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May. 13th, 2010 01:49 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 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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:: From change.org, Darfur Activism: Fact & Fiction.
:: Also from change.org, The Presidential Principle of "Make Me Do It".
:: From a [info]poor_skills comment thread, Survival Guide to Homelessness and Leaving Abuse.
:: In fact, the whole post is chock-full of good advice about escaping abuse and being homeless/living on the cheap.
:: Roller Derby FTMFW. From [info]landfill_sky, the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames :D
:: Fucking AWESOME. From @milblogging, Col. Tim Kopra Tweets from Space, "We're preparing the orbiter for return--setting up seats, pulling out suits.Weather's iffy" :D :D (from milblogging.com)
:: WTFF? From @ontd_political, College president honors "diversity" by naming center after Dick Cheney. Dude, being pro-marriage equality is great, but it doesn't make up for all the other stuff. (via philly.com)
:: Your occasional does of tasteless jokery from an [info]ontd_political comment thread:

Knock knock
Who's there?
9/11
9/11 who?
YOU SAID YOU'D NEVER FORGET

...

When does a pentagon have four sides?
When it intersects a plane
:: (We can all hang out in the special hell later.)
:: From @zev4, US man fires cannon, hits neighbor's house (from gmanews.tv)
:: Hahaha! From @marlaerwin, It's time to play Cheese or Font XD
:: From @msnbc_politics, This 9/11, Obama has bullhorn on terrorism. (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: From [info]eh_notsomuch, Call the waaaaaaaaaah-mbulance. About the top 1% complaining about how "hard" they have it now. (via nymag.com)
:: From @newsminer, 'Make your pie and eat it too' at Ester festival. Books, pies, and a McDermott playing the ukulele. What more could you want? (from newsminer.com)
:: From IAVA, U.S. to send more counter-explosives units to Afghanistan. (from latimes.com)

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May. 6th, 2010 12:46 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(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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Apr. 19th, 2010 09:46 pm
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 26, 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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:: Ah. Someone linked to the BoingBoing article: here it is. ^_^
:: From the comments to that (now you see why this is called Sidetrackedery?), Stanford Sapolsky on primate sexuality: funny, fascinating, educational aaaaaand: Sapolsky on primate sexuality part two: required viewing for the horny :D
:: From a [info]rahmbamarama comment thread, Sepia Mutiny Rock on.
:: From [info]antitheism, Evolution: 24 mythis and misconceptions and The Geologic Time Spiral. Makes you feel tiny, huh? (the first from newscientist.com, the second from wikipedia)
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, The 2008 Pigasus Awards Dishonorees include Jenny McCarthy and the producers of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Also, The Jenny McCarthy Body Count.
:: From [info]eh_notsomuch, Oh, NOW they tell us *facepalm*
:: From [info]mil_wives, How Personhood USA & The Bills They Support Will Hurt ALL Pregnant Women This scares the crap out of me. (youtube, automatic audio)
:: A [info]metaquotes context: Things I am Not Allowed To Do At Work: Medical Warehouse Edition, and linked from there, The Domino's Truck Driver Edition. ^_^
:: From photojojo.com, The Zumi Digital DO WANT. :D
:: From [info]trialia via Gtalk, ButYouDontLookSick.com. Excellent site.
:: And another from Tria, Emails From Crazy People heehee... :P
:: From @AllisonRockey, Finally -- a Model Who Looks Like Us!
:: This is great. From [info]atheism, The Different Kinds of People That There Are :P
:: Lordy. From [info]ontd_political, Bachmann to host town hall with Rep. Ron Paul W. T. F.
:: From [info]zevshir, This is Baghdad. *wibble*

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Apr. 10th, 2010 06:00 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]zevshir, this gem of an April Fools' joke:

This is too funny.
The PA Wing website (www.pawingcap.com) has been updated for April Fool's Day. Here's a sample:

Notice of Proposed Regulation
Wednesday, 01 Apr 2009, by JColgan

Part 2, Section 972 (a) 1 (c)

Section I
No CAP member, or person or persons acting on the direction or suggestion or supervision of a CAP member, may try, or attempt to try, or make attempt to try to comprehend or understand any or all, in whole or in part, of the herin mentioned Regulation, except as authorized by the National Commander or an agent appointed by, or inspected by the National Commander.

