Posts tagged with ‘humor’

Hack the News, Playing With Words Edition
Disrupt to Bullshit replaces various versions of the word ‘disrupt’ with various versions of the word ‘bullshit,’ in all websites.
Bonus: “It is inspired by the plugins Cloud To Butt and Cloud To Butt Plus.”
Double Bonus: Available as a Chrome Extension and Firefox Add-On
Triple Bonus: You can review the code on GitHub
H/T: Evgeny Morozov

Hack the News, Playing With Words Edition

Disrupt to Bullshit replaces various versions of the word ‘disrupt’ with various versions of the word ‘bullshit,’ in all websites.

Bonus: “It is inspired by the plugins Cloud To Butt and Cloud To Butt Plus.”

Double Bonus: Available as a Chrome Extension and Firefox Add-On

Triple Bonus: You can review the code on GitHub

H/T: Evgeny Morozov

If Buzzfeed Titled Books

Waterstones asked Twitter how Buzzfeed would title books. The result: 16 #BuzzfeedBooks You Have To Read Before You Die.

Images: Screenshots of Harry Potter, The Inferno and the Bible, via Waterstones.

How to be a Reverse Racist

All you need is a time machine.

Colbert Report Creates a Bot to #PraiseFOX

Watch the above for the details and then head to @RealHumanPraise for the shenanigans.

Government’s Not Working: GitHub Files a Bug
BUG: Government occasionally shuts down.
QA 01: Looks like we’ve been patching the original source for 200+ years.
QA 02: It seems that allocateFunds depends on the Congress class without any proper error handling, causing a complete shut-down of all non-essential system services. Perhaps a reserve allocation is required to ensure the system can use it when no resources are available.
QA 03: I looked into the ‘Constitution’ module and it’s shot to hell. The original base had little or no supporting documentation, leading to various conflicting interpretations of the desired functionality. What’s worse, it’s been patched like crazy, and some of these patches even contradict each other (for example, amendments 18th and 21st). Recommend re-factoring the entire code base, incorporating the more useful patches (such as amendments 15th,19th) into the baseline.
QA 04: Um, has anyone seen the crazy fragmentation in the congressional district db? That can’t be helping things.
QA 05: Note that @JeffersonDavis actually forked this project before. A lot of people contributed, but @WhiteHouse had IP concerns and shut that down.
FJP: And on and on it goes.
Image: Bug opened by Dave Rupert on the White House Forty-Four repo, Via GitHub.

Government’s Not Working: GitHub Files a Bug

BUG: Government occasionally shuts down.

QA 01: Looks like we’ve been patching the original source for 200+ years.

QA 02: It seems that allocateFunds depends on the Congress class without any proper error handling, causing a complete shut-down of all non-essential system services. Perhaps a reserve allocation is required to ensure the system can use it when no resources are available.

QA 03: I looked into the ‘Constitution’ module and it’s shot to hell. The original base had little or no supporting documentation, leading to various conflicting interpretations of the desired functionality. What’s worse, it’s been patched like crazy, and some of these patches even contradict each other (for example, amendments 18th and 21st). Recommend re-factoring the entire code base, incorporating the more useful patches (such as amendments 15th,19th) into the baseline.

QA 04: Um, has anyone seen the crazy fragmentation in the congressional district db? That can’t be helping things.

QA 05: Note that @JeffersonDavis actually forked this project before. A lot of people contributed, but @WhiteHouse had IP concerns and shut that down.

FJP: And on and on it goes.

Image: Bug opened by Dave Rupert on the White House Forty-Four repo, Via GitHub.

How German Sounds Compared to Other Languages

Posted with apologies to my mother who read me to bed with the German children’s horror show that is and was, Max und Moritz — Michael

Welcome to Twitter, @prezbillyjeff

Stephen Colbert interviews Bill Clinton and helps him send out his first tweet.

Google Nose, For When You Absolutely Must Have that Shaggy Dog Smell
Yes, the Internet’s April Fool’s jokes can be monotonous and played out. They can also be endlessly clever. 
So, Google Nose,  the Google Aromabase with 15M+ scentibytes of searchable smells.

Google Nose, For When You Absolutely Must Have that Shaggy Dog Smell

Yes, the Internet’s April Fool’s jokes can be monotonous and played out. They can also be endlessly clever. 

So, Google Nose,  the Google Aromabase with 15M+ scentibytes of searchable smells.

A Writer's Advice to Writers →

Via Mark Straub at the Pessimist:

Writers, as a rule, aren’t usually held up as examples of anything good. We’re more… cautionary tales. You can live for a thousand years, and I guarantee you will never hear a disappointed mother tell her surgeon son, “Why can’t you be more like your brother, the writer?”…

…You might not get a lot of respect as a writer, but the crippling self-doubt and soul-crushing poverty make it all worth it. And though it might be too late for you to change careers, you can still learn some valuable lessons from those of us in the industry.

