Winter is coming (heh) up which means you have two choices to make.
1) Cold fingers and twitter.
2) Warm fingers and no twitter.
I think it’s say to say that I’d rather have frostbite on my left pinky than not check my mentions for over an hour. Thankfully though, there are solutions! Yes, you can have twitter this winter without the frostbite. Laptop Mag put together a great list of the best touchscreen gloves that you shouldn’t venture outside without.
Getting a ton of emails constantly can be super overwhelming. Sometimes it’s to the point where everything builds up and I stop caring. As it turns out, crazy amounts of emails and laziness is a terrible combination.
Thankfully Joanne at MailTrack.io (a Chrome extension that tracks when your mail is sent and read) put together an awesome list of free add-ons that will significantly improve your Gmail experience.
I hope these will help you clean up your act as much as it’s helped me!
Are you a Star Wars fan? Then you must know about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII directed by J.J. Abrams! Today Walt Disney Pictures revealed the title for the film via Twitter, which was in addition to announcing the completion of the film’s principal photography.
“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is scheduled to be in theatres by December 2015.
So what do YOU think? Are you excited for “The Force Awakens”? Make sure you let us know via Twitter, Facebook, and right here on our website, and be sure to follow us for all the latest updates in the wonderful word of geekdom!
Hell must be experiencing a cold front right now and pigs are probably super excited about their new wings, because Playboy (yes the nudie mag) is trying to become more “feminist friendly.”
It’s no surprise that Playboy magazines have become somewhat less popular since the invention of the internet. And while every other company is focusing on making their online content more shareable, there’s not a whole lot that playboy.com can do to make people want to share naked pictures of women with their colleagues.
So now they actually want you to look at Playboy for the same reason you’ve been claiming you look at Playboy all along: you’re just reading it for the articles. They’ve shifted their tone to be much more gender balanced, hiring people like Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel to write articles with pro-feminist sentiments. They’ve even moved their “Girls” tab down to the fourth option on the page rather than the first!
Of course we don’t want to discourage this change from happening because it is a positive thing overall. While it is inaccurate to truly call this “feminism,” Playboy is calling this approach simply “being more of a gentlemen.” And who doesn’t want to be more of a gentlemen?
Do you think Playboy’s new approach will work for them?
You may have heard about a teen in a Chicago suburb who was recently arrested for intending to enter Syria and provide aid to Islamic extremist group ISIS. Why would an American teen have any interest in flying across the world to join a foreign terrorist group? Well, in part because they’re surprisingly good at social media!
ISIS spreads its messages the same way most modern day organizations do: through social media. They spend a lot of time sending out messaging about the “immoral filth” of western society that they hope will fill the head’s of impressionable youth. And they definitely succeeded in making an impression last week on a young, blonde, converted Islam woman from Texas.
Jennifer Williams works at Brookings Institute as a terrorism research assistant. She says that after reading the Quaran for research purposes, she actually converted to Islam because of its teachings. on September 23rd she tweeted about that experience using the hashtag #MuslimApologies.
Her Twitter page grew exponentially overnight, but not in the way she had hoped. She noticed that many of her new followers were men from ISIS and among many other things, they had begun tweeting her marriage proposals.
Not only has this been an incredibly difficult experience for Williams, but the fact that all of this social media attention is allowing ISIS to further spread their message of hate is extremely frustrating. Sometimes the immense reach of social media can actually have a more negative impact than positive.
What do you think is the worst cause social media has ever helped to promote?
Gay marriage is now legal in 5 more states… thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court doing absolutely nothing.
For the time being, it is now legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Indiana. This is because the Supreme Court refused to hear cases attempting to keep a same-sex marriage ban in place for these states. Turns out that since the Court didn’t hear these cases, none of the bans can stay in place. Funny how that works, huh?
The Court has not revealed why they decided against hearing the cases, but a while ago Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested they likely wouldn’t get involved because there hasn’t been much disagreement among the lower courts. The Supreme Court doesn’t need to hear these cases until an appeal court rules in favor of the ban.
Experts are saying that because of this, a same-sex marriage ban might also be automatically lifted for six more states including West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming, because they’re all within the same circuit appeals courts that struck down the ban to begin with. That would bring the total amount of states that allow same-sex marriage to thirty.
In a way, by doing nothing the Supreme Court worked in favor of marriage equality. But while this is progress for now, without an official ruling these cases become vulnerable to turnover in the future. Couples who are legally getting married in these states today, may have that right taken away from them in the future.
Do you think the Supreme Court should’ve heard these cases?
It’s breast cancer awareness month! Horray! We get an entire month dedicated to everyone’s favorite thing – boobs! But more importantly, a month dedicated to preventing boobs from getting a horrible, life-threatening disease. Plus we get to see our favorite NFL players wear pink.
One of the biggest breast cancer charity organizations is the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Unfortunately, they came under a lot of scrutiny when it was recently revealed they only spend about 20% of their annual revenue on cancer research, while their CEO makes $684,000 a year! After all, huge annual salaries should only be reserved for CEO’s of multi-billion dollar corporations, right?
Another huge portion of the Komen Foundation’s revenue is spent on fundraising. While fundraising is a top necessity for any charitable organization it’s not the fundraising part that actually finds a cure for cancer. Research is where progress in fighting the disease is actually made.
But before you get too huffy about the Komen Foundation spending habits, we do have to recognize the fact that they donated over 49.5 million dollars to cancer research last year. While it’s a smaller percentage than a lot of charities typically donate, it’s still a much larger amount of money than most charities could donate all together.
Watch the video above for more info and if you’re stil confused after that, check out charitynavigator.org for info on where the money you’re donating is actually going.
Are there any charities that you feel strongly about?
Are you freaking out about Ebola? Well you can probably stop. Even though the first case of Ebola has been detected in the U.S., there’s a lot being done to contain it. Health workers in Texas have quarantined the guy, Thomas Duncan, who was infected with the virus in Liberia, as well as anyone he came in contact with since he’s been back in the U.S.
Are you worried that you might have the virus? Have you touched any bodily fluids such as urine, blood, or feces of a person who might possibly have ebola? No? THEN YOU DON’T HAVE EBOLA.
Ebola is definitely a scary thing, but a lot of media outlets have been focusing on mistakes that were initially made in not containing Duncan sooner. But since time travel hasn’t been invented yet and we can’t change history, let’s focus on the facts instead. The facts are that the U.S. has a lot of resources to contain, as well as treat, the Ebola virus.
If you wanna know more about Ebola check out the video above.
Are you still totally freaking out about Ebola? Let us know why in the comments!
California recently passed the “Yes Means Yes” law. What exactly does that mean? Well you’ve probably heard the term “no means no,” as associated with consent to a sexual act. Basically, a lot of people realized that it makes a lot more sense to say “yes means” rather than “no means no.”
If you don’t explicitly say no, does that mean anyone can do whatever they want to you? If you’re drunk and passed out does that mean someone can have sex with you? Of course not. Just because you don’t say no doesn’t mean you’re saying yes. However, if you actually say yes, it really clears things up for both parties. It’s a much more obvious way of expressing consent.
There’s still a long way to go in regards to sexual consent laws in the U.S., but California made a lot of progress in enacting this law. Still confused about it all? Check out our video above where Ross explains “Yes Means Yes” in a way even a child can understand. No seriously, he wrote a Dr. Seuss book about it and everything.