Lots of great links this weekend. Happy Valentine’s day to all those who celebrate it, and all those who humbug should go watch my video on why I no longer humbug. We’ve got great things today, from internet birthdays to jedi badasses.
The butt song from hell
If there’s one thing we love here, it’s history. Two things, history and butts. Okay, history, butts, and the internet. History, butts, the internet, and art. History, butts–You get the picture. So imagine my pleasure when I found out the internet had transcribed some music from a Hieronymous Bosch painting. Music painted on a butt. There’s lyrics and everything. Please take a moment to enjoy the butt hole song from hell.
Facebook finally gets with it
When I joined Facebook four years ago, the only gender options were male and female, with a “none” option added afterward. But recently, Facebook has changed their settings to accommodate a range of gender expressions, including a space where you can just fill in your own. Well played. I even resisted the urge to set mine to Darth Vader.
Speaking of Darth Vader, Ryan, who you’ll see a lot more of come March, sent this great article about the assorted badasseries of otherwise whiny farm kid Luke Skywalker. In Return of the Jedi, he straightens his back and gets to work. Well played, TOR. Now let’s get some other ones. Leia? Katniss? R2-D2?
In people being magnificent news, meet Colin, a kid in western Michigan. He asked his mom not to invite anyone to his birthday party because no one at school liked him and he didn’t have any friends. So his mom invited the internet, and so far over a million and a half people have liked the page. We’ve all been there one time or another, kid. I think I feel another birthday song coming on.
Fusion, now with lasers
The National Ignition Facility in California tries to create nuclear fusion with lasers, and they recently had a little breakthrough. “Inside a star’s core, the intense heat and pressure fuse hydrogen atoms, creating helium nuclei and releasing vast amounts of energy. Hurricane and other researchers at NIF are attempting to achieve a similar effect by firing 192 laser beams into a gold chamber, which converts the lasers’ energy into pulses of X-rays. A series of four of these pulses squeezes a small fuel pellet containing deuterium and tritium, both isotopes of hydrogen, causing the pellet to implode and briefly undergo fusion.” Also, the researcher’s name is Omar Hurricane, which is awesome.
Also, the Olympics are a thing that’s happening right now. There’s a lot of politics, jingoism, money, and problems, but at the same time there are a lot of people over there working hard at a thing they love doing. Good on you to all the competitors for making it this far, and best wishes to everyone. Being an athlete isn’t easy.