Author: urb

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Syracuse Prof’s Star Trek Class Goes Global

I love when seminal works of fiction, fantasy and science fiction are given their proper due. Previously available only for enrolled Syracuse University students, professor Anthony Rotolo will now offer a free and open “Star Trek” class to the public,...

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Baby got… Bechdel (-Wallace) Test

Update: Alison Bechdel has stated before that she got the idea for the strip from a friend Liz Wallace and more recently said that she would be happy now calling it The Bechdel-Wallace Test. I saw this tweet shared on...

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Screenshot Sherlock

Web comic CommitStrip–a blog relating the daily trials of web developers–shares an experience common to many of us. We’ve all done it. Especially when someone is using their desktop for a video tutorial or sharing it in a streaming meeting....

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Yoncé: The Last Airbender

It’s already known that in addition to Beyoncé’s many talents, most notably being always on beat, and possibly also controlling the weather. But tumblr user flawlessvevo takes it one step further and re-imagines her as not just running the world,...

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Check your Facts and Cite your Sources!

Saw this shared on Facebook over the weekend. Ironically, the page who freebooted the image didn’t cite their own source for it. The image comes from a post at Alaska Robotics, who remixed a classic World War II propaganda poster....

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John Oliver takes on Sex Education

After a look into the state of sex education classes in America–which is both pretty depressing, and includes a look at some classic sex education videos from the 60s and 70s–John Oliver enlists the help of Laverne Cox, Jack McBrayer,...

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Neil Gaiman on political correctness

I’ve seen this quote from Neil Gaiman about “political correctness” making the rounds lately. Even though it’s from a few years ago (on Valentine’s Day, no less), it’s still pretty apt. I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough)...

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jokes: true sense of humor

I have been programmed with a true sense of humor. If a joke is funny, I will laugh. –Sgt. Eve Edison, “Mann & Machine“ I often repeat a version of this, and no one ever gets it. It’s about the...

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ads: Fort vs. Castle

Not having cable TV anymore means I miss out on gems like this. Per General Mills’ YouTube channel, this ad is a few months old, but I only just noticed it this past weekend while out at brunch. Welcome to...

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shopping: MidCity Dog Days & Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

I distinctly remember these shopping events taking place separately in the past, but this upcoming weekend is both MidCity Dog Days in DC and the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale in Old Town and Del Ray. I remember Dog Days last...

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social media: instagram mosaic

So… that’s new. I’m used to getting random favorites and followers on instagram and most of them being “buy followers!” accounts, but this is a new tactic. At least it’s new to me. It’s definitely impressive and is banking on...

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video: Key & Peele – TeachingCenter

While I still find some of their sketches hit or miss1, this Key & Peele TeachingCenter parody take on sports reporting looks at a world where teachers are praised for their talents and abilities in the same way we currently...

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comics: What if Peter Parker were Black?

Based off of a musing on tumblr, artist Plintoon draws four panels from a very good “What If?” idea. A lot of people talk about how it’s time for a “Black Spider-Man” while not nearly as many articles discuss why...

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photo: Win-CAR-dium Leviosa?

Spotted this past Sunday while taking my morning walk. Harry Potter fans everywhere… Maybe the license is part of a spell that makes the car go faster.. or even fly? “Wingardium Leviosa!” he shouted, waving his long arms like a...

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street art: Go Go Yubari by JPS

Some really impressive street art by JPS in the UK. I’m really impressed by the use of the chain, and the artist’s inspiration to make the piece “mixed media”. You don’t often see that with street art and graffiti. I...