[Eyes closed, fingers crossed] Please be "Edit a list of jokes so that I can get back to my bowl of Cheetos"!
What could possibly be making all these people want to escape reality?
But happily accepted by the Huffington Post!
Who knew a garbage can could throw stuff away?
Just in time for Easter basket gift season!
It's the Look Who's Talking–Inglorious Basterds crossover no one's been waiting for!
Oh, like you've never made hundreds of millions of dollars by lying to millions of people.
[Types "How do you install a firewall in your genitals?" into Google.]
This is why we can't have nice things!
Just wait until you see what they found in Uranus!
Think of all the time you'll save not having to reach all the way into your pocket or purse to grab your phone!
Sure, but where's our robot to command the self-driving car for us?
Sorry, we were busy looking at our phones.
It's enough to put you off eavesdropping forever.
From lesser-known diseases to the Secret Service scandal to the Cannes film festival (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
From Jeremy Lin to high gas prices to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
A lengthy profile of deposed "Community" creator Dan Harmon. Because if this website weren't called PoopReading.com, it would be called LengthyProfilesOfDeposedCommunityCreatorDanHarmon.com.—JM
It's possible we were drinking at the time.
From Herman Cain to Broadway shows to inappropriate Halloween costumes (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
God bless the Internet. Without it, I'd have had no reason to ever hear this piece existed. Instead it has been found, read, and greatly appreciated.—JS
My God, this person must be tiresome to be around. (Albert Brooks manages, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt.) My one and only parenting commandment: Moderation in all things. We'll see how I do once my child is old enough to be measured in years.—JS
Everybody, without exception, should read Easterbrook's work every Tuesday. Even if you skip the football parts, you've still got an entertaining and insightful 2,000-word column about pop culture, politics, society and world affairs. The football parts add about 3,500 more words on top of that, and this week many of those words are about the Vikings!—JM
From the GOP candidates to unpopular cereals to the debt ceiling (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
Oswalt's keynote address at Montreal's Just For Laughs 2012. An entertaining look at the state of comedy and the democratization of content distribution.—JS
So phrenology's looking pretty good right about now, huh?
I always suspected that the secrets of existence lay deep within the game of Tetris. Now we know for sure.—JM
From Charlie Sheen to St. Patrick's Day drinking to the 2010 U.S. Census (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
Though some of them are probably just getting in line now for the iPhone 5.
Interesting conversation about design and the innovative spirit, with Apple's chief design guru.—JS
I love a good metaphor when it comes to tech industry topics. Honestly, I really do.—JS
This is creepy and crazy and fascinating.—TG
An interesting take on the controversy of the week, in Maddox's typical opinionated but well-reasoned style.—JS
The most exhaustive and fascinating account I've ever read of anything I just became dimly aware of two days before.—JS
There might be a blackout; better Google everything ahead of time just in case you want to look it up later.—JS
Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. He didn't make it to 2012, but his writing will (this piece is included in the January issue of Vanity Fair).—JM
Palone thinks à la carte cable pricing isn't too far off. God, I hope he's right.—BK
From celebrity products to George W. Bush's memoir to the trapped Chilean miners (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
Lots of staggering information in this article, but what really stunned me is that a guy who gets paid to polish a glass ball for six hours a day would have the gall to retire.—JS
If you live to be 100 you'll basically witness, like, almost 2% of recorded human civilization. So, why wouldn't you want to?—JM
Google? Portland? Cryptography? USC? This is the most boring thing to contain so many things I'm interested in! (And it's actually pretty cool.)—JS
"Stepping into a Trader Joe's after visiting a supermarket is akin to crossing the state line from New York into Vermont." Yep; pretty much.—JM
New Coke must be rolling in its grave.
