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Internet BLACKOUT

If you’ve been online today, you’ve probably noticed something is a miss.

This is what I saw when I came into work. WTF right? Well this isn’t the only website actively protesting SOPA and PIPA.

I dare you to try and wikipedia something..

Yeah, no Red Hot Chili Pepper page for me. This is what popped up on my screen. AND IT’S GOING ON ALL DAY LONG.

As of midnight last night, Wikipedia will be shut down for the next 24 hours and hundreds of other popular websites have gone dark right along with it. Why you might be wondering? It’s an effort to stand together in protest of two controversial pieces of legislation that threaten internet security and blatantly undermine freedom of speech in a half a@!!$d effort to crack down on online “piracy.”


Thanks Johnny.

If you’re wondering who is behind this blame Hollywood, the music industry, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Though the goal to to protect valuable copyrighted property on the internet is laudable, the ends do not even begin to justify the means. The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act have far-reaching consequences for not just individual liberties but innovation in the digital age.

Here’s what the law would mean to you.

Upon a court order, third-party companies and websites would be forced to crack down on rogue websites — and even ones that unwittingly host or link to material that may violate copyrights or trademarks, whether or not they have knowledge of the violation. Internet service providers would be required to block Internet addresses of offending sites — a measure that Internet engineers warn could threaten Internet security. Search engines would be prohibited from including pirate sites in search results, a requirement that goes well beyond current law and may, in fact, violate the First Amendment.

It is concerns like these that have caused a firestorm in the online world, leading Wikipedia to declare that the laws “would be devastating to the free and open web” and prompting Google to campaign against the laws on its highly trafficked search engine. Meanwhile, PC Magazine reports that co-founders of top tech firms like Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and eBay wrote an open letter opposing the laws, arguing that they would undermine the “regulatory climate that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, the creation of content and free expression online.”

Here’s why: Under the laws, websites like Facebook, with its hundreds of millions of users, or YouTube, where 48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, would now be accountable for all content posted on their sites. As a result, websites would be discouraged from engaging in speech or from providing a forum where others can do the same. That, in turn, will stifle innovation–the lifeblood of the economy. One study showed that among 200 venture capitalists and angel investors, almost all would stop funding digital media intermediaries if these laws are enacted.

Can you imagine a world without Facebook? We’d probably have to actually start talking to people again..

Setting aside the burden the laws would impose on the freedom of speech and innovation, they don’t even make practical sense. Trying to block content online is tantamount to blocking the Mississippi River with a two-by-four. It can’t be done. Countries like Iran routinely censor content, yet information still flows through–oftentimes with the help of the United States. This attempt to crack down on pirated material is a futile effort by industries that are suffering at the hands of a technology that has surpassed it, much like when Hollywood was up in arms over VCRs in the 1980s and when the music industry threw a fit over MP3 players in the late 1990s.

The Internet is the greatest engine for free speech and innovation we have. Of course its power can be abused for the bad, but think of all the good it’s done. Censoring content, jeopardizing the security of the Internet, and stifling innovation is not the answer for protecting intellectual property rights.

What do you think of SOPA and PIPA?

Props to my friends at Heritage for this info.

-Katy

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Because “Tebowing” Is A Thing

I’m sick of Tim Tebow. (..can I get an amen?)

I would like to know when the word for praying became synonomous for an NFL quarterback. This is more stupid than planking, fridging, and whatever that owl deal was combined.

Which begs the question.. is it sacrilegious to use Tebow’s name in vain?

Jimmy Fallon really puts this all into perspective here. If you haven’t watched “Tebowie” .. get on it below.

And doesn’t Drew Brees also pray openly? Throw a Z on there and Breezing sounds so much cooler than Tebowing..

Are you tired of the media’s mancrush on Tebow?

-Katy

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Local Restaurant Screams YELP!

Should restaurants be allowed to out non tippers on their social media sites? Check out this story from a small business in Atlanta called Boner’s BBQ.

So Stephanie decides to take her husband to eat here:

They used a coupon and left a bad review on Yelp; afterwards, owner Andrew Capron posted an angry rant on the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Here’s her Yelp review:

Here's her (fairly mild) Yelp review:

Read the rest of it here.

