https://t.co/iOxmH1WGHt adding the word “Open” to make a fucked up thing squishy and non-threatening is so 2012
— Ingrid Burrington (@lifewinning) December 14, 2015
In his ongoing effort to develop a more lifelike personality module, beloved Star Wars character Elon Musk, his droid sidekick Sama-2Polo, and their ragtag band of messianic libertarian billionaires have founded OpenAI, which would be easier to dismiss as the sci-fi hobby of a bunch of overprivileged net.boyz were it not for the distinct sensation that it’s only a couple more years until “waiting for the Singularity” becomes “making the Singularity happen whether you like it or not.” The group of supervillains have pledged a billion dollars to the cause, because it is the smallest number of dollars they are able to count.
It’s the week before Christmas Eve Day Week and frankly either nothing much is going on or I just can’t bring myself to care, so let’s check out some end-of-the-year lists! BuzzFeed’s Sarah Burton collected 2015’s many Peak NY Times Moments in a post that is close enough to media criticism that one assumes no BuzzFeed editor has noticed it yet. Richard Brody picked the best movies of 2015 for The New Yorker. It turns out there were no good movies in 2015, but these are the best of a crappy lot.1 Columbia Journalism Review posted this year in Journalism Tabs, saving me the trouble (which I was not going to go to, believe me). Do you like to eat, fellow human? Then you may like Eater’s 21 Best Longform Food Stories of 2015. It isn’t eating, but it is about eating. Do you like to watch sports? Then how about Longform’s Best Sports Writing of 2015? Again, reading this is not sports, but it is sports-adjacent. Do you like one very specific freelance writer? Is it Elon Green? Then you will love this list of stories Elon is proud of writing this year. Is your holiday gift budget as low as $7,900,000 or as high as $8,000,000? Then Gwyneth’s Gift Guide is extremely for you.
you walk up on the dance floor. it is guarded by two shakiras. one’s hips don’t lie, the other’s always do
— merry deck chill (@merrittkopas) December 11, 2015
Today in Lubchansky: 2016’s upcoming food trends (feat. Jaya Saxena):
And 2052’s Election:
To Satoshi…: Someone on the bitcoin-dev list claimed Craig Wright isn’t Satoshi, but that’s probably fake too? Wired’s Andy Greenburg walked the story back a bit, as did Gizmodo’s Andy “when the” Cush “hit”. And Clinton Nguyen presented the crazy idea that “Fallout” game creator Bethesda Softworks created bitcoin.
…And Beyond: An absolutely ordinary American town full of Americans with a normal American level of education and scientific understanding rejected a proposed solar farm because the solar panels would “suck up all the energy from the sun.” In what has to be the year’s most incredible euphemism, this Michigan woman used “help” to mean “shoot at.” Matt Haughey: “Why I can’t stop putting dildos into the hands of powerful conservatives.” And no one knows who bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The only clue so far is a note on a green card that says “? ? ? What has $28 billion and rhymes with ‘Greldon Badelson‘ ? ? ?”
Riddle me this, Intern José:
I know this is the part where I’m supposed to make fun of the intern but I want to just call your attention one more time to this sentence:
And you know, diversity is enriching and essential but I have found that being the diversity is more alienating than anything else.
Damn, that’s a good sentence. Good work José.
Today’s Song: Damiyr, “Who Am I To Say (Hope)“
~he’s like a young colt but somehow he also reminds me more of a tabby cat.~
White men really love “Chi-Raq” huh? ↩