Enough, fanbois

SMH’s story on aspiring model Isobella Jade, who perfected the art of freeloading by coming into the New York Apple store every day for 18 months to check her email, should be headlined: Apple perfects the art of freeloading off fanboi journos for publicity.

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tl;dr

Nicholas Carr writes in The Atlantic how the internet (not just Google, despite the title) is sapping our ability to read in depth long passages of text. On the intertubes we tend to skim and sample, looking for the quick win; the nugget of information that means we can stop reading. However, Carr finds this…

Was it good for you, ladies?

As I write this, thousands of women around Australia are in the postorgasmic glow of having seen the breathlessly anticipated SATC movie. The SMH tells us that cinemas have reported being “compeltely overwhelmed” by the demand for tickets, as though the high-quality Aussie meeja hadn’t already given the bloody thing enough free publicity. “We haven’t…

Smart-arse Jewish scientists explain how sarcasm works

A team of neuropsychologists from Haifa University have worked out how the brain processes sarcasm. Dr Simone Shamay-Tsoory said language areas on the left hand side of the brain interpret the literal meaning of words and the frontal lobes and the right side of the brain understand the social and emotional context. An area called…