Screenshot of the Boners BBQ post:

Screenshot of the Boners BBQ post (note Capron's responses)

From there, the story blew up all over, going from Reddit to The Huffington PostThe Daily Mail, and social media marketing sites.

Boners apologizes:

Boners apologizes (kind of)

..and once more.

Now here’s my issue.

This is a small business. Yelp reviews like that can seriously cripple and/or destroy a business’s reputation.

Did the owner go too far by posting her picture and name?

ABSOLUTELY.

But should he have had the right to blast someone via social media who uses a coupon and then STILL doesn’t tip?

ABSOLUTELY.

And not to mention her YELP review just seems pointless. I mean, okay. You didn’t like it. Why does everyone in the world need access to your opinion? Just don’t eat there again.

It’s not like she found something unsavory in her food or was greeted with rude service.. she just doesn’t enjoy talk radio.

I hardly doubt that this place draws in the sophisticated palettes of those I-phone wielding hipsters who base every meal off of web reviews, but when did the internet become a big complaint box about everything? Honestly, she could have just been mad at the owner for listening to talk radio, maybe it was never even about the food.. but we will never know.. BECAUSE ANYONE WITH A COMPUTER CAN POST REVIEWS ABOUT ANYTHING.

And here’s the bigger problem: If you’ve ever worked in the service industry,  you know how frustrating it is when people don’t tip. And rightfully so as tipping is your key to making money.  As a former server/bartender, I honestly wish I’d had an outlet to call out certain customers myself, maybe a little more diplomatically, but I understand the anger this guy was feeling.

Obviously the people who work at this little barbeque joint are not rolling in the dough, so it’s awful to think that someone could come in, use a coupon, and not even think to tip the server.

People across the nation are blasting this guy for his “poor use of social media.” But to that I say, yes, he went about it the wrong way, but good for him.

Next time I’m in Atlanta, I’m coming by Andrew!

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Crazy Things Men THINK Women Do on Facebook

Well thank God that men have their own portal for crappy advice in the form of AskMen.com.

So shut it about Cosmo okay guys? This is what you guys are spouting off about to one another.

“Crazy Things Women Do on Facebook”
by: some *@&#^@#
commentary by: yours truly

Women set up fake profiles to follow exes on Facebook
This one may seem a bit extreme, but it is certainly not unheard-of for a woman to set up a fake Facebook persona in order to creep on her ex’s profile. At the very least, she might get a mutual friend to allow her a little access to an ex’s Facebook page. Whether you broke up badly or it was mostly mutual, if you don’t keep in touch, she probably wants to know what you’re up to. Instead of calling or e-mailing you, it’s easier and less embarrassing to scope out your profile while you are blissfully unaware that she is checking up on you. If you want to prevent this from happening, don’t add any strangers to your friends list. If you have a friend you know is still in touch with her, keep your interactions limited.

How do I say this nicely? The only reason we are “checking” up on you, is to verify a rumor we’ve already heard, like “oh yeah he’s dating someone new and she’s fug” or “yeah, his facebook statuses are emo and hilarious”.. I think very rarely would a woman just perouse your facebook to “see how you’re doing” .. because honestly, we don’t really care. (If we did we would call or email. duhh)

Women manipulate through Facebook photos
The photos a woman posts on her profile can be innocent — or they can be totally manipulative. Another crazy thing women do on Facebook is to put up embarrassing or compromising photos of people that have gotten on her bad side. When a guy breaks up with a girl and the next day photos of him in one of her dresses hit her profile, it’s not only vindictive, but also pretty immature.

A woman might also use her Facebook photo albums to present an image of herself that doesn’t exactly match up to reality. In her photos she might appear more sexy, more adventurous and altogether more exciting than she is in real life.

What if a girl doesn’t have a lot of facebook photos? By this logic it’s safe to say not only is she boring and not adventurous at all, but she’s also probably some hideous and incestuous disaster who will die alone with her 30 cats! Right? RIGHT?! Because that’s basically the conclusions these jackwads are jumping to.

