These days, memes are about more that just LOLs. They’ve picked up two new purposes: to pledge allegiance to your in-group and to make you lots of money. Memes used to appeal to humanity’s fundamentals—everyone feels awkward sometimes, everyone likes watching a kitten acting a fool. But now people flash political memes like gang signs. Modern-day American memes are about political correctness or the Second Amendment, about the emptiness of offering thoughts and prayers to shooting victims or the satisfying inclusiveness of Black Panther. These memes are seen as a public declaration of your political positions and cultural identity, and, increasingly, an invitation for people with opposing viewpoints to come sass (or harass) you in the comments. Is combativeness a symptom of how contentious and polarized the internet has become? Heck yes. Memes are just snapshots of culture. Does it seem likely to stop anytime soon? Heck no.
Only last April did Britannica open up its subscription-only content to web publishers. Sites who register get a free subscription and can link directly to entries, which then become free to view by anyone
(sort of like how many WSJ articles are accessible for free through the backdoor of Google searches). Without a premium subscription other content is limited and is frequently blocked by a pop-up window.
One could argue that an article’s length is a misleading measure of noteworthiness. Consider, for example, the case of the German actress Sibel Kekilli, best known for her role as Shae in the HBO series Game Of Thrones. Kekilli’s entry is 599 words long, and it includes brief mention of her past work in adult films. I bring that up because her article’s ‘Talk’ page contains 7,402 words of passionate bickering between dozens of editors, dating back to 2010, regarding how extensively her background in pornography should be documented.
That’s encouraging news for Peter Jaszi, a professor of law at American University and a DMCA critic. He said that Kaplan’s comment, from a judge who has studied the DMCA perhaps more closely than any other, suggests the “inevitability” of amendments to the controversial law.
Hot dogs are grilled before a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, AZ in 2012. Shot with an iPhone 4S using Instagram.
One of Flipboard’s biggest new features that debuted earlier this year, user-created magazines, will now be viewable in desktop browsers. The web experience shares the same key features as it does on mobile: a stunning cover photo, pages that “flip,” the ability to share whole magazines or individual items within them, and the ability to toss photos and articles into your own magazines.
For more about the book, you can visit, appropriately enough, its Facebook page. One caveat: there’s a book trailer on the page which the publisher had asked if we wanted to run here on GeekDad. It’s cute, but I turned them down because I felt like it’s targeted at teen girls and would probably limit the audience for the book. Yes, there’s some relationship drama in the book, as I’ve come to expect from most YA fiction, but I think the book itself would appeal to more than just the Emmas of the world. Maybe it’d be nice if there were another trailer done from Josh’s point of view.
Del.icio.us is a social-bookmarking application that hit the big time Friday when it was acquired by Yahoo. It works like this: When you find a site you want to keep, you put it on your del.icio.us account with descriptive tags you invent to keep track of it.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson made a special trip to the exclusive Shanghai Futures Exchange to make a pitch for China to drop barriers to trade. Like the shot heard ’round the world, a 9 percent drop in the Shanghai stock market last week triggered five sessions of tumultuous stock trading in markets around the globe, illustrating the influence of China’s financial ambitions. Carrying the weight of a mind-boggling trade deficit of $235 billion in 2006, Paulson’s mission has been given top billing by the newly Democratic-led Congress. The Associated Press reports.
Wieczorek said he was not distressed about who might see his personal information via the bn.com crack.
Here, though, we have an app that is allowing kids to learn a tricky subject through a gradual introduction of new rules and concepts — just like playing through an in-game tutorial where you first learn to look around, then walk, then jump, then pull out your weapons and fire, and then you’re off and running and you never had to sit down and read a manual. When the developers tested their app with hundreds of students in Norway, they found that more than 30% of them were able to solve equations after an hour of playing the game, and that rate more than doubled after two hours.