Coping on Yelp


Chase Compton {yelp profile} writes sentimental Yelp reviews.

Actually, the word “review” is an understatement. Chase is broadcasting his breakup, re-living his favorite moments of a bygone relationship through the germane medium that is the Internet review.

From his 5-star review of Sundaes and Cones in the East Village {yelp}, sandwiched between a 4-star review of the ice cream cookie cake by Charissa I. and a 3-star review by Kristina L. (pro tip: don’t get the green tea flavor):

I stood at the display case and stared intensely at all of the beautiful ice cream cakes. They were so artfully minimalist, and beautiful, and I thought about how easy it would be for me to eat one in its entirety. There was one in particular that stood out to me that was different from the rest. It was a small cake with green frosting that was made to look like grass, with patches of little green icing that looked like shrubbery. Dotted amongst the shrubs were little piles of brown fondant shaped like piles of poop. At this, I laughed.

I wanted this cake with all of my heart, and wished that someone would buy it for me. I wanted this cake to be my wedding cake, because it made all of the sense in the world. Life is shitty. Shit happens. Shit hits the fan, but thank God there is ice cream cake in the world. My relationship Him was the absolute embodiment of this very cake sitting in the case before me. It looked very shitty–it really did. It was covered in poop, and probably not many people would consider it to be something worth craving. But I knew that in my heart that it wasn’t really poop–it was frosting. It was all just freaking frosting. Beneath that shitty visage that the world is tricked into seeing was ice cream. And cake. And I love ice cream and cake.

For more, check out his interview {npr}.

{Image above via Empire Guides.}

Pound-Sign Art

This site takes images like this:


And turns them into ASCII art, that is, pictures made from standard keyboard characters. As wikipedia explains it:

ASCII art is a graphic design technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII)… ASCII art can be created with any text editor, and is often used with free-form languages.

Here’s a screenshot of the converted image:

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And a closeup. It’s a bunch of tiny “#” signs in different colors.

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And check out the “live” ASCI art file of this photo here.

Don’t think this service has a practical application, but it’s cool. Check it out, it’s called PICASCII.

Last Man to Know Who Won the Super Bowl

Love this story {tldr}:

Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the US play a game called “Last Man.” The goal is to be the last man in America to find out who won the Super Bowl.

It gets pretty brutal too. People create twitter accounts just to ruin the competition for these guys, using handles like “ravens_won” to communicate with those-who-would-rather-not-know.

Definitely worth a listen.

Homophobic Tweets in Pennsylvania

Hate Speech Map

A new project by Humbolt University professor Monica Stephens displays a map of hate speech usage on twitter, adjusted for population, per U.S. county.

Host Michel Martin: […] your team pulled together every geo-coded tweet in the U.S., from June 2012 to April 2013, that contained certain keywords related to hate speech like the N-word or the F-word and people, and so forth like that…

Monica Stephens: Yeah, and then my students actually read through every single geo-coded tweet using one of these words to determine if the sentiment in the tweet was negative aimed towards that particular group or positively aimed towards that group or neutral towards that group.

The conclusion may not surprise you:  the most hate speech resides in the midwest.

Via {npr}.