Diebold-slayer, activist, musician, entrepreneur, law student. Co-founder of OpenHatch, Students for Free Culture, and the Junior Pyrotechnics Association.
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The game itself is simple — either try to decipher a word (craterfacesphere was the new word for moon), or invent a new word for something that was recently trademarked. Every time a word is successfully deciphered it gets trademarked, so the result is an increasingly bizarre vocabulary.
It’s the sort of game that will become more interesting the more it’s played. Even non-players might enjoy seeing how the description for a particular word becomes more strained over time. As a composition tool, TradeMarkVille could eventually provide a bizarre thesaurus for the entire English language.
To actually play, go to http://tmville.com/
Don’t mess with Henry Rollins’s froyo. (Link)
It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.– Chuck Palahniuk (via observando)
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For all of you glorious weirdos.
If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. This is the argument advanced in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd. Boyd—full disclosure, a friend of mine—has spent a decade interviewing hundreds of teens about their online lives.– Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault | Wired Opinion | Wired.com (via itsvondell)
What she has found, over and over, is that teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them. “Teens aren’t addicted to social media. They’re addicted to each other,” Boyd says. “They’re not allowed to hang out the way you and I did, so they’ve moved it online.”
It’s true. As a teenager in the early ’80s I could roam pretty widely with my friends, as long as we were back by dark. But over the next three decades, the media began delivering a metronomic diet of horrifying but rare child-abduction stories, and parents shortened the leash on their kids. Politicians warned of incipient waves of youth wilding and superpredators (neither of which emerged). Municipalities crafted anti-loitering laws and curfews to keep young people from congregating alone. New neighborhoods had fewer public spaces. Crime rates plummeted, but moral panic soared. Meanwhile, increased competition to get into college meant well-off parents began heavily scheduling their kids’ after-school lives.
The result, Boyd discovered, is that today’s teens have neither the time nor the freedom to hang out. So their avid migration to social media is a rational response to a crazy situation. They’d rather socialize F2F, so long as it’s unstructured and away from grown-ups. “I don’t care where,” one told Boyd wistfully, “just not home.
Katie Chastain - “Snowshow”
I really love the physical world that this music video creates. Sometimes you can create more magic without CGI and camera trickery.
Planetary Annihilation Gameplay — 2v3
If two people can attack you by loving each other you’re not a “real man,” you’re a Care Bear villain.–
Actual truth about Homophobia.