Monday, November 4, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Cats Wearing Tights is a Thing Now, Mexican Drug Cartels Love Social Media, SA Film Commission Offers $25,000 Grant For Filmmakers, Microsoft to Buy Texas Wind Energy to Power its San Antonio Data Center + More

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

1. Internet Implodes at the Sight of Cats Wearing Tights "You thought Dogs Wearing Pantyhose was the last stop at the end of the Internet Universe, but you were wrong. About ten lightyears beyond the sexxxy puppy planet, you'll find its sister planet: Cats Wearing Tights. Terrifying! And exciting!" (Jezebel)

2. PHOTOS: These Drunk French Teenagers Stole A Llama And Took It On A Tram Ride "Five French teenagers from Bordeaux were arrested after they kidnapped a llama from a circus and took it out on the town." (Buzzfeed)

3. PHOTOS: Mexican Drug Cartels Love Social Media "Members of Mexico's drug cartels are really starting to harness the power of the internet, using it to run positive PR campaigns, post selfies with their pistols, and hunt down targets by tracking their movements on social media." (VICE)

4. I Noticed This Tiny Thing On Google Maps. When I Zoomed In

Well, Nothing Could Prepare Me. "A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense. But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown." (Viral Nova)

5. San Antonio Film Commission offers $25,000 grant for local filmmakers "The San Antonio Film Commission is a city division which promotes the art and craft of film-making, in order to provide a positive economic benefit to the community. Currently, they're offering a $25,000 grant to local filmmakers." (KENS5)

6. Microsoft to buy Texas wind energy to power its San Antonio data center "Microsoft is buying clean energy to help power a data center for the first time. On Monday morning the tech giant announced that it has entered a deal to buy 110 MW of wind energy from a wind farm that will be located just outside of Forth Worth, Texas, and will be connected to the power grid that supplies power to Microsoft’s San Antonio datacenter." (GigaOm)

7. The 2013 Texas state constitutional amendment election. For dummies "The proposed amendments to the Texas constitution are as follows, according to the Texas Secretary of State website." (Beaumont Enterprise)

8. Ian MacKaye recounts the time he and his friends terrorized ‘SNL’ "MacKaye, who was at the time a DC punk and a truck driver, recently appeared on NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” and told the story in full. It started when he got a call from Lorne Michaels, who explained that they wanted some “authentic punks” to come to the show and “dance.” (Death & Taxes)

9. Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom "There are 16.4 million American children living in poverty. That's nearly one quarter (22.6%) of all of our children. More alarming is that the percentage of poor children has climbed by 4.5 percent since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. And poor means poor. For a family of three with one child under 18, the poverty line is $18,400. Meanwhile, the stock market is booming. (Alternet)

10. Watch M.I.A., Arcade Fire, And More Perform "Live Music Videos" At The YouTube Music Awards "Last night, the first live incarnation of the YouTube Music Awards streamed online with epic performances by artists like Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and more which you can stream above. With the scripts thrown out, the event was a natural, genuine spectacle with plenty of laughs, and more than a couple awkward-yet-earnest moments." (The Creators Project)


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