AcaBITCH PERFECT: An aca-amazing gay parody of Pitch Perfect. 
LIST: 19 responses to the anti-LGBT #DefendtheDuggars tweet-off.  
BILL MAHER: Takes a crack at Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas.  
POLAND: Officials ban "inappropriate hermaphrodite" Winnie the Pooh   
GAY ICON: k.d. lang 



Towletech v.131: Star Wars, Google Glass, Terminator, Laser Watches, TGIF Drones, NASA Cats



A weekly round-up of the best tech, science, and geek-related news from around the web

Road Is this the first footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer rumored to debut next week?

Road In other "star wars" news, Russia is reportedly developing an "inspector satellite" that could chase down or destroy other orbiting spacecraft

Road And if your mind (and ears) are still swarming with all things Interstellar, be sure and check out this behind the scenes video for the sound of the film. 


Road On Thursday and Friday, Silicon Valley's Singularity University was in Amsterdam for Summit Europe. The two day event centered around the concepts and consequences of exponential technologies. Check out SingularityHub's coverage of the event, including the summit's discussions on robotsartificial intelligence, and self-driving cars

PosterRoad Was Google Glass just a grand, failed experiment

Road The second phase of Expedition 42 blasted off to the ISS today, carrying commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, flight engineer Terry Virts of NASA, and Italian flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. They will be joining their other three crew members already on the ISS. The crew has also put together a humorous poster mimicking The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  

Road Check out the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the iconic role of a T-800 robot for next year's Terminator: Genisys

Road Speaking of Terminator, Space X CEO Elon Musk recently said that he's legitimately worried dangerous artificial intelligence (a la Skynet) is only five years away

Road A video on the future of sex, courtesy of The Verge


Road Check out this one of a kind, James Bond-inspired laser watch that pop balloons, light matches, and burn through CD cases all from a distance. Just don't point it at your cat. 

Road Why the internet of things is bigger than anyone realizes

Road Two new sub-atomic particles have been discovered by CERN's Large Hadron Collider. 

Road Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have an ambitious plan to use Oculus Rift to help complete Google's Lunar Xprize - a $30 million competition to land a privately funded robot on the moon. 

Road Put this one down in the "insane, but heartwarming" category: TGI Friday's in the United Kingdom are set to roll out mistletoe-armed drones inside restaurants to help encourage holiday kissing.

Ocean spiralRoad A Japanese construction company has unveiled a blueprint for a spiral ocean city that will be home to some 5,000 people and be ready for residents to move in as early as 2030.  

Road Harvard scientists say it's time to start thinking about engineering the climate.  

Road Midterm surprise: Why the new GOP chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science could lead to a planned mission to Jupiter's moon Europa

Road A fascinating look at how falling cats taught NASA astronauts about zero gravity back in 1969.

Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 6:55 PM EST by in Future Tech, News, Tech, TowleTech | Permalink | Comments (2)

Lesbian Couple's North Carolina Home Labeled with Anti-gay Slur on Google Maps: VIDEO


North Carolina Teen Google Maps His House and Finds Anti-Gay Slur on Home Address: VIDEO

A 17-year-old teen found a nasty surprised when he Google mapped his Canton, North Carolina home reports The Advocate. Dakota Bonham, son of Jennifer Mann and Jodie Mcdaniel, switched to street view and found their home address renamed to "Fagits live here." The couple expressed shock and surprise and say that they've never encountered any hostilities from neighbors in the four years they've lived on Hilltop Farm Road. The couple contacted Google to remove the heinous, albeit misspelled slur from the site.

Said Mann:

"My son was on Google Maps at school when he (searched) 'street view' for our address and it said, 'Fagits live here.'"

"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me?' I tried to contact Google, but I was put on hold forever and ever and ever. This day and time, with people and hate, you just can't live your life."

Google finally took action when The Asheville-Citizen Times asked Google to remove the slur on behalf of Mann and McDaniel. The description stayed on the site for at least a month before it was finally removed on Wednesday.

McDaniel previously had a window sticker of two pink deer face to face, and that decal was visible from the street when the Google street mapping car came by last summer reports Asheville-Citizen TimesIt's unclear who authorized the change; it's possible that the change was created and authorized through Google Map Maker by fellow peers as Google only moderates "high-profile," features however, Map Maker's guidelines do state that obscene and profane content is not allowed. 

Bonham, who has two other siblings ages 23 and 15, expressed disgust over the discovery.

Said Bonham:

"I was just like, 'What the hell?' It's just kind of messed up. They should kind of grow up a little bit."

