Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

20: Leaving The Past Behind

January 25, 2013

1. Stop The Presses! Amanda Seyfried Nude

Amanda Seyfried is a beautiful actress, and news of her dropping her top should pull at the heart strings of any straight male movie geek.

Screen Crush:

Seyfried’s nude scenes weren’t a problem for her when she signed on to star in the film. “[Appearing nude] didn’t scare me at all. I wanted to jump right into all that kind of stuff,” she told MTV. And while “Amanda Seyfried nude!” might be a selling point for the movie, the actress hopes audiences get more out of the film than that:

Honestly, good for her. Lovelace — the upcoming movie where she takes it all off — is a biopic of an adult film star, so nudity is a given. Considering how much I respect Seyfried, I’d wager that her nude scenes are tasteful and handled with class. She doesn’t strike me as a person who would be filmed just to attract a demographic, and her attitude here is great.

via FlipBoard for iOS

2. Embedded Tweets And Copyright Issues

David Holmes, Pando Daily:

You could say, “Well if you don’t want your photos shared on the Web without credit or compensation, don’t upload them to Twitter.” The trouble is, now that embedded Tweets include not only photos uploaded directly to Twitter, but also Flickr photos, images from Tumblr, article previews, videos, audio, and even some apps, the copyright implications of Tweets are thornier than ever.

It sounds to me like Twitter has some work to do.

via @SpionKopRed on Twitter

3. Twitter Has To Give Up Identities Of Racist Tweeters In France

I’ve written about this before while it was still developing, but it’s now official; Twitter must hand police the names of racist tweeters, so says a court in France which has laws against hate speech.

I remain indifferent, but the court has spoken.

via FlipBoard for iOS

4. Speechless: New Mexican Lawmaker Hates Rape Victims

Representative Cathrynn Brown in New Mexico has introduced a bill to the NM House that would make rape victims who receive abortions felons. The argument is that terminating a pregnancy caused by rape would be tampering with evidence. There are few words to describe how messed up this is, and we should hope that the NM legislature has the sense to shut this down.

via @NFLion on Twitter

5. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys To The Power Of The Written Word

I don’t particularly consider myself a writer despite publishing a solid amount of words every day, because I’m always learning and still finding my voice. Tips like the ones pasted into this article help me identify my own flaws, and helps me know what I need to work on.

My favorite of the eight keys:

4.Have the Guts to Cut
It may be that you, too, are capable of making necklaces for Cleopatra, so to speak. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

It, along with the preceding tip which is to “Keep It Simple” are probably what I need to work at the most.

Thank you Kurt Vonnegut.

via a friend on Facebook

6. “Pop Star Pouts”

Man, I love Capital FM; it honestly isn’t a bad radio station (although I’d question their claim of being the UK’s “#1 hit music station”) and they happen to publish some funny stuff too. Today I’m delighted to present to you… Ten celebrities pictured pouting.

(I think that this blog has reached a new low.)

via @capitalofficial on Twitter

7. Congratulations, Netflix. Take That, Pundits

Kit Eaton, Fast Company:

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it had increased its subscription numbers by 2.05 million in the fourth quarter and is now in 27.15 million American households. This figure, according to the company, led to a net income of $7.9 million.

I really like Netflix and I’m very happy to see it do well. Back when I first started writing I was doing movie reviews, and I had a weekly feature dedicated exclusively to movies on Netflix (streaming). Netflix deserves every ounce of success it receives, and I hope that it continues since it pushes digital media forward.

via FlipBoard for iOS

8. What Success Looks Like For Path

Kevin Rose interviewed the founder of Path, Dave Morin, and in “defining success” for Path, Morin included “maintaining trust” and having an “honest relationship” with users. I stopped using Path a long time ago simply because it didn’t fit into my life, but it’s nice to see a social networking company get it.

