This is an open thread, open for whatever sort of posting your blessed little hearts desire. Is self-linking allowed, you inquire? My darling, not just allowed, adored, I reply.
I’ve watched this video by Everynone, “Words,” several times over:
More links (a lot of light links this week, for some reason):
- A cartoony flow chart explaining the process of legally immigrating to the USA. Note the path if you’re an unskilled immigrant without relatives here.
- Predatory Lending and Health Services. More exploitation by the folks bringing us weight loss surgery.
- Being bigoted doesn’t require being overtly hateful or expressly wishing people harm.
- Jane Austen’s Fight Club
- It’s not a mosque near the WTC that the right (and, to be fair, some cowardly asshole Democrats) object to. It’s mosques being built in the USA, period.
- There are some amazingly great comics at What Things Do.
- “One of those dreaded ‘swallow shit or ruin the evening’ moments.”
- Justin Bieber’s ‘U Smile’ Slowed Down 800 Percent Becomes Haunting New Song/a>
- Are We Looking At A Genderless Future?, Newsweek asks. My answer: No, we’re not. But if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll look at a future with a lot more variety and freedom of genders. (Via.)
- Why helium balloons should cost $100 each.
- “But to me the most disappointing aspect of the way Wonder Woman is currently being presented is not the diminishment of her powers but of her iconic stature.” I agree. (Fortunately, they’ll probably revert to the iconic WW within five years.)
- Rachelmanija has some thoughts on Heinlein. She argues that feminists get so pissed at Heinlein in part because of the bait-and-switch his books perform.
- All the Sad Young Literary Women. The comments contain a lot of recommendations for female-authored fantasy and science fiction.
- Gavin Berliner, the man behind floating head movie posters
- It’s kids downloading manga that’s causing the economic problems of manga publishing. Not, you know, the economic collapse. Those darn kids! (Meanwhile, I owned an overflowing boxful of cassette tapes with illegally copies music when I was a teen, and I bet most of the people complaining about the downloaders did something similar when they were kids.)
- 45 Beautifully Designed Book Covers. My favorite is the cover for The Annotated Nose.
- “Think of the U.S. embassy in Iraq as a kind of well-armed anchor baby.”
- How to be civil, in cake form.
- Private prisons cost more than public prisons. They just appear to cost less because prison companies bid low in order to get contracts.
- Neptune recently finished the end of its first orbit since its discovery in 1846!
- How Republicans Really Balance State Budgets
- Video from Shuttle booster falling back to Earth. So. Very. Cool.
- Kevin Moore responds to that “Oh, what has become of 20-somethings?” article in the Times.
- How to make an easy paper model of a tricorner hat, for drawing reference.
- It’s amazing how many clients who hire illustrators are really like this.
- “So the problem, you see, is not that Cordoba House is too close to Ground Zero. It is too far away.”
- If Captain America had a baby… that baby would live in terror.
- A Worldwide Revolt Against Poverty Wages
- Nerd movies are consistently worth about $10 million in ticket sales on the first weekend. Nerd appeal is not wide appeal, it seems.
- What Does Obama Really Think About Gay Marriage? A Telling Timeline.
- Lastly, I enjoyed looking through 1979 Semi-Finalist’s list of her 100 favorite comic book covers (and 15 alternates). They weren’t the 115 I’d have chosen, but she gave her reasons for choosing each one, which made it interesting. Of her 115 selections, these three are my favorites: