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Sunday Funnies, part 31

Another in my series of posts recommending web comics that I think more people should read.

Nerd and Jock by Marko Raassina This is a silly webcomic about a Nerd and Jock who are good friends and like to have fun together. Frequently the joke of the strip is to take a cliché about jocks and nerds and twist it in some way. It’s cute. I happen to really like cute and low-conflict stories sometimes. If you like this comic, consider supporting the artist on Patreon.

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Assigned Male by Sophie Labelle is a cute story about a transgirl (we meet her at age 11) and goes from there. Some of the strips are more informational or editorial than pushing the narrative forward, but they are in the voice of the main character, so it’s fun. The art style is cute, and the story occasionally goes on fun tangents. I’ve been following it on Tumblr fro a while. The artist also has a Facebook page of the site, and is in the process of moving to a domain of her own (though currently it still doesn’t have the actual comic strips available). I mention this so you will not be put off by the words “old website” she’s added to the banner. I haven’t been able to locate a Patreon page for her. She has been talking about an upcoming book of the comics.


Comics I’ve previously recommended: Some of these have stopped publishing new episodes. Some have been on hiatus for a while. I’ve culled from the list those that seem to have gone away entirely.

Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 3.18.45 PMCheck, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu is the story of Eric “Bitty” Bittle, a former junior figure skating champion from a southern state who is attending fictitious Samwell College in Massachusetts, where he plays on the men’s hockey team. Bitty is the smallest guy on the team, and in the early comics is dealing with a phobia of being body-checked in the games. He’s an enthusiastic baker, and a die hard Beyoncé fan.

“Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls” by Jessica Udischas is a hilarious web comic that tells of the adventures of Jesska Nightmare, a trans woman trying to make her way in our transphobic world. The comics are funny, insightful, and adorably drawn. The sheer cuteness of the drawing style is a rather sharp contrast to the sometimes weighty topics the comic covers, and I think makes it a little easier to keep from getting bummed out to contemplate that the strips aren’t exaggerations. If you like the strip, consider supporting the artist through her patreon.

https://lifeofbria.com copyright  Sabrina SymingtonLife of Bria by Sabrina Symington is a transgender themed comic that ranges from commentary to slice of life jokes and everything in between. Even when commenting on very serious stuff it remains funny—sharp, but funny. It’s one of the comics that I would see being reblogged on tumblr and lot and I’d think, “I ought to track down the artist so I can read more of these.” And I finally did. And they’re great! If you like Symington’s work, you can sponsor her on Patreon and she has a graphic novel for sale.

Stereophonic by C.J.P.

Stereophonic by C.J.P.

“Stereophonic” by C.J.P. is a “queer historical drama that follows the lives of two young men living in 1960s London.” It’s a very sweet and slow-build story, with good art and an interesting supporting cast. But I want to warn you that the story comes to a hiatus just as a couple of the subplots are getting very interesting. The artist had a serious health issue which was complicated by family problems, but has since started posting updates to his blog and Patreon page, assuring us that the story will resume soon. If you like the 300+ pages published thus far and would like to support the artist, C.J. has a Patreon page, plus t-shirts and other merchandise available at his store.

The_Young_Protectors_HALF_BANNER_OUTSIDE_234x601The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy by Alex Wolfson begins when a young, closeted teen-age superhero who has just snuck into a gay bar for the first time is seen exiting said bar by a not-so-young, very experienced, very powerful, super-villain. Trouble, of course, ensues.

3Tripping Over You by Suzana Harcum and Owen White is a strip about a pair of friends in school who just happen to fall in love… which eventually necessitates one of them coming out of the closet. Tripping Over You has several books, comics, and prints available for purchase.

dm100x80“Deer Me,” by Sheryl Schopfer tells the tales from the lives of three friends (and former roommates) who couldn’t be more dissimilar while being surprisingly compatible. If you enjoy Deer Me, you can support the artist by going to her Patreon Page!

copyright Madeline McGraneMadeline McGrane is a cartoonist and illustrator who is from Wisconsin and lives in Minneapolis. She posts vampire-themed comics and other art on her tumblr blog. My favorites are the vampire comics about three child vampires. They’re just silly. Her black and white comics are minimalist and really work well with her style of humor. Her color work is a bit more complex. If you like her work and want to support her, she has a ko-fi.

