Users Permanently Alter Their Minds Inside a Network in an Excerpt From Jayinee Basu’s The City of Folding Faces

Mara is very different now, after digitising and uploading herself as a “space-time tubeform” into the network of the Roulette. There’s even a word for people like her in the universe of Jayinee Basu’s 2019 scifi novella The City of Folding Faces—they’re called Ruga, a hyperperson who has absorbed so much information in the Roulette that only another Ruga can truly understand them. Read More >>

Oops, Snapchat Accidentally Ended Up on a Russian Government Snitch Registry

As Russia transitions into an internet dystopia, it appears that Snapchat has been dragged right in. Today, Snapchat’s parent company Snap was registered as an “information distribution organiser.” And by 1 July 2018, an amended law will require “information distribution organisers” to store months of user data, and make it available for the Russian law enforcement upon request. Read More >>

This TV Backlighting System Messed Me Up

This is opulence. Suddenly, there is extra light blasting from behind my TV screen, making a day-glow title sequence positively atomic. The DreamScreen, a backlighting system that’s designed to make your TV viewing more immersive, is a luxury that I absolutely don’t need. In theory, the supplementary lights change colour based on the pixels on the TV screen for an “immersive theatre experience.” In practice, it’s an overstimulating, distracting, nauseating novelty, and I can’t get enough of this shit. Read More >>

Facebook Adds Reactions to Comments, Panic Attacks to Me

Facebook made another bad decision, adding an unnecessary amount of nuance to your interactions on its social platform. You can now “sad” and “wow” not just posts and messages, but also comments. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want this level of comprehensive feedback. Read More >>

The Sex Life of an Armadillo Is Even More Depressing Than Yours

Armadillos do not like to hang out. They generally keep to their home range, avoiding each other and eating alone. The breeding season poses a particular set of challenges for the solitary creatures, namely, tolerating one another long enough to fuck. Read More >>

North Korea’s Zoo Chimp Smokes a Pack a Day Because Life Is Cruel and People Are Terrible

Nineteen-year-old Azalea, a chimp who’s probably as smart as your kid, has to live in North Korea’s Central Zoo in Pyongyang. But that’s not why she’s smoking a pack a day. It’s because some arsehole trained her to use a lighter, to puff smoke, and then bow and dance for delighted families all day. Read More >>

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Russia’s Bizarre Pokémon Pop Tribute Is Insane 

Last month, a grown man in fluffy Pikachu pyjamas performed a manic routine from Hell on Russian state-controlled Channel 1, complete with Pokébabes and Pokéhunks dancing with giant prop iPhones, half-twerking and bouncing about on blow-up Pokéballs. Read More >>