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


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

On #DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

I can never be sad that I do not get to socialise in the exalted circles of those who get to be entrepreneurs in the exciting new media and chill on private islands and go to fancy parties with fashionistas and aristos, as clearly to join these exalted circles one has to be an absolute fucking sociopath.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:07 am 7

On Girl, You Must Be...

I have spent too long on this, today, but did get two excellent pieces of sass in a row:

"Boy, you must be a gauntlet because you are a severe trial; an ordeal."
"Boy, you must be a treadmill because you are a monotonous task or set of tasks seeming to have no end."

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm 0

On Hard Out Here for a White Feminist

@kasa it not as if people in the UK don't know what racism is! we have an awful lot of previous with it.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 6:49 am 1