This is amazing. I wish it was sponsored by the Kochs though.
Highly educated Americans tell the world that young people are increasingly distracted or emotionally incompetent due to incessant pointer-clicking and unrelenting thumb-pressing. From the stuffed genre of airport-friendly socio-criticism, we’ve learned that networked technologies are making us lonely and small-minded. Apparently no one has ever sent Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, or Sherry Turkle, of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other, a tastefully brief Snapchat. In their best-selling sermons, "the Net" is the devil. Search engines, hyperlinks, and texts ensnare our intellect with the seductive fork tongue of reptilian temptation.
From these admired [...]
Two Millennia Of Our Species' Struggle To Express The Experience Of Existence Through Art Finally Finds Resolution In The Popularity Of A Cat That Can't Shut Its Mouth
"'No one cares about Bart Simpson anymore,' Ben Lashes, a 'meme manager' who helps Internet celebrities broker appearances and sell shirts and stickers, says in the documentary. 'This is it. This is popular culture.'"
"With the warmer weather coming, Caribou Baby’s owner Adriane Stare — who held her bare-bottomed baby Loren atop a cloth diaper as she whispered 'sissss' to him to cue a pee during the discussion — told the group she’d soon open the center's backyard to let babies roam diaper-free outside."
Uh oh: "I am fairly certain I am going to abandon the résumé process. The Web is your CV and social networks are your references."
When the Arab Spring began jumping from country to country a couple of years ago, it seemed like a good idea to add a "revolution" section to my Google News page. During the Occupy Wall Street protests, it continued to provide interesting news about social unrest and nervous rich people hiring extra security. How is the Revolution section faring today, now that it's okay to be horribly rich again and Jeffrey Skilling is looking at an early release from federal prison?
Americans have already managed 19 epic highway pile-ups this year, and we've still got nine months to go. Hundreds of drivers in Texas, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan caused death and destruction in the first few months of 2013, with fog and snow and smoke from giant fires often blamed for the chain-reaction disasters.
To be safe, experts advise you not live in any of those states, use public transportation whenever possible, try the very un-American technique of not being right on top of the car in front of you, and also maybe don't drive anywhere if you can't see at all.
Photo by Todd Vision.
"What about my female employees? They’re awesome! We all bond and hang out after work. But I’m their boss. Is it hug or shake when we run into each other at Whole Foods? The more I think about it, the more I spiral counter-clockwise down the toilet of anxiety. It all adds up to only a few seconds of awkwardness per day—and maybe I read into things more than others would—but I hate the thought that I may be inflicting awkwardness on the women in my work life by greeting them like a deer greets headlights." —Finally someone dares speak about the tyranny of affection under which we all [...]
"Hundreds of fans lined up outside the El Rey Theatre across town earlier Saturday for a chance to attend the spontaneous show. Buyers were limited to one ticket, and they were required to pay with cash, show a government-issued ID, wear a wristband with their name on it and be photographed. Their names were verified at the venue, which has a capacity of about 700. Cameras and smartphones weren’t allowed inside the Echoplex, which usually plays host to hipster bands and mash-up dance parties. The lack of personal recording devices made the [band's] performance feel even more exclusive and old school, freeing concertgoers’ hands of the gizmos that have [...]
"Suitor’s operation is part of a mini-wave of chicken rentals, companies that soften the risk in chicken-rearing."
"Women get dressed up to go to the farmer’s market because they think the farmers are hot. The greenmarkets are like Desperate Housewives meets Northern Exposure."
"That favorite movie of weather nerds everywhere, 'Twister,' was on TV last night, and its fans took to Twitter to celebrate — and critique — the film."
There is a great struggle that is tearing our nation apart, turning brother against brother, cousin against cousin, person with expense account against person who has meticulously planned out what she will order before she has left work even though she knows no matter how careful she is she is still going to end up on the hook for another thirty bucks she did not account for etc.: It's the war against entrees. What side do you come down on in this titanic conflict? Tell us in the comments!
Is constantly Instagramming photos of the meal you're eating the sign of a larger psychological problem? Sure, why the hell not.
"When 21-year-old Stuart Goldberg went into a job interview last fall with a partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., the University of Pennsylvania senior expected to discuss his 3.8 grade-point average, his internships in private equity or the data-crunching he'd done for the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, the interviewer went straight for a different bullet point on Mr. Goldberg's résumé: his interest in the cable-television series 'Breaking Bad.' They spent 10 of the interview's 45 minutes discussing the dark drama about a high-school teacher who becomes a methamphetamine kingpin, Mr. Goldberg recalls. 'I was shocked that he wanted to allocate so much time to that.' The candidate was [...]
FALSE REPORT>>> RT@thematthewkeys: Just in: Suspect 2 on the ground at gunpoint.
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) April 19, 2013
…perhaps if I was in a real newsroom with access to my work email, instead of shut out a month ago, I wouldn't be working out of a bedroom
— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 19, 2013
"The important thing, I think, is to—as soon as you know something that you sent out is incorrect, you correct the record. And it's OK, I think, to make mistakes in these circumstances. You—everyone will make mistakes, and it's kind of almost impossible to avoid them." —Slate's social [...]
Emily Witt's great piece today on the nofap movement-thing—all about the subreddit where men get together to talk about not masturbating!—points out that it's mostly all about men trying to get their "alpha" back. Or get it for the first time.
When you look at the subreddit, the themes come up again and again: "I relapsed less than a month away from my one year milestone." "Skeptic hooks up with chick he's been trying to bag for months. THANK YOU NOFAP!" "At Day 39, first 'Super Power.'" Magical self-realization!
And then the rest of their talk is couched in the language of 12-step recovery: relapse, shame, triggers, [...]
"@dogboner: [Wood Thrush] is some weird math tutor from Jersey that made the jump to Twitter and tweets about wanting to fuck underage girls. That's his gimmick. 'I'm a loser. I'm fat. I fucking stink.' Years ago, @tree_bro got into an argument about something or other which lead to Wood Thrush blocking him. I got a facebook message from @tree_bro one day saying he found out where Wood Thrush lived and he was going to take pictures of him inside his house. @tree_bro sent me the pics and I sent them to another guy from FYAD, 'Wulgus'. The owner of SomethingAwful got a letter from a police detective requesting [...]
"Give yourself a daily limit for checking Twitter. You can have a chart next to the computer in order to track the frequency. You can also print the word STOP in bold red at the bottom of the chart to serve as a reminder to stop." Also: "Give yourself a reward for not engaging in the behavior. Remember that checking Twitter may be intrinsically rewarding; therefore, every time you check, you reinforce the behavior. Replace the reward of checking with another reward." Also: Aren't you ashamed of yourself?