Posts Tagged: LOL
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Filtering Technology Advanced

Whisper's advanced technology to reduce the amount "meanness" floating around on its service, otherwise known as "libel," has a high cost: The company, based in this city’s Venice neighborhood, says it has built filters to reduce celebrity gossip and everyday name-calling. "We have a huge layer of technology that detects proper names and puts those posts in a different queue for evaluation by 130 full-time human moderators," Mr. Heyward said. "At least in the short term, these policies have been growth inhibitors for us."

What a terrible thing this at least passing interest in making people less savage hath wrought: an inhibition of growth, a startup's only [...]

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And How Was Your SXSW?

Opted out of swinging from the wrecking ball when I saw this waiver. A selfie isn’t worth dying for. pic.twitter.com/w4YhzHqTY0

— Gillian Lanyon (@gillianlanyon) March 9, 2014

There's only one news report or image needed from SXSW, and this is it: pic.twitter.com/UKyzKQCmXF

— Tom Gara (@tomgara) March 9, 2014

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Mt. Gox Topples

So long, Mt. Gox! Early this morning our time, the Bitcoin exchange announced it was entering bankruptcy protection. What was Mt. Gox? It was a dreaaaammmmm. And how: "The company's lawyers added that Mt.Gox may have lost nearly all of its virtual currency, leading to a black hole of 2.8 billion Japanese yen, local media reported."

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Which Museum Did Your Evil Child Try To Destroy This Weekend?

Holy crap. Horrible kids, horrible parents. @tate pic.twitter.com/6h1nuY6CfQ

— Stephanie Theodore (@TheodoreArt) January 26, 2014

@TheodoreArt @hragv @Juddfoundation Maybe "You break it you buy it" — for $10mm — would have gotten her attention.

— Roberta Smith (@robertasmithnyt) January 26, 2014

And what did you do with your kids this weekend? Did you let them use an eight-figure Donald Judd as a jungle gym at the Tate?

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"Until We See People Prosecuted And Thrown Behind Bars I Don't Think We're Going To See Changes"

Today, one Countrywide exec was named as actively perpetrating fraud, and current owner Bank of America was mildly fined. It begins! Or… maybe it ends.

In case you missed this last night on "All In With Chris Hayes," and you possibly did… Alexis Goldstein totally WENT OFF on JP Morgan and Wall Street and it was delightful. (Also it was set up with the best Alex Pareene clip, which is wonderful.) The poor banker dude tried to get in that like "Oh if we prosecute bankers then the banks won't loan!" Which is hilarious, since… the banks really did give up on a lot of loaning—not just in [...]

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Remembering Elijah Wood's Greatest Performance

Do you remember this? Brian Feldman does, God bless, delivering an almost frame-by-frame recap of MTV's launch of the Xbox 360. Why does eight years ago look like 15 years ago?

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The Gay Marriage Dance Party Playlist

Are you DOMA to get some? LET'S MARRY SOME ANIMALS, PEOPLE.

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The Wikipedian Distinction

"Like any internet community, you draw introverts, and you draw introverts like us who know how to talk to people."

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Reddit Reeling From Brutal Dox Of Alleged Bitcoin Founder Satoshi Nakamoto

With Leah McGrath Goodman's identification of the founder of Bitcoin at Newsweek (not really a slam-dunk case? But, I'll take it, for now?), the greater Bitcoin-Internet is aghast. How dare this magazine expose this person? Not only are the comments on the piece itself entirely about how outrageous the reveal is, certainly Reddit is AFLAME.

"This is unbelievable. How can we, as a community, protect Satoshi? It's on us. He gave us this gift. What can we do for him? I'm thinking bounties on the heads of any criminal that touches Satoshi? Is that too rash?"

"This is scary as hell. This thing makes me [...]

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Ask Polly: Should I Play It Cool—Or Ask Him For More And Be "That Girl"?

Dear Polly,

I’ve been seeing a dude for about three months. We met online, during an intensive dating-people-online phase of mine prompted by the end of a six-month relationship prior. When we met, I had pretty much given up—not in a resigned, self-pitying way; my attitude was that online dating was wasting too much of my time and energy, with unsatisfactory results, so I was going to keep myself open to romantic possibility, but not actively pursue finding someone.

Then I met this dude—we went for coffee, and I was surprised at the ease of our conversation, and we kept seeing each other and it kept being really nice. [...]

