“If you look at it right, even Hell can be pretty…”
This Is Water [#geekgirl]
[Whenever I hear/read/am-exposed-to the genius of David Foster Wallace, I always feel that awful gut-twist of sadness when realising, again, that he took himself away from the world. RIP DFW.]
“In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.”
“Ag-Gag” Gagged: the First Ever Prosecution Attempt = Dismissed [#geekgirl]
Back in March I wrote here about the travesty that is “Ag-Gag” – unbelievable USA legislation that allows agriculturalists to legally prosecute citizens who video instances of animal abuse:
“Only in ‘Murica would
potential advocates of animal torturecertain sectors of the agricultural and farming community seek to stop the *documentation* of animal abuse, not the abuse itself…”
Luckily, the first case that has been enacted under the Bill has been dismissed without prejudice, as is reported here by “Green Is The New Red”:
Just 24 hours after I broke the story about Amy Meyer’s arrest under Utah’s ag-gag bill, the Draper City prosecutor’s office has dropped all charges!
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means there’s a possibility of them being filed again, but her attorney says this is highly, highly unlikely — especially after the massive outpouring of outraged after yesterday’s article. To give you an idea: the article made it on the front page of reddit.com today, and in a few hours hundreds of thousands of people visited this website (crashing it for about an hour as we scrambled to adjust the servers).
Yay say the Ag-Gag Gaggers!
Kathrine Switzer: First Woman to Enter the #BostonMarathon [#geekgirl]
[On this day of lingering sadness regarding the Boston Marathon Bombings (and not forgetting the devastation that's currently unfolding in Waco, Texas), take in the positives of the above video of ballsy Kathrine Switzer: the first ever woman to complete the Boston-based race.]
#Carve Yourself Some Wonderment This Monday Morning [#geekgirl]
Please watch full screen and turn up the volume!
Alchemy is a short film about transformation. In nature, everything is constantly changing: the earth, the sky, the stars, and all living things. Spring is followed by summer, fall and winter. Water turns into clouds, rain and ice. Over time, rivers are created, canyons carved, and mountains formed. All of these elements, mixed together, create the magic of nature’s alchemy.
#Bitcoin Explained [#geekgirl]
With Bitcoin enjoying a bumper rollercoaster-y value ride [up from $15 in January 2013 to $266 yesterday with a drop to the low-to-mid 100's overnight, it's now back up to over $200], mainstream interest in the decentralized digital currency has likewise gone through the roof. Watch the video below for more of a fleshed out explanation about just how Bitcoin works.
Infectious Laugh Break-Time [#geekgirl]
I absolutely love the way Craig Ferguson just can’t stop himself from going all-hysterial-laffing-like in the above clip. Makes for a very infectious laugh session (whether or not you think the actual joke is lulzy or not).
#Words to Use More Often [#geekgirl]
After That Last Post We All Could Do With a Bit of Random #Joy, Huh? [#geekgirl]