Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

3D Printed House Built In 24 Hours

I'm going on vacation tomorrow and I won't be back until Sunday. Since I didn't want to leave you all on a bad note, what with all the bad news going on recently, allow me to depart with some good news. Here's a house that was 3D printed in 24 hours:

Isn't technology simply amazing? When politics makes me lose faith in humanity, science and technology help provide me some fleeting hope.

SJWs Overreact To NYT OpEd About Tomboys

About a week ago, the New York Times published an op-ed entitled, “My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She's a Tomboy.” The article is as straightforward as its title.

The author, Lisa Selin Davis, is a mother whose daughter likes to wear boy clothes and do boy things—in other words, your typical tomboy! However, Davis is constantly inquired by other people about her daughter’s gender, with many of them “mis-gendering” her as transgendered.

Having suffered from this “micro-aggression” long enough, Davis decided to settle the matter in her op-ed, explaining, just as the title suggests, that her daughter is not transgendered, that she is a cis-gendered tomboy, and if her daughter were indeed trans, that she would fully support her gender identity.

She uses the rest of the article to explain that it’s perfectly okay for men and women to be gender non-conforming and still be cis-gendered. Cis-women can dress like men and take on male gender roles, and cis-men can dress like women and take on female gender roles. In other words, gender expression does not equal gender identity. (You know, common sense?)

Overall, the op-ed managed to tackle the complex topic of gender politics with plenty of nuance, explaining that there's no right or wrong way to be a boy or a girl, whether cis-gendered or trans.

Of course, it’s precisely because the article was so nuanced that it managed to twist the panties of many an easily-offended internet feminist SJW, whom immediately jumped on the piece and accused it of being “transphobic.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cop Pulls Gun On Unarmed Boy With Basketball

I've often been criticized for hating cops. I don't have a problem with cops. I don't even have a problem with the police.

It's just getting harder and harder to defend them when far too many of them do the indefensible--like in the video below where a cop pulls a gun on an unarmed boy with a basketball:

Do I even need to say anything about this? At all?! You all saw that, right?!?! No one can possibly watch that video and think to themselves "I'm proud of our men in blue!"

There's nothing to be proud of there. There's no good reason why a cop--a friggin cop with training!--should pull a gun on an unarmed kid. And if there is, I dare anyone to give it.

Why Le Pen Will Probably Win

For those of you who have been following the French elections, the first round of voting is over, and both major presidential candidates, far-left Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen, will be moving on to the second and final round.

All eyes right now are on Le Pen, the French equivalent of Donald Trump. As such, those of you who know me will probably guess that I "support" her like I "support" Trump--which is to say that I'd rather support having a root canal and colonoscopy at the same time!

However, as much as I do not care for her, I cannot deny that there's an appeal to her, especially considering recent events in Europe.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Steps To (Really) Make America Great Again And Defeat ISIS

You’re a proud American. You love America. You think it’s the greatest country on Earth. That’s why you voted for Donald Trump. You want him to Make America Great Again. You want him to bring back American jobs. And you especially want him to kick ISIS in the taint.

So you were probably singing “Proud to be an American” when you saw him drop the “Mother of all Bombs” right onto ISIS’s front doorstep and send those terrorists straight up to their 72 virgins. Finally, you get to see a president get “tough” on foreign policy.

But hold on there! What if I told you there was a better way to defeat ISIS that didn’t involve launching a single missile, the cost of which exceeds what most people make in a lifetime? What if there was a way to not only defeat ISIS, but also create American jobs and produce more energy?

Well, my fellow Americans, there is such a way, and it doesn’t involve dropping a single bomb. Here’s five steps towards defeating ISIS and Making America Great Again:

Friday, April 21, 2017

NES Classic Discontinued, SNES Classic Rumored

Nintendo recently discontinued its insanely popular NES Classic console, in a move considered insanely stupid by most game critics.

I'm not really bothered by this. I was never too interested in purchasing the console, mostly because I never grew up on the original Nintendo.

However, I did grow up on the Super Nintendo. So I would be more than interested in a SNES Classic, which is rumored to be released later this year.

Now that I would buy! As long as it has both Super Mario World games, all three Donkey Kong Country games, and Super-Mario All Stars, I'll more than gladly be like...

