Guardianship of Keanu 

Friday, September 24th, 2021

It’s often said that you shouldn’t have a baby for anyone but yourself. Usually, that advice means you should have a baby because you want to have a baby, not because your parents want grandkids or because all your friends are having kids. However, this advice applies to acting as a surrogate for someone you barely know with no legal contract in place. Don’t…don’t do that.

Why Alan Braid Violated Texas’s Extreme Abortion Ban 

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Alan Braid is a physician with decades of experience in obstetrics. He just intentionally violated Texas’s horrible new anti-choice law, as part of an effort to get it struck down.

I’m Over the Moon Coverage

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

In recent months, I’ve noticed that the news is crazy for articles about the moon. Every single month, there’s apparently some fancy moon that may never be seen again in your lifetime. This month, it’s the fairly well known “harvest moon”. Multiple times I’ve seen “instructional” headlines, like “How to see this week’s ‘strawberry moon,’ the last supermoon of 2021”.

For the love of…Look. Up. “How to see the moon”!

Listen, the moon is really not very different each month. It will appear slightly bigger or slightly smaller, depending on our orbit, but that’s about it. And that’s fine! The moon is amazingly cool, and a full moon is always neat to see. That ought to be enough.

September 21 Is Finally Here! 

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

I first learned about the fabulous new holiday of September 21st in 2019.1 That year, I wrote about it on September 23. In 2020, I got closer, posting on September 22. But this year? This year I planned ahead so we could properly observe the day.

Yes, friends, today is the twenty first of September. which means it’s time to celebrate! Last year, Demi Adejuyigbe said he would only make a video for 2021 if the internet gave $50,000 to charity. His hopes of avoiding the work were quickly dashed, and he ultimately raised an astounding $330945.70.

The new video for 2021 is now available, and predictably, it is fantastic.2 It may be Adejuyigbe’s last, but if so, he’s going out on top.

He’s also again raising money for charity. Give the whole thing a view or three, and then consider donating to Demi’s charities of choice for 2021. You can do so right at Sept21st.com. Have a great day!


Footnotes:

  1. If you’re new to Sept 21st, the two previous posts provide a good background. Alternately, check out each year’s video in chronological order, with this handy YouTube playlist. ↩︎

  2. As always, the video is archived here. ↩︎

Look at Those Ears Go 

Monday, September 20th, 2021

This site is well-known to be extremely pro-bat dog. Now, thanks to the Durham Bulls and their bat dog Ripken, it is also pro-GoPro-on-a-bat-dog. Just look at this:

[Photo credit: @RipkenTheBatDog]

That’s tremendous, and the world needs more of it.1 For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Golf Digest is the site breaking this crucial news, but I’ll take it.2 Here’s to many more bat dogs, and bat dog’s-eye view videos as well.


Footnotes:

  1. This wonderful video is archived here. ↩︎

  2. This article seems to be part of their “The Loop” section, which they describe as “the modern handbook to sports, entertainment and everything else”. OK. ↩︎

Such an Honor 

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Australian entomologist Bryan Lessard has named 50 new species of insects in his career, which is pretty awesome. His most recent is the RuPaul fly, named after the famous and fabulous drag queen. Why? Just have a look:

I know you might think you’re seeing double, but no! The human RuPaul in on the left, while on the right is the insect RuPaul.

Perhaps It’s a Clue

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

A headline like “Grand jury indicts Boston teen allegedly caught on camera raping horse” is, frankly, awful. I don’t know if this nineteen year old committed the disgusting crime in question, and I don’t really want to know any more about it at all. However, a small detail in the accompanying photo caught my eye:

Let’s zoom in on that chest logo:

Can we enhance that?

Oh. Oh no. Is it really…?

Yes, folks, a man accused of raping a horse wore a white dress shirt featuring the Polo logo to his hearing. Did no one, no one, suggest that this outfit might be a poor choice?

A Replacement Seems Like a Bare Minimum 

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

For many people, robot vacuums like the Roomba have solved a minor nuisance by taking over a mundane household cleaning task. However, for a small number of people, those same robot vacuums have created a much, much larger problem.

If you’ve never heard of this “poop+Roomba” phenomenon, you definitely shouldn’t ever Google it and click on the results that pop up…robo vacs have a lot of moving parts, like wheels and spinning brushes. This is great if you’re driving over and picking up dry dirt, but if the robot encounters a soft mass of something that it can grind up, those spinning brushes quickly become paint rollers. Then the robot drives all over the house. It’s bad.

Roomba has apparently been working hard to avoid this horrible problem. Their newest vacuum offers a Pet Owner Official Promise (POOP), where they’ll “replace any Roomba j7+ that doesn’t avoid solid pet waste”. That’s a pretty solid offer, but if the machine fails, I think they ought to throw in a deep cleaning of your house as well.

Mr. Goxx the Crypto Trading Hamster 

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Sure, why shouldn’t a hamster trade cryptocurrencies? Meet Mr. Goxx, the world’s richest crypto hamster, probably.

Goxx’s trading office (attached to his habitat) is hooked up to a computer that allows the hamster to trade crypto.

He selects one of around 30 cryptocurrencies by running in his “intention wheel.” Goxx then travels through one of two decision tunnels.

Goxx’s buy tunnel purchases €20 ($23.60) of the selected crypto. The sell tunnel liquidates the entire position.

The execution on this is really just tremendous. Here’s Mr. Goxx’s office:

The best part is that thus far, this ridiculous random number generator of a hamster gets results. Since he started trading just three months ago, he’s up almost 30%.

The Opportunity Cost of Ivermectin 

Monday, September 13th, 2021

I’ve been alternating between being bemused and aghast when I hear about people taking horse dewormer to deal with COVID symptoms. We have a proven preventative! The COVID vaccines are an incredible achievement, and absolutely everyone who can take one should take one. If you don’t trust that, why on earth would you trust a different medicine developed by science which isn’t at all indicated for this? The mind simply boggles.

I had not previously seen an explanation for the origins of this nonsense, however, so I was glad to read this piece from the Washington Post

So how did people get the idea that [ivermectin] can treat covid?

The idea that ivermectin could be a coronavirus treatment began gaining steam in the spring of 2020, when Australian researchers observed that the medicine killed the virus in a laboratory setting. The findings had notable caveats, however. For one, the amount of drug required to have an effect on the virus was much higher than the amount approved for use in humans, and could be fatal. And lab-based tests, where the drug and virus interact in a petri dish, also don’t account for the complexities of the human body.

By that same token, did you know that bullets can stop cancer if applied correctly?