Section II
If a CAP member or any group of members becomes aware of or realizes, or detects, or discovers, finds that he/she, or they are understanding or have been beginning to understand the Regulations, they must immediately, within three (3) days, notify, in writing, in triplicate, the National Legal Officer using CAPF 129a, Notice of Impending Comprehension.

Section III
Upon receipt of the above-mentioned notice of impending comprehension, the National Legal Officer shall immediately rewrite the Regulation that is in imminent danger of being understood. Such rewriting shall be done in such a manner to eliminate any further hazard of comprehension.

Section IV
The National Commander may, at his/her discretion, require the offending CAP member or members to attend remedial instruction on Regulations until such time that the CAP member or members is too confused to be capable of understanding anything.

:: From [info]metaquotesExamples of what not to do at goth night :P
:: My favorites are the bunny on the keg and the dollar-store Cthulu. From [info]thrifthorror.
:: From [info]atheismThe Atheist's Dilemma: Family Guy Takes A Stand (from cinemablend.com)
:: Another lovely poem posted by [info]exceptindreamsIn Your Version of Heaven I Am Younger by Rachel Zucker.
:: From [info]antitheismthis amusing Chick Tract. :P
:: From [info]rahmbamaramaAll the President's Emails. Is fukken awesome. :D (from guardian.co.uk)
:: From [info]babyzblueze via MSN, GNW opening monologue texts! :D
:: And another from [info]babyzbluezeHow to Eat Cheese. Because it's funny and she insisted. :P
:: And another... ^__^ Doug Anthony Allstars: Case File
:: This is fantastic. From [info]antitheismNZers becoming less religious: Survey Those statistics, right on!
:: From surfing the above-linked NZ Herald News website, NZ growing bigger and further apart.
:: Lordy fuck. Another from the NZ Herald News, US funding for 'no' vote Focus on your own damn families! *facepalm*
:: AWESOME. From [info]rahmbamaramaExclusive: Rahm Emanuel's speech (from media.www.gwhatchet.com) And the comments!
:: Another great April Fools joke from [info]atheism.

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Apr. 9th, 2010 03:03 am
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
[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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Mar. 31st, 2010 04:22 am
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 28, 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 is awesome. From change.org, Youth Taking Action: Serving Iraqi refugees
:: Found at [info]rahmbamarama, Obama's First 100 Days from The Onion.
:: From [info]aesthetik_dekay at my Tim Minchin post, "I have this horrible fear of zombies..." Is good tiems. XD
:: From [info]queer_yay, another WBC smackdown! WIN.
:: Yes, another post of mine to [info]metaquotes. :) (Re: the "Ex-Masturbator" T-shirts, etc.)
:: Lordy. From [info]zevshir, Does Policy Endanger Female Soldiers? (from cbsnews.com)
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, An interview with Jerry Coyne (from americanscientist.org)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Attitude of Rahm Emanuel (from esquire.com)
:: From [info]olberfanns, this video and this video of Keith Olbermann on CSPAN.
:: Neato! From Fizzy via Gtalk, Top Gear star to build Lego house (from news.bbc.co.uk)
:: During a conversation on sexuality, I looked this up on Google: Two Spirited People A fascinating read.
:: An awesome Keith/Anderson AU by [info]peapods42.
:: From [info]driftingfocus, 6 Reasons North Korea is the Funniest Evil Dictatorship Ever (from cracked.com)
:: From the above link, The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations (from cracked.com)
:: From [info]bisexual_world, Big City - A Teacher's Commitment Ceremony, and the Seventh Grade Is Invited WIN.
:: From [info]colbertobsessed, Snacks and Shit and Porn SFW - Safe For Work Porn Pictures :D
:: From @FreedomToServe, Gay Soldier on British Army Magazine It is so beyond time to repeal DADT.
:: From [info]exceptindreams, this poem that made me wibble:

