December 15, 2009
December 10, 2009
- One of the photos was altered: "What I'm objecting is mainly the defacing of one of my photos. I don't appreciate it."
- The blogger, Carles, uses non-grammatically correct English: "It's crazy to think that some asshole can anonymously steal copyrighted work, completely disregard the English language and its structure, . . ."
- Carles' makes money with his blogging: ". . . and somehow make money off of the ads from his site."
(Photo of Kyle Dean Reinford by Kyle Dean Reinford used in accordance with the fair use doctrine.)
November 21, 2009
Then in the 90s, "denying global warming" became a meme. The arguments "against global warming" come from organizations set up by public relations agencies and research funded by businesses who would incur losses from government regulations. And the research isn't so much hard scientific research as it is rhetorical research gathered to discredit "global warming" specifically so that it can't be used to justify regulation. The arguments "against global warming" are always defensive and the only people that are passionate about it are paid by the industries that stand to be regulated, the Republican Party which is closely aligned with those interests, and dumb "Republicans" to whom it's simply an ideological left/liberal/Democrat vs. right/conservative/Republican issue. There weren't people arguing against the idea of global warming that came out of the scientific community until it became a political issue and the argument against it doesn't seem to be so much a scientific argument that discredits it as much as a political argument against regulation.
October 16, 2009
A hipster may choose to drink PBR because their friends drink PBR: not much different from any social group that has their favorite beers such as Budweiser or Guinness. If everyone in a group agrees on a brand of beer, it's easier to buy a 12-pack or a case for a party that no one will bitch and moan about.
The most important reason hipsters drink PBR is economic. Hipsters are generally people from a middle-class upbringing who are involved in the local indie music scene. What that should tell you is that they hold aesthetics above affluence. Having a lesser drive towards affluence, they tend to not make much money. Being middle class tells you they're advantaged enough to not have to drink the cheapest form of alcohol available like bums and welfare cases. PBR is the beer of choice of people who have enough money see a band at a bar, but not enough to waste it on upgrading their beer while they're there. It is in fact the drink of choice for white bar patrons living above poverty conditions with a limited disposable income, at least in the South.
Tennessee Rounders - 2007-01-12 - Pabst Blue Ribbon [128kbps vbr]
In the South, PBR is the cheapest beer you can get in most bars. It's also the cheapest non-light, non-ice brewed beer you can get at just about any gas station, aside from Milwaukee's Best which sux. This doesn't have as much to do with customer demand as it does with Pabst Brewing Company's pricing and distribution. Bar owners there don't sell it because customers demand it, they sell it because customers there tend to go to bars that offer cheap beer and PBR has chosen to cater to that market.
It shouldn't be surprising that traveling indie bands playing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artists, and liberal arts majors who move to New York and live on a tight budget while starting their careers would bring their preference in beer with them. In New York, PBR is expensive, like all beer, so it's particularly hard for people there to understand why hipsters drink it, but it's still usually one dollar cheaper in bars than other beers. Aside from saving a buck, it's better to ask specifically for a PBR than to ask for "the cheapest beer you have" in front of a girl you may want to bone later.
I just wanted to clear all that up because it's kind of sad to see the same rant repeated by different people about "hipsters" and their "trends" and the irony of their "ironic" beers. You can go on believing that the trend started with PBR's marketing team showing up at drug parties and dingey rock venues telling people that PBR is ironic, but drinking PBR has less to do with irony and some vaporous "word-of-mouth marketing campaign" and more with economics and Pabst's distribution model. There's people that drink PBR based solely on the brand's cultural cache while imbuing it with an aura of irony, but is that act any worse than criticizing it based solely on the brand's cultural cache while imbuing it with an aura of irony?
October 15, 2009
McCainBlogette so I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing but apparently anything other than a pantsuit I am a slut, this is 18 hours, 28 minutes ago
McCainBlogette why I have been considering deleting my twitter account, what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment 18 hours, 28 minutes ago
McCainBlogette I am going to take some more time to think about it but seriously I was just trying to be funny with the book and that I'm a dork staying in 18 hours, 27 minutes ago
McCainBlogette when I am alone in my apartment, I wear tank tops and sweat pants, I had no idea this makes me a "slut", I can't even tell you how hurt I am 18 hours, 13 minutes ago
McCainBlogette ok I am getting the fuck off twitter, promise not to delete my account until I sleep on it, thank you for the nice words supporters 18 hours, 11 minutes ago
McCainBlogette I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic, I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended. 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
UPDATE (04:04PM EST): She will not be deleting her twitter, treating this as a learning experience instead.
