1. Bill Simmons leaves ESPN, and Twitter blows up wondering where he’s headed next. Will it be Buzzfeed? Will it be Vox? My bet is that he’s feeling burned from the Grantland experience under the ESPN/Disney umbrella, and will want to do it on his own. He can raise the $, and it opens up lots of opportunities for not doing the normal thing (*cough*build a website*cough*). My joke on Twitter was only half-kidding: Of course, he doesn’t need to join Facebook to do that; they’ll give him the < 8 second load times he needs, and share the ad revenue with him. Speaking of which…
  2. Andrew Weissman: No Stack Startup. See Vine stars, YouTube stars, Casey Neistat on Snapchat, publishers on Medium…and what I’m sure will be a bunch of upstart media companies doing things exclusively on Facebook.
  3. Here’s a no-stack “startup” I’d love to see come back to life: Tay Text, “the keyboard app that lets Taylor do the talking for you.” It burned brightly, but briefly: the app is currently unavailable in the app store. Lawyers gonna lawyer.
  4. The no-stack art gallery: Papa John’s Projects, an online art space that is only on Facebook.
  5. Via Om, How Vine Changed Our Minds, on Dazed.
  6. Pentametron, the Twitter bot I’m still obsessed with, and won’t shut up about. (For background, Pentametron constantly scours Twitter for tweets in iambic pentameter, finds a pair that rhymes, and then RTs the pair in quick succession.) It’s filtered this week because I’ve finally decided how to read the couplets: in chronological order. Which means that you have to read them bottoms up in the reverse-chron land of timelines, but it’s the order in which the words were birthed into the world, and discovered by the bot. The paired couplet I’m reading as I write this paragraph: “ Please note: everyone who reads them in reverse-chron order is now officially on notice.
  7. Frida Kahlo’s prosthetic leg, and other items of clothing.
  8. Jason Hirschorn is an excellent subtweeter.
  9. This interview with Sherry Turkle, about her latest book . Emphasis mine.
  10. Wired In, a Kickstarter project to produce a sign for your desk that lights up and says “Wired In.” It has Bluetooth and USB and is Arduino-based so that you can control it from your phone, or an app on your desktop, or a command in Slack. Just to be clear, to make sure we’re all on the same page: this is a light-up sign for your desk, that you connect and control from your computer, to signal to your coworkers that you are too busy to talk to them, with a line from a movie about…oh, never mind.
jesus. fucking. christ.

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