Despite the fact that his name sounds like a storage solution, Nas never made it in the backup solutions game because his shit ate tapes.
— Hugh (@nosmo) May 21, 2015
Today is nonsense. Did North Korea launch a missile from a submarine? No! Does North Korea even have a submarine? Supposedly. Did a security researcher make an airplane climb by hacking the in-flight entertainment system? It is extremely doubtful! Would you connect the seatback TV screens to the flight control computers? Of course not! That would be the stupidest imaginable thing to do. The Skrillex Android phone case is, to all appearances, a real thing. But it is also definitely nonsense. Twitter’s paid trolling platform? Two words: Non. Sense. Remember how Uber was going to partner with Carnegie-Mellon’s robotics department? Nonsense, as “partner with” turned out to mean “completely gut.” And finally, Startup Castle? Everybody knew that was nonsense right? Kevin Roose got some details on exactly how crazy it is.
Hey remember when The New Republic was bad for a hundred years? Well every publication needs a little time to hit its stride, and with the June issue, TNR seems to have finally done that. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig checks in with Suey Park, and you’ll never believe whether the internet has stopped harassing her for speaking her mind. Nathan Schneider revisits the joys my generation used to experience trying to escape Microsoft products, and (afaik?) invents the terrific term “Slow Computing.“ And Jeet Heer tells us what trigger warnings and safe spaces actually are, looking at their roots in the politics and psychology of PTSD. Am I biased because Tabs Senior Contributing Editor Bijan Stephen works there now? Yes I am. But full disclosure: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Dislike the practice of pointing at something and saying whether or not it’s feminist, but I’m all for it w/r/t whether or not it’s haunted.
— Tessa Strain (@tessastrain) May 20, 2015
“Update: …Baja is part of Mexico, not the United States” is maximum Chait. Bojack Horseman returns July 17th, and IRL Club returns June 15th (w/stellar lineup and amazing website). “The opposite of science isn’t girl.” Everyone was shocked by the end of the last Game of Thrones except Sady Doyle who wrote this waaaaaay back in 2011. Letterman ended. DFW’s first published story was the one about the Letterman appearance. Rebecca Greenfield wrote what might be the first good critique of the potential downsides of Slack. And there’s a new Wilderness Collective video! If you don’t know, W.C. is a thing where dudes pay a lot of money to dress up in little matching outfits and ride catered motorcycles and cater-camp together and have a man-sperience that is “out in nature” but also “fully catered so you know you’re not a pleb,” and then they make an inspirational video of it to prove they did one real thing in their douchey lives (which, in fact, they didn’t).
on twitter like: BITCH BETTER HAVE MY MONEY
on gmail like: just following up, has anyone on your team looked at my invoice?
— ✨ nikita ✨ (@nikitaetmode) April 21, 2015
Today’s Tabs features not one but two full David Foster Wallace stories, and you will quickly guess what the second one is when you start reading:
That tab gave me Legionnaires’ disease.
Today’s #Longread: Eva Holland in SBNation, Unclimbable
Today’s Song: Ladies and gentlemen, your summer jam: Jamie xx ft. Young Thug & Popcaan, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)“