Archive for April 2013

"White People: What's It Like Being White?"

Fascinating “Ask Reddit” thread posted a day ago, asked by a humble minority male: White people: what’s it like being white? As a non-white person, I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be white. How is it being white? Do you like it? How do you think being white has affected your life? Highlights of the... Read more »

This Week in Trifling

Between the Excel error heard ’round the world and the terrorist watchlist spelling mistake, it’s already been a thrilling week for pedants. And now we have this: AIG won a lawsuit removal decision against Bank of America because of the Oxford comma. In short, AIG had sued B of A over mortgage-backed securities losses, and... Read more »

Why did the USPS sponsor Lance Armstrong anyway?

CNN says: “The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team. ‘The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004,’ the court document says.” I... Read more »

What’s worse than a spreadsheet coding error? A spelling mistake.

What’s worse than a spreadsheet coding error? A spelling mistake. Apparently the FBI didn’t know Boston bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, went to Russia for six months because his name was misspelled. Via politico: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that the FBI did not know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect... Read more »

David Beckham Has Been Long Herbalife for Ages

In a recently filed 13-F, David Beckham revealed a new long position in Herbalife to the surprise of the investment and soccer community alike. Upon further digging, we at TotallyFakeNews have learned Herbalife is not only Beckham’s chief investment but his only. “I’m 110% invested — I’ve been buying the public stock and my own... Read more »

Nerdfest (Follow-Up)^2: A Tribute to Microsoft Excel

A delightful review from the BBC’s “The mysterious powers of Excel.” Highlights quoted below: As much as oil and water, our lives are governed by Excel… I still remember looking over a colleague’s shoulder at a spreadsheet which had a button in the middle of it. A BUTTON! Raised above the plain of the worksheet... Read more »

Meanwhile, The New York Times Continues to Worship Itself

Poor timing at a minimum. But you know, this tactlessness is fine so long as @NYTimes[Is]OnIt. Separately, so sad and shocking. Our thoughts are with you, Boston. screenshot credit: my dear friend LC, used with permission.  

Why, Chicago?

I Did Not Search. Yet I Have Found.

A shoe uglier than Crocs: Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport.   I don’t know what the science is behind Vibram’s cutting edge technology, and I’m certainly no scientist, but I’m pretty sure there is no real reason why toes might need separate sleeves. Maybe if they have strong opinions, fight a lot, and need a time out... Read more »

Eddie Huang Reveals the Cult-Like Culture at TED Conferences

And compares it to Scientology. To be clear, Eddie Huang was named a TED fellow. The conference is about a week or so of all day meetings, talks (including stuff like How to Network with Billionaires), and mingling. You’re not supposed to leave the conference during this period, so as to maximize absorption of TED-everything... Read more »
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