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18 Oct 21:00

I met this albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of...

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I met this albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.

Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.

19 Oct 05:27

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17 Oct 21:24

/gg/ - GamerGate

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"Fuck. Fuck. Fucking hell. What of my literature idols has gone the way of the SJW. William Gibson. I have been waiting for his new book forever but now I dont even want to buy it. He has retweeted some anti-gamergate stuff, some known feminist "writers", the beginning of his new book mentions "cultural appropriation". I feel devastated." // "You would think someone as smart as him, that has written about dystopian societies would be against censorship, groupthink…I dont even know anymore." // "What the shit. This can't be fucking true. Not fucking Gibson. Please tell me he's just been bluepilled by SJWs. Please tell me we can still save him. Please. ;_;" // "Fuck. Fuckitty fuck fuck fuck. Fucker. Really liked your stuff too, Mr. Gibson." // "Thing is though, once they're bluepilled there is literally no way to turn them back. They're gone forever. That's why these mainstream media hit pieces are so devastating to GG, it's just that on a massive scale." // "yep, I am a convert extremely SJW, then went full Conservative. now I'm more of a moderate Libertarian." // "Anyway, fuck him. Who cares what he thinks. He's as relevant to the internet as BoingBoing is." // "Just gotta watch some more Captain Picard to get a proper method of thinking and a moral approach to problems back on track." // "Looking at his feed, he retweets quite a lot of stupid leftist shit. No surprise he'd be anti-GG. That and he also wrote one of the worst X-files scripts ever, about VR gaming, called First Person Shooter. (To be fair, he also wrote one of the better ones, Kill Switch.)" // ">Tim Schafer >Arin Hanson >Barry Kramer >Raspberry Pi Those are the only four that really make me feel bad." // "Regained respect for: Jontron"
19 Oct 13:56

Boston Restaurant Jobs - - BostonChefs.com's Industry Insider, jobs at Boston's top restaurants

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"Central Bottle - Retail Sales Human"

Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, a beautiful, yet modest wine shop in Central Square. They focus on local cheeses, salume, a small yet thoughtful collection of beer, and organic/small production wines. They love the offbeat in general, but especially when it comes to wine. They’re looking for fiercely energetic and shamelessly interested people to talk and live food and wine. It’s busy, face paced and demanding at times, but rewarding, fun and, well, funny too. Working at Central Bottle also provides a beautiful opportunity for education, as they hold weekly classes for the staff about wine (cheese, provisions, and hospitality sneak in there too…) Shifts available are mostly evenings. In addition to a good working knowledge of wine and a desire to sell it, they value the following traits from their team members: · Thoughtfulness in Co-worker and Guest Interactions · Accountability and Trustworthiness · Urgency, Intention and a Vibrant Work Ethic · Integrity If interested, send your resume and a cover letter to the email address provided.
18 Oct 04:00

rhopography, n.

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"Chiefly in painting: a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, etc."

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18 Oct 21:33

my grandma got an iPad and only uses it to take pictures of church on TV

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18 Oct 02:42

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19 Oct 05:29

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17 Oct 17:52

David Chang Hates on Fancy Beer

by noreply@blogger.com (Imbibe Magazine)
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Apparently David Chang hates fancy beer. In a piece he recently penned for GQ (read it here), the guy whose Momofuku empire is built on $20 tonkotsu broths and bowls of ramen, has...
17 Oct 18:37

The secondary market for Soylent on Craigslist and Ebay | Motherboard

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Five months ago, I ordered a week’s supply of the future of food. It finally came: two snow-white boxes stamped “Soylent.” One box contains the pitcher for mixing your liquid meal. The other says “powdered food.”

I haven’t opened them yet, because I don’t want this anymore. I bought my Soylent on May 12, in some weird moment. I was working at The Verge, where an editor was preparing a story about subsisting on Soylent for a month (yeah, the story Motherboard’s Brian Merchant did a year ago).

Our office was in Midtown, where everything is stressful and every transaction is a battle, and I was sick of fording Broadway so I could wait in line for 20 minutes for something bad and overpriced to eat. I had hacked breakfast with bulk Amazon orders of oatmeal. I would hack lunch with Soylent.

If I had been dependent on Soylent as my primary food source, I would have died waiting for it

This is the prime Soylent victim: someone overwhelmed by the process of finding food. “What if you never had to worry about food again?” the company’s website asks, as if food were as difficult to come by as money or health, which it is for some people, but not really for Soylent’s target demographic of r/technology.

Their demographic is large enough, however, that Soylent is on backorder. The company told me my Soylent would take 10 to 12 weeks to arrive. It took 20. If I had been dependent on Soylent as my primary food source, I would have died waiting for it. 

Soylent fans are apoplectic about the delays. One user posting on the Soylent forums threatened to burn the founder’s house down if the shipment were delayed again, writing, “I am extremely serious.” Delays are the most-commonly discussed topic on the forums, aside from complaints and solutions for Soylent-induced flatulence.

I figured these delays meant it would be easy to unload my Soylent. I posted an ad on Craigslist, offering my supply at cost, and waited for the offers to roll in.

Unfortunately, there’s already a lot of Soylent on Craigslist.

Kansas City, selling a 25-day supply for $150: “I tried it for 3 days and it's not for me.”

Salt Lake City, selling a month’s worth for $300: “While I love Soylent I haven't been needing to eat all of what I get each month and as such I have a whole months extra not being used.”

Dallas, in the free section: “I did not care for it, so I'm giving away my one-month supply of the stuff.”

There are even more listings over on eBay, where the sellers seem to be more savvy about arbitrage. “You want it, I have it,” one guy wrote. Another seller is hoping to get $150 for the box he got for $65.

Some of this may be due to the Great Soylent Disillusionment; the slow realization that what was sold as a life-changing, potentially world-changing substance is really nothing more than Ensure with different marketing.

“I have to say it was not life changing as many have suggested,” one user wrote. There were none of the miraculous effects people have described, such as greater energy and clear skin. It didn’t save much time, because it took longer to drink than it would have taken to prepare and eat breakfast or lunch. The only noticeable benefit was having fewer dirty dishes to clean. “To those people pining for their first shipment of Soylent, I say temper your expectations.”

For some, Soylent is working as advertised. I responded to one New Yorker who was selling his excess supply. “I use it for 95 percent [of meals] but only eat between 1,000-1,500 calories a day. This leaves me with 1-2 weeks extra a month,” he wrote back.

When I responded that that doesn’t seem like enough calories, he e-laughed. “Haha well I'm losing weight plus I work in an office 9 hours a day so I don't need that much to begin with. I ramp it up when I go hiking or to the gym.” What an intense person!

Since no one has responded to my ad, I’ve become a Soylent pitchwoman. I think I found a friend who is willing to take it off my hands for a cut rate. He’s curious to see how the promise of ultimate nutrition with minimal hassle pans out.

I actually drank Soylent for a while, mixed with coffee, back when the company was mailing it to journalists in ZipLoc bags. It tasted like cake mix and was not any obviously more satiating than any other breakfast (the oatmeal beats it by a mile). 

I’m clearly not as hardcore as the true Soylenters. Neither, apparently, is Merchant, who still has a bag of 11-month-old Soylent sitting on his desk. Wonder how much that would go for?

