are funny, but I liked this one.

And other news:

OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the word jackalope?

Life Is “Triggering.” The Best Literature Should Be, Too.

Dr. Lepore’s Lament. Cheeky response to a New Yorker columnist’s clueless review of a feminist comic book.

Pleasure and self-care should not be luxuries.

Things I wrote:

Marooned off Vesta: more of why I love sf/f.

The stories we have to tell.

About disliking a ‘classic’ novel.

Happy News!

Angry owl signs fund new playground improvements.

California judge: Abstinence-only sex education isn’t sex education at all.


Why the Daily Show had to change:

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The Carbonite Maneuver (1985):

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Scientists just captured stunning images of deep sea creatures off the coast of Puerto Rico:

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Bertha, Mayor Murray and the Viaduct Doom Portal:

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ABC The Muppets First Look:

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Faith No More – Superhero:

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The Avener, Phoebe Killdeer – Fade Out Lines:

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