Silk Road–the darknet site that blended techno-libertarianism, unexpected pathos, drugs, and that sweet elixir of larceny Bitcoin into what has already been one of recent history’s most entertaining legal proceedings–is not done with us yet! Like all Silk Road related news, the charges against DEA agent Carl Force and former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges are incredibly implausible and circuitous, but Sarah Jeong does as good a job explaining them as anyone could hope for. Keywords include, but are not limited to: murder for hire (simulated), intimidation (failed), theft (flagrant), and LinkedIn contact request (regrettable). Lauren Smiley has a step by step guide in Matter for Feds interested in catching the Bitcoin-laundering wave, and Kashmir Hill collected 5 of Force’s wackiest side-projects for Fusion.
So my (beloved!) ex-boyfriend’s apartment caught fire this year, which was very sad, but Facebook made it worth it. pic.twitter.com/AvU8ifazXa
— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) December 29, 2014
Facebook is in trouble again for algorithmically dredging up painful memories. Who could have predicted this?
In Pacific Standard, Susie Cagle makes a case that the VC funding system does more harm than good. If you’re on the fence about that, please do see this Twitter thread where prominent venture capitalist Harry Potter, from the blue-chip Silicon Valley firm of Egg & Rapgenius, “argues with Twitter user “fart” about the definition of electricity.”
April Fools’ is stupid, but it’s also the day Carnegie Mellon’s Association for Computational Heresy holds SIGBOVIK, which is one of those nerd events where there are so many layers of in-joke that you can’t exactly tell how much (if any) of it is real, or what “real” might mean in this context, but the Proceedings, at least, are very funny. Notably, Tom Murphy made a portmanteau of every English word, which he calls a “portmantout.” Just watch the video, it’s good.
I enjoyed this Colson Whitehead tab about our narcissistic culture because I love reading about myself. You do you, Cols! Alana Massey is right: “Chill” is stupid. The police must be huge Chris Rock fans! Across the land, the question rings out: Can a gay wedding even have pizza? If you don’t already know what that post is about, trust me, you’ll be happier staying that way. And finally: read this boring tab.
It’s intern Avery’s birthday! Today she turns 27! At 27 I was a married home owner and one year away from the birth of my first child, but being a newsletter intern is great too! Happy Birthday Avery!
Well. The only thing that could make this birthday more cheerful would be a Facebook year-in-review post.
Today’s Song: Earl Sweatshirt, “Wool“
~Thinkin’ of a master plan, ‘Cuz ain’t nuthin’ but tabs inside my hand~