There's no reason for you to know who Jack Weppler is, and if you Google his name, you won't find much information about the guy himself. But if you take a look at the Google Image Search for him, you'll see the same photo over and over with a variety of captions, ranging from insults about "mom jeans" to some wildly graphic suggestions about Weppler's sex life. Turns out, Weppler was on one end of an ugly breakup and his ex-girlfriend had enough awareness of search engine optimization and how Google holds onto information to post a bunch of comic images that don't seem to go away.
Weppler's mom was smart enough to contact the site that was hosting the images to get them pulled, and has made an effort to have Google remove them from its search, but now that the story has been reported on (with some of the images included), that hasn't really helped. Apparently, for some time, anyone who Googles this guy is going to find out he really likes Johnny Rockets and Chicken McNuggets. Tough break, dude.
While it's great that the Internet stores seemingly everything, it's not always great that you can't control whether or not something goes away. Something to remember in your personal interactions (especially with Web-savvy types): Cross someone and you, too, can be famous for having a headshot on the Internet with the caption "HERP DERP" emblazoned on it.
We covered the various disasters related to last week's cold snap; debated whether federal health-care reform was really unconstitutional; kept up with the news out of Egypt; followed efforts by congressional Republicans to redefine rape in order to limit federal funding of abortion; went into the political weeds on redistricting; and summarized the results of several surveys from Public Policy Polling about Arizona voters (more on that in this week's Skinny).
We covered the NASA press conference where Mark Kelly said he'd still be commanding the final space shuttle mission while his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, continues her rehabilitation at a Houston hospital; posted a clip of Kelly talking at the National Prayer Breakfast; shared a Good Morning America interview with Kelly O'Brien, who said she thought extended magazines like the one used in the shooting rampage that killed her fiancé, Gabe Zimmerman, should be banned; and brought you a video from the last days of the UMC memorial.
We rounded up a bunch of bills from the Arizona Legislature, including legislation that creates a second-class birth certificate for children born to illegal immigrants; allows the state to nullify federal laws it doesn't like; restricts abortion; limits divorce; and eases restrictions on handguns and their use in self-defense.
We advised you to check out the UA College of Science free Tuesday night lecture series at Centennial Hall; shared a survey showing that just about everyone hated the Black Eyed Peas halftime show at the Super Bowl; rounded up the best Super Bowl commercials; brought you another installment from the Food Truck Diaries; let you know that Vito's Kitchen was open on Fort Lowell Road near Alvernon Way; recommended some great TV shows; reviewed some video games; told you that the Arrested Development movie might really happen this year; wished indie mambo sensation Sergio Mendoza a happy birthday; let you know that Foreigner is coming to the Rialto Theatre; and shared a clip of two dogs playing tetherball.
"And I don't claim to understand German." — Portlander/muckraker/9-11 conspiracy theorist J.T. Waldron returns to the comment section discussing the terrible imposing threat of chemtrails ("No, Still Not Sold on Chemtrails," The Range, Feb. 2).
One of the great things about the merger of print and the Web is that we can accessorize a story in the paper with videos that give you a better sense of the story being told. In the case of the Inglorious Budsters, the subject of our cover story this week, we can give you footage of the nationally recognized partiers in action.
As part of our desire to mix up media to tell stories more thoroughly and bring attention to what's happening in Tucson in different ways, we'll be working on our website over the next few months, including a new series of daily photos on The Range. If there's something you'd like to see on our site, e-mail our Web producer, Dan Gibson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.