Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mr. Cope's Cave: Dear Ashley Judd...

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Loved you in that one movie. Can't think of the name of it right now, but you know the one I mean... where you were in bad trouble because something happened... which I can't exactly remember what it was but it was really bad... and that bad guy was coming after you and we were wondering how you'd ever get yourself out of it, but just at the last minute, you figured out a... wait! Now that I think about it, I may be thinking of Charlize Theron in that one movie. Sometimes I get you two mixed up.

But that's not why I'm writing anyway. I want to commend you for this new mission you've taken on. You know the one I mean... the one where you're standing up to these cyber tweeter trolls and demanding they start behaving like something other than the diseased punk-ass twisted shit-for-brains deviants that they are. I saw you talking about it on a news show, and... and... Christ, I hope it wasn't Charlize Theron I saw and just thought it was you.

Anyway, assuming it was you I saw and not Charlize Theron. it's a good and worthy thing you're doing, trying to get these conscienceless worm turds to be held accountable for the things they say about other people on the Internet. Sometimes I wonder if the evolution of all this social networking is coming at the expense of humans devolving back into 140-character baboons who have rediscovered the pleasure of throwing their own feces on whomever displeases them. Don't you?

Seriously, what's next? Like, if they discover how to teleport matter like on Star Trek... which, by the way, I saw you on that one time when you and young Wesley Crusher had that thing going on... will these miserable puke Facebook bullies then be teleporting piles of their own steaming poop to people they want to harass? Instead of threatening to violate you for something as innocuous as daring to comment on a stupid basketball game, will they be sending clots of their semen to your teleport address? Will they be beaming not just pictures of their penises to women they are trying to offend, but their actual penises? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

So yes, you... and Monica Lewinski, too, by the way, but you probably already know about that... are doing a righteous thing, standing up to these mutant scaly jackal scum. However, I have to wonder if it's the right way to go about it.

I mean, my impression of these puss-bloated open sores that pretend to be men is they are such insignificant, snot-based, oozing losers that whatever attention they get... even if it's the recognition of being the lowest, vilest form of life the universe has yet produced... is the only attention they will ever get. Think about it... can you even imagine such icky trash ever accomplishing anything in life? And what woman could ever learn to like, let alone love, such walking vomit as these bullying underwear stains?

What I'm thinking is, for creatures this vile and disgusting, it's entirely possible that they will interpret you calling them out as a sign you really dig them. I can almost imagine the insectoid cretins watching you on television talking about what asswads you consider them to be, thinking to themselves in their desiccated little reptilian brains, Oooooh baby... Ashley Judd thinks I'm hot! 

And forget about shaming such vermin into taking responsibility for their actions. You might as well be trying to shame a stinking sack of cat crap into not stinking.

But Ms. Judd, I don't want you to think I'm trying to talk you out of anything. Do what you think is right and decent people will be with you. I just have my doubts anything could ever stop these... these... oh dear, I've run out of metaphors for them.

Anyway, I have my doubts anything we do will ever get them to stop. I, myself, simply refuse to read anything they put on comment sections, letting them play with themselves down there in the mud, unnoticed and unheard. And I will have nothing to do with Twitter and all the rest of that nonsense. The way I see it, there's way too much sharing going on. Especially by people who have nothing worth sharing.

Best wishes to you and Monica, though. If there's anything I can do, just let me know.

Oh, and if it is Charlize Theron I should be talking to, would you please pass this on next time you see her. Thanks

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today's Timesuck: Graphic Designer Matches Tiny Items with Pantone® Colors

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

If you should be doing something more important right now, stop reading.

If you should be doing something more important but don't really want to do it or aren't worried about getting caught goofing off for a minute, check out this post from Buzzfeed about designer Inka Mathew's delightful Tumblr, "Tiny PMS Matches," where she pairs "small everyday objects" with their Pantone® colors. 

