Links of the Whatever — 2008.05.10

  • I kind of want a fagbug. Is that wrong? It is just so damn cute and awesome. [Via Feministing]
  • Manliness vs. Guyliness — an interesting post from Edward Keenan’s Act Like a Man. (Is it weird that I read a blog about manliness?)
  • How to Win a Street Fight — yes, I read the Art of Manliness, too. Sue me. It’s interesting to read this and imagine a female doing these things. I think a woman giving her “best war cry” would be remarkably intimidating, if for no other reason than being completed unexpected.
  • Cleavage at Work: Yay or Nay? asks Jezebel, and I have to give it a great big nay. The article states “On one hand, fuck a mothertrucker who can’t concentrate and look you in the eye just because you’re wearing a scoopneck shirt” but heck, I’m a reasonably heterosexual female and I can’t keep my eyes off the things if they’re just… out there.
  • The new/old Starbucks logo is causing a (minor, fringe) ruckus, according to Salon’s Broadsheet. Personally, I like the old/new logo better — it looked sleek and modern. The new/old/new logo makes me think of fish-flavored coffee from the 1800’s. On the other hand, I think “Slutbucks” is a wonderful new word.
  • Manbabies switches the heads of dads and their babies in PhotoShop. It’s remarkably disturbing. [via The Daily Dish]

Links of the Whatever — 2008.04.07

  • Lou Dobbs Is An Idiot — nearly using the word “cotton picking” to describe people who say that  America is maybe just a little racist. [Feministing]
  • Biology For Christian Schools — published by Bob Jones University, at issue in a lawsuit involving some schools and admissions credit in the UC school system and whatnot. I so totally learned bio from that book. An excellent quote: “If [scientific] conclusions contradict the Word of God, the conclusions are wrong, no matter how many scientific facts may appear to back them.” Coincidentally, I suck at biology. [Greta Christina]
  • Oh, um, only two today, I guess.

Links of the Whatever — 2008.03.30

In other news, I turned a whole year older in the past few days.

Links of the Day – 2008.03.18

  • A book excerpt about VNRs – video news releases. Learning about VNRs in MCO 110 (Fall 1999, 8:40-9:30, J. Russomanno) pretty much killed TV news for me. Of course back then VNRs were distributed in physical format. It’s only gotten easier to regurgitate crap. [Machinist/Salon]
  • The Staffer has a meeting with his Senator, his LA, and Ben Bernanke. That’s not a link, it’s just cool.
  • If you haven’t heard of the intersex fish in the Potomac, well, there are intersex fish in the Potomac. I’ve seen snide insinuations that it’s the fault of us wimminfolk with our new-fangled birth-control, peeing estrogen into the water and feminizing the fish. (I can’t cite that, but I’ve seen it. K?) Well, this just in: the top suspects are actually components of pesticides, insecticides, soaps, and fragrances. So I’m going to keep taking my Sprintec, guilt-free. [WaPo via DCist]
  • Greta Christina has an interesting post on coming out as gay and as an atheist. In fact, I’m going to quote it a little because I don’t trust you to actually follow the link:

    When I was coming out as queer in the 80’s, coming out was still a hard thing to do. And you had to be a special person to do it… You had to have a strong personality, an independent spirit, a huge amount of self-confidence, a passion for social change… So it was easy to be deceived into thinking that there was something inherently special about being queer… It was easy to forget that the difficulty of coming out was a powerful self-selecting filter for amazingness… But as the movement progressed, and coming out became easier and safer, the amazing specialness of the queer community became… well, less and less special and amazing. Which is exactly as it should be…

    [R]ight now, the atheist community is largely made up of people with a very mature, well-thought-out sense of morality and ethics. We’ve had to be. The assumption that morality comes from religion is very deeply ingrained in our culture, and those of us who’ve rejected religion have had to think long and hard and carefully about what our morality is and why… As we succeed in making the world an easier place to be an atheist, we’re going to see more and more atheists who haven’t agonized over their atheism to the same degree that most of us have… We’re going to see more and more atheists who are pretty much regular folks who just want to get on with their lives…

    Just… go read it! [Greta Christina’s Blog]

Links of the whatever – 3.16.2008

  • WaPo reports on a man who has been taking care of his wife, who has Huntington’s, since the turn of the century, during which time her mental and physical capabilities have decreased dramatically.  He sounds like an absolutely amazing human being.  On the other hand, would I want Brett or even my parents to go through all that for me? Give up that much for me? Maybe, I don’t know? I’ve been thinking a lot about my own mortality lately and this is just one more thing I want to make a decision about while I still can.  [Jezebel]
  • Sex therapists say the best sex lasts seven to 13 minutes. More is not always better. [Jezebel]
  • NYC was prettier before there were cars. [No Impact Man]
  • Gas is cheaper than milk. [WiseBread]
  • An unholy but hilarious and genius mating of Monty Python and Star Trek. [Greta Christina]
  • Next on the list of stuff white people like? The blog Stuff White People Like. [Stuff White People Like]

Links of the Day: 2008.02.24

Links of the Whatever

  • Bea Arthur and Rock Hudson sing about Drugs. No, really. You can’t make this stuff up. (Jezebel)
  • In the year 2000, women will wear aluminum dresses! And men will walk around with phones stuck to their chests. Well, these 1930’s designers got a few things at least sorta right. (The Thoughtful Dresser)
  • Neil Gaiman + cute dog = dreamy sigh. (Neil Gaiman’s Journal)