McCainBlogette I would like to thank my family and friends for their support. This has been an embarrassing experience but also a learning one. I will not 19 minutes ago
McCainBlogette be deleting my twitter account but I will be more careful in the future about my use with the medium. 18 minutes ago
UPDATE (2009-12-01 04:07AM EST): She said a few more things about it but I lost interest in blogging about it. Sorry if you think this entry would've benefited from being more comprehensive.
October 11, 2009
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September 17, 2009
With most things, you don't get them when you first see them, but the more you see them the more you get it, because you learn about stuff and things make sense as you grow up. Local news though is something that seemed normal to me when I'd watch it as a kid, but the older I get the more it freaks me out. I'm not even so sure that it's these odd asides themselves that are so strange; maybe what's alienating me is the blatant realization that there's an audience for them.
Have you also noticed this? Do you even ever watch the local news? What is the anchor in that video talking about?
September 14, 2009
August 12, 2009
- Realize that every woman is different and prefers different things in bed. No f****ng templates! Just imagination and experimentation!
- Communication! The more you talk the better the sex is, and the better you get.
- Practice. That sh*t really does make perfect.
- Fitness - be healthy, spiritually, physically and psychologically.
- Caring, care for your partner and yourself.
- Respect! For both of you.
- Technique - never stop learning and training and getting better, never be satisfied with who you are, always give it 110%, always try to have better sex than you had last time, never just call it in! If you feel like you're going to have mediocre sex, do something else instead!
July 28, 2009
When told of what happened after landing their private jet in Nice, France, where they are staying between shows, the band felt "pure disappointment. It's just really put a damp squib (sponge) on something that was a fantastic experience and fantastic show" said the tour's production director.
There is no word yet whether a lawsuit threatened against the protesters will include a claim for emotional damage incurred by the band.
July 14, 2009
Examples of memes commonly abused by memetards:
- "Arguing on the internet is like the Special Olympics. Even if you win, you're still retarded."
- Godwin's Law, godwin, etc.
- "PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals"
- "CAPS LOCK: CRUISE CONTROL FOR . . . "
- image macros
- "Cool story, bro"
- "evar", "moar", "an hero", "teh internets", etc.
- ninjas vs. pirates
EDIT: First usage of the memetard meme within a memetic context.
June 19, 2009
June 17, 2009
We've noticed some claims going around that YouTube has been engaging in acts of censorship and removing some of these videos from the site. Unless a video clearly violates our Community Guidelines, we will not take it down. In general, we do not allow graphic or gratuitous violence on YouTube. However, we make exceptions for videos that have educational, documentary, or scientific value. The limitations being placed on mainstream media reporting from within Iran make it even more important that citizens in Iran be able to use YouTube to capture their experiences for the world to see. Given the critical role these videos are playing in reporting this story to the world, we are doing our best to leave as many of them up as we can. YouTube is, at its core, a global forum for free expression. Take note that if you see a video that is unavailable on the site, it may be because the user decided to remove the video him or herself.Apparently Youtube's idea of a "global forum for free expression" is one which censors documentation of bloodshed and death at pivotal moments in history--you know, the kind of expression which matters the most.
June 11, 2009
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UPDATE: We are currently investigating rumors that David Hasselhoff may still be alive.
April 24, 2009
UPDATE (April 25, 2009): It has come to our attention that Lay Leno is not in fact dead and is currently still hosting The Tonight Show on NBC.
April 6, 2009
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March 11, 2009
"There is no conspiracy theory. There's nothing we are hiding at all," says Jeff Kyle, group product manager for Symantec consumer products. "Within the first hour there were like 600 posts to that thread. Obviously it was a bot creating this."
Currently, representatives of the company are repeating that the first post referencing PIFTS.exe was made by a spambot, despite being unable to explain how and why a spambot can be the first to be aware of and mention this obscure file on the forums at the exact same time Symantec's staff realized their mistake and were pulling the file from distribution. Witnesses who saw the initial deleted post are having the hardest time accepting Symantec staff's explanation.
March 10, 2009
This story is flagged, just when it hit 200 Diggs it disappeared from the upcoming stories with most diggs, Digg doesn't want it on it's front page. http://digg.com/news/software/upcoming/mostCurrently the story has 269 "diggs" (or votes up) and counting.
