Monday, November 14, 2016

From Joke to President

Since reading isn't fun and using your eyes and brain to process written words brings pain for the entire organism I thought I'd sum up the Election of 2016 in a single incredible video. Think of this as the long awaited sequel to the Hall of the Trumpen King. When the subject is taught in school a hundred years from now a simple showing of this should more than suffice. Their laughter has turned to mourning, their smug self-assurance to fear, their "Right Side of History" to riots and burning dumpsters. 

Still not tired of winning? Well, pop a top and grab some tendies because here's a much more lengthy treatment of the same subject from my old friends The Young Turks. Apparently they do more than impotently railing against crooked casinos, they also impotently wail against the Democratic process. This video truly has it all, going from arrogant over-confidence and "how I hurt a child with a bowling ball" drivel to complete and total meltdown into teeth-gnashing defeat, worthless profanity and finger pointing. It's the entire last ten days distilled down to a single video. Truly incredible stuff, here.

Komment Korner

I had to immediately bring the bar to left and replay this. Absolute gold.

If this was shown on the GTA 5 TV I wouldn't know any different and would think it is actually a show in the game

I use to think Ann was pretty but God damn she's an ugly person on the inside

And Confucius said, "It takes many nails to make a crib, but only one screw to fill it."

Bernie can still win this.

Denied Trump's victory just like how he denies the Armenian genocide.

This is better than cocaine.

Like a pimp. Get us some jobs man.

Aaron Zehner is the author of "The Foolchild Invention" available in paperback and e-book format. Read free excerpts here and here. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

News You Can't Use: Study Finds Lonely People Humanize Tech Gadgets

Since I was raised as a feral child by friendly calculators and speak-n-spells in the basement of a Radio Shack it comes naturally for me to assign human characteristics to Chinese light boxes. But what of the so-called "lonely," those wretched souls who want for human companionship and, I guess, can't afford regular lap dances or trips to a Mormon singles retreat or what have you. It appears that the man-shaped hole in your bed can, in fact, be poorly filled in by pretending the electronic devices in your life are capable of returning the love and affection you shower on them. This is all a clear sign of societal health.

Many of us have had the experience of talking to — or, more like, swearing at — our computer as if it had a mind of its own. 

Yeah, my computer or "device," as it now calls itself. I tell it "Listen up, device. I got vices of my own and I'll crush you in one of them. PAIN!!!"

Some of us, ahem, have even treated our iPhones or Kindles like they were willfully trying to screw with us.

All right Kindle, everything up until now has just been fun and games as far as I'm concerned. But now you're starting to make me mad. And when I get mad, bad things happen, so please display the written vampire capitalist with a heart of gold pornography.

As relatable as this impulse is, though, a new study published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that it’s lonely and anxious people who are most likely to anthropomorphize technological gadgets.

Losers most likely to engage in pathetic dork-meister behavior, imagine that.

But, according to researchers, when we’re reminded of our close connections with other people, regardless of how lonely or anxious we are, we are less likely to humanize these inanimate devices.

I had a friendly conversation with another Wise Wise Man so you're not getting any love, Central Processing Unit.

“We think this work really highlights how important feeling socially connected is to people and the lengths people will go to ‘reconnect’ when they feel disconnected, and it reminds us of the value of our close relationships,” said lead researcher Jennifer Bartz of McGill University in a press release.

Another McGill University snob.

The researchers put 178 participants through a series of questionnaires that measure things like a person’s loneliness and self-esteem.

Darling are you lonesome tonight? y/n

Then, half the participants were asked to think about an “important” and “meaningful” relationship and answer a bunch of questions about that particular person.

Then we got a boodle of statistics which were wirr-zizzired into some highly dubious conclusions about y'all folks.

Mud, slime, necrotic rotting bodies...uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Then the participants were asked to read descriptions of four different gadgets, including Clocky, an alarm clock with wheels that rolls away from you when it goes off.  

Conversely I'll roll right up on your grill when I go off.

The researchers found a strong association between loneliness and a tendency to humanize gadgets.

They also found a strong association between grant money and making some sort of finding.

The researchers suggest that anthropomorphizing tech is a way that lonely and anxious people seek out a sense of connection — but it’s not exactly a great long-term strategy.

Have you tried getting married and raising a family instead of having Omega Man conversations with Clocky, in other words.

Aaron Zehner is the author of "The Foolchild Invention" available in paperback and e-book format. Read free excerpts here and here.