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May. 6th, 2010 12:46 am
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(From September 7, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From military.com, Guard Opens First Academy for Dropouts. Neato! :)
:: Also from military.com, Working With War Wounds. Best wishes, Sgt. Ranno.
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, TRMS Insani-Tea: Conservatives Rally Around "Teabagging" Oh, here they come. Going through April is gonna be FUN!
:: From @DonLemonFans, Viral Web site mocks Wal-Mart customers. I'm looking through People of Wal-Mart, and as a Southerner, I haven't found anything particularly offensive yet. Most of it's just funny/embarrassing.
:: From @Scoop44, Why Objectivity Just Won't Matter
:: From @gayatheist, Protect Maine Equality Releases First Two TV Ads Well done!
:: From Encyclopedia Dramatica, quoted by [info]zevshir:

how being verbose works to your advantage:

"If your teacher assigns you a paper on some boring-ass topic like the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, you know that bitch isn't gonna read every single paper in your 500 seat lecture class, so you can just fire up the copypasta machine and make your paper so long and boring that she'll get about 3 pages in before giving up and scribbling a "B" on it before running off to some seedy motel with one of her other students."

:: Neato! From [info]zevshir, North Carolina Town Prints Own Currency to Support Local Business
:: Awwwwwww. From [info]exceptindreams, I know you little, I love you lots.
:: WIN. From @GayRainArmy, Finger Bitten Off in Fight At Health Care Rally. The injured anti-reform man walked to Los Robles hospital to have the finger reattached. He has Medicare.
:: This, this, and this, and this on the conservative freakout over President Obama's speech to schoolkids on Sept. 8th.
:: Awwwwww! From @sarking, Squirrel nuts over builder friend (from news.bbc.co.uk, automatic audio/video)
:: From @USArmy, Pledge of support from first lady begins family conference Nice.
:: YAYS! From @gayatheist, BREAKING: Calif. Assembly Passes Harvey Milk Day Bill :D :D :D
:: From an [info]atheism comment thread, this (an NZ survey) and (a US survey) on religion, non-religion, and demographics. (from openparachute.wordpress.com and doubtreligion.blogspot.com)

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May. 5th, 2010 02:14 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From this post in [info]ohnotheydidnt, Antiziganism, or prejudice against the Romani people (otherwise known as Gypsies).
:: **flees [info]stupid_free and [info]ohnotheydidnt for the relative sanity less-fuckity of my flist**
:: My goodness, this is awesome. From [info]outercourse in a [info]nacho_cheese comment thread, Los Colorados: Hot & ColdIs so cute!
:: From [info]iisz in [info]atheism, A Pale Blue Dot. YouTube vids here and here. :D
:: From the YouTube site of that second video, subtitle.in! Like the Braille Printer, another duh, of course it'd be out there kind of awesome thing. :D
:: This gem from [info]colbertobsessed:

Oh, and Glenn Beck is fucking insane, but I think we all know that already, lol. I saw that clip of him weeping for his country. HOLY MOO COW. Really? I mean, really?

:: From [info]ontd_political to [info]ms_treesap's userpics to [info]nextjuly to Rappin' Rudd vs. Hip-hop Howard HAHAHAHA "What up my diggers!" (youtube)
:: From @BWBooks, 'Reading Rainbow' Reaches Its Final Chapter I know I've posted another link about this, but it's still sad. (from npr.org)
:: THIS EPIC FANART OF KEITH AND RACHEL by [info]jesidres, found at the Aug. 28 Shenanigans Friday at [info]ontd_political.
:: From a [info]poor_skills comment thread, RecipeMatcher, Supercook recipe search, and CookingByNumbers.com. Very useful!
:: From [info]atheism, Why Fred Phelps should be left the fuck alone. tl;dr Freedom of speech includes freedom of being an asshole.
:: AWWWWW. From @lechatsavant, Ted Kennedy and Bo Obama! :D
:: SING IT. From military.com, Vets' Groups Slam 'Death Book' Claims. A bit late on the draw, but very well done.
:: And here's Tammy Duckworth laying the smackdown on Fox News Sunday. And ugh, be moar of a douche, Chris Wallace. (youtube)
:: From...I don't remember...on Twitter, US extends Blackwater Iraq contract. FAAAAAIL. (from english.aljazeera.net)

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May. 5th, 2010 02:13 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 5, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: This will make any sane person's blood boil. From [info]rpeate at [info]antitheism, NOM's Marriage Talking Points. Nope, it's still bigotry and discrimination.
:: From @jorajo, this super-cute kitty .gif! :D
:: From a comment thread in [info]atheist, shitty advice is shitty. (from salon.com)
:: And this excellent comment to said shitty advice from [info]chron_job. (Also, a lot of the other letters in response to the article are very good.)
:: An excellent bit on friending and LJ by [info]skreidle, found at [info]fragbert:

It occurs to me that you may just want to lay out some ground rules...about how this LJ is for you first, audience second; that there will be some days you don't post, and that's just life, please don't email/comment/txt about the lack o' dailypost; to keep the drama out; and that when you boil it down, listing someone as a "friend" on LJ only means two things: 1) 'I currently enjoy reading what you write', and 2) 'I'm allowing you to see my Friends-Only posts.' Anything beyond that is icing."

