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Quoted: on adult camp where you pay to unplug

"People were so much more willing to engage in eye contact." — Nicholas Freilich, on a summer camp for adults called Camp Grounded. Those who attended the Northern California camp — which cost $350 — had to give up Read More →

Off topic: Head transplants, library stories, ‘weird’ languages, waterslide physics, bike limbo

Is it time for head transplants — and what would that mean for "personhood"? Shelf Esteem, a blog about book lovers and their libraries. (via Metafilter) Ranking the world's "weirdest" languages. Whee! Waterslide Read More →

German business leader spends $90K for lunch with Marissa Mayer

And the winner is .... Ralph Clemens Martin, co-CEO of risk management company Emirat AG. Who on earth is that? Well, for starters, he's a business man now $90,000 less rich after forking over a check that size to eat lunch with Read More →

Engelbart mourners turn to Twitter to honor the inventor of the mouse

Strangers, fans and friends mourning the death of computer visionary Doug Engelbart took to Twitter on Wednesday to remember him as more than the inventory of the computer mouse. Both in English and Spanish, “Doug Engelbart” was trending Wednesday and most Read More →

YouTube, Facebook and ads tied to the illicit and explicit

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook must often deal with inevitable controversy, including illicit and explicit content online. Add ads to the mix and they have what can turn out to be big problems. • YouTube, the video Read More →

Fourth of July parade — of protests against NSA spying

What are Reddit, Mozilla, other websites and advocacy groups doing for the Fourth of July holiday? They've organized a parade of protests against the NSA's massive spying program. The groups are calling the effort the biggest online protest since last year's Read More →

Oh to work in San Mateo County!

San Mateo may now proudly claim the title Fat County. According to a post in the Wall Street Journal, the county saw a dramatic spike in its average weekly income during the fourth quarter of 2012. There guesses why? Here's a hint: Read More →

Apple v. Google: A contest made in USA

Google and Apple have found a new arena in which to battle – the “made in USA” marketing campaign. In recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed/can’t avoid those giant color Apple ads in your newspaper (and similar spots on TV), in which Read More →

Quoted: on Texas teen ‘suffering’ in jail over Facebook comment

"He says he's really sorry. He just got caught up in the moment of the game and didn't think about the implications." — Jack Carter, father of Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas man who has been in jail since Read More →

Off topic: Gettysburg speeches, Yelp word map, women and sex, faking mental illness, all-staff emails

Brevity, fate and the other Gettysburg addresser. Mapping hipsters, yuppies, bacon and more in the "Yelpiest" cities in the United States. "To untangle the sources of slut-shaming, we should think economically": on sex as Read More →
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