Tuesday, October 1, 2013

U of A Confessions: Where Affirmation, Partying and Slut-Shaming Collide

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

In the last five minutes, I've read Facebook posts where people admitted to stealing clothes, stringing along dates, terrible gas and fifteen-to-thirty minutes of porn fame. All of it was posted within an hour or so of having read it, and all of it comes from one source: the student body of the University of Arizona.


U of A Confessions
is, apparently, where Wildcats are going to vent their spleens on just about everything: politics ("I just looked up what a government shut down is and now I feel like it would probably benefit this great country"), relationship dynamics ("My boyfriend peed on the toilet seat so I shaved my pubes with his razor. I think we're even now :)") odd hobbies ("I do really want to use [my vibrator] in class this week but honestly the hardest part about doing that will be trying to keep my mouth shut while it's running. I'm fairly loud as it is, add the excitement of knowing I'm doing it with so many people around, I'm not sure I'll be able to stay quiet") and everything in between.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Facebook Actively Chasing Its Own Demise

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Facebook, the social networking site seemingly everyone uses, but no one seems to enjoy, is considering adding TV-style fifteen second commercials to users' news feeds, according to Bloomberg, priced at $1-2.5 million a day.

People at Facebook, including Mark Zuckerberg, are apparently paying at least lip service to how their customer base will react to these ads:

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who has been working with global marketing head Carolyn Everson on the video ad service, pushed back the start date at least twice, wanting to make sure Facebook’s user experience won’t be tainted by the ads, according to the people. Zuckerberg wants high-definition video and easy-to-use playback features, the people said.

Zuckerberg said last week that he’s sensitive to how users react to advertising in general. He plans to limit the amount of ads people see to about one for every 20 updates. That would comprise about 5 percent of a user’s news feed.

“One of the things I watch most closely is the quality of our ads and people’s sentiment around them,” Zuckerberg said. “We haven’t measured a meaningful drop in satisfaction.”

However, the Bloomberg report mentions that the ads will only make up five percent of a user's feed and that a user won't see a commercial more than three times a day, but the real question is whether these ads will auto-play, similar to those on YouTube. It's hard to imagine a company coughing up seven digits to buy a video ad that requires a click to become active, basically because no one (well, very few people, at least) is ever going to willingly subject themselves to fifteen seconds of McDonald's championing the return of the Monopoly game. I deal with the ads on YouTube because I recognize they're the cost involved in being able to watch 90's music videos at my whim. It's a workable deal. I don't know if I'll feel the same way if a video starts playing, with audio, so I can see another shared post from George Takei.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

SmackCam: The Latest Proof That the World Is F—ked

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Vine, the Twitter-built social media platform that's taken the world by storm (at least until Instagram video became a thing), is a great source for all sorts of weird, goofy, interesting short video clips.

And then, there's the fun bit of horror known as the #SmackCam trend, which seems to involve hitting people upside the damn head and laughing about it.

Jezebel has more:

According to his Vine profile, Aaron VanDeventer is an 18-year-old senior from Grand Ledge, Michigan who enjoys track and thinks it's hilarious to slap little girls in the face until they cry. A video he posted of two assholes harassing a tearful girl has been been retweeted 625 times and counting on @VineLoop, "The Official account for the YouTube channel FunnyVines!"

Vines of boys hitting girls are instant #SmackCam hits; here's a video of a guy violently slamming a girl on the head with heavy jug. She appears to be so stunned that she falls over.

You don't need to wonder what your 8th grade sleepover parties would've been like if the grade's Queen Bee had Vine; just check out these two videos. This school bus #SmackCam is like something out of a warped John Hughes movie.

Don't mind me while I lose objectivity here, because what the fuck is this?

I get that people have played terrible pranks on each other in the past, and that being a dickhead isn't a new thing and isn't simply a millennial thing, but this simply defies comprehension, honestly.

Interestingly, and unsurprisingly, it appears to be mostly done by a bunch of dickish bros that are hitting each other (With shaving cream! With powder! With ice!) because smacking your friends in the face is hilarious. Basically, it's actually something more terrible than the "bros icing bros" trend, because you only have to drink Smirnoff Ice if you get "iced."

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Screwed Over By A Company? Tell On Them!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

While looking for an outlet where I could complain about my latest customer service let down (*coughCox CommunicationsCough*), I stumbled upon a website completely dedicated to providing disgruntled customers, such as myself, a place to bitch and moan.

Humorous, honest and little mean-spirited,, is the first consumer review site that allows users to post their reviews on its homepage, so it says.

A part of me has to wonder if its not a scam in itself, as it charges users $5.99 per month for such visibility. However, with more than 5 million viewers per month, it could be worth the cost.

If you're like me and you would never pay to complain, no matter how bad the service, check out their Facebook page.

17,189 other irritated customers did.

