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Reddit Redesign?! Holy Shit.

Goodbye, dystopian Craigslist. There’s a new Reddit, and it’s all grown up.

ON A RAINY day in San Francisco, a dozen or so designers sat crammed around a conference table inside Reddit’s headquarters, in a space they had nicknamed The War Room. A few soggy rain jackets dripped onto the floor, and someone mumbled a maxim normally reserved for weddings about rain bringing good luck.

It was neither the first nor the last time this group would gather here to share the details of the project they’d been working on for over a year. But today was special. The designers had prepared an update for Reddit’s website, which serves 330 million users from around the world. The irony of a dozen designers doing anything at Reddit was not lost on them—the text-heavy website is about as visually appealing as an overflowing email inbox. The designers engaged in some last-minute jockeying over the language of their update, and then they posted it using Reddit’s signature droll tone: TIL Reddit has a design team.

The team’s efforts mark the first visual refresh of Reddit in over a decade. Steve Huffman, Reddit’s cofounder and CEO, signaled the need for a tidying-up in a post last year. “Many of us evangelize Reddit and tell people how awesome it is, what an impact it’s made in their life, how much it makes them laugh, etc, and then when those new people decide to check out Reddit for the first time they’re greeted with dystopian Craigslist,” Huffman wrote. “We’d like to fix that.”

whoa… almost can’t believe it.

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Back To The 90’s With Netflix Cray Cray

Netflix Takes Us Back to the ’90s with a Pop-Up Video for Trish Walker’s ‘Cray Cray’

Jessica Jones’ second season was chock full of all kinds of wild twists and turns, but none of them were quite as… shocking as the brief glimpse into Jessica and Trish’s past, when former child star Trish was still in the throes of her problems with addiction and trying to launch a music career.

Like many former child actors whose youths were chewed up by the very entertainment industry that claimed to love them, Trish found herself in her mid-20s lost and unsure of what to make of her life. Not a girl, but not yet a woman, she struggled to get out from under the sanitized, pubescent “Patsy” image she’d become known for, something she hoped to accomplish with her first single “I Want Your Cray Cray.” Remember when Christina Aguilera started overdosing on spray tanner and visible leather thongs in order to let everyone know that she wasn’t just a Britney Spears alternate? That’s more or less what “I Want Your Cray Cray” was, but unlike XTina’s “Dirrty”-era, Trish’s music was almost unbearable to listen to.

oh man, not sure i can handle trish’s cray-cray…

#blink  #chuckle

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#deleteFacebook

Zuck and Sandberg go M.I.A. as Congress summons Facebook leadership by name…

The bad thing about making your face synonymous with the company you run: When you go M.I.A., everyone tends to notice.

The callout posts began over the weekend. Normal Facebook users don’t always track the tech press outrage cycle, but a flurry of reporting on Facebook’s mishandling of the private data of 50 million users, and Facebook’s subsequent mishandling of that mishandling — this after everything else — it seemed to stick in their craw.

Worse yet for Facebook, lawmakers that they’d already pissed off were happy to circle back for a second round after the company weaseled out of the first one. By Monday, a few angry, constituent-rousing tweets had snowballed into the kind of itemized list of questions that comes with a due date.

Congress is mad. And it might be as mad about this poorly handled Cambridge Analytica debacle as it is about getting stood up the last time around. Without any kind of public statement from one of the faces of the company, Facebook users are starting to feel stood up too.

oh man, sure seems like it’s been escalating and heating up for facebook of late… i wasn’t too sure when i first heard about this whole mess, since it just tends to feel like most of the time these things crop up and even if it’s bad (and you’re pissed off about it), it somehow seems to not stick and quickly blows away… feel like this is especially true of facebook over the past few years or more…. but maybe not this time.

i don’t like or use facebook, and try my hardest to avoid it… but that’s just me.

#DeleteFacebook!

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Random Sexiness

oh yeahhhhh, hard to believe it’s already thorsday… speaking of which, i ordered the 4K version of the new Thor: Ragnarok movie and haven’t watched it yet… might have to throw that on later tonight, and see if the 4K version of it was worth the extra few bucks.

sexy bitches ;)

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Jessica Jones, This Weekend

dunno about you guys, but i’m looking forward to chill’n and checking out some new Jessica Jones on netflix this weekend.

little weird that it was released yesterday — on a thursday — on netflix, since i’m just used to them releasing stuff on fridays… but either way, doesn’t really matter to me… i’m always down for some new shows to watch!

even if half the time i tend to bitch, and be kinda disappointed… but whatevs… feels like there’s so little shit on television worth watching these days.

#shrugs  #marvel

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Wanted: Chinese Mistress

One of the most sought after jobs for rural Chinese women is to become a mistress

Shanshan’s $550 shoes came from her lover, but the soles of her feet, as hard as leather, came from her childhood. “We used to play barefoot in the village,” she told me. “All the girls in the karaoke bar had feet like this.”