The Junior Science Power Hour by Abby Howard logo.The Junior Science Power Hour by Abby Howard. is frequently autobiographical take on the artist’s journey to creating the crazy strip about science, science nerds, why girls are just as good at being science nerds as boys, and so much more. It will definitely appeal to dinosaur nerds, anyone who has ever been enthusiastic about any science topic, and especially to people who has ever felt like a square peg being forced into round holes by society.

The logo for Scurry, a web comic by Mac SmithScurry by Mac Smith is the story of a colony of mice trying to survive a long, strange winter in a world where humans have mysteriously vanished, and food is becoming ever more scarce.

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And I love this impish girl thief with a tail and her reluctant undead sorcerer/bodyguard: “Unsounded,” by Ashley Cope.

logo-1Fowl Language by Brian Gordon is a fun strip about parenting, tech, science, and other geeky things. The strips are funny, and he also has a bonus panel link to click on under the day’s strip.

lasthalloweenThe Last Halloween by Abby Howard is the creepy story of 10-year-old Mona who is reluctantly drafted to save the world on Halloween night. This is by the same artist who does the Junior Science Power Hour. She created this strip as her pitch in the final round of Penny Arcade’s Strip Search, which was a reality game show where web cartoonists competed for a cash prize and other assistance to get their strip launched. Though Abby didn’t win, she started writing the strip anyway. If you like the comic, you can support Abby in a couple of ways: she has some cool stuff related to both of her strips in her store, and she also has a Patreon.

Last Kiss® by John Lustig Mr. Lustig bought the publishing rights to a romance comic book series from the 50’s and 60’s, and started rewriting the stories for fun. The redrawn and re-dialogued panels (which take irreverent shots at gender and sexuality issues, among other things) are syndicated, and available on a bunch of merchandise.

“Champion of Katara” by Chuck Melville tells the tale of a the greatest sorcerer of Katara, Flagstaff (Flagstaff’s foster sister may disagree…), and his adventures in a humorous sword & sorcery world. If you enjoy the adventures of Flagstaff, you might also enjoy another awesome fantasy series set in the same universe (and starring the aforementioned foster sister): and Felicia, Sorceress of Katara, or Chuck’s weekly gag strip, Mr. Cow, which was on a hiatus for a while but is now back. If you like Mr. Cow, Felicia, or Flagstaff (the hero of Champions of Katara) you can support the artist by going to his Patreon Page. Also, can I interest you in a Mr. Cow Mug?

Private I, by Emily Willis and Ann Uland is a comic set in 1942 Pittsburgh in which queer gumshoe Howard Graves is trying to sort out a collection of bewildering clues and infuriating eccentric suspects. It’s an interesting take on a lot of noir tropes. It handles the queer elements well—being outed or caught by the wrong people can spell the end of not just one’s career, but possibly life–without being all grim-dark. If you like the comic and want to support the creators, check out their Ko-fi.

The Comics of Shan Murphy As far as I can tell, Shannon Murphy doesn’t post a regular comic on the web. But among the categories of illustration on her site are comics. Her art styles (multiple) are really expressive. And she just writes really good stuff. If you like her work, considered leaving a tip at her ko-fi page.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 5.36.43 PMMuddler’s Beat by Tony Breed is the fun, expanded cast sequel to Finn and Charlie Are Hitched.

The Young Protectors: Legendary by Alex Woolfson. This is just a new story arc for the Young Protectors comic recommended above. However, Alex is changing up the artists he’s working with in this arc, and the focus is decidedly different. This new arc begins by exploring the changed relationship between our protagonist, Kyle (aka Red Hot) and one of his teammates, Spooky Jones. The story is NSFW, although unless you are a patron of Alex’s Patreon, you see a lot less of the explicit artwork. It isn’t porn, per se, and it isn’t a romance. If you check out the page, you’ll see that Alex has written several other comics, some of which are available to purchase in hard copy. And, as I mentioned, he’s got a Patreon account.

12191040If you want to read a nice, long graphic-novel style story which recently published its conclusion, check-out the not quite accurately named, The Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal by E.K. Weaver. I say inaccurate because I found their story quite epic (not to mention engaging, moving, surprising, fulfilling… I could go on). Some sections of the tale are Not Safe For Work, as they say, though she marks them clearly. The complete graphic novels are available for sale in both ebook and paper versions, by the way.