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17 Oct 16:35

Here Are 88 Weird College-Owned Trademarks, Arranged as a Poem - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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R U ready?
Registrant: University of Utah Research Foundation

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: Educating at senior high schools; education services in the nature of courses at the university level; education services, namely, providing tutorial sessions in the field(s) of math and science; Educational testing.

The game is on!
Registrant: The Gamecock Club of the University of South Carolina

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: Club services, namely, promoting the interests of athletes, coaches, fans, supporters and administration of the University of South Carolina in a joint effort to build and maintain nationally prominent athletic programs that will battle for championships

Cuse is in the house
Registrant: Syracuse University

Filed: 2009

Potential Use: T-shirts

Whose house? Our house!
Registrant: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Caps; Hats; Jackets; Pants; Shirts; Shorts; Sweat pants; Sweatshirts; T-shirts

Enthusiasm beyond measure
Registrant: Rector and visitors of the University of Virginia

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: health care services.

It sounds like BOOM
Registrant: The Regents of the University of California

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: Footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, clothing, namely, shirts, pants, jackets, and tops

BOOLA BOOLA
Registrant: Yale University

Filed: 1998

Potential Use: Apparel, namely, t-shirts

CHIRP CHIRP
Registrant: Ball State University

Filed: 2012

Potential Use: Beverage glassware, Athletic apparel, namely, shirts, pants, jackets, footwear, hats and caps, athletic uniforms.

Salute the hoot
Registrant: Florida Atlantic University

Filed: 2012

Potential Use: conducting college-level sports events; and providing stadium facilities for sporting and entertainment events.

Fear the fork
Registrant: Arizona Board of Regents, for and on behalf of Arizona State University

Filed: 2012

Potential Use: Posters; decals, Travel bags; luggage tags, Chairs, : Household utensils, namely, spatulas, Shirts, Flying disks, : Entertainment in the nature of competitions in the field of athletics

Fear the Roo
Registrant: The University of Akron

Filed: 2007

Potential Use: Blanket throws

Fear the nut
Registrant: The Ohio State University

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: t-shirts

Registrant:

Filed: null

Potential Use:

Urban Meyer knows
Registrant: The Ohio State University

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Clothing items for men, women, and children, namely, shirts and t-shirts

the power of orange
Registrant: Syracuse University

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Education services, namely, providing courses in the field of law

Real champs wear orange
Registrant: Syracuse University

Filed: 2003

Potential Use: Shirts; t-shirts; jerseys; tank tops; sweat shirts; sport shirts; golf shirts; night shirts; jackets; coats; parkas; sweaters; pants; shorts; sweat pants; scarves; headwear; head bands; sweat bands; caps; hats; boxer shorts; bandannas

Wade Wacko
Registrant: Duke University

Filed: 1997

Potential Use: bumper stickers, nonmetal key holders

Wavee Dave
Registrant: Jackson State University

Filed: 2009

Potential Use: T-shirts; uniforms.

Cameron Crazy D
Registrant: Duke University

Filed: 1996

Potential Use: clothing, namely, shirts.

Houndstooth Mafia
Registrant: Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Bumper stickers; Magnetic bumper stickers; Stickers; Stickers and transfers

Rat pack
Registrant: The Johns Hopkins University

Filed: 2012

Potential Use: Educational services, namely, providing courses and training in the field of university research administration.

Orange pack
Registrant: Syracuse University

Filed: 1981

Potential Use: Promoting Interest in University Athletics Through the Formation and Maintenance of Sports Fan Clubs.

Orange pride
Registrant: Syracuse University

Filed: 1995

Potential Use: metal auto tags; metal keychains; metal litter baskets; metal parking signs; pencil cups; paper napkins and placemats; paper/cardboard lawn signs, notebooks; paper note and letter pads; posters; decals; temporary tattoos in the nature of decals for use on skin; bumper stickers; pocket date keepers; calendars; pens; pencils; binders; stationery; pad holders in the nature of stationery portfolios; scrapbooks/photo albums; postcards; paper name badges; giftwrap; bookmarks; playing cards; Christmas cards; vinyl ID and floppy disk holders; umbrellas; tote bags; backpacks; all-purpose sports bags; wallets; briefcase-type portfolios; leather and imitation leather cube-shaped trunks; pet sweaters; mirrors; illuminated mirrors; director's chairs; novelty plastic signs with suction cups for glass, windows, and other smooth surfaces; non-metal keychains; non-metal parking signs; plaques; rockers/captain's chairs; footstools; ornamental novelty pins; ornamental novelty buttons; stadium seats and cushions; chair pads; mugs; ceramic beverage glassware; cups; plates; tumblers; drinking glasses; ceramic banks and figures; soap dishes; toothbrush holders; tankards; crystal beverage glassware; stadium blankets; throws; pillows; cloth flags; felt pennants; cloth banners; Christmas stockings; drawstring bags; towels; afghans; blankets; tablecloths; handkerchiefs; cloth napkins; cloth placemats; bedspreads; cloth wall hangings; spirit flags for cars; stadium blankets; throws; pillows; cloth flags; felt pennants; cloth banners; Christmas stockings; drawstring bags; towels; afghans; blankets; tablecloths; handkerchiefs; cloth napkins; cloth placemats; bedspreads; cloth wall hangings; spirit flags for cars; teddy bears; cheerleader dolls; Christmas ornaments; board games; decorative balloons; indoor basketballs; stuffed animals; autograph dogs; hand puppets; kites; golf balls; baseballs; basketballs; footballs; lacrosse balls and sticks; basketball backboards; cardboard kaleidoscopes; decorative windsocks; flying disks; entertainment services, namely conducting college-level sports events and educational and entertainment activities

GO ORANGE
Registrant: Syracuse University

Filed: 1992

Potential Use: paper napkins and placemats; paper/cardboard lawn signs; paper note pads; posters; decals; temporary tattoos in the nature of decals for use on skin; bumper stickers; calendars; pens; pencils; binders; stationery; pad holders in the nature of stationery portfolios; postcards; bookmarks; playing cards; T-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, cotton tops, fleece sweatshirts and pants, boxer shorts, infant and toddler sports shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, bib overalls, T-shirts, shorts, diaper pants, and socks, aprons, bibs, children's warm-up suits, headwear, gloves, sneakers, earmuffs, knit tops, athletic jerseys, dog sweaters, scarves, nightgowns

Don't trash the neighborhood
Registrant: Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education

Filed: 2007

Potential Use: Promoting public awareness through a public messaging educational campaign to alleviate and prevent illegal dumping and littering in the State of Nevada

Registrant:

Filed: null

Potential Use:

Touched by a nurse
Registrant: The University of Colorado Board of Regents

Filed: 2009

Potential Use: charitable fundraising services by means of organizing, managing and supervising fundraising events, namely, entertainment in the nature of charity balls and dinners; charitable fundraising services by means of organizing community sporting and cultural events, to support individuals and organizations engaged in the furtherance of the nursing profession; charitable fundraising services for the purpose of funding educational scholarships.