9. The Women In Horror Month Movement

The aptly titled Tumblr page WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH has a few tips by Hannah Neurotica on how to drive awareness for Women In Horror Month (February). If you’re a Horror fan you should read through the list and do what you’re able; chances are there is something for you to do. I’ll be using this blog to advance the cause, and might figure out some other things to do.

via Thirst for iOS (Which has been temporarily removed from the App Store, meaning I have no download link, sorry)

10. Idea: Abandoning The (Traditional) Web Browser

Note: When I use the term “web browser” below, I’m referring to traditional ones like Safari, Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc. Technically every app that access the web and loads information is a web browser, but if it doesn’t have a URL and search bar, in my mind it’s too different to qualify.

Since I’ve taken this blog in a more news/magazine direction, I’ve noticed that my web usage habits have changed dramatically. I went from using the Safari web browser on my iPhone and iPads to frequent sites, to discovering news using 3rd party apps/services like FlipBoard, Thirst, Tweetbot, Facebook, and Pocket.

This new way of discovering news has been a boon for this blog and even for myself. The news sites I source are so varied that it’s introduced me to so many more writers and writing styles, whom and which I hope that I’m introducing to you. It’s a departure from reading stuff from the exact same writers on the exact same sites every day.

Browsing the web using a web browser like Safari kind of slows me down. Apps like FlipBoard load information fast since the only thing being loaded is article text. Web browsers are egregiously slow comparably because they end up loading text, images, ads, comments, and outright unrelevant information.

My reasons for using Safari (or any web browser) have been dwindling, and it’s made me a happier person. I’ve known for a long time that “apps are the future”, but before now I wasn’t aware how soon that future would come.

Given everything, I feel that by the end of the year I can be in a position to dump web browsers. My new goal is to not use a web browser for an entire year, starting anytime before 2014. I think that I can do it, and I think that I should do it. Obviously there must be exceptions — for example, if I need to use Safari for work or school — but casually browsing as I know it should be dead.

I’ll draft the rules and more specifics of my plan later, and I’ll publish them here. My hope is that other people will do this with me. I’m actually kind of scared and simultaneously excited… This will be fun.

15: Here An iPad, There An iPad, Everywhere An iPad

January 15, 2013

1. Feminist Porn Filmmaking

I knew that there probably were porn studios out there that respected their actresses, but I had no proof of it. I’m a feminist male, and the idea of unfairness in porn is one of the reasons that I didn’t like it. I’m not sure that one example of good porn can change my mind, but this article which describes Kink.com and its’ Model’s Rights fascinates me. Check it out.

Via @GoodMenProject on Twitter

2. Invisibility

John Hawkes:

If I can’t be invisible in a group of people and observe the behaviour around me and translate that into the roles I play, I won’t be as good an actor. If somebody rents Winter’s Bone and doesn’t know who I am, that’s probably a satisfying experience for them. If I’ve done six talk shows that week and they rent it, and they say, ‘Oh, that’s the guy I saw on the talk show last night” then it’s going to be a very different experience for them. It’s been a boon to be unknown because people are more apt to believe you, and that’s disappearing for me.

Pretty amazing. It’s fitting that John Hawkes is a pretty amazing actor, too, and this speaks to one of the reasons that I love Horror cinema — unfamiliarity. It’s no secret that a whole lot of flicks in our beloved genre feature unknown cast members, which makes it easy to see them as their role and not as an actor.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

3. Nexus 7 On Contract

People are willing to put up with two year contracts on subsidized phones, and AT&T hopes that they’ll put up with contracts on already-cheap tablets too. The reason that people sell years of their lives to the cell carriers is that phones are outrageously expensive. The Nexus 7 costs — unsubsidized — as much as any given subsidized flagship smartphone. The idea that a $100 rebate off of a $200 unsubsidized device will compel people to sign two-year contracts is absurd. If the Nexus 7 were $600 and signing a two-year contract knocked off $400, I could maybe see people biting.

Until then, AT&T is just throwing stuff at the wall until something sticks, probably because it can’t find a way to get people to buy Nexus 7 tablets.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

4. Star Wars “Live Action” TV Series

Nooooooooooooooo!