The best Jobs recap I've read so far: an even-handed look at his achievements and legacy, inspiring without becoming gooey.—JS
Only a tiny, tiny percentage of people in human history who had the talent and will to innovate like Steve Jobs also had the freedom and the opportunity to do so.—JM
Both could be prickly and domineering. Both were visionaries in their field. Both did most of their best work in the Bay Area. Both wore black all the time. And both Al Davis and Steve Jobs died last week.—JM
Feel like reading a rehash of a three-year-old Baron von Funny piece, without the careful editorial selection and curation? You'll probably still laugh! (Hat tip, Brian S.)—JS
I used to tape record episodes of "Loveline" off of the radio onto a cassette and listen to that on my commute, so it was safe to assume I'd become a regular listener of Adam Carolla's podcast.—JM
I've been waiting and waiting for the definitive post about Steve Jobs's departure from Apple. This one starts off a little technical, but the conclusion is the correct one.—JS
I'll admit, the loss of Starz makes me nervous, but I figure Netflix must've saw this sort of thing coming.—BK
An interesting story, with familiar frustrations we've all encountered. (A great discussion, with some counterexamples, can be found here.)—JS
You mean, if I had devoted every day from age 14 to becoming, say, an NFL punter, I could have an iPad right now? Well, I feel like a chump.—JS
I'm sorry, but if there's one thing that @RealJoeMulder won't do, it's shamelessly plug for Twitter followers.—JM
In fairness, would you even think about contaminating the gene pool by reproducing with somebody who didn't like "30 Rock"?—JM
Remember those billionaire libertarians who wanted to build their own tiny nations on floating platforms out in international waters? PayPal founder Peter Thiel is one of them, and he makes the idea sounds more "intriguing" than "wacky."—JM
A surprisingly successful experiment, but more than that, a nice reminder of how far we've come with computer technology.—BK
Go Ground Force and leave the driving to POTUS!
Historian Tsuyoshi Hasegawa makes a very persuasive case that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren't the be all and the end all.—JM
Read how a group of college journalists learned to use old-timey printing equipment. I thought this might be cute or annoying, but it's actually a pretty fascinating read.—TG
Yeah, it's still better to have dinner with friends.—TG
Fear not, intrepid wordsmiths... he doesn't really mean it.—JM
Proof that the phrase "too sexy to be stopped" makes any piece of writing 10% funnier.—TG
Helping you connect and share with the people in your life even when none of you is exactly sure why.
This is an interesting story about our overreliance on technology, but it only left me wishing for an iPhone app to match me with interesting, talkative cabbies.—JS
Beer led to agriculture, which led to civilization, which led to pretty much everything. All hail beer!—JM
On whether or not the exclamation point is "appropriately sprightly" punctuation when used in e-mail.—TG
Rare is the poll or focus group that feels like it represents me, but when I heard that Facebook's user satisfaction was on par with the IRS, I had to smile. I hope Google+ catches on; it'll be great to have another option.—JS
Sporcle.com is the best thing ever. All other things, ever, are tied for last place.—JM
A sobering look at one of the ugliest trends in modern writing.—TG
We know how many bathrooms Derek Jeter's new mansion has. But, do we really want to?—JM
Entertaining and thought-provoking musings on the relationships we have with our consumer devices.—JS
Norm Macdonald on Twitter has definitely exposed some fascinating layers of an already entertaining personality. (And I'm really enjoying this months book so far!)—JS
I've been a Marc Maron fan for over a decade, and it's nice to see his standing in the comedy game start to rise to the level of his talent. It's largely due to the success of his "WTF" podcast, to which you should listen often.—JM
"'I printed out those 6,000-word columns and took them to the bathroom just like everybody else,' says A. J. Daulerio, the 37-year-old editor in chief of Deadspin, Gawker’s sports blog. '[Simmons] changed the way I looked at everyone else’s writing.'"—JM
I strongly disagree with most of the conclusions he draws, but I remain fascinated by the economic strength of North Dakota.—TG
"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" was not a good TV show, but recently the "cast and crew" of the late, unlamented program have all begun Tweeting as if the show-within-the-show was actually real. And still on the air. This might be the greatest idea anybody has ever had.—JM
Short and hilarious, like Danny DeVito.—BK
The nerds have found a way in.—JM
Are you a persnickety grammarian who writes for the web? Take heed.—TG
Interesting stuff, although I'd submit that most of what's discussed could have – should have – been arrived at through common sense ages ago, as opposed to through advanced neurobiology now.—JM
From the Winter Olympics to Joe Biden to the Toyota recall (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
The earthquake just makes me want to give everybody a hug. And so does this.—TG
Not to be confused with ways your cell phone affectation is affecting your social life.