"The Wounding Moment"
Chris Ransick

Don't try to tell me now
we were otherwise kind to the girl.
Such lies mock both the truth and
what we've become since with our
accumulated years. I know I will walk
backward through nightmares forever,
trying but unable to catch her tears
in my outstretched palm.
When you tormented her that day
at the woods' edge, summer sky
stormed because your words
curdled clouds. Yes, she was fat,
and her skin raw with blemishes.
I flinched when she raised her head,
red-rimmed eyes fierce, and learned
from her how to speak none of it.
I was, as always, captive in my
little-brotherness to you, my captain,
but I disowned you there with the
sunlight glinting off your blond hair,
all your beauty still somehow less
than her anger, sheathed.

:: The comments on this entry of [info]atheism are creative-solution-finding WIN.
:: From Fizzy, State faces 'worst-ever' fire season I'll be over here, worried sick for Fizzy and her family for the next several months.

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Mar. 20th, 2010 07:32 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 3, 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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:: COOOL! From Fizzy via Gtalk, Yarra's unusual visitors cause a stir (from theage.com.au)
:: This would be awesome. The goal: make solar more accessible (from heraldtribune.com)
:: And this is why we need a public option, like, YESTERDAY: 'Pre-existing' hits hard (from heraldtribune.com)
:: A happy story to warm the cold heart: Army veteran and her children ready to start over (from heraldtribune.com)
:: UGH and UGH. That is all.
:: From @zev4 Some veterans of recent wars find homelessness at home (from latimes.com)
:: THIS ONTD_POLITICAL COMMENT THREAD.
:: From @sarking, Chai's Big Bite Cocktail :D
:: From military.com, How to Lay Old Glory to Rest
:: From another link from someone on Twitter, Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum (Fizzy, we should go there during the Epic Road Trip! It'd be Epic lulz. :D)
:: Well said, Tom! Meanwhile, back at the war... (from ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
:: From @Scoop44, Obama Urges Congress to Repeal DOMA

Obama said he wouldn’t tell gay rights activists to “be patient” for progress, but he did ask them to judge him by the promises that his administration keeps.

In other words, we’ll have to wait and see.

:: From @PaulReikhoff, Marine Finds Unlikely Reinforcements Online: Nerds :)
:: What the fuck? From military.com, INS Plans to Deport Wife of GI in Iraq
:: Neato! From cnn.com, Fourth of July goes global

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Mar. 20th, 2010 07:30 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From June 29, 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 is fucking awesome: She finally has a home: Harvard
:: FUCK YEAH TAMMY BALDWIN. Baldwin Pitches Gay Health Care Bill
:: COOOOOOL. (from [info]a_tergo_lupi who found it at boston.com)
:: A great cause! Who Else Wants to Change a Child's Life? (from darrenrowse.com)
:: This and this are making my blood boil. Not the text of the second post, but the horror stories of the American "health care system" on both that just make my blood boil.
:: DO WANT. From [info]saucydwellings, Giant World Map, Earth-toned
:: Neato. From gayrights.change.org, Of Gay Penguins and Lesbian Fruit Flies
:: Huh. From homelessness.change.org, A Bad Alternative to Panhandling
:: From humantrafficking.change.org, Is Hershey's secret Ingredient Child Slavery? Important to know.
:: From @zev4, Rising toll at US military hospital in Afghanistan
:: From @zev4, Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles Not good for one's blood pressure.
:: From [info]skywaterblue, Pink dolphin appears in US lake
:: Also from [info]skywaterblue, Bush Adm. Weighed Restricting 1st Amendment *fumes*
:: And another from [info]skywaterblue, Kepler Spacecraft Will Search Cosmos for Earth-Like Planets Cooooooool! :D
:: Well done, Barry! From [info]eh_notsomuch, Obama Suspends Bush Rule on Endangered Species :D
:: I have this fear too, every time I hear the doorbell. (A [info]mil_wives post, locked)
:: From [info]eh_notsomuch, Obama Vs. The Washington Estabishment
:: From @sarking, Jackson dies, almost takes Internet with him I didn't even read the article. The title is just pure win.
:: Also from @sarking, CNN bit on media reading of lovey-dovey emails
:: LAWL. Morning Joe crew cracks up over "Pearl Necklace" Okay, that totally rofled my copter. :D

