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Well, we gotta give Rep. Weiner credit for one thing…
…even his penis (X-rated pic-of-pic for the pervs here) leans to the left.
However, everything else about Weiner’s overexposed weiner (har-dee-har) is pretty damn annoying. Even the fact that we’re still talking about it is annoying. Sorry, guys!
The thing is, we can’t ignore the fact that “Weinergate” and all that it has inspired (like another fifteen minutes for Andrew Breitbart) had no competition this week in terms of disgrace. After all, it’s hard to beat the trifecta of indignant dishonesty/poor social media skills/betrayal of family, agreed?
All we know is that Weiner has one hell of an apology to prepare for his forthcoming first child. We can only imagine that he’ll deliver it the classy way that the publicly shamed do in this day and age–Twitter! Something like:
Although IOHO, he and his fellow public officials should reeeeeally think twice about EVER hitting that “Tweet” button. EVER.
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Stocking stuffer? A fancy White lady’s “practical” book on interracial dating called, shit you not, I Got The Fever: Better Dating Through Ethnic Stereotypes. [Jezebel]
The problem with Foursquare check-ins in North Korea is that no matter how you try, Kim Jong Il is always going to be awarded mayor of everything. [Gadling]
Shoeless in Shanghai! English filmmaker Arthur Jones is going barefoot for an entire year. [NPR]
American fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg is making good on her 2010 New Year’s resolution to “get known in China.” [NYT]
Sepia Mutiny makes a strong case for the Desi origins of “the Dougie.” [Sepia Mutiny]
Filed under: Arthur Jones, Bullying, BusyDad, Dating, Diane Von Fursternberg, Dougie, Foursquare, I Got The Fever: Better Dating Through Ethnic Stereotypes, North Korea, Sepia Mutiny, shoeless in Shanghai, Social Media, teach me how to Dougie, The Busy Dad Blog
What’s the price of a Tweet?
As Twitter attempts to drum up another round of financing at the valuation of $3 billion, that’s what potential investors want to know.
But for 46 year-old Chinese woman, Cheng Jianping, aka @wangyi09, the price of a Tweet is valued at one year in a labor camp.
Last month, Cheng RT’ed a message (see above) originally posted by her fiance, Hua Chunhui, satirically suggesting that young Chinese nationalists who had been staging recent anti-Japanese rallies should attack the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. They were both arrested not long after on the day they were to be married; Hua was released five days later. That Cheng was sentenced to a year of hard labor without a trial while Hua was not may have to do with the fact that Cheng has gotten into trouble for her social media activity in the past. From the NY Times:
Widely known by the online name Wang Yi, Ms. Cheng is avidly followed by a small coterie of Chinese intellectuals who subscribe to Twitter, which is blocked in China but can be reached by those willing to burrow beneath the government’s firewall. Most recently Ms. Cheng sent out messages praising the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned rights activist Liu Xiaobo. Last August, she was briefly detained after expressing sympathy for a detained democracy advocate, Liu Xianbin.
While Chinese users of Twitter are subjected to a 140 character-limit like the rest of us, in Chinese, one character equals one word, so the limit roughly translates to 140 words. For this reason, Twitter has become popular in China among political activists.
Counting spaces and punctuation, the Tweet that landed Cheng in a labor camp for a year was 79 characters, which roughly translates to 4.6 days of imprisonment per word.
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Playboy has published a list of America’s Sexiest CEO’s, and in a top 10 that includes several CEO’s in more traditionally Playboy-friendly industries such as lingerie and adult films, one of its most intriguing picks is Slideshare head Rashmi Sinha. (Slideshare is the world’s largest presentation sharing website and has been hailed as the “YouTube of Powerpoint presentations.”)
I really like that Rashmi made the list and still looks like the girl next door (the pretty AND smart one, that is). Yet there’s nothing run-of-the-mill about her. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuropsychology from Brown, she’s running an online media company that is blowing away its competitors and consistently scoring high marks among users and tech reviewers–prompting CNN to deem slide presentations “fun” (huh?!)–she blogs, and she plays Guitar Hero (girl, let’s jam)! If these are the merits that Playboy now finds sexy in a woman, I’m going to have to start subscribing.
“For the articles,” of course.