Author Archive | Marcie Gainer

“Don’t take yourself so fucking seriously.”

To Be Young And Carefree...
Maybe we should take life less seriously.

Herbert Lui writes at Medium:

The key to building momentum, reigning in your ego, and hitting your creative potential. 

Taking yourself too seriously causes paralysis

Taking yourself seriously is good. A lot of people are too laid back and don’t think, or execute, as much as they should.

But taking yourself too seriously can become an overwhelming obsession. You get so self-centered that your ego gets the best of you.

Writer’s block is an example of this. In his conversation with Tim Ferriss (6:10), author Neil Strauss says that writer’s block is self-imposed pressure. For example, if you’re about to write an essay and you believe it has to be a masterpiece — the best thing you’ve ever written — you tie your ego to it. You build the expectation up inside your head. You’ve intimidated yourself so much that you can’t even get started.

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Cosmetic Surgery and Botox for Pets a Growing Trend in South Korea


Photo: Chosun Daily

Cosmetic surgery for pets is growing in South Korea with procedures for tail shortening, ear trimming, stretch mark removal, wrinkle removal, double eyelid removal, and botox injections on the rise.

Sumitra via Oddity Central:

Move over, humans, it seems animals need makeovers too. It’s all the rage in South Korea right now as pet owners are actually paying for cosmetic surgery for their furry companions!

Some of the popular procedures include tail shortening and ear trimming for dogs, to make them ‘cute’ with pointy ears. Fat reduction is another popular surgery, along with stretch marks removal, wrinkle smoothing, double eyelid removal and even botox injections. These procedures start from $60 and ostensibly run into the thousands.

It’s not entirely surprising, given that South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world. This is the place wheretourists become unrecognisable to the extent that they need special doctor certificates to return to their native lands after having work done on their faces.

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Adblock extension with 40 million users sells to mystery buyer, refuses to name new owner


Another one bites the dust.

Owen Williams via The Next Web:

Adblock, a popular extension for blocking advertising in Chrome and Safari with more than 40 million users, was quietly sold today.

The extension displayed a popup on October 1 saying that it is now allowing EyeO’s acceptable advertising — which allows advertisers to buy their way onto the whitelist — through the filter.

Buried in the bottom of that message, however, was a more notable change: Adblock has been sold.

What’s strange is that the company won’t disclose who it’s been sold to, why it was sold, or how much it was sold for.

For the extension’s claimed 40 million users this raises an interesting question: Can the extension continue to be trusted if the new proprietor is entirely anonymous?

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Study: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD

This blows my mind. Back in 2014, a study from VoucherCloud which was published in the LA Times found that about 11% of people thought HTML was an STD. They also found that 23% of people thought MP3 was a Star Wars reboot.

I really hope the numbers have started to decrease.

Jessica Roy via TIME:

Had a particularly raucous night that ended with you doing the walk of shame the next morning? Uh oh, hope you don’t get HTML. Just kidding! HTML is a programming language that’s used to make websites, but according to a new study from VoucherCloudand published by the L.A. Times, 1 in every 9 Americans–or exactly 11%–think HTML is actually a sexually transmitted disease. VoucherCloud surveyed 2,392 people ages 18 or older and, according to theL.A. Times, “were given both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions.” The results?

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AT&T Charges $40-$50 less for gigabit broadband in markets where Google Fiber exists


Yay for price gouging!

Chris Morran via The Consumerist:

If you have AT&T wireless service, your voice/data plan is going to cost you the same amount of money each month regardless of your home address. But AT&T’s broadband division isn’t taking this one-price-fits-all approach, and is continuing to sell broadband access that can range in price by $40/month, depending on where you live… and apparently whether Google Fiber is in the area.

Yesterday, the Death Star touted GigaPower availability in more than a half-dozen new GigaPower markets, including Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando, Miami, and San Antonio.

We noticed that — rather than make a big splash about this news with one huge press release — AT&T broke down each market into its own statement. Why? One reason has to be that prices can vary so much from area to area.

In Atlanta and Nashville, GigaPower starts at $70/month for 1Gbps data speeds.

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Exposure to toxic chemicals threatening human reproduction and health

Farmall Tractor Pull 2015

University of California, San Francisco via ScienceDaily:

Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals in the last four decades are threatening human reproduction and health, according to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the first global reproductive health organization to take a stand on human exposure to toxic chemicals.

The opinion was written by obstetrician-gynecologists and scientists from the major global, US, UK and Canadian reproductive health professional societies, the World Health Organization and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

FIGO, which represents obstetricians from 125 countries and territories, published the opinion in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics on Oct. 1, 2015, just prior to its Oct. 4 to 9, 2015, world congress in Vancouver, BC, where more than 7,000 clinicians and scientists will explore global trends in women’s health issues.

“We are drowning our world in untested and unsafe chemicals, and the price we are paying in terms of our reproductive health is of serious concern,” said Gian Carlo Di Renzo, MD, PhD, Honorary Secretary of FIGO and lead author of the FIGO opinion.

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Moon Glass, A Ceramic Liquor Cup That Displays Different Phases of the Moon


Drink your liquor, change the stages of the moon!

A South Korean design company, Tale Co., Ltd., “has created the Moon Glass, a clever ceramic liquor glass that displays different phases of the moon as your drink from it. The glasses are available to purchase in sets of two small or large cups from their website.”

via Laughing Squid.

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The Darkness Before the Right: Good Luck to Human Kind


At The AwlPark MacDougald writes about the future of the future of the political right.

It’s hard to talk seriously about something with a silly name, and neoreaction is no exception. At first glance, it appears little more than a fever swamp of feudal misogynists, racist programmers, and “fascist teenage dungeon master[s],” gathering on subreddits to await the collapse of Western civilization. Neoreaction—aka NRx or the Dark Enlightenment—combines all of the awful things you always suspected about libertarianism with odds and ends from PUA culture, Victorian Social Darwinism, and an only semi-ironic attachment to absolutism. Insofar as neoreactionaries have a political project, it’s to dissolve the United States into competing authoritarian seasteads on the model of Singapore; they’re nebbish Nazis with Bitcoin wallets, and they’re practically begging to be shoved in a locker.

While not wrong, as far as it goes, the tendency of snark to collapse neoreaction into cyber-fascism or nerd ressentiment makes it tough to figure out what’s actually going on here.

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