April 2nd, 2015
RomancR promises to disrupt your bedroom:
RomancR, which we plan to launch later this year, will bring the power and efficiency of markets to our romantic lives. You will leave your pitiful dating life where it belongs in the dustbin of history! Go beyond antiquated non-market systems for finding lovers. Why should we rely on people's fickle sense of taste and attractiveness, their complicated ideas of interpersonal compatibility, or their sense of altruism, when we can rely on the power of prices? With RomancR, we won't have to!
[Via Crooked Timber]
March 12th, 2015
Alan Rusbridger, soon to depart after 20 years as editor of the Guardian, reflecting upon his early years at the paper:
For quite a long time the Guardian struggled to get my name right #oldcuttingsbooks
March 8th, 2015
I know I'm days late posting this but I only saw it today so I figure I might not be the only one.
[Via Stellar Interesting]
March 2nd, 2015
We can marry you off, wholesale.
Facebook knew you were in love a long time before you did. It noticed you scrolling back through her timeline. Every millisecond lingering over the photos of her at the beach was faithfully logged.
When she sent a message to her best friend saying "Hot date tonight ;-)" it correlated all the messages that she'd been sending and rightly calculated that you were her probable partner.
When the two of you didn't send each other flirty message one morning, it concluded that you had spent the night in a… how to put this…? A state unobservable by Facebook.
On the surface, you two were perfectly suited to each other. But Facebook had detected a problem. […]
[Via The Null Device]
February 16th, 2015
A Dynamic Theory of Romantic Choice:
So the next time you're at a bad date, feel free to let them off with "It's not you, it's the market structure".
[Via Paul Krugman]
February 5th, 2015
January 20th, 2015
I wonder if this is a sly attempt by Cadbury's social media team to remind us all that there are worse things than changing the type of chocolate.
(For the record, I'm ashamed to note that I completely failed to notice on my first view that that thing should really be a facehugger, not a chestburster.)
January 19th, 2015
January 9th, 2015
Smart Pipe is a genuinely shitty idea.
[Via Schneier on Security
January 8th, 2015
18. Did we use the word "content" without quotes? We feel so dirty.
New Clues, from two of the authors of the original Cluetrain Manifesto. A mix of idealism, naiveté, and the odd CheapShot™. All in all, a hell of a lot of fun to read.
January 3rd, 2015
Over at Crooked Timber, Maria Farrell relates the tale of life with her 'hugely fluffy and dolphin-smiling Samoyed dog, Milo':
Before Ed and I had the dog's shit to talk about, I don't know how we ever whiled away the hours. Quality, texture, main ingredients, frequency and volume. There's a lot to discuss. In this way, I have, finally, become a little bit English. For a while, there, Milo's daily rhythm was primed perfectly to require a straining squat precisely as we passed the entrance to the local Tube station at the height of rush hour. This was around the time when he was ingesting rubber bands daily. (Any reader of online gripes about Royal Mail will know a key one is how postmen discard on footpaths the rubber bands that keep packets of letters together. Another is leaving the gate open so someone else's dog can shit in your front garden.) The highlight of Milo's shitting career, however, was the party lights. […]
December 25th, 2014
December 21st, 2014
The Internet of Paternalistic Things:
My stupid refrigerator thinks I'm pregnant.
I reached for my favorite IPA, but the refrigerator wouldn't let me take one from the biometrically authenticated alcohol bin. […]
December 17th, 2014
December 14th, 2014
This Useless toilet paper machine is, there's no denying it, pretty useless. And very funny.
November 30th, 2014
Neil Gaiman Reads "Bad Neil Gaiman" Stories. Be sure to stick around for the last story (which Gaiman declares to be his favourite.)
[Via The Millions]
November 12th, 2014
When Panorama Photography Goes Wrong:
The truncated pony is weird and all, but my favourite is the man I call the Human Silverback