Interesting and infuriating analysis. I would've posted this a couple of weeks ago, but we were overrun with Splitsider links that day.—JS
For me the multi-media stuff doesn't matter much... but then again, I'm now older than the median age for a "Conan" viewer. And finding that out might have been the second-oldest I've ever felt. [The oldest I've ever felt was when I discovered that I was older than the age gap between Carl Weathers and Andy Rooney. That'll scare you into eating right, I tell you what]—JM
Turns into a nice pros and cons discussion between Swansburg and his iPad-loving colleagues.—BK
I was all set to post about the Republicans' presidential chances, but then Joe swept it out from under me, so this post about the "Jeopardy!"-playing robot will have to do. (What, he got that, too? Aw, screw it.)—JS
Yeah, but the computer also answered "Toronto" when the category was "U.S. Cities." So let's not get too carried away.—JM
Why would anyone ever believe that JC Penney was the best source for anything?—TG
From Tiger Woods to Avatar to the NBC late night fiasco (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
"It is easy to imagine a ThinkPad or a Dell on the assembly line, in a clanking factory that stinks of solder: you can see their every join and part; you can almost smell the plastic they’re made from. Whereas the water-carved clamshell of my beautiful Air just seems to have arisen from the waves, immaculate and virtuous, without a whiff of brimstone or fuel oil."—BK
Film legend Walter Murch deserves every accolade he's ever received (except that Oscar for editing The English Patient, which we can all agree could've been cut in half). If he says 3D is hokum, it is.—JS
Did somebody say DANCE MUSIC!?!?—JS
For a Cracked article, this is a downright serious examination of how digital distribution models are being hobbled to keep the old paystreams viable.—JS
If you're keeping score at home, that's PoopReading.com contributor Brandon Kruse 1, all of these people 0. Happy 40th Birthday, Brandon!—JM
An argument that our era of "Twitter-sized attention spans" might actually be better than the way it used to be before? Sure... I'll bite.—JM
This is an easy enough find-and-replace task, but I've probably spent a significant portion of my editorial life correcting this error.—TG
Arment's usual spot-on analysis may only interest the Apple geeks, but I've linked it because I can never help reading his posts in the voice of Marco from The Impostors.—JS
It was the best of fictitious times, it was the worst of fictitious times.
Religious Jedis, the Hoff, the drink once known as "fruit smack," the relationship between roulette and the devil, and a double dose of Sesame Street trivia.—BK
If a meaningless award is given out by a dying industry, does it still make a sound?
I'm a little out of my depth on this one, but the lady who's interviewed for this piece – Deirdre McCloskey – really sounds like she has it all figured out.—JM
An interesting quickie overview of the guys behind some of the most effective and popular piracy technology of the last decade.—JS
An absolute must-read if you have kids. Or if you had parents. In short: an absolute must-read.—JM
Data from Firefox reveals some of the browsing habits of internet users, including that the average user has 3.2 tabs open. At the time I read this article, I had three tabs open: my email, the PoopReading portal for posting links, and Slate. You win this round, anonymous internet data analyst!—BK
You have to wade through a fair amount of the author's myth of himself, as with most first-person writing (mine included). But it takes some interesting turns: I went from eye-rolling to nodding vigorously quite a few times.—JS
Like how one of my kids' names reveals that while my wife was pregnant we drove by a restaurant called "Daphne's."—JM
Believe it or not, a New York Times puff piece about a Republican politician.—JM
You should read any and all Gregg Easterbrook pieces that you can get your hands on, whether it's something like this or one of his weekly "Tuesday Morning Quarterback" football columns on ESPN.com.—JM
Yeah... I forgot to look for links, and it was my day to do links. I was up really late. But here: TMQ is like half football and half random miscellaneous fascinating stuff, so even if you're not a sports fan there's plenty here to like.—JM
I suppose you could say that by posting this link, I'm betting that you'll enjoy it.—BK
Finally, a "we're all doomed" piece that seems legitimate. We are doomed, apparently.—JM
No, although if the entire world were run by the San Francisco board of supervisors (see above), I wouldn't give us very good odds to reach 2011.—JM
I still remember when the concept of fractals broke my brain. Here's a look at the man responsible.—TG
Simmons "broke" the story of the Randy Moss trade by accidentally tweeting when he was trying to send a direct message to somebody. I'm not sure how, but maybe Brett Favre could use something like that as an excuse...—JM
As a compliment to (or perhaps in reaction to) The Social Network, here's a lengthy profile of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.—BK
