Monthly Archives: October 2013

What’s this horrible “shared endorsement” business of Google using your name and image for ads?

Imagine Google searching through your whole life on the internet and pulling up all your likes and endorsements and comments.

Then they pair them with your name and the photo from your Google+ profile, and display them as ads. That sounds positively….evil, doesn’t it? Remember that time you “liked” your friend’s band, even though you hadn’t seen him since college? What was the band called, PedoNecrophiliaBestiality or something?

Now stop imagining, and go change your account settings.

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How you want your Google+ settings if you don’t want to Share Endorsements.

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Extreme Gothic Halloween Values for the Discerning Geek, at 99Only.

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And now begins the High Holy Season of Geeks, the sacred month of Halloween.

The 31st falls on a Thursday this year, so expect parties both the weekend before and the weekend after. Or you can opt for Halloweek, like we’re doing. Today is the day to begin laying in supplies and planning your events, so we’ve got some tips on shopping.

Wouldn’t you know, my work T324’s longtime client 99Only.com is a truly excellent Halloween resource!

I wouldn’t have thought to go to a dollar store, because even though I’m cheap, I’m a snob. And I buy so much Halloween junk that costs plenty of money (from crack peddlars Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, thanks a lot you bastards) that I probably don’t need to buy Halloween stuff that’s practically free too. However, one of my work’s big clients is local “extreme value” retailer 99Only.com. Continue reading

Go to Bar Bot, where robots will make you a pretty good Pisco Sour.

We saw Bar Bot creators Simone Davalos and David Calkins at a party this weekend, and heard great things from Simone about the upcoming Bar Bot event. It’s in a cool sekrit location and apparently our friend Jonathan Foote is building something impressively insane. Go, and have drinks mixed for you while our future robot overlords still stoop to the level of doing menial tasks for meatsacks! Mostly the robots work, sometimes they don’t, sometimes there’s a fire!

Also, see below for our rockets, robots & rayguns roundup, inspired by Simone.

I was going to write about TechCrunch Disrupt 2013, but it’s too awful.

It’s too awful. It’s too awful to read TechCrunch’s apology for the ogling/masturbating apps at Disrupt 2013.

It’s too awful to look at screencaps of douchebro Pax Dickinson tweeting threats at Anil Dash. It’s too awful that my hero Hugh Jackman has to resort to PandoDaily as a bully pulpit for social welfare messaging. It’s too awful that DC Comics posted a talent contest that involved a naked Harley Quinn attempting to electrocute herself. It’s too awful that the Penny Arcade guy still hasn’t grown up or healed or become human. The NSA situation is so awful, I really prefer not to think about it. It’s been a bad, gross week on the Internet, for technology and for geek culture.

So instead, we bring you a new T324 geek Pinterest board:

Most ridiculous results of mainstreaming and appropriation of geek culture.

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Where we post the most cognitively dissonant attempts to monetize how much geeks love the things we love.

Like this Wolverine nightlight to watch over your child. Because this guy makes me feel so safe.

(You can also visit our new sister board, “Clever, knowing appropriation of geek culture in service of pop art that transcends crass commercialism and is kind of awesome or funny.”)

Because having a Wolverine hoodie means never having to say you’re sorry.