Archive for the ‘You Gotta be Kidding’Category

Going a little too far with computers in cafes?

Many people, including I, go to cafes to get some work done on our laptop computers. Sometimes this can be a contentious issue, like with Manhattan coffee shop owners kicking people out who stay too long using their laptops. Personally, I find that a little extreme. But STOMP reports another extreme in its Singapore sighting. People are not content with using laptops in cafes. They’re bringing in full-blown desktop computers!

Check it out.

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02 2012

A blackface project gone wrong. Is there any other kind?

Oooh, maybe his heart was in the right place. No, let’s rephrase that. Maybe his intentions were benign. That’s closer. But it’s just not him. I get what he’s trying to do.

Comedian Dave Ackerman asked questions about Black History Month to students at very white and very conservative Brigham Young University. Oh, and he did it in blackface. The thing is, though, the make up job itself made him look more like someone who had put on too much self-tanning lotion. So, like this writer on All Public says, I wonder if the students are reacting to him not as an African-American but as a guy with some really bad make up.

This will make you cringe on so many levels.

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02 2012

Charged $11,000 for videos?

AllVoices reports on a NetFlix customer in Seskatchewan, Canada, being charged $11,336.62–not by NetFlix but by the roaming charges of his phone company.

Wow!

Netflix customer charged $11,000 for laptop movies (AllVoices)

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02 2012

‘Twitter censorship’ raises concerns from press freedom group

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Head of new media at press freedom group Reporters Without Borders says Twitter’s ability to ‘withhold’ content from users based on local restrictions could have ‘real consequences’ for journalists.

They are preparing an open letter to the chief executive of Twitter, to raise concerns about an announcement that the social media platform now has the power to “reactively withhold” tweets from users to meet country-based restrictions.

Read the full article on UK website Journalism.co.uk.

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Receipt Racism

Major Korean blogger Kushibo puts together two incidents of fast food retail racism. One is a Huffington Post article on “Ching” and “Chong” receipts at a Chik-Fil-A. And now there’s a Twitpic of a Papa John’s receipt referring to a customer as “lady chinky eyes.” Is this a trend? Has it always been there? Or, as Kushibo also posits, are we surprised that we don’t see more of it?

Is this becoming a thing? (Monster Island)

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01 2012

Just Needed a Little Investigation

This is for the K-pop fans out there. This anonymous Korean-American in Chicago accused a rapper named Tablo of forging his Stanford diploma a few years ago. These accusations were unfounded–and besides, who needs a Stanford degree to be a rapper? You’d think that having such would be detrimental to a rapper’s career.

This guy has resurfaced in accusing Korean pop singing legend Insooni of lying about her daughter’s acceptance into Stanford, claiming that Stanford doesn’t admit people until the late spring. Obviously he has never heard of early admissions. GI Korea of ROK Drop, of all people, did the simple legwork and went to the Stanford website, where they said that they had released emails for early admissions on December 9th. So the accuser is decidedly wrong on when Stanford announces its admissions.

Insooni Accused of Lying About Daughter’s Acceptance to Stanford (ROK Drop)

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01 2012

Headlines from the Weird Wild Web (Dec. 29, 2011)

Eye charts, Saudi school children and crocs–watch out for them.

(Video & Photos) Crocodile attacks a lawnmower (Allvoices)

Celebrity health ideas ever so wrong (Allvoices)

Saudi new textbooks teach children to cut off hand and feet (Zimbabwe Metro)

No new security planned at L.A. zoo after woman pets elephants (Global Reporter)

OMG STFU Eye Chart on Norwegian TV Newscast (NowPublic)

British woman survived for 25-years with a pen in her stomach (Allvoices)

DUMB LAWS OF AMERICA: ARIZONA (NowPublic)

CAN YOU IMAGINE CARRYING 500LBS ON YOUR BACK (CNN iReport)

 

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12 2011

Headlines from the Weird Wild Web (Dec. 6, 2011)

While looking through CJ news feeds, I found more weird news than usual. Might as well collect it and put it here.

Can cross or not? Sign at zebra crossing confuses pedestrians (STOMP)

Man brings pillow on train — all ready for a good nap on reserved seat (STOMP)

Quote of the Day: CCTV’s new boss on his army of “propaganda workers” (Shanghaiist)

Melbourne Tram Inspector Busted for Calling Woman He Fined (NowPublic)

9-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Calling Teacher ‘Cute’ (Allvoices)

Woolly mammoth to be brought back to life (Allvoices)

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12 2011

Explosive Tofu

An explosion occurred in Portland, Oregon, when a woman was cleaning a pan after making tofu.

Blast tied to tofu pan puzzles Portland officials (Newsvine)

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11 2011

Professor Posing Nude with Students

Hey, it’s art…

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11 2011