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QuoteBut hmm! I wonder if the guy in the picture is the creator of this prank, and he just gets off on you watching him get whapped in the balls. Like, Eventually, you staring at this gif, that's turning him on.
Now you're the pervert.
In this age, I'd struggle to argue that this is not a distinct possibility. People have been staging "You've been framed" videos for decades so the odds of a kid going out of his way to injure himself to attempt to make a viral video have to be at least 50%.
In cases like "One man one jar" the odds rise significantly to damn near certain.
Ghost in the Wires -- My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick
It's fun--it's kinda of a How-to-Social-Engineer-the-phone-company-in-autobiography form...but it's fun.
I made the mistake of following Mitnick on Twitter, reading GitW, The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion all around the same time, the effect of which was that every time I read his words it sounded like "*nudge nudge* hey, remember how I was awesome haxor? Do you remember the whistling down phone lines things? Remember that?".
The moral of the story is not to follow Mitnick on Twitter, or in fact use Twitter at all.
Reading Karmeron Hurley's God's War: The Bel Dame Apocrypha, with my usual approach of allowing Charles Stross's guest bloggers to determine what to put on my Kindle.
I interpreted the comic quite a bit differently. The things they were referencing got increasingly obscure, so there was an air of competition (also indicated by the increasing shortness of references and the speed at which they were thrown out); I'd compare it more to nerd exclusionism -- you know, the YOU'RE NOT A REAL GEEK BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THE INCREDIBLE HULK'S SHOE SIZE bullshit.funny you should mention nerds, i was just talking to someone about the difference between nerds and hipsters and i think it's the sincerity of the thing being enjoyed. Nerds and hipsters can like almost exactly the same things but in different ways. for instance, a hipster can watch an old Godzilla movie and love it ironically, deriving joy from pointing out how cheesy the effects are, and how hoky the rubber suits are and how bad the plot is, whereas an kaiju nerd can love the same movie warts and all, despite and indeed sometimes BECAUSE all those elements are there, it "just wouldn't be X if it didn't have Y".
(And, yes, a running gag is that everyone in the comic is a hipster. I don't think the irony of using meta-commentary there was accidental.)
Nerds take pride in loving things no one else likes/knows about because a shared sense of outsiderhood is part of the culture.
Hipsters appropriate things no one else likes/knows about in an attempt to be the most Interesting Mysterious Person in the Room
Hipsters keep the things they like at a distance, Nerds smother the things they love like an overly attached girlfriend.
Hipsters Do it all to be hip and cool and up on the latest underground trends, Nerds do it to show love for their beloved things, and don't care if it's not cool. If fact, it's better if it's not cool, coolness is the ENEMY.