Note: Usually when I do one of these posts, I include the slightly shorter reviews of all the comics I’ve recommended previously. I do periodically go through those lists and remove comics that have vanished entirely. For now, I’m leaving in those that have stopped publishing new episodes but still have a web site.

But the list is getting awfully long, and I’m not sure how useful the older links are. I’m still thinking about it. Feel free to comment if you have strong thoughts on the topic.

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Friday Five (blame the victim edition)

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It’s the third Friday in September, the month in which superior people are born. I’ve been sick all week. I have antibiotics, now, and some parts of the illness are getting better. I haven’t gotten any writing done, as I’ve spent most of what energy I have working (from home).

It has been a very strange yet interesting week. Not just in my personal life.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and five videos (plus my blog post).

Stories of the Week:

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong.

Don’t Condemn People Who Don’t Evacuate for Hurricane Florence.

What #MeToo Hasn’t Changed for Christine Blasey Ford .

Four Middle Eastern and Muslim Actresses on the Roles They Don’t Get and the Ones They Won’t Take.

She reported her 2006 rape. Then nothing happened. In the #metoo era, what do we owe her?

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 9/15/2018: Disasters.

More confessions of a guy who likes the rain.

Videos!

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Trump notices that water is wet, but more important, are Bert And Ernie A Gay Couple?:

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DAREDEVIL Season 3 Teaser Trailer #2 (2018) Marvel Superhero Series HD:

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Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – Official Trailer:

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Doctor Who: Series 11 Trailer #2:

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Cher – SOS [Official HD Music Video]:

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Friday Five (it’s a planet edition)

It’s the second Friday in September, the month in which superior people are born. I must point out that while it is only the second Friday, tomorrow is the third Saturday, so in some ways it is later than you think.

It has been a very busy and interesting week. Not just in my personal life. I had a very hard time keeping this week’s selection as short as it is.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) science fiction stories of the week, the top five science stories, five stories about horrible things, five videos, and notable obituaries (plus my blog posts—five of them this week, which is the first time in a while).

Science Fiction and Fantasy stories:

How Do We Establish Speculative Fiction’s LGBTQ+ Canon?

How The Left Hand of Darkness Changed Everything.

A monster talent: Ray Harryhausen movie posters – in pictures.

In wake of San Diego Comic Con trademark case, Tampa Bay Comic Con changes name.

Where Have All the SFF Moms Gone?

Science stories:

‘Ground-breaking’ diabetes insulin drug.

Pluto a Planet? New Research from UCF Suggests Yes.

New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet After All.

Olympic National Park mountain goats airlifted to North Cascades.

Elephant birds: Who killed the largest birds that ever lived?

Awful News:

Everything We Know About the Off-Duty Cop Who Shot and Killed Her Black Neighbor.

The NRA’s Catch-22 for Black Men Shot by Police.

Audio Reveals Potentially Illegal Coordination Between NRA and Montana Senate Hopeful Matt Rosendale.

Eric Trump’s ugly ‘three extra shekels’ attack on Bob Woodward draws accusations of anti-Semitism.

Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? Research suggests it’s largely because they’re anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears.

In Memoriam:

Bill Daily, witty sidekick on ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ dies at 91.

Donnelly Rhodes Dies: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ & ‘The Flash’ Actor Was 80.

Carole Shelley, a Tony Winner, the original Madame Morrible in Wicked, and voice of many Disney ladies, Dies at 79.

Fenella Fielding best known for her femme fatale roles in many comedy and horror films, Dies at 90.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 9/8/2018: Clap louder….

Why I hate hay fever reason #6502.

Hurricane Maria Killed More People Than Katrina and 9/11 Combined.

No true Martian… or, the myth of the true fan.

It’s not just a word—when I say “Nazi” I mean it.

Videos!

This terrifying video from The Weather Channel shows the power and danger of Hurricane Florence:

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Rostam – “In a River” (Official Animation Video):

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Dua Lipa – IDGAF (Live):

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MAGIC! – Expectations (Official Video):

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MAX – Still New York ft. New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (Live on the Elvis Duran Show):

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Friday Five (stuff hits the fan edition)

Pastor tells parents to shun their gay children to ‘show the love of Christ’
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It’s Friday! We have arrived at the first Friday in September, the month in which superior people are born. Where, or where has the year gone?