:: From @danielabrams, Voices Revealed: Kidnapper's Blog Flooded With Vengeful Comments. Because that's so constructive, yanno? *eyeroll* (from mediaite.com)
:: More Beckshit. From @danielabrams, Glenn Beck Accuses Obama of Starting Oligarhy (Sic) :P (from mediaite.com)
:: From [info]aesthetik_dekay, the [info]autism community, and from there, Carly's Voice. Is fascinating.
:: Have some Newt Gingrich being an ignorant jerkoff: from [info]repate at [info]antitheism, Obama administration 'anti-religious,' Gingrich says. Dude, liberal non est secular. There is a religious left.
:: From @roomerholmes, H.R. 3200 IN ITS ENTIRETY. And I'm determined to have read it all by the end of the month.
:: Heehee, right on. From [info]ksol1460 at [info]olberfanns, Barnacle Bill the Sailor. Mightily NSFW, this is the bawdy version. :) (from kristinhall.org)
:: And here's the clean version she posted at [info]olberfanns. :P
:: From [info]lady_sci_fi (I still think that's an awesome username) at [info]olberfanns, Aaron Sorkin returning to TV? Possible fictional show based on Countdown with Keith Olbermann? That would be frakkin' AWESOME.
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Biden's Puppy Breeder: "Never, Never, Never Again". Lordy, people were dicks to her.
:: WORDY GOODNESS. A comment thread in [info]mil_wives led me to [info]stupid_free which led me to a post in [info]ohnotheydidnt and in a comment thread therein I found World Wide Words. :D

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Apr. 19th, 2010 09:45 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 25, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: The comments on [info]olberfanns leading up to Keith's anticlimactic "big announcment" are fucking great.
:: Yeah, so I've linked to or copied just about every poem that [info]exceptindreams has posted that I've seen in keeping up with my flist. Well, they deserve to be linked/copied. Here's another, Listen! by Vladimir Mayakovsky.
:: From a comment thread in [info]atheist, 10 myths -- and 10 truths -- about atheism by Sam Harris. A really, really excellent article. Go read it! (from latimes.com)
:: This from [info]metaquotes:

My debit cards are, evidently, made in Outer Mongolia, on a machine that only works on days when it can be powered by the divine light of the full moon. It is then shipped by camel to Uttar Pradesh, where it's lost for six days. When, finally, one of the child workers in that factory amputates a finger on a diamond drill, it turns out, in quest for the first-aid kit (which is actually just a gun to shoot the kid with) that my debit card was being used to hold a door open. Acting promptly, the factory foreman grabs my card, uses it to slit the kid's throat, and then drops the bloodstained card into an envelope, which is probably addressed to Maine. The UPPS drops the envelope into the hold of a tramp steamer going the wrong direction, and eventually the card winds up in Africa, where I see it being used as a ping-pong paddle in the slums of Nairobi on Another Touching Discovery Documentary About Somewhere You Never Want To Live. The producer of the show is only available via carrier pigeon during the day, but can be reached by a pillar of fire at night, so eventually he takes the card from the kids playing ping-pong and sends it off to me, where it will be, for NO EVIDENT REASON, rerouted to Des Moines, IA, because Des Moines, WA is close enough, despite the zip code being wildly different. Eventually, the card will be hand-carried to me by a convicted serial killer named Opus, who is pretty sure I gots a purdy mouf.

On the plus side, I never, ever notice the bloodstains from the kid in Uttar Pradesh, because by the time I have time to examine the card, I've had to use it to kill Opus, so I assume it's his blood.

