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A Brief Overview of Last Night’s Twitter Fiasco and Why Twitter Blocking is Important

A Brief Overview of Last Night’s Twitter Fiasco and Why Twitter Blocking is Important

For those of you who perhaps live under a rock, you might not have noticed that last night twitter changed their block function. The new version, rather than preventing blocked users from following or mentioning blocking users in their tweets, simply prevented blocking users from being alerted to those tweets. This was, needless to say, an unpopular move and, amid a rising current of angry users, ... »

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Art Inquisition: How Gross Can You Get?

Up in the Great White North of Canada (yet tragically far from MAL’s Ryan) is an assuredly fantastic place called Science World, “a not-for-profit organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.” (In other words, don’t freak out about that extra U in ‘colour‘.) Also in Canada,... »

Banksy in NYC Day 7: a heart balloon with band-aids on it. Source: Better Out Than In http://www.banksyny.com/

Art Inquisition: Can Art Quit the Gallery?

Secretive graffiti artist Banksy, whose recent stall setup in NYC garnered only $420 by selling original canvases at $60 each, has recently stated that he wanted to stop making “commercial” art. Despite the fact that he generally avoids galleries and other “traditional” venues, Banksy has seen great profits from the sale of pieces to celebrities. Pointing out that “co... »

Michigan artist David Dodde's

Art Inquisition: Recast, Transformed or Adapted?

Since Andy Warhol picked up a soup can the ’60s, appropriation has been A Thing in the art world. And as time plods on, we just keep making more art. And more art. And more art… until eventually that art might become a part of someone else’s art. Here in Chicago, the Hyde Park Art Center is hosting an entire exhibit entitled A Study in Midwest Appropriation. In Grand Rapids, MI, ... »

Art Inquisition: Are there hands in your handmade?

Art Inquisition: Are there hands in your handmade?

Etsy is changing their policies to permit shop owners “to hire staff, use shipping services and apply to have their products made by manufacturers.” To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.  Most under scrutiny is the new “manufacturers can help you produce your designs” bit. While ... »

Art Inquisition: Plays Big, Packs Flat?

Art Inquisition: Plays Big, Packs Flat?

To much fanfare and nerd-squee, Apple (finally) announced their new toys yesterday. It just got real, folks. We’ve got a sale date for hardware, a download date for iOS 7, and I’m kinda sitting here going “eh.” Am I missing something? Did I miss the kool-aid handout day? Or do we all just care because we’re supposed to be paying attention? Don’t get me wrong, I&... »

Brochure/Poster/Hat: SkepchickCON edition

Brochure/Poster/Hat: SkepchickCON edition

(Hat folding instructions at the end of the post!) As well as being a poster, a program, and a hat, my hats are a MEME, you guys! Amazingly adaptable in so many ways, even the bits you tear off are useful. Promotional material around the party room? Check. Jaunty headgear? Check. Informative poster? Check. Customizable artwork? Check. Convenient SkepchickCON pocket schedule? Check. Party decoratio... »

The Pay-as-You-Read Predicament

The Pay-as-You-Read Predicament

You had to know it was coming: a company is letting customers pay as they read, rather than buying books outright. The company in question is Total Boox, a business based in Israel and founded by Yoav Lorch, an entrepreneur with an economics degree who spent a past life writing for TV, theater, and print media. The idea is pretty self-explanatory: You select a book from Total Boox’s library,... »

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