I meant to do another simple Friday Five this week, just five stories and no more. But then things happened. A lot of things, and the Constitutional crises are just piling up. There was also a lot of interesting science news and other cool stories, so there are several sets of five links below.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, the top five science stories, five stories about things falling apart, five stories about people behaving badly, five videos, and notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

India just struck down a law banning gay sex.

Senator Tammy Baldwin Talks Equal Rights Under Trump & LGBTQ Representation.

Jury Fines Man $1 For Punching Charlottesville Rally Organizer.

Senate OKs bill expanding federal hate-crimes penalties that Mercer Island banker helped draft.

Volunteers fix mural vandalized on side of oldest Indiana gay bar.

Science stories:

The Truth Behind This Amazing Video from the Surface of a Comet.

These 8 Bird Species Have Disappeared This Decade.

Migration 101: It Doesn’t Come Naturally For Moose And Sheep.

Eating an asteroid a year helps a baby planet grow.

Dinosaur DNA clues unpicked by researchers at University of Kent.

Destruction of the Constitution:

This Is a Constitutional Crisis: A cowardly coup from within the administration threatens to enflame the president’s paranoia and further endanger American security.

It Wasn’t Me: Pence, Pompeo, Mattis and Mnuchin Deny Writing Anonymous Op-Ed.

Dear Anonymous Trump Official, There Is No Redemption in Your Cowardly Op-Ed.

Partisan brawl erupts after Booker releases Kavanaugh docs.

Conservative Writer Argues Trump Be Removed by 25th Amendment.

Other News of People Behaving Badly or the Aftermath:

Who the Hell Cares About Steve Bannon Anymore?

I Worked With Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser.

Thousands of spiders, scorpions and more stolen from Philadelphia museum in ‘insect heist’.

Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ found by FBI after 13 years.

In Defense of Our College’s Mascot, Sir Racist Von Genocide.

In Memoriam:

Marie Severin, versatile Hall of Fame comic-book illustrator, dies at 89.

Russ Heath, Whose Comics Caught Lichtenstein’s Eye, Dies at 91.

Burt Reynolds, Movie Star Who Played It for Grins, Dies at 82.

Burt Reynolds’ Best Roles in a Genre He’s Not Known For: Science Fiction.

Burt Reynolds tribute: The closest the modern era came to producing its own Clark Gable.

Things I wrote:

Three-day Weekend Update: Words and Images.

Of the dead, speak nothing but truth… or, I refuse to whitewash this sepulcher.

Listen, buddy, there is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice, and if you don’t like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and such in your food or beverage, then don’t order it….

Confessions of an absent-minded misplacer, part 2.

Videos!

SNEAKIN’ AROUND (Dolly Parton & Burt Reynolds) ~ The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas 1982:

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Smokey And The Bandit Theme ( East Bound And Down ) by Jerry Reed:

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Boogie Nights clip (1997):

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Cannonball Run Outtakes:

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Calvin Harris, Sam Smith – Promises (Official Video):

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Friday Five (back to basics edition)

It’s Friday! The fifth Friday in August. Wow!

I was very tempted, since this is a fifth Friday, to do five sets of five types of stories. Except that the last several weeks I’ve been doing between two and four sets of five links, which is really stretching the concept. It’s also anti-thetical to the reason I switched from calling my weekly round up “Friday Links” and starting calling it “Friday Five.” Yes, I have bookmarked a bunch of news stories this week, but making myself narrow it down to only five stories and five videos means I spend a lot less time prepping this post than I used to.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, the top five videos, notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Medieval gaming board clue to lost monastery.

The Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature Shortlist Is Here.

The desert snail at once awoke and found himself famous.

DNA Tests Quietly Reinforce Terrible and Scientifically Inaccurate Concepts of “Ethnicity”.

Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world — here’s where they’re found.

In Memoriam:

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies.

Fredd Wayne, Who Played Benjamin Franklin on ‘Bewitched,’ Dies at 93.

In Memoriam Dieter Thomas Heck.

Neil Simon, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, dies at 91.

Things I wrote:

A great man died this weekend… farewell, Neil Simon.

Videos!

