hot takes 12-29

I was ill over the holidays and wasn’t able to check twitter but it held up just fine without me.

Aeon: Why bullshit is no laughing matter

Good piece on vigilance of ಠ_ಠ in what you’re reading. tl;dr, all inspirational quotes are clickbait bullshit.

[…] If we were to add up every word in every scholarly piece of work published prior to the Enlightenment, this number would still pale in comparison with the number of words used to promulgate bullshit on the internet in the 21st century alone.

If you find your head nodding, start shaking it. I’m bullshitting you.

it me


NYT: Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking

In the end, Mr. Obama decided to expand an executive order that he issued in April 2015, after the Sony hacking. He signed it in Hawaii on Thursday morning, specifically giving himself and his successor the authority to issue travel bans and asset freezes on those who “tamper with, alter, or cause a misappropriation of information, with a purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions.”

COOL. Probably won’t be used broadly or out of context. Nooooope.

sorry for the 😑 take on this but expanding executive power isn’t awesome or timely.

The Concourse: The Year In Ted Cruz Humiliations

The best year-in-review thus far.

And since we’re all pretty upset about Carrie, here’s one of my favorites

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Carrie Fisher 2013, Jan 18th

The best.