Friday Links (astronaut with a tiara edition)

Astronaut Stan Love accepted the John W. Campbell Award on behalf of Andy Weir last weekend. Love even wore the traditional Campbell Tiara while he read Andy's remarks.

Astronaut Stan Love accepted the John W. Campbell Award on behalf of Andy Weir last weekend. Love even wore the traditional Campbell Tiara while he read Andy’s remarks.

It’s Friday! The fifth Friday in August and things are… well, the weather is too hot for me. I’ve been sleeping at weird times and feeling as if I’m unstuck in time.

I’ve done very little writing and a lot of revising this week.

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week, sorted into various topic areas.

Links of the Week

After 525 years, it’s time to actually listen to Native Americans.

This anti-racism group will build a memorial to lynching victims — and it’s about time.

What Is The “Alt-Right”? A Guide To The White Nationalist Movement Now Leading Conservative Media.

Happy News!


Hero Cop Catches Kids Jumping From Burning Home’s Second-Story Window.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

A Feel Bad Story in Disguise: Two Florida Hospitals Won’t Bill Orlando Pulse Shooting Victims. “The news out of Orlando this morning shouldn’t make us feel good. It should make us feel bad. It is an indictment of our society, an indictment of our health care system, an indictment of each and every one of us. Because we don’t care enough about shooting victims to do something about guns and we don’t care enough about shooting victims — or people with cancer, or children with broken bones, or our fellow citizens at the end of their lives — to create an equitable health care system that doesn’t bankrupt and destroy families by design for the crime of getting sick or the crime of getting shot in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and by the wrong maniac.”

Caught in a Bad Bromance? We Should Be Encouraging Man Hugs, Not Mocking Them.

Drug Maker’s Application For Crucial HIV Pill Was “Homophobic, Illogical, And Greedy”.

This week in stupid

Get ’em off! Armed police order Muslim woman to remove her burkini on packed Nice beach – as mother, 34, wearing Islamic headscarf is threatened with pepper spray and fined in Cannes .

PSA: YOUR TRANSPHOBIA AND BODY SHAMING ISN’T RADICAL. I wasn’t very impressed with the Trump statues, either…

Russian Hackers Accidentally Post Different Versions of Stolen Docs. Post-Steal Editing?

This week in awful news

Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. “Dee Dee Blancharde was a model parent: a tireless single mom taking care of her gravely ill child. But after Dee Dee was killed, it turned out things weren’t as they appeared — and her daughter Gypsy had never been sick at all.”

Italy earthquake: Death toll rises to at least 159.

Kabul siege: 12 killed in attack on American University.

Boys’ remains from troubled Dozier school to be buried in Tallahassee, memorial to be erected on school grounds.

“I Still See All The Red”: First Responser In Pulse Massacre May Lose His Job.

This week in evil people

Apple issues critical iOS update to thwart ‘Pegasus’ malware.

Trolls Hacked Leslie Jones’ Website And Put Her Naked Pics Out There.

Feds Are Investigating Hack Of Leslie Jones’ Site.

Where’s the money? Milo Yiannopoulos denies he spent cash for charity fund.

This week in the environment

Protesters anxiously await temporary injunction ruling to halt construction of Dakota Access Pipeline.

News for queers and our allies:

The Scariest Part About America’s LGBTQ Youth Suicide Epidemic Is What We Don’t Know About It.

MEET THE GAY LUCHADOR FIGHTING MACHISMO IN MEXICAN WRESTLING: Not so mucho macho in El Paso: Cassandro, lucha libre’s unlikely hero.

When My Son Met Another Out LGBTQ Kid On The First Day Of Middle School.

Having Sex With Poz Men Helped Kick My Fear of HIV.

The Most LGBT-Friendly Colleges Are Also the Most Financially Inaccessible.

Documentary: What You’ve Heard About Latino Dads of LGBT Kids Isn’t True.

Frank Ocean’s Poem About His Boyfriend.

Juneau Assembly Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance.

New Study: Large Majority of Americans Support LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws, Oppose ‘Bathroom Bills’.


