“Our operating principle is (that) it should be as easy as possible to get involved and support Democratic candidates and progressive causes,” says ActBlue’s Benjamin Rahn. “We are creating an integrated site so that people can browse and search for action opportunities, whether it’s by location, type of race or issue that they’re interested in.”
He added, “People have a good reason to think Net art is suspicious. A lot of it is technical doodlings, but it’s also reaching a new level of maturity.”
“One reason I do this is to help some people, who have a Mac modder buried deep inside them, let loose and create some totally new and interesting Mac mods,” he explained. “Just planting seeds of inspiration hopefully, and maybe give Apple a slight hint of what I would like to see in new hardware designs.”
Even our reading tools are morphing to accommodate the rise of long takes. The design firm Arc90 released Readability, an app that renders website text as one clean, ad-free column down the center of your screen—perfect for distraction-free long-form reading—and it got so popular that Apple baked it into the current version of Safari. Or consider the iPad: It’s been criticized as “only” a consumption device, but that’s the whole point; it’s superb for consuming long takes. Instapaper, an app created by Marco Arment to time-shift online material for later reading, has racked up nearly a million users with hardly any advertising. “It’s for reading,” Arment says, “when you’re ready to be attentive.”
When I’ve decided on the pair I want, I leave the dressing room and head to a small touch-screen terminal with an attached credit-card swiper. I tap the button for the dressing room I was in. The same pair of jeans left on my app’s list appears on a screen that looks like a simpler version of an online shopping cart. I swipe my card, and I’m free to go. In theory, I’ve just gone into a store and used my smartphone to try on and buy a pair of jeans without talking to a single person at all.
Sure, we had a few explicit goals. Most of them were quickly abandoned. We slowed down the cracked-out pace. We stopped covering martial arts and quit posting music videos just for the fuck of it.
That minority might be even bigger in European countries that historically have experienced less immigration than the U.S. has, says Mark Jobling, a human geneticist at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Jobling notes that waves of immigration and the legacy of slavery in the U.S. would tend to weaken the association between Y-chromosome sequences and surnames, because many slaves were forced to take on the names of their owners, for example, and many immigrants Anglicized their names to avoid standing out.
Weirdest conspiracy: A conspiracy theorist waylaid delegates and press outside one of the heavily-guarded entrances to the Staples Center to convince them that George W. Bush killed JFK Jr.
LP: I sometimes feel like a lot of those guys want to keep everythingthe same until they finish their careers – they want it to be the sameas when they came up, and they don’t really care what happens to thelabel after they leave, you know?
Earlier this year, the Arkansas Board of Corrections approved an internet banking system to route money to inmate commissary accounts. Relatives can mail money orders to a centralized processing center for deposit by Internet into inmate accounts. Inmates can access the money instantly at prison commissaries across the state.
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Penny’s site features a picture of a woman tied up in ropes, but she said she took the picture herself to make a point. She claims she and her husband – whom she describes as a “great guy” – have tried counseling but that they still “never see eye-to-eye.” She posted her story on her site with the hope that visitors would donate money to help her attend nursing school so she could earn her own living.
Mobile versions are often simpler, pared down, and curated versions of the real thing – just like an app. Clearly, mobile sites must be small in order to accommodate the small physical size of a mobile phone.