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

5. The Academy To Foreign Filmmakers: Good Luck

It doesn’t take a genius to guess that it’s probably tough for foreign films to land an Oscar nomination let alone an Oscar itself. But I wasn’t aware that the selection process sucks as bad as it does.

The complicated process to receive a nomination begins when individual countries put forth a single film as their official selection, with a record 71 submissions this year.

After a screening process, a volunteer committee of academy members then put forth six films for the shortlist with the executive committee adding three more. Specially selected screening committees in Los Angeles and New York next watch all nine short-listed films over a weekend to decide the five nominees. To vote on the final award, academy members must prove they have attended theatrical screenings of all five nominees.

However, some see the process as perennially flawed until the academy reconsiders the one-film-per-country rule. At the Golden Globes, for example, where no such rule exists, the official French Oscar submission of “The Intouchables” and another well-regarded French film, “Rust and Bone,” were both nominated. (Four of the Oscar shortlisted films are in French, however.)

As film fans we should probably be ashamed that this goes on.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

6. Twitter Protecting Hate Free Speech In France

Apparently a few Twitter users in France think that the Nazis were right, which violates hate speech laws in France and elsewhere in Europe. Jewish groups in France are demanding that Twitter release the identities of the Nazi-tweeters, and Twitter is saying no.

I actually believe in “hate speech” laws. I think that we Americans would live more harmoniously if hate speech were illegal, even if that harmony isn’t real. What it comes down to is, should you be allowed to degrade others, and I think that answer is no, and I think that Twitter should comply with the laws in the countries that it operates in.

But that’s just me, and for better or worse, kudos to Twitter for standing up for what it believes in.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

7. Another Day, Another School Shooting In The US

Well, at least this one isn’t an elementary school.

Something really needs to be done about the gun violence in this country. It’s kind of getting out of hand.

via Gawker on Facebook

8. California Makes It Illegal For Your Employer To Access Your Social Networking Accounts

This is all well and good, except for the broad little “misconduct” clause in the new law. This law is a step in the right direction and California’s legislature should be congratulated for taking that step, but until “misconduct” is clearly defined, employers can probably find ways to make you give up your Facebook account.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

9. Is Office Still Important?

John Moltz at MacWorld poses the question, even if Microsoft released Office for iOS, would it matter?

What I know is that Apple shipped its own iWork office suite — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — on day one of the original iPad’s release. At the colleges I attended, Pages passed as a Word alternative, Keynote more than passed as a PowerPoint alternative, and I only had to use school computers for Excel since Numbers kind of sucks.

Considering that iPads are seemingly selling like crazy without Office, I think that it’s fair to say that Apple doesn’t care whether or not Microsoft releases it for iPad.

via @svartling on Twitter

10. Finding iPad mini

It’s no secret that I love my iPad mini — it’s become a part of my daily life alongside my full-sized iPad and iPhone. A little less than two weeks ago I picked up a “black and slate” model (16GB WiFi-only) because I couldn’t find a “white and silver” one. I almost wish I had waited, since I’ve come to realize that I’d much prefer the white and silver version. Don’t bet me wrong, the black and slate iPad mini is sexy, but the white and silver iPad mini is beautiful.

Fortunately Apple allows trade-ins within two weeks of sale. I’ve been trying to find a white and silver iPad mini at an Apple Store to trade-in since Sunday. Those things go fast. The Apple Store reps don’t know when they’ll get shipments in, and that particular model (white and silver, 16GB, WiFi-only) sells out shortly after stores open.

There are three Apple Stores in Oregon, so every day I have to take a gamble and choose one to try. So far my experience is that at any given morning, one of the Apple Stores has some white and silver 16GB WiFi-only iPad minis in stock, and the other two don’t. If I choose the wrong Apple Store as I have every morning, the store that has those particular iPad minis in stock runs out by the time I can get to the store. It’s madness.

I’m going to keep trying to replace my black and slate iPad mini until my two weeks runs up (at which point I’ll just return it for cash back to buy the one I want when I find it). But at the end of the day, it’s obvious that Apple isn’t having a hard time selling iPad minis. I wonder what my experience trying to buy a competing tablet would be like.

