got my life figured out.
  • hh: the internet loves cats
  • me: why can't i just marry the internet
  • hh: ugh right?
  • hh: kick ass wedding, lots of online gift cards
  • hh: how perf
  • hh: no dealing with actual in person guests
  • me: can i still get a j crew wedding dress with all the money i saved on not renting a venue or feeding people
  • hh: totally
  • me: set
  • me: i like it, i'm putting a ring on it
  • hh: you'll need it for the tumblr approved photoshoot
  • me: on instagram
  • hh: in a field or like, somwhere whimsical
  • me: cfwg
  • hh: a fountain
  • hh: or like, a tree swing?
  • hh: idk
  • me: (don't worry i won't wear a war bonnet)
Power, Pollution, and the Internet: Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image ↘

Of all the things the Internet was expected to become, it is safe to say that a seed for the proliferation of backup diesel generators was not one of them.

Running the Internet requires an unfathomable amount of energy.  This isn’t a matter of everyone cleaning out inboxes and slimming down their Facebook profiles; millions of servers need to be cooled and ready to process information instantly every time a consumer buys something, uploads vacation photos, or watches a cat video - and companies aren’t doing this efficiently.

‎"So Shell Oil is having an online Ad Contest. They're losing." ↘

adriofthedead:

regenerador:

thatfilmdudekalen:

Have a look before they take it down. This is amazing.

AHAHAHAHAHA

Greenpeace made the ArcticReady site, you guys.  It’s a hoax.  Read all the text on the site carefully.  It is even more hilarious than the ads.

Acquiring Internet in my apartment:  a triumph and a tragedy.

Acquiring Internet in my apartment:  a triumph and a tragedy.

Studies have shown, that, indeed, introverts are more likely than extroverts to express intimate facts about themselves online that their family and friends would be surprised to read, to say that they can express the “real me” online, and to spend more time in certain kinds of online discussions. They welcome the chance to communicate digitally. The same person who would never raise his hand in a lecture hall of two hundred people might blog to two thousand, or two million, without thinking twice. The same person who finds it difficult to introduce himself to strangers might establish a presence online and then extend those relationships into the real world.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

(Source: nerdyninjanicole)

GIZMODO: "Remember SOPA and PIPA, the terrible 'anti-piracy' bills the internet raged into nonexistence? There's a new one, and it's maybe worse: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. CISPA. Here's everything you need to know about the worst privacy disaster our country has ever faced." ↘

(Source: inothernews)

knowyourmeme:

True story: Polish Parliament members who oppose ACTA are awesome.
KYMdb - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

knowyourmeme:

True story: Polish Parliament members who oppose ACTA are awesome.

KYMdb - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

hnmt:

There will be no such thing as privacy if this passes. Watch the whole thing, then go research on the new censorship acts!

Sign the petition here!

This is an excellent video.  In an Internet operating under ACTA, sharing this or any other content would be greatly altered.

I am not going to shut up about this. If we don’t come together, ACTA will wipe out the internet as we know it BY TOMORROW. ↘

sirlestrange:

(Source: dancingpurge)

It's Official: Google Is Evil Now ↘

realemotionx:

hostilities:

bellafaim:

In a radical privacy policy shift, Google announced today that it will begin tracking users across all services—email, Search, YouTube and more—sharing information with no option to opt out. The change was announced in a blog post today, and will go into effect March 1.

For what little it’s worth (and not entirely related to this particular privacy issue), you can install a target-ad opt-out extension for your browser here.  We shouldn’t have to opt out of information tracking in the first place, but this is a start.  Perhaps we should all start surfing in Anonymous mode?

Can someone please explain to me why this is evil? What are we doing that is soooo important or bad that Google shouldn’t know about it. I really appreciate targeted ads, it means less “PENIS ENLARGEMENT” in ad boxes around the web.

Google is just mediocre at this point.  

From an information retrieval standpoint, this means Google will start tailoring what it offers you in searches and suggestions to what it thinks you seek.  Understanding a user’s information need is a tricky business.  In reference service, librarians (like me!) are trained to promote access to resources through a reference interview and make sure a user has a wide array of options to fulfill that information need without hindering their search or available resources.  Knowledge is power, as they say.  

A set of algorithms set by a corporation shouldn’t be doing that job for us based on our web history; it’s a conflict of interest.  My Google search shouldn’t be modified by the fact that some company has a sponsored result that I once happened to click on, for example.

This, you guys, is why Google does not replace libraries.

It's Official: Google Is Evil Now ↘

bellafaim:

In a radical privacy policy shift, Google announced today that it will begin tracking users across all services—email, Search, YouTube and more—sharing information with no option to opt out. The change was announced in a blog post today, and will go into effect March 1.

For what little it’s worth (and not entirely related to this particular privacy issue), you can install a target-ad opt-out extension for your browser here.  We shouldn’t have to opt out of information tracking in the first place, but this is a start.  Perhaps we should all start surfing in Anonymous mode?

  • United States of America: Good news, guys, we took down Megaupload. Now everyone can rest easy!
  • Health Care System:
  • Hand-gun Violence:
  • Unemployment:
  • Public Education:
  • Gay Marriage:
  • Marijuana Legislation:
  • Middle East Conflict:
  • World Hunger:
  • Cancer Research:
  • Ron Weasley: You really need to sort out your priorities.
SOPA is a Red Herring ↘

This way, when OPEN or perhaps a non-NDS-version of SOPA is passed, if you break the rules, you will be hunted down, regardless of where you live or operate since this also includes international domain names.

My PIPA post for the day - what I sent my senators.

(Well, what I’ve sent Snowe so far because Collins’ website is broken.  If you would like to borrow some bits of this to contact your senators, go for it.  I am not claiming intellectual property rights here.)

I am writing to voice opposition to S. 968, the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA).  This act will do little to impede piracy or intellectual property theft, but will hinder communications and the free flow of information on the Internet.  As a library science student, I believe in the importance of open access to information as vital to freedom and democracy.  Censoring the Internet through PIPA draws parallels between the United States and countries like China and Iran, which limit their citizens’ access to information via staunch Internet controls.  

Please vote against PIPA to protect Internet freedom.  Thank you for your time and service to our state and nation.

SOPA is dead[!!!!!!] ↘

Keep pressure on your senators regarding PIPA.

(Source: flufferbun)

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