The guys offer their smart suggestions for the week and then talk about all things Oscar including the best picture nominations, the absence of a best soundtrack category, our suggestions for new categories, mostly incorrect locks and upset picks, and a plea to check out the short films. Editor’s…
Ladies and gentlemen the time is almost upon us to sit in our favorite chairs and waste three hours of our lives watching self-important people celebrate how awesome they are. That’s right, we are talking about the Oscars!
We know that Billy Crystal won’t be enough to keep the average member of…
Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, and the adoration of literally tens of people.
Doesn’t matter if you’ve seen em all. Just play along. And you can follow the hashtag #smartyoscars on awards night to follow Ed, Ben (me), Jordan and maybe Dean as we ride the rollercoaster of emotion that is live televised award shows.
Caleb Shively cuts to the point of what makes the open so cool. Portlandia episodes start with a cold open that usually makes very little sense, besides the first episode its not clear where the show is set, and in many cases if there are even regular characters. Jumping from that manic cold open to the chill Washed Out theme song and slightly more relaxed montage of faces and places in the real Portland is jarring like a splash of water to the face, and it perfectly prepares you to enter the insance alternate dimension of Portlandia.
The guys offer smart suggestions, debate the merits of crowdsourcing for corporate gain or otherwise, and discuss a news article the illustrates when being “smart” or “clever” becomes just plain idiotic.
The one with the knives? I think I reblogged it. The problem with feminists is not that they don’t have logical standards, but that they think that they only apply to other people.
Privilege? You can’t say you don’t have it, because the privilege…
You’re misunderstanding absolutely everything about everything.
A joke is comprised of two ingredients: a connection between two ideas that the listener has already accepted as true, and a new connection that the listener is not aware of. The nature of the NEW connection is where the potential for humor lies: The level of incongruity between that joke and reality is what causes the laugh reflex and releases endorphins.
This is the joke that Ryking is talking about. Now, keep in mind, as a joke it’s not very good — it’s strength as a statement comes from the fear its meant to induce, which is of course different from humor. But there is an element of amusement present, and it’s coming from a few places: the incongruity between the woman’s face and her potential action, the incongruity between the picture’s initial purpose (advertising knives in a manner that is rather condescending to women) and its use (threatening to castrate men).
Now, you seem to think that the comparison between the woman’s implied action (dick chopping) and the misogynist laws regarding female reproductive health is the joke, but it’s not because there’s no postulated incongruity. The intent here is to say that they’re the same, and the implicit statement is that dick chopping is bad.
So here we have feminists saying “when you tell us that we can’t decide to get pregnant, the feeling is similar to if someone threatened your penis,” and men getting offended because women are threatening their penis, even though the thing that frightens the man is hypothetical and the thing threatening the woman is actually happening, every day, across the globe.
Then you have me, saying, “seriously guys? You’re embarrassing me.”
As you may have noticed (ha!) I switched my main site to Tumblr after having used Squarespace for about a month. Its nothing against Squarespace. In fact, I would recommend SS to just about anyone who wanted a “serious” site that they could build a brand or portfolio on. The ease of use and total control is exceptional. Their Android and iOS apps are also top notch.
But it was total overkill for me. The quality of themes on Tumblr have been improving and I’ve found one that really seems to suit me and gives people that might stumble onto my page access to the relevant links (Flickr, Twitter, G+, Rdio, etc.) and go from there. I don’t really have a “brand” (such as it is). If you have something to sell, be it yourself, a skill or a product, then Squarespace is a great low-cost way to do it effectively. But for a personal “kicking around” site, I feel pretty good about this.
“One of the problems with this innovative and cool approach by the Wall Street Journal to writing about Pinterest by writing about Pinterest on Pinterest (and it is!) is that there you can’t address that, more than early Napster, more than Megaupload, more than any government-seized hip-hop blog, Pinterest is entirely copyright-infringement. It’s just that, unlike with music and movies, there’s no dumb and hostile industry lobby that represents, say, “every photographer everywhere.”—Pinterest: Delightful, Addictive, Theft | The Awl (via thisistheverge)
I had a pretty good discussion with a coworker today. She was recalling starting out as a secretary, using floppy drives to load her word processing program, and of course, remarking about just how different thigns are today. I regularly hear from staff that they feel like they are simply trying to catch up to Technology (like its this monolithic “thing”). The subtle undertone being that “digital natives” like myself are the future and they are merely trying to keep their heads above water. These people are otherwise bright and still curious about the world. Afterall, they come to us techs with a myriad of questions. They probably don’t even give themselves credit for regularly using email and certain websites that have piqued their interests and clearly communicate a purpose to them (I’m looking at you, Pinterest.)