Friday Links (powerful jedi edition)

(Click to embiggen)
(Click to embiggen)
Thank goodness it’s Friday. Already the second Friday of the new year and I still haven’t finished my year-in-review post or got up on my goals check-ins. I’m such a slacker. Or maybe just trying to keep up with things at work. At least my husband’s doctor says his broken bone has healed nicely; he won’t need surgery or physical therapy and he’s graduated to a cane. Yay!

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week.

Link of the Week

50 Wonderful Things From 2015. Several people shared this this week, all saying they don’t normally like end-of-year lists, but this was better than most. And it is. For one thing, it isn’t a slide show that you have to click, and click, and click. Just an article to scroll through.

Failing to learn from history

A ground zero forgotten: The Marshall Islands, once a U.S. nuclear test site, face oblivion again.

This week in All Generalizations Are Bad

Shhh! Keeping Quiet May Help You Achieve Your Goals.


This week in Geek

Twitter Isn’t Raising the Character Limit. It’s Becoming a Walled Garden.

George III’s huge map collection digitized.

This week in Health

Dogs thwart effort to eradicate Guinea worm: Epidemic in dogs complicates push to wipe out parasite.

This Week in Diversity

The Marriages of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality.

Hoist Your Nerd Colors, Ladies: How I Learned to Take Pride in My Nerdiness.

Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood.


Missouri Bill To Ban Racial Profiling Draws Attention For Including Gays: Legislation Inspired By Michael Brown’s Murder Covers Race, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity.

A gay “Star Wars” hero could save lives in this galaxy: Why the lip bite that launched a thousand ‘ships matters.

This week in Evil People

Gay cult? ISIS leader who raped boy is excused while raped 15-yr-old is executed.

News for queers and our allies:

How Starbucks Helped Me Be OK With Being Gay.

Transgender people in Washington state to use restrooms based on identity, not anatomy.

A Christian Father’s Plea to Dads of LGBTQ Kids.

Many truths about bisexuality in adorable graphs!


Picking Your Narrative Matters: Kids Were Terrified of Getting MRIs. Then One Man Figured Out a Better Way.

How Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s words were freed from old floppy disks.

New research suggests sun’s magnetic field may soon change. The headline ought to be “…sooner than the billions of years previously thought…”

NuSTAR Bringing the High Energy Universe into Focus.

Energy Drinks Are Basically Poison Says Science, Common Sense. There was any doubt?

6 Absurd Ways Modern Medicine Fails Because Of Sexism.

Turtle Fossils Shed Light On Rise Of Andes Mountains.

Huge Jurassic cliff landslide exposes hundreds of prehistoric fossils from 65 million years ago.

Marks of the Anthropocene: 7 signs we have made our own epoch.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

In defense of ‘Star Wars’ and other childish things.

…you want to see in the world.

Why does the misogynist & homophobic man behind ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ still have a job?

Mary Robinette Kowal quotes from the requests sent by 83 of the 100 people she and other donors gave supporting memberships in the 2015 Worldcon. It’s really amazing to read these!

Star Wars hero Poe Dameron: is Disney brave enough to make him gay?

No, Rey From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Is Not A Mary Sue.


This Week in Hateful Fans

What We Talk About When We Talk About Lying Crazypants Liars Who Lie.

Sad Puppies: since gaming the hugo awards failed, let’s try goodreads.

This week in Writing

The Ugly Truth of Publishing & How BEST to Support Writers.

It Was Twenty-Two Years Ago Today.

This Week in History

Even in 1907, Seattle Couldn’t Handle the Snow.

Culture war news:

So Now Muslims Can Be Fired for Praying?

State Senator Proposes Law That Would Criminalize Transgender Bathroom Usage.

2015: Year of the Arsonist.

Muslims, Homosexuals, Christians and Terrorists.

Dear Mormonism: Your LGBTQ Members Are Still Hurting, So What Happens Next?

Armed takeover of building in Oregon puts feds in tough spot.

Stolen Valor: Militiaman Working As Cliven And Ammon Bundy’s Bodyguard Was Never A Marine.

Georgia Republicans Want To Gay-Bang The Gays With Exciting New Religious Freedom Laws.

Florida Professor Who Cast Doubt on Mass Shootings Is Fired.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Says He is “Proud” to Discriminate Against Transgender People.

Georgia Republicans Don’t Want Anything to Do With Their State’s “Religious Liberty” Bill.

Godless New York Punishes Chick-fil-A With Health Code Violations.

FedEx Takes Needlessly Cruel Swipe At A Grieving Lesbian Widow.

Ten Women Sue Duggar Family Homeschooling Guru Bill Gothard For Rape And Sexual Abuse.

Alabama probate judges should obey US Supreme Court on gay marriage, federal prosecutors say.

Anti-Gay Marriage Dude Tries to Mansplain the Supreme Court to Megyn Kelly.

This Week in the Clown Car

Cruz & Trump could crater the GOP: A history lesson for a party on the brink of disaster.

Ben Carson’s new campaign chairman speaks out against women, LGBT troops.

The Feud Between Donald Trump and Samuel L. Jackson Is Even Weirder Than You Can Imagine.

Huckabee: Hate Groups Won’t Endorse Me Because They Know I’ll Put Them Out Of Business by Giving Them Everything They Want.

Rubio Tries To Out-Jesus Everybody In New Ad.

This week in Other Politics:

Hillary Clinton says therapy to turn gay kids straight must be banned.

This Week in Racism

America’s real racial double standard: How the law — and white people — turn “race-neutral” into “pro-white”.

As a gay black ex-detective, this is what I think when I’m asked if black people should join the police.

‘Where White People Meet’ dating site billboard turning heads in Utah.

This Week in Hate Crimes

US Marine convicted of killing transgender Filipino appeals.

This Week in Misogyny

‘he had a remarkable gentleness and courtesy in his dealings with women’ – the Sherlock Christmas special.

Silence, exile and coming second: women writers get same raw deal as in theatre.


Natalie Cole, Singer of ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘This Will Be,’ Dies at 65.

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ dies at 82.

Jason Wingreen, The Original Voice Of Boba Fett In ‘Star Wars’, Has Passed Away At Age 95.

Things I wrote:

Scarves, socks, and “man” colors.

“Finn heroically saving him…”.

Bikini armor madness.


Much Ado Nothing About Something:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

India’s First Transgender Band Just Released Their First Song And It Will Leave You Speechless – Hum Hain Happy – 6 Pack Band:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

Craig David ‘Love Yourself’ Justin Bieber cover Live Lounge:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

HIGH-RISE – Official Trailer #2 (2016) Tom Hiddleston Movie HD (semi NSFW for obscured naked Tom Hiddleston; it’s an adaptation of one of J.G. Ballard’s more surreal sci fi stories):

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

Marvel’s Daredevil – Coming Soon, Season 2 – Only On Netflix [HD]:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.