“the depressed kids were the most intense Web users, chewing up more hours of email, chat, videogames, and file sharing. They also opened, closed, and switched browser windows more frequently, searching, one imagines, and not finding what they hoped to find.”
some of us are just on the internet working and watching carly rae jepsen videos, being normal humans. don’t forget that.
also, this study keeps talking about the brains of “internet addicts” looking like the brains of other kinds of addicts. maybe that’s because certain people have addiction-prone brains and it’s not just the internet ruining the world …
I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.
I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.
I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.
I have to admit my first thought when hearing this story was, ” …. Final Destination …”
But for real, this has been a big year for America coming to terms with itself due to pure horror.
Jessica Redfield (real last name: Ghawi) was shot and killed last night at a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ along with 11 others when a gunman opened fire in a theater. The above is from her blog, written in June, after she narrowly escaped another senseless shooting at a mall in Toronto. (via newsweek)
[After a long discussion concluding that people who are Freaky Fridaying (switching bodies for reasons other than fulfilling an emotional goal important to a plot) would spend the whole day masturbating and smoking pot to explore the other person's body/mind.]
Neil:What if people are actually Freaky Fridaying one another all the time?
Me:What do you mean?
Neil:Like, every time you do something daring that you wouldn't usually do, it's because someone is Freaky Fridaying you really subtly.
Me:What about external Freaky Fridaying? Like a friend is just peer pressuring you to do something?
Now that I have Lion, I see that autocorrect has migrated over to laptop-land, like old-school Microsoft Word’s spell-check, except instead of just adding a creepy red underline under words it doesn’t like, it actually changes them. And instead of being just on Microsoft Word, it’s on everything.
For example, my computer tried really hard to change “Etsy” to “Eaty.”
The Internet is full of slang, word invention, purposeful word corruption, and actual company titles that are combinations of words, or based on people’s names. It is not a good place to autocorrect what people are saying.
Sometimes I do appreciate it autocorrecting my spelling errors, but I would like an autocorrect that sees the world a little bit less prescriptively. One that reads Urban Dictionary.
Think on that. While you’re at it, find a better way to type on touch screens. Something like Swipe but better and ownable for you. Even writing a text message is still hard.
i had mindlessly accepted a “calorie-burning” goal that nike+ offered me a couple weeks ago. i kept noticing that i was lagging behind, and it would say things like, “don’t worry - just burn 15,000 calories next week and you’ll be back on track.”
15,000 calories is a lot. That’s like 5 pounds worth of calories.
The calorie goal, once I looked at it, was 146,000 calories in 4 weeks. I crunched some numbers and realized that was 41 pounds worth of calories, at a rate of roughly 5,000 calories per day.
5,000 calories is what a mountain climber climbing mount everest climbs, i believe.
so i canceled that goal and it offered me this goal to “lower the burn.”
really? now it wants me to burn 131,500 calories in a WEEK? that’s 37 pounds per week.
i tweeted this picture at nike fuel and they said “we’d like to troubleshoot with you on the phone.”
i went back and made a new goal (a sensible 20,000 calories) from scratch, but there is definitely some glitchy stuff still happening with nike+.
for some reason i’m having a really hard time planning my trip to pitchfork this year. the hotels in actual chicago were all like $220 per night, so we had to book one in skokie, which i guess is far away. now we are suddenly car-less. but i will make it work somehow.
i have never actually paid for a ticket for p4k though, mostly cuz of journalism, but this year i get a free ticket cuz our client is a sponsor.
This blog quickly became a necessity after we started a blog at Zeus Jones called Expensive Yuppy Drink Reviews. People kept sending me ideas of things to review, like a Bob Marley non-energy drink or something called Drank, with the slogan “Slow…
i kept giggling at chipotle today because they had this little dialog on the bag where they talk to pigs about treating them better, and i could only think of this poem i found from when i was a kid, the kind where you name a subject and then use a synonym of it at the end, and i had chosen “mealtime hog.”