Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, May 22, 2015

Feminism Done Right: #GirlsWithToys

A major gripe I have with modern feminism is that its approach towards achieving “equality” seems to be less about lifting women up and more about tearing men down, as if feminists feel the only way to “empower” women is to disempower men. As such, it’s rather uplifting for me to see women taking a much more positive approach towards female empowerment rather than through the typical male-bashing. Case in point: #GirlsWithToys.

Why Can’t More Drones Be Used For This?

When we talk about aerial drones, we often talk about the military type that are used to kill innocent civilians in the Middle East (and sometimes, they’re even American citizens). But drones aren’t just used for killing. Because of their unique flying abilities and technological capacities, they have the opportunity to take aerial photographs that most other aircraft are unable to replicate, and the end result is some of the most breathtaking aerial photography you’ll ever see.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

With the recent news that Bill Nye The Science Guy will be streaming on Netflix, how could I not feature this for Throwback Thursday?

Growing up in the 90s, Bill Nye and Magic School Bus taught me more about science than any science class of mine ever had. Both shows did an excellent job of combining education with entertainment, and it's only fortunate for children today that both shows are currently streaming on Netflix (with Magic School Bus receiving its own CGI reboot). Too bad there aren't any modern kickass shows making science fun--unless you count Sid The Science Kid.

Monday, May 18, 2015

VGM Monday: Super Mario 64 Water Theme

Most Mario music is very upbeat and fast paced, which is all the better to keep your adrenaline pumping with excitement and keep you playing the game. The water theme from Super Mario 64, on the other hand, is the exact opposite—and yet, it fits the game and its water levels so well:

"Serene" is the best word to describe this music. It sounds and feels like the music you would hear in a candlelit spa while you’re soaking in a bubble bath with a green algae mask with cucumbers on your eyes, the type of music that helps you relax after a long, gruelling day of work. And indeed, the water levels, set to this music, are extremely relaxing to play—that is, until you come across that nightmare-fuel inducing eel! (Oh, and you start losing breath and drown!)

Daily Stevie: Gem War

On the one hand, the pilot episode isn't canon; on the other hand, from what we can see in the gems' regenerations, these forms of theirs are. Either way, this is an excellent war pic.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Daily Pony: Nothing Can Stop The Smooze!

"Something bad is coming down, have you heard the news? (Listen up!) Get inside, better run and hide, Nothing Can Stop The Smooze!"

If you're curious where this song came from (if not the Smoze itself), watch this video, along with the Nostalgia Chick's My Little Pony review.

Sunday Funnies (05/17/2015)


Need a good laugh? We all do. So here's your weekly compilation of political cartoons. Last week saw volumes of sheer stupidity from two presidential candidates: one being a Wall Street-owned corporate hack who voted for and supported the Iraq War, and the other being Jeb Bush. Also, there was much ado of trains, drones, and automobiles. (Okay, not so much automobiles.)

CLICK HERE to view the rest of the comics.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shameless Plug Saturday: BrendanielReads

Do the insipid posts on Tumblr and 4Chan make you cringe? What if they were read to you by a man whose voice could melt butter? They'd still be insipid, but they'd be less cringeworthy. With the warm voice of BrendanielReads, anything sounds good—even a corny catchphrase like "Ducks Rock!" (Well, okay, not even the combined voice acting of Tim Curry and Tony Jay could make that sound good.)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fan Art Friday, Vol. 2

Welcome back to another installment of Fan Art Friday, where I showcase fan art of other franchises that I follow that aren't MLP:FiM or Steven Universe. Let's skip the formal intro and move on right into the fan art:

I’m slightly cheating with this, since this was on the DA front page, but it’s still a cool piece of fan art. Here we see the four Sailor Scouts enveloped in their own chosen element: Sailor Mercury with water, Mars with fire, Jupiter with electricity, and Venus with…er, heart—but not the lame “heart” power that Ma-ti has! Either way, when their powers combine, they call…Sailor Moon! (What? Did you expect me to say Captain Planet? I already made a reference to that show with Ma-ti. What more do you want from me?)