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Weiner Trouble: The Dangers of Carlos Danger

Weiner Trouble: The Dangers of Carlos Danger | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
What can we learn from Carlos Danger, Anthony Weiner's current nom de plume? We must examine how technology empowers remarkable changes in our behavior.
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Read down to Shelly's seven lessons and pass it on.

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These Women Are Lifelong Geeks With Nothing To Prove

These Women Are Lifelong Geeks With Nothing To Prove | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Ah, the "fake geek girl." A label that's both needlessly parochial and wholly counterproductive, and yet still it's trotted out most every day. Read more...
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Veterans Move Into Technology Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Veterans Move Into Technology Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC] | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Veterans Move into Technology Jobs: http://t.co/yEQPOyD8Mt #vets #jobs #tech
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What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You'll Serve 16 Months In Prison

What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You'll Serve 16 Months In Prison | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The perils of globalism are illustrated by a rape case in Dubai in which a visiting Norwegian woman has bizarrely been sentenced to jail for making allegations against a male colleague.
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Another reason to never go to, or do business in, Dubai.

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Comic-Con: 'Walking Dead' Stars Discuss Upcoming Season

Comic-Con: 'Walking Dead' Stars Discuss Upcoming Season | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Not even the zombie apocalypse could keep masses of “Walking Dead” fans from storming the 6,500-seat Hall H to see stars and producers talk about the upcoming fourth season. Veteran moderator and h...
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The article included an embed of the 4.5 trailer for the new season. 

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What We Aren't Talking About When We Talk About Inclusion and ... - The Mary Sue

What We Aren't Talking About When We Talk About Inclusion and ... - The Mary Sue | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Yes, you can veer off from that and do something else, but then it isn't Victoriana, now is it? Again – context is important.

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Good though-piece on where gaming is going with character development and its focus (or lack thereof) on positive non-white non-male characters.

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Fangs And Fishnets For The Win: 'Goth Barbie' Is Monstrously Successful : NPR

Fangs And Fishnets For The Win: 'Goth Barbie' Is Monstrously Successful : NPR | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Barbie sales have slumped. But Monster High is doing great. That's another line of dolls from Mattel — imagine even skinnier Barbies that look like they've been designed by Tim Burton.

Via k3hamilton
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These remind me of the Bratz dolls [http://www.bratz.com/] that MGA scored big with in the 2000s.  Looks like Bratz is getting on the 'goth' craze with their new Witches line [http://www.bratzillaz.com/]. ;

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XYEYE's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:35 PM
Seriously finally Barbie grew up and joined the 21st century. I thought the drag queen Barbie broke the mold last year and that was awesome, this takes it further.
Jennifer Beever's curator insight, July 19, 2013 3:00 PM

This is so interesting. Mattel's Barbie sales are dropping, but according to Cathy Cline who is in charge of marketing for Mattel's girls' brands, company "sales have surged 56 percent this year, thanks to Monster High. 'And it's also one of the fastest growing brands within the entire toy industry,' "

Linda Alexander's comment, July 20, 2013 9:54 AM
I recently viewed a site that had a Barbie that was actually in true proportion to women and girls sizes. I HAD believed there is a lot of 21st Century backlash to giving little girls Barbies, but guess Mom's are more okay with their children modeling monsters versus the pink, overly skinny clothed glam girls. It says something (I think)?
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The Complete Guide to Selling Your Unwanted Crap for Money

The Complete Guide to Selling Your Unwanted Crap for Money | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
We've shown you how to kick your clutter habit, but why trash all of those things you don't need when you could make some money off of them?
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Because we all have too much stuff!

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, July 14, 2013 12:57 PM

One of the reasons it's so hard to declutter is because we look at an item that we don't need and remember how much time or energy or cash it cost from us to obtain. Selling that stuff may not bring back the time or energy, but it can bring back some of the money—money you can put towards the things you really want, (or save for your future).

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Content Curation Tools: The Organized Supermap of Over 400 Services

Content Curation Tools: The Organized Supermap of Over 400 Services | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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The 'pearl' tree site takes some getting use to.

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Alex Grech's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:35 AM

My current absorption with Pearltrees started with an exploration of Robin Good's incredible structure.  To be studied, admired and shared.

Loli Olmos's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:35 PM

¡Excelente! ¡Menudo trabajo!