Temptation
Registrant: Cornell University

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: Fresh apples; living trees, namely, apple trees; and apple tree seeds

Bodda getta
Registrant: Auburn University

Filed: 2011

Potential Use: Bathing suits; Bibs not of paper; Bow ties; Dresses; Fleece tops; Headwear; Jackets; Jerseys; Layettes; Leggings; Lounge pants; Maternity clothing, namely, shirts; Pajamas; Pants; Rompers; Scarves; Shirts; Shoes; Shorts; Skirts; Skorts; Socks; Sweaters; T-shirts; Ties; Under garments; Uniforms; Vests; Wrist bands

INSTABONE
Registrant: University of South Carolina

Filed: 2005

Potential Use: Bone cement for medical purposes

Shrouded probe
Registrant: Texas A&M University System

Filed: 1997

Potential Use: probes used for obtaining aerosol samples from industrial and power utility smokestacks and process streams.

Anatomy revealed
Registrant: University of Toledo

Filed: 1999

Potential Use: Computer program for learning and review of practical human anatomy and its clinical application

Lipo moist
Registrant: University of Miami

Filed: 1996

Potential Use: non-medicated lotions, namely, skin, facial, and body lotions.

Fish wrap
Registrant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Filed: 1995

Potential Use: computer software and instructional manuals provided as a unit, for accessing, collecting, and filtering electronic news clippings and for transmitting and receiving news information on a global computer information network.

Cocks
Registrant: University of South Carolina

Filed: 2003

Potential Use: Metal license plates, Paper goods and printed matter; namely, stickers, [bumper stickers,] decals, [notebooks, spiral notebooks, loose leaf binders;] pens and pencils, Clothing; namely, t-shirts, [shorts,] sweatshirts, [fleece jackets,] sweatpants, baseball hats, and [university athletic team jerseys].

PULSE!!
Registrant: Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: Computer software for use in virtual reality clinical simulation in the field of medical training and education; educational services, namely, providing online educational programs in the field of medical training and education; providing temporary use of non-downloadable software for use in virtual reality clinical simulations in the field of medical training and education

Howling cow
Registrant: North Carolina State University

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: Milk and dairy products excluding ice cream, ice milk and frozen yogurt.

Experience amazing
Registrant: University of Mississippi

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: Educating at university or colleges.

Registrant:

Filed: null

Potential Use:

I choose to refuse
Registrant: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas

Filed: 1990

Potential Use: clothing, namely, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, caps, jackets, sweaters, shorts, pajamas, shoes, and socks.

Avoid the stork
Registrant: University of Iowa Research Foundation

Filed: 2012

Potential Use: Providing educational information in the field of birth control and pregnancy prevention.

Smart dipstick
Registrant: University of Dayton

Filed: 2002

Potential Use: a rod equipped with electronic sensors capable of communicating information regarding the level, quality and contamination of engine oil to a compatible computer system

Open the freezer
Registrant: State University of New York by and on behalf of Stony Brook University state university

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Education services in the nature of courses at the university level and distribution of educational material in connection therewith; educating at universities or colleges; providing a website that features information about higher education services, namely, journalism, journalism education, journalism teaching methods and journalism workshops; providing information about education; conducting educational workshops in the field of journalism and journalism teaching methods; education services in the nature of journalism courses at the university and university graduate level, and distribution of educational materials in connection therewith.

Bring the juice
Registrant: The Ohio State University

Filed: 2012

Potential Use: T-shirts

GENIUS JUICE
Registrant: Colorado School of Mines

Filed: 2007

Potential Use: Bottled water.

Xtreme reading
Registrant: University of Kansas

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: Printed instructional, educational and teaching materials in the field of education directed to teachers and educators for use in improving the literacy skills of adolescents. Education services, namely, providing training and instruction in the field of education directed to teachers and educators for use in improving the literacy skills of adolescents; and distribution of course materials in connection therewith.

Drive beyond measure
Registrant: Rector and visitors of the University of Virginia

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: health care services.

Hahvahd
Registrant: President and Fellows of Harvard College

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: Clothing, namely, t-shirts

Nerd pride
Registrant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Filed: 1994

Potential Use: oranmental novelty buttons; clothing, namely sweatshirts and T-shirts

Poli-fluentials
Registrant: The George Washington University

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: Public relations.

America's Brightest Orange
Registrant: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University

Filed: 2011

Potential Use: Education and entertainment services, namely, providing course of instruction at the university level; research in the field of education; arranging and conducting athletic events and tournaments, exhibitions, conferences, live performances and festivals.

Registrant:

Filed: null

Potential Use:

Most of us
Registrant: Montana State University at Bozeman

Filed: 2003

Potential Use: Conducting marketing studies in the field of social norms; providing marketing consultation and research services; providing marketing consultation and research in the field of media advocacy and strategy; preparation of custom advertisements and custom promotional products for others; conducting market research surveys and public opinion polls; preparing, designing, evaluating and implementing promotional campaigns for others promoting public awareness of the need for positive reinforcement, healthier behavior and attitudes, adherence to community values, and public outreach.

Still-deciding students
Registrant: Drexel University

Filed: 2003

Potential Use: career counseling directed to undergraduate and graduate college students on-campus and via the internet

Centsible student
Registrant: Utah State Board of Regents, c/o The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Printed materials, namely, certificates, awards, brochures in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, paper banners, paper letterhead, business cards, note cards, envelopes, stationary, name tags, folders, postcards, printed presentations, namely, printed handouts and printed presentations of motivational and educational speakers in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, forms, booklets in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, manuals in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, informational flyers in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, leaflets in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, posters, magazines in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, scholarships, student borrowing and student loan repayment, greeting cards; Promoting public interest in education, career advancement, and leadership; promoting interest in financial aid literacy; promoting awareness of the importance of education; recruitment of students for higher education; promoting public interest in education in the nature of e-mail blasts campaigns in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, student borrowing and student loan repayment; Financial services, namely, financial aid consultation, and financial aid in the nature of loan financing, providing educational scholarships, providing grants to individuals, and savings programs for students; Providing a website featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line journals, namely, blogs featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line electronic newsletters and brochures delivered by e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media in the field of financial and financial aid literacy, student borrowing and student loan repayment; providing information via e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media to students concerning financial and financial aid literacy, student borrowing and student loan repayment

Plancentsibly
Registrant: Utah State Board of Regents, c/o The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Printed materials, namely, certificates, awards, brochures in the field of financial aid literacy, paper banners, paper letterhead, business cards, note cards, envelopes, stationary, name tags in the nature of paper name badges, folders, postcards, printed presentations, namely, printed handouts and printed presentations of motivational and educational speakers in the field of financial aid literacy, forms, booklets in the field of financial aid literacy, manuals in the field of financial aid literacy, informational flyers in the field of financial aid literacy, leaflets in the field of financial aid literacy, posters, magazines in the field of financial aid literacy, greeting cards; Promoting public interest in education, career advancement, and leadership; promoting interest in financial aid literacy; promoting awareness of the importance of education; recruitment of students for higher education; promoting public interest in education in the nature of e-mail blasts campaigns in the field of financial aid literacy; Financial services, namely, financial aid consultation, and financial aid in the nature of loan financing, providing educational scholarships, providing grants to individuals, and savings programs for students; Providing a website featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line journals, namely, blogs featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line electronic newsletters and brochures delivered by e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media in the field of in the field of financial aid literacy; providing information via e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media to students concerning financial aid literacy

