Today in Updates: Editorially founder Mandy Brown wrote about Github's disappointing response. And a Hacker News poster, of all people, points out that it isn't even a good response from a legal point of view. Sherpas are going home for the season, as a memorial to their 16 colleagues killed in last week's ice collapse. In my continuing effort to learn about Thomas Picketty very slowly, here is how you pronounce his name. That seems like plenty for now. ELF activist Rebecca Rubin has been sentenced to five years in prison for arson, but far worse, she also has to read Malcolm Gladwell's "David and Goliath." If my writing is ever considered a legitimate form of punishment, I promise I will stop writing forever.
Today in Tabs: "An Open Letter to Chelsea Clinton's Unborn Child" by the NY Post's Kyle Smith, who appears to be branching out from terrible movie reviewer to gross political baby-harasser. Update your twitter bio, Kyle!
Today in No: No, 13 years after Barbara Ehrenreich published Nickel and Dimed you still can't get by on minimum wage in America. And while we're at it, no the middle class, such as it is, isn't doing very well either. No, computer security is not getting better. No, and this is extremely rare, but I have to disagree with Caity Weaver here: it is not ok to illustrate a white supremacist manifesto for money, any more than it would be to write white supremacist literature for pay. No, tech adoption is not speeding up and beware "data journalists" bearing orderly graphs. And no, there is no such thing as an "untouchable" internet market.
Good use of advanced 3D printing technology http://t.co/TFjCsYOQAR— Veronica de Souza (@HeyVeronica) April 23, 2014
This Mental Image is Horrible, But What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind: I want you to picture it -- Robert Scoble is casually hanging around at Coachella, waiting for the Skrillex show to start. Have you got that in mind? Is it already one of the most awful things you've ever subjected your brain to? Good, because what happened then was that Scoble had an epiphany about Google Glass, and posted it to Facebook. "Glass feels freaky and weird," Scoble is literally earth's last person to realize. Biddle wasted no time pouncing. I immediately checked People Who Look Cool Wearing Google Glass but yeah, no.
Today in Media: All Mimsy is the Journal. Old HBO shows will be available on Amazon Prime. The Supreme Court heard arguments on Areo yesterday. They don't have a super-encouraging track record understanding technology, but here's Sarah Jeong with the recap. Apologies if that NYMag link doesn't work, but ¯_(ツ)_/¯. New TLDs prove their value early with butt.holdings. Dot-gurus are just flying off the shelves, too. Taylor Swift saves publishing; books & reading suddenly hot again. Will Butler on Silicon Valley and the responsibilities of satire. Hashtag Bad. Eggers Tedious. Woman Imaginary.
Today's Song: Avril Lavigne, "Hello Kitty" (your guess is as good as mine here)
~Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It's a tab, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me.~
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