Posted 1 month ago





It’s Avocado Season


Reblogging to make this point…

Views on original YouTube video:

Notes on Tumblr post:

Which means that the Tumblr in-dash views are probably exponentially higher.

Update: the tumblr notes for this post are up to:


While the YouTube video:


mememolly has a great rule for shooting web video: compose your shot so that it’ll make a great gif. 

If a meme (in the broadest sense of an ‘idea’) lends itself to translation from one format (YouTube video) to another (Tumblr gif, reddit image macro) it increases its range of possible host platforms.

The more commonly accepted formats there are on a platform, the greater the range of possible memes + expressions.

It’s why I’m ultimately bullish on Vine as “Twitter video” and why I love the rise of the “viral” text post on tumblr. Both widen the paradigm of possible commonly accepted expression within communities.

Related via hautepop

The cross-platform travels of a viral tweet - from Twitter to Imgur, Tumblr & Facebook

Very cool.

Posted 2 months ago

What Twitter Isn't Telling You About GIFs


The 13 year old in all of us rejoiced when Twitter started supporting GIFS! Yaayyy, but I’m here to crush your dreams, Twitter’s GIFs are actually displayed as looping videos.


Womp, Womp.

We did a little test, here is the original:


Here is the Twitter “GIF”.

It appears that…

Very interesting.

Posted 3 months ago


iOS 8 randomizes MAC address while scanning WiFi, blocks marketers tracking you | 9to5Mac

One iOS 8 feature Apple hasn’t talked about much is its ability to randomize the device’s MAC address while scanning for WiFi networks.

In iOS 8, Wi-Fi scanning behavior has changed to use random,locally administered MAC addresses… The MAC address used for Wi-Fi scans may not always be the devices real (universal) address… Once the iOS device is done scanning it will give the real MAC ID.

This appears to be a security and privacy precaution as marketing and analytics companies routinely use this unique identifier to collect data about nearby devices scanning for WiFi networksThe New York Times published a story last year about a similar experiment at Nordstrom and several marketing companies selling data to retailers and more use the same method of picking up the MAC address from devices scanning for WiFi networks. One of those companies, Euclid Analytics, explains how it currently uses the MAC address of iPhones to help clients. While it notes “the MAC address does not disclose the device owner’s real-world identity nor any other personal data,” it also uses the data it collects to help clients “improve store layouts, determine timing for promotions and sales, measure the effects of advertising, and set staffing levels and store hours.” 

These marketing companies do the same for Samsung and Android devices, which also do not currently automatically randomize the MAC address, but it looks like Apple might put an end to that with iOS 8.

Posted 3 months ago
A reminder: [FCC Chairman Tom] Wheeler is a former cable lobbyist, and the cable companies stand to make billions, forever, from his proposal.
Cory Doctorow with a helpful net neutrality reminder. (X)
Posted 4 months ago

A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much momentum. Like a cornball stunt in a bad action movie, you are over the cliff, in free fall.

Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you.

This opening scene in a Popular Science article about driverless cars would work just as well as the opening scene in the inevitable sci-fi/action movie on the subject.
Posted 4 months ago

World's first Internet bill of rights signed into law

Yeah, that’s pretty interesting.

Posted 7 months ago
If you were to recommend one book, your favorite book, to read, which would it be?
game-of-buttz asked


I honestly don’t do favorites and I don’t have a favorite book. I have a bunch of books I love but I don’t have a book I think everybody should read or a top 10 favorite books or a book I think contains the most wisdom. So my answer to this will vary from year to year. Right now when I realize how few people have read Merce Rodoreda I think, sweet Christmas, A Broken Mirror is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read, everyone should read it. So I dwell on that. But if I have any interesting reading advice I think it’s this: keep a list of what you read, and look over it from time to time, and ask: who’s underrepresented there? What do you know less about that you might know more about? What’s outside your usual scope? And then read that, and then read some more of that. But I’m not unsympathetic to people who wanna argue: nonsense, read what you like, life’s short, go with what speaks to you. For me, though, I get the most pleasure from trying to step beyond what I’m already tuned into.

One thing this means though is I have whole shelves of stuff I know I’d love but haven’t read precisely because I know I’d love it. But that’s cool. The shelves are there when I need ‘em. 

John Darnielle pretty much dead-on explaining why I have so many books in my not-very-big apartment, and also why there are so many shows in my Netflix list I haven’t watched, and also why there are so many albums and artists that I know I will like but haven’t had a chance to listen to.

Posted 7 months ago

Public utilities companies are hiding giant pump stations inside of fake homes. 

Posted 8 months ago

Scientific Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming: A Pie Chart.” This is a really useful and important chart. If someone accepts the principles behind peer review and agrees to trust the results of that process, this chart basically proves that you can’t argue against global climate change anymore. Interesting stuff.

Posted 8 months ago


Everyone on the board of the Film Foundation

Don’t forget this is going on: this tumblr is cataloging foundations, groups, boards, etc. that are 100% men.