Borrowcentsibly
Registrant: Utah State Board of Regents, c/o The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Printed materials, namely, certificates, awards, brochures in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, paper banners, paper letterhead, business cards, note cards, envelopes, stationary, name tags in the nature of paper name badges, folders, postcards, printed presentations, namely, printed handouts and printed presentations of motivational and educational speakers in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, forms, booklets in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, manuals in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, informational flyers in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, leaflets in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, posters, magazines in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education, greeting cards; Promoting public interest in education, career advancement, and leadership; promoting interest in financial aid literacy; promoting awareness of the importance of education; recruitment of students for higher education; promoting public interest in education in the nature of e-mail blasts campaigns in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education; Financial services, namely, financial aid consultation, and financial aid in the nature of loan financing, providing educational scholarships, providing grants to individuals, and savings programs for students; Providing a website featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line journals, namely, blogs featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line electronic newsletters and brochures delivered by e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media in the field of in the field of financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education; providing information via e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media to students concerning financial aid literacy and loan borrowing for higher education

Repaycentsibly
Registrant: Utah State Board of Regents, c/o The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Filed: 2014

Potential Use: Printed materials, namely, certificates, awards, brochures in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, paper banners, paper letterhead, business cards, note cards, envelopes, stationary, name tags in the nature of paper name badges, folders, postcards, printed presentations, namely, printed handouts and printed presentations of motivational and educational speakers in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, forms, booklets in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, manuals in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, informational flyers in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, leaflets in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, posters, magazines in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment, greeting cards; Promoting public interest in education, career advancement, and leadership; promoting interest in financial aid literacy; promoting awareness of the importance of education; recruitment of students for higher education; promoting public interest in education in the nature of e-mail blasts campaigns in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment; Financial services, namely, financial aid consultation, and financial aid in the nature of loan financing, providing educational scholarships, providing grants to individuals, and savings programs for students; Providing a website featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line journals, namely, blogs featuring information about higher education and higher education resources; on-line electronic newsletters and brochures delivered by e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media in the field of in the field of financial literacy and higher education loan repayment; providing information via e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social media, and electronic media to students concerning financial literacy and higher education loan repayment

Alert and ready
Registrant: University of North Dakota

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: Educational services, namely and online computer web site providing lectures, courses, field workshops, seminars, and certification classes to healthcare personnel and other individuals in the field of responding to natural and mandmade disasters or acts of terrorism in the field of medical emergencies.

ARTpreneur
Registrant: Florida State University

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: Educational services, namely, providing instruction in the field of commercialization of new technologies in the field of art.

STEMpreneur
Registrant: Florida State University

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Educational services, namely, providing instruction in the field of commercialization of new technologies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

CUREpreneur
Registrant: Florida State University

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Education services, namely, providing instruction in the field of commercializing new technologies in the field of healthcare.

Get the point
Registrant: Trustees of Boston University

Filed: 2000

Potential Use: Providing electronic value transfer services in the nature of convenience points placed on a smart card in lieu of cash for the purchase of Potential Use.

Use the point
Registrant: Trustees of Boston University

Filed: 2000

Potential Use: Providing electronic value transfer services in the nature of convenience points places on a smart card in lieu of cash for the purchase of Potential Use

Registrant:

Filed: null

Potential Use:

Fear the engineers
Registrant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Filed: 2004

Potential Use: Clothing and children's clothing, namely, tops, shirts, tee-shirts, sweat shirts, pants, sweat pants, trousers, blouses, shorts, sweaters, belts, ties, coats, jackets, dresses, underwear, swimwear, gloves, scarves, socks and hosiery, footwear and headwear; team uniforms, sneakers and footwear and headwear for all collegiate sports, including, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis, water polo, rowing, archery and others; Games and playthings, namely, stuffed toy animals, disc toss toys, action skill games, baby rattles and baby rattles incorporating teething rings, baby multiple activity toys; sporting equipment and athletic gear, namely, balls, bats, sticks, pucks, clubs, bows and arrows, and safety padding, for use in collegiate sports, namely, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis, water polo, rowing and archery; decorations for Christmas trees; Educational services, namely, providing training in the field of arts, engineering, humanities, math and sciences; entertainment services, namely, conducting training programs, courses of instruction at the university level, workshops and seminars in the fields of arts, engineering, math and sciences; providing educational speakers for public lectures; organizing exhibitions for education, sporting and cultural purposes

Redefining what's possible
Registrant: The University of Utah

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Charitable fundraising services for cancer research and treatment

ROBOTUNA
Registrant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Filed: 1995

Potential Use: robots which are designed to be self-propelled in water and used for oceanographic search operations, seabed mapping, fisheries management, naval surveillance, pollution monitoring, and undersea filming.

MOUSEPUTER
Registrant: Brigham Young University

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: Handheld personal computers

God never thought of this
Registrant: University of Utah Research Foundation

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: Books in the field of RNA and evolution; Scholarly books on various topics, namely, RNA and evolution

GOLD PANTS
Registrant: The Ohio State University

Filed: 2007

Potential Use: clothing, namely, hats, caps, shirts, t-shirts, jackets, jerseys, wind resistant jackets and sweatshirts

SCOPE ON A ROPE
Registrant: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Filed: 2004

Potential Use: Scientific and Photographic Apparatus, namely portable microscopes containing miniature, self-illuminated video camera with interchangeable magnifying lens located at the end of cable and permitting microscopic examination, transmission, imaging, photographic and video recording of objects, samples, tissues and/or organisms not easily examined with traditional microscopes; Medical Apparatus; namely portable microscopes containing miniature, self-illuminated video camera with interchangeable magnifying lens located at the end of cable and permitting microscopic examination of objects, samples, tissues and/or organisms not easily examined with traditional microscopes.

#WeCanDoThat
Registrant: The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Paper products, namely, bookmarks and stickers; printed matter, namely, magazines featuring information related to university-level education and athletics

POO-GLOO
Registrant: University of Utah Research Foundation

Filed: 2009

Potential Use: Water filtering apparatus.

for the kids
Registrant: The Pennsylvania State University

Filed: 2011

Potential Use: Jewelry; Rubber or silicon wristbands in the nature of a bracelet.

Cell to sell
Registrant: The Ohio State University

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: research in the field of genetics; research and development of new products for others; professional consulting services in the field of agricultural-chemistry and agricultural-biology; technology commercialization services, namely, assisting businesses in transforming ideas into commercial products in the nature of product development for others, all in the fields of bioproducts, agricultural-chemistry and agricultural-biology sciences, biotechnology, bio-based materials and products, bioenergy, and biochemistry.

The American Weigh
Registrant: Regents of the University of Colorado

Filed: 2002

Potential Use: educational services, namely, conducting classes, seminars and workshops in the fields of nutrition, weight loss, weight management, exercise, and healthy lifestyles; and distribution of educational materials and other printed materials in connection therewith; counseling services in the area of exercise. counseling services in the areas of nutrition, diet, weight loss, and weight management.

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Filed: null

Potential Use:

Be Boulder
Registrant: The Regents of the University of Colorado

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Providing information to prospective university students, alumni, and other constituents regarding the educational and research opportunities available at the university, the quality of the university's academic programs, and other education-related information, to help students, alumni and other constituents determine whether they should attend or engage with the university

Why not change the world?
Registrant: Rutgers University

Filed: 1990

Potential Use: Educational services in the nature of courses at the university level.