Here are the seven quick tips Mark gives the aspiring writer.

  1. Ignore deadlines.
  2. Take criticism badly.
  3. Burn bridges.
  4. Hate yourself.
  5. Trust no one (especially not yourself).
  6. Sabotage all of your personal relationships.
  7. Drink heavily.

Read through for Mark’s explanations of each.

H/T: Roger Johnson.

Local News is Hard to Do

Especially when it comes to swimming cats.

H/T: Mashable.

Unemployed Reporter Porter
Via CT.com

Jon Campbell, who briefly made Hartford a more interesting place with his presence and reporting for the Advocate, has entered the homebrew game with his signature Unemployed Reporter Porter (pictured).
"Porter style beers were first popularized in the nineteenth century by merchant sailors and manual dock laborers," the label reads. "Unemployed Reporter is crafted in the same tradition, honoring a profession likewise doomed to decline and irrelevance."
For this new class of “expendables,” the label goes on, “we’ve included chocolate and roasted barley malts that are as dark and bitter as the future of American journalism, and a high alcohol content designed to numb the pain of a slow, inexorable march toward obsolescence. While Unemployed Reporter is especially delicious as a breakfast beer, it’s still smooth enough to be enjoyed all day, every day. And let’s be honest: what else do you have going on?”

FJP: Give it up for Jon. Brewing up the best out of a difficult situation. Here he is on Twitter.
Image: Brewing it dark and bitter. Select to embiggen.

Unemployed Reporter Porter

Via CT.com

Jon Campbell, who briefly made Hartford a more interesting place with his presence and reporting for the Advocate, has entered the homebrew game with his signature Unemployed Reporter Porter (pictured).

"Porter style beers were first popularized in the nineteenth century by merchant sailors and manual dock laborers," the label reads. "Unemployed Reporter is crafted in the same tradition, honoring a profession likewise doomed to decline and irrelevance."

For this new class of “expendables,” the label goes on, “we’ve included chocolate and roasted barley malts that are as dark and bitter as the future of American journalism, and a high alcohol content designed to numb the pain of a slow, inexorable march toward obsolescence. While Unemployed Reporter is especially delicious as a breakfast beer, it’s still smooth enough to be enjoyed all day, every day. And let’s be honest: what else do you have going on?”

FJP: Give it up for Jon. Brewing up the best out of a difficult situation. Here he is on Twitter.

Image: Brewing it dark and bitter. Select to embiggen.

John Oliver Investigates Investigative Journalism

Using Social Media to Cover For Lack of Original Thought

A recent Onion Talk for all you social media editors/consultants/experts out there.

Yes, There is a Fiscal Cliff Coloring Book
I have three nephews and a niece. Somehow I can already sense the disappointment if this is what I get them for Christmas.
Via The New Republic:

When national affairs gets this confusing, the Really Big Coloring Book company is there to help folks draw their own conclusions. “We’ve heard from a lot of people from around the United States about this particular subject and how they want to explain it to their children,” says founder Wayne Bell. The St. Louis-based company made headlines two years ago when it published a Tea Party-themed coloring book. At the time, Mr. Bell told me that he and the company had gotten numerous threats. Never mind that the company also has flattering coloring books about the two main political parties, “The True Faces of Evil - Terror,” an Obama-themed spread, a “Hip Hop Gangsta Rap Coloring Book” and much, much more.

You can download the six-page coloring book here (PDF), and view TNR’s coloring book savvy here. — Michael
Image: Page 4, Fiscal Cliff Coloring Book, as colored by The New Republic.

Yes, There is a Fiscal Cliff Coloring Book

I have three nephews and a niece. Somehow I can already sense the disappointment if this is what I get them for Christmas.

Via The New Republic:

When national affairs gets this confusing, the Really Big Coloring Book company is there to help folks draw their own conclusions. “We’ve heard from a lot of people from around the United States about this particular subject and how they want to explain it to their children,” says founder Wayne Bell. The St. Louis-based company made headlines two years ago when it published a Tea Party-themed coloring book. At the time, Mr. Bell told me that he and the company had gotten numerous threats. Never mind that the company also has flattering coloring books about the two main political parties, “The True Faces of Evil - Terror,” an Obama-themed spread, a “Hip Hop Gangsta Rap Coloring Book” and much, much more.

You can download the six-page coloring book here (PDF), and view TNR’s coloring book savvy here. — Michael

Image: Page 4, Fiscal Cliff Coloring Book, as colored by The New Republic.