Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tweet of the Day



Devin Nunes looks as if his world is falling apart after Gordon Sondlund's testimony at the impeachment hearings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flavorings

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Alternate Ending



This is the alternate ending of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, from the director's cut. People who have seen Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, Terminator Genisys, and Terminator: Dark Fate all say that this is when and how the series should have ended. (via reddit)

Gender Reveal Party

Not everyone needs to reveal their gender just to attend the party. (via reddit)

The Sneaky Plan to Subvert the Electoral College for the Next Election



The Electoral College was put into the Constitution, we are taught, because the Founding Fathers envisioned a time when the general population might vote a complete idiot to the office, so "wise men" could correct that mistake. It was also to give states some extra say in deciding presidential elections just for being states, which was a compromise with the southern states that had lots of men who counted toward representation but couldn't vote (because they were enslaved). They didn't foresee that political parties would eventually assign electors, and they didn't foresee winner-take-all rules that the states would enact. The result is that my presidential vote doesn't count at all, ever, because I'm in the minority party in my state. And for those in the majority party for their states, a vote in Wyoming is worth eight or ten votes in New York. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact might fix that, in a roundabout way. CGP Grey explains. 

Insignificant



Click to the right to advance the comic. Strange what lengths people will go to in order to get out of their obligations. This story is from Raph at raph_comic. (via reddit)

Dad Joke

Royal Madness



With all the monsters defeated, a king feels his days of glory are past. His daughter wants him to feel important again. With the best of intentions, she hatches a plan to make him a hero again. Royal Madness is from the French animation school Gobelins, but no French skills are needed to catch the feels.

Miss Cellania's Links

Movies That Were Better Than the Book. And why.

Robert Falcon Scott’s Final Letters. (via Nag on the Lake)

Who’s the daddy? Difficult to say in Victorian times. (via Damn Interesting)

Four Seasons, More or Less.

These Scientists May Have Found a Cure for ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease.

What Do Animals Dream About?

Inside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. JJ Abrams and cast members tell us more than the trailers reveal. (via Uproxx)

The Perfect Decal for a Dent. (via Boing Boing)

My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot. A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2007): Jellyfish.


Badness

Born to Add



From Sesame Street. This really doesn't sound much like "Born to Run" but that's obviously what they were trying for.

Tweet of the Day


(via Metafilter)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Busy Police Blotter

An Honest Trailer for Tangled



The Disney princess movie Tangled came out in 2010, when my kids were old enough to go to the movies without me, so I missed it altogether. According to the Honest Trailer, the retelling of Rapunzel was pretty good, if formulaic, and the main drawback is the lack of any song catchy enough to be heard outside of the theater. Watching this caused me to look up the movie at Wikipedia, and the plot seems totally incomprehensible. Still, I now want to see Tangled.

Clickbait

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The Skywalker Saga Trailer



A fan-made trailer for all nine of the Star Wars movies that tell the Skywalker saga. When I get overwhelmed with family problems or politics or my to-do list, I remind myself that there's a new Star Wars movie coming, and take a few minutes to revel in that fantasy world of bravery and revolution. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Limbs



Babies are like that. When you are dealing with one, it's hard to comprehend how fleeting those days will become. You only have to carry them around for a year or so. Then you have to chase them! This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Ponzi Scheme

Softbody Tetris



YouTuber C4D4U gives us an experimental animation featuring Tetris played with what appears to be gummy candies or jello jigglers. He talks about "rendering textures," while the rest of us are mesmerized and can't stop watching. The whole video is frustrating on many levels. Tetris is such a familiar game that we can't handle the rows not disappearing when they are filled. And we can't handle not being able to control where the blocks fall. Seeing them scooch into place after their turn is over is bothersome, too. Also, gummy candy is such a familiar thing that we can't handle not eating it. Metafilter calls it "profoundly unsatisfying." Yet that frustration is due to the realism, so you have to admit the animation experiment was successful.

Miss Cellania's Links

I honestly hate that stunt where parents tell kids they ate all their Halloween candy, but this little kid's reaction is wonderful.

Objectivity is a myth, and a single tweet explains why.

15 Secrets of Sesame Street Puppeteers.

The Sad, Grotesque Life of “Baboon Lady” Julia Pastrana.  (via Damn Interesting)

Ottawa's latest Instagram star is a middle-aged white cat that doesn't care for salad.

How to Give Mars an Atmosphere, Maybe. (via Digg)

Depressed Guy Adopts A Cat, Illustrates The Ways It Helped Him Over The Past 2 Months. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Nerdiest Place on Earth. Galaxy's Edge puts visitors on the planet Batuu at a time point just after The Last Jedi in the Star Wars canon.

The 1829 Rainhilll Trials were conceived as a contest to determine the best locomotive design. The railway directors offered £500 to the designer of the best engine, along with the potential to make history and a lot of money manufacturing locomotives. 

A blast from the past (2012): 8 Wild and Wonderful Stone Giants Around the World.