12 January 2011

Illustration from 'I Modi' ('The Ways') by Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano, a 16th century work of erotic fiction which according to some helped popularize print and literature

The Fascinating Story of Porn and Technology Adoption

Yes, Cracked.com publishes some fascinating stuff but I generally find it awkward to link to them.

Let’s take a moment to think about Cracked. Most everyone gets that their material and the research behind it doesn’t quite match the quality you find in Wired.

This meta comment on Cracked relates very closely to this story on the new web publishing industry I discussed little over a year ago. How every pun in a Cracked.com article actually is search engine optimization becomes laughably clear in this porn piece. The writer has slipped in just about every FCC safe adult entertainment related expression you could daydream up of in the story.

Improving content distribution with sex and porn is just that powerful. If you have a web site, you could try this yourself: just mention porn in some really obscure way and you’ll probably get at least some traffic through someone’s really fap happy search engine queries. If you mention child porn, you’ll be awarded search traffic so depraved you might feel a bit uncomfortable just storing your search referer data.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

22 August 2010

Why nobody likes nerds, and why you’re justified in hating them

Strong flame-bait language, hilarious generalization and face-palm inducing deduction. So why am I posting this? Trust me, I have first hand, personal experience with nerdiness, and parts of this text reflect some of my insights.

Bullying is not cool, though. Let people be themselves and they might not be so nerdily defensive about avoiding growing up.

And growing up is key. Why would you expect grown-up behavior from ultra nerds who didn’t really fit in where they were expected to learn to deal with people?

Related: Caring for your introvert

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

13 August 2010

Sex Offender Paranoia – How We’ve Gone Too Far

[via:Kaj Sotala]

11 August 2010

Learn to drive. Get a job. Go to work. Get a girlfriend. Have children. Follow fashion. Act normal. Walk on the pavement. Watch T.V.. Obey the law. Save for your old age. Now repeat after me: 'I AM FREE'

The source image appears to be based on this piece by vhm-alex on dA. Related: 1&2.

[via:Tuomas Salonen]

10 August 2010

A World Centre of Communication


“A fountain of overflowing knowledge to be fed by the whole world of human endeavour in art, science, religion, commerce, industry, and law; and in turn to diffuse throughout the whole of humanity as though it were one grand, divine body conceived by God, the vital requirements which would renew its strength, protect its rights, and enable it to attain greater heights through a concentration of world effort.”


In 1913, H. C. Andersen (not the poet) and Ernest Hébrard compiled a work entitled “A World Centre of Communication”, which was planned to create the perfect city.

[via:Cornell University Library]

2 August 2010

Western civilization runs on the (IBM) mainframe

EU legislators have noticed IBM’s market domination in the western mainframe market. Big Blue’s big iron business is huge and, contrary to popular belief, growing.

[via:Hacker News]

5 June 2010

EFF Founder: Internet has broken the political system

[via:Telecomix]

1 June 2010

The Internet is killing car culture among US youth

“It’s not just new drivers driving less. The share of automobile miles driven by people ages 21 to 30 in the U.S. fell to 13.7% in 2009 from 18.3% in 2001 and 20.8% in 1995, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey released earlier this year.”

[via:Tim O’Reilly]

27 May 2010

husband beating wife vintage ad chase sanborn coffee store-testing

Sexist vintage ads: some of these have been circulating the net for the longest time, still, there’s a few I hadn’t seen before.

[via:Daniel Brahneborg/RT]

14 May 2010

The Tea Party Jacobins (essay on recent American libertarian populism)

[via:Waino]

12 December 2009

Is 4chan the Future of Human Consciousness?

Newfag?

[via:Waxy]

9 December 2009

James Howard Kunstler sounds a bit shouty at times, but he delivers funny food of thought in his TED talk “The tragedy of suburbia” (#). Kunstler discusses crimes against humanity within urban planning in the USA after WWII as it occurs in both cities and suburban landscapes.

You often hear people get quite poetic and fuzzy about what’s wrong with suburbia and cities in the USA and what works in places with actual character (“omg Paris!1!”). Kunstler gets specific and manages to put a finger on things most thinking humans have noticed but only moan aimlessly about.

Link: Youtube.

[via:Trent Eady]

27 October 2009

Facebook simplifies handling of user deaths

Relatives or friends of a deceased user can now contact FB via a form to have the profile archived, or “memorialized” with decreased visibility on the site.

[via:Waxy]

14 October 2009

the damned company by elliott d rosewater and wj galt book cover

The Damned Company

…by Elliott D. Rosewater and W.J. Galt. [Amazon]

“Turning the business fable on its head, the Damned Company is a farcical tour of Corporate Hell. Based loosely on Dante’s Inferno […]”

[via:Jean]

19 August 2009

A follow-up on Scotland’s “Trainspotting” heroin generation

[via:Metafilter]

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