Watch Mann and McDaniel's interview with WLOS-TV News, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Lesbian Couple's North Carolina Home Labeled with Anti-gay Slur on Google Maps: VIDEO"

Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 5:03 PM EST by in Discrimination, Google, Hate Crime, North Carolina, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (6)

Team Norway's 2014 Curling World Champions Show Off Icy-Hot Talent: VIDEO

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Currently snowed in? Let the teammates of Norway's curling team warm you up with an icy-hot talent exhibition where they put on pants using only their toned legs and slippery ice. Briefs, muscles, shimmying and over-sexualized curling moves; just another reason why curling is quickly turning into a cool and surprisingly hot sport to watch during the winter olympics.

Watch the 2014 Curling World Champions shake it out in this ad for Comfyballs, a sponsor of the Norwegian curling team, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Team Norway's 2014 Curling World Champions Show Off Icy-Hot Talent: VIDEO"

Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 3:48 PM EST by in Norway, Sports, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (9)

Dedicated Transgender Hotline Aims To Stem Epidemic Of Suicides Like Texas Teen Alex DeChiara's


After relentless bullying at her high school in Texas, transgender teen Alex DeChiara (above) transferred to an alternative school in April. 

But switching schools cut 17-year-old Alex off from her closest friends and her biggest passion: working with special-needs children at Euless Trinity High School, in a conservative suburb of Fort Worth. Alex hoped to one day become a teacher for autistic kids. 

After Alex transferred schools, administrators at Euless Trinity even barred her from campus and threatened her with arrest when she tried to visit. Faced with loneliness and a deepening depression, Alex felt she had nowhere to turn. On May 8, she hung herself from a tree in her family's backyard. 

Alex's father, Rick DeChiara, who came home from work to find Alex and had to cut her down from the tree, told the Texas Observer this week he feels there are a fair amount of resources dedicated to gay youth. But he added: “As far as transgender awareness kind of stuff, that’s a different story. I don’t think that’s quite as popular, as out there in the open.” 

MartelaNow, a San Francisco-based group is hoping to help change that — and to stem the epidemic of trangender suicides like Alex's. According to Greta Gustava Martela (right), the founder of Trans Lifeline, half of people who are openly transgender will attempt suicide at least once in their lives. 

Trans Lifeline is a first-of-its-kind, nonprofit crisis and suicide hotline staffed by transgender people. 

“There are a ton of suicide hotlines. There’s no shortage of them,” Martela told Time.com. “But it’s really difficult to get a person who isn’t trans to understand what it’s like to be trans.”

According to Trans Lifeline's website: "Our hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves. Our volunteers are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience." 

Although the hotline's goal is to prevent self-harm, it is open to any transgender person in need — as well as the parents of transgender children. 

After a surge in calls thanks to the Time.com story this week, Martela launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for training for additional volunteers. Those interested in volunteering for Trans Lifeline can learn more here. 

The hotline covers the US and Canada and is staffed by volunteers outside the Bay Area.

For those in crisis, the number is 877-565-8860





Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 2:48 PM EST by in Gay Youth, LGBT Rights, LGBT Stories, San Francisco, Texas, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (2)

HBO's 'Looking' Pulls the Curtain Off Season 2 with New Behind-the-Scenes Clips: VIDEOS


Two new clips from Andrew Haigh, Michael Lannan, and the filmmakers behind HBO's Looking take us behind the second season of the San Francisco-based drama starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Raul Castillo, and Russell Tovey which premieres on January 11.

FranzeseBackstage clips offer glimpses of on-set goofiness, kissing between co-stars, drinking in the wilderness, and interviews with Groff, Haigh, Bartlett, Tovey, Lannan, Alvarez, and Castillo.

Lauren Weedman's Doris becomes a bigger part of season 2 and finds (an apparently well-hung) love interest.

Says Haigh: "The fans should expect us going further, digging deeper. It's the show but bigger."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week we also showed you the colorful Season 2 teaser. Watch it HERE. And back in September we posted 17 on-set photos from Season 2's set. Check em out HERE.

Continue reading "HBO's 'Looking' Pulls the Curtain Off Season 2 with New Behind-the-Scenes Clips: VIDEOS"

Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 1:48 PM EST by in Daniel Franzese, Frankie J. Alvarez, Jonathan Groff, Looking, Murray Bartlett, News, Raul Castillo, Russell Tovey, Television, Trailer | Permalink | Comments (7)

SNL's Obama Pushes 'Schoolhouse Rock' Bill Down Capitol Steps in Immigration Reform Spoof: VIDEO


Saturday Night Live's cold open last night brought us all back to the beloved Saturday morning Schoolhouse Rock educational short cartoons that educated us on science, history, grammar, and government.

This time it was the familiar "I'm Only a Bill" which was given a twist thanks to this week's Executive Order from Obama on immigration reform.

Watch it all go down, and down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "SNL's Obama Pushes 'Schoolhouse Rock' Bill Down Capitol Steps in Immigration Reform Spoof: VIDEO"

Posted Nov. 23,2014 at 12:43 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Immigration, News | Permalink | Comments (7)

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