Links, links, and more links

There’s been too much good stuff floating around lately, and it’s cluttering up my browser- therefore, I present: The Midweek Links Post!

All things being equal, I will always lead with anything Star Trek- so have a look at this Kickstarter started by Michael Dorn, otherwise known as the guy who played Worf in TNG. This is interesting, I think- the idea that kickstarter is opening up creative funding freedom even to those that we think of as “established”; systems like this are really revolutionizing the way the “business” of art is handled.

These color photos from World War II are really amazing– they’re available from the Library of Congress, and in an interesting bit of serendipity, I saw them just days after @kage23, @sorchah, @quirkyknitgirl, my mom, and I visited the USS Hornet, a floating aircraft carrier/museum docked in Alameda. If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend it.

In the “shockingly, women are not idiots” news of the day, there are objections being raised to Skimm, a new compiler that seeks to cater to women by “[simplifying] the headlines for the educated professional…breaking down what you need to know to start the conversation”. In other words, how you can fulfill your social obligations without troubling your pretty little head about the substance.

Two interesting articles on gun control and whether or not having a firearm in the event of a mugging/mass shooting/robbery has any actual effect on public safety. Also, whether if someone had one if they would even be able to use it in the event of a shooting by a crazed gunman. For further reading on this subject, check out Jay Johnson’s really interesting post on how America has made an idol out of the concept of individual liberty.

And finally, in the purely trivial, I present: McKayla Is Not Impressed. (For those of you not following the Olympics, McKayla Maroney is the world’s best vaulter, and  member of the gold-winning American women’s gymnastics team. She’s amazing, and fantastic, and also apparently made a funny face once. Just go with it.)



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