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Feb. 1st, 2010 03:30 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From June 22, 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]zevshir, Under the Hood: Oleo Strut History

The coffeehouse was given the name "The Oleo Strut." An oleo strut is a shock absorber, and we saw this as a metaphor for what we hoped the place would be for the soldiers we hoped to work with. We had no idea what a shock we were about to absorb.

Within a week of opening, soldiers were coming in at night to tell us of riot control training they were taking part in during the day. They'd been told they were going to Chicago to "fight the hippies and the commies" who were going to show up for the Democratic Convention the next month. They were terribly upset at the thought of having to possibly open fire on Americans who they agreed with about the war and the need for change here in America. Soldiers were talking about deserting, about running away to Mexico, about "doing something."

Our response was a little yellow sticker, two inches by two inches. On it was a white hand flashing the "peace sign," backed by a black fist. We printed up 1,000 of them and passed them out. GIs said they would put these on their helmets if they were called into the streets, to identify themselves to the protestors. At this point, the Army got very upset with us.

The Monday of the convention, 5,000 troops were ordered to board the transports. They were headed for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, as backup for the Chicago Police Department. As the soldiers were preparing to board the airplanes, the bravest act of antiwar protest I ever knew of happened.

43 Black soldiers, all combat veterans, refused to board the airplanes. Due to the self-separation of the races on the base, we had no idea this was going to happen. The Black troops had organized themselves. They knew what they were going to get for this. The minimum qualification to be one of those who would refuse was the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, so the Army wouldn't be able to call them cowards.

:: From @ObamaNews, A Town Hall on Fatherhood
:: Cheesy title, good article. From @PaulReikhoff, Hey Lindsay Lohan! Did You Hear About the Major Victory for Thousands of Stop-Lossed Troops?
:: From [info]ontd_political, this made me cry for reals (and not just because I'm a crybaby).
:: Accessibility FAIL. Man, service dog turned away at fairgrounds (from wthr.com)
:: From @USArmy, Alaska supports Army kids, NCOs Right on! :D
:: From @zestylime, Shep Smith Mocks 'Glenn Beck Friday,' 'I Don't Even Know What The Heck the Thing Is' (YouTube) THAT is fucking awesome. And so, clearly, is Shep Smith. His hour is the only hour of FNC I can watch without my blood pressure going through the roof.
:: Also from @zestylime, Smith gives Fox News even-tempered voice
:: WHAT THE PFFUCK? From @Meggion, Senator: 'We're allowing gays to exist' (from thenewcivilrightsmovement.com) **FUMES**
:: From [info]trialia via Facebook, How to Be a Good Friend to Someone With Chronic Pain (from thetramadoldiaries.com) tl;dr: be there, and don't be a jerk.
:: From postsecret.com, Anonymity Project: The PostSecret Effect. (YouTube) Warning: tearjerker.
:: Awesome! From @Scoop44, Texting for Humanity.
:: Well, fuck. From @newsminer, Fewer jobs in Alaska than a year ago
:: From @newsminer, List of ethics complaints filed against Alaska Gov. Palin
:: From (I can't remember) on Twitter, With Plan and a Rope, Captives Fled from Taliban (from nytimes.com)

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