So sweet.

click image Delicious has a Pantone &reg color. - VIA TINYPMSMATCH.TUMBLR.COM
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yik Yak Targeted by WSU Greek Leaders For Anonymous Cyberbullying

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Washington State University's Greek system leaders are calling on students to delete a social media app that allows users to post anonymously, citing the site and app's propensity for bullying and abuse, reports the WSU campus newspaper, The Daily Evergreen,

Yik Yak allows users to make anonymous posts visible to other app users within a 1.5-mile radius, which detractors say can lead to anonymous cyberbullying. The Pullman, Wash., university community posts once every 60 seconds, and approximately 36 percent of WSU students use it.

Leaders of WSU's fraternity and sorority system are encouraging users to ditch the app through a concerted twitter campaign using the hashtag "#releasetheyak" and retweeting anti-Yik Yak posts by members of the Greek fraternity and sorority systems since Oct. 12.

“I think the negatives that are portrayed on the site or on the app completely outweigh anything remotely positive,” WSU Interfraternity Council President Adam Crouch told the Spokesman-Review

University officials, however, don't share the Greek community's angst over the application.

"Any opportunity to be anonymous is dangerous," said Res Life Director Edwin Hamada, who told the Evergreen that he only became aware of Yik Yak last week. "But being dangerous doesn't mean it's worse than any other kind of social media." 

But for Panhellenic Council President Madi Phillips, getting students to ditch the app is urgent.

"Too many strangers are being put down or humiliated, and we all believe that those who find that information comedic is sickening," she wrote to the Evergreen in an email.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tumbling for DashCon

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Rumors of a Tumblr convention had been swirling for years, especially after Yahoo's $1.1 billion buyout of the site. It finally came to fruition July 11-13 in Schaumburg, Ill., with DashCon, "A Convention for Tumblr Users, By Tumblr Users.” 

DashCon had panels and activities on everything Internet. Special guests included folks from the Welcome Night Vale podcast, surfer lady, and Etsy shop Android Sheep FTW, which specializes in fandom and "geek" merchandise. Other notable events included Defined Lines, an in-depth look at rape culture and media; Westeros Is Where It’s At, which explored the world of Game of Thrones; A Day in the Life at Hogwarts; What’s the Deal with Beacon Hills?; LGBTQA Support; Ask An Avenger; How Genetics Really Work; Shakespeare: A Discussion; and much more, as well as, naturally, a costume contest for cosplayers to show off their talent and skills.

Visit with the tag "dashcon live" to check out blog posts from the event.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

We Don't Write About Kickstarter Campaigns, But... Potato Salad

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Boise Weekly doesn't write about Kickstarter campaigns. We have received so many email and phone invitations to report on or endorse them that it is now BW's explicit policy to disregard them. Sure, we'll write about the idea (if it's interesting enough) and the outcome (if it's successful enough), but the campaign itself: Nope. Never. Don't even ask.

But sometimes, things on the crowdfunding site get out of hand and it becomes impossible to ignore the absurdities it empowers. One of these things is Potato Salad, a campaign begun by Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio.

Potato Salad has so far raised nearly $40,000 of a $10 goal. That's since July 3. The campaign has until Saturday, Aug. 2, before its funding deadline.

For those unfamiliar with how Kickstarter works, here's the gist: Inventors, entrepreneurs, authors, etc., create projects that are posted on the Kickstarter website, promising "backers" various goodies based on the amount of money pledged. 

In the case of Potato Salad, backers who pledge $50 or more (66 at the time of this blog post) will receive a potato salad recipe book with recipes from each country represented by Potato Salad's backers, a bite of potato salad, a photo of Brown making the salad, a thank-you posted to a website—and Brown will say each backer's name while making the salad.

What's the Idaho connection, you ask? Brown has said he "only support[s] Idaho potatoes."
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Meet Facebook's Answer to Snapchat

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

It’s Facebook’s attempt to compete against the successful and popular app known as Snapchat. Both feature sending pictures to friends, only allowing them to see the images for a set amount of time before they disappear forever. However Slingshot requires the user to send a picture of their own to be able to view one sent to them—a reply-to-unlock feature. It seems like a hassle to some, making image messaging more time consuming than just replying with a quick pic of the couch.

However, Facebook aims to make Slingshot more of a status update app rather than a messaging app. It caters to users who prefer sharing casual videos and pictures, with a handy select all function—something Snapchat users have been waiting for.

