Hurled like a dead childhood pet into the uncanny valley's nastiest toilet.
What is this, an ATM for ants?
"Customers have to bend or kneel to use the machine, installed outside a Sainsbury's Local store in Basford. A Sainsbury's spokesman said the cash machine was installed so low down because it was located on a hill. The supermarket added that it had not had any complaints." [BBC]
Professor and pundit Tyler Cowen was lecturing about vigilantism yesterday, only to be pepper sprayed in class by a man trying to place him under citizens' arrest
. The attacker, who was arrested, appears not to have been a student. — Rob
Selfies make us look strange, lopsided, comical. Why? Because a cellphone camera sits inches from our faces, whereas our brains are used to a mirror-image seen from several feet away
. [The Atlantic] Stop worrying about how pretty you are and embrace imperfection and character
. — Rob
Adapting data from Cigarette smoking prevalence in US counties: 1996-2012, the New York Times presents an interactive guide to the decline of smoking in America. The bottom line is a persistent correlation with low income. [via Flowing Data]
Check out the original study's 1996 chart for men, below. Have a mint, Kentucky!
Two companies, actual registered companies with people working for them, people with dreams and aspirations and fragile human hopes, are going to court to fight for ownership of Duke Nukem
. [Rock Paper Shotgun] — Rob
"This is supposedly real
," writes Brian Ashcraft. [Kotaku]
America, #1, has the largest pop music business, and #2 spot holder Japan the weirdest. Third-place Britain is famous for punching above its weight, but #4 will surprise you: Sweden, the pop music powerhouse
. It all comes down to the Swedish Pop Mafia.
Michael Fertik runs an online reputation repair service that claims to avoid shady SEO techniques and threats. Ian Mount interviews him at the New York Times:
Q. What if [published criticism] is really nasty?
A. As we say in Kentucky, when you wrestle with a pig you both get covered in mud. The last thing you want to do is start fighting these guys. You can’t take this personally.
Q. So what should the owner do?
A. Collect real reviews from real customers who are not that person. Get more voices in the conversation.
Q. What if the owner really did screw up?
A. The only thing you can do is reset and make a sustained effort to bring humor, light and grace back into the discussion.
I'm a sucker for this sort of thing
! At $10 for three, it's a perfectly good deal, but I'd pay double
Ted Gioia: "Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting"
I’ve just spent a very depressing afternoon looking through the leading music periodicals. And what did I learn? Pretty much what I expected. I found out what the chart-topping musicians are wearing (or, in many instances, not wearing). I got updates on their love life, and learned whose marriages are on the rocks. I read updates on the legal proceedings of the rich and famous. I got insights into the food preferences and travel routines of megastars. And I read some reviews of albums, and got told by “‘critics” (I use that term loosely) that they were “badass,” “hot,” “sexy,” “tripped-out,” and “freaky.”
The periodicals in question have certainly become harder to read, that's for sure. But as Gioita points out, music's been a tool of self-definition for many years. At MeFi, lizarrd heads "down the rabbit hole" of websites that apply music theory to pop.
"Damn, I was gonna get an apartment over there, too. It'll be cheaper now!" [Video Link
William Gibson's books often feature big, sinister corporations co-opting near-future technological wonders to uncertain ends. Facebook buying Oculus fits right in there! John Brownlee heralds the coming "cyberpunk war" to be fought by giant multinational corporations
, in the future entertainment dystopia you were always promised. [Fast Co] — Rob