Weird Weekend Reading – Unicorns, Cyberpunk, and Ghostbuster Prophecies

vintage spider womanFriday has arrived, confused and trembling and showing early signs of scurvy after eating nothing but chocolate rabbits for the last week.

Greetings, my friends! Today we return to our regularly scheduled Weird Weekend Reading. The offerings this week include cataclysms in space, history being rewritten, and the discovery of the thing that will probably turn us all into cyborgs.

  1. Jupiter was hit by something really big again.
  2. Unicorns really were real, but they went extinct about 30,000 years ago
  3. Scientists hope to learn long lost name of ancient Etruscan god/dess from a stone tablet just in time for the new Ghostbusters movie
  4. We may really, finally, seriously be about 5 years out from the glorious Cyberpunk dystopia we’ve all been waiting for – Wetware is here
  5. A lot of assumptions made about Bronze Age Europe is probably wrong – discovery of ancient massive battle has historians baffled
  6. Life is weird and nothing is safe – Genes jump species in nature all the time!

Have some light weekend reading

winter trees in snow field

Here are some of my favorite articles and media that I came across this week, with some related bits for context.

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm!

  1. I could watch videos of movement on the sun all day. These magnetic arches are beautiful.
  2. Andy from College Humor has a side project illustrating stories from real role playing campaigns and the result is hilarious. And you can submit your own stories for him to turn into comic strips. My own group is probably going to send in the story of our  meat shield warrior losing his pants after pissing on a pit of fire.
  3. There were a lot of stories following David Bowie’s death about a new constellation being named after him. This did not make sense to many people. Turns out those articles were wrong, but mostly about terminology. David Bowie’s “constellation” is actually an asterism. Which is what the Big Dipper is.
  4. There have been a lot of much needed call outs recently about sexism in Hollywood and the difficulties female directors face.
    Well, screw Hollywood. Vimeo has decided to take the matter into their own hands, and will start bankrolling women film makers. Brilliant business move.
  5. Women in early Christianity I’ll be honest, I’m still working my way through this article. It’s fascinating stuff that goes into women using vows of chastity as a means to gain political and financial freedom in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE.
  6. And finally, this Vine of a yawning bat:


Feature photo from steve arens on Flicker