“Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)
At one point Leshem, who runs a company called Protagonist and represented the interests of sponsor Mountain Dew, reportedly asked Wallick, “Do you think you’re at an advantage because you have a pretty lady on your team?” Leshem, they add, displayed an excessive zeal for his bosses at Mountain Dew, insisting that contestants at the show be seen only drinking that beverage.
The people who put this show together are deplorable. I have huge respect for the developers who walked off.
“We didn’t give women the right to vote (in the U.S.) until 1920. …That means American Democracy is 94 years old. There are three people in my building older than American democracy. Women have had a rough time. It was so okay to beat your wife until so recently, that today we have a kind of shirt named after it. There’s a piece of clothing in our culture affectionately nicknamed after beating the crap out of your wife, and for some reason this is offensive to nobody.”—Louis CK monologue (via sonnyjohnson)
“In the world of ad-supported media, traffic volume is everything. Too often that means sacrificing quality for quantity and prioritising stories that generate clicks. In the subscription world, quantity doesn’t move the needle. Quality does.”—The future of news: know thy audience
In the context of Nate Silver’s response to criticism that he’s hired a mostly white male staff for the FiveThirtyEight relaunch, Zeynep Tufekci uses French social theory and Dr. Seuss to explain why many culture groups, especially white-male-dominated tech, have an exclusionary blind spot.
Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studios.
“Our logo depicts a fox (we call him Fox No. 92) as an allusion to a phrase originally attributed to the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” We take a pluralistic approach and we hope to contribute to your understanding of the news in a variety of ways.”—
I’m deregistering all my devices from iMessage this weekend.
I’m sorry to say that iMessage simply doesn’t work for me. Messages constantly cannot be sent, I get messages from people days after they were sent, one device or another doesn’t receive a message or an entire conversation. On and on and on.
Please message me using Facebook Messenger, Line, WhatsApp, Twitter DM, or Google Hangouts. Maybe a couple other options out there as well. Anything but iMessage. Sorry about this, but thanks for understanding.
I think I know what my favorite moment in Titanfall is.
I’m in a Titan when my display tells me an enemy pilot has crawled up my back. My Titan’s near death anyway and I know there won’t be time to hop off and shoot the pilot down. Besides, my Titan is prepared for this exact moment….
Titanfall is absolutely incredible. Don’t believe the hype—just go get the game, play it, and ultimately transcend the hype to discover a new plane of understanding of multiplayer joy that unlocks warm feelings and enlightenment you didn’t know was possible.
The Borderlands series is going to go all Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
In the next chapter you’re going to play two “less adventurous” characters from the world of Pandora, not Vault Hunters. You play through their accounts of recent events, but they’ll be “Big Fish-like” recollections where stories don’t add up and details change between accounts. So they’re going to start telling the same story from tertiary characters and explore human aspects where perspective changes details.
A lot of men (and probably other genders, but mostly men) like to creepily hit on people (usually women) in contexts in which it’s not ok to hit on people. (Eg: on the subway).
Girls start experiencing this before they’re considered old enough for sex ed.
Creepy men regularly do this in a way that’s slightly deniable.
Like sitting way too close. Or asking an almost innocuous thing. And it feels really horrible to be on the receiving end, but it can be hard to put your finger on why. And if you object, the man who started it will try as hard as he can to say you’re being unreasonable. Often, bystanders or people you tell afterwards will empathically agree and tell you he was just being friendly and that didn’t have to be rude.