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On What Your One Direction Crush Says About Your Year

petition for a day on which every post on the Hairpin is written in tender gentle Dear-Sugary horoscope-speak. Let's make an initiation, dearest Hairpin, I see good things coming your way.

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm 0

On An Interview with Porpentine, Maker of Mutant Feminist Cyber Games

@Porpentine !!!!!!!

back when i played the game i thought it was a metaphor for how i could never get there but of course i was wrong! we can all get to oasis zone vi, you are by our side.

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm 0

On Missed Connection - m4m

The Band Who Was (like) Thursday

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm 2

On Have You Instagrammed the Weather Yet?

On a freezing-to-death tip, this 'roguelike' computer game (javascript based, you play in your browser, no need to download) about surviving in an arctic wilderness is super excellent.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:41 am 0

On Sweet Dee

@sarah girl I wonder if this piece that ran on The Awl last month - http://www.theawl.com/2013/12/the-new-spammer-panic - had a sort of "here's why we're leaving the comments up" function: these kinds of spam comments are an SEO strategy that backfires on the companies who use it if the comments are left up (though i don't think the piece does a good job of explaining exactly how). Still, even if leaving spam comments up will have some eventual bad effect on the companies behind them, having a comments section populated with spam is kind of unsightly and depressing. If they must keep them around as a bad-SEO time bomb, isn't there some way they could temporarily hide them?

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:06 am 0

On The Fanciest Gingerbread Houses in All the Land

the marriage was built to last but the house was built out of gingerbread

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm 1

On Answering All the Questions in Beyonce's New Album

Q&BEY?

here's to never reining it in!

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm 3

On #DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

@appletree I swear I just read something that said that Luluvise's users' average age was 21? I guess they must be keeping a bunch of Luluvise network users off the Lulu app.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:39 am 0

On #DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

@Sea Ermine Oh that is a good point - I sort of meant "not just by grudgy ex-girlfriends" to mean "not just the kind of manipulation you'd immediately assume" but you're totally right to mention that aspect. A whole culture of people being super rational and complimentary about their exes, #LovelyGuyButJustNotThatIntoMe, #NoHardFeelings, #I'mTotallyCoolWithIt, #OnlyIrrationalPeopleAreResentfulAboutBreakups.

(tbh i am on good terms with almost all of the people i used to date but i think there's also a distinct social pressure to be such, in my social circles at least)

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:03 am 0

On #DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

@cee like, not only is the whole idea of a people-judging app morally ugly in the extreme (+ the idea of a women's social network that exists mostly to discuss boys is so appallingly retrogressive and also how is this woman 32 years old), but it is so open to manipulation - and not just by grudgey ex-girlfriends. (e.g. teenage boys are already known to be regularly pressuring teenage girls to share their facebook passwords with them: the content of this and the discussions thereon are in no way actually 'girls only'.)

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:09 am 1