Still, Snapchat users can choose what friends they include on their contacts list, while Slingshot intrusively adds all of your friends, from phone or Facebook—the app experience is less private and more akin to a public spectacle. You can’t pick and choose which friends you add, since they’re all included.

Facebook doesn’t seem to be solidifying people’s trust in their privacy, not with their new tracking of likes or how Slingshot doesn’t notify you when a friend takes a screenshot of your picture. But it seems that the aim of the app is to be a visual display of a status update, lacking the immediacy of Snapchat’s messaging tone.

Most mobile phone users seem to forget about Instagram’s similar feature called Direct. The pictures you send don’t disappear forever, but only the people you choose can see them and the filters are better. As the digital world transitions from instant messaging to picture messaging, these apps have a way to go before one of them contains the feature and privacy settings app consumers crave. 
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Mr. Cope's Cave: Dead Bats

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

This will be the third attempt in three days to get something written for this goddamn blog. Tuesday morning, I woke up, sat down at the Macintosh, and decided it was time to come out.

Yes, I have some coming out to do. I feel a little guilty I haven’t done it before, but the time wasn’t right, know what I mean?

But the time now is right. It’ll probably never get righter. And I decided I would put it off no longer. By 10 a.m. I had completed a good 1,000 words or so, admitting something about myself I have never admitted in print. In fact, it was so good, I decided then and there it was too good for this blog. I decided it will be a column, instead. I decided I would turn it in next Monday—my deadline for columns—and do my coming out on real paper rather than in a goddamn blog.

Then Wednesday morning, I woke up, sat down at the Macintosh, and started something else. Something I intended at the time to be "Mr. Cope’s Cave" for today. This was the day after the polar vortex had all those talking heads on Fox News spinning. Down to the last dunce, they insisted the cold proved global warming was a hoax, so I wrote a good 1,000 words or so on how unlikely it will be that conservative brains will ever comprehend the intricacies of global warming. And by “intricacies,” I mean things like when it’s winter in America, it’s summer in, say... Australia.

That piece also turned out good, and by noon on Wednesday, I decided it too was too good to waste on a goddamn blog. I not only decided it had to be a column, but that it would have to come before the one I’d written the day before. The one in which I came out. I decided that me coming out was not as relevant or time-sensitive as Fox News idiots being idiots.

So come Monday, I will hand in that one and save the coming out one for later. After all, it doesn’t matter when I come out, does it? Not as long as I do it... eventually?

But as you can see, by Thursday morning I still had the problem of what to do for this goddamn blog. Listen, when I agreed to do this, I also agreed to do it every Monday and every Friday. Not just any old Monday or any old Friday. Not just hit or miss, comme ci comme ca, when I felt like it and screw it if I didn’t.

No. I made a commitment, and when I make a commitment, I stick to it. That’s just the kind of guy I am. That’s the way I roll. That’s, uh... well, you know... the kind of guy I am.

Of course, the commitment I made hinges on me coming up with something to write about, and by Thursday morning I’d already exhausted a week’s worth of my “something to write about” reserves.

So Thursday morning—an hour or so before I wrote this—I woke up, sat down at the Macintosh, and started on... nothing. I had nothing. Absolutely nothing. Fifteen dry, exasperating minutes later, I got back up, walked over to my Internet-connecting device and surfed the latest news in search of goddamn blog inspiration. Let’s see...

The George Washington Bridge scandal pendulum swings ever closer to Chris Christie’s ample belly. Yeah, fine. But how does that translate into a blog entry, especially before he splits open like a rotten melon and all of his dirty laundry comes spilling out?

Ann Coulter says something outrageously offensive about another black person. Yeah, fine. But how is that news?

Dennis Rodman organizes an exposition news conference to demonstrate what a total ass he is whether he’s in America or North Korea. Yeah, fine. But I don’t do sports.

Hundreds of thousands of bats drop dead from the skies over Queensland, Australia last weekend due to the intense heat wave—110 degrees plus—afflicting that area, even while parts of North America suffer under a blanket of record-breaking cold. There it is! That’s it! That is what I will write about for Friday’s goddamn blog! Oh, the irony! Why didn’t I have this information yesterday when I was writing about this very thing?

