10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 17–23 October 2015
Watch Drake's video for "Hotline Bling", because I love this thing:
Read Rembert Browne's "DRAKE DANCE REVOLUTION: The 'Hotline Bling' Video" at Grantland, because it is a great review, and the internet needs more like it:
It’s that feeling when you start dancing, and then stumble on a move, and then really like that move. When this happens, chances are you’re going to dig into it more and more with each sidestep. Each time, a little more knee bend. A little more head nod. A little more sass. A little more attitude. A little more goddamn. These aren’t theoretical concepts, these are actual facts of life.
"Notifications for targeted attacks" from Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook:
While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored.
Oh, good. Government-sponsored attacks. Yay, the future.
Man 2 Man's "Male Stripper" from 1986 has been stuck in my head for no good reason:
N. R. Kleinfield's "The Lonely Death of George Bell" at The New York Times:
The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone. Thus the presumption was that the corpse also belonged to George Bell. It was a plausible supposition, but it remained just that, for the puffy body on the floor was decomposed and unrecognizable. Clearly the man had not died on July 12, the Saturday last year when he was discovered, nor the day before nor the day before that. He had lain there for a while, nothing to announce his departure to the world, while the hyperkinetic city around him hurried on with its business.
Catherine Adams' "Female technology journalists report abuse is still the name of the game" at The Guardian:
Like Brontë, George Eliot and Harper Lee before them, 20% are disguising the fact they are female by writing anonymously or using a non-gender-specific name.
“For years, I used the byline LA Lorek instead of Laura Lorek to avoid criticism as a female business writer,” the chief executive at SiliconHillsNews.com says.
For full effect, make sure you hover and click the icon in the upper left of the video to hear the soundtrack (with swearing):
Rob Horning's "Fear of Content" at Dis Magazine:
Sontag argues that “it is the habit of approaching works of art in order to interpret them that sustains the fancy that there really is such a thing as the content of a work of art.” Internet content calls out to no one to be interpreted. Its chief quality is held to be its basic meaninglessness. “Content” has become a specific genre of content. The content of “content” is assumed to be negligible, irrelevant, a pretense. Content on the internet is pure form. We are scandalized by its lack of meaning.
Laura Hudson's "6 Experts On How Silicon Valley Can Solve Online Harassment" at Wired:
A 2014 study by the Pew Research Center found that 25 percent of 18- to 24-year-old women have been the target of online sexual harassment. Last year the issue erupted in the mainstream media with Gamergate. The online movement targeted a female game developer, making accusations about her sexual life and publishing her address and phone number, prompting her to move out of her home. In September, WIRED convened a roundtable of people deeply involved in the issue to discuss what it would take to produce lasting change.
I love what you can do with some paint and a green screen (NSFW warning: full frontal nudity) (via Boing Boing):