Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Here it comes again - record cold in so many spots in the US, record snowfall up in Buffalo, and the usual gang of idiots are whining because they still don't understand the difference between climate and weather. Hey numbnuts, climate change is causing this freakish weather! Oh, why bother. Here are ten of the funniest climate change videos to, I dunno, soothe you or something. Don't mind me, I'll just sit here in my layers, stewing in seasonal affective disorder...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

I have to admit, I'm still trying to figure out the mass appeal of Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that I found pleasant enough but nowhere near the level of (as Robin put it) this generation's Star Wars. Maybe I just need to see it done with cats?



Via The Mary Sue.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Ugh, this dreaded lurgy has me in its grip. Left work early, sat for about 20-25 minutes in the pouring rain (fortunately in a bus shelter, but still) waiting for my homebound commute, and just collapsed. Very little can make me feel better now. Clickhole comes close, though. Thanks Melissa!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Well, my long-sleeved shirts are ironed and ready in the closet, our DVR is a bit lighter, and I've even gotten some reading done, so I'd say it's time to kick Bach:



Via N Todd.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Time for a couple Star Wars-inspired videos:



That was a take on the now-famous Holla video, via BoingBoing.



And that Bible-spouting creep was also via BoingBoing.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Another day, another Twitter backfire. As PZ Myers reports, this time it's "Dr." Oz, and it couldn't happen to a move deserving quack.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Good on Newcastle for hiring Wil Wheaton to do some new web ads:





This is actually relevant to my interests, although I suspect not as much as it is to Wil's.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

One of the reasons I'm so discouraged on war-fever days like this is some people's sorry grasp of history. PZ Myers provides a case in point, and leads us to the hashtag #voluntary history. Laugh or you'll cry.

We Will Remember Them...

So as is my wont on this day, I played Mark Knopfler's "Remembrance Day", followed by Renaissance's "Remember", on my iPhone this morning. Then Steeleye Span's "Where Are They Now" came on unbidden, and considering how I feel about war and the incessant glorification thereof in this country, it felt much more appropriate to the day. Peace will always be far more courageous to me than war. Here are the lyrics:
Man said Nature was his mother
Made a promise at his birth
But she's running like a hunted fox for cover
All across the Earth

The forest turned into the tall ships,
And though they fought for England well
The emptiness is ringing down the ages
Like a hollow bell

[Chorus:]
Where are they now?
Old mysteries
The high ideas of thousand years
All lost on the breeze
Where are they now?

Asking wonders of our children
Blind faith in all the rules
But the blind lead the blind from the cradle
Through the faith of fools

One son gone unto the merchant
Another to the bishop went
Another son to serve the king
And country in some regiment

[Chorus]

Every year in late December
Hark the Herald Angels sing
In the church words of Peace on Earth are spoken
It doesn't change a thing
[Chorus]
As far as I'm concerned, all this war-worship is the faith of fools.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Care of the NSSA, it's Space Sushi (via io9)!