This looks like it would be about the best public transit apps for the iPhone after the iOS6 update, but it’s not. We have no Maps replacements for public transit directions. They’re probably in iTunes, maybe even highlighted in iOS 6 on iPhone 4Ses and iPhone 5s, but we don’t know them.
I just installed unbaby.me, the browser extension for replacing Facebook baby photos with photos of other, more interesting things. After you set it up in Chrome, it drops you on the configuration page, which features a RIDICULOUS list of keywords they use to locate babies.
When a lady tells another lady she’s engaged, there’s that squeal. And then the questions: “Eeeee I’m so happy for you! How’d he do it? Where’d he do it? Tell me everything!” We know this trope. We know guys don’t do it. What do guys do, beyond something fake in three-camera sitcoms?
If you want that squeal between dudes, tell your friend you just started watching some serial drama like Breaking Bad.
“Whoa, awesome. When’d you start? How far along are you? Netflix or DVDs? That’s awesome. You’re going to love it. I’m just so happy for you.”
Games too. “Just started Skyrim.” “AAAAH that’s so great! I’m so excited for you. How are you playing? Rogue? Brute? Aaaah the next few weeks are going to be great! Let me see your armor.”
We make fun of Facebook Likes and Twitter Favorites and Hearts and Stars and Horseshoes, but it’s positive reinforcement and our stupid human brains are wired to gobble that shit up. We like this feedback, but not enough to explicitly beg for it.
But have you ever seen a corporate brand page on Facebook? They’re all shameless monsters, desperate for Likes and Shares. In theory, Likes and Shares make posts more visible to a larger Facebook audience. Then, more people will like that brand, and then that brand can drive cross-traffic to promotions, and then everybody gets rich from all that Like-and-Share money. And that’s why corporate brands on Facebook do whatever it takes to get attention, and they don’t care how much they have to pander to the lowest common denominator to do it.
That’s why Condescending Corporate Brand Page is such a treat: It’s calling out all corporate brands for posting insultingly stupid Facebook content and then begging for Likes and Shares, and it’s doing it with posts that are simultaneously absurd and familiar.
There’s a Japanese pop artist who’s taking the world (i.e. everywhere but America) by STORM right now, and her name is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. She started her career as a Harajuku fashion model. If you’ve ever seen Harajuku fashion, you may think it’s a word that translates to “tissue garbage”, but it’s actually the name of an area in Tokyo! So, given her background in bonkers Japanese fashion, it should come as no surprise that her music videos are crazy enough to put also-wears-garbage Lady Gaga to shame.
Her music video for “Candy” starts off with a sense of urgency, with our protagonist running down the street in heels with a piece of toast in her mouth.
I had an idea recently, for a way to make your “bizarro Reddit subscriptions”. It’s an app, I guess? A web app? It’d look at your list of Reddit subscriptions and offer you the opposite. Instead I will just make a list.