Together we can!
Registrant: Ohio University

Filed: 1993

Potential Use: educational services; namely, providing courses of instruction at the college level

PLANET JANITOR
Registrant: University of Central Florida

Filed: 1992

Potential Use: educational services; namely, promoting environmental and energy awareness through programs, classes and seminars

Yes, it's possible
Registrant: The Johns Hopkins University

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: educational services, namely, providing instruction and training at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, university, professional, preparatory, pre-college, continuing education and community levels; educational services, namely, providing courses of instruction and training, classes, seminars and programs in the field of medicine, nursing, public health, arts and sciences, engineering, education, business, international studies and music; educational services, namely, conducting distance learning instruction at the university level; continuing education services, namely, providing live and on-line classes, seminars, workshops and programs in the fields of medicine, nursing, public health, arts and sciences, engineering, education, business, international studies, music and public safety leadership; healthcare, hospitals, and medical services; medical clinics, medical testing for diagnostic or treatment purposes, mental health services; hospice; home health care services; nursing services; managed health care services; providing medical and health information; health care in the nature of maintenance organizations

Espresso your faith
Registrant: The Trustees of Boston College

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Educational and entertainment services, namely providing educational speakers in the fields of faith and religion, and organizing, conducting and hosting social entertainment events related to the foregoing.

Ask Dr. Universe
Registrant: Washington State University

Filed: 1996

Potential Use: printed materials, namely, newspaper columns dealing with research techniques and educational research issues; providing an interactive on-line research service on a variety of topics directed toward elementary school, secondary school, and college level students via a global computer network.

fate of the universe
Registrant: University of Utah

Filed: 1999

Potential Use: series of motion picture films featuring astronomy and astrophysics and other topics related to the creation and evolution of the universe

People who ask, know
Registrant: The Vanderbilt University

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: Health care services; hospital services; medical clinics; medical counseling; medical evaluation services, namely, functional assessment program for patients receiving medical services for purposes of guiding treatment and assessing program effectiveness; medical services; nutrition counseling; physical rehabilitation services; providing information in the fields of diseases, disease prevention, health care, medicine and medical services; and providing information via a global communications network in the fields of diseases, disease prevention, health care, medicine and medical services.

asking is the answer
Registrant: The Vanderbilt University

Filed: 2003

Potential Use: Educational services, namely, conducting classes, seminars, training programs and conferences in the field of medicine and biomedical services; Medical services, namely, medical and health care services, and hospital services.

THE BOX DOES NOT EXIST
Registrant: Trustees of Dartmouth College

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: educational services, namely, conducting college and graduate level courses in engineering and other related courses in the fields of mathematics and applied sciences.

Zounds!
Registrant: The University of New Mexico

Filed: 1995

Potential Use: publications, namely, a monthly program guide for a radio station.

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Filed: null

Potential Use:

At week's end
Registrant: University of New Mexico and the Board of Education of the City of Albuquerque

Filed: 1990

Potential Use: education and entertainment services; namely, a television program discussing issues of concern in New Mexico and current events

Whad'ya know?
Registrant: Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Filed: 1994

Potential Use: entertainment in the nature of on-going radio programs.

What would you fight for?
Registrant: University of Notre Dame

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Educational and entertainment services, namely, the provision of a series of video segments about the achievements and activities of students, faculty and alumni delivered by television and the internet.

Who ya wit
Registrant: The Vanderbilt University

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: Entertainment in the nature of competitions in the field of athletics.

We all we got
Registrant: University of Pittsburgh

Filed: 2004

Potential Use: Clothing, namely, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats

Row the boat
Registrant: Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University

Filed: 2013

Potential Use: Metal key chains and key fobs; Decals, stickers and paper flags; Plastic flags; plastic key chains and fobs; Mugs, glasses, namely, beverage glassware and drinking glasses; Flags made from fabric or cloth; Clothing, namely, t-shirts, polo style shirts, sweatshirts, hats; Organizing exhibitions in the nature of sporting events for collegiate athletics, namely, collegiate tournaments, and collegiate football games; Arranging and conducting educational conferences; Organizing festivals featuring a variety of activities, namely, sporting events; arranging and conducting athletic competitions

SaltMind
Registrant: Auburn University

Filed: 2005

Potential Use: Computer software for compliance with state and local taxes, namely coding, computing, reporting, filing and remitting, payment of state, city and county sales and use taxes; automated computer programs for assigning taxes to direct pay permit users, fixed asset purchases and capital projects

Wise pockets
Registrant: The Curators of the University of Missouri

Filed: 1996

Potential Use: educational services, namely, classes and seminars on management of money.

CompleteLife
Registrant: The Trustees of Indiana University

Filed: 2006

Potential Use: psychological counseling; dietary and nutritional guidance; music therapy for physical, psychological and cognitive purposes; massage; and oncology pharmacy consulting.

FULFILLMENT BEYOND MEASURE
Registrant: Rector and visitors of the University of Virginia

Filed: 2008

Potential Use: health care services.

Phil was here
Registrant: The University of Iowa Foundation

Filed: 2010

Potential Use: Charitable foundation services, namely, providing fundraising services for the purpose of granting gifts of money and/or property to the State University of Iowa for use in its research and educational activities; philanthropic services concerning monetary donations.

We are Phil

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16 Oct 05:43

"Given her zeal for nutrition, we might have guessed that the First Lady would pass out apples on..."

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via firehose ("COMMANDER IN BURN")

Given her zeal for nutrition, we might have guessed that the First Lady would pass out apples on October 31. Not so: she says they give out White House cookies instead.

When co-host Carla Hall said she gives kids pencils in lieu of a treat, Mrs. Obama reacted with shock and disgust. “Really Carla?” she asked. “Are they sharpened so that they can stab you with them?”



- time.com, Michelle Obama Thinks Pencils are a Crummy Halloween Gift (via tatterpig)
16 Oct 20:07

mattbors: Infographic from 1890.

by villeashell
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via otters



mattbors:

Infographic from 1890.

11 Oct 02:29

fivesandsevens: cubebreaker: Designer Goula Figeura’s Orwell...









fivesandsevens:

cubebreaker:

Designer Goula Figeura’s Orwell day bed lets you easily shut yourself off from the outside world with its light and noise-cancelling curtains.

yes please

10 Oct 13:06

Kai Gagnon Opens Up the Treasure Chest at BISq

by Knoefel

Today in The Cellar: the Loire Valley, half carafes, and chopping bottle tops with Kai Gagnon, wine director of Bergamot and BISq.

Imagine a wine cellar, gradually filling with treasures. Year after year new cases are brought in—curiosities from small producers, rarities from boutique importers, the personal favorites individually selected from a hundred private tastings—only to be tucked away in a corner, marked as separate from the rest, and left to await their place on a wine list that has not been written, for a restaurant that does not yet exist.

Now imagine that cellar belongs to Bergamot—and those cases are the collected treasures of Kai Gagnon, its wine director and author of one of the most admired wine lists in the city—and you will have some idea of the anticipation felt by wine lovers looking forward to the day this fall when those cases make their way to Bergamot's upcoming sister restaurant, BISq.

An anticipation only increased by a conversation we recently had with the very busy Gagnon (who will not only oversee both wine programs but also serve as general manager at BISq) on a Friday afternoon at Bergamot as preparations for dinner service take place in the background, and the bottles destined to open up countless conversations at BISq wait unopened in the cellar below.

To start with, how would you introduce the makeup of the wine list at BISq?

