Amazing. We can send a man to the moon, create vast social networks, and develop self-driving cars, but develop a ‘smart gun’ technology? No-can-do. Fuck that. Something smells fishy and like usual, it pretty much begins and ends with the NRA.

America, I present to you your Republican Party. Un-fucking real. Vote wisely.

Before he was Chicago’s mayor…

chicagobusiness:

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Rahm Emanuel was a Crain’s 40 under 40 for class of 1990. Nice tie and suspenders. 

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And hockey hair…you forgot the hockey hair.

What a opportunity to make yourself heard from Fancy Hands! I use these folks and they are just spectacular. 

tedroden:

Tell Congress the future of the Internet matters to you!

Members of the House of Representatives are trying to sneak through a dangerous amendment that will strip the FCC of its power to enact meaningful net neutrality. The provision will prevent the FCC from treating the Internet like an…

It is likely that Rick Perry would qualify as the dumbest person in the country with this one…wow.

Sorry Amazon, this is still a horseshit offering until you make it a service that is available to my household. My wife has the Prime account, so only she can actually use the service to the fullest extent. As a member on her Prime account, all I can do is get the two-day shipping. Shipping times and free shipping have jumped the shark at this point. Its time for you folks to start adding value to the membership - real value.

"One downside, however, is that the service is unable to distinguish between the music tastes of different household members, which means recommendations might run the gamut to include, say, One Direction (recommended for the daughter) and Bruce Springsteen (for dad). This is a problem Boom admits also plagues Amazon Instant Video. “There’s not a family account concept at this point,” he said.”

No, it isn’t “one downside” - it is the downside and what puts us off from re-subscribing. With the way that Amazon is treating book publishers (Hachette) and with its shipping options actually becoming worse for our household as of late (SurePost anyone?), why the hell would I subscribe to Prime if only one person in the household gets to benefit from all of the elements in the Prime membership? 

Apple’s upcoming move to family accounts for their App Store are where you ought to be going at this point. Until you get there you are simply another retailer and nothing more.

fastcompany:

For $99, Prime members get a streaming video service, e-book lending library, free two-day shipping—and starting today, a music service.

Amazon is rounding out its Prime membership with the addition of a streaming music service. On Thursday the e-commerce giant launched Prime Music with more than 1 million tracks that members can listen to for no additional cost. The service will be available on iOS, Android, Macs, Windows computers, and Kindle tablets.

"Prime offers the best of Amazon,” vice president of digital music Steve Boom told Fast Company (fastcompany). “We think it’s a great addition to the lineup because now Prime is a pretty comprehensive digital music and digital entertainment experience.”

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AWESOME.
bartdontlie:

strangeasanjles:

speak on it

Best description of gentrification I’ve ever heard. 
AWESOME.
bartdontlie:

strangeasanjles:

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Best description of gentrification I’ve ever heard. 
AWESOME.
bartdontlie:

strangeasanjles:

speak on it

Best description of gentrification I’ve ever heard. 
AWESOME.
bartdontlie:

strangeasanjles:

speak on it

Best description of gentrification I’ve ever heard. 

AWESOME.

bartdontlie:

strangeasanjles:

speak on it

Best description of gentrification I’ve ever heard. 

As a father to a three year old daughter and a one year old son who both love Frozen, I could give a fuck about whether the film is pro-gay or not. I am happy that my kids love animation and brilliant storytelling in the same way that I do (and did when I was younger).

If the conservatives want to know why American rejects them at election time, its this “mamby pamby” bullshit that I’d point to as a good reason. While I don’t outright reject religion, I am becoming more and more skeptical of it (in all forms) because it tends to divide more than unify. In the name of what?

I hope Disney and Pixar do 50 more films like this, its great entertainment, tells a wonderful story, and helps a dad enjoy something that his kids enjoy too.

Go Disney. Fuck the haters.

theatlantic:

It’s Not Just Frozen, Most Disney Movies Are Pro-Gay

The culture warriors have decided: Disney’s Frozen is queer. Elsa hiding her ice-powers could be read as a metaphor for the closet, the Oscar-winning “Let it Go” plays like a coming-out anthem, and a character in the film evokes the question of whether homosexuality is a choice by inquiring of Elsa’s powers, “born with it or cursed?” Some liberals have praised the film for its subtext; some conservatives have denounced it.

But the most remarkable thing about queer readings of the film may be how unremarkable they really are. Through both its corporate practices and the content of its films, Disney for decades has implemented the so-called “gay agenda”—which is to say, helping make the world a more accepting place.

To start in the most obvious place: As a business, Disney has long held a progressive attitude toward LGBT people. Gay pride events have been hosted at Disney World since 1991, and the company started offered its gay employees health insurance benefits for their partners since 1995, a decision that wasn’t entirely popular back then.

One of the most poignant examples of the company’s tolerant atmosphere is the case of lyricist Howard Ashman, who was openly gay and died of AIDS in 1991. Not only did Ashman write songs for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, he was also closely involved in those films’ productions, casting actors and holding story meetings with animators. At the end of Beauty and the Beast, Disney acknowledged his contributions with this tribute: “To our friend Howard Ashman who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”

But Ashman’s story also offers an example of how the substance of Disney’s films reflect an interest in LGBT peoples’ struggles.

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Fuck yes! Non-competes are horseshit. 

bijan:

This morning Governor Deval Patrick will make it clear he is seeking an end to employee non compete agreements in our state*

Employee non compete agreements are not enforceable and are deemed illegal in California. Yet the opposite is true in MA. They are used and enforced. And because of this they…

“Test participants who had used Facebook for 20 minutes reported being in a worse mood than those in two other test groups (one browsed the Internet, one served as a control and did nothing); the Facebook participants also felt their time had been used in a less meaningful way.

Amid the wreckage, behavioral researchers Sagioglou and Greitemeyer spotted a clue for why we go back: we think we’ll enjoy it. … Users seem to wrongly predict the emotional impact of using Facebook, Sagioglou tells Co.Design.”

We Hate Ourselves For Spending So Much Time On Facebook. So Why Do We Do It? (via fastcompany). 

I’ve said it once, I will say it again: Facebook is complete waste of time. People always tell me that I am missing out by not being on it, but I am pretty sure the only thing I am missing is a hodgepodge of useless information, status updates that I could give a shit about, and privacy guidelines that are suspect at best.

Enjoy folks. You’re gradually becoming dumber for it.