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Content Curation Tools: The Organized Supermap of Over 400 Services

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UK Photographer Videotapes His Son Every Day During His First Year of Life [VIDEO]

UK Photographer Videotapes His Son Every Day During His First Year of Life [VIDEO] | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
When British photography student Sam Cristopher Cornwell’s son Indigo was born on July 9, 2012, he and his wife made it a priority to film him every day for a year.
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So charming!

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Check if your Android phone is patched against the 'Master Key' exploit with this app

Check if your Android phone is patched against the 'Master Key' exploit with this app | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
After discovering a longstanding exploit in Android firmware dating back to version 1.6 that allowed malicious developers to circumvent software security
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Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered

Demographers Discover The Fundamental Law Governing the Growth of Cities Discovered | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The discovery of a law governing the growth of cities means that future urban populations can now be forecast in advance

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faridf's comment, August 22, 2013 4:47 AM
i learned a lot. thanks
KUGGE's curator insight, August 23, 2013 9:04 AM

Based on Hernando, A., Hernando, R. and Plastono, A. (2013) Space-time correlation in urban sprawl. Available at: arXiv:1306.3656  

What is sustainability?'s curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:00 AM

Nice to know...

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Thieves and scams: the problem with crowdfunding

Thieves and scams: the problem with crowdfunding | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Last week I received an anonymous tip about a potential scam on Indiegogo. The device in question, “Micro-Phone,” purports to be a credit card-sized cellular phone that contains a new "locator" tec...
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Read this before your fund (or start) your next crowdfunding experiment.

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CBS Chief Moonves: Time Warner Cable Can Afford to Pay Us More

CBS Chief Moonves: Time Warner Cable Can Afford to Pay Us More | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
CBS fanned the flames of its contract dispute with Time Warner Cable by releasing a memo penned by topper Les Moonves in which he claimed the cable operator’s payments to The Eye are “out of whack” — while TWC responded by reiterating that the CBS...
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Check for Hidden Facebook Messages

Check for Hidden Facebook Messages | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Facebook places messages from strangers or people you aren't connected with in an "Other" folder in your inbox.
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Being A Hater Is A Full-Time Job

Being A Hater Is A Full-Time Job | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Game critic Cara Ellison and artist Elizabeth Simins are back on Kotaku with another amusing comic strip about life on the Internet. The particular lifestyle at hand today: haters.
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NSFW

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15 Greatest Smashing Pumpkins Songs - slantmagazine

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slantmagazine 15 Greatest Smashing Pumpkins Songs slantmagazine Serving as a kind of thematic unifier for David Lynch's Lost Highway soundtrack, "Eye" was Pumpkins fans' first taste of the band's post-alternative offerings, where the remnants of...
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Amazing 4-Minute Trailer For Miyazaki Hayao's THE WIND RISES (KAZE TACHINU)!

Amazing 4-Minute Trailer For Miyazaki Hayao's THE WIND RISES (KAZE TACHINU)! | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

It has been a long 5 years since Master animator Miyazaki Hayao's last film Ponyo was released. The very exciting news for all his fans and lovers of animated films in general is of course the release of his new film The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) in Japan tomorrow.

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Twitch has posted the trailer.  Its in Japanese and the movie itself starts about 1:15 seconds into the trailer. 

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love itDad Captures His Son's First Year, One Second Per Day, and It's Lovely

love itDad Captures His Son's First Year, One Second Per Day, and It's Lovely | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

Sam Cornwell, a photographer from England, took a second of video a day and stitched into a video of his son Indigo's first year on planet earth.

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Nearly Everything is Branded at Comic Con

Nearly Everything is Branded at Comic Con | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Attendees may show up San Diego Comic Con as superheroes, but they turn into advertisements as soon as they walk through the fan-stuffed door and into the too-small convention center.
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"It's all about brands trying to outdo each other," explained Fearless Media's Cara Scharf. Indeed, the brand activations around the convention range from the mundane to the spectacular.

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DIY contraption for making all-natural makeup lets you be the world’s prettiest chemist

DIY contraption for making all-natural makeup lets you be the world’s prettiest chemist | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
With a few basic ingredients (water, scented plants like roses or lavender, and bases like beeswax or almond oil), this invention concocts eyeliner, scented balms, and other beautifying products.
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For those of us with very large bathrooms and no toddlers.

