1. Our avatars, our projected selves — A Jezebel bit about how men respond to female avatars, and a discussion of racism and sexism in Second Life. Rather predictable, but still something to talk about. One blogger inaccurately cites another writer’s claim that 40 percent of the folks come to SL looking for sexual activity. The writer corrects the mistake; a more accurate number would be closer to 15 percent. Sorry, I call BS on that. If you have to purchase genitals for your avatar, you can bet there’s lots of
1. Women’s Last Stand: Dodge Charger Commercial Spoof — The superbowl commercial was offensive and I’m glad someone made this spoof. As a spoof it’s rather humorless with one or two exceptions, but the point is well made.
2. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps at TED — Augmented reality is the main reason
1. Unhappy Hipster: It’s Lonely in the Modern World — Ever look at Southern Digest at Home or Architectural Living and wonder who lives like this? And what do they do with themselves? Unhappy Hipster offers Stepford families and interior design porn/architecture porn settings. Great captions.
2. Whole Foods Biopower — Whole Foods is tying employee discounts to employee health such as BMI, smoking, and blood pressure. The amount of your discount is contingent on how you measure up. One commenter suggested that government-run healthcare will adopt this model. Scary
Google was supposed to be called Googol, meaning 10100, the number represented by a 1 followed by one hundred zeros. Apparently, the founders were poor spellers. They trademarked Google and bought the web domain before realizing they misspelled it!
And on the subject of lolcats, there’s also lol Star Trek.
There’s a nice bit in the NYT blog that discusses the various allusions in Obama’s victory speech. It’s so nice to have a President (elect) who has a rhetorical sensibility.
Here’s a fun link: Instantrimshot.com
An article by danah boyd discusses the class differences between myspace and facebook. A friend calls Facebook “Facecrack.” I haven’t been as addicted to it as all that yet, but perhaps I will be.