Friday Links (weird billboards edition)

SameSadEcho_2016-Jan-15Thank goodness it’s Friday. This was a crazy week at work for me, and I’m feeling more than a little bit burnt out.

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

Link of the Week

The trailblazer and his nephew: A mouthful of ashes and a Google search inspire a journalist’s quest for his great uncle.

The week in Consequences

People want to ban bishops from House of Lords over ‘evil’ gay marriage decision.

Peer urges government to ‘disestablish’ Church of England over anti-gay vote.

This week in History

The Spanish Inquisition vs. Mysticism.

My gay ancestor’s fate shows how dangerous political witch-hunts can be.

This week in Health

“Big Pharma” & Privilege: Or Why I Wish Allies Would Stop Using This Phrase.

This Week in Diversity

Gender Roles and Gender Role Reversal in Fiction and Television.

Smiling slaves at story time: These picture books show why we need more diversity in publishing, too: Upbeat kids’ books that sanitize the horrors of slavery get published—and speak volumes about the industry.

The unbearable whiteness of Hollywood: The Academy should be ashamed—but the problem is bigger than the Oscars.

The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems.

It’s not your fault. And other lessons I’ve learned from being sexually harassed at Google.

The Diversity Myth: Where Have All The Black Editors Gone?


How 26 Tweets Broke My Filter Bubble.

This week in that stupid militia

Ursula K. Le Guin vs. the Oregon militia .

Militants bulldoze through Native American archeological site, share video rifling through artifacts.

News for queers and our allies:

Dismissal of Planet Fitness Lawsuit a watershed for trans rights. “…a transgender person can not infringe on anyone’s rights simply by accessing public accommodations.”

Russell T Davies: ‘You never stop coming out of the closet’.

Garth Greenwell on writing sex in his novel ‘What Belongs to You’ and the queer literary tradition.

Alan Turing, James Bond and London Spy: how the security services became Britain’s most inclusive employer.

Biden Is Sick Of LGBT People Getting Treated Like Second-Class Citizens.

Senator Mark Kirk Is First Senate Republican to Sponsor Equality Act.

The Reason This Mom Made a Newspaper Announcement When Her Son Came Out Will Make Your Day.

Ireland leads the way on transgender rights legislation.

Satisfaction With Acceptance of Gays in U.S. at New High.

Employer To Pay Transgender Woman $115,000 In Job Discrimination Settlement.


Microfluid experiment could bring tactile tablets for vision impaired.

Tiger Is Still Friends With Goat Who Was Given To Him As Live Food Months Ago.


Astronaut shows how coffee is made aboard the International Space Station.

Having A Best Friend Is Good For Your Health, According To Science.

The largest prime number to date has been discovered, and it’s 22 million digits long.

Iceman has the world’s oldest tattoos.

Tiny Quantum Dots May Spell Doom For Deadly Superbug Infections.

200 million-year-old Jurassic dinosaur uncovered in Wales.

Scientists find tree frog believed extinct for more than 100 years.

Living fossils discovered during deep sea expedition off Queensland coast.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

BUT HE DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS HIJACKING YOUR SHIP: ON CONFERENCE CREEPS. This is from a few years ago, but it bears repeating.

Off the Clock: Space Opera Millennials and Their Grand Narratives.

Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Playset. Awesome dad builds his kid a starship enterprise playset from scrapwood (includes step-by-step photos and a downloadable PDF of the plans)

ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 1 Retrospective and Season 2 Tease from Showrunner Craig DiGregorio.

How Do You Like Your Science Fiction? Ten Authors Weigh In On ‘Hard’ vs. ‘Soft’ SF.

This week in Writing

Losing My Voice.

I’ve been trying to write for a while, now….

You Don’t NEED to Do Anything to Be a “Real Writer” Other Than Write.

Please shut up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn’t work.

Wait, Keep Talking: Author Self-Promo That Actually Works.


Culture war news:

The hypocrisy of Anglican Church’s suspension of the Episcopal branch over same-sex marriage.

When Masculinity Fails Men. Originally published a few years ago, but still very true.

Nebraska Republican Introduces New Legislation To Attack LGBT Families.

Georgia bill seeks to codify discrimination, homophobia.

Franklin Graham: Letting Gay People Attend Church Aids the “Enemy” Who Wants to “Devour This Nation”.

Anti-Gay Christian Group Erects Billboard in San Diego’s Hillcrest Gayborhood.

This Week in the Clown Car

A Good Christian Could Never Vote for Donald Trump, Who Just Pronounced It ‘Two Corinthians’.

For a Brief Moment, I Understood Donald Trump Last Night: And this one line pretty much summed up the entire campaign.

Portrait of a Party on the Verge of Coming Apart.

Vets: Don’t Blame Obama for Track Palin’s Behavior. Also, does the PTSD explain the violent brushes with the law he had before he served in the military?

Huckabee slams Cruz for campaigning at home of gay NYC businessmen.

Ted Cruz’s Career in Private Practice Complicates His Legal Record.

Marco Rubio is finally briefed on Flint water crisis.

Fiorina ‘ambushed’ field trip to use kids as anti-abortion props, parent says.

This week in Other Politics:

Wall Street Turns Off the Spigot for Anti-Gay New Jersey Congressman.

Here Comes the Berniebro.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Amazon Warehouse Employee Faces 10 Years In Prison For Assault On Gay Coworker.

This Week in Stupidity

Gov. Inslee astounded by Seattle tunnel contractor’s decisions to stop quality control.


Glenn Frey, Eagles Guitarist, Dead at 67.

Til Death Did Us Part – Farewell David Hartwell.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/16/16: Wrong on so many levels.

Confessions of the son of a drunk.

Confessions of a recovering evangelical.

Confessions of an incorrigible shipper.

I is for Imagination – more of why I love sf/f.


Adam Driver parodies a Porn Doctor – Saturday Night Live:

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David Bowie Impersonates Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Neil Young, and More on Lost Recording:

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The Original Material Girl Is Back:

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