Friday Links (prepare for the resistance)

tomthunkitsmind_2016-dec-31It’s Friday! The first Friday in a new year. Are we supposed to be excited?

So much of the news was either too depressing. I mean, how do I pick among all the outrages that the rightwing is lining up? I know that part of what they’re counting on is making us feel overwhelmed, but there’ just so much they’re already doing! So this is going to be, once again, a shorter links post than usual.

Anyway, here are links to stories I found interesting, sorted by category.

Links of the Week

The Media’s Favorite ‘Millennial’ Is 55 Years Old – Dan Nainan is known as a 35-year-old former Intel engineer who now makes millions as a comedian. The fact that he’s 20 years older is the least weird part of his story.

Revenge. A poem.

This week in awful people

Milo Yiannopoulos’s book deal with Simon & Schuster, explained.

News for queers and our allies:

The Big Secret I’ve Been Keeping from My Skater Bro Friends: It’s Taken Me a Long Time to Say This.

Orlando City Soccer Club Unveils Permanent Seating Section Dedicated to Pulse Nightclub Victims: WATCH.

Dustin Lance Black has no patience for A-listers who lie about their sexuality.

the forgotten history of california’s queer hip hop scene.



A Fantastic Optical Illusion: Just Another Brick in the Wall?

Oldest known orca believed dead.

Americans — especially but not exclusively Trump voters — believe crazy, wrong things.

Why bullshit is no laughing matter.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Inferior Beasts. This review of fantastic beasts puts in excellent words what bothered several people I know about it.

Midweek there was a very badly written transphobic (among other things) review of Uncanny Magazine’s latest issue up, and I was trying to decide whether to do anything other than extend my subscription to Uncanny in response to it. Fortunately, Jim C. Hines came to me rescue: SF Crowsnest: For All Your Whiny, Cloud-Pissing Needs.

Lucasfilm had big plans for Princess Leia (spoilers).

This week in Writing

Writers Club: The Evils of Self Editing. This article is not about grammar or spelling…

Deciding Where to Put Chapter Breaks.

This week in Words

As society evolves, so do our curse words. Here’s how some of the most famous ones developed — and a few new ones.

This Week in Covering the News

Lindy West Quits Twitter: “It Is Unusable for Anyone But Trolls, Robots and Dictators”. I love Lindy’s writing; I’m linking to this article before getting to her op-ed, because of the some things this guy says about the way many of us use social media: “Twitter is my connection to what’s happening moment to moment in the world… Twitter is where I find a vast array of things I’m interested in reading—poems, essays, stories, reporting—that I would never find on my own…”

I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators. “The white supremacist, anti-feminist, isolationist, transphobic “alt-right” movement has been beta-testing its propaganda and intimidation machine on marginalised Twitter communities for years now – how much hate speech will bystanders ignore? When will Twitter intervene and start protecting its users? – and discovered, to its leering delight, that the limit did not exist. No one cared. Twitter abuse was a grand-scale normalisation project… ”

This Week in Inclusion

Diversity in gaming, but with a happy ending.

Starting in 2019, if Your Film Isn’t Diverse, It Won’t Be Eligible for a BAFTA Award.

This week in Politics:

At least 50 Donald Trump electors were illegally seated as Electoral College members: report.

To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From the Tea Party.

New Republican Congress reverses ethics move after outcry.

To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From the Tea Party.


John Berger, Provocative Art Critic, Dies at 90.

William Christopher, 84; played Father Mulcahy on ‘M*A*S*H’. He was also pretty good as Private Lester Hummel in _Gomer Pyle, USMC_ many years earlier

George Kosana, played sheriff in ‘Night of the Living Dead’.

Things I wrote:

It’s The End Of The Year As We Know It.

My New Year’s Wish for You, 2017.

Unresolved resolution tension.

One last Chubby and Tubby Story.

What’s wrong with enjoying sleep?

Blogging sites of yore and related news.


James Corden Reflects On George Michael and How He Inspired Carpool Karaoke:

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Stefan Alexander – Skeleton (Music Video):

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Ben Hazlewood – Drive On (Official Video):

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Roosevelt – Belong (Official Video):

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‘All I Want for Christmas’ Carpool Karaoke (Mariah Carrey, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Adele, and many, many many more join James):

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