But no matter. I’ve got it now. Dead bats, killed by Australia’s hot summer... that right there will be my blog entry. Let’s see... I’ll pad it out with a bunch of blabbing about how I got to this point. I’ll mention the other two columns I wrote this week. I’ll say something about what a committed sort of dude I am. And finally, I’ll get around to mentioning the dead bats. And if anyone asks me what I wrote about for Friday’s goddamn blog, I’ll say “Dead bats.”

All righty, then. I think I’m set for Friday. Now all I have to worry about is Monday’s goddamn blog. Incidentally, it’s possible that the phrase “coming out”—as in “I have some coming out to do”—might be somewhat misleading. Perhaps I should have said “I have some fessing up to do.” Or, “some soul baring to do.” Sorry to disappoint anyone who was thinking that I... well, you know. And sometime in the next few weeks, look for a column I’m calling “Weed Out.”
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Facebook to Phase Out Sponsored Stories April 9

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Social media giant Facebook is nixing its Sponsored Stories ads April 9.

The controversial ads, which repackage reported actions on Facebook into ads for sale to third party advertisers, were the subject of a class-action lawsuit in 2011. In August 2013, Facebook agreed to a $20 million settlement in that suit.

The settlement may have been a drop in the bucket for the SM leviathan, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg alone was worth $13.3 billion in March 2013, but the ads, seen by many as invasive and disingenuous, no doubt harmed the company's esteem among the public.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

'House of Cards' Releases Season Two Teaser Trailer

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM

The Southern, honeyed voice of Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), repeating his first lines from the first episode of the Emmy Award-winning series House of Cards, sets up the second season of the Netflix original series, which will be available for streaming Friday, Feb. 14:

"There are two kinds of pain: The sort of pain that makes you strong, and useless pain—the sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless pain," Underwood says.

While season one had no dearth of suffering, the implication of the second season's teaser trailer is that fans of the show can look forward to an intensification of the carnage they witnessed in 2013.

House of Cards astounded Netflix users in 2013 with its unflinching take on Beltway politics and its charismatic, Mephistophelean anti-hero, Democratic Rep. and House Majority Whip Francis Underwood from South Carolina's Fifth District. Season One left off with the suicide of Underwood's pawn, Democratic House Rep. Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) of Pennsylvania's First District, the rebellion of Underwood's wife, Claire (Robin Wright); and the liability of reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara).

While the trailer for the second season draws from scenes that will be immediately familiar to fans, a few scenes are new, including Underwood's forest burial of a wedding ring while he flanked by Confederate and Union soldiers, a tryst between Barnes and an unidentified woman and an unraveling of the administration of U.S. President Garrett Walker (Michael Gill). There might also be a flash scene of a man in an undershirt committing seppuku before an unknown seated individual (1:04), and Underwood tossing a T-bone steak into a swimming pool.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Drop-Kicker Dissects Tech Claims of Crowdfunded Projects

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

People often look to reviews to determine what to eat, what to wear, what to watch and what cool gadgets to buy. With crowdfunded projects, those gadgets usually don't exist yet—some aren't even in a prototype or alpha phase. Potential funders are ultimately paying for a promise.
is a blog dedicated to digging deeper into the technology claims made by some project creators who are hoping to raise capital through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. Drop-Kicker doesn't come across as a sour-grapes retaliation blog started by a failed-to-get-funded whiner. The posts aren't snarky and blog authors ch00f and Occams Chainsaw appear open and willing to re-post comments both good and bad, as well as clarification by project creators. 

As stated on its About page, what provides is some much-needed "level-headed pessimism toward the crowd-funded movement" in order to hopefully help "improve its integrity and allow for it to flourish in the years to come."

For example, check out this Drop-Kicker post on an infared camera for the iPhone:

"Snooperscope infrared camera for iPhone apparently plagiarizes magazine from 1951 for no reason"

Pay special attention to the photo vs. video examples... - VIA KICKSTARTER
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