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Someone should ironically throw an enjoyable New Year’s party.
TOP TEN 10'S FROM 2011
10. 10 9. 10 8. 10 7. 10 6. 10 5. 10 4. 10 3. 10 2. 10 and the best 10 of 2011 1. 10 Honorable mention: 10
philk: Wait, Tumblr was providing support for my account?
antikris: Watching Scarface depresses me because it reminds me of all the losers I’ve dated who had a Scarface poster in their room/apartment/house.
Russell Brand Files for Divorce from Katy Perry →
youfancygirl: Oof. They really gave that a shot. :-| BTW, I enjoy how you’re always the one breaking these stories on my dashboard, even while you’re on vacation. Anyway, hide yo kids, hide yo wife
DIE 2011!!! JUST DIE ALREADY!!!
Really hoping this is Day 3 of the "Was that...
felixsalmon replied to your post: Some clear gripes about that article, BTW, that… And, what in the name of fuck does Grynbaum mean by an “influx of 10,000 low-gear bicycles”? Does he think they’re all, like, pedicabs or something? Here’s something to think about: The NYC DOT has had 30+ public demonstrations of the new bikeshare system in Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods. Do you...
Some clear gripes about that article, BTW, that are fair and not built for cheap laughs: Grynbaum is so fucking in love with his writing style that he lets it get in the way of delivering information and context. He is TERRIBLE at the latter with his writing style. He’s trying to get you to remember things like “horse-drawn carriages” and “derring-do”, but that is...
“Those who long for the simpler days of trolley cars and horse-drawn carriages should take pause” Grynbaum nails another lead-in. It’s like saying, “DON’T READ ME!”
Which are worse:
phenthouse: Alyssa Milano UNICEF commercials or Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials? Lexus commercials, obvs
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erin: “Users still only have 24 hours a day. So if you launch a new product, you have to interrupt and replace something they’re already doing.” Keith Rabois, COO of Square, on the difficulty of gaining user attention in an oversaturated consumer startup market. TechCrunch Disrupt. At least one other person in the tech scene has had this thought? MY WORK IS DONE
I think Coatney at this point is using an automated posting bot whenever a big “account” (lololol… accounts usually PAY) signs up with Tumblr. I’m searching Github right now to see if I’m right.
The moment when you find out that Jeremy Piven is dating someone who was in your high school class
“Thought Catalog is the exit wound of Generation X”
::rubs eyes:: That really is a “Football coaches get run over by players sometimes” piece in the Times, isn’t it?
Last year, I included praise for fellow Tumblrs in the Ho Ho Ho/Humbug index, as it had been my tradition to do since 2008, because I enjoy letting other people know when their stuff is good and that I appreciate their presence. I think it’s reasonable to spend some time on that, but not the hours that it took. Tumblr does NOT have features that allow people to sort and analyze a complex...
::rubs eyes:: That really is a “People hang out in McCarren Park” piece in the Times, isn’t it?
THE 2011 HO HO HO / HUMBUG LIST
(+1,000,000) Carolyn (+10) Schnorris (-10) 2011 was a bad news year, relentlessly. (-20) Has the state of society ever seemed as palpably hopeless as it is now? (+5) Arab spring. So not everything is hopeless. (+4) Hey, The Millenials finally learned how to protest. Because they ought to. (+2) And a few older folks remembered how to protest as well. Because they also ought to. (-3) The...
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(follow notification from Twitter) “This person looks interesting and sociable. I should follow them, perhaps.” (clicks through) “Well, their homepage is http://cum-facials74.info/, so probably not.”
Since I wrote a column last month asking why these rules exist, I’ve spoken with...– Tests Cast Doubt on F.A.A. Restrictions on Kindle and iPad - NYTimes.com (via felixsalmon)
SPOILER ALERT: This year’s Ho Ho Ho/Humbug list is going to be a barn burner. And I’m gonna write a draft of it at the airport today, which means it will be 1 part piss, 1 part vinegar, 4 parts rage borne of helplessness, and 10 parts disdain for society and its constructs. You’re welcome!
bmichael: it’s almost impossible to make fun of a news story without making fun of its subject, which is a kind of interesting thing to think about. The trick is not to care either way, because all adults ought to learn how to take a fucking joke.
Eventually had to read the full article. Wow. If I didn’t know better, I would have stroked out. It goes beyond trolling. We need a literary term for this kind of purposeful fury-making. Something like what trollgaze is for music. Despite this article’s outright attack on sane human perspective, normal life goes on around us. Try to remember that before having a direct response to...
Spiers, Kat, Foster, et. al.: We They put you in charge of The Observer just so that you could report back to us that showing your tits increases your Tumblarity? I AM DISAPPOINT.
For me, the charm of Facebook ended when my list...
For me, the charm of Facebook ended when my list of favorite books disappeared.
Conflicted. I’ll miss Hung but unlike some other shows I mentioned today, I’ll never tell anyone they ought to watch it. And what is now retroactively the finale ended with a “BANG!” and will have to be good enough. So, out it goes. But if that’s the price we pay in exchange for seeing HBO’s other hipster bullshit shows liquidated, so be it. Fuck you very much,...
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I need a new show
alicetiara: Preferably something with lots of episodes that I can zone out with over Christmas break. Possibilities: Battlestar (watched like four episodes and never got into it); Boardwalk Empire (watched the pilot and never got into it); Deadwood (watched one shitty low-resolution episode and never got into it); The Good Wife (watched 2 episodes); Vampire Diaries (thought it was boring)....
Okay, so no actual deaths but there was a death rumor that Jon Bon Jovi had went up to the great big hair in the sky. This is thankfully untrue, because he is young by modern longevity standards and seems not to have any of the sort of habits that greatly accelerate mortality. On the other hand, there are a billion jokes to be made about that. Like, Tico’s running the place then, right?*
In case you missed this elsewhere: Gothamist and Streetsblog have been reporting today about a letter sent by the legal reps of a slain cyclist from Brooklyn to the NYPD. The letter reveals ridiculous new details about the well-known incident, including the fact that the suspected vehicle from the accident (which left the scene and was found parked 2 blocks away, and whose driver took 8 days to...
I wish I had something funny to post, but nobody died today
YOU WERE SO BUSY TRYING TO COME UP WITH KIM...
“Oh, it’s a NYTimes wedding annoucement. How obnoxious could it be?” -FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I’m sure Kim Jong-un can’t wait to butt heads with Obama about nuclear weapons. That’s gonna go down like Tebow vs. Brady.
Local news just attributed Kim Jong Il death to “great mental and physical strain” as if that phrasing had any credibility to it. The subsequent news segment is playing out like a C- high school history report. I am glad that 20 million people form their opinions on this stuff.
Kim Jong Il died of surprise when his wife gave him a Lexus for Christmas