We may never have broken through racial segregation with a twit-in.—TG
In defense of... network television executives? Actually, our dear Linda Holmes makes a very good point: if we'd actually watch the good stuff, they'd put more good stuff on.—JM
Thanks to a perfect storm of political and societal factors, many countries are apparently only a generation or two removed from Children of Men territory.—JM
From Kanye West to swine flu to the Chevy Volt (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
As long as I can keep my three seasons of Punky Brewster on DVD, this sounds like a fine idea.—TG
As long as @SteveMartinToGo doesn't discover the downside, we should all be fine.—JM
"I sympathize afresh with the mighty Voltaire, who, when badgered on his deathbed and urged to renounce the devil, murmured that this was no time to be making enemies."—JM
I'd say he's overlooking some very enterprising truck stop meth labs and online diploma mills, but yeah, let's say Netflix is in the top five most underestimated.—JS
This is undoubtedly mankind's greatest achievement. Curing polio and going to the moon can lick my balls.—JM
A brief update on the latest tempest in the Net Neutrality debate – entertaining for the number of times it's mentioned that regulators negotiate with the industry they're regulating, or the industry agrees to regulators' level of authority.—JS
I'll flood the Internet with links decrying 3D movies if I have to! (I've got young Nate Kruse on my side at least – bless him.)—JS
More sharp criticism for 3D movies, centered on Christopher Nolan's announcement that his third Batman film won't be shot in 3D because the process interferes with the brightness and contrast of the image.—JS
Another thorough examination of how the internet is blurring the line between what's public and private, and how that's hindering the ability to escape and outgrow one's past.—BK
You think you get upset when Google Maps gives you directions that mire you in traffic? Imagine if you were involved in a contentious border dispute with the neighboring country and Google kept moving the lines!—JS
I'm on vacation. I don't write blurbs on vacation. Just read for yourself and find out what this piece is about, all right?—JM
Worried your new iPhone may lead you down a path toward gadget-obsessed distraction? A set of tools can help you resist temptation and restore focus.—JS
Why baby boomers may prove to be a surprisingly receptive demographic for the iPad.—BK
Defending Steve Jobs against claims of exaggerated marketing-speak becomes a really interesting discussion on optics and the limits of human vision.—JS
Now that it appears I am weeks away from purchasing my first iPhone, this sort of thing is a big fear lingering in the back of my mind.—BK
I like the optimism, that government could do a better job managing the disaster, or that Americans would believe it could. But what does Obama have to lose? Most people either blame him for the spill already, or assume he's plotting to take over every major company.—JS
There has never been a legitimate argument against the use of instant replay in sports, and now its absence has cost a young pitcher a perfect game and a good umpire the reputation it took a lifetime to build.—JM
I would have called the piece "Humans: Why We Triumphed," because the likelihood of a non-human ever reading it seems pretty low. Other than that, though: pretty interesting stuff.—JM
After years of teasing the poor bastard, we might have him to thank after all.—JS
You don't have to be particularly (or even remotely) religiously interested to find stuff like this, well, interesting.—JM
Worms, hacking, and global botnets – no this isn't another profile of Crispin Glover.—JS
It's a shame Singel takes such a pee-drinking, tinfoil-hat-wearing, shrill tone, because some of the privacy concerns he cites would sound downright reasonable coming from a normal person.—JS
Even if you won't take anyone else's word for it that the latest airport security screening technology is a useless waste of money, you've got to believe the guy running airport security in Israel. Israel!—JS
A Hulu app coming for iPad? Why again was leaving Flash off the device such a terrible idea?—JS
You hear that, people of Southern California? It's not my fault... it's science.—JM
"But once you try one, you won't be able to resist." The title and that line pretty much sum it up, huh?—BK
Nice points about technology looking dated in movies, but my favorite part is referring to this year's onslaught of remakes as a pop-culture stop-loss program.—JS
A new book – "Appetite For America," by Stephen Fried – sounds like it couldn't possibly be more up my alley. Father's Day isn't that far away, you know...—JM
A study of several Last Suppers painted over the last thousand years reveals that maybe The Cheesecake Factory isn't solely to blame for us all being so fat.—JM
"It is likely the case that your teenagers do not actually like the terrible music you hear during those brief moments when they take their ear buds out."