Fan Art Friday: Now At Last I've Seen The Light

Disney Channel recently released its newest original animated series based on Tangled. I think it'! Not the best cartoon ever, but okay nonetheless. If anything, it makes me more excited for the Big Hero 6 series coming out later this year. Anyway, here's some awesome fan art based on the movie.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Arthur Explains Asperger’s

With April being Autism Awareness Month, and in light of less-than-happy recent events, I’d thought I’d dedicated this week’s Throwback Thursday to something Autism-related.

Earlier this month, Sesame Street introduced children to autism with its newest puppet, Julia. However, Sesame Street was not the first PBS to discuss the subject matter. That honor goes to another great PBS Kids show, Arthur.

Several years prior, Arthur released an episode that also explained Autism—specifically Asperger’s Syndrome—by introducing an Autistic character, and also through a very fitting and creative metaphor:

10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Arrested

The young boy you see being arrested above is John Benjamin Haygood. He’s a ten-year-old student at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida. And as you can tell from his behavior, he’s also diagnosed with Autism.

Now you’re probably wondering why this boy was being dragged away in handcuffs, despite the protests from both him and his mother. What did he do to warrant such manhandling by the cops?

He was throwing paper balls in class.

I wish I were making that up:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Senpai Noticed Me!

I’m sure you all remember my Power Rangers parody comic? The one with various YouTube libertarian personalities? Turns out a few of them noticed it. Namely Seamus Coughlin (FreedomToons) and Julie Borowski. Both of them liked and re-tweeted it on Twitter. Seamus even made a few good comments. Now that really made my day :D

Star Wars Triggers Whiny Man Babies

As a rule of thumb, if you’re offended by something in a movie, show, or video game, chances are you’re a privileged special snowflake with no real problems in your life outside of first world problems.

This rule, of course, applies to feminist SJWs, but it also applies to the opposite side of the spectrum to anti-feminist anti-SJWs, especially those triggered by non-issues such as Tracer being gay, or, as of recently, by the main lead to a Star Wars game being a black woman.

Yes, apparently, the main lead for Star Wars: Battlefront II being anyone other than a cis-hetero white male triggered many an entitled Star Wars fan with the Dark Side of The Force, and the impotent rage is as hilarious as you'd imagine. Here's just a small sample:

Monday, April 17, 2017

VGM Monday: Lost Woods (Saria’s Song)

The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from Ocarina of Time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why You Should Never Punch Nazis

There was a clash yesterday in Berkeley between small-dicked pricks and dickless pussies—er, I mean Trump supporters and Antifa! It ended up as badly (and hilariously!) as you’d imagine. If you want more details, I’d recommend watching the videos about it by Mister Metokur and Lauren Southern.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the whole ordeal was the very reason why the concept of “punching Nazis” is a bad idea: Nazis punch back—hard!

North Korea In A Nutshell

Considering how big of a bullet we managed to dodge this weekend due to North Korea's incompetence (or rather, "impotence"!), this cartoon best exemplifies the current situation:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jesus Christ Was Politically Incorrect

The Pharisees were largely considered to be the political establishment of Jesus’ day. They were moral busybodies who considered themselves to be “decent human beings” and who insisted that everyone else uphold their arbitrary moral standards, judging people who fell short of those standards while failing to live up to those same standards themselves. As such, Jesus regularly called them out on their hypocrisies and double standards, often using the most “politically incorrect” rhetoric.

So, chances are, if Jesus Christ were around today, feminist social justice warriors (or rather, “anti-social injustice degenerates) would not be claiming him as their own. They would be too triggered by his political incorrectness and micro-aggressions, and they would berate him for his "cis-gendered straight white male privilege." How do I know this? Because that’s exactly how they’re treating another Jew who’s preaching love and forgiveness, Bernie Sanders!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Duck And Cover

Considering how close we are to a potential nuclear war against North Korea, this classic Cold War instructional film seems to have relevant advice for us today even 66 years later:

TL;DW: Stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Anti-Vaxxers Attack Sesame Street

Sesame Street recently introduced to their cast of colorful puppets a new character, Julia, the first Muppet character with autism. Aside from being used to introduced children to the concept of autism, Julia is also being used to teach children how to best interact with their autistic peers in spite of their differences.

As someone who is on the autistic spectrum myself, I really appreciate the show introducing this character, not only as a matter of representation, but also as a way to teach children about autism and how to get along with people on the spectrum.