14: You’ve Gotta Dream A Little Dream

January 13, 2013

1. #cut4bieber

100 Reasons to Recover:

Last night, an anonymous 4chan user decided it would be really funny to start a trend on twitter called #cut4bieber, to try to get little girls to cut themselves.

This is sad. Self-harm is a scary thing, and it’s almost worse since somebody is using a valuable communication tool to inspire kids to cut themselves. As an avid Twitter user this really makes me feel uneasy.

2. White House: We Won’t Deport Piers Morgan

The petition to deport Piers Morgan because of his opinion on gun control received enough signatures to garner a response from President Obama’s staff. Unfortunately for the ethnocentrics in the US, the President likes Piers.

via Gawker on Facebook

3. Is Tina Fey A (Wo)man Or A Muppet?

After the fantastic news that Ricky Gervais has a role in the next Muppets movie, we now know that Tina Fey is also going to star in it. This Muppets movie sounds better the more I hear about it. Let’s hope that no one screws this movie up.

But it’s The Muppets, so I’ll see it no matter what. ;-)

via FlipBoard iPad app

4. The MacBook Pro Vending Machine

Drexel University has installed something nifty in its library: A vending machine that spits out MacBook Pros for students to rent. Awesome.

5. LinkedIn Has 200 Million Registered Users

It certainly isn’t bad news that 200 million people in the world have registered for LinkedIn, but as Liz Gannes in the All Things D story said, it’s a “BS metric”. Anytime a services company chooses to report how many people have registered and not how many are active, be slightly weary. I’m sure MySpace still has a lot of “registered users”.

via FlipBoard iPad app

6. Free Beer Too!

If you happen to be in or around London this upcoming Thursday, reserve your spot at a free advance screening of Wrong Turn 5 at The Horse Hospital.

Oh yeah, there’s no need to sneak in your own drinks — the beer is free.

via Thirst iPad app

7. White House: Also, No Death Star For You!

Remember that petition for the US to start developing a Death Star? The President’s staff finally responded, and it isn’t good news for the Death Star proponents.

The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.

The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Read the rest. It’s golden.

via a friend on Facebook

8. Now Public Libraries Are Copying Apple, Too

Later this year Bexar County, Texas is going to build an “100 percent digital public library” modeled after Apple Stores.

This is fascinating not only because Apple can now say it inspires libraries, but that this is the first all digital public library in the US. It’s stunning that it’s 2013 and we still aren’t that evolved, but it’s nice to see that change is in the air.

via FlipBoard iPad app

9. Noooooo

It looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot — where the turtles are adult aliens — might begin production in the Spring. Insert sad face.

via FlipBoard iPad app

10. The Faux Twinkies

Following up on last week’s post about the alternative to the late Twinkies, I’ve managed to pick up a box of 6 “Dreamies” to try. I think that it’s fair to chalk up some initial impressions, so without further ado…

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From the design to the individually-wrapped packaging, Dreamies look like Twinkies. But as the saying goes, it’s what’s inside that counts.

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There is next to no creme filling in Dreamies; unless the entire box of 6 is the result of some malfunction, the creme filling is meaningless. To add insult to injury, the dough isn’t very spongy — as my roommate said, it’s more cake-like than anything.

Which is all fine and good, but Dreamies shouldn’t be positioned as the next Twinkies.

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8.1: Vindication

January 1, 2013

As reported on TechCrunch, 75% of the world’s leaders are on Twitter. That means presidents, prime ministers, and even the Pope.

So much for being a pointless waste of time.

Regular postings resume tomorrow. All vacations must come to an end, so it seems.

3.4: God’s Space Heater

December 19, 2012

As The Next Web is reporting, Twitter is letting us download all of our tweets. The ability isn’t all that visible, but what you need to do is visit your account settings and scroll down to the bottom. Voi la.

This is both a blessing and a curse. For example, it’s nice to have an archive which I can call upon whenever I want to find something that I published. On the other hand, scrolling through my archives reminds me of little pieces like this:

Next time I travel I think I’ll take Pelonis with me. If I believed in God, I would believe that space heaters are his blessing to us.