So there's hope...—JM
If doctors will soon be able to print out a new kidney for an ailing kid, does that mean I'll also be able to print out a guilt-free veal chop?—JS
We have finally realized the true potential of robotics. And sex.—JS
ChatRoulette is the next big hit from the "social web" machine - like speed dating via webcam. Needless to say, it's overrun with perverts, crazies, and crazy perverts.—JS
There is definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Get ready for Michael Bay movies to feel even more like a crack high.—JS
Exhaustive trend analysis from one of the more user-friendly online dating sites out there. (Although, if you want the one that works, it isn't pretty but it's plentyoffish.com.)—JS
Pretty interesting: partly for the stuff Facebook is doing; partly for the stuff they think it's worthwhile or important to do; and partly for how cool they think they are for doing it.—JS
More than that, it's pretty dippy, considering we'll all know about the new device in about a week. (Or maybe Gawker was hoping for a lawsuit – now Apple admits there is a tablet to protect!)—JS
From Rod Blagojevich to unpopular holiday stories to the auto bailout (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to make a bunch of shit up.
Not even apples and oranges, I'd imagine. More like apples vs., um, blue space apples that cost a billion dollars.—JM
Like sex, criminal trials, and just about everything else, spaceship battles in movies are completely unlike they would be in real life.—JS
Turns out that Toby Young, that bald English one-trick-pony douchebag from "Top Chef," is actually an excellent writer and an even better cultural critic. Who knew?—JM
The radio industry only recently has switched to a ratings-gathering methodology more sophisticated than "asking people to write down what they listen to." I'm completely serious.—JM
Ah, the Singularity. We keep hearing it's coming, sometime soon (not yet, but soon). But what's it really going to do for us? And will there still be an "us?"—JS
I haven't caught "The Daily Show" in a little while; I can only assume they're all over this story. Right?—JM
This guy is desperate to show you how smart he is, and his "look how many words I know" writing style makes this a bit of a chore to get through. Still, any time somebody wants to analyze reality TV from a sociological standpoint, I am so there.—JM
A.V. Club also has personal faves Ricky Jay and Richard Dawkins this week, but we've agreed not to overlink the same site too much and Levitt's the one debunking the TSA, rethinking the response to global warming, and talking about penis size. Advantage: Levitt!—JS
Great. Now I have to sign up for a whole new two-year contract.—JS
Studying teens, texting, and Facebook. Oddly, from a perspective of "how will these obsessions affect them in the workplace?" Like these kids will ever have jobs.—JS
From the presidential election to the explosion of the iPhone to the futility of the Detroit Lions (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
Yet another "technology will make us all stupider" article. Notable anyway for some fascinating information about brain science.—JS
This piece is a little long and a little dry, but it's about Wikipedia. And I love Wikipedia. I mean, you want to know about the Maldives (just to pick something)? You go to Wikipedia, and BOOM! Now you know all you'll really ever need to know about the Maldives.—JM
One expert says that but for the extinction of the dinosaurs, the planet would now be ruled by bipedal, humanoid reptiles. That'll teach us all to doubt Super Mario Brothers: The Movie!—JM
Having fun with the suggestion feature on the Google search box. Short, but very entertaining.—BK
Add the "Freakonomics" guys to the growing list of people who aren't exactly losing a ton of sleep over gloom-and-doom climate change predictions.—JM
Are the breakdowns at CERN's Large Hadron Collider actually evidence that it is working perfectly? So perfectly that ripples backward in time are causing it to break?—JS
Yeah, yeah; two football links. Quit whining, they're both good. In an excerpt from his new book of essays, Klosterman explains why he – and we – love football so damned much.—JM
The answer to this question: yes, but just barely.—JM
This explains the careers of Michael Cera and Seth Rogan (well, this, plus their considerable comedic talents. But still).—JM
Turns out every new advance in communication, from the typewriter to the telephone to writing things down, was met with resistance and prophesies of doom, so maybe Twitter won't destroy the world after all.—JM
Ignoring the brain trauma problem in retired players and hoping the problem goes away would be bad enough, but what the NFL is doing is even worse.—JM
Dan "Fake Steve Jobs" Lyons calls Twitterers "imbeciles." Nice link bait, Dan. For that, you win a shiny link!—JS
It's not Tuesday morning anymore, but everything should still apply.—JM
One of my favorite film blogs reiterates the arguments against a 3D revolution. (Keep beating that drum – we'll kill it yet!)—JS
Wikipedia further restricts who can actually contribute to the database. Those chosen few tend toward arcane, humorless eradication of useful content by smaller contributors – which would be reason for revolt, if the other 95% of Wikipedia weren't so damn useful.—JS
A list of quick, quippy jokes centered around a given topic of recent cultural interest? Somehow, I think it works for a Friday around here.—JS
Believe it or not, the internet turned 40 this week. DJ Gallo has some thoughts about how today's sports world would be different if the internet had never come about...—JM
