I want to recommend four posts from TYWKIWDBI


Minnesota Stan is probably one of my favorite bloggers. His site is a daily, multiple time visit for me. Here are a few links to stories I found worth checking out:

1. Divertimento #164

I live for these posts where Stan compiles and organizes videos and gifs into one post. It’s a fun way to spend 20 to 30 minutes. My favorite from this post, this compilation of Buster Keaton stunts (mind blowing).

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2. Comma splice

Not only is this an amazing error … the comment thread of four responses is a laugh. A geeky laugh, but a laugh indeed.

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3. Bernie Sanders explains “democratic socialism”

A snip:

In this regard, President Harry Truman was right when he said that: “Socialism is the epithet they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years…Socialism is what they called Social Security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.”

I will indefinitely scratch my head over the demonization of the word socialism and the hypocrisy of those who ridicule it, whilst embracing its virtues. There’s not one conservative I know who doesn’t benefit by socialized services, but seemingly red-faced screams over the evils of socialism.

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4. This is not a “feel-good story”

The post is about a little boy whose insurance won’t pay for a simple walker, so a group from Home Depot makes the boy a walker from instructions they found on the internet. Feels good right? Wrong. Why do we live in the richest country on earth and the goddamn insurance companies can’t help a family I feel like I notice this a lot, not just in media, but in life.

Be sure to read the insightful addendum to a compilation of these kinds of stories.

The feel-good story is prevalent not just in media, but in daily life. How many times do you hear the friend or family member tell how God has chosen to help the health of the story teller? How many times do you hear how this informs their unyielding faith? And yet that same feel good story is contrasted endlessly with stories of death and hurt that by the listener, that the listener is too kind to bring up as it would dash the positivity of the story teller?

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Carry on, Stan, for all time. Love what that guy does and posts.

 

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This twitter thread story was a standout moment for me … read till the end.


Click on the above tweet to read the thread. I love every second of this.

Boomerang this: The first filmed solar eclipse


The film was taken by British magician turned pioneering filmmaker Nevil Maskelyne on an expedition by the British Astronomical Association to North Carolina on 28 May, 1900. This was Maskelyne’s second attempt to capture a solar eclipse. In 1898 he travelled to India to photograph an eclipse where succeeded but the film can was stolen on his return journey home. It was not an easy feat to film. Maskelyne had to make a special telescopic adapter for his camera to capture the event. This is the only film by Maskelyne that we know to have survived.

My Dad, the Facebook Addict


I love this little short documentary about a guy’s father who clearly thought he was saving the world by being hyper-active on Facebook.

Actual quote from the film:

I can have a meme war with anybody and destroy them. And I’ve done it! People actually bail at the end and go, “Who is this guy? He’s got like every meme ever produced on the internet! He can knock us out with his memes!” And I do, I have tons of memes, I just keep memeing them to death until they just surrender because they just can’t do it anymore. They don’t have the memes that I have.