Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tweet of the Day

Apparently, Meghan Kelly is still on TV. That was news to me. This completely tone-deaf exchange happened Tuesday morning. None of the four mentioned the particular history of blackface in America. But even so, why would she question the offensiveness of a costume that she knows darn well is used even today to mock people? Kelly later issued an apology.
"I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep."
That sentence tells us that Kelly got schooled about the history of blackface sometime between the broadcast and the apology. You'd think a journalist would try to be up on such things. (via The Root)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

An Honest Trailer for Halloween (1978)

The number one movie at the box-office right now is Halloween, with the same characters as the 1978 movie of the same name. That original Halloween was a groundbreaking horror film that spawned sequel after sequel after sequel, so now they are just recycling the movie titles. But try to remember back when you first saw Halloween -the original- for the first time. You were probably so frightened that you didn't have the time or the energy to critique the film. Screen Junkies has the time, and they did it for us. Spoiler alert: If you only saw the first movie, you made the right choice.

Butcher Shop

(via reddit)

Apollo 11’s Journey to the Moon

If you are of a certain age, you remember watching Apollo 11 land on the moon. Everyone in the world with access to TV was watching at the same time. Almost 50 years on, you might enjoy an explanation of how that happened. From the perspective of 2018, it seems like a miracle that we sent men to walk on the moon and brought them back to earth with less computer power than the average iPhone, when we now can't even hitch a ride to the space station. 


It would be good to know which of your friends has a "think first ask questions later" attitude. Especially on those days you don't bother looking in the mirror. This comic is from Sanesparza. (via Geeks are Sexy)

Coloring Book

᚛ᚈᚑᚋ ᚄᚉᚑᚈᚈ᚜ and ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜

No, the title does not mean I am having a stroke. Tom Scott looks at an old written language called Ogham. It's a language carved into stone that fell out of use a thousand years ago. It turned out to be unique for as translating languages into unicode, so it could be used on the internet. As you can see by the title of this post, they managed to do it.

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The Only Man Buried on the Moon. Eugene Shoemaker was eliminated from the NASA flight program over medical concerns, but he still went to the moon.

Who Pays? The vast majority of state and local tax systems are inequitable and upside-down, taking a much greater share of income from low- and middle-income families than from wealthy families. (via Nag on the Lake)

Living off the Land in the Arctic Circle. In Lapland, chefs and residents hunt and gather to make bear soup, lingonberry syrup, and reindeer.

The Disgusting Food Museum, opening soon in Sweden, will highlight recipes from around the world that make some folks salivate and others feel a bit queasy. (via Nag on the Lake)

Trump is glorifying violence against journalists. This is a national disgrace.

How Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” Went From a Hit to a Punch Line to a Pop Culture Anthem.  

The Holdouts: Dry Towns in Otherwise Wet States.

True Grit: From Weird Mascot to Eldritch Revolutionary. The Philadelphia Flyers new mascot Gritty has become a symbol of the Resistance. (via Metafilter)

He was a Confederate soldier. She was born into slavery. But they married in 1872 in South Carolina and eventually produced nine children.

When Crime Is a Family Affair. The case of the Bogle family illustrates how a penchant for crime is learned.

Too Many Dogs

(via Fark)

Bride of Resistor

Last week I posted Mr. Resistor, a 1994 animation by Mark Gustafson. Here is the sequel, Bride of Resistor, which Gustafson unveiled in 1997. 

Tweet of the Day

Monday, October 22, 2018


Harriet the Singing Donkey

Martin Stanton lives in Ireland, and his neighbors down the road have a donkey named Harriet. Harriet never learned how to heehaw like other donkeys, but she's got an operatic soprano voice with occasional vibrato. I am not making this up. (via Laughing Squid)

Chicken Strips

(via reddit)

How to Vote

Comedian Demi Adejuyigbe busts some myths about voting. It's not hard. Really, the hardest part is making yourself get get off the couch and do it. If you find it's more difficult than it should be, that's a sign that you should do something about it, like get involved in your community to change things. I vote every chance I get, even in elections where I know my vote is akin to spitting in the wind, because I would regret missing that chance. Here in Kentucky's 5th district, that's pretty much all of them, but I will still vote because I care about my country and its future. (via Boing Boing)

A Talk with Buster

There's nothing more passive-aggressive than a conversation with a pet in earshot of your actual target. This is from Megacynics.

Medical Form

(via 22 Words)

Tyler Trent's Vision of the Future

Purdue student Tyler Trent has been battling bone cancer since he was 15. He kept up his classes as long as he could, and even now is an avid Purdue football fan. Trent made it to the Purdue-OSU game on Saturday, and predicted Purdue would win, when no one else thought it possible. Despite the fact that OSU was ranked #2 in the nation, the Boilermakers won 49-20. ESPN spoke to Trent after the game.

(via Metafilter)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award winners of 2018. Some images may be disturbing. (via Metafilter)

She kept a smile on her face during the whole struggle.

A new study shows that violence spikes when Trump comes to town.

Every year (except 2017), aubra_cadabra and her friends do group costumes for Halloween, focusing on the roles of one versatile actor. This year, they chose Tom Hanks. (via reddit)

The American Economy Is Rigged. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joe Stiglitz writes about economic inequality in Scientific American.

100 Websites That Shaped the Internet as We Know It.

The Chinese mountain cat is so elusive that the first photo ever taken of one in the wild was in 2007. But now we have video from a camera trap featuring a mother and two adorably rowdy cubs. (via Metafilter)

28 Whose Line Is It Jokes That Prove It's A National Treasure. 

Jettatore: The Evil Eye of Casoli Paracrotti. He wasn't evil, just careless, but he left a trail of dead people wherever he went. (via Strange Company)

For Sale: The Entire Contents of a Colorado Theme Park. Heritage Square Amusement Park operated continuously from 1971 to 2018.