Tagged: internet

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Hoax vs. Truth. Bias? Confirmed!

While a lot of the sites dealing in satire and hoaxes are making it easier to detect the real news from the fake, it still turns out that people would rather believe the hoaxes than have them debunked.

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Ad Blockers, Saving Data and Time?

I use ad blockers. I block ads. I’m not even ashamed about it. I’m not anti-ads, I just want to browse the web quickly and efficiently. Don’t we all? More and more research is bearing it out that ad-filled sites use more data, bandwidth and load time. Not cool.

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Best Cat GIF Ever?

I don’t know if this is really the best cat GIF ever, but it’s certainly giving me a smile this morning. If I had energy like that? Who’d need coffee?! — Revisiting an old favorite. At times, Facebook’s “On This Day” is good for making me laugh instead of making me sad.

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Life of Brian: Internet

I originally envisioned these “Life of Brian” posts as little views into moments from my life, or bit of my inner thoughts, things I’ve likely never written about because other people were involved, or it seemed silly, or I just...

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There was The Wiz before NBC’s The Wiz?!

So… this is an actual thing that happened. This tweet–now deleted–about NBC’s upcoming live version of The Wiz was trying to be clever and completely missed. Just shy of an hour later, it looks like someone set him on the...

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Machines are Writing Clickbait

This is slightly terrifying. In a post earlier this week, I joked that clickbait headlines and not CAPTCHA will be the one thing that helps separate man from machine. Well, developer Lars Eidnes has created a recurrent neural network (RNN)...

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Barkhaus: Why So Serious?!

I spent the day mostly taking it easy. A Monday off due to holiday isn’t really something to be trifled with unless you’re going away on vacation. Luckily, some local DC spots were doing Monday brunch, so while sipping a...

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Check your Facts and Cite your Sources!

Saw this shared on Facebook over the weekend. Ironically, the page who freebooted the image didn’t cite their own source for it. The image comes from a post at Alaska Robotics, who remixed a classic World War II propaganda poster....

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social media: instagram mosaic

So… that’s new. I’m used to getting random favorites and followers on instagram and most of them being “buy followers!” accounts, but this is a new tactic. At least it’s new to me. It’s definitely impressive and is banking on...

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internet: cui bono?

On the whole, most acts shy of outright aggression are seen as weakness, and weakness is despised, punishment favored, cosmic justice scorned. We’re taught moment by moment, amidst the fray, to seize opportunities for advancement and reward and to crush...

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news: Singer wins ‘American Idol’

I neither subscribe to Yahoo! updates nor do I follow American Idol, so I was a little dubious when I saw this tweet and others: Yahoo! says “Singer wins American Idol” …….I don’t watch, but aren’t they usually singers? —...

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music: Happy Pandora Holidays!

Since making the switch to a car-free lifestyle, the one odd thing I noticed most in conversation is how much I don’t hear what’s on the radio anymore. Co-workers will come in telling me of morning shows or ads and...

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pride: all ages

Continuing on the Pride trend comes a great announcement from AARP: AARP today announced the launch of a new online Web portal—www.aarp.org/pride—dedicated to serving older lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The organization’s first online home base for the...