Category: Sad

Stupidly Massive Link Dump

So obviously my life is far too chaotic at the moment to post here much, but that doesn’t mean I’m not collecting links to share. To keep everybody occupied for a bit, enjoy;

I Think We Should Charge The Crazy Nut Job With Murder

At latest count, 99,135 illnesses and 895 deaths have been reported from the CDC since 2007 on vaccine preventable illnesses, as reported on the Jenny McCarthy body count. Quoting the site:

Is Jenny McCarthy directly responsible for every vaccine preventable illness and every vaccine preventable death listed here? No. However, as the unofficial spokesperson for the United States anti-vaccination movement she may be indirectly responsible for at least some of these illnesses and deaths and even one vaccine preventable illness or vaccine preventable death is too many.

How To Lose $2400 in 24 Seconds

On the Oregon Coast, no less…

I Was Just Cutting Onions, I Swear…

This is the saddest/happiest video I’ve seen in a long time. As a dad to two daughters, I’m wouldn’t be able to hold it together:

RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Say what you want about Apple, but the world of technology and business (and the world of movies, for that matter) would not have been the same without Steve Jobs, who passed away today. Apple’s announcement is here (and they did the right thing and took down their iPhone 4S promo on the front page of the site). To quote the man himself:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Cancer sucks. It took my uncle last week, and took Steve Jobs this week.

Reading And Watching Material

Some videos after the jump…


It’s A Sad Day: PBS Will Have Commercial Breaks

This will more than annoy the heck out of my in-laws, who have PBS running pretty much non-stop all day long (minus the evening local news). Instead of the sponsor messages between the shows, they’re going to start running commercials during shows, starting this fall. Here’s a graph on how a typical hour-long show might be broken up.

Sony Screws Up Big Time

Does anybody else find it hilarious that a company that spends so much time and money on copy protection and DRM for Blu-rays spent so little effort on protecting paying customer’s personal information? They had a huge security breach on their Playstation Network last week, revealing the information (possibly including credit card numbers). Whoops. Sony’s spin on it (a week after it happened, mind you) is here and has a good write up of the whole mess.

What if Peanuts Didn’t Have a Punchline?

It’s quite depressing, actually.

(Reminds me of another similar favorite of mine.)

Amazing (and Scary) Japan Tsunami Video and Photos

These three videos have compiled a large amount of the amazing video footage into a few YouTube videos, In Focus has a pile of amazing photos spread among two articles, and The Big Picture does as well.

Update: Related, if you’re concerned about the damage to the nuclear plans and if they could cause more trouble, this Reddit AMA with a former nuclear emergency planner (and current nuclear engineer) will clear things up and put to rest some of the “Holy cow, the world’s going to be covered with radiation!!!!1111leleven!!11!” concerns.

And I just came across this video that was pretty intense and this video (direct download — right-click, save as if it doesn’t work in your browser) that was downright frightening (I think both of these clips are part of the above links, but not 100% sure).

Update on 3/14: These before/after satellite photos are absolutely amazing and terrifyingly frightening.