April 17, 2014
newsweek:

Our latest cover story: In the age of biometric surveillance, there is no place to hide.

Points, Newsweek, for the TJ Eckleburg callback

newsweek:

Our latest cover story: In the age of biometric surveillance, there is no place to hide.

Points, Newsweek, for the TJ Eckleburg callback

April 16, 2014

glencocobro:

sizvideos:

Watch Honey Maid’s awesome answer about the backlash they received 

so powerful

(via mightymudha)

April 16, 2014
YouTube at Large(r)

edwardspoonhands:

During the MTV Movie Awards, YouTube launched a new initiative aimed to change the way YouTube creators are seen by their communities and by the world at large. I’m not saying that this is a bad strategy or even a bad thing for YouTube, but I think it is worth discussing because it will change…

FYI:

These are also running nonstop in NYC taxis.

April 16, 2014

Anonymous asked: you are a pretentious prick who is also a transphobic piece of trash, go to hell

fishingboatproceeds:

There is so much of this stuff in my ask box, and most of it not even anonymous, but I don’t want to call out any particular user because I know they’ll then get a lot of hateful asks and the cycle will just continue.

First off, there’s a comma splice in your ask. I just have to let you know that, on account of how I’m a pretentious prick.

I hope that I’m not transphobic. I’ve been public and vocal in my support for the rights of trans people for years, and I’ve tried over the years to amplify trans voices, from T Cooper to Stephen Ira Beatty, rather than pretending to be able to speak for them. 

Look, I am a person, and I am not a particularly good one. I am screwed up and make a lot of mistakes. But I am not a piece of trash. I would imagine that you are also screwed up and make a lot of mistakes, but you aren’t a piece of trash either.

But it is still hurtful—very hurtful—to hear people call me a piece of trash. It just makes me sad to hear, the way I think it would make most people sad to hear. The certainty and lack of nuance in that characterization reflects a broader lack of nuance in online discourse these days that just bums me out. 

I don’t always reblog John Green asks, but when I do, it’s because THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE INTERNET TO READ PLEASE.

No one is perfect, no one is lacking nuance, no one is not worthy of criticism in their lives, but also: no one should judge and blame and use the Internet as a cloak of cowardice through which to act out your worst instincts.

No one, ever, should open their ask box to discover that someone has targeted them for abuse.

Everyone, every single of one of us, is required in the struggle to raise the bar of online communication.

April 15, 2014
Been a super, super long day -

wizardparty:

melissaanelli:

- full of that high-intensity mania we rarely see. I have a headache that is threatening to do its own taxes.

We thought this would be a little heads-up, buuuuuuuut IDK how registration for LCHP isn’t going to be like the Hunger Games. I mean, there’ll be less killing, I suppose. Because the…

I’m super excited about this, but with only 500 spots I’m not holding my breath. I would love to attend a leakycon like 2011 again! But my friends and I are adults with jobs, and probably won’t be able to sit on the computer when tickets go on sale. Maybe a lottery system, where previous leakycon attendees get first dibs? 500 barely seems like enough to cover staff and special guests who want to return. I’m sure it will be amazing, so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed everything works out :) I’m super stoked about the idea though! HP is the only fandom at leakycon that really pulls me in, so this is right up my alley :) 

Two things that should probably be clear: we won’t have anywhere NEAR the amount of special guests at this one that we do at main Leaky. It’s just a numbers thing - less people means less ways you can split the audience over x amount of time. And the idea is a couple of great fits, hitting the marks we want to hit. Main Leaky, meanwhile, is about gathering as much awesome as humanly possible at once. 

Also, a smaller conference means a smaller staff running it. So while we have always been able to operate with increasing numbers of staff, we’re going to have to actually be really disciplined about it this time and only allow a certain number so there’s not more staff than have things to do.

Also, we realize 500 is super small and London at 1500 still felt very intimate.So there’s a middle ground somewhere, and it all depends on how things shake out with a couple of things, but unless we say otherwise yeah…it’s gonna be a small one.

But it’s a test run! This one is a test run to see if we should do more like this. Hah! I think we need more of them *already*.

April 15, 2014
Teens only! And remember, they only respond to hash tags. HASH TAGS GET IT? 420?? GET IT?!

Teens only! And remember, they only respond to hash tags. HASH TAGS GET IT? 420?? GET IT?!

(Source: macklemack, via yourcanadianoverlord)

April 15, 2014
Been a super, super long day -

- full of that high-intensity mania we rarely see. I have a headache that is threatening to do its own taxes.

We thought this would be a little heads-up, buuuuuuuut IDK how registration for LCHP isn’t going to be like the Hunger Games. I mean, there’ll be less killing, I suppose. Because the actual metric on the interest today is kind of blowing our minds.  We’ll figure it out. But we really want this to be super immersive and special and old school, so one of the things to do is to make sure people know, ideally before reg even opens, what’s going to happen at it. We don’t want you buying a ticket and realizing it’s not your thing. That’s one of the reasons for this soft launch, to kind of weigh reaction, and.. um… LOL.

Meanwhile, things continue to grow and change with main LeakyCon and we are including more geekdom and more communities, and making more connections between communities, and increasing the power that HP fans have to change the course of the geeky universe. Sometimes feels like we’re helping empower a generation of geeks to be the most proud version of themselves possible, you know? What a thing to be doing every day. As we grew the question became clear to us fairly early: How do we continue to take this awesome thing in its natural, best direction, but also create something that strikes to the very heart of our favorite fandom? We always knew we’d be back here in some manner, and the park in LA is perfect for it.

I remember when we started planning 2011. Remember the yearbook? That thing took an IN - SANE - AMOUNT - OF - TIME to put together. The staff who did so were tireless champions. But we had this vision of attendees walking around with side-messenger bags and yearbooks, celebrating their graduation, and that theme made for SO MUCH WORK but also so much awesome. And we are *so* much better at this now.

Both 2016 events and WHATEVER we have planned for 2015 and EVERYTHING on tap for 2014 (a lot of which is yet unannounced for various reasons) represents a kind of “holy shit this is actually my life and it is awesome” moment. 

Tired. Bed. NIIIIIGHT.

April 14, 2014
Presenting: LeakyCast!

Itts heeeeeere

(Source: leakynews)

April 14, 2014
Finally watched GoT from last night:

What a great episode. Had me all choked up.

April 14, 2014

wilwheaton:

laughterkey:

taleasoldastimelords:

murdercityboulevard:

heyfunniest:

Visual Representation of $1 Trillion.

shit

Hello yes we are 17 of that in debt god bless America

17 of that.

I wish people would get as worked up over irresponsible and wasteful military spending, or the prison industrial complex as they do about the deficit.

What he said. 

"HEY we are in so much debt so why don’t we throw a big fit about the cost of our Hulu subscription and not our Mercedes?!"

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