Farhad, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton must be disappointed that Bill Gates won’t shut down the internet for them, although Gates might be skeptical about John Perry Barlow’s claim that “our identities have no bodies” after all his work on malaria and polio. On the bright side, Bloomberg reported that Axel Springer might paywall Business Insider! That would be some progress, at least.
I was really sleepy last night, as I imagine you were too after that soporific slug of Bitcoin yesterday, so I made a poorly-worded request on Twitter for people to feed me tabs for today, because carefully channeled laziness is kind of my “thing.” So welcome to Reader’s Choice Tabs! This is probably an awful idea!
Forget the $2M, this is easily the most interesting part of the whole deal between Wu-Tang and Martin Shkreli. pic.twitter.com/5nSshXhjnJ
— Rob Wesley (@eastwes) December 9, 2015
Who doesn’t want to imagine Wu-Tang and Bill Murray heisting a $2 million record from that smirking jackass Shkreli? But come on, of course it isn’t real. Everything is a hoax. NME, The Independent, and the suddenly very gullible Gawker Media’s Gizmodo all reported it as if it were, though. Please fund my Kickstarter to buy them phones.
supreme is dropping a crewneck tomorrow and the line is almost to housing works, so I guess it’s back to… basics pic.twitter.com/NreSNjtS1i
— Choire (@Choire) December 10, 2015
That is apparently the line to buy this sweatshirt, from NY clothing brand Supreme, which I guess has been dope since 1994, much like me. Complex covered the frenzy for this (to all appearances unremarkable) cotton sweatshirt, even aggregating Choire’s tweet, so I’m gonna call this one explained to the best of my ability, although why that sweatshirt is so amazing will have to remain a mystery.
James Griffiths wanted me to draw your attention to Nieman Lab’s story on Dutch micropayment-based news platform Blendle, which generously permits you to pay “10 and 90 cents apiece” for news articles. And, okay: 1) I am 10% stupider after seeing the word “Blendle,” and 2) Why… would anyone want… to do that? Anyway, “Blendle expects to hire around five people, based in New York, to run the American site,” so keep an eye out for those jobs if you don’t like working at any one place for very long.
only bog can judge me *sinks into bog*
— a lvl 1 humbug (@negatendo) December 10, 2015
Rachel Pick wants us to know way too much about the canine reproductive system and also shamelessly promote her employer, Motherboard, both of which are goals I fully support. You might think this is a standard casual writearound of a scientific study featuring puppies but suddenly Matt Braga hits you with the “fat pad covering the oviduct” and “acrosome exocytosis,” so stay vigilant.
And Robyn Kanner suggested we take a look at Danielle Tullo in Cosmo, espousing the radical view that women could have bodies without feeling bad about them. I don’t know if the world is ready. You may also want to hear what Camille Paglia thinks about Taylor Swift and the #GirlSquad. Or you very well may not! She does manage to cite “the natural solidarity and companionship [women] enjoyed for thousands of years in the preindustrial agrarian world,” and excoriate Swift’s “obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props,” compared to men’s “results-oriented teamwork.” So… good luck with that! I’m going to just go stand behind this blast shield and let Intern Emeritus Karen K. Ho tell you about Canada’s extremely sexy new political controversy.
Thanks for the update from the sane world, Karen! Can’t wait to move to Canada next November. Let’s keep this lazy train rolling and hand it over to Intern José.
Circuit bent! E-stim! I’m learning so much!
That’s it, Thursday is Tabs Friday for me, but tomorrow we all have Kyle Chayka’s Friday Arts Tabs to look forward to! So that’s exciting. Subscribe if you haven’t already, trust me, you will hardly regret it at all.
Sarah Koenig Siren: Serial Season Two is here!
Today’s Song: Kendrick Lamar, “How Much a Dollar Cost” via Intern José.
~Everyone said she was beautiful even without her tabs, everyone said she was dangerous~
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