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Manic Pixie Dream Mom

If real Manic Pixie Dream Girls existed outside movies and pop culture critiques, eventually, in the course of the male ego stroking to which they owe their being, they’d wind up producing some sons and heirs. Being nubile, impulsive, and brimming with consent is essential to the Manic Pixie dream, so Manic Pixie pregnancy has got to be inevitable. It’s all right. A vital element of male self-obsession has always been the belief that their DNA must abound on the Earth forever and ever. Who better to make this a reality than dream girls already conjured out of male self-obsession?

In maternal form, the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream [...]

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Question Answers Itself While Soliciting Pageviews

"Do you think serious journalism can be done in listicle form? Let us know in the comments."

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Rough Month For School Hater Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, education reformer (AKA charter school profiteer and destroyer of public schools), is finally getting into some hot water. How hot is "school choice" down in Jebland? Well, Pitbull is opening a charter school this week. The "I Know You Want Me" auteur has partnered with Academica and the school will focus on sports management. (I don't know?) Academica is essentially a tax-free real estate conglomerate whose clients are schools. It's brilliant really—and they make money, while 25% of other charter schools go out of business. Jeb Bush as well has been doing nicely, but finally he's coming out on the downside—though only "optically." (Barf.) But [...]

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"Egos need fluffers too"

"Jade was splayed out on the leather sectional sofa in shiny red underwear. Tyler’s cheekbones were glistening with bronzer and frustration. He was refusing to take off his pants. The cake was perched on the table between two effervescing champagne glasses and the bodega roses. The dog was taking huge sloppy licks of frosting."

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Wall Street Ready For Another Four Years Of Bush

The Republican field for 2016 is a hot mess—so much so that Rand Paul is being taken somewhat seriously as a candidate. But what matters is the big elite coastal money, that poured so deliciously from Wall Street into the coffers of that sad stupid thing called Mitt Romney. With Chris Christie face-down for the count, it just doesn't know where to go: Scott Walker? Paul Ryan? They're both petty hoodlums, and, like Ted Cruz, they're too socially conservative for bankers who just care about cutting taxes, not regulating Wall Street and a cessation to the "Wall Street v. Main Street" dialogue. Oh they also would like to [...]

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What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

I'm giving up ridiculous Times opiner Ross Douthat! This week, Douthat announced the gay victory over America, and his great trolling concern about what penalty the vicious gays will impose on Christians. (He's also concerned that people who won't provide services to gay people will go out of business. Welcome to capitalism! But of all business that should go under, the ridiculous Ross Douthat opinion industry should go first.)

But really this is just your friendly annual reminder that today is Ash Wednesday, so when you are out and about, don't be startled by the observant!

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Governments Dumb

It's a pretty decent morning for government stupidity, between this just-released video of the government taking power tools to the Guardian's hard drives and Jason Harrington coming clean about his years in the TSA.

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Aren't We All Qualified To Edit The 'Times' Magazine, Really, When You Think About It?

People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask.

I was on the Rihanna plane and once yelled at Jon Caramanica at a house party. Please consider letting me edit the New York Times magazine.

— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) November 12, 2013

Julieanne! So what happened here?

I’m glad you asked. This tweet was fascinating, and I’m glad it didn’t go unheralded as “not interesting to anyone, at all.” Let me break it down for you, in three equally entertaining parts.

I was on the Rihanna plane Rihanna is a Caribbean musician who likes to wear shirts [...]

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ENG347: Eschatological Thrills in American Literature and Film

Schedule is TENTATIVE! WEEK ONE:

Watch “Twin Peaks,” pilot through episode sixteen, the one where you find out Laura Palmer was killed by her father while he was inhabited by the demon BOB (available on Netflix). Read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Divinity School Address” (course packet) before reading the rest of Emerson (course packet). Is Agent Cooper an agent of Christ consciousness? Is Audrey the night sky? Could the “refulgent summer” of Cambridge ever touch Twin Peaks, or is it always autumnal in that town? In-class: trust falls and ropes course, diagnostic essay, background on the transmission of knowledge from prehistoric man to us. Introduction to trance states: hypnosis, meditation, [...]

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Millennial Fired For Tweet

Until last week, I worked at a food truck downtown. We sold grilled cheese and milkshakes. One of the unusual things about this particular food service job was that the owner used customer comments and pictures on social media—especially Twitter and Instagram—to monitor his workers. Grilled cheese: gamified.

And it was explicitly framed as a game for workers. Members of whichever 'crew' got the most positive feedback on social media each month would win a $25 iTunes gift card.

But compliments are hard to track online. Even if a customer thinks she is paying a compliment online, she might not be. Like if you enjoyed your sandwich enough to [...]