In Texts from Jane Eyre, Mallory Ortberg imagines conversations between a host of different literary characters, authors, and innocent bystanders. (The one through-line? Most of them are terrible jerks.) Because the humorist and Toast cofounder is also a practiced Twitter whiz, we decided to give her another challenge: Sum up nine great works of fiction—yes, Sweet Valley High counts—without going over the site’s notoriously slim character limit. Here’s what she came up with. (P.S. High schoolers: You’re still gonna have to read the actual books.)
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The good news: As of Tuesday afternoon, every episode of The Simpsons is finally streaming online for free.*
The bad news: Thanks to hordes of rabid fans like you and me, the website and app aren’t working particularly well—think long load times, endless buffering, and frequent error messages. Sure, these bugs will undoubtedly get ironed out as the initial rush on Simpsons World subsides; as of today, things are already running a lot more smoothly than they were when the site officially launched yesterday. But for those who have been drooling in anticipation, Homer-style, since the site’s advent was announced over the summer, this totally expected development is still a little frustrating. At least the 404 messages are cute: READ FULL STORY
First potato salad, now an album made entirely of cat sounds: The ideas behind high-profile crowdfunding projects are sounding more and more like a game of Mad Libs.
Some background: Killer Mike and El-P, who make music together as the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, joked in September about releasing a special edition of their next album that replaces all their beats with cat sounds. Then a Kickstarter user created a campaign to turn the joke into a reality. Soon, musicians like Zola Jesus, Boots, Just Blaze, and more clambered to contribute to Meow the Jewels.
As goofy as the project is, it’s far from the weirdest celebrity crowdfunding project the Internet has ever seen. From Shaq Fu to a personal Kenny Loggins concert, here are some of the oddest requests trying to get your money.
On Tuesday, Variety released a survey that revealed the five most influential figures among Americans ages 13-18 are all Youtube celebrities. These stars beat out mainstream stars (including the queen of relatability, Jennifer Lawrence), all without the help of studio budgets, national TV appearances, or PR teams.
That’s kind of the point.
Last week, a guy calling himself Zack Danger Brown created a humble Kickstarter campaign, with a modest goal of $10, to make a simple potato salad. The internet started throwing money at him.
After mashing through his original goal, the flood of cash hasn’t stopped. The Kickstarter has more than 1,500 backers giving over $10,000, with another 26 days to go. According to Kicktraq, a website that tracks the status of Kickstarter campaigns, Zack is on track to raise more than $91,000 by the time the campaign ends. READ FULL STORY
About a year ago, the Internet—at least, the not-insubstantial part of it where hip-hop, contemporary art, and online culture overlap—went suddenly, seriously crazy over a Swedish rapper named Yung Lean. He had just released a song and video called “Hurt,” and was about to release a mixtape in conjunction with the influential Brooklyn streetwear brand Mishka. It was crudely made, from its rudimentary beat to its garishly computerized video, and the ambiguity of whether it was serious was part of the appeal.
“Hurt” seemed like the sort of weirdly entertaining diversion the Internet likes to obsess over briefly, just until the next one shows up—but Yung Lean’s fan base has only grown and strengthened since then. A little less than a month ago, he released a new single, “Yoshi City,” that significantly ups the quality in all respects, from the catchiness of the hook to the professional production quality of the video.
Now Lean’s about to start his first American tour and is prepping for the release of a new album later this year. He’s also on the verge of making the leap from an Internet cult to a real-life one, a la Odd Future. Here’s a primer on the unexpected next big thing in rap (maybe):
Behold: According to EW.com editor Kyle Ryan, this video is “why the internet was invented.”
The concept is not unlike that of the Wet Hot American Summer commentary track that comes complete with “extra farts.” Here, though, the clips originated in various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, which gives the montage some added… gravity? That’s not the right word. Anyway, at least now we know what Conan the Barbarian really meant when he asked Subotai, “Have you ever felt such a wind?” (The clip’s creators did, however, miss an opportunity to have Mr. Freeze answer “What killed the dinosaurs?” with a big, juicy fart noise.) READ FULL STORY
Ever wonder what Pitbull was like before he became Mr. Worldwide? Wonder no more. Feast your eyes and ears on 18-year-old Armando Christian Pérez as he raps about safe sex at a high school performance. Dale!
In the video, posted back in December but woefully undiscovered, Miami native “Chris” announces that he will perform “AIDS Plays” and “Love to Live,” though we only get to hear the former. A far cry from his sexy hits “I Know You Want Me” and “Hotel Room Service,” “AIDS Plays” acts as more of a PSA for safe sex. He’s trying to send a message. We dig it.
While spitting rhymes, young Pitbull even manages to get in a few pop culture digs: 1) “Unlike Clinton, HIV is impeachless,” and 2) “It’s a lethal weapon without Gibson or D. Glover.” His ultimate message: “AIDS plays an everyday part of our life. It could be your mother, your brother, even your wife. Every move you do, choose safe sex. Bless yourself with a pack of latex.”
You heard the man. READ FULL STORY
Google employees develop gadgets that help make the world a better place. Sometimes they get kids to help.
Today’s Google doodle highlights one such invention, a “transformative water purifier” from the mind of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang of New York. Zhang’s fanciful machine takes in liquid from polluted rivers, lakes, and oceans, and then transforms it into clean, drinkable water. “When humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life,” Zhang wrote in her description of the piece. READ FULL STORY
Beyond the search engine that made it what it is today, Google has become the epitome of big-branded tech companies. Of course, many TV shows and movies feature Google-like businesses without directly implying that it’s pretty much just Google with a different name. (That is, of course, except for The Internship, which somehow did get permission to use Google’s name and branding for their film.) Recent HBO shows like Silicon Valley and Veep, however, had to be a little more creative with their fictitious places of work.
The new Fortune.com came up with its own list of the best Google fake-outs in TV, books, and film, and even one special animated homage to Steve Jobs and Apple. Check out the full breakdown here and the list of picks below: READ FULL STORY
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