At 26, Shanshan has come a long way from rural Sichuan, one of China’s poorer southern provinces, famous for the “spiciness” of its food and its women. Today her lover, Mr Wu, keeps her in a Beijing apartment that “cost 2.5 million yuan ($410,000)”, and visits whenever he can find the time away from his wife. In his late 40s, and an official with a massive state-run oil company, he was recently in Africa for six months developing an oilfield. Shanshan got bored and decided to improve her scant English by finding a ‘language-exchange partner’ online, which is how she and I became friends this spring.

Shanshan never referred to Wu as her boyfriend; he was her “man”, her “lover”, and occasionally her “uncle”. When she said “boyfriend”, she meant the man her own age back in Sichuan with whom she spent much of her free day exchanging text messages and whom she saw twice a year. Continue…

man, i’ve heard so many damn stories over the years… mistresses? sure, guys with money all over the world do that… probably the one that sticks out for me at the moment, is the popular practice of renting “girlfriends” for the night — or by the hour — over there… lol

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YouPorn’s AI Search Terms

YouPorn used AI to predict the porn searches of the future and, um, brace yourselves

ummm, yeah… weird shit indeed.

#blink

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Amazon Design Theory

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

From an aesthetic point of view, Amazon’s web store is neither simple nor beautiful–two things we expect of good design. Instead, it focuses on simplicity of experience, process, and functionality. For many designers, the idea that an experience with Amazon’s visual complexity succeeds is somewhat confounding. So, how might a designer look at Amazon to understand why it works, despite—if not because of—its aesthetic?

good article and read-thru, though nothing really ground breaking or anything… still, it’s always interesting to reflect on what works so damn well with big sites like amazon, and perhaps be mindfoo of how it might relate to what you’re working on… like i was just looking over this onboarding / registration process on this one site (per request, helping out), and g’damn it was… what’s the right word here…. labourous? time consuming? seriously… i practically forgot what i was doing half way through… i mean, jesus…

anywho, KISS.

an acronym to live by, mang.

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It’s National Pancake Day!

IHOP offers free pancakes on National Pancake Day

There’s only one word to describe National Pancake Day.

Delicious.

And IHOP is looking to satisfy customers’ appetites Tuesday while helping a good cause. The restaurant chain is offering a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes in return for a donation that will help it reach its goal of raising $5 million for area children’s hospitals and organizations.

The offer is good from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

this one always seems to sneak up on me… but hot damn, who doesn’t like pancakes?! definitely think i’ll have to swing by IHOP later and grab some delicious fluffy pancakes.

#yummy  #tasty

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5G Finally Rolling Out Soon

AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas among first cities to receive mobile 5G

Internet speeds are about to get way faster in many U.S. cities.

AT&T announced on Wednesday the first locations that will receive its new mobile 5G network. The company says a dozen cities will receive the new, lightning-fast internet including parts of Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco, Texas.

The company will announce additional cities in the coming months.

Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless provider, plans to roll out 5G home internet by the end of the year, but AT&T claims it will be the first to deliver standalone mobile 5G.

speaking of mobile, i can’t wait for 5G to finally start rolling out everywhere… feel like i’ve been hearing about it for years now, and it’s good to know that it’s going to be a real thing in the next year or so… hot damn, that’s gonna be awesome.

PS. ummmm, waco texas? really??

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The Matrix Phone Is Back

Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

Back in 1999, Keanu Reeves was famous for playing Neo in The Matrix, and not for looking sad on a bench. Nokia was also the “world’s leading mobile phone supplier” back then, and it used this popularity to feature its Nokia 8110 “banana phone” in The Matrix film. At the time everyone who considered themselves cool (definitely me) wanted a Nokia phone just like Neo’s, but most of us had to settle for the Nokia 7110 with its spring-loaded slider.

Now HMD, makers of Nokia-branded phones, is bringing the Nokia 8110 back to life as a retro classic. Just like the Nokia 3310 that was a surprise hit at Mobile World Congress last year, the 8110 plays on the same level of nostalgia. The slightly curved handset has a slider that lets you answer and end calls, and HMD is creating traditional black and banana yellow versions.

oh man, there’s something definitely pretty cool and nostalgic about having a “matrix” phone… not sure i could go back to using a phone with no apps on it, but i’d be lying if i said there wasn’t something refreshing about it.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ launched with first dual-aperture camera

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It’s Pizza Time!

hmmm, now that’s one interesting looking pizza…

the girl? oh hell yeah…

the pizza? not so sure…

#hmmmmm

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Awesome Altered Carbon

i binge watched ‘altered carbon’ over the weekend since the weather here was crappy and it literally rained for the past 3 days straight… so it was a good weekend to just curl up on the couch and chill out.

anywho, don’t want to drop any spoilers or anything… but damn, that show was freak’n awesome! i was pretty much hooked after the first episode… not a lot of sci-fi shows like this around, so i appreciated that right off the bat… the special effects and overall quality was kind of a surprise too, kept finding myself watching and thinking “damn, that’s pretty cool” at some of the scenes.

just a heads up if you haven’t watched it but are planning on it — quite a bit of nudity and violence, so i wouldn’t watch it with little ones around… actually called my sister to give her a heads up after a few episodes since i remember her mentioning the show a few weeks back… good thing i did, too. lol

also watched that “cloverfield paradox” movie i kept seeing pop up in my twitter feed… pretty good movie, even if it did leave some unanswered questions which can be kind of annoying…. ugh, bastards.