Montana v.2011, I forgive you. But don’t show your face ever again.

3.6: Illegal Tweets

December 19, 2012

More than 50 people in the UK have been prosecuted for offensive tweets, and the Crown Prosecution Service is relaxing its rules slightly, reports OurSocialTimes.

There should be consequences for offensive and inhuman tweets. There are laws against slander, why should tweets be excluded from that? Outright arrests might be overkill, but attacking someone — even just online — should be a prosecutable offensive and the CPS shouldn’t feel that it needs to revise its guidelines.

I know that if someone emotionally damaged me, I’d want them to face consequences one way or another. I expect that most people share the sentiment.

3.7: Backtracking

December 19, 2012

Speaking of questionable tweets, Gizmodo reports that Anonymous’s Twitter account, @YourAnonNews was suspended for blatantly violating Twitter’s Terms of Service, but was later unsuspended for whatever reason.

My personal guess is that rather than stick to its guns, Twitter caved under pressure from Anonymous’s followers, of which there were 700,000. I think less of Twitter now, which is a shame because I love using the service.

As a sidenote, from now on whenever Twitter suspends an account for violating the Terms of Service and doesn’t unsuspend it, we can safely call out the company for hypocrisy. All accounts should be treated equally, without question. Twitter should be ashamed of itself.

2.3: Twitter Passes 200 Million Active Users

December 18, 2012

TechCrunch is reporting that Twitter now has more than 200 million monthly active users, which is a 42% increase from nine months ago.

It’s still behind Facebook, but Twitter’s continued growth is important for its users since it’s the vibrant community that makes it fun to use. Without those active users, Twitter is useless, so this is very good news.

Hugs

December 3, 2012

The dog I’ve had for seventeen years, Benny (pictured below) was put to sleep today. He was with my mom in California, so I couldn’t be there, but I approved it over the phone. I first made the announcement on Twitter, and a solid number of Twitterfriends reached out, cyber-hugging me and offering condolences. It was very nice and I’m very thankful for my friends on Twitter.

I’m going to try to get back into a regular publishing routine again. See you tomorrow, hopefully.

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Movie Night

November 5, 2012

Every Saturday night, Twitter user Kevin Carr hosts The Late Night Live Tweet where Twitter users watch a movie in their own homes — at the exact same time as everyone else — and tweet about/laugh at the movie together. Think of it like watching a movie with a group of friends where it’s with beers and for fun (“shushing” forbidden) — only on the Internet.

As an example, a couple of Saturdays ago the movie was The Burning, which is a cheesy 80s throwaway slasher. Being a horrible movie, it features plenty of things to mock and laugh at, which is exactly what us live tweeters on Twitter did. Unfortunately mocking a movie by yourself doesn’t tend to be great, but being able to with a nice selection of movie geeks for 90 minutes is fun, regardless of individuals’ locations.

It might be a bit of a foreign concept to people who think that interpersonal relationships can’t extend beyond a physical bubble, but they’re just plain wrong. This whole “live tweet” thing proves it; multiple people in multiple locations enjoying the same movie at the same time discussing it with each other with everyone having a blast.

It’s actually an interesting idea, that actions can transcend from physical to digital, and vice versa. Tron fracking predicted it in its own way! Be it playing video games with a group or watching movies with some pals, people have found ways to create digital lives, at least partially; I find that fascinating. And I’m reminded of how fascinating it is every Saturday night that I’m not sick or busy.

What’s more fascinating, however, is thinking of how things will advance; will we ever be able to upload our minds and exist in a virtual world? That would be fun. I would totally dig “living” in a Nintendo-created Pokemon world, as a crazy, far out and maybe forever impossible example.

But in 2012, I’m perfectly happy with a movie night on Twitter.

(On the subject of movies, look forward to a movie review tomorrow.)

As an aside, I cannot believe that I still can’t figure out how to use — and ; properly. You’d think after years of college and writing that I’d have impeccable grammar. I’m going to work on that this weekend.

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