Link Tank: George Orwell Quotes from 1984, Animal Farm, and More

George Orwell quotes, LGBTQ+ representation in children's animation, the Motorola Razr, and more in today's Link Tank!

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It feels like George Orwell’s work becomes more and more relevant every day. Check out the best of his quotes from his writing.

“George Orwell, one of the luminaries of the dystopian genre, commented overtly on the dangers of totalitarianism. His influence extends far beyond his prophetic bestseller 1984 and satirical novella Animal Farm; Orwell also published an abundance of essays on politics, literature, and language, arguing zealously through his writing career that unclear language plants the seeds for political manipulation.  With the continued increase in mass surveillance, Orwell’s fiction seems more prescient than ever. Here are 17 George Orwell quotes from his fiction and nonfiction writing that serve as a chilling reminder of the terrors of totalitarianism.”

Read more at The Portalist.

There’s been an influx of LGBTQ+ representation in children’s animation in recent years, some great and some… not so good.

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“Over the past decade, children’s animation seems to have been undergoing a major revolution in terms of queer representation. From Nickelodeon’s premier of its first bisexual protagonist (The Legend of Korra) to its first same-sex parent couple (The Loud House) and, within the span of a few years, Rebecca Sugar’s revolutionary Steven Universe, there is more canon representation now than could ever have been expected. However, that being said, there is still a lot to be desired in terms of quality and quantity of LGBTQ+ representation in the shows already out there and those that have yet to come.

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The people of the past has made some interesting predictions about the modern era. 

“Nikola Tesla may have been a brilliant inventor/engineer and one of the world’s most famous futurists, but he got one prognostication seriously wrong when he predicted that people would no longer be drinking coffee in the 21st century. In a 1935 article, Tesla wrote that 21st-century humans would know better than to pollute their bodies with harmful substances like caffeine and nicotine. As for alcohol? Well, let’s just say that Tesla had a much more generous view on imbibing.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

The upcoming bendable smartphone Motorola Razr is already looking at a number of folding and shipping problems.

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“Motorola seemed poised to hit a home run with the rebooted Razr, which taps into early 2000s nostalgia while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of foldable display technology in ways Samsung only dreamed of doing. When I saw the Razr in person at a briefing in Los Angeles last November, I fell in love. But then shit went sideways for Motorola, and it’s unclear whether the new Razr lives up to its promise—or how many people will actually be able to get their hands on to test it.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Internet users beware. There are some hackers posing Wall Street Journalists to phish victims.

“Watch out for suspicious interview requests. ‘The main focus of this phishing campaign was stealing email account information of the victims, and finding information about their contacts/networks,’ the cybersecurity experts at Certfa Lab warned on Wednesday.”

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In an extraordinary technological feat, NASA has brought Voyager 2 back online—11.5 billion miles from earth.

“In an incredible feat of remote engineering, NASA has fixed one of the most intrepid explorers in human history. Voyager 2, currently some 11.5 billion miles from Earth, is back online and resuming its mission to collect scientific data on the solar system and the interstellar space beyond. On Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, NASA’s Voyager Twitter account gave out the good news: Voyager 2 is not only stable, but is back at its critical science mission.”