#GoodStuff  #GoNetflix

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iPhone X Cancellation?

Apple Leak Hints At Possible iPhone X Cancellation, ‘Batterygate’ Intensifies

It looks like there will be no iPhone X generations in the near future if rumors prove true. According to a popular Apple leakster, the tech giant’s flagship smartphone will soon be canceled due to a disappointing performance in the market.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, said the demand for the iPhone X is weak and will likely be canceled soon, as AppleInsider reported. Kuo believes that the “end of life” of the iPhone X is imminent as Apple is likely to cease production in the summer. In fact, Apple has already reduced production of its anniversary iPhone, according to the rumor. An estimated 18 million iPhone X units are scheduled to be shipped during the first quarter of this year.

The acclaimed analyst also said that the iPhone X is not performing well in China, where big-screened smartphones are a thing. The main reason why the iPhone X is not selling as expected is its design.

whoa… first i’ve heard of it, but i’d be pretty damn surprised if Apple cancelled the iPhone X after they seemingly doubled down on the whole design… i was seriously thinking of trading mine back in for an iPhone 8 plus, but kept going back ‘n forth on it and missed my return window… but oh well, i’ll deal with it… not really a big deal since i’m on that 12-month plan, so i figure i’ll enjoy the phone until the next one comes out and then decide what i’ll do next time.

still, i do find it rather surpising.

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Netflix’s Altered Carbon

Netflix’s Altered Carbon Is Some Incredibly Hardcore Sci-Fi

A lot of the science fiction that’s appeared on TV over the years isn’t exactly what sci-fi fans would call “hardcore,” from goofy procedurals with light futuristic elements to animated comedies like Rick and Morty. Altered Carbon doesn’t have that problem.

Netflix’s latest original show throws so many far out sci-fi concepts at you in its first 30 minutes, let alone across the whole 10-episode season, that it’s often hard to keep track of what’s going on from one scene to the next. But for those who stick with it, Altered Carbon is an engrossing show with fascinating ideas that it sees through all the way to the end.

The core premise isn’t too hard to grasp: Thanks to an invention called the “cortical stack,” humans are effectively immortal. Your personality and memories–everything that makes you “you”–exists in your stack, which nests embedded in your spine. If your body (or “sleeve,” as the show says) dies, you can be “re-sleeved,” as long as your stack remains intact. Continue…

really looking forward to this one… first the godzilla anime, and now this… man, everytime i think about cancelling netflix, they come out with something i want to watch or checkout — damn them.

sat down and watched Bladerunner: 2049 the other night and i have to say… wow… was even better sitting down and watching it at home without some of the distractions that can come with seeing it in the theater.

#SoGoodMang

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Random Sexiness

another day, another pain in the ass penny right?

sexy bitches ;)

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Godzilla 2018

was kinda surprised and excited last night to see that the first part of that new godzilla anime is now up on netflix :)

was getting pretty late, so made a mental reminder to check it out this weekend… curious to chill out and give it a watch since i’ve been looking forward to it.

speaking of anime, my son was telling me the other day that amazon seems to have dropped that “anime strike” subscription bullshit, which is awesome news… so now all those new anime shows are available to you if you’re a prime member — niiiiiiiice.

#thumbsup  #anime

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Random Sexiness

been awhile, so figure i’d post a few random photos that caught my eye at some point over the past couple days…

sexy bitches ;)

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CES 2018, Let’s Go!

Here Are the Things at CES You’ll Actually Want to Buy

Some gadgets work better in theory than practice. Many are concepts, designed more for the “whoa” factor or to make a point about the state and potential of technology in our world, than for practical use.

Here and there, though, a contraption that wows also works for everyday life. It catches you off guard with some capability you never thought you needed, or a level of customization or functionality you never knew was possible. Suddenly, you have to try it for yourself.

At CES, the exhibition halls are littered with tech that promises to track us, help us save money, time and resources and reflect our own lives back to us in ever-higher definition. They tap into trends of optimization — tailoring every aspect of our lives to our personal circumstances — as well as increasing peace of mind in a world where you can now answer your door or play with your pet, even when you’re not home.

nothing really here that made me go “whoa” or anything… with the possible exception about the part with the mobile gaming laptops coming out this year — if they actually perform pretty damn good, might be worth looking into.

aside from that, i usually only geek out over stuff like the new HDTVs… curious to see what they come out with this year, as i’m seriously thinking about maybe looking into getting a new 75″ 4K HDTV for the living room — if the price is right… speaking of which, i wonder if Vizio is coming out with a new kickass P-Series this year… and if so, if it’s worth waiting for.

#hmmmmmmm  #curious

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Random Sexiness

almost can’t believe it’s already thursday… then again, i feel a little like a kid sitting in the classroom staring at the clock of late, since i’m counting the days until the 15th — after that, i’m off until january 2nd… which is awesome, fuck yeah! ;)

sexy bitches ;)

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