Movie time!

One of the side-effects of doing most of my web surfing from mobile devices is that I don’t spend a lot of time watching videos. On the other hand, when I do, and I want to share them, it’s a real pain in the ass to copy the embed code into WordPress on the phone.

Which leads us to this — a day where I post a whole pile of videos.

Let’s start with a kitten and a mirror:

AT-AT Day Afternoon makes us see these gentle giants as mere puppies.

Now a bit to freak you out — here’s a giant spider crab molting. All I can think is that this thing must have one heck of a headache right before it crawls out of that shell.

Animal the Muppet has a staring contest with one of the band members from OK Go

Inspiration

The Velluvial Matrix is the commencement speech Atul Gawande gave Stanford’s School of Medicine.

Half a century ago, medicine was neither costly nor effective. Since then, however, science has combatted our ignorance. It has enumerated and identified, according to the international disease-classification system, more than 13,600 diagnoses—13,600 different ways our bodies can fail. And for each one we’ve discovered beneficial remedies—remedies that can reduce suffering, extend lives, and sometimes stop a disease altogether. But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures. Our job in medicine is to make sure that all of this capability is deployed, town by town, in the right way at the right time, without harm or waste of resources, for every person alive. And we’re struggling. There is no industry in the world with 13,600 different service lines to deliver.

It’s worth a read.

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Also worth the read, but in a totally different way: some folks write one of the most interesting Facebook updates I’ve ever seen.

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This article from Donna Spencer got me out of a major funk last week.

The more design work I do the more I realise that there is no such thing – there is no right answer to a design problem. [...] There are only bad, good and better answers for the current situation. Each of the potential solutions sits within a particular context.

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Jesus Without Miracles takes me back to a religious class I had in college, and a bit of faith I thought I’d lost.

Gender Studies

I don’t know if I’m just attuned to gender-related articles right now or if there are just lots of them. But I found these interesting:

My Brief Life as a Woman is an article by a man who, thanks to treatment for prostate cancer, got to go on the emotional rollercoaster that women experience as menopause.

I liked the article above better than this one: The Penis Pant, an article in which a man suddenly realizes that PMS and cramps hurt like hell. Thank you for joining the rest of us.

This is not your standard McDonald’s commercial.

From the New York Times: an op-ed on The Pill right in time for its 50th anniversary:

But there is something we could do to help the pill live up to its potential: let women purchase it over the counter. A half-century of evidence shows us that it’s safe to dispense the pill without a prescription.

But should you have birth control in the first place? Well, some “feminists” say no…. and here’s a short history of the feminist antifeminists that would tell you just that.

OK, this one is just odd, but I had to share. This is a picture of Batman pregnant with Superman’s baby. Remember before you click: you can’t un-see things.

Speaking of things you can’t un-see, here’s an iPad cover I won’t be buying.

Dreams: I hate ‘em.

Everything you need to know about how well I slept and how I feel now can be summed up like this:

It turns out that Worf and Picard were deeply in love, but their love was unrequited in their home universe. Here, they discovered they wouldn’t be judged for their actions.

Their passion wasn’t what saved the universe — that was done when the grape/eggs were implanted into one of the characters in my comic (Marin – again – poor girl). We were all assured when she gave birth the multiverse would gain new power and we’d see a rebirth of civilization on this post-apocolyptic moon world.

But the love Picard and Worf shared was so deeply touching it was a great way to end the episode. I mean, dream.

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God, I need a soda.

Comics that teach, and other interesting items

OK, that’s good for now.

Too much to write, here are some links instead.

And now: Kittens riding a Roomba.

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