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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 20 2012

Pastor brings wrong notes to gay marriage ordinance hearing

Whoopsy. His face must be red. You’ll want to watch this twice. Best damn thing I’ve seen all day. Via that one site you can’t post on Reddit any more because free speech.

Oct 18 2012

‘Bout time the dictionary caught up

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who had already won many of our hearts by being the first publicly atheist leader of a major English-speaking nation, really proved her mettle among those on our side of the Great Rift last week-ish when she delivered this speech in Parliament, seizing on Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s hypocritical attempts …

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Oct 17 2012

Another girl that committed suicide is posthumously bullied for teh lulz

Another fifteen year old girl named Amanda — this time not Todd, but Cummings — killed herself after bullying, depression and a bad break-up. And people claiming to be from 4chan and 9gag (the most odious among 4chan’s numbers often use them as a scapegoat) are, again, swarming to make her family’s life post-suicide miserable, …

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Oct 16 2012

Mock The Movie: Rabid Grannies transcript

Sick wife, work still ridiculous, almost completely out of resources again. Ow. Transcript below the fold. Will edit in the subtitle files after I get some rest. Movie was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Troma. Not completely horrible — too self-mocking to classify as horrible. Lots of senseless deaths and hammy acting and …

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Oct 14 2012

Some pinkification I can live with… for now

An image of GoldieBlox, which consists of a picture book opened to a page with an illustrated blonde engineer lady saying "Ahem! Listen up!" and a set of pegs and spools arranged in a star pattern with a ribbon running between them to form a conveyor/pulley system operated by crank.

A while back, someone on Twitter pointed me to this GoldieBlox Kickstarter project, excited that finally, someone was doing something to get young girls interested in engineering. In amongst the glut of male-targeted building toys like K’nex and Erector Sets and LEGO, there’s hardly any such thing for girls. None of these toys are inherently …

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Oct 13 2012

Cyber-bullying kills again

Amanda Todd, a thirteen-year-old girl in Maple Ridge, BC, was flattered and cajoled and coerced into flashing someone while playing around with friends on webcam. Someone took a screenshot — apparently they didn’t vet who was on that webcam chat very well. But they were young, and stupid, and there’s a damn good reason the …

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Oct 13 2012

Install the OpenDyslexia font and tell us how it works for you

Font demo of OpenDyslexic

I’m interested in doing a little science experiment. I’ve read that a commercial font designed by a dyslexic university student apparently didn’t help reading speed, but does help with certain classes of reading errors. Readers of any Freethought Blogs would certainly classify as folks who read a lot on the internet (yeah, yeah, get the …

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Oct 11 2012

Mock The Movie: Rabid Grannies

Holy crap, I almost missed that today’s Mock The Movie day. In two hours, we will hunker down, stock up on tea and liniment and bundt cake and hope to weather the impending Zombie Granny Invasion. This Thursday, October 11, we will be picking up a Belgian gem that will deliver what so many of …

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Oct 11 2012

The Ultimate Romney Flip-Flop Collection

Wending its way about the intertubes is this documentary evidence that Mitt Romney has revised his positions — often for the worse — with precious little evidence to back it up. I’ve never liked calling evolving your position “flip-flopping”, but it’s patently obvious Mitt is mendacious and simply shifting with the wind.

Oct 10 2012

The context that fails to justify “some girls rape easy”

Trigger warning for rape culture justification, gaslighting, and bitches be lyin’. Paul Ryan has really picked a winner to back in Wisconsin, where State Rep Roger Rivard (R, natch) has been strongly criticized for having claimed that his father told him that “some girls rape easy” — a stern warning from father to son that …

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