Don’t do that: Why joke headlines are a bad idea [Profanity warning]


Editors and staff are eating crow at The Suffolk Journal, the student newspaper at Suffolk University in Massachusetts. A sub-head printed in yesterday’s paper read, “Even we had some dumb fuckers sign up!”

Screenshot from the Feb. 1 Suffolk Journal, via jimromenesko.comDon’t get me started on the use of exclamation points in this headline and sub.

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Message received. No #SOPA. No #PIPA.

This week, the American (and international) public stood up and won in the face of big-dollar lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Protests Wednesday against SOPA and PIPA worked … for now.

You've been heard. #PIPA has been pulled so we can find a better solution.

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s tweet announcing that PIPA is a no-go.

The Protect Intellectual Property Act was taken off the Senate floor and just minutes later, the House took the Stop Online Privacy Act off the calendar.

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Yesterday, key portions of the Internet went dark. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and other sites all stood in solid opposition to two bills in Congress. But what was it all about and how big of a problem is online piracy?

Over at Ars Technica, there’s a good read about what this all means with a hard and critical look at what the SOPA/PIPA supporters are yelling about.

Out come the legs for the — Jump! Jump! Up to the top of the — Stump! Stump!

I’ve been a fan of Barenaked Ladies for a long time. Theirs were among the first 10 CDs I bought back in the ’90s when I bought my first stereo. I was listening to them before they had a website and they are one of three bands I have seen twice live in concert (the other two being Third Eye Blind and U2). Continue reading

High tech hiking

Heather and I started a new hobby: geocaching. I’ve been interested in trying this for some time, but until now, the only GPS we’ve owned is in the car (which would get the job done, albeit clunky). But in July I got my first Android phone. After a bit of Googling, we decided that has the most extensive list of caches. I downloaded an app and with phone in hand, last weekend, we hit our first two geocaches (GCH103 and GC22ZE1), both very close to home. Since then we stopped by another before grocery shopping Thursday and we plan to find another tomorrow.

Finding the trail

At a fork in the trail on one of our first geocaching expeditions, I check the GPS to make sure we are headed the right way.

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Exit from Mormonism

Today marks a milestone. Ten years ago today, I flew home from my LDS mission in California. I knew at that time that my faith was lacking, but I had no idea that within five years I would leave the church.

And as I approached the 10th anniversary of coming home, I had to write my exit story. At 6 p.m. on June 6 (6 o’clock on 6-6) — 10 years ago — I stepped off the plane at Salt Lake City International Airport. I was home from the “best two years of my life” (I hated almost every minute of it).

I spent two years as a Mormon missionary in southern California.
I spent two years as a Mormon missionary in southern California.

But my path away from Mormonism goes back much further. As a teenager, I attended church because it was expected. I went to seminary because it was expected. I was in youth leadership at church, because it was expected.
Most of my life had been charted for me. I was the fourth of six children and the second of four boys. I was the middle child in the “perfect” Mormon family in the “perfect” ward.

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