NPR shares the surprising but cheery story of how they came upon a 20-year-old t-shirt in Kenya, and then the Internet found its owner. "Yay! I'm involved," Adam Soclof with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency happily pointed out. "Wondering why we need the internet? This is why," NPR's Madhulika Sikka concluded. "Girl gets t-shirt at bat mitzvah party. Shirt shows up in Kenya 20 years later. Reporter finds girl," WSJ's Jeremy Singer-Vine helpfully summarized for us. "I love this & I can relate. Here's MY Bat Mitzvah t shirt!" WBEZ's Robin Amer captioned this twitpic.
In far less cheerful news (and indeed not at in the holiday spirit) comes the revelation that startup CEO and hackathon maestro Greg Gopman has complained San Francisco is full of human trash -- and by that he means homeless people. From a rant he posted to Facebook (but later removed): "You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It's a burden and a liability having them so close to us." Although a couple of Gopman's peers seemed to agree by the looks of their response posts, reactions from journalists have been universally disagreeable:
- "I will seriously never understand why people don't switch their FB status settings to private when they write this." - from the post's author, Sam Biddle at Gawker.
- "'Oh that's not that bad' *reads further* 'Oh no no, you're a terrible person. Wow," Wired's Christina Bonnington tweeted in disbelief.
- "onoz i can't believe a tech startup bro is dick." - David Waldman at Daily Kos, being sarcastic.
- "Oh my lord. THIS is why I tend to keep my side-eye close when around the sort of people who espouse 'hackathons,'" confessed Clare O'Connor at Forbes.
- "If anyone deserves to have a dog pee on his leg, it's this asshole," declared Amanda Marcotte with Slate.
- "OK, I'm confused. This guy is a hoax, too, right?" asked Christopher Hayes at MSNBC.
- "The tech PR industry could make a lot of money explaining to young tech execs how they can avoid being total jerks," suggested The Guardian's Dan Gillmor.
- "Why doesn’t this hackathon organizer teach the homeless to code?" queried Circa's Daniel Bentley.
- "Come for the utter disdain for the less privileged; stay for the 'Keep Calm And Hack' graphic in the background," Guardian's Oliver Burkeman offered a new slogan for SF.
- "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" Alex Knapp at Forbes facetiously wondered.
- "This begs for a modern Swift to compose A Modest Proposal for what 'value' SF's homeless could 'add'," Technology Review's Jason Pontin noted.
- "[M]y children, said god, remember the three commandments: sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet," tweeted Buzzfeed's Rachel Sanders, enumerating actual words from the diatribe.
- "Note to fake Google protester: You need to be way more vile next time for us to believe you," Bloomberg's Alex Bruns quipped.
- "[T]his is why some people want san francisco to slide into the ocean, and not in a cool bioshock way," The New Yorker's Matt Buchanan pointed out.
- "Yep, this dude will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes," Daily Beast's Jamelle Bouie theorized.
And from The New Yorker's Silvia Killingsworth, who apparently spontaneously combusted upon reading: "alskdjflkasdjfl;askdfjlk;asjdf."
We second that, Silvia.
Also, we didn't know where to put this last story, but we thought you'd still like to know: Sriracha shipping has been halted by state regulators until mid-January.