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September 28, 2013

Why caring about personal possessions ≠ Not caring about anyone else

mythoughtsinspiredby said: yeah who cares about all the people hurt and killed, what about my car?!

» SFB says: Whoa—take a step back here … give the guy some credit. Did it strike you that, beyond the fact that the reporter had a vehicle in a building which was destroyed in a terror attack, he might also be concerned about the victims of such an attack, as well as informing the public? That it’s not a binary one-or-the-other thing? That reporter has probably been working his ass off in recent days (his Twitter account speaks to this). It’s not like he stopped what he was doing to get his car immediately after the attack ended—he went days after it ended. He also did something else on the way—he gave the public a first-hand account of exactly how damaged the mall is, which I’m guessing most people didn’t have a good handle on prior to his story. (Also, FWIW. he and the fellow employees he went with brought jumper cables to help other people trying to recover their cars.) — Ernie @ SFB

13:28 // 11 months ago
September 19, 2013
Ever see an article on the internet and just want to like, perform voodoo hexes on its author? That’s how I feel about this human being’s word droppings.

Ever see an article on the internet and just want to like, perform voodoo hexes on its author? That’s how I feel about this human being’s word droppings.

10:01 // 11 months ago
September 14, 2013

Meet Eric Bert. He’s a rapper, and though is flow is as thick as lead, it totally works with his material—’80s action heroes. Above is his latest example—a video, speaking of the joys of Mr. T. It’s amazing. Bert also has a channel full of similar videos, including raps about Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hulk Hogan. You’re welcome.

11:57 // 11 months ago
September 13, 2013
And yet, to echo Kraus, I’d still rather live among PCs. Any chance that I might have switched to Apple was negated by the famous and long-running series of Apple ads aimed at persuading people like me to switch. The argument was eminently reasonable, but it was delivered by a personified Mac (played by the actor Justin Long) of such insufferable smugness that he made the miseries of Windows attractive by comparison. You wouldn’t want to read a novel about the Mac: what would there be to say except that everything is groovy? Characters in novels need to have actual desires; and the character in the Apple ads who had desires was the PC, played by John Hodgman. His attempts to defend himself and to pass himself off as cool were funny, and he suffered, like a human being. (There were local versions of the ad around the world, with comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb as the PC and Mac in the UK).

Heh, Jonathan Franzen’s essay on what’s wrong with the world is pretty all over the place, particularly this part about the “insufferable smugness” of the Mac platform compared to PCs. 

The Archie Bunker of the internet age is not Evgeny Morozov, as it turns out.

16:23 // 11 months ago
September 11, 2013
17:28 // 11 months ago
September 7, 2013

This doesn’t seem like a gratuitous display: Github, the home of numerous software repositories and a coder’s best friend, has a replica of the Oval Office in its building. Because that’s not weird or anything.

15:14 // 12 months ago
September 4, 2013
This Building Fries Cars
Gonna let the lead paragraphs of this one speak for themselves:

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar.
Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street — nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape — while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles.

This is probably a criminal mastermind’s lair in the making. (photo by Leon Neal/AFP)

This Building Fries Cars

Gonna let the lead paragraphs of this one speak for themselves:

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar.

Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street — nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape — while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles.

This is probably a criminal mastermind’s lair in the making. (photo by Leon Neal/AFP)

11:47 // 12 months ago
August 31, 2013
A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported.

The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half.

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Read: 'Tomatoes are Christian,' Egyptian Salafi group warns - HurriyetDailynews

(via brooklynmutt)

In which there’s that.

12:31 // 1 year ago
August 25, 2013
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