It is a big day at the Supreme Court and there is plenty of serious analysis being written about a potential decision that would affect countless couples, but thankfully The Onion has this take on today’s Prop. 8 hearing that is surely happening in some emotionally honest, less-backward parallel universe:
“Yeah, of course gay men and women can get married. Who gives a shit?” said Chief Justice John Roberts, who interrupted attorney Charles Cooper’s opening statement defending Proposition 8, which rescinded same-sex couples’ right to marry in California. “Why are we even seriously discussing this?”
“Does anyone else up here care about this?” Roberts added as his eight colleagues began shaking their heads and saying, “No,” “Nah,” and “I also don’t care about this.” “Great. Same-sex marriage is legal in the United States of America. Do we have anything of actual import on the docket, or are we done for the day?”
I’ve been reading and retweeting comments both smart and sassy about Google’s announcement that they will shut down Reader on July 1, but this one got my goat because its Dave Winer being a goddamned asshole, i.e. himself:
Next time, please pay a fair price for the services you depend on.
Would have loved to, Dave, but Google never made that an option.
“Hey, Larry, how about we put this ugly, unreadable infographic in a lightbox that will make it slightly smaller and less readable when users click on it?” —someone at Comscore
Four years ago Friday, I tweeted the Oscars from my living room. Tonight I will be tweeting the Oscars along with some colleagues and fellow nerds from our office’s Social Media Engagement Lab.
During the course of 81st Academy Awards ceremony, I sent a total of 65 tweets. Not all of them were funny and not all of them had to do with the awards (there were a surprising number about guacamole).
But here is a sampling (in chronological order) of the kind of snark you might expect from me tonight:
Apparently I really did not like the host, Hugh Jackman.
Nor did I like Benjamin Button
Remember when Twitter crashed all the time?
Those two are terrific.
REALLY did not like him.
I don’t even really like Ben Stiller, but he would have beat Hugh Jackman.
Turns out Joaquin Phoenix was trolling us all.
Then I started tweeting about the ads too.
It always does.
Still the case.
A very effective pharmaceutical ad.
I don’t think either of them were.
I was clearly getting lazy by this point and just started retweeting the Onion.
There is nothing more reliable in this world than the fact that David Letterman will make some PWC jokes after the Oscars.
As far as bad politicians go, Mitch McConnell, whom I once called “the asshat of the Senate“, is one of the worst. So it was with great glee that I read that he was duped by The Duffle Blog, a military-focused satire site.
Spencer Ackerman has a quick read on the whole send-up, but here is the crux of the situation that was apparently lost on McConnell or whichever desperately partisan staffer opened this communiqué:
At the risk of explaining the joke, the Duffel Blog’s real objective is to send up the inadequate, mollasses-slow benefits the government provides to the nation’s veterans. In other news, Garfield ate all the lasagna and now Jon is really mad.
Apparently being a partistan hack enable you to see past basic facts of a situation.
Looks like the writing was truly on the walls: easy-blogging service Posterous has announced it will shut down at the end of April, after it quietly stopped accepting new users last month.
The part I find humorous, however, is that two Posterous co-founders have started a new service called Posthaven where users can port their Posterous sites for safe keeping. They say that Posthaven will never be bought and shutdown by another company like Posterous was. Let’s just see how long that pledge holds up.
I generally appreciate the smart writing and variety of coverage provided by Fast Company, but I cannot endorse the experience of reading the it on a phone or iPad, where the website acts like a bit of an asshole. Really? Covering up the content with a floating share button? Really? Multiple splash screens? What the hell is going on here?