But I had immersed myself fully into House, totally absorbed by what was and wasn’t Addison’s disease and porphyria and sarcoidosis (oh, the sarcoidosis!), and I didn’t think to make a less hilarious life choice.
And it happened.
I heard something outside the gym window and turned to see a pack of hipster boys laughing their asses off, with their cellphones out, taking pictures of me, recording video. I jumped up to try to stop them, but they were long gone by the time I reached the door. And I thought to myself, “Fuck. Shit. This is going to end up all over the Internet.”
I didn’t know that I was right until those two emails, three years later, asking “Is this you?!”
— I am the woman you laughed at on the Internet
A recent study completed at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) at Stanford University, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking, tested this hypothesis by assigning 160 subjects avatars with genders opposite to their own and pitting them against variously gendered bots in math tests. They found that subjects performed significantly better if their avatar was male, competing against female avatars, regardless of their actual gender or math skills.
— How Gender Stereotypes Persist, Even in Virtual Worlds | Motherboard
I would like to see an entire “child’s drawing”-based Wikipedia. (via Twitter / JFriedhoff: I would like to see an entire …)
Kusama, like Salvador Dali and others, is even named on the Migraine Aura Foundation’s website as an artist inspired by migraines. It is quite common to draw or sketch these visions. Now in message boards and online forums, people employ digital tools to illustrate their auras. These fractals, quilts, stained glass-like patterns, and checkerboards are Photoshopped in to the everyday environments where they are seen like backyards, markets, and the Google homepage. In gifs and videos, details like depth of field shifts and static noise are more accurately represented. (via In Aura — The Message — Medium)
The word ‘jemble’ is taking Twitter by storm, but what does it mean? Us Vs Th3m investigates
“Basically ‘Jemble’ began when a guy who called himself Jemble messaged my friend on OkCupid, with a message full of jemble-level language such as signing off with ‘courtly bows’. — Alice
When she’s not updating her popular Lumiya Second Life viewer for mobile ,or enjoying life below the virtual sea as a mermaid avatar, Alina Lyvette contends with a fairly grim real life lived as an LGBT person in Putin’s Russia. (via New World Notes: Acclaimed Second Life Creator Alina Lyvette Describes Her First Life in Putin’s Russia)
ISIS supporters talking Robin Williams. Twitter has reached the singularity (via Twitter / AlexHortonTX: ISIS supporters talking Robin …)
Women of color on Twitter continue to use avatar pics of white men to ward off trolls https://twitter.com/BlackGirlDanger/status/498897236361633792