In the NYT Magazine (on Sunday the 19th), a “Who Made That?” piece by Daniel Engber on the captcha. Some weeks ago, another one of these pieces on laugh tracks on television.
Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category
Today’s Rhymes With Orange, with a pun on page:
A pun of a type that juxtaposes two strikingly different contexts (here, court life in a monarchy, on the one hand, and the internet, on the other) in such a way that two different senses of an expression are both applicable.
The latest in a series of strips depicting young people as rejecting the telephone and face-to-face interaction in favor of modern communications technology.
As a bonus, though this isn’t hot news, there’s the verbing of the noun Facebook. Plenty of examples around, for instance this one:
Honoring those who Facebooked themselves out of their jobs
The Facebook Fired blog is a painfully modern collection of stories memorializing those who are collecting unemployment thanks to posts on Facebook or similar public disclosures. (link)
An xkcd, passed along on Facebook by Jack Hamilton:
I struggle to determine if this is actually self-referential, but then my head hurts.
In Zitsland, Jeremy has been sorting through the incoming mail. Not long ago, his mother discovered that he had thrown a postcard from his Aunt Joan into the junk mail box, believing that it wasn’t real mail. Jeremy’s mother remonstrates:
Jeremy simply rejects the idea of postcards, as an outmoded system of communications — deservedly outmoded, because it is unacceptably insecure.