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Hello Sweetie

Matt Smith Does the Dishes; Pleases Mothers Everywhere

What enterprising person took a picture of Matt Smith while he was doing the dishes, you ask? Why, none other than his own mother. Did you know that Matt Smith’s mother Lynne Smith is on Twitter? Well now you do. I bet a lot of moms would be moved to tweet adoration for a son who cooked Sunday dinner and then cleaned up after it as well, but not many would be retweeted more than two thousand times.

Previously in Matt Smith

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#thatwoman, A Hashtag About the Difficulties of Speaking Up About Gender Politics in the Tech Industry

Yesterday, Kotaku published a piece by Rachel Edidin that went by the title ”She Was Harassed By A Games Reporter. Now She’s Speaking Out.” While it was structured around telling the story of Alice Mercier (not her real name) a female member of the video games industry who recently anonymously publicized her sexually harassment on Facebook by a male peer, the piece also focused on how infuriatingly, personally familiar Mercier’s story is to many women working in video games and the wider tech industry. Even so, despite the the entire article clearly laying out the reasons why women find it socially difficult and professionally dangerous to speak up about sexist behavior in the tech industry, it left lots of people asking why all of these ladies didn’t “shut him down,” “complain to HR,” or “go public.”

Folks banded together with the #thatwoman hashtag to point out that one of the reasons is that pushing back against harassment or biased treatment, no matter how clear a case, can and even tends to follow and negatively affect the victim just as much as the accused. Nobody wants to become that woman.

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For A More Civilized Age

Marvel and Star Wars Got in a Twitter Fight Last Night, With a Cameo from Tony Stark

Okay, so yes, the idea of a huge swath of what is culturally important to me being owned by a single company is kind of frightening in an Orwellian sort of way, but on the other hand I guess stuff like this happens too? I’ll get back to you on whether this has lulled me into a false sense of security later.

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it's time to play the music

Muppets Most Wanted Has Another Twitter-Inspired Trailer: Outrage

I checked for you. Yes, every Twitter handle in the commercial exists. They all appear to be decently convincing forgeries. Taken individually, they are plausible new Twitter accounts. Compared with each other the similarities become clear. Hats off to you, Muppets Most Wanted PR team. You could have just reserved those accounts so that nobody used them against you and then done nothing with them. But you didn’t. Hats off.

Previously in Muppets Most Wanted

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Octopus Chandelier With Light-Up Arms

 

Check out this amazingly detailed octopus chandelier which includes detachable, light-up tentacles. The original from Mason’s Creations has already sold but if you’ve got $18,000 to spare you can order one for yourself.  Or for The Mary Sue offices.

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the internet is serious business

Twitter Gets An Origin Story TV Show, Facebook Gets Another Movie, I Get a Headache

Twitter is being turned into a TV show, and there’s a movie in the works about how some guy changed his life through Facebook. I’m done. I’m so done.

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Elsewhere on the internet

Twitter Might Let You Edit Tweets, Facebook Will Definitely Let You Watch Ads

Attention, social media mavens: There’s a rumor that God will finally look down on you from His heavenly abode and give you the best gift that humanity could hope to receive, barring world peace and the end of hunger and things like that. Yes, you may be able to edit your tweets. Cue the choir of angels.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Wreath of Khan

Christmaaaaaaaaas! (by Annie Shapiro, via Nerd Approved)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Twitter Added A Female Board Member

It’s Marjorie Scardino! (via Jezebel)

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Make It So

Listen As Patrick Stewart Gives You The Best Twitter Advice You’ll Ever Hear

Learn it, live it, love it.

Previously in Patrick Stewart, aka The Coolest Guy on Twitter

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