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Managing Editor, Boing Boing
As seen in:  Wired
Covers:  Culture, Games, Technology, Fiction
Doesn't Cover: Social Networing, Apps That Aren't Games

Managing Editor of Boing Boing

Why did you become a journalist?

To tell stories.

Twitpic to vanish, taking 800 million images with it — Imagine you live in a big town, in the pre-internet era. For years, a local newspaper has provided a neat service: it'll process your photos, so long as you let it publish them and keep the prints in its permanent archive. Of course, most people throw away the negatives.

Hitler coffee creamer for people who like theirs even whiter — "Migros, Switzerland's largest grocery and cafe retail chain, is apologizing after consumers discovered images of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini on their coffee creamer packages."

Adobe walks into Gamergate, staggers around confusedly — Adobe is the second major US tech firm to blunder into Gamergate, the hashtag crusade aimed at female game developers, feminists, and the journalists accused of helping them ruin manly game culture. The company publicly named and shamed Gawker--a frequent critic of Gamergate--after a staffer there tweeted an ill-advised joke about bullying and requests were sent to @Adobe to remove its advertising from the website.

Best placeholder chyron text — 'the internship is going well,' quips Michael J Hudson.

Top Saudi cleric: "Twitter is the source of all evil" — And devastation, warns Abdul Aziz Al-Sheik. [BBC]

Intel apologizes for "inadvertently" taking sides in Gamergate — "We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone," says Intel, though it carefully avoids admitting having anything to apologize for--and has no intention of restoring the ads it pulled from a site that was sharply critical of sexism in game culture, a significant market for the chipmaker.

Far-right UK party releases excruciating, racist comedy song — Mike Read, a former BBC disk jokey, has recorded "UKIP Calypso", a song named for the British anti-immigrant party and the style of music stereotypically associated with immigrants, complete with terrible "Jamaican" accent.

Bears would just eat zombies right up — "Zombies are just walking meat," says David Mizejewski, who explains in this video just how many they'd get through daily as part of Team Nature's cleanup operation.

Giant green butt plug looks suspiciously like a christmas tree — A massive, 80ft sex toy in the center of Paris has some locals convinced that it's actually an inflatable Christmas tree. The design is by artist Paul McCarthy. [Photo via You Had One Job.]

WATCH: Savage fox eats man alive

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Oct 24, 2014

Gamergate’s deep magic is the real, us-against-the-world male bonding going on within it. “Hans … are we the baddies?”

Oct 24, 2014

@darth @ninavizz Key to understanding Apple! it’s not a beachball, it’s a hypnowheel

Oct 24, 2014

@ninavizz @darth I figure it’s “Well I guess I’d better go and see if the Apps folder has any new shit in there”

Oct 24, 2014

It’s been 10 years, surely someone has had the nerve to hand Putin a sock and tell him he’s free.

Oct 24, 2014

The way macs seize up for just a second when the mouse drifts over the “Open with…” menu option

Oct 24, 2014

Traditional journalists are trained to run toward the sound of gunfire. Game Journalists, mercifully, just have to hold down W.

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