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A story about a corgi sneaking out of his home to ride a one-eyed pony down the way might sound like some interspecies porn, but this is a G-rated story of down-low friendship.

Who knows how long the secret love between Roper and Cricket has been going on, but one night, a human named Callie Schenker returned to her farm in Missouri and caught them in the act, and immediately pulled out her phone and got video proof of a corgi riding her pony.

Callie tells The Dodo that at first, she had no idea how Roper got on top of Cricket and doesn’t know how long the late-night riding has been going on.

When Callie posted the video to Facebook and it went viral, some pony-riding-corgi haters refused to believe and were practically getting the ASPCA on her ass by accusing her of tying Roper to Cricket. 

Earlier this week, Callie got some proof that she didn’t put Roper on Cricket and tie the dog to her one-eyed pony (who is a one-eyed pony because he lost his eye in an accident seven months ago). Callie was inside when she heard noises, and when she looked out, she saw Roper trying to jump on Cricket. This is definitely what it looks like when Kevin Hart tries to mount his wife.

Someone show this to Her Majesty the Queen. It perfectly combines her two loves: Corgis and Horses. Too cute!

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Canada Flag Day was yesterday but as you know, I was not near my laptop at all. However, as a proud Canadian, I had to mention this day.

According to the Government of Canada’s website, Flag Day is about celebrating “a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects the common values we hold so dear — equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Canada has only had its current flag for 54 years. The process for choosing the flag was a long and interesting one, and it did end up being chosen unanimously by Parliament.

The official flag was raised for the first time on February 15, 1965. 

Our flag means many things to many people.

Peace and prosperity to some, diversity and inclusion to others. But what unites us is the fact that is home.

HAPPY CANADA FLAG DAY / JOYEUX JOUR DU DRAPEAU! 

As the United Kingdom’s premier postal serviceRoyal Mail knows that stamps are more than just a way to pay for postage.

To add a touch of creativity to snail mail, the carrier regularly releases stamps adorned with all sorts of art, most recently, Royal Mail has sent their artsy stamps back in time, opting to decorate them with art by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.

This series of Leonardo da Vinci stamps comprises 12 pieces by the artist. Rather than showcase widely-known paintings like The Last Supper or the Mona Lisa, Royal Mail decided to feature a selection of drawings by the artist.

Though less famous than their painterly counterparts, these pieces including sfumato portraits, anatomical studies, and botanical sketches that are among some of Leonardo’s most groundbreaking contributions to art history.

What makes these stamps even more special is their timing. Intended to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, their circulation coincides with a nationwide celebration, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing.

Just perfect! 

Last night after work all wanted to do was nothing.

Instead I watches few films and slept late.

ANNIHILATION

Although I don’t like to read science fiction, I love science fiction movies. So, my curiosity chose Annihilation.

This movie is visually stunning and extremely creative, and although the ending was a bit predictable, the scientific concept behind the events causing the chaos in the film and some of the distortions of reality are truly ingenious, yet horrific.

Science fiction is about examining the human condition in nonhuman situations; and Annihilation is one of those movies that makes you wonder.

The cast was great, except Benedict Wong (he keeps playing similar roles over and over, so I wasn’t sure if I was watching The Martian or Prometheus) and Gina Rodriguez (which I can’t stand because, annoying!)

Unless you’re looking for mainstream stuff, this movie is not for you.

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COME NON DETTO

I love movies and even more foreign movies. This is one is a 2012 LGBT Italian comedy, “Come non detto” which they translate as “Tell No One”

Tell No One is a delightful light comedy about a guy’s coming out to his family because of the pressure of love. But actually is more of pressure of his lies since he’s living a life in the closet. So he is forced to make a life-changing decision.

I can say I felt very related to the character, specially since I came out to my family the same way. I was in love (with “Hubby”) and love makes you feel powerful, love makes you do things you never thought you could. However, coming out when you are raised in a conservative/religious family is not an easy thing to do.

Italians are not much different than South Americans (or Latinos in general) so I really related culturally with the story.

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INCREDIBLES 2

15 years ago I watched the first movie at the cinema. It was awesome.

Incredibles 2 absolutely lives up to the standard set by its predecessor (and by Pixar) with a riveting, emotional, joyful tale of the greatest superhero family gracing the big screen this era.

Oh, baby Jack Jack is everything!! 

Watching Incredibles again was a bit nostalgic, but hella fun!

ABC News reports:

World War II codebreaker Alan Turing has been named the most “iconic” figure of the 20th century, fighting off competition from international leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. The scientist was chosen in a public vote during a live broadcast of BBC Two’s Icons: The Greatest Person Of The 20th Century.

One of the most influential figures in the development of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing also played a vital part in the development of the Enigma Machine at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

Digital Spy reports:

Advocating for Turing was presenter Chris Packham, who delivered a passionate speech about Turing’s life and legacy.

Packham went on to explain how, during his lifetime, Turing was persecuted because of his sexuality and eventually died by suicide, calling his death “an unforgiving tattoo on humanity’s conscious”.

“All he got for all of his toil and all of our trouble was a poisoned apple,” Packham said. “A genius, a saviour, but he was also autistic and gay so we betrayed him and drove him to suicide. Shame. Writ large his death, an unforgiving tattoo on humanity’s conscious.”

Our community has many super heroes:

The Imitation Game was a great movie about him:

If Apple or Google or similar put a statue of him on one of their campuses, can we dare to hope that assorted morons would burn their computers and stop using the internet.

Turing believes machines think.
Turing lies with men.
Therefore machines do not think.

Yours in distress,

Alan.

In life, shame. In death, glory. It’s about damned time!

While art history comprises countless examples of exceptional art, some works have resonated more strongly than others. Spanning time, artist, and movement, these universally admired masterpieces bring audiences to museums, galleries, and historic sites across the globe.

Below some of the world’s most well-known works, and the cultural institutions they now call home.

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli: The Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt: Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Vienna, Austria)

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci: The Louvre (Paris, France)

Guernica by Pablo Picasso: The Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain)

The Scream by Edvard Munch: The National Gallery (Oslo, Norway)

The Nightwatch by Rembrandt: The Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali: MoMA (New York City, New York)

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci : Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan, Italy)

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: MoMA (New York City, New York)

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer: The Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)

David by Michelangelo: Galleria dell’Accademi (Florence, Italy)

Definitely, a worth it trip to do.


I feel obligated to point out that “Bad Ideas” is a wonderful book.