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!! OMG, congratulations! Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out, considers his sexuality to be “one of God’s greatest gifts” !!

In an editorial at Bloomberg Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he’s proud to be gay.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” Cook explains that “plenty” of Apple employees know he’s gay and “it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me.”

Tim says he’s normally a private dude, but feels that it’s important to share with the world this type of information in order to inform and inspire others to feel okay.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

Wow! Inspiring! When you consider industries where sexuality is often left unspoken about, you never really think about the tech world! Big-ups and huge congrats to Tim for showing all the gay tech nerds out there that it’s okay (and even GREAT) if your hardware is built a little differently.

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!! OMG, teleport us to Mars! NASA begins building their own flying saucers !!

NASA is working on their own FLYING SAUCERS! The saucer will eventually be used for landing large payloads on Mars.
Nasa had hoped to launch a test flight earlier this month, but was unable to do so because of poor weather conditions around its Kauai, Hawaii, where the trial was due to take place.

The trial will initially entail using a helium balloon to lift the saucer to about 120,000 feet, after which a rocket will be used to take it up into the stratosphere at four times the speed of sound.
Then the saucer’s decelerator and parachute will put through its paces.
The craft, or to give it its official name Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), looks like a cross between a flying saucer and an inflatable rubber ring.
Its task is to deliver vital equipment to missions such as that on Mars without plummeting to the surface too quickly and destroying the payload.
“Our goal is to get to an altitude and velocity which simulates the kind of environment one of our vehicles would encounter when it would fly in the Martian atmosphere,” said Ian Clark, a Nasa engineer.

Poor weather conditions in Hawaii always ruin everything, but we’re glad NASA sorted that shit out and we’ll actually get to watch flying saucers take the skies soon. I’ve got my tinfoil helmut ready and everything!

[via the telegraph]

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!! OMG, light speed blazin’ chronic through the galaxy: Here’s An Image Of NASA’s New Warp Drive Spaceship !!

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The Imperial Senate will not sit still!
Above is a first look at NASA‘s artist rendering of what their plan for the first faster-than-light space ship will look like. Hopefully that thing will be able to get us to Kepler 186f STAT so we can begin polluting that shit!

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!! OMG, so many black holes: The Hubble Telescope Takes Most Colourful Evolving Photo Ever Of Our Universe !!

No, The Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 is not the name of a state-of-the-art new vibrator that hit the market this week, but a photograph of our evolving galaxy — the most extensive one yet.

“The scope of the photograph is simply gargantuan in scale. It captures over 10,000 galaxies, some of which are billions of light years away, extends back to within a few hundred millions of years of the big bang, and is presently regarded as “among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope.”

The photo is s a composite of exposures taken by the Hubble Telescope from 2003 to 2012. And you can check it out in full above by clicking to enlarge.
[via towleroad]

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!! OMG, I feel so represented! Facebook drops new ‘PRIDE’ emoji packet just in time for Gay Pride !!

Facebook wants to show that they’re not JUST about deleting lesbian kiss photos randomly on their site, and that they actually support the gays. They GET us! So just in time for gay pride, Facebook is dropping a pack of emoji catering specifically to your sexuality IF you live in the gay village, and have lived there your whole life. And are wearing khaki capri pants right now. With pink flip flops. And a baby tee.

The ‘Pride’ pack of 28 emoji include various romantic couples and same-sex parents, as well as marchers in a Pride parade, a cyclist in an AIDS Ride, gay sailors hugging, a supportive dad with his queer son, and a leather daddy walking his leather puppy.

UM — am I the only one who noticed they forgot a tweaked out twink with hi-lights and a severely plucked eyebrow offering you a bump from a key in a toilet stall, or maybe a bull-dyke shopping at Home Depot with some two-by-fours on her shoulder as emojis!? 28 stereotypes is NEVER ENOUGH for just one emoji pack! They should know this by now!
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