Red-Caped Catholic Loons Protest Library Hosting “Satanic” Drag Queen Story Hour [VIDEO]:

I’m not going to embed the video from this hateful liars, but I’ll link to the news story that contains it…

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1985 // Official Theatrical Trailer:

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Man Meadow – Play It Loud 2018:

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IF YOU EVER GOT IMPEACHED – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Panic! At The Disco: High Hopes [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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ETA: The original post included an image (with credit to the cartoonist), that had been shared elsewhere with credit. I didn’t research closely enough to realize that the people who have been sharing the cartoon had altered the text. So I changed the image accompanying this post.

Friday Five (fascists to watch edition)

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It’s Friday! August is nearly over. Wow!

The evil smoke came back. I spent much of the week wearing a breathing mask when I was outside. And the temperature was higher than usual most of the week, again. We’re supposed to get rain this weekend. I suspect it won’t be enough to take out the wild fires. Fortunately, we have more masks, now. So if the smoke comes back we’ll be ready. And if it doesn’t, we’ll be ready for next year.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) science stories of the week, five sci fi stories, five other stories, five queer stories, and the top five videos (plus my blog posts).

Science stories:

Mishka the asthmatic otter at Seattle Aquarium has mastered her inhaler to get through the haze.

Medieval Poisons.

Breathing Seattle’s air right now is like smoking 7 cigarettes. Blame wildfires.

Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles.

Yes, Pluto is a planet.

Sci Fi Stories of the Week:

“Racism and Science Fiction” by Samuel R. Delany.

2018 Hugo Awards Celebrate Apocalypse, Robotics and Social Satire.

Picking Through Hugo Numbers.

Winners of Three or More Consecutive Hugos in Same Category.

Hugo Awards winners showcase science fiction’s diversity.

Other News:

The Price of an Evangelical Christian Soul. “Donald Trump brought Evangelicals to a high mountain overlooking America and told them it could all be theirs—and all it would cost them is their souls. In the dizzying storm of a Presidential campaign and all that was laid out before them, this seemed like a bargain.”

Aston Martin building 28 Goldfinger DB5 reproductions — complete with gadgets.

The GOP Is Attacking Progressives for ‘Extremist’ Views Like Medicare for All – Guess Who Supports It?

SUPERSONIC ART: Simon Lee, Illustrations. Absolutely lovely.

Elizabeth Warren Takes on Corporate America.

Queer stories of the Week:

Oregon Man Arrested for Threatening to Bomb HIV-Positive Gay Neighbors.

Whose Afraid of Female Masculinity?

After violent threats, family of transgender girl looks to leave town.

How LGBT People — And Their Parents — Are Fighting For Queer Rights In The South.

Man Charged in Murder of Gay UPenn Student Blaze Bernstein Denies Hate Crime Enhancement in Court.

Things I wrote:

Hugo Winners 2018 — and how close my ballot was to the final winners.

Doesn’t anything last anymore—or, insights from a penny-pinching packrat.

Videos!

Fascists to Watch 2018 | August 15, 2018 Act 1 | Full Frontal on TBS:

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Madonna performs ‘Like A Prayer’, ‘Beautiful Game’ and ‘Hallelujah’ at the 2018 MET Gala in New:

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OMAROSA! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Cher – SOS [Official HD Audio] (I pre-ordered the album, so so far I’ve been getting the singles about an hour before the official audio is released on YouTube…):

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Calvin Harris, Sam Smith – Promises (Official Lyric Video):

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Friday Five (Rest In Power, Aretha edition)

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, when she sang to the largest inaugural crowd in history (Obama’s).

It’s Friday! It’s the third Friday of August.

This has been a weird week, with really bad air quality because of smoke from wildfires near and far. The teeny bit of silver lining is that it didn’t get as hot as it was forecast in the middle of the week because all the smoke was reflecting so much sunlight. It was still very unpleasant. And as I type this is not completely over. I’m driving across the state to see my Mom on her birthday, which I hope will be more pleasant than much of the news I had to sift through for this week’s post.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of the unpleasant kind, the top five videos, notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Mike Godwin: One Year After Charlottesville’s “Unite The Right” Riots: Following Karl Popper, We Should Tolerate Intolerance, Within Reason. The maker of Godwin’s Law expounds on Karl Popper’s Paradox of Tolerance.

Edward Gorey’s Vintage Illustrations for H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.

Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. And since they have no values…

Weird Prehistoric Plant Turns Out To Be Weird Prehistoric Animal.