Prepare for This Study on the Misuse of Science on LGBT Issues to Be Misused.

The Science of Swearing: Your Filthy Mouth Helps You Make Friends.

Nasa to make all its research available free on the Internet.

Thousands of strange blue lakes are appearing in Antarctica, and it’s very bad news.

Twisted Light Could Dramatically Boost Data Rates.

16 fascinating science stories eclipsed by Donald Trump and the Olympics.

Column: Why it’s important to look at the stars – literally.

World’s biggest telescope meets world’s second fastest supercomputer.

This week in Cosplay

PHOTOS: The Sexiest Cosplay, Artists, And Geeks At FlameCon.


Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

My WisCon 40 Guest of Honour Speech. “You’d think the shared bond of loving books would diminish the hatred and suspicion of teenagers and the things they like. You’d be wrong.”

Analysis of Slate Voting for the 2016 Hugos.

My MidAmeriCon II badge was just suspended. That is awesome. This is why. It’s a pretty cool thing when someone admits they screwed up, however unintentionally, and doesn’t throw a fit that there were consequences.

Here are the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards – Once again, slated works were largely outvoted.

Worldcon Expels Truesdale. And a follow-up: More Worldcon Thoughts.

An oldy, but a goodie: “Get your girly stuff out of my SF, for SF should be sciency, manly and hard”.


Right-Wing Activists Fail to Ruin the Hugo Awards; Fiction Categories Swept by Women.

Must read post from Andy Duncan on how Dave Truesdale’s rant mischaracterized the meaning & legacy of David Hartwell.

Notes from Worldcon 74: Here are cool people saying cool things about spec fic.

2016 HUGO AWARDS: RESULTS AND (VERY) PERSONAL REFLECTIONS. What’s it like to, two years in a row, learn that you just missed being on the Hugo ballot because of the Puppies.

The past through tomorrow. ‘“You got the impression that for him, it was still 1937.” You could say much the same thing about the current crop of reactionaries, both in the positions that they take and the means that they use to express them.’


Spinning Lovecraft Into a Feminist Dream Quest.

Michi Trota: 2016 Hugo Awards Acceptance Speech from MidAmeriCon II. “Nurturing a community isn’t just about throwing open the gates and expecting others to walk in merrily, especially when there’s been a long history of systemic barriers to entry. It’s essential to both create a space that welcomes and encourages others to come in, and to venture outside your comfort zones to find new people, invite them to share their voices and visions with you, and provide them with support and opportunities.”

Fake sci-fi boys cry salty tears over Puppies defeat at the Hugo Awards.

Do Better: Sexual Violence in SFF.

The Ultimate Guide to Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Show on TV This Fall.

An oldie, but a goodie: An Incomplete Guide to Not Creeping.

N.K. Jemisin: Scattered Post-Hugo Thoughts.

Awesomeness Out of WorldCon.

This Week in Love Conquers…

Sharon Van Etten’s Powerful Pulse Tribute Song Will Fight Gun Violence.

And other news:

Seattle Police on Drugging in Bars: “This Is Definitely a Problem”.

This week in Writing

Your Writing Group is Not a Godhead: Building Upon Some Fine Writing Advice from Ann Leckie.

Why I Talked to Word Sluts at WorldCon.

Networking: You’re Doing It Wrong.

This week in Words

Merriam-Webster: The History and Origin of ‘Headdesk’.

5 Writing Rules Destroyed by the Dictionary.

This Week in History


The Macaroni in ‘Yankee Doodle’ is Not What You Think.

This Week in Tech

This Site Under Construction. Some people are trying to archive the old Geocities sites before the all vanish. This page contains hundreds of the old ‘This site under construction’ animated GIFs that were popular at the time…

‘Redshirts’ Author John Scalzi’s Suicidal Journey Through ‘No Man’s Sky’.

This Week in Covering the News

30K Muslims Just Slammed Terrorism And Media Is Silent.

NY Times’ Jim Rutenberg: Fox’s Hannity Acts Like A Trump “Adviser,” Ignores All Of “Journalism’s General Requirements”.