(And for all of you who laughed, there's plenty of room for the lot of you in Heather's Happy Hellbound Handbasket.)
:: This, this, and this, from [info]a_tergo_lupi. (from photoninthedarkness.com and sciencebasedmedicine.org)
:: From change.org, Students vs. the Defense of Marriage Act I wanted to stay umarried for just this reason, but with Chris going back into the military...I still feel guilty about it, like I'm flashing my heteronormative privilege around, even though I'm not heterosexual.
:: From change.org, A Global Look At Women's Attitudes Toward Domestic Abuse :(
:: From a link from change.org, Why I need a Public Option For Health Care Reform, by Danine Spencer (from danine.net)
:: Most of these are spot-on. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Uncomfortable Plot Summaries
:: From this [info]metaquotes context, How do you explain a missing hand to a child? Excellent article, and excellent comments. (from bbc.co.uk)
:: And then I looked up Kids Like Me So. Freaking. Cute.
:: Also from that context, Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs And they are neato. :)
:: So a comment in that context mentioned BoingBoing, though I didn't see the nephew's project mentioned there, but I did findthis awesomeness from [info]naominovik: her book His Majesty's Dragon, the full text!, and others. :D
:: And this deserves extra pimpage: The Suvudu Free Book Library! I don't think I'll be in a "book funk" for quite some time. XD Lots of series to get into here!
:: Two more links from that context's comments: Student Activism and A Fabulous Child's Story. Is super-neato. :)

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Apr. 10th, 2010 05:58 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]mothwentbad at [info]atheismA Religious Liberal Blog: Religion in America: Not Encouraging. (from religiousliberal.blogspot.com)
:: The article mentioned in the above, There's a new power in America - atheism Well, I sure hope so. (from timesonline.co.uk)
:: While looking up internet accessibility, I found this at the BBC Disability Blog: Disability BitchI like her. :D
:: From [info]quill18 in an [info]atheist comment thread, "Be exellent to each other." "Party on, dudes!" (link goes to YouTube; automatic audio)
:: From [info]azurecobalt in an [info]atheist comment thread, List of fictitious atheists and agnostics (from wikipedia.org)
:: From [info]eh_notsomuchHome Decorating With The Obamas Classy!
:: This gem from [info]metaquotes. Kitteh pwnage FTW. :)
:: From @GayRainArmy, List of Glenn Beck Sponsors/Advertisers: Dropped & Remaining Frequently updated.
:: I love this. From [info]metaquotesThe First Church of the Intergalactic Fruitbat Steve :D
:: From Chris via Gtalk, a Chugworth Academy comic about coloring one's hair. ^_^
:: I LOL'ed. From [info]metaquotes, about [info]rahmbamarama.
:: From [info]i_iz_normlSt Francis de la Sissies Awesome. (from youtube.com; automatic audio)
:: An article about [info]rahmbamaramaRahm Emanuel shows mettle, preparedness Right on.
:: This is so freaking cute. From [info]metaquotes.:: Neato! And useful. From [info]pushingarockOneLook Reverse Dictionary 

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Apr. 9th, 2010 03:03 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 20, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]lady_sci_fi at [info]olberfannsCBS Interview and bio of Keith Olbermann from 2007
:: From [info]sarkenVVC Premiere Vid: Oh My God (Better Than Chocolate) (from [info]butterfly)
:: I love this. From [info]sarken's weheartit, I love this style and the fun words that get put where "Keep Calm and Carry On" would go.
:: From weheartit, thisthisthis, and this. :)
:: From weheartit, Dexter the Screen Cleaner XD
:: From @newsminer, Report: Gun case, Bible among gifts sent to Palin
:: These gems from [info]zevshir:

"The frontal assault is the least preferred method of attack. Unless of course you're a marine, and then it's hey diddle diddle everybody up the middle."

-- from a lesson on infantry tactics this weekend

(Ranks right up there with the advice on why you need to get yourself squared away: "If you suck as a platoon leader, your company commander is gonna be all up in your kool-aid.")

:: And another from [info]zevshir:

overheard

W: I'm inebriated off life.

R: Well, don't drive if your blood-life content is .08 or over.

:: Neato! From @newsminer, Fairbanks Special Olympians let the bocce roll :D :D :D
:: ZOMFSM DO WANT. Saw the commercial on MSNBC just now, and Googled it: KEITH OLBERMANN BOBBLEHEAD. XDDD
:: Cooool! From fleursdesoleils at xanga, Books-painted staircase!
:: From Weather.com via Google search, Major Hurricane Bill: a threat to land? *keeps watching, worrying*
:: From military.com, Time for 'Don't Ask' Policy to Go? Good article, but I'd recomment avoiding most of the comments. *facepalm*
:: Also from military.com, Vision Care Center Still out of Sight *sigh* 