Women post passive-aggressive Facebook status updates
The Facebook status update can share big news with your friends or the mundane activities of your day, but for some women they can also serve an emotionally manipulative purpose. Whether it’s because she hates confrontation or she just wants the world to know what a jerk her boyfriend is, some women use their status updates to air complaints about their relationship instead of sitting down and talking it out directly. For example: “Valerie visited the jewelery store and is tired of waiting!!!!” could be a not-so-subtle clue that she doesn’t want to wait for that engagement ring much longer. Post-breakup, a woman might post status updates that hint at a crazy social life: “Melanie is exhausted from a crazy night!” or “Jessica is having a great day,” are both the types of messages that say a lot more when they come right after a big breakup.

Maybe Melanie really IS exhausted and Jessica IS having a great day! In fact, I’d venture to say if the two of them were dating guys in any way, shape, or form similiar to the man who wrote this little gem, they are entitled to it. Why do men assume that when a woman is dumped, she immediately hits the couch seeking solace from Ben and Jerry?

..I did that once, but it was cut short because both Ben and Jerry had to leave early for work in the morning. ;)

Women post ambiguous relationship photos
It’s not uncommon to see pictures of women with their arms around their friends, kissing them on the cheek, whether their friends are men or women. For some, these may be innocuous expressions of affection for their good friends, but for others they could be an attempt to elicit an envious response from their partners. These ambiguous photos with other guys could also cause other people to question the strength of her relationship with her boyfriend.

If it’s a single girl posting pics of her getting close to guys without making it clear whether or not they are dating, it can throw people off when they are thinking about making a move, causing them to be unsure of whether or not she’s already taken.

This is just stupid. I used to have a picture of an old boyfriend in one of my really old profile pics, and I vividly remember the day another boyfriend all but demanded I take it down. Insecurity.. not attractive.

Posting a fake relationship status
Some unattached women choose “in a relationship” for their profile just so people won’t start matchmaking or single-girl-pitying. A single woman of a certain age is a prime target for people who think everyone should be paired off in “happily ever after” relationships. Some single women even arrange with one of their close girlfriends to be “in a relationship” with each other to avoid this kind of condescending sympathy. They’d rather raise questions about their sexual orientation than leave the space blank.

Okay yes, I’ve seen lots of my facebook friends do stupid stuff like posting an “in a relationship” with some sorority sister of theirs, but honestly in some cases I can’t say for sure the status was entirely false.. but I’ve never known a woman to put up an “in a relationship” status when she’s painfully single and looking to date.

That’s like saying there are guys who go out hoping to get hit on by wearing fake wedding rings.. OH WAIT. Desperation is a stinky cologne.

women do crazy things on facebook
Facebook can be a force for good when it’s used responsibly, but it can also be destructive to a relationship or a reputation if the person who wields the power thinks she can do so with impunity. Unfortunately, if she’s determined to keep it up, there’s not much you can do about any of these behaviors other than expressing your displeasure and asking her to cut it out. If she’s your girlfriend she should have enough consideration for you to hear you out. If she’s your ex, all you can do is kick yourself in the ass for agreeing to try on that dress in the first place.

 

Phew. I haven’t laughed so hard in a WHILE.

What do you think of this?

Do women do crazy things on facebook?

 

Happy stalking!

-Katy

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Out of Dating Tips?

Bad advice, typically dating advice, is everywhere. From humoring Patti’s crazy ideas on the Millionaire Matchmaker to painfully watching the cast of Jersey Shore try and bring home anything with a pulse, nothing surprises us anymore.

Until now.

Enjoy this blast from the past with dating advice circa 1938.

(I think it’s safe to say that avoiding misogyny was not a top priority here.)


Funny story, I actually don’t like when people see me reapplying my makeup. I always try and do that when no one is looking.
Hmmm, this explains why I’m still single both in 1938 and now.


Especially don’t talk about clothes if you’re wearing a knitted sweater. How awful would that conversation be?

I feel your pain guy, keep smoking that cig.

 

So THAT’S what I’ve been doing wrong! Ladies, clearly we should only talk about what the boring man with bad hair is interested in and obviously, the men are never in the wrong.

But why is drinking frowned upon? In this date it seems to be the only reason the girl is still at the table..

 

Nothing like saying to hell with the rules – 1938 style.

GAME OVER.

I’m actually happy for the little lush. Clearly it’s demanding and time consuming doting on your date and hanging on his every boring word. Girl needs a nap after that epic fail.

All in all, I’d nothing has changed.

If men were still gentlemen, women would act like ladies.

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