Category Archives: Community

This alt-right shit still boggles my mind.

An Alt-Right Makeover Shrouds the Swastikas: A small but determined political organization in Detroit began to worry that its official symbol was a bit off-putting. With the group’s central philosophy suddenly finding traction in the daily discourse, appearances mattered. So in November, as the country’s divisive presidential campaign became ever more jagged, the National Socialist […]

The GIF Survey

Fucking genius survey conducted by the godfather of CSS, Eric Meyer: The GIF Survey is complete. In just under a week, 1,457 people gave their answers on how they pronounce the acronym, and their perceptions of the rightness of that pronunciation. I thought that, today of all days, it made some sense to share the […]

“No Sleep ‘Til No Hate in Brooklyn”

Rolling Stone: Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock Speaks Out at NYC Anti-Hate Rally: The election “felt very personal because … I’m a brown, female immigrant,” says Maria Paz Alegre, a U.S. citizen and New York resident who was born in the Philippines. “It’s been very painful to hear that half the country doesn’t want me here. It […]

Bill in Brooklyn

The New York Times reports, “Bill Murray made a guest appearance in Brooklyn as a bartender. He was quick to pour tequila shots, for himself and for anyone who asked, our reporter observed.”

NYC Bomb Suspect Captured

Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan Bombing The police on Monday took into custody the man they believed to be behind the bombing in Manhattan over the weekend, according to law enforcement officials. The dramatic arrest of the man, Ahmad Khan Rahami, came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents […]

Slacky Skype

It looks like Microsoft has some updates coming to Skype: It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting quite popular recently. Now, Microsoft is working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand, according to people […]

Errors, Snap Judgements, and Manufactured Outrage

Last week, on August 26th, Facebook announced they were automating their Trending feature and phasing out the people who previously wrote the descriptions for the trending news items. Then, earlier this week, things started getting screwy: First, there were the hilarious mix-ups. Yesterday a video of a dog reacting to seeing its owner for the […]

High Fives

This video made me smile. It also made me think about how archaic the act of sticking out our hands to summon a vehicle is. “Grandpa, what’s a taxi cab?” “Oh they were these yellow automobiles, driven by humans, that would take you where ever you wanted to go in New York and you would […]

“This is not where I saw myself at 27 years old.”

In Back to the Future Part II they led us to believe we’d have flying cars, hoverboards and auto-lacing sneakers by 2015. Wrong on all counts. We have people running around looking for imaginary Pokémon. They’re also accomplishing all sorts of other things like the woman who found a dead body behind a Holocaust Memorial […]

Locals Did It

The mass killing in Orlando this weekend fits a grim pattern: Every lethal terrorist attack in the United States in the past decade and a half has been carried out by American citizens or legal permanent residents, operating either as lone wolves or in pairs, who have no formal connections or training from terrorist organizations […]

“Treat chat like a sauna — stay a while but then get out.”

Last week Basecamp CEO Jason Fried published a great piece on all the ways group chat applications like Slack are bad. The whole piece is a must-read, but here’s one nugget: Many chat platforms put a little green dot next to people telling you they are online/available. That’s called presence, and it’s worse than you […]

The most TED thing at TED

Over at Re/Code, Ina Fried searched for the most TED thing at TED: I thought I had found the TED-iest of them all: A helicopter trip to the top of a mountain to play ice hockey on a frozen lake while being instructed by former pros. But there were a couple problems. First off, the […]

The Internet Is Great, If You Can Get It

Low-Income Americans Face Internet Access That Is Slow, at Risk of Disruption: The good news is that the vast majority of Americans, even low-income ones, now have some access to the Internet. The bad news is that many are “under-connected,” with mobile-only access that is subject to data caps or interruption due to payment issues. […]