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September 7, 2018

Fake McDonald’s Poster Prank

I saw this first posted on Mashable; these guys noticed a blank wall in their local McDonald’s so they did what I’m sure everyone would do: they created a fake McD poster of themselves and hung it up.

51 days later… it’s still there. 

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Rest in Peace, Burt Reynolds

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.

Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter. 

Over and out.

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Alex Jones, Infowars Permanently Banned from Twitter

BuzzFeed:

After weeks of equivocation, Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Infowars and its founder Alex Jones on Thursday, following similar moves by other large tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify. The decision came after a series of provocations from Jones that Twitter deemed in violation of its “abusive behavior” rules.

and Twitter’s statement:

Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations.

As we continue to increase transparency around our Rules and enforcement actions, we wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case.

We do not typically comment on enforcement actions we take against individual accounts, for their privacy.We will continue to evaluate reports we receive regarding other accounts potentially associated with @realalexjones or @infowars and will take action if content that violates our Rules is reported or if other accounts are utilized in an attempt to circumvent their ban.

It’s about time.

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September 6, 2018

Medium as a Blogging Platform

All I could do was shake my head when I saw the post from John Gruber that mentioned Medium no longer allowing folks to use custom domains for their Medium-hosted publications (read: blogs). The alternative solution is to resort to a medium.com/publication URL. That sounds fantastic. /s

It seems like only yesterday that I posted about Medium supporting custom domains, though it was really over three years ago.

While old URLs will continue to work, this flies in the face of anyone expecting any kind of long-term stability and consistency from the service and company. This change reminded me of a post from a friend of mine about how self-hosting is the most safe and sustainable option. A couple years later, that’s still the case.

Gruber sums it up well:

There is tremendous strength in independence and decentralization.

and Rafat Ali takes Medium to task (and rightfully so):

Seeing Medium take this course–into blanket depersonalization of authors and content–makes me a bit sad. I have always loved their editor and I knew they were doing something right when WordPress introduced a similarly-behaving editorial experience.

Dave Winer:

The problem isn’t cost, or the tech — it’s users. Medium has momentum, still, as the place-of-record for web writing, much as YouTube is it for video. It’s a shaky foundation. No business model, huge money already invested. Not a good situation.

Without a definite revenue stream (being a Paywall as a Service doesn’t count), I wonder where Medium plans on heading next. Maybe they’ll limit word counts? Maybe most articles will cost money–a la Wall Street Journal? Or better still… good old-fashioned ads? Who am I kidding old-fashioned ads aren’t in style, anymore. these ads will have a cargo ship’s worth of tracking tech baked in.

I joke… but it’s probably coming.

Snap Stock Price Sinks to an All-time Low

CNBC:

Snap’s shares have struggled to hold their value since its IPO early last year. At Thursday’s lowest point, Snap was off more than 40 percent from its debut price of $17 and more than 65 percent off its all-time intraday high of $29.44.

They’re down below $10 as of this morning. All I can do is chuckle. 

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Johnathan Lyman
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