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Google Celebrates the 66th Anniversary of the Supposed Roswell Landing With a Game

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM


In a bit of goofy fun that's happening with increasing frequency, Google's latest Doodle (the image that displays above the search bar on, which changes frequently on holidays across the world) is another animated attempt at celebrating geeky, science culture.

And this time, it's a point-and-click game!

Today is the 66th Anniversary of the Roswell Incident, where a UFO supposedly crash-landed in the New Mexico desert. From the U.K.'s Telegraph:

On July 8 1947, several witnesses reported seeing flying saucers at Roswell, New Mexico.

Suspicion was fuelled after Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) public information officer Walter Haut announced in a press release that a "flying disk" had been recovered that had crashed on a ranch near Roswell.

Witnesses also claimed to have seen alien bodies at the crash site.

The incident soon became largely forgotten until 1978 when physicist and "ufologist" Stanton T. Friedman interviewed Major Jesse Marcel, who had been involved in recovering debris in 1947. Major Marcel claimed that the US government covered up the existence of an alien aircraft.

His claims sparked years of conspiracy theories, which the US government attempted to put to an end with the official 1997 report Case Closed: Final Report on the Roswell Crash.

Google's animated doodles have been rolling through quite a bit lately, with mini-games based on sports during last year's Olympics, a short adventure celebrating Star Trek, a mini-music video for Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's birthday, and so much more — it's almost like they're running out of things to do there, or something.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Instagram Raises the Bar for Video-Sharing

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Mobile video-sharing app Vine, a Twitter subsidiary featuring six-second looping videos, quickly rose to the top of social media after debuting in January.

Although it was only available to iPhone users at the time, the app played a major role in not only social interactions, but in mainstream media as well. Take for example, the Boston Marathon Bombings.

At first, I thought Vine was just another way for users to document themselves doing stupid things, or washed-out celebrities to try to make a comeback. (Anyone remember Andy Milonakis? He currently has 437,081 Twitter followers, and posts videos on Vine almost daily.)

But rather quickly, Vine had became a staple of the iPhone. Almost everyone with an iPhone was using the new app, posting videos of their vacations, shenanigans and everything in between.

Earlier this month, Vine finally released a version for Android users, though it may have been too late.

Last week, Instagram, a photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, released its newest addition—Video on Instagram.

With apps for both iPhone and Android users, the new update has set the bar for what social media addicts should expect.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ladies, A Video Game Featuring A Cartoon Vulva Wants To Help You Masturbate Better

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Women, do you just not feel that special spark when you're by yourself, trying to experience spending time with, uh, "yourself"?

Well, believe it or not, there's an app for that. Or at least, it's coming.

HappyPlayTime is an app that's designed to help women experience the joys of self-love with the help of an electronic aid that you probably won't have to hide in a nightstand!

From the HappyPlayTime mission statement:

Sexuality is one of the most basic instincts of human beings. Being comfortable with your own sexual pleasure is a prerequisite to both being able to healthily accept pleasure from others, and pleasing others. How can you exchange pleasure with someone else if you don't understand what your own body likes? That's why masturbation, and learning how to masturbate is such a fundamental life lesson.

Unfortunately for many women, there has been a cultural stigma that blocks access to self-stimulation. HAPPYPLAYTIME is here to eliminate this barrier as much as possible. By talking openly and lightheartedly about female masturbation, we are taking the first step to becoming truly sexually liberated.

And the first step, apparently, includes a cartoon vulva named Happy, showing you how to touch yourself properly.

Choice quotes: You make me moist! and Oh my, Im getting all hot and bothered.
  • Choice quotes: "You make me moist!" and "Oh my, I'm getting all hot and bothered."

The game is still currently in development (it's in its alpha build right now), but if you feel like giving it a quick run-through, head to to sign up to help test the game.

[h/t: Kotaku and Gamification]

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Let's Watch A Homemade "Lightsaber" Effortlessly Burn Through Stuff

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:54 PM

YouTuber and self-described "DIY Laser Guy" Drake Anthony (better known as Styropyro) has become relatively Internet famous for his videos featuring his love for lasers, chemistry and explosions — which is awesome.

But today, we're going to focus on one thing — his massive, self-made, 3 watt laser, capable of setting things on fire in spectacular ways:

From the video's description:

Here my BEAST 3000mW blue laser goes up against a bunch of flammable stuff. Most things light INSTANTLY when placed in the beam of this laser! This is the most powerful handheld laser that I’ve ever used!

This laser uses the new 9mm 450nm laser diode and runs on two 18650 Li Ion batteries. The housing is a custom machined “Sirius” host. I usually try to refrain from using the term “lightsaber” when referring to my lasers but there really isn’t much else out there to describe this laser.

To be honest I don’t even like handheld lasers this strong, but I knew by subscribers would like this! This laser is legal to own in the US, and I wore goggles while shooting this video.

So you know, those Lithium Ion batteries he mentions above? You'll typically find one of those in your average laptop.

For comparison's sake, your average, everyday red laser pointer typically uses under one milliwatt, so as to not cause injuries.

Yeah. I want ten of these.

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