It is going to be all Northern France—as a way of visualizing it, think north of the 45th parallel, which goes through Bordeaux—as well as Austria and Germany. That'll be the makeup of the wine list, entirely. Because we're starting with such a foundation of charcuterie and curing, the wines of the Loire Valley, and the Riesling and Grüner Veltliners in Austria, those are just such wonderful partners with that kind of food. It's also where my personal passion lies, so in a lot of ways BISq is like my little wine tome, my tribute to the wines I love.

"In the sense that it will offer a full menu it's a little tough to call it a wine bar. But as far as the wine goes, I am approaching it like a wine bar."

Does that mean you're thinking of it as a wine bar?

I mean, in the sense that it will offer a full menu it's a little tough to call it a wine bar. But as far as the wine goes, I am approaching it like a wine bar. So we're going to be able to hit an in-between area, making it sort of like a hybrid because of what I'm going to offer in terms of your options for drinking.

Such as?

I've actually been piloting a little thing here at Bergamot where—[he stops, places both hands on table, and with a seriousness of tone perhaps only understood by those who have inventoried wine cellars, states] I hate buying half bottles. I don't buy half bottles. We don't have any half bottles in our inventory. The only thing I ever buy is champagne, and then only if I can get something different.

So what we've been doing here, and what we're going to do to an even greater degree at BISq, is we'll have a pretty large selection of bottles that will change all the time, on a daily basis, things that will be available by the bottle, by the glass, and also by a 375 ml decanter. And we have special ones made. So that's what we'll decant them into, and right up to the bottle of the logo is where 375ml is, so you can taste it before you commit to it. We usually do four or five here; it'll probably be more like 10 there. Just a wide variety of things, things I think work particularly well with what's going on the menu at that moment, or just wine that I'm really excited about. It's also a great way to get the staff exposed to the array of what we're doing. And one of the things we do here, and will do there to the same degree, is very aggressive education of the staff. We'll have a sommelier over there, which will be myself but also my assistant manager. So there will always be a person on the floor that you can talk to.

In terms of the lists, how much do you intend to carry over from Bergamot?

That same sense of adventure and curiosity we've built here with the wine will carry over. But I changed the wine list here so that it will not overlap at all with BISq, so you can get a completely different wine experience at both restaurants. We used to do a lot of that Northern French, Austrian, and German stuff here. I took it all off. And I sort of shifted the wine here more toward the Mediterranean and Adriatic, and opened it up to domestic, which traditionally at Bergamot we haven't had much domestic wine at all. And, honestly, that wine works better with the food here, which is a little more eclectic. It actually works out really well. And that allows me to indulge all of my little curiosities.

"Because it's something that is very important to me, philosophically and aesthetically, that I'm serving people something that is wholesome and that was made with integrity, and made with conscience."

As someone who has been in Boston restaurants over the last decade, how would you describe either the state of- or development of- Boston wine drinking tastes?

When I moved here in 2005, I moved from San Francisco. And it was really exciting to see, just in the juxtaposition, how much more Old World-centric the wine world here is. Especially with Cat Silirie, who has done so much to evolve the wine culture here, and continues to. So I think Boston's always had a stronger connection to the Old World of wine, and that was refreshing for me to come here.

And now with the help of a few select importers, it's also really nice to see how much natural wine has taken off here. Because it's something that is very important to me, philosophically and aesthetically, that I'm serving people something that is wholesome and that was made with integrity, and made with conscience. So it's really great to see all of this great, natural wine culture going on here. And it's growing even more, to now to the point where Boston, New York, and San Francisco are the centers of natural wine in the United States.

This will be your second time opening the sister restaurant from a successful first venture, having been with Craigie Street and then helping to open Craigie on Main. Has that experience helped you at all in how you're approaching BISq?

Definitely. I mean more so in that now I've had the experience of opening two pretty well-know, well-regarded, anticipated restaurants. So it's one of those things where the fundamentals of something—once you have them down, once you're comfortable with them—it makes everything else a lot more fun. More enjoyable. So the stress goes away [hesitates a beat], a little bit. And you just get to do what you know you're good at and what will make the place exciting and interesting. I mean [laughs] Craigie on Main was a beast to open because the restaurant basically doubled in size, so we had to hire a lot of new staff. We're downsizing here.

"I don't like serving people wine in a tie and jacket; I don't even like drinking wine in a tie and jacket."

I haven't seen the space yet, but it is going to be smaller then Bergamot?

It's about half the size of this dining room. We'll have just about 50 seats. And it's a completely different format of menu. We're not going to be accepting reservations; it's going to be in a lot of ways more casual service. The style of service will be similar, but the servers aren't going to be wearing uniforms. They'll be wearing t-shirts. I'm going to be wearing a t-shirt. I don't like serving people wine in a tie and jacket; I don't even like drinking wine in a tie and jacket. It's just going to be a different experience.

You mentioned BISq being a tribute to the wines you love. Is there a particular region or wine you would like to see get a bit more recognition, that you feel is underappreciated?

I'm a big champion of the Loire Valley. I think it presents the best value, and also the largest spectrum of wine stylistically. And that's going to make up a huge portion of our wine list at BISq. You can drink anything from the Loire Valley—they make everything. They were making sparkling wine there before they were in Champagne. And a lot of the growers represent that group that has conscience and integrity; it's a huge hotbed of natural wine. So, personally, I hope people pay even more attention to the Loire Valley.

One of the things that a lot of us always talk about is, why won't people drink champagne? Why won't people think about champagne the same way they think of a bottle of wine? One of the problems is it's obviously expensive. But the champagne we serve here and that you'll get at other really good restaurants is going to be some of the best champagne out there, for some of the best prices out there. It can be a great value. Plus it's probably the most versatile wine out there for food.

And I have a plan for BISq to try to get people to drink more champagne. Every day, shortly after we open—in the restaurant, so that people can watch—I'm going to saber a couple bottles of sparkling wine. It will usually be champagne, but it might be something else, from the Loire Valley or something else I'm really excited about. And so those two bottles will be available by the glass, or by two-ounces, until they're gone, and that's it. So every day you can come in and try something different. Even if it's just two ounces of something really special that I chopped the top off of. That way we can share our enthusiasm.

It has to be getting exciting at this point.

What's exciting to me about it is that it's going to be a little bit of a window into the way I think about wine, and what gets me excited about wine, and that's why we're going to have so many options. Whether you want to have two-ounces of a $25-a-glass champagne that we have open, or you want to have a 375ml decanter of great, young, fresh Beaujolais to drink with your boudin noir. It's a celebration of what's exciting about food and wine. Some of the things I've had in Europe, or in California, that have been some of the most exciting eating and drinking experiences of my life have been the simplest. And that's what we're going to go for here.

And lastly, a couple of words on wine. Is there a wine descriptor you particularly dislike?

‘Good juice.' Just for aesthetic reasons.

And one you particularly enjoy.

Joyous.

13 Oct 00:00

astudyinawesome: Important information about the fifth doctor



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Important information about the fifth doctor

16 Oct 23:01

Our New Favorite Tumblr: First Drafts Of History

by Robbie Gonzalez
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via firehose

Our New Favorite Tumblr: First Drafts Of History

John Overholt, Curator of Early Modern Books & Manuscripts at Harvard's Houghton Library, just launched a fascinating blog called "First Drafts of History," featuring the earliest extant versions of Wikipedia articles.

Read more...








16 Oct 16:16

The Man Who Sparked GamerGate Regrets The Harassment, Says He'd Do It Again

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'Gjoni's mother, who trains workers in harassment avoidance, preached caution.'