What Do The Simple Folk Do?.

Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight.

This Week in Inclusiveness

All 162 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died. The first time I linked to this, in March, the title was “All 65…” there have been additions…

Queerbaiting Phenomenon Pisses Me Off & You Should Be Angry Too.

Writing Characters of Color: How to Avoid Being Racist.

Saying Goodbye to Larry Wilmore, a Voice of Advocacy in Late-Night TV.


Culture war news:

Louisiana floods destroy home of Christian leader who says God sends natural disasters to punish gay people. This is not ironic. This is just desserts.

Ciara moved wedding to NFL’s Russel Wilson out of North Carolina over anti-LGBT law.

Welfare Reform Is 20 Years Old and It’s Worse Than You Can Imagine.

Michael Brown Has A Simple Solution To The Transgender Bathroom Controversy. What an idiot…

Anti-LGBT Preacher Flip Benham Tries to Disrupt Charlotte Pride (Photos, Videos).

Providing Transgender People Health Care Violates Religious Beliefs, New Lawsuit Claims.

Anti-Gay Family Research Council Leader (after his home is destroyed in Louisiana floods): I never said God causes disasters, but He can and does.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Man sentenced to 40 years for pouring boiling water on gay couple.

Washington man stabs kissing interracial couple, cites Donald Trump when arrested.

Yet Another Transgender Woman Suffers Brutal Attack in New York.

This week in rape culture

Judge sets aside rape charges for probation so ex-athlete can enjoy ‘a college experience’.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liars:

Gaps in Melania Trump’s immigration story raise questions. This is only relevant because Mr. Trump has made tough immigration enforcement a centerpiece of his campaign.

CNN’s Carol Costello: It “Seems Like The Conservative Media Is Running Trump’s Campaign”.

Dropping Out Is the Only Way for Trump to Save His Legacy, Argues John Oliver.

When Donald Trump says the election is ‘rigged’ what he means is that minorities get to vote.

This week in Politics:

19 Women Who Will Make History if Elected to Congress This Year.

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds.

Clinton Spox: If You’re Troubled that Hillary Wants to Fight AIDS While President, Don’t Vote For Her.

Hillary Health Trutherism, Misogyny, And The Media.

Attention, Class! John Oliver Is Here to Explain Everything Wrong With Charter Schools.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Restores Voting Rights to 13,000 Felons.

This Week in Racism

‘It’s not illegal to be black’: Cops complain online about white people getting ‘freaked out’ by their black neighbors and wasting police time with 911 calls .

‘Racialists’ are cheered by Trump’s latest strategy.

Trump’s New Ad Is The Worst General Election ‘Dog Whistle’ In Nearly 30 Years.

Americans May Not Be As Open To Mixed-Race Couples As They Think, UW Study Says.

The Alt-Right Is Neither Christian Nor Conservative.

This Week in Police Problems

MAPPING POLICE VIOLENCE: 2015 Police Violence Report.

Being white may have saved the Florida face-eating suspect from being shot by police. May have?

Cops Framed Schizophrenic Woman as Killer Lesbian, Sending Her to Prison for 35 Years.


Jack Riley, Voice Of Stu Pickles On Rugrats, Has Died. He’ll always be Mr. Carlin from the Bob Newhart Show to me…

Marvin Kaplan, Character Actor Known for ‘Alice’ and ‘Top Cat,’ Dies at 89.

Marvin Kaplan, R.I.P..

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 8/20/2016: Good night, and good news.

Highly illogical canines and the 2016 Hugo awards.

Characters (and stories) are more than the sum of their parts.

Zoinks! Trying to break some verbal habits.

Metallic Rodents and Secret Agencies: more of why I love sf/f.


Frank Ocean – Nikes (Music Video):

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The Get Down | “Telepathy” by Christina Aguilera [HD] | Netflix:

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Barbra Streisand with Chris Pine – I’ll Be Seeing You / I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face:

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Trailer – “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”:

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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 18 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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