Going Clearwater: The Illusory “Firewall” of the Writers of the Future Contest.

Unpleasant News:

Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says.

Wave of support for transgender 12-year-old threatened with castration by community members.

Right-wing media pastor and GOP-backed congressional nominee favorably remembered when “homosexuality was once criminalized”.

Catholic School That Suspended Woman in Same-Sex Marriage Took $6.5 Million in State Funds.

Black Americans are still victims of hate crimes more than any other group.

In Memoriam:

Early fandom artist Vicky Wyman passes away.

Robert Dix, Actor in ‘Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Forty Guns,’ Dies at 83.

REST IN POWER: Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin dies at 76.

Aretha Franklin, The Undisputed ‘Queen Of Soul,’ Dead At 76.

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76.

Aretha Franklin once called The Times to explain some lyrics from ‘Respect’.

Things I wrote:

Why I’ll never be a great copy editor — or, the beauty of ambiguity.

Videos!

Classic Sesame Street – Mr. Rogers Visits:

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Aretha Franklin – Bridge Over Troubled Water:

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Aretha Franklin – Freeway Of Love (Video):

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Watch Aretha Franklin Accompany Herself at the Kennedy Center Honors:

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Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer: her very best performance!:

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Aretha Franklin – Respect:

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Friday Five (rich a-hole edition)

“Here's why it would be a mistake for the Democrats to do anything that inconveniences rich assholes by Some Rich Asshole”

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It’s Friday! And we’ve already reached the second Friday in August. My, how the time does fly.

Weather forecasts last week had implied (or in some cases explicitly said) the region is was in for a persistent cool down. I don’t know if they were being hopeful or just really f-ing wrong, because several days this week have been as hot as the record-breaking hot days of just over a week ago. Supposedly a cool down is on its way, but I’ll believe it when I experience it.

Let me present to you this week’s Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) science stories of the week, top five stories of general interest, top five stories of people behaving badly, top five stories of interest to queer people, the top five videos, and a notable obituary (plus my blog posts).

Science stories of the Week:

Sequenced fox genome hints at genetic basis of behavior.

The Ineffectiveness of Employer Wellness Programs, and the Importance of Randomized Trials.

Too Many Jobs Feel Meaningless Because They Are.

Men who wear boxers have a much higher sperm count, says study.

Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars.

Stories of the Week:

Counterpoint: I Don’t Hate Pineapple Pizza, Because It’s Pizza.

#BlackSpecFic is back for your fleeting attention but with better news this time!.

Why We’re Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets.

Do You Have “Advantage Blindness”?

The Bayeux Tapestry with knobs on: what do the tapestry’s 93 penises tell us?

People behaving badly:

Pastor Convicted for Child Porn Now Arrested for Trying to Meet Teen Boy for Sex.

Cops Called On Point Boro Family – For Having ‘Library’ For Kids.

Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off Its Platform, Then YouTube And Facebook Rushed To Do The Same.

Twitter says Infowars hasn’t ‘violated our rules.’ It looks like that’s not the case.

Sen. Nelson Reveals that Russians Have ‘Penetrated’ Florida’s Voter Registration System.

Queer stories of the Week:

How Bob Mizer came to be the gay Hugh Hefner.

Man pours glitter into car after driver calls him a ‘faggot’.

Lights, camera, action! Not one but two iconic gay films are getting sequels.

‘Pose’ Is A Fierce And Flawed Addition To The Evolving Queer Pop Culture Canon. In my opinion, this review is infinitely more flawed than the show it reviews…

Ireland’s Gay Prime Minister Will Challenge Pope on Same-Sex Parents.

In Memoriam:

Bisexual Polyamorous Goose Love Triangle Ends In Tragedy.

Things I wrote:

Slippery slopes and projection.

Course Correction vs Necromancy—a follow up on exclusion at sf/f conventions.

Videos!

Stephen Colbert: Looks Like Alex Jones Just Lost The War On Info:

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Prosecutors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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The Spy Who Loved the NRA :

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Cher – GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A Man After Midnight) [Official HD Audio]:

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Jake Shears – Big Bushy Mustache (Official Video):

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Friday Five (sharks and catfishing edition)

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It’s Friday! It’s August! How did that happen?

