Messing with your HTTP traffic.

03 Nov 2016 | the stand

/u/kvw260:

Pretend ice cream stores gave away free milkshakes. But you had to buy a straw to drink them. But that’s okay, because you still get free milkshakes. One day you’re drinking a free milkshake and you look down and the guy that sold you the straw is pinching it almost shut. You can still get your milkshake, but it’s really hard and takes a lot longer. So you say, “Hey! Stop that!” And the straw guy says, “NO! Not until the ice cream store pays me money.” And you say, “But I already paid you money for the straw.” And the straw guy says, “I don’t care. I just want more money.”

Ron Swanson:

Whatever happened to, “Hey, I have some apples. Would you like to buy them?” “Yes, thank you.” That’s as complicated as it should be to open a business in this country.

Also, Website-Targeted False Content Injection by Network Operators.

[via @ericlaw]

Truth's rarely fun.

16 Dec 2015 | the mentalist

Wired:

No one is either perfectly good or perfectly evil. People occupy a space right on each side of the line. And sometimes, without knowing it, you switch sides.

Lucca Quinn:

When you fantasize about something that much, I don’t think it makes a difference.

Christopher Goffard:

And it had happened in Irvine, no less — the county’s model, master-planned city — inviting people to contemplate the ugliness that seethed behind closed doors in places that overpromised order and niceness and green.

Just don't go too big and go homeless.

16 Dec 2015 | htmiia

Brooke Cardinas:

You can’t really know what it is to want things until you’re at least 30. And then, with each passing year, it gets bigger because the want is more and the possibility is less. Like how each passing year of your life seems faster because it’s a smaller portion of your total life.

Sasha:

Well, it kind of has to be your passion when you spent your whole life saying it’s all you ever wanted to do, and your parents spent a shitload of money on music school and I couldn’t even quit if I wanted to.

Norah

02 Dec 2015 | meta

Sunshine Cleaning - Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist - My Blueberry Nights.

Also, Feel-good indie movies.

So why? Because. Because? Indeed.

01 Dec 2015 | social media, the wire

selfie-with-hillary

Rachel Syme:

I have a friend who controls her own image online with an iron fist; she hates encountering pictures of herself taken without consent. She often scrolls through Instagram and Facebook untagging every candid image, like a burglar wiping off fingerprints. I used to think this was a bizarre eccentricity, but after living in the world of selfies for a while, I understand it.

People in your own time might not see it that way. They will call you narcissistic for giving birth to hundreds, maybe thousands, of fractured little selves. They will wonder why you need so much confirmation, so much attention, so much visibility. They will experience your face as an assault. Pay them no mind. Your selfie has already ventured off to the future, where all of us are dead.

Bruce Schneier:

We like socio-technical systems of reputation because they empower us in so many ways. People can achieve a level of fame and notoriety much more easily on the Internet.

Jason Gay:

There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.

[via @victomato]

When you fall, get up quickly.

19 Nov 2015 | habit

Randall Munroe:

When you get answers that don’t fit together, it can make you feel like you’re not very good at thinking. Or, if you’re the kind of person who feels like you’re good at thinking, it can make you think that the space doctor’s numbers must be wrong. But a lot of the time it’s not you or the numbers—instead, it’s the picture that’s wrong in some small way.

Ted Mosby:

It’s only once you’ve stopped that you realize how hard it is to start again, so you force yourself not to want it.

/u/Brian9577:

Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.

Jack of all trades, master of some.

19 Nov 2015 | piracy

Ernesto:

I believe this is important because people like stability and assurance with what they are downloading. By adding consistency to a reasonable file-size, we have filled a spot in the community, which seemingly has a lot of demand.

Jason Crouse:

I’m an insomniac. You’d be surprised what I get into late at night.

Set one heart on fire.

15 Nov 2015 | kate earl

Roger Holm:

Always make sure you’ve got time for somebody’s heart. That’s the key to life.

Fred Rogers:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

Eli Saslow:

It’s not the job of someone who’s potentially scared/intimidated by someone else to approach that person to see if they are in fact scary/intimidating.

Also, odd friendship. And Megan Phelps-Roper.

I tried to return home, but I discovered that I had none.

15 Nov 2015 | shattered, the state of harmony

Excerpt from Purge:

Aliide Truu: I don’t have a phone.
Zara: Why not?
Aliide Truu: I don’t have anyone to call.
Zara: What if somebody wants to call you? Are you lonely?
Aliide Truu: I’ve always been alone.

Dido:

I haven’t ever really found a place that I call home. I never stick around quite long enough to make it.

Enid:

I used to think about one day, just not telling anyone, and going off to some random place. And I’d just disappear. And they’d never see me again.

When you’ve given everything, what do you have left?

Is it all going to be so interactive?

20 Oct 2015 | inside out

Amy Farrah Fowler:

Our record for sitting in a room together and not speaking to each other is six-and-a half hours. He said it was a magical evening.

Claire Dunphy:

When I first started here, somebody asked me to do something and I said no, and now they think I’m not interested.

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