Thing #1: I found these awesome homages to beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes in various places around the web and figured I would share them, because honestly, everyone loves that damn kid and his stuffed tiger.
Just click on the links to take you directly to the source!
And here is a link that leads to another collection of tributes:
Ahh... my youth could probably be pieced together from panels of Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side and Bloom County.
Anyway, to get serious for a moment...
Thing #2: unless you live under a rock, and that rock doesn't have Internet access, you will likely know what SOPA is and about the massive online protests that happened Wednesday and the repercussions that followed. Yes, SOPA was effectively stopped. You could say that there's... A New Hope for the future. But beware!
Internet Wars, Episode II: The Empire Strikes Back
SOPA has been put on the back-burner for now, but it's only a matter of time before it once more rears its ugly head. Politicians often get away with doing whatever they want, because they can. They are practiced in the art of distraction and deception. They will try this again. We have to be ready to stop them or at least force an acceptable compromise.
To any Americans reading this: as voters, you have more individual power than anyone to affect the outcome of this situation. Please consider doing whatever you can to make sure the corporations and their government lackeys can't destroy the freedom that is the Internet. Whatever happens in the States resonates around the world. Our future is in your hands.
I know I'm probably not doing a great job of explaining a complex issue, and I am probably sounding a little "conspiracy nutty", but this is very serious. Notorious Internet ranter Maddox [the Notorious I.R.M.], as bastardly as he is most of the time, puts it quite well here in a recent post:
Under the draconic rules that SOPA outlined, I would not have been able to share with you any of the wonderful pictures above. Hell, the pictures couldn't have been posted online by their creators in the first place! I would not be able to use any pictures of comics on my blog at all. I find that absurd. Hopefully, you do too.
Goodluck & Godspeed,