Is Rock Band: The Beatles the ultimate sell-out, or a great new way to connect with their music? (Maybe it's just giving the fans what they want?)—JS
Obviously Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson is in a class by himself, but there are 11 others to bear mentioning as well.—JM
Some insight into why Craigslist.org still looks like the rest of the internet used to look ten years ago, yet manages to be one of the most successful websites anywhere.—JM
Thought the advent of 16x9 TVs would kill the practice of "pan-and-scan" conversions? Think again!—JS
In a review of Not a Chimp: The Hunt To Find the Genes That Make Us Human, we find out that chimpanzees aren't really as smart as we're being led to believe. (they don't specifically say so, but I think we can assume that Lacelot Link, Secret Chimp is an obvious exception)—JM
Astonishing investigative report on a team of web-based prank callers who have caused thousands in damage.—JS
People increasingly view copyright and trademark laws as tools of oppression and avarice, rather than protectors of innovation and commerce as they were intended to be. Why? Shit like this.—JS
For some, passwords are the scourge of online life. (For others, they're "Abcd1234" – a disaster waiting to happen.) But it turns out they can be fun!—JS
Compromises between the record industry and webcasters has led to a surge in funding for the internet music site. This is excellent news, and according to this article, a sign that webcasting will play a big role in the future of the industry.—BK
Close personal friend of PoopReading.com (whether he likes it or not) Ben Fritz examines a shift in the attitudes of videogame companies toward big screen adaptations of their work.—JM
It's easy to criticize "Big Brother." And almost all of those criticisms are wrong, because "Big Brother" is awesome. Linda Holmes, however, offers up a criticism that has considerable merit...—JM
Several books advance various theories on how and why obesity has become so much more common in the United States (and the rest of the developed world).—JM
As we celebrate Apollo 11's anniversary, a look at recent research regarding Armstrong's famous quote.—JS
Always nice to hear from the guys over at Cracked.com.—JM
Clicking around on the web is too reading! It's just different from reading a book – not better, not worse.—JS
A post that is sadly as short as it is excellent, but you can kind of think of it as an extension of the Over is Right post.—JS
Some of these fall into the "relax, it's just a movie" category. But others, like "why did Marty appear to have no intention of avoiding the photo booth when fleeing the Libyans in the DeLorean?", really resonate.—JM
Seeing past the initial hype, Tina Fey once joked on SNL that the Segway would revolutionize the way people are hit by cars. Apparently, though, the much-ridiculed conveyance has proved useful in a couple of places.—JM
The Sci Fi Channel just rebranded itself as "Syfy." When I first heard that, I thought "what possible reason could there be for something like this?" Turns out there were a few good ones, actually.—JM
A 13-year-old tries a music player he's never heard of before, with hilarious results.—JS
Gladwell looks at how the digital age has transformed the ways in which things are made and sold by way of a review of Chris Anderson's new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price.—BK
An update on the quest to develop homegrown software code that can beat the Netflix movie recommendation system.—JS
"Anything I give you would only be a placebo."
"Where do we get these placebos!?"—JM
One of the phone's latest tricks is already making for gritty suspense drama on the streets of Chicago.—JS
This plods along with some intriguing observations about whether the true frontier is without or within... then the last paragraph of the footnote blew my mind!—JS
A "comfort wipe" is basically a stick to help old and/or obese people wipe their butts.—JM
A whole lot of Twitter users try it once and decide it's not for them. (Or maybe they think it's a really short survey: "What are you doing?" "Answering this question." There, that's done!)—JS
The future of artificial intelligence: will the robots fetch our coffee and fix our robots, or will they chase Linda Hamilton through a factory?—JS
Y2K, global warming, the Mayan calendar coming to an end in 2012... like they once said on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," I find myself needing to know the plural of "apocalypse."—JM
For Memorial Day, your requisite dose of "freedom isn't free." True freedom, of course, involves even the freedom to take for granted the sacrifices of those who came before, and unfortunately that's a freedom of which I occasionally avail myself.—JM
This one won't really work if you want to print it out and take it with you, but I decided it was too good not to link to anyway.—JM
Just one of many jaw-dropping revelations in this short Q&A about teens and new technology. (Sadly, danah boyd is the "actual" spelling of her name.)—JS
It should go without saying that you should probably listen to doctors and scientists more. It should.—JM
If I ever meet Michael Ian Black, I'm giving him a big hug for all the times he's bailed me out of a slow link day. (And a big sloppy kiss for everything else.)—JS
Implies that the Internet age has made us all into illiterate, solipsistic assholes. (Which, if you've seen the Internet, clearly isn't true.)—JS
Oh, it is on, folks. It is fucking on!