Sunday was the hottest day of the years, and Monday was still pretty bad, but the weather took a turn for the much more pleasant after that. We had drizzle yesterday and today! I’m so happy! I usually do my Friday Five on Thursday night and schedule it to publish in the morning, but I only got it half done because it’s been a crazy week and I decided to binge some things off the DVR. Anyway, only took a few minutes to finish up today.

Let me present to you this week’s Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of people behaving badly, the top five videos, and a few of notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Here’s How America Uses Its Land. The interactive graphic is amazing!

The Bullshit Web. This essay is about technology, bandwidth, how we use is… and so much more.

Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason. The paradigm determines all…

Newsrooms must stand up to targeted campaigns of harassment.

What we know about blackberries – That galloping sound? The rising darkness? Look out! Here they come!

People behaving badly:

Democratic Donor Accused Of Killing A Young, Gay Black Man By Injecting Him With Drugs Will Face No Charges.

Possibly Craziest Story Ever (New Innovations in Politicians Doing Revenge Porn). GOP politician got off on the idea of other men sleeping with his girlfriend — it was such a turn on that he catfished other men and got them to tell him what they would like to do with her by pretending to be her.

Shark from San Antonio Aquarium returned after thieves are caught on video using baby stroller to carry animal. There’s more: Man Who Stole Shark from Aquarium Says He Was Just Trying to ‘Help’.

Kris Kobach’s Lucrative Trail of Courtroom Defeats – For years, the candidate for Kansas governor has defended towns that passed anti-immigration ordinances. The towns have lost big — but Kobach has fared considerably better..

Rep. Jordan Pressures Coaches to Get His Accusers to Recant.

In Memoriam:

Model Zombie Boy from Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Video Dead at 32.

Things I wrote:

I finally stopped fiddling with my Hugo Ballot.

Future hazy, or we’ll take our weather blessings as we can.

Videos!

Shazam! | SDCC Trailer:

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Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Know If Colluding Is Crime:

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Rudy Giuliani Says Collusion Is Not a Crime: A Closer Look:

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Anderson Cooper calls out Sarah Sanders’ promise:

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Boy George covers YMCA and asks Why Not?:

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Friday Five (hearing is believing edition)

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It’s Friday! Already the fourth Friday in July.

Another week of hotter than normal temps here, which we’re managing to get through, but I’m spending a lot more time sitting out on my veranda after dark sipping tea or ice water or LaCroix or gin & tonic…

But enough about us. Let me present to you this week’s Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of people behaving badly, the top five stories concerning queer people, the top five videos, and a few of notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole.

America Needs Better Democrats.

American white people really hate being called “white people”.

Women and Femmes Unite: A Structural and Political Analysis of Femininity.

The Fallacy of Agency: on Power, Community, and Erasure.

People behaving badly:

Tony Perkins longs for the days when he could have LGBTQ people jailed.

Forbes deleted a deeply misinformed op-ed arguing Amazon should replace libraries.

‘Cockygate’ Author Faleena Hopkins Backs Down From Trademark Dispute After A Settlement Is Reached.

Brock Turner Presents “Outercourse” Argument at Appeals Court.

Terrorized By Extremists, Sandy Hook Parents Accuse Facebook CEO Of “Providing A Safe Haven For Hate”.

Queer stories of the Week:

The Queer Art of Failing Better | Laurie Penny.

Queer Rapid Response Team for WorldCon 76.

Judge’s ruling supports Dallas School District’s transgender policy.

Oklahoma woman offers to be a stand-in mom at LGBTQ weddings.

Delaware Just Banned Gay Conversion Therapy For LGBTQ Youth.

In Memoriam:

Raymond Hunthausen, liberal pro-gay Seattle archbishop censured by Rome, dies at 96.

Lincoln Brower, Champion of the Monarch Butterfly, Dies at 86.

Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard dies at 80.

Things I wrote:

Subtracting homogeneity, fighting erasure—reflections on exclusion at sf/f conventions.

Malice or ignorance — more reflections of exclusion at sf/f conventions.

Videos!

Michael Cohen Releases His Secret Trump Tape: A Closer Look:

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Trump Whines ‘This Never Happened To Obama’:

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Jake Shears – Sad Song Backwards (Lyric Video):

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Troye Sivan – Dance To This ft. Ariana Grande:

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Sam Smith – Baby, You Make Me Crazy (Acoustic):

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