UPDATE (13:20 10 March 2009): The original story with over 300 diggs is no longer showing up in a search for "PIFTS.exe" on digg.com anymore. Lower rated stories still show up but are being systematically removed as this is being written. Screenshots of digg.com:
UPDATE (13:20 10 March 2009): The story about the Digg cover up of the PIFTS.exe cover up has reached Digg itself: http://digg.com/tech_news/Digg_covers_up_Symantec_s_cover_up
UPDATE (14:55 10 March 2009): If PIFTS.exe is related to the FBI's Magic Lantern software, it would not be surprising if Digg was pressured to squelch this.
UPDATE (03:59 31 March 2009): The story in question was the fifth most popular story on Digg that day.
UPDATE (03:56 10 March 2009): In our comments, thepipermethod says the kanzlei.biz website is just mirroring key words from google trends, which at this time includes the terms "PIFTS" and "EXE" and that the site has no other relation to PIFTS.exe. At zonealarm.org, one person reports talking with various representatives of Symantec for two hours without receiving any answer as to why inquiries posted on the Symantec forums were being deleted. The caller was told that PIFTS.exe is part of Symantec's update installation process, was denied any further information regarding the purpose of the file and was repeatedly transferred to a new representative when asking why inquiries about PIFTS.exe were being deleted from Symantec's forums.
UPDATE (10:42 10 March 2009): There is speculation that this is part of the FBI's secret Magic Lantern software. From Wikipedia:
Symantec, the makers of Norton AntiVirus and related products, is reportedly working with the FBI on ways to preclude their products from detecting Magic Lantern. Eric Chien, a top researcher at Symantec, emphasized the ability to detect "modified versions."Some people are reporting that the Norton forums have been taken offline. There is no information posted anywhere yet regarding what this program does.
UPDATE (11:10 10 March 2009): It's being said that PIFTS.exe contacts an IP address in Africa.
UPDATE (11:50 10 March 2009): This site has links to copies of the PIFTS.exe file which you can download. I can not vouch whether the files are authentic or not. There is contradictory information about what actual IP address the program is contacting.
UPDATE (12:02 10 March 2009): Apparently digg.com is also covering this story up. 242 diggs and it's not on the front page. There's a good discussion of this on slashdot.org, a web 2.0 social networking site for techies. The Washington Post and The Register are covering this as well.
UPDATE (14:45 10 March 2009): More details on Digg's cover up of the PIFTS.exe story here. The coordinated opposition to this story tells us that we are on the right track.
UPDATE (16:22 10 March 2009): Symantec has finally issued a statement on PIFTS.exe. Symantec claims that it was just a patch to their software that was accidentally released "unsigned." The company also alleges that inquiries regarding the matter on their forums were deleted because many people made posts about it:
One individual created a new user account and posted about the name of the patch executable, PIFTS.exe. Within minutes, several dozen user accounts were created commenting on the initial thread, and/or creating new threads on the topic. Over the next few hours, over 200 user accounts were created. Within the first hour there were 600 new posts on this subject alone. While the intent of the spammer(s) remains unclear, there were no malicious links and it simply resulted in a widespread communications challenge for Symantec.It is interesting that there is no accounting for why the first post was deleted along with every single other mention of the issue. It is also worth noting that Symantec refers those customers of theirs who promptly wanted to know what this "unsigned" piece of software was as "spammer(s)" whose intent "remains unclear."
March 9, 2009
A source in Mexico tells me the following regarding martial law in Mexico:
(7:11:27 pm) [Name Withheld]: I asked around and nobody knows anything.
(7:12:15 pm) [Name Withheld]: In the morning, there was a brief notice about it, and father mentioned something about USA annexing Mexico as another state, but I didn't pay attention
(7:32:27 pm) [Name Withheld]: If I learn anything new I'll tell you.
Note that the MSM (mainstream media) is not reporting on this. Another scoop for us!
(When reposting this on blogs or forums, please provide a link back to this page. Some of our previous reporting is unfortunately going uncredited. Thanks!)
March 8, 2009
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To use this graphic, just post it whenever you see someone do something unsuccessfully. Here's an example. If you've never been involved in popularizing a viral meme, this is one you can get in front of before the noobs.
February 20, 2009
"She doesnt look that bad."Posted at 9:08PM on Feb 19th 2009 by Chris Brown
"Is that really her?? This girl's nose is really wide, i dont think Rihanna's nose is like that. Well, if it is her, thats really sad"Posted at 9:09PM on Feb 19th 2009 by Sara237
"YOUR nose would be that wide too if it was smashed doofus...duh, that's what a punch in the nose does......."Posted at 9:11PM on Feb 19th 2009 by Uh Huh