Friday Links (bizarre old maps edition)

A graphic trying to depict commerce as arteries and organs, published in 1889 by the Land & River Improvement Company of Superior, Wisconsin.

A graphic trying to depict commerce as arteries and organs, published in 1889 by the Land & River Improvement Company of Superior, Wisconsin.

It’s already the second Friday of October, the month of pumpkins and falling leaves and spooks and costumes! It is also Gay History Month

Once again, I’m really, really, really glad that the weekend is upon us!

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:

Link of the Week

“The Man of Commerce” is a detailed map that conflates human anatomy with the American transportation system. Published in 1889 by the Land & River Improvement Company of Superior, Wisconsin, the map promotes Superior as a transportation hub and shows the routes of 29 railroads across the United States. American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection.

This Week in Diversity

Sunday is National Coming Out Day: What You Need to Know: National Coming Out Day 2015.

When You’re Not Caitlyn Jenner, Here’s Why It’s Difficult To Get A Name Change.

Photos that Challenge Conventions of Beauty, Race, and Gender.

Masculinity Is an Anxiety Disorder: Breaking Down the Nerd Box.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

4 Pro-Gun Arguments We’re Sick of Hearing.

The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens explains what that phrase, “well-regulated militia” has meant and where the interpretation has changed.

Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings.

The Second Amendment Is a Gun-Control Amendment.

The Cult Of The Second Amendment.

This week in Difficult to Classify

How to Cut a Handgun in Half with a Chop Saw.



Epigenetic algorithm accurately predicts male sexual orientation.

Fossils Shed New Light on Evolution of Elongated Giraffe Neck.

New Genus, Species of Extinct Hippo-Like Mammal Identified from Unalaska Fossils.


Scientists have figured out how to store memory with light.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

31 Days of Halloween: Universal vs. Hammer — which classic horror studio reigns supreme?

The Great Leonard Nimoy Reads H.G. Wells’ Seminal Sci-Fi Novel The War of the Worlds.

MIND MELD: The Books That Made Us Love Science Fiction and Fantasy.

You Can’t Write About THAT: Staying True to Your Writing Passion in the Age of the McBook.

Culture war news:

Look, Mom, I Shouted My Abortion – But My Story Is Just One of Millions.

The Downfall of the Ex-Gay Movement. Not to make fun of the very article I’m linking to, but the downfall was simple: lying liars peddling lies.

Those who decry both abortion and gun control are anti-woman, not pro-life.

How a Blonde Tattooed Texas Girl Became an ISIS Twitter Star.

Slut-Shaming Through the Disclosure of HIV Positive Status: Danny Pintauro’s Recent HIV Positive Announcement.

Tennessee County Commission To Ask God Not To Murder Them Over Same-Sex Marriage. “WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities”

The Internet fought the Pope—and the Internet won.

The Shady Group That Played Pope Francis.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice wants the state to “stand up to SCOTUS” on same-sex marriage.

This Week in the Clown Car

Why Mike Huckabee Picked a Fight With Frito-Lay Over Gay Doritos.

Carson slams Obama for Oregon visit with shooting victims’ families.

Bobby Jindal Proudly Announces Meteoric Rise to Tie for Fifth Place in Iowa Poll.

Huckabee contradicts himself in calling for Frito-Lay boycott.

This week in Other Politics:

Trevor Noah destroys GOP pro-life, pro-NRA hypocrisy: “They’re more like comic book collectors. Human life only holds value until you take it out of the package”.

Politico Finds a New Way to Call President Obama Uppity.

Bernie Sanders Claims He’s a Longtime Champion of Marriage Equality. It’s Just Not True. I love Bernie, but he would be better served to tell the truth about his years of opposition to marriage in favor of civil unions.

News for queers and our allies:

Pledge to go purple for #SpiritDay 2015.

This Mom’s Inspiring Message to Her Transgender Daughter Will Move You to Tears.

Bryant assistant coach Chris Burns comes out.

Trans guy captures his transition by snapping a selfie every day for 3 years.

U.S. senator urges probe into Cold War-era antigay blackmail plot.

On Savage Lovecast, Equality Matters’ Rachel Percelay Describes How Fox News Turns Transgender People Into Villains.


The Card Catalog Is Officially Dead.

Things I wrote:

Groovie g/h/o/u/l/s/ goals.

Jack-o-lanterns for everyone!

Infinity In Your Mailbox – more of why I love sf/f.

Weekend Update 10/03/2015: More varmints among the sheep.


Coming Out Advice With The Rhodes Bros! | National Coming Out Day:

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WELL-STRUNG: The Devil Went Down to Georgia (feat. J.S. Bach):

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Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall (from Spectre):

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Years & Years – Eyes Shut:

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Gladys Knight – Just a Little:

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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. For more than 20 years I edited and published 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 near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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