Fun linkage

I ran across some good links tonight, so I thought I'd share.

Apparently, Paramount has dropped Tom Cruise. What's even more humorous is that they don't even try to cover up why they did - they simply state that it was because of the way he's been acting lately. I used to like Tom Cruise a lot, and I have to admit that I really liked Mission Impossible 3, but anymore he just creeps me out. I'm glad they gave him the boot.

Then we find out that Paramount grabs up Trey and Matt - and that's where Erica gets really excited. Two live action films in the works? That's some great news!

Also, it looks like Brendan Fraser is going to be in a new movie called Inkheart, based off of a children's book series. Since I haven't read the books, I don't know much about the story or whether or not it'll be any good. And even though I love Brendan Fraser almost as much as Harrison Ford, he needs to get his act together and get in some better movies. I'm sick of watching movies that make me hurt on the inside just to see him on screen.

And lastly, before I hit the sack - Scientists claim they have now found direct proof of dark matter. Take that, Dr. Scholten! Actually, I need to read more about this. Could it be true? Sure seems to have a lot of people in an uproar.

Alright, enough for now. Thoughts? Comment 'em.

I thought I had to triple-click the red ones...

Some fun things to blog about today!

As a geeky librarian-to-be, I thought this was pretty cool.

OCLC, an organization near and dear to my heart, made it into the Onion. Whee! Now, if they would just hire me...

I've been reading a few blogs fairly consistently lately, mostly because Google Reader is the shit. Anyhow, I came across this T-shirt design, and a website called Threadless:

Also Sprach Miyamoto - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

You can rate T-shirt designs here, which are submitted by other users. If enough people like them, then they will be printed and available for purchase on the site. I'm really hoping this one is sold soon - I love it!

Also - was anyone else aware of the fact that Amazon sells engagement rings and bridal sets? They also sell sex toys, which are pretty damn funny to look through if you're bored. Be careful though, or else Amazon might start recommending them to you. Unless you're into that kind of thing, in which case you are a sick freak. Just kidding. ;)

Oh! I just remembered something from work today. Everyone got an email about this Management workshop that's being offered at OSU, and how those people new to management should attend. I hadn't even read the email when one of my coworkers ran up to me to show me her print-out of the email. It said: "Weather or not you are in a management position... " That's right, weather. And just last week I got an email from HR telling me to double-click on a hyperlink to take a stupid survey. Maybe I just take it for granted that you have to be smart to get a job in upper management. I guess I just expect people to know basic words like "whether" and that you don't have to double-click a hyperlink. Perhaps this is just too much to expect out of people.

(Disclaimer: I know that my grammar isn't perfect. But at least I have common sense. That counts for something.)

In any case, enjoy my links and please don't double-click them. Or I'll kill you. With a spoon.

I ain't no DOPA

Want to read something much more ridiculous than this blog? Check out the Hate Mail sent to Bobby Henderson concerning the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Pastafarianism in general:

The irony of people simultaneously telling Bobby that he should embrace the love and forgiveness of the Lord, and then telling him that he's going to rot in hell after they murder him is almost too much to bear. If you're looking for some entertainment, this is a one-stop shop. An all-you-can-eat buffett of idiocy, if you will.

Speaking of idiocy, has everyone heard about DOPA? It's already passed the House of Representatives - I'm worried it won't be challenged much in the Senate. I guess my love of libraries and of intellectual freedom makes me want to kick people in the nuts that support bills like this. MySpace didn't invent the online predator - it only invented poorly designed websites for kids with nothing else better to do than look at their friends' pages repeatedly until their eyes pop out. Oh, and to play a loud and annoying song anytime you view a page. That's just standard.

My point is, social networking sites (like MySpace) can either be fun or annoying, but not evil. People are evil. If we want to stop online predators, we need to teach our children to be wary of people they don't know who might want to talk to them on the internet. There are ways of hiding certain parts of your profile; people who aren't your "friend" shouldn't have access to that information. And for goodness' sakes, don't friend people you don't know, especially if you are under like, 16. Parents (yes, parents) need to start paying attention to what their kids like to do on the internet - not to stop them from enjoying it, but to help them understand the consequences of leaving yourself unprotected. It's the same thing as not talking to strangers... just because they are online, doesn't mean they are any less threatening.

I get so angry when people start blaming websites for their lack of parenting skills. My mother threatened my life when I started getting online - I knew that if I put any of my personal information out there, my mother would somehow magically find out and whip my ass. As a result, although I still IMed with some seriously creepy people (They contacted me first! I was trying to be nice!), I never, EVER gave out my full name or other personal information.

Sigh - I guess I'm just blowing smoke here. But let me assure you, it will be a sad day when libraries and schools are forced to ban perfectly harmless and potentially educational websites because of poorly written legislation that isn't going to stop the real problem.

Meanwhile, I'm going to go read more "Christian" hate mail, and decide which I dislike the most: DOPA or organized religion.