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Dec. 26th, 2009 05:17 pm
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(From June 7, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From @8C on Twitter, from the BBC: 'Gay penguins' reare adopted chick. All together now: AWWWWWWW! :D
:: From military.com email: Chasing Taliban 'Ghosts' in Afghanistan
:: From military.com email: Awards Winning Mom Took Brave Path
:: AWWWWW. Gay Flamingos Become Proud Parents (via Sky News)
:: Further AWWWWW: Gay Birds of a feather parent together at Israeli zoo (via CNN)
:: From @Schontse on Twitter, EPIC CUTE 'workout' from [info]sf_drama. (Quite possibly the only LJ post that's not mine that I'd send to my mom. :D)
:: From 8C on Twitter, Homeless and Online in San Francisco. Like @8C said, hardcore.
:: From [info]aronstale at [info]sf_drama, Rat devour's (sic) leopard's meat under her nose - and lives
:: From @newsminer (the Fairbanks Daily news-Miner), Alaska-based soldier dies in Afghanistan. *moment of silence*
:: Another from @8C, from the Dept. of Didn't Know But Not Surprised, Health Insurers want you to keep smoking, Harvard doctors say (from the Scientific American Blog)

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From early this morning (June 5, between midnight and one a.m.):

Found on my walk. on Twitpic New construction on Twitpic Another found by a dumpster on Twitpic

Sorry two of the three are stuff found in front of dumpsters. I'd love to take pictures of the new housing (it's really nice, so of course I live in the old housing), but I don't want to get in trouble--especially since I walk after midnight when it's not too bright or too hot out.

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:: From buzzfeed.com: Latvia's Blonde Parade Neato!
:: From telegraph.co.uk: Blondes march in Latvia to 'cheer-up nation' It was also a charity fundraiser:
The parade was part of a "Blonde Weekend" which also featured a blonde golf tournament, a little lady fashion show, an evening ball, and a children's drawing competition.

"It's a great time to spend in the parade and contribute to a charity," said Ieva, one blonde spectator.

"Finally something different, something positive because I'm tired of hearing about the crisis," said another, 70-year-old Ausma.

The event attracted many locals and puzzled tourists.

Following the parade, blondes climbed into open-topped cars and drove to the local shopping centre.

The money collected during the event will be donated to support children's safety and playgrounds for disabled children in Riga and across Latvia.

Thanks to BBC America's BBC World News's Odd Box for tipping me off to it! :D
:: By Melissa Harris-Lacewell for CNN, Don't Hold Obama to race agenda.
:: From @msnbc, Delayed Spacewalk ends successfully.
:: From @USArmy, D-Day commentary: Values bind servicemembers together across span of time
:: Official Comedy Central: "OPERATION IRAQI STEPHEN: GOING COMMANDO"
:: From @USArmy, Army deploys scientists to study Iraqi culture
:: From alternet.org, American Amnesia: We Forget Our Atrocities Almost As Soon As We Commit Them by Noam Chomsky.
:: From @USArmy, Modern-day medic pays tribute to grandfather's legacy on Normandy's Utah Beach
:: This makes me happy. From [info]ontd_political.
:: An example of fundie fucknuttery. From [info]ontd_political.
:: From @msnbc, S.D. rancher wins $232.1 million Powerball
:: From @algore, Gore's green groups kick into campaign mode to push climate legislation
:: From Wonkette, Someone Please Send Sean Hannity to Pakistan or Bagram Forever w00t! Hannity's one of the worst take-out-of-context-ers EVER.
:: This and This, in response to Rob and Arney's transphobic rant. From [info]wook77, who is made of useful researchiness win. :) (Yes, I posted the text of that article a few hours ago, but here it is anyway.)

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Nov. 25th, 2009 10:57 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
More interesting stuff found from patiently going through my flist, and how often I get sidetracked and how far...

...and also from Twitter and from looking back through friends' LJs. :)

:: From the military.com newsletter: Prostleyzing is a no-no, dammit!
:: The "Creation Museum" doesn't refute evolution, it refutes Pokemon. (from [info]antitheism)
:: Thanks to [info]sailorptah, Kittens on a Roomba!
:: This PostSecret makes my heart go flippity-flop.
:: THIS. SO MUCH THIS. (I'd so love the Ranma curse because then I could switch back and forth at will!)
:: And the comic itself is just freaking cool. And it'll make you think. (I've been reading this comic for hours now!)
:: Duuuuuude. THIS is freaking cool!

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Nov. 25th, 2009 10:56 am
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From May 6, 2009)

More interesting stuff found from patiently going through my flist, and how often I get sidetracked and how far...

...and also from Twitter and from looking back through friends' LJs. :)

:: I can't even remember the train of opening new tabs that led to finding this gem. :D
:: (Oh yeah. I'm doing my first ever friends cut [this was from the third to the fourth of this month]. Finding some interesting stuff. From the present!)
:: I wish [info]camera3 would be updated.
:: Some Guy With A Website makes awesome political cartoons. Thanks to @natthedem for the link.
:: Thanks to Fizzy, a great movie called The Dish, about a big satellite dish in a small town in Australia that made the world's viewing of the Apollo 11 moon landing possible. Why this isn't being shown in at least central Florida schools is beyond me.

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