Eron Gjoni reflects on the “internet warfare” he accidentally created.

Via Twitter: @eron_gj

Eron Gjoni, the 24-year-old whose incendiary blog post precipitated GamerGate, the explosive and controversial movement that has come to dominate internet culture over the last six weeks, says he doesn't really care about the medium at the heart of the conflict.

"I don't, like, have a passion for games or anything," he told BuzzFeed News.

Gjoni's apathy might surprise anyone who has followed the zealous, sometimes deeply disturbing efforts of GamerGate's true believers, all of which — from demands for the reformation of game journalism, to email campaigns bombarding companies that advertise against anti-GamerGate writing, to death threats against female game critics and designers — evince an all-consuming concern with games and game culture.

It was Gjoni's 9,000-word narrative blog post about the breakdown of his relationship with a game developer named Zoe Quinn, titled "thezoepost," that sparked the now-ubiquitous online movement, which has been described by turns as a hate group, an ethics crusade, and the template for all online culture wars of the future. And because GamerGate is characterized by anonymity above all, Gjoni is, aside from the outspoken actor Adam Baldwin, perhaps the best known figure associated with the movement.

In an extensive instant message conversation with BuzzFeed News, Gjoni cut a mercurial figure. He expressed deeply ambivalent feelings about the movement spawned by his writing, ranging from a sense of near-pride and ownership to disgust. Asked if he knew in advance that his writing would eventually lead to wide-scale harassment, particularly of women, Gjoni said he wouldn't have published. Later in the conversation, he clarified himself:

"If I could go back in time and tell myself not to do this. I wouldn't. That is, I wouldn't tell myself not to. Because it's for the best. Regardless of how the outcome is actually getting painted. As this giant harassment campaign against women filled with all sorts of death threats. On the ground the movement isn't barely like that."

This kind of recursive, contradictory, and sometimes confusing argumentation characterized much of the interview.

Gjoni repeatedly insisted that the segments of GamerGate making news for harassment are from members of a trollish fringe who are "ruining everything." Part of this belief seems to stem from his assertion that "thezoepost" was not a misogynistic character assassination, as it has been painted online, but a "callout post" detailing Quinn's purported misdeeds and hypocrisies as an emblem of social justice. Indeed, Gjoni told BuzzFeed News, as he has written elsewhere, that he considers himself a social justice advocate.

In the weeks leading up to the publication of "thezoepost," Gjoni said he consulted with more than a dozen friends and colleagues, mostly men and women in the Boston tech scene, about the content of the article and the potential fallout. One of them, Rachel Martin, is a 25-year-old freelance designer who described herself as a radical feminist. Martin described Gjoni as "gentle and conscientious" and said that she condoned the publication of "thezoepost" because of her own past as a victim of emotional abuse, which she felt Quinn had committed against her friend.

Gjoni also consulted his mother, a human resources manager who asked that her name not be used. Gjoni's mother, who trains workers in harassment avoidance, preached caution. "I advised him to cool off and not make a decision based on emotions," she told BuzzFeed News. "I was not very happy that he made the decision to publish. As a parent, my feeling is that what you put on the internet is for eternity."

And yet Gjoni, whose friends described as deliberate and calm, may not have fully taken that reality into account. "I spent the better part of a month planning all contingencies," he told BuzzFeed News. "I gave this outcome an exceedingly low probability."

The feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel a recent speech at Utah State University because of a death threat related to GamerGate.

Wikimedia Commons/abbedabb

That probability has taken its toll. Until last week, Gjoni worked as a computer scientist at a Boston hospital, where he specialized in robotics and artificial intelligence. Gjoni, who emigrated to the United States with his parents from Albania when he was 6, was recruited to the position while he was still in college. Recently, his supervisors noticed that he looked haggard and wasn't getting much work done, and asked him if he wanted to resign. Gjoni said yes.

"Internet warfare takes a surprising amount of dedication," he said. Indeed, Gjoni, despite his protestations that he wrote "thezoepost" for ethical reasons unrelated to gaming, seems unable to leave the cause his writing sparked alone. He admitted to regularly advising GamerGate leaders, and seems to take some pride in the power he claims to exert over the movement, as well as over the effect the movement has had on gaming journalism.

"I've had to ... keep it from splitting the earth in two," he said.

And even as he won't distance himself from GamerGate, Gjoni won't quite take responsibility for the terrifying harassment that women have faced as a result of "thezoepost," donwplaying its significance: "The scale is actually not that large. And gender doesn't seem to be what sets off those harassment bouts, political ideology does."

Martin, Gjoni's friend, thinks that blaming "thezoepost" for the woman-hating extremes of GamerGate is short-sighted. "It's terrifying," she said, "But misogynists would have found another reason."

But they didn't. And Gjoni's story ultimately may be the definitive example of the way latent — and hateful — cultural forces in the internet seek expression everywhere. That's a fact with which Gjoni himself seems to just be coming to terms.

Asked what he would say to women who have been terrified by death threats and anonymous harassment, Gjoni said, "I can't deny my letter was the spark. I guess I feel compelled to offer an apology to them. But also I don't know how to do that without taking the responsibility away from people who are actually doing the harassment. But, I guess, let me know how I can make it up to you?"


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15 Oct 17:40

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14 Oct 10:58

Magic Forest Attire

by stylebubble
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via rosalind

>> In lieu of rekindling my love for fabrics and colours that look that touch bit magical and in the process, annoying you all with my inner Manic Pixie Dream Girl tendencies, I thought I’d follow up with an update from a fellow MPDG, albeit with far more talent and skills than my manic pixie self.  Lesia Paramonova first wooed me with her heady ways with floral prints and tulle and then she took us into the woods for a fairytale laced with school uniforms.  For her latest capsule LES’ collection, she once again goes into her own imagine magical forest (the word “les” loosely translates into forest in Russian) but this time, she has a partner-in-crime in the shape of Taiwanese illustrator Hsiao Ron Cheng (not quite manic, but definitely a dreamer girl when you look at her beautiful illustrations of pink haired pensive girls).  This is a collaboration of the sort that only the internetz could have brought about with Paramonova based in Moscow and Cheng in Taipei.  When mutually admired aesthetics meet online though, pretty things can happen and this capsule collection filled with trapeze frocks, LES’ signature printed bodysuits and leggings is the fruit of that like-minded Tumblr/Pinterest mash-up.  Paramanova has accessorised the capsule collection with her own toadstool speckled red double layered bucket hats and lace-up shoes with canvas tie backs just in case the the odd hybrid animals and coral reef formations dancing across your chest aren’t quite whimsical enough for you.  The only question remains is the blindingly obvious – when will Paramonova get it together like any other internetz-borne 21st century designer and get herself an Etsy or a Bigcartel.  The MPDG girls out there at large demand it goddamnit!  To my knowledge, LES’ is currently only available in selected stockists in Russia but has also been looking to expand internationally as she went to market with her collection as part of the Pitti Super tradeshow in Milan a few weeks ago.  Hopefully that will yield a few more avenues so that we might get our hands on Paramonova’s forest delights.

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And just to send you off on your merry way to wherever this drizzly Tuesday takes you, here are more of Cheng’s pretty-pretty illustrations.  She’s been working as a freelance illustrator since 2012 and has also participated in quite a few group exhibitions with her delicately balanced and precise pastel-washed portraits and still lifes.

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15 Oct 14:10

“It’s a terrible company”: Comcast not welcome in city, council says

by Jon Brodkin
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The City Council in Worcester, MA does not want Comcast coming anywhere near its residents. The cable company is seeking a license transfer from Charter as part of a customer swap that's tied to its purchase of Time Warner Cable, but the council is trying to block it.

"It's a terrible company," City Councilor Gary Rosen said after a vote last night, pointing to Comcast's "deplorable and substandard" customer service in other municipalities. "In my opinion, they should not be welcome in this city. Comcast is a wolf in wolf's clothing; it's that bad. They are awful, no doubt about it. Maybe we can't stop it, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out."

The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester reported today:

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13 Oct 13:54

Viale Opens This Wednesday in Central Square

by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Green Street alums Greg Reeves and Mark Young are behind the new "Mediterranean-inspired" restaurant, which is taking over the former Rendezvous space in Cambridge.

Viale (pronounced vee-AH-lay) opens to the public this Wednesday, October 15, co-owner Greg Reeves tells Eater. He and Mark Young haven't changed too much at the former Rendezvous space — more of a facelift, really. Reeves previously revealed a little bit about the menu:

"We’re calling it green-driven, Mediterranean-inspired. We’re going to have five or six pastas, apps and entrees, a couple of grilled pizzas, kind of Al Forno-inspired, because I think those pizzas are delicious. That kind of puts us in the Mediterranean area. And ingredient-driven. We live in New England, so we might as well use the shellfish and the farms when we can. Use what’s good and around."

To start, Viale's dining room will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a late-night bar menu available an hour later. For the first month, the restaurant will be closed on Tuesdays. Keep an eye out for Sunday brunch, possibly starting after the first of the new year.

Viale
502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1900

06 Oct 02:58

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tildastardust:

David Bowie w/ Fangs

Tilda Swinton in Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

13 Oct 07:00

How a Cemetery Ends Up Underground

by Miss Cellania
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In America’s colonial era, thousands of people were buried in a cemetery that is now the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. The Center Church on the Green, as it is called now, was built in 1814 right over top of a section of the cemetery! They set up pillars in the cemetery, and built the church on top, then put fill dirt around the church to make it ground level. That left a “basement’ of sorts for the remaining graves, complete with their original headstones. And it is there still. But that was only part of the large cemetery on the Green. What of the bodies outside of the church?

Yet in true Poltergeist-fashion, when in the 1820s the graveyard was relocated to the new Grove Street Cemetery, only the headstones were moved. By some estimates there are between 5,000 to 10,000 souls still buried below the Green, although one was disturbed during 2012's Hurricane Sandy when a tree was dislodged from the ground, and a skeleton was found coiled in the roots. Specifically, a skull was spotted just before Halloween with its jaw swung open as if in a silent howl, while a spine and rib cage remained attached.

You won’t see that, but you will see plenty of pictures of the Center Church on the Green and its underground cemetery-turned-crypt that is open to visitors, at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Allison Meier)

12 Oct 18:00

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Artist & Sculptor:

Alastair Mackie

"Untitled (Sphere)"

Mouse Skulls, Wood, Glass

2010

11 Oct 22:15

Newswire: Twin Peaks’ Michael Horse says Sheriff Truman will come back for the new episodes

by Sam Barsanti
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After 25 years of Twin Peaks-inspired fashion, Twin Peaks Pop Pilgrimages, Twin Peaks-themed B&Bs, Twin Peaks/Muppet mashups, Twin Peaks recreations on Twitter, Twin Peaks box sets, NES-style Twin Peaks intros, and however many Twin Peaks-related things that The A.V. Club hasn’t reported on, the show that inspired all of that crazy nonsense is finally coming back. Showtime announced just last week that it’s bringing Twin Peaks back for some kind of nine-episode continuation, with co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost fully on board. This being Twin Peaks, the project is still shrouded in secrecy, so while it seems like a safe assumption that guys like Kyle MacLachlan will return, we don’t really know for sure.

However, Michael Horse, who played Deputy Hawk in the original run of Twin Peaks, is certain that Michael Ontkean’s Sheriff Harry S. Truman is coming ...

12 Oct 00:07

Game developer Brianna Wu flees home after death threats, Mass. police investigating

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Game developer Brianna Wu, head of development at Boston-based Giant Spacekat, fled her home after receiving a series of specific, violent threats directed at her and her family on Twitter last night, she told Polygon. Police confirmed they are actively investigating the threats.

The harassment of Wu is the third such high profile event in the past three months involving a woman in games being the target of death and rape threats. In August, Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn was subjected to threats and harassment, as was Tropes vs Women in Games creator Anita Sarkeesian.

Wu believes she was targeted after tweeting a series of images critical of those who identify with the GamerGate campaign. After tweeting that members of the 8chan message board — a refuge for former 4chan posters — and GamerGate supporters had posted her personal information online, Wu republished a series of disturbing response tweets that contained violent threats and the developer's home address.

"And, here's the part of the night where I call the police," Wu tweeted alongside a disturbingly violent anti-feminist message directed at her. (A good timeline of the events on Twitter are collected at We Hunted The Mammoth.)

Capt. Richard Flynn, investigations commander with the Arlington Police Department, confirmed with Polygon that the incident is now under investigation with the department's Criminal Investigation Bureau. Polygon requested a copy of the police report, but our request was declined.

In an email to Polygon, Wu said she's also been in contact with the FBI and a detective in Boston regarding the harassment. Polygon has contacted the FBI for details on an investigation of the threats.

In the wake of last night's threats, Wu said she and her husband have left their home for "somewhere safe." Wu told Polygon she returned home today to "make sure nothing had been vandalized and to pick up some computer equipment," but said, "I'm not planning on being home for a while."

The attack on Wu has continued through today, she said. "Giant Spacekat's financial accounts are currently being targeted by hackers," she tweeted on Saturday afternoon.

Wu also responded to accusations that harassment toward her was fabricated as part of publicity or self-promotion.

"I am a professional developer, and I'd like to think I'm well regarded in this field," she told Polygon. "I can think of no quicker way to destroy my career than making up a false allegation like this, getting the FBI involved and getting arrested over it. It's absurd."

Earlier this year, Polygon published an editorial from Wu in which she outlined the rampant harassment that women in games regularly endure.

"[P]eople think men and women receive the same harassment online," she wrote at the time. "They do not. I'm not writing this piece to evoke your sympathy. I'm writing to share with you what prominent, successful women in the industry experience, in their own words."

12 Oct 10:58

More fun with Facebook: THE

by Mark Liberman
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The script that I used to make that course assignment about Facebook pronouns ("Sex, age, and pronouns on Facebook", 9/19/2014; "More fun with Facebook pronouns", 9/27/2014) can trivially be focused on any other words — so here's "the":

And "this":

Also "those":

And "that" (though the determiner version is mixed with the complementizer):

And "which":

For some reason, "these" doesn't show an age effect:

We may get a clue about what's going on from "and":

And also "or":

But "but":

02 Oct 17:13

10/2/2014 L’Eixample Valencia,...

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10/2/2014

L’Eixample

Valencia, Spain

39°27′53″N 0°22′12″W

The urban plan of the L’Eixample district in Valencia, Spain is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and square blocks with chamfered corners.