Regarding Firefox and Mozilla
Mozilla, maker of Firefox, is a non-profit company that is very dear to my heart.
Without Mozilla's efforts to support an open Internet that respects standards and users' privacy it is extremely likely that we would have wound up with a Microsoft-dominated Internet in the 2000s or a Google-dominated Internet in the current decade.
Additionally, Mozilla releases source code to all of its software, allowing all of us to participate in its development or modify it for our own purposes. They do much good.
Recently Mozilla named a new CEO, Brendan Eich, who donated $1,000 to an anti gay-marriage organization in 2008. This is unacceptable. Marriage is one of the many basic rights that all humans should have, and one of the many rights frequently denied to same-sex couples.
It is unacceptable even though Mozilla has an inclusive culture and mission statement and puts its money where its mouth is by extending benefits to same-sex partners of all employees. One wrong and one right don't make two rights, and many rights don't erase a single wrong.
However, I don't believe that blindly switching browsers away from Firefox to Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Chrome (as OK Cupid has advised its users) is a ethically a step forward. Those for-profit companies have many questionable practices that dwarf a $1,000 donation to a shitty cause.
Instead, we should pressure Mozilla to reconsider its choice of CEO: here or on Twitter or on Facebook or anywhere else we can.
PS: If you must switch away from Firefox, I would recommend Chromium as a least-bad alternative. Chromium is the basis of Google's Chrome, but using it does not financially support Google in any way that I am aware of.
Japan's New Crush? Crimean Prosecutor
Maybe she's the next Nevada-tan. The BBC is reporting that some anime and manga fans have developed a little something-something for Crimea's new attorney general, Natalia Poklonskaya.
In Japan, people watching events unfolding in Crimea appear to have become captivated by the region's newly-appointed attorney general.
Source: BBC News via Rocketnews24.
Subaru's Attack on Titan Commercial
Well... I want one now. The car, I mean.
OB at MAGFest 2014
Everybody knows that MAGFest, which lists our own Nick the Newbie among its senior staff, is the world's best
Here's a few of our members that attended this year. It wasn't an official OB meetup, but there sure were a lot of us at the panel hosted by OBers Matt Mercer's and Zach Grafton's.
OB Alumni Update: Caitlin Sets World Record!
This was a surprise, and wonderful to hear. Congratulations, Caitlin! Way to kick ass. Emphasis ours:
The cult classic beat-em-up Splatterhouse has a new world record champion.
Read the read of the article here. Hat tip to seggs for letting us know.
BootyCon 2013: OtakuBooty Takes Chicago
We're still recovering. Our words will be short. Our pictures, however, will not be.
BootyCon 2013 was a huge success! Chicago is a fantastic city, and the Chicago-native OB crew stepped waaayyy up and showed us a fantastic time.
Huge thanks to Tulip O'Hare for organizing this entire thing. We literally would not have had a BootyCon without her and Riker's Beard. This was her first BootyCon and she was a true shining jewel of awesomeness. Lord Bullgod, trabus, and sparkledonkey started this thing and it's such a huge thrill to be a part of it every year.
You can view all 79 pictures here on OtakuBooty, or on Flickr, or over on Facebook.
Microsoft Showcases Sordid Bit of Rock History
Nerds are talking about the "return of the Start Menu" in the next version of Windows after today's Windows 8.1 news from Microsoft.
Microsoft included a screenshot with their news. This screenshot also features their mapping application as well. As the fake comments in the screenshot correctly note, yes, the Beatles stayed there. So have many other famous guests. That's not what the Edgewater Inn is best known for, though.
The Edgewater Inn will be forever famous because it's the site of Led Zeppelin's legendarily depraved "shark episode" in 1969. I'm not really even sure how to describe it; you're just going to have to read the Wikipedia article. Choice quote from Zep's tour manager:
"But the true shark story was that it wasn't even a shark. It was a red snapper and the chick happened to be a [...] redheaded broad..."
Sturmwind: Because You Still Have Your Dreamcast. Right?
We missed this last month: Sturmwind can now be purchased and it's a solid contender for Dreamcast game of the year. We must say: in the year 2013, not many things make us happier than typing "solid contender for Dreamcast game of the year."
Check out a positive review here at Hardcore Gaming 101 or buy the sucker from Red Spot Games or Play-Asia. Or check out developer Duranik's almost-impressively spartan Sturmwind homepage.
Arya Was The Fastest-Rising Baby Name in 2012
Nerds rule. Sometimes. As Wired reports,
“Arya made a massive leap from #711 in 2011 during the first season of the show to #413 in 2012, during its second season. Its first appearance on the list, which only includes the top thousand names for both boys and girls, occurred in 2010 when it clocked in at #942”
Not bad at all.
Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, via Wired
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