Destroying planets and using fear of this battle station to keep the local systems in line was my No. 1 passion until — about 30 seconds ago, weirdly! That was when I saw the X-wings that had evaded our turbo-lasers and were proceeding down a trench toward our vulnerable thermal exhaust port — and realized I had to speak up. I thought: What if remorselessly destroying planets isn’t my passion? What if my real passion is staying alive and avoiding the consequences of my actions?

This is from a couple of days ago but I’ve been crashing on a big project at work, and it still makes me laugh.

Date posted: January 12, 2021 | Filed under humor, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The President of the American Federation of Teachers issued a formal statement on Betsy DeVos’ resignation today.

Date posted: January 8, 2021 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A detective wrote in a probable cause statement that Brandenburg, 46, is an admitted conspiracy theorist and that he told investigators he intentionally tried to ruin the vaccine because it could hurt people by changing their DNA.

Fantastic. I guess this asshole doesn’t remember his Hippocratic oath class in pharmacy school.

Date posted: January 5, 2021 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The New York Times has posted an absolutely incredible investigation and recreation of the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Using body cam footage, newly released records, and after-accident interviews, they show how the police detail who broke her door down made multiple careless mistakes and endangered her life and the lives of her neighbors by blindly shooting into a darkened apartment without announcing who they were or why they were there. This is 18 minutes worth watching.

Date posted: December 29, 2020 | Filed under shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Rowling fashioned herself an untouchable goddess at the exact moment untouchable goddesses became obsolete.

The Cut digs into J.K. Rowling’s journey from a universally respected creator of an inclusive fantasy world to a trans-exclusionary radical feminist.

Date posted: December 22, 2020 | Filed under books, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

From Mel Magazine, a quick article on the origin and creation of “Little Big Mom,” the Simpsons 11th season episode where Homer comes face to face with Stupid Sexy Flanders. Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all!

Date posted: December 11, 2020 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I’ve been binging this for the past week: All kinds of awesome people from the Harry Potter world are reading chapters of The Philosopher’s Stone (book 1). I started listening to Stephen Fry’s series but I’ve found that I enjoy Jim Dale’s version much better.

Date posted: December 11, 2020 | Filed under books, entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Fast Company reports on a data viz designer who saw the a tweet showing the counties of the United States colored in by how they voted, and thought he could do a better job of displaying the truth. You’ve seen the GIF he created—it’s this one:

Date posted: November 6, 2020 | Filed under art/design, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The New York Times Editorial Board lays out the case against the Great Pumpkin: “Donald Trump’s re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.”. The whole thing is great, but I love this part:

In June, his administration tear-gassed and cleared peaceful protesters from a street in front of the White House so Mr. Trump could pose with a book he does not read in front of a church he does not attend.

 

Date posted: October 17, 2020 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A deteriorating 1942 mural entitled “Incidents in the History of Catonsville” that includes a portrayal of Black slaves pulling barrels of tobacco alongside white men on horses has quietly been covered over in plastic in the town’s post office after state and federal representatives called for its replacement.

…Slavery in the state existed “from the very beginning,” Wright said, from the 1600s until Maryland abolished slavery at the end of 1864, two months before Congress ratified the 13th amendment abolishing slavery nationwide.

We are lucky to have an example of the WPA’s portfolio in our town, but I can see why this mural is confronting. I’d prefer not to take it down (it was designed to be integral to three walls of the Post Office) but I understand if they decide to, much like Confederate statues around the country. (previously)

Date posted: October 12, 2020 | Filed under history, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »