“2. A thought is a physical pathway in the brain. The more you have that thought the more you groove that path and the easier it is to have it again. That’s why having the thought “Why do I suck?” is never a great idea.”—30 Amazing Facts About Your Brain (via brooklynmutt)
“Forget what they say about prostitution, professional trolling is the oldest profession.
Garden of Eden? Four people (six if you count God as three), all but one of them is trolling.
And Adam gets trolled to shit.
Trojan War? Agamemnon trolls Achilles,
So Achilles reverse trolls him,
So Hector trolls everyone,
So Patroclus gets trolled hardcore,
So Achilles trolls Troy,
And Paris trolls Achilles,
So that one archer guy with the poison trolls Paris.
And Odysseus trolls the fucking shit out of everyone,
And Troy gets trolled to death,
And Odysseus goes around trolling for the next ten years,
And then gets trolled by Athena.
Did I miss anything.”—Eric VanBaak
With the enormous success of Mythbusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will soon have a second Discovery Channel show of their very own. Called Unchained Reaction, it will have contestants building outlandish Rube Goldberg machines to be judged by Jamie and Adam.
“We should learn something from the way these American Internet companies protested against SOPA and PIPA. A free and democratic society depends on every one of us caring about politics and fighting for our rights. We will not achieve it by avoiding talk about politics.”—Liu Qinqyan, on the (heavily censored) Chinese microblogging platform Weibo
The Federal Bureau of Investigation moved against a group of suspected online pirates Thursday, targeting the popular file-sharing website megaupload.com a day after Washington lawmakers were besieged by complaints about legislation designed to crack down on the online sharing of pirated copies of music, movies and other material, people familiar with the matter said.
Investigators said there was no connection between arrests in their two-year investigation and the political firestorm that erupted this week over a pending vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act.
This is a big deal, and even if it’s not related to SOPA, the timing certainly does a lot to put it on the minds of those worried about the law.
3SOPA/PIPA sponsors withdraw support on day of blackout source
» Feeling some heat? Of these three co-sponsors of the SOPA or PIPA legislation, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is by far the biggest name. Rubio cited concerns about “a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet.” The other two co-sponsors were Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, and Rep. Ben Quayle of Arizona. A Quayle spokesman, Zach Howell, made it clear the Arizona congressman could vote for a reworked bill: “The bill could have some unintended consequences that need to be addressed. Basically it needs more work before he can support it.”