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Facebook Frolics 0

One more time, the internet is a public place. Comport yourself accordingly.

Good Old Golden Rule Days, NRA Style 0

The New Principle of Supply and Demand.  Image:  Truck labeled

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Family Mediation 0

“President Rambo,” Reprise 0

Via C&L.

Facebook Frolics 0

Clone me, Doctor Memory!

The Assimilated 0

Man:  My new iPhoneX unlocks when I look at it.  Woman:  So it's always unlocked?

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The Snaring Economy, Gypsy Cabs with an App Dept. 0

Owen Davis reports that Uber has achieved another milestone.

It has gotten itself sued for stock fraud, even thought it has not yet issued any stock. An excerpt:

The plaintiffs, the Irving (Texas) Firemen’s Relief & Retirement Fund, invested $2 million in Uber back in 2016 through a fund operated by Morgan Stanley. Since then, the lawsuit claims, Uber’s private valuation has dropped $18 billion. So they’re suing.

If Uber had recently gone public in a massively overhyped IPO, only to shed double-digits as the true depths of its mediocrity came to light, a lawsuit would not be unusual. Just ask Blue Apron. But it’s rare for a startup to face investor suits in any situation short of complete and utter fabrication on the part of the founders. It basically signals that the highly illiquid startup stake you’ve got – and for which you’d like good money – is worthless.

Read the whole thing. It will give you a lyft.

Phoning It In 0

Goat:  Why do we all take so many selfies on our phones?  Rat:  Because we don't have any friends around to take photos.  Goat:  Why don't we have any friends around?  Rat: Because we spend all of our time on our phones.  Goat:  It makes sense.  Rat (looking at his phone):  What'd you say?

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Facebook Frolics 0

All the news that isn’t.

Facebook Frolics 0

Blaming the Facebook Messenger.

Marvels of History 0

Meet history, the Marvelous way:

Moved below the fold because it autoplays.

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How Stuff Works, Raptor Dept. 0

Yes, folks, nature is red in tooth and claw.

Stop the Presses! Please, Just Stop 0

This is journanimalism today:

Facebook Frolics 0

A Parisian protests the petty puritanism of prissy poseurs. A precis:

A court has ruled that Facebook can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

The ruling by the Paris appeal court could set a legal precedent in the country, where Facebook has more than 30 million regular users.

A court will now be entitled to hear the case of the 57-year-old Parisian teacher and art lover whose Facebook account was suspended five years ago without notice. It was closed on the day he posted a photo of Gustave Courbet’s 1866 painting The Origin of the World, . . . .

The Big Deal 0

Woman with full cart at Buy-Mart:  30% off irregular tube socks.  This is way better than spending time with family!

Sackcloth and Ashleys 0

In my local rag, Jamesetta Walker sings the blues.

I digs the beat.

Virginia Gentlemen 0


ODU President John Broderick said students could face disciplinary action after a photo of sexually suggestive banners welcoming freshmen women to Old Dominion University sparked a furor on social media Saturday.

The three signs at the house, which have been taken down, read: “ Rowdy and fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time …”, “Freshman daughter drop off” with an arrow pointed to the front door and “Go ahead and drop off mom too …”


Facebook Frolics 0

News as status updates.

Facebook already manipulates applies algorithms to decide what items you should see on your “timeline.” Now they will filter the news for you, too?

Showmanship May Be Artful (Like a Dodger), But It Is Not Art 0

One more time: If you have to install it, it’s a washing machine or a computer operating system or a furnace. It’s not art.

Even if it makes persons go “Gee Whiz,” it’s not art.

Art is not “installed.” Art is.

Barnum was wrong. One is not born every minute.

The birthrate is much higher.

The Snaring Society 0

The Uber mentality goes rogue.