Here we go!
1. Leading off, we have a very thoughtful article by Fred Clark over at Slacktivist regarding the problem with debating theological points based on proof-texting. It’s framed within the context of the debate over gay marriage, but as Fred points out, it’s more productive to speak to principles that appear throughout scripture instead of homing in on a handful of verses to make a point. In the course of his discussion, Fred also links to an excellent article by Letha Dawson Scanzoni that explains how she adheres to a set of broad Christian principles (which are founded on Biblical commands) in justifying her support for same-sex marriage (full disclosure: I support same-sex marriage). Check it out.
2. At Experimental Theology, Richard Beck discusses an interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 by Troy Martin which suggests that women’s hair is analogous to a man’s testicles. There’s more to it than that, and it has to do with ancient Greek medical concepts, but it’s a really interesting read.
3. Now we have proof-positive that Darth Vader is an unqualified badass.
4. And while we’re on the subject of Star Wars, I want this.
5. A rant against people who wear flip-flops. I’m kind of partial to wearing flip-flops in summer, so I don’t entirely agree. Maybe the aversion has something to do with region, since down here in Georgia I see people going in flip-flops all the time. Heck, if there weren’t litter all over the place, I’d be more inclined to go barefoot when it’s so hot outside.
6. A video explanation of the uncanny valley and potentially why we find certain things creepy.
8. You don’t have to tell me all the ways that superheroes fail to follow the laws of physics. But if you’re a science teacher and you want to use superheroes to teach about physics, then these videos are really fun.
9. If you are like me and you love zombies, then you have probably heard of The Walking Dead. If you’re also a gamer, then you may have also heard of the adventure game that TellTale Studioes released last year to great critical acclaim. This week, they just released DLC for that game that sets up plotlines for the game’s next season. I’ve played the original game, and seen video of the new episode 400 Days, and it is fantastic. Check it out.
10. Because sharks are a threat, no matter where you are.
11. I’ve seen most of the movies on this list. They are indeed fantastic and worth your time. If you don’t watch anything else, watch The Iron Giant. It is, objectively, the best thing.
12. Because little girls deserve to be given the superhero treatment. And some of the designs are quite good, actually.
13. Thinking about the future is incredibly fun. Thinking about how it’s going to be better than now is way more fun that that. What do you guys think of these projected technological advances that we’ll see in twenty years?
14. What was the origin of the zombie concept? Arsenic, apparently.
15. I really enjoy Game of Thrones. I also think that Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” is stupid catchy. So naturally, I think this parody of all the deaths in Game of Thrones Season 1 is pretty awesome. If you haven’t seen Season 1 and you intend to, then skip this video for now.
16. And finally, writer John Scalzi announced that he would no longer appear at conventions that fail to have and enforce an anti-harassment policy. As of today (7/6/13) over 600 other people have signed on to his policy. I’ll be honest, I’ve not heard of John Scalzi before this, but he’s published multiple fiction and non-fiction books over the course of his career. Anyone who takes convention harassment seriously like he is is totally cool and worth checking out.
And that’s all the fun stuff from my little corner of the internet!