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When Advertising, and Humanity, Tried Harder.

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Little Nemo in Slumberland – The full run of Winsor...

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Little Nemo in Slumberland – The full run of Winsor McCay’s beautiful, psychedelic comics of over 100 years ago

Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays!
by Winsor McCay
Sunday Press Books
2005, 120 pages, 16.2 x 21.1 x 0.8 inches
$525 Buy a copy on Amazon

One hundred years ago Sunday newspaper comics were a big deal. They were published, as all newspapers were then, on huge tabloid sheets that opened up as large as a table. Printed in full color, they played the role that movies, TV, and the Internet combined would later play in entertainment. Their huge canvases carried the pop culture of the day. Among the many popular “strips” from that era, one stands out for its artistic brilliance: Little Nemo. Cast as the dreams of a sleeping boy, these large, swelling visions were psychedelic, surreal and hallucinogenic trips. And totally beautiful. This one-of-a-kind book reproduces the full run of this comic from 1905 onward at the same scale and quality of the original. Opening its pages today is still magical, and only hints at how amazing it would have been 100 years ago. This is truly a book that only works printed on paper. It is a remarkable work of art in itself. – Kevin Kelly

July 22, 2014

 

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digdoug
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$525?!?
And I'd need a custom built bookshelf or coffee table. Damn it all...
Louisville, KY
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Large Whale Gently Lifts Two Kayakers Out of the Water Off the Coast of Argentina

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YouTube user gisela6652 has uploaded a video of

In this video uploaded by YouTube user, gisela6652, a father and daughter have their kayak lifted into the air by a large surfacing baleen whale lifting a kayak filled with a father and daughter into the air while they were while whale watching off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. There’s some speculation as to the species of whale doing the gentle lifting, with some viewers believing though some viewers believe it’s a southern right whale — a type , which are commonly spotted off the the coast of the South American country.

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digdoug
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So very nifty. I will see whales in person before I bite it. (It will require travel, and motion sickness pills.)
Louisville, KY
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PHP Developer Needed in Columbus, OH!

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I got this email from a “Senior Recruiter” (spammer) at Robert Half Technology today:

Hello Marco,

I hope this email finds you well. Your qualifications match a PHP Developer position we currently have with a great company in the Columbus market area. I wanted to find out your current employment situation and inquire as to whether or not you are currently in the job market and what type of opportunities you might entertain?

PHP Web Developer

[pages of garbage removed]

Desired Candidate Profile:

  • Delivering Quality code.
  • Extensive knowledge of iterative development lifecycle management and tools.
  • Able to direct the work of others, prioritize tasks and allocate resources.
  • Must be able to lead cross-functional project teams and coordinate activities of others.

    Experience in:

  • Design, develop, and management of PHP Web Applications.

  • Familiarity with WAMP, LAMP environments.
  • Experience with MySQL.
  • Taken a team through multiple complete product development cycles.
  • Agile application development.
  • Experience developing and using Web Services

I look forward to hearing back from you!

Let me tell you a story about Robert Half Technology in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Robert Half was the first place I went to interview for a job after college. They listed a specific job online, maintained that premise through a phone interview, and then asked me to come in, only to reveal in person that there wasn’t actually a specific position available — they just wanted to get me on their list of temp consultants they could rent out.

Robert Half Technology does everything that gives tech recruiters a bad name, and everything that makes looking for a tech job so incredibly difficult when you’re young and inexperienced. They do the entire industry a great disservice. Nobody who works there should be proud of what their company does, or be under the illusion that they’re helping anyone.

After looking over my resume with me in person, which was pretty light since I was applying for my first job after getting my computer science degree, they said I couldn’t and shouldn’t be a programmer, and should stick to basic IT jobs instead.

A few days later, they assigned me one awful weekend job where I, and about 50 other similar chumps, sat around and watched a huge company’s PCs upgrade to Windows 2000 and occasionally clicked buttons when necessary. I quit after two days when I got a real job offer — as a programmer.

But that was mostly luck: a friend from college had just been hired there and connected us. I narrowly escaped a career of working for cheap IT body-farms, always regretting not starting out as a programmer like I wanted to.

So, Robert Half Technology, kindly fuck off.1


  1. I responded to the Senior Recruiter with my requirements — $10 million a year (plus medical) and relocation of the company to New York — but disclosed that I am probably not qualified for this position since I do not have any experience in Agile. 

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digdoug
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Every "IT"ish placement firm in the midwest is some degree of this shitstorm. It's flat out a numbers game, with little regard for the people that feed the beast.
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Mother Hydra
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Robert Half Technology can just fuck off, no kindness is deserved. I've had nothing but terror the few times I've crossed paths with a RH contractor. Their recruiting tactics are the slimy icing on a rancid cake resulting in our organization's decision to blacklist the firm. Terrible from top to bottom. Marco's experience seems about right.
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bookrarian: liamdryden: "That’s the worst Batman cosplay I’ve...

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bookrarian:

liamdryden:

"That’s the worst Batman cosplay I’ve seen in my life!"

"BATman? Well that explains it"

"What?"

"Why he looks like he dressed in the dark!"

"D’OOHHHHOHOHOHOOO"

Best. Cosplay. Of. All. Time.

This.is.awesome.

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The cuteness. It burns.

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Yesterday, (and apparently several times in the past) super popular twitterer @darth kicked off the kind of love-in that only the Internet can provide. #hugadog

Big Ones
Little Ones
One by One
Or in a group
Ones that Hug Back
Ones that Dodge
Ones that Doge
Ones that need a home

It doesn't matter if you're a kid, an adult, or a dog, life's better when you hug a dog.
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digdoug
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sharing my own mefi post.. because it's AWESOME
Louisville, KY
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