Of course, you don’t have to be autistic yourself to appreciate this new character. You simply have to be a decent human being. Sadly, as the world has proven far too many times, especially under our current president, there is a vast shortage of decent human beings in the world.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

No, United Airlines Didn’t Have To Use Violence

I’m sure most of you have already heard about the United Airlines fiasco. Long story short: United Airlines overbooked a flight. They had to kick off passengers. One passenger refused to leave his seat. UA sick the police on him. He got beaten black and blue, and he was escorted off on a stretcher.

The situation itself was horrific enough, but even more sickening have been the countless sycophants coming to UA’s defense by blaming the passenger for refusing to give up his seat.

Even more infuriating have been how otherwise respectable libertarians like Julie Borowski have decided to blame the victim:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump Supporter Tears Taste So Tantalizing

The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency haven't been worth boasting for Trump supporters. His inauguration attendance was less than lackluster. His healthcare “reform” threatened to repeal parts they liked about Obamacare. His immigration policies are deporting their families. His border wall is tearing apart their properties. His travel ban was denied, not once, but twice. And his approval ratings are dropping faster and lower every passing second. Now the most recent smegma topping on this smoldering crap cake of a presidency has to be his airstrikes against Syria.

Fan Art Friday: Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! Rick and Morty are back, bee-yotches! Y’all catch the Season 3 premiere last week? Are y’all hungering for some McDonald's Mulan Schezuan Sauce? Y’all ready to get schwifty? Well, y’all will have to wait later this summer for new episodes. For now, let’s ask Mr. Meeseeks to show us some Rick and Morty fan art for this week’s Fan Art Friday. Can do!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trump’s A Non-Interventionist? LOL! No.

He just launched more than 50 missiles on a Syrian airfield in response to an alleged chemical attack.

But do tell me how he wouldn’t have started WWIII, oh fellow “libertarians” who voted for him, believing that he was better on foreign policy than Hillary.

I’d hate to tell you all that supporting the man as the better “libertarian” option was f***ing stupid, but…

Throwback Thursday: McNugga Lubba Dub Dub

I’m sure most of you saw the Season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty last Saturday. And I’m sure most of you are aware of the obscure nostalgic throwback made during that episode—a throwback concerning a popular restaurant franchise, a throwback to something that had long been forgotten, but has only recently resurrected into the mainstream consciousness thanks to the shameless corporate plug made by Dan Hamon and Justin Roiland.

That’s right! I’m talking about Shoney’s!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Your Personal Info Was Always For Sale

Recently, Donald Trump signed a Congress-approved bill that would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell your personal data such as your web browsing history.

Previously, ISPs at least had to extend the common courtesy of obtaining your permission before sharing such data; but now they’ve been granted free reign to sell your data to the highest bidder without even your knowledge.

The scariest thing about all this? Your personal internet data has always been for sale!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Stop Radical Islam! Fund NASA!

Before you ask, yes, this is a true story. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) does want to create a space colony on Mars as soon as 2117 (though not because they want to make Islam the official religion of the planet). Wouldn’t it be rather sad if the only reason we Americans manage to pull off the first manned Mars mission is because Republicans didn’t want Muslims to be the first people to reach the planet? Then again, the only reason why we Americans were the first to land on the moon was because we wanted to beat the Ruskies there. Chance are our next “space race” will be driven by the War on Terror. (Though if anything, Elon Musk will ultimately be the one to take humanity to Mars!)

Monday, April 3, 2017

VGM Monday: Tal Tal Heights

The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from Link's Awakening.

Spinach Leaves Turned Into Heart Tissue

Both parents and Popeye have been telling children that spinach is good for their muscles, and no muscle is more important than the heart.

Now scientists have discovered that spinach is good for the heart, not only because spinach provides iron and other nutrients, but also because spinach leaves can be used to replicate human heart cells.

That's what researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute discovered after transforming a spinach leaf into an artificial beating human heart:

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Shameless Plug Saturday: Julie’s Greenroom

This is certainly a first for Shameless Plug Saturday. Normally, I showcase a YouTube channel, website, or DA profile. This is the first time I’m showcasing a television show—specifically on Netflix. To its credit, it’s an excellent Netflix series! (Then again, what Netflix series isn't excellent?)

I’m sure most of you are concerned about the future of the arts since arts funding is on the federal chopping block—or at least you would be concerned if you weren’t smart enough to realize that overall NEA funding makes up only a fraction of a percent of the overall federal budget, that both Kickstarter and Patreon do more to fund individual artists than does the NEA, and that the free market does an overall better job of promoting the arts. Perhaps the most recent example of the free market shining in this department is with the newest Netflix original series, Julie’s Greenroom.