“4:00 pm shower and prep again. The loofah really doesn’t want to hear it again, but the razor was captivated by the idea of events that bring together innovators in the business of change. Pumice sees the potential and wants to know about the scalability of such things. Deep conditioning treatment chimes in that the ability to customize and target CSR initiatives from granular to international is very helpful in times of shrinking budgets that need to do more brand building in a competitive and fragmented market. I love the Deep Conditioner, it always gets it.”—
“Craigslist is now available in French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. The individual areas of the site will continue to be community moderated. The lack of multi-language support was the only thing stopping craigslist from being a bigger hit overseas, but with this welcomed foreign facelift, the site is poised to spread its influence even further.”—Craigslist Goes International » The Bivings Report
“Is it worth the risk? Absolutely. This is not the first time scientists have wondered whether their experiments might cause the world to end. Late-medieval bioethicists frowned on a branch of alchemy that involved isolating semen in flasks. Alonso Tostado (bishop of Avila and a sort of Leon Kass of his day) thought semen, if not tempered with menses, could grow into an army of demonic beings with supernatural gifts. He hypothesized that the wizard Merlin, as well as the entire fearsome race of Huns, had been products of exactly this diabolical tinkering, and that further exploration could be cataclysmic.”—
“Widgets are taking social media by storm and becoming a valuable online marketing platform for interaction with consumers. Last June, comScore estimated that widgets reach 177 million people every month, or 21 percent of the worldwide online audience.”—
Well…shit. There goes my resistance to a rather jargon-happy project at work. But I still insist on the drinking game that if you mention the “w”-word outside of work hours, you owe everybody on the team a drink. Lookin’ at you, Jim Ray. Hi-Life doesn’t count.
The excellent Tiffany B. Brown posted a link to Violet Blue’s most recent SF Gate article which calls attention the insidious immaturity of troll comments when they attack women in online discussion. It’s not terribly surprising—while guys mostly insult each other’s intelligence, attacks on women play into our already distorted body/image issues, struggles with reductive moral stereotypes, etc—and of course the outpouring of supportive posts is borderline nauseous, though sincere. And there are the usual detractors arguing about playing up victimization, and the online folk “wisdom” of “don’t feed the trolls”.
Two comments (out of over 800!) caught my eye: One gentleman calling out the gay community for equal immaturity and vapidity in their attacks on each other. (Bless you, kind sir!) And one jackass firmly illustrating why there is rare discussion about this topic, who attacks the article on its journalistic merits rather than listen to the point that this discussion is *hard* to conceptualize, not to mention cover with the journalistic standards of your usual fetish-oriented sex column. His jackassery is worth quoting in part:
'This column is almost shockingly bad. … Anyone with a fraction of the internet laurels heaped across [Violet Blue's] byline shouldn't pretend to be so flayed to the bone by online criticism. “Open Source Sex” is a poorly composed, slapdash and indifferently produced column, and that's the real “Ugly Violet” here on display.' — “burt”
Self-gratiating, “clever” wordplay dosen’t mean you’re better than other sexist bastards, even if your sexism plays out in outdated, unfounded notion that proper journalists should only have masculine, tough-as-leather “skin” and no professional reason to empathize with readers. And we should all have fedoras, too. …Jackass.
I applaud Violet for writing the article. In the long run, “don’t feed the trolls” only gets you past the immediate troll problem. It does nothing to address cultural issues allowing trollish ignorance to persist. And if you think it is a matter of just dealing with nasty comments, please take into consideration that the effect might be wider than that: I don’t publicly write about the details of my personal life, but I sincerely question if I don’t say anything out of natural reticence, some half-thought-out notion of professionalism, or simply wanting to avoid the inevitable attack of sexist insults I’m sure are said behind my back. I think it’s the latter, which leads me to question if women like me contribute to the issue by self-censoring.
"I choose my words carefully, thinking that short-term worries are standing in the way of long-term value & creativity. There are a handful of technical building blocks at the ready, but as Kara Swisher notes, the problems around making social networks portable aren’t really technical.”
Some very smart people launched a new effort to advocate an open, portable social network. All the best, really. Couldn’t pick better people to tackle this—thank you to all.
“The builders of the world’s biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears that the experiment might create globe-gobbling black holes or never-before-seen strains of matter that would destroy the planet.”—
“For almost a month now, mobs as large as 800 have been organizing via social-networking sites and hunting down emo kids in Mexico City, Queretaro and reportedly even more cities around the country. Why this is suddenly happening in a nation whose people’s affection for Morrissey is well-documented is unclear, and it’s striking to see fans of the current radio-dominating strain of alt-rock music in America as victims of widespread assaults.”—
“So rather than just publish their own technology content, NYTimes.com is aiming to provide news consumers interested in technology with more of what the web has to offer, by publishing links to the best technology news on the web. Of course, these are links off of the NTY site, but they are simply applying the Google rule of linking on the web — the better job you do sending people away, the more they will come back.”—How Search Has Transformed News Consumption On The Web - Publishing 2.0
Graph your e-mail. I do and don’t want to see this. I recently started using RescueTime at work, which was reassuring about my overall work ethic [today’s rash of Tumblr-posting notwithstanding]. But I’m not sure I want to see my e-mail mapped.
“Q. What was the most common lawyer fantasy/role play?
A: Lawyers have one common fantasy, according to high-end sex workers: they want their lady-friend to play the role of “opposing counsel,” by visiting them in the hotel room to strike a plea bargain. I’ll leave the rest to the imagination.”—
"There have been a number of developments, which, in our opinion combine to significantly increase the attraction of RZ. As a result of the developments and the fact that the stock has declined significantly, we are changing our rating to Strong Speculative Buy with the same price target of $16 we used in our original recommendation."
“A few years ago the Dalai Lama was visiting an American medical school and watched a brain operation. Afterwards, he chatted with the surgeon, telling him how his scientist friends had patiently explained to him that all of our thoughts, feelings, memories, dreams and other mental activities are the products of electrical and chemical activity in the brain. But he had always wondered something, the Dalai Lama told the surgeon. If electricity and chemistry can produce thoughts and all the rest, can thoughts act back on the physical stuff of the brain to change its chemical, electrical and other physical properties?”—
How many sides of science need to come to the same conclusion until bodymind consciousness becomes a serious discussion? How about an entire generation of baby-boomer, Viagra-ridden diabetic dementia? I think I could find you one of those.
“Also look at the length of the housing bust in the early ’90s. It took over six years from peak to trough in some cities. If this bust takes the same amount of time, prices will not bottom in some cities until 2012 (or there about).”—Calculated Risk: Real Case-Shiller House Price Index