Mountain Dew cheesecake might seem like an abomination if you don't drink Mountain Dew, but to those who consider it the nectar of the gods, it could be your new favorite dessert. James Lamprey shows us how to make No-Bake Mountain Dew Cheesecake. The recipe is close to mine, although I use lemon juice and berries instead of the soda pop syrup. Also eggs, because I bake mine. A baked cheesecake tastes a little more traditional, doesn't need to set for several hours, and most importantly, doesn't require a springform pan. Laughing Squid has a second video showing a different way to make Mountain Dew Cheesecake, using cheesecake and Mountain Dew Jell-O in a separate layer. While I am not inclined to put either Mountain Dew nor Jell-O in a cheesecake, I am intrigued by the swirling colors. That I might try!
Ze Frank observed the mating dance of the puffin, and instead of just snarking about the more unsavory aspects of the species, as we would expect, he was inspired to write a song. And sing it! Therefore, in this short video, we get anthropomorphized animals who aren't too bright plus double entendres galore, as we do expect from Ze Frank. Plus music.
Prosecution: Here is the congressional record of evidence for article one of the impeachment. The reason why we don't have the further witnesses we wanted is the evidence for article two.
Republican Senators: Okay, we'll obstruct justice, too. No witnesses. No documents.
Verdict: Not guilty.
The Public: Yeah, right. As if.
Trump: COMPLETE EXONERATION!
So what do we do about it? Vote for whoever will replace Trump. But that's only the beginning. We must also vote against all those who are obstructing justice in the senate trial. And get your neighbors to do the same. While you're at it, remember how your representative in congress approached the rule of law as it pertains to the president. That's the way we get democracy back.
In the annals of trivia that makes no difference whatsoever, this has to be way up there. People have enough trouble grasping the speed of light, much less how far away Voyager 1 is. And who cares how long the run time of Star Wars movies are, when it took me 42 years to see them all? This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.
This amazing automaton, or robot, or computer, was built in the 18th century by watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz. The idea is genius, and the precision required to make it work is phenomenal. And it still works today! Read more about Jaquet-Droz and his automata at Wikipedia. (via Nag on the Lake)
When variations of a species are discovered, another name can be appended to designate the subspecies. If that subspecies name is the same as the other two names, you get a triple tautonym, like Bison bison bison. Wikipedia has a list of 21 triple tautonyms. (via Nag on the Lake)
An Iranian couple recite poetry together, until they are stopped in traffic and see another couple fighting. Thursday Appointment may make you cry when watching it, and then afterward, you find out that (highlight for spoiler) in Iran, Thursday is the traditional day to visit graves. The old man is reciting poetry with the memory of his beloved wife. Directed by 20-year-old Syed Mohammad Reza Kheradmand, the short film won an award at the Luxor African Film Festival. (via Aleteia)
Joker is a comic book movie that is nominated for eleven Oscars. If you haven't seen it, that might be confusing, but Screen Junkies clears it up with this Honest Trailer. Or maybe not, but it is intriguing. What is clear is that Joaquin Phoenix went the extra mile for his character.
The impeachment trial in the Senate begins today. Could this be the beginning of the end of our long national nightmare? Don't bet on it. However, this comic from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save illustrates some of the trouble I've been having as a blogger. I've been doing this for almost 15 years now, but in the last three years, everyone seems to have lost their sense of humor. It's a vague depression that's caused the most creative folks to turn from humor to desperation, caused webcomic artists to stop posting, and overall made the silly stuff that kept us on the internet grow rarer and rarer every day. Making a funny video just seems pointless when trolls are multiplying, corporations are buying up websites, the planet is on fire, and our democracy is dying. Cats, however, are still as cute as ever.