(sorry for the swear word, Mom and Matt, but I think even you would agree that sometimes, only the "f"-word will suffice. And this is most certainly one of those times)—JM
If you like Pac-Man, this'll keep you entertained for quite a while. If you don't, then greetings! How are things in Communist Russia?—JS
It sounds like YouTube may prove financially unsustainable. You mean I'll have to burn videos of my daughters to DVD and mail them to my parents, like some sort of caveman?—JM
Yeah, sometimes we link to fiction here at Poop Reading. Fiction that makes you think.—JS
A little old perhaps, but still fascinating. Bite me, I'm running a high fever today.—JS
According to this piece, at least, Howard the Duck isn't as bad as you remember. It's worse.—JM
The former MTV "Singled Out" host and son of a Hall of Fame bowler contends that advances in technology are making bowling too easy. Maybe he's right; any idiot can bowl a 129 nowadays. Right, Mr. President?—JM
Okay, this review loses its snarky zing after a while, but I'm pretty sure the ninja is fighting a shark in a water hazard. If you tell your grandchildren about one thing, let it be this.—JS
An interview with philosopher Alva Noë about the nature of human consciousness. I don't know about you, but I dig this sort of thing.—JM
Jim Caple takes a look at what the failures of newspapers, and the corresponding loss of baseball beat writers, means for the fan.—JM
Conan's hornymanatee.com and the many sites from How I Met Your Mother (the "William Faulkner of sitcoms!").—JS
Joel Stein writes about the phenomenon of the Adam Carolla podcast. I keep telling you people. I keep telling you...—JM
Exporting our memory (phone numbers to our cell phone, addresses to Google, facts to Wikipedia) means dramatically increasing our storage space. More memory equals smarter.—JS
Friendster has been taken over by robots and Asians. I remember hearing the Brazilians took Orkut. Stories like these prevent me from ever embracing Facebook. (Also, it's utterly pointless.)—JS
Adam Carolla's podcast is apparently #1 on iTunes after less than two weeks. I told you people about him, did I not?—JM
What does Guitar Hero's popularity mean for the future of rock and roll?—BK
The terms "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest" have been cause for confusion among some people, apparently.—JM
Offering up an alternate universe where people "Bongo" their favorite TV shows and communicate with a LeapFrog.—BK
Why Hulu is winning the online video battle.—BK
I understand that war is hell. I understand that killing is not to be romanticized. That said, you must – must! – check this out; it's one of the best things I've read on the internet in ages.—JM
The NFL season isn't really over until Gregg Easterbrook writes his Super Bowl column and hands out the Longest Award in Sports. Enjoy.—JM
An intriguing concept that responds to the economic forecast and even offers an opportunity for profit.—JS
Another brave soul argues against the prevailing wisdom that, since two things have a screen on them, their functionalities should merge. I'm with him.—JS
Whenever there's a slow link day, you can count on Michael Ian Black.—JS
An interesting look at the emerging field of photography-as-art-history. Sort of heady, but that's okay once in a while.—JM
The world's best, longest, and least-about-football football column is almost done for the year; don't miss it while it's still around!—JM
A compare-and-contrast look at the various methodologies used by spell-check programs in word processing versus online search engines. What's that? It sounds boring? Well... you're boring!—JM
It was probably for the best that they didn't. (Enjoy a special non-Friday bonus BvF!)
See, I just wait until Jameson tells me what technology to use.—BK
Corporate innovation in the time before history. Fear not: no real bears are involved.—JS
An update on the Netflix Prize, the puzzles of computerized recommendation, and the ongoing scourge of Napoleon Dynamite.—JS
The smartest smart phone is about to get a whole lot smarter.