Friday Links (quizzaciously exceptional birthday edition)

I haven't been this old before, it's true! (click to embiggen)
I haven’t been this old before, it’s true! (click to embiggen)

It’s already the fourth Friday in September, that most blessèd month! The autumnal equinox has occurred and I check my calendar to see what’s next and… oh, that’s right. Today I am officially another year older. Wow. How did that happen?

And thank goodness it’s FRIDAY!

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:

Link of the Week

Man Builds ‘Dog Train’ To Take Rescued Pups Out On Little Adventures.

This week in Not as Noble as They Want You to Think

Seth Godin on Ad Blocking.

Ad Blocking Irony.

The Mobile Video Ad Lie: site loads 10Mb on iPhone, with no videos or video ads to be seen.

How Much of Your Audience is Fake? Marketers thought the Web would allow perfectly targeted ads. Hasn’t worked out that way.

John Gruber on why online ad networks are so user-hostile.

This week in Bad History

22 Hilarious Excerpts From Scathing Reviews of “Stonewall.”

A ‘straight-acting’ problem: why mass market gay films increasingly fail us all.

This week in Evil Greedy People

A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug’s Price Raises Protests.


Riddle of the Ages Solved: Where Did the Philistines Come From?

New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say.

On World Rhino Day 2015, Some Things about Rhinos You Might Not Know.

Medieval skeleton found in roots of toppled tree VIDEO.

World’s Oldest Sea Turtle Fossil Discovered.

Siberia could become pockmarked with giant craters: Global warming is releasing ‘explosive and violent’ levels of methane under the ground, warn experts.

No Sign of Galactic Super-Civilizations.

The astonishing village where little girls turn into boys aged 12.

Scientists found something unexpected in this eerie new image of Pluto.

Linking brains: Researchers at UW say they’ve done it.

State Officials Are Preparing for Another Year of Continued Drought.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Your body isn’t your world: The heroes of Mad Max and disability.

The Six Swans.

Some thoughts about Tragic Queer Narratives.

They Don’t Stand For That: Symbols, Vampires, and Faith.

Comics historian Craig Yoe celebrates Banned Books Week with the Forbidden Comics bundle.

11 Sci-Fi Books Every Woman Should Read. I’ve only read 3½ of these!

This week in Geek

15 Minutes of Fame: The AFK Tavern, where everybody knows your name.

Culture war news:

This is why they have such hate: Coulter, Trump, Carson and the real history behind right-wing intolerance. This is an awesome historical analysis of the trajectory of anti-semetism, anti-Papism and other sources of rightwing thought…

This Guy Shut Down The World’s Largest Gay “Cure” Group.

Harlem Hate Pastor Has Must-Watch Manic Meltdown at Protestors Outside His Church.

That “Old Time Religion” Isn’t As Old As You Think.

TIFF Review: Roland Emmerich’s Gay Rights Drama ‘Stonewall’.

‘Gay’ Doritos Prompt Freak-Out.

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies.

Not for Queer Eyes Only.

See How Religious Homophobia Promotes Child Abuse.

Emails show Indiana damaged by religious liberty law.

Kim Davis’ Book Deal? It’s Not Happening. There’s a word missing from that headline, “yet”

The Search for Kim Davis’s Gay Friends.

Kim Davis’s One Gay Friend Is Angry.

Defiant clerk Kim Davis confiscated and altered all the marriage licences issued while she was in jail. Bonus points if you can name all the subtle and not-so-subtle biases in the story…

Stop calling Pope Francis progressive: You might love his pastoral style, but don’t fool yourself on Vatican substance.

This Week in the Clown Car

The Ted Cruz Problem Is the Reason Trump Ducks — and Must Duck — the Obama Birther Question.

Colbert bests Trump.

Fiorina Spins a New Lie, and Her Issues With Truth Look Compulsive.

This week in Other Politics:

Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy.

The GOP’s Deeply Bigoted Week.

McConnell makes first move to avoid shutdown.

The War to End Slavery Didn’t.

One big reason Congress ignores the poor: they don’t vote.

This Week in Diversity

“I’m afraid of men on the Internet.”

Hillary Clinton To Lena Dunham: I’m ‘Puzzled’ By Women Who Say They Aren’t Feminists.

Why Asking Is Not ‘Outing’ in 2015.

Goshen College withdraws from Council of Christian Colleges and Universities following changes to LGBT non-discrimination policy, hiring practices.

Gender Liberation: Leaving Men Behind.

If You Think ‘Straight-Acting’ Is An Acceptable Term, You’re An A**hole.

Here’s Why We Need To Stop Calling Pumpkin Spice A ‘White People Thing.’

News for queers and our allies:

Editorial: Two more small steps for gay rights.

A Scottish boy couldn’t stand a preacher’s homophobic rant, so he whipped out his bagpipes.

The LGBT+ community doesn’t need fair-weather allies.

9 questions about gender identity and being transgender you were too embarrassed to ask.

On Loving a Bisexual Man.


Jack Larson (1928-2015).

The Washington Post: How ‘Superman’ ruined a gay actor’s life — then saved it. Jack Larson (‘Jimmy Olsen’) dead at 87.

Yogi Berra: businessman and gay-rights advocate was more than a lovable dope.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 9/20/2015: Otters and Bi-people.

Scene Essentials.

Invisible? Difficult to see what others have erased.

The Original Wizard School – more of why I love sf/f.


The Zipf Mystery:

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Cabaret – willkommen (because some days you just need Alan Cumming to sing to you):

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Disclosure – Jaded:

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2 thoughts on “Friday Links (quizzaciously exceptional birthday edition)

  1. I love the pup train!

    I see I am hardly the only one who has been unable to use sites due to the ads placed on them. :-[

    In more evidence that I’m culturally unaware, I thought “straight-acting” meant “closeted.”

    1. During our conversation on twitter about Ghostery, et al, I almost mentioned that you’d see something related in Friday links.

      I love the puppy train, too! ^_^

      In my experience “straight-acting” usually means” closeted, or self-loathing, or delusional, or all of the above.

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