Posts tagged with "Internet Culture"
The Mandela Effect and your imperfect memory

If you haven’t heard of it, the Mandela Effect is a conspiracy theory that uses the shared false memories of multiple people as a jumping off point for outlandish ideas about alternate realities and diverging timelines. While initially appearing to be an interesting thought experiment, the most cursory exploration reveals it to be profoundly retarded. That, or it’s a big joke that everyone in the world but me...

Password strength

So here’s something most people in the know will tell you about setting a strong password: length beats complexity. A 30 character password made up entirely of lowercase letters is going to be more difficult for an attacker to break (whether by brute force guessing passwords on an online login page or cracking password hashes compromised in a data breach) than an 8 character password with the requisite mix of upper case and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. What’s really convenient and almost mind-blowing about this is the...

GamerGate and game reviews

The web is a machine made to take in stupid ideas and put out overblown campaigns based on hearsay and ignorance. For reasons beyond sane comprehension, the “#GamerGate controversy” exploded onto the Twitterverse a few months ago and instead of being a short-lived, ultimately failing troll attempt, has become a horrible debacle and dragged on for...

[s4s] and internet memes

[s4s] is the best board on 4chan.org because it is the nicest board and because it is everything in internet culture not only accepted but also taken to crazy extremes. It is a funhouse mirror held up to the reddits and 9gags and 4chan boards and all the rest. On [s4s] making a new meme is as easy as posting an image and calling it a meme, preferably misspelling the word meme somehow. All the tired old internet words like “epic” and “lol” are made new again by changing random...

Some comments on comments

I mentioned in my first post that I was planning to add comments to this blog at some point. The official line from the developers is that there are no plans to implement any kind of native comments feature and users are encouraged to use Disqus, or I suppose some other commenting plugin like IntenseDebate or Muut. Now, these are all very nice commenting services, with all the amenities you could want – Facebook/Google/Twitter login, comment reply threads, up/down voting, formatting support, and even image posting...