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Watch All of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python Animations ... - Open Culture

Watch All of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python Animations ... - Open Culture | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
httpv://youtu.be/mA973KVWyr4 How it must have surprised longtime Monty Python adherents when Terry Gilliam, the group's only American and the creator of its.

Via cafonso, Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist
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Thanks for posting this!

 

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, July 13, 2013 5:08 AM

You can always count on his work to tap straight into the youthful imagination — to discover that, at the beginning of his career, he made all of these cheap, usually garish, and often goofy and lewd animated sequences.


Click to watch the movies and read the amazing story.

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Benjamin Franklin's Best Productivity Tricks

Benjamin Franklin's Best Productivity Tricks | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Benjamin Franklin was a polymath by all accounts, and he didn't get to that point by slacking off. He was a founding father, a scientist, a writer, and so much more.
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Why Google, Yahoo and Others Are Making You Think RSS Is Dead: Lockdown

Why Google, Yahoo and Others Are Making You Think RSS Is Dead: Lockdown | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's curator insight, July 4, 2013 7:19 AM


Marco Arment the creator of Instapaper, has an excellent and provocative piece on why Google is closing down all of its RSS appendages (they just closed also the RSS feeds in Google Alerts) and the logic behind this strategy.


He writes: "Officially, Google killed Reader because “over the years usage has declined”.1 I believe that statement, especially if API clients weren’t considered “usage”, but I don’t believe that’s the entire reason.

The most common assumption I’ve seen others cite is that “Google couldn’t figure out how to monetize Reader,” or other variants about direct profitability. I don’t believe this, either. Google Reader’s operational costs likely paled in comparison to many of their other projects that don’t bring in major revenue, and I’ve heard from multiple sources that it effectively had a staff of zero for years. It was just running, quietly serving a vital role for a lot of people."


"The bigger problem is that they’ve abandoned interoperability. RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).


Google resisted this trend admirably for a long time and was very geek- and standards-friendly, but not since Facebook got huge enough to effectively redefine the internet and refocus Google’s plans to be all-Google+, all the time.4"


Provides better perspective on RSS, Google, FB and Twitter and your future relationship with RSS.



Must-read article. 9/10


Full article: http://www.marco.org/2013/07/03/lockdown


(Image credit - RSS logo - Shutterstock)



Ashish Rishi's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:49 PM

Love you Marco!!!  Agreed  and couldn't have asked for more. Internet to me was the ultimate democratization tool , a leveler, a ground playing field that challenged all institutions that had unnecessary walls around them - say educational institutions , you loved them, but they were for a fortunate few. Internet platforms  ( including google) were formed for the love of internet, they have milked it enough and why not ? but now these guys are trying to become to old school walled gardens, I just hope that in doing so , they don't lose the charm that defines them.

Laura Brown's comment, July 6, 2013 2:43 PM
This is like the AOL model of the Internet which they offered years ago. People thought they were online but they were only online via AOL which mean AOL controlled what they say, how they saw it, etc. Many people were fine with the AOL version of the Internet. People who just wanted to look at email and use chat forums for personal reason and put up a personal home page, etc. However, the people who did not like being restricted or confined choose to opt out of AOL and use other ISP's (Internet Service Providers). I'm not surprised Google wants to take several steps back and go that way, take control of what people are allowed to see and make sure the ads are featured versus having the option to block them. They have already gone several steps backwards in bringing back pop up ads. No one seems to protest those, or the video and other bulky ads which take up a lot of bandwidth. People had a large voice against all that when it was still the artists, scientists and other geeks who ruled online. Now it is the marketers and the Internet reflects the change in a big way. It's like one big ad soup. Google just wants to tie it all up in a neat bundle.
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Metamerica: Evolving The Governance Of A Digital Democracy

Metamerica: Evolving The Governance Of A Digital Democracy | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
We are amassing a ton of data sets at an accelerating rate. Data lives in public, private and personal databases, more easily accessible than ever before.
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My favorite quote from this thought-provoking article: "...as we enter the super-digital age, we (all of us) will be completely described by the metadata stored in Metamerica. It is the virtual country that describes our physical country and, to be perfectly frank, Metamerica is more valuable and more vulnerable than physical America."

 

Have a read, then have a think. 

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