questionable topic – uneasy matters since 2008

Rap News: #Revolution!

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Monday, March 21, 2011

Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter…

Posted in amazing, lifehack by questionabletopic on Friday, March 18, 2011

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Al-Shamikha – Аллахо-угодный глянец

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Thursday, March 17, 2011

статья на

Советы “Уход за лицом под буркой” и статья “10 причин выйти замуж за террориста“? Женский глянцевый журнал от Al Qaeda? Запросто. Читаем первый выпуск “Al-Shamikha”, и, следуя рекламе в новом исламском журнале “Inspire” (Воодушевление), подписываем любимую женщину!

Blame Zuckerberg!

Posted in anthropology, facts, internet, relationship by questionabletopic on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Young New Yorkers Don’t Have Sex, At All

Thesis: Young New Yorkers “no longer care about having sex.”

Opening, complete with orgasm joke: “On a recent Friday night, a 22-year-old in his first year of living in New York hosted a late get-together in his Little Italy apartment. Everyone there would call it a good party, but it decidedly lacked a climax.”

Investigation: “The Observer spent a few weeks at parties and gatherings fraught with abstinence but slack of any sexual tension.”

Findings: No one was getting down at the parties Nate went to. As the sun rose, “attendees departed alone. They peeled off instead of pairing up. No one at the party got laid that night and, even worse, no one gave a fuck.”

Why? “Twenty-somethings are wary of sex,” said one, a young man who works at a hedge fund. “It’s not 1998.”

How Facebook stops sex: “Social media networks, rather than bringing people together, encourage nothing so much as an orgy of self-congratulation.”

How Twitter inhibits sex drives: “Platonic cliques spend all day tweeting at each other, forming exclusive @-reply feeds that appear only to them,” making it “harder to go home with someone knowing that you’ll be seeing their avatar the next morning and every morning after that.” Plus, “cocaine is again going around.”

Please Explain: “Sex is antithetical to the way they socialize, disruptive to the larger plan, a gateway to chaos in a digitally ordered world.”

Marx never thought of this: “‘Capitalism has replaced sex,’ the model said into our ear.”

Observer readers, unite! You have nothing to lose but your virginity: “‘My hours are so fucking absurd,’ an office production assistant on the film told The Observer. “I work a minimum 12 hours a day and up to 14 or 16, and you don’t have time to bring anyone into the equation.”

How to find hope in sexting: “THERE IS, HOWEVER, hope for these poor souls, sexless in the city; younger kids are poised to take their places.” Their “texts are always sexts. They don’t seek to expand their persona within a scene, online or otherwise. The carnality is evident and, to some in New York, enviable.”

Huh? “‘Because all it comes down to, really, is whether he/she smells good and can wiggle around well.'”

Conclusion: “‘I agree!’ The Observer typed back.”

But still, we should channel our frustration and anger towards Canada.

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The Like Rankings

Posted in internet, technology by questionabletopic on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Like Log Studies

The Rankings
New York Times is the leader of social engagement with 2.3M likes/month, 400 likes for a median story and 13 articles in top 40. Wall Street Journal story “Why Chinese Moms Are Superior” is the greatest hit with 340,000 likes.

The Numbers
There are around 10 likes per 1000 pageviews (across several websites with public PV numbers). Decay of engagement is extremely sharp, with less than 20% likes happening after the first 24 hours.

The Trends
Stories about Facebook, Apple, Verizon, Groupon, future and infographics are universally popular across technology blogs. Articles about Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, cloud computing, TV and search see much less engagement.

1. Big effort for big stories
2. Improve promotion of your best content
3. Improve your median story
4. Invest in demand analytics
5. Invest in social media optimization

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Conan O’Brien Kinetic Typography

Posted in amazing, culture, design, lifehack, prominent persons, quotations by questionabletopic on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Conan’s farewell speech from his brief stint on The Tonight Show, as presented by Oklahoma State University student Jacob Gilbreath:

The concept behind this video is to show Conan O’Brien as a solid wall and a monumental entertainer. Also portrayed is the relationship between old and new. This comparison shows the idea of a span of time. Conan O’Brien is and will continue to be seasoned television entertainer. This concept was achieved by creating a literal wall out of over 60 individual typographic layouts. These layouts reference a variety of vintage type designs. The combination of vintage styled type layouts and the sleek 3d look achieved in Cinema 4D allow the wall to seem both old and new. This contrast emphasizes time and creates a sturdy and timeless object which is the perfect metaphor for Conan O’Brien.

Come on, George. Loosen up. Swing, man.

Posted in culture, entertainment, motivation, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Monday, March 14, 2011
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two sides of the coin

Posted in culture, entertainment, PR by questionabletopic on Monday, March 14, 2011

Two and a Half Men Is Better Than None

.. A lot changed in my life with that decision. And I do not regret it. The movie and television business are filled with some of the most wonderful and talented people you could ever know. It is also the rock under which you find the biggest, lyingest, thievingest scumbags on Earth. (They tend to be the ones that are not in any craft or union related to actually making a movie.) However, one of the great oddities in show business is how someone you respect can have a good experience with someone you loathe. Conan had a tough time reconciling Jeff Zucker’s decisions. Maybe I would have too. Meanwhile, Jeff has only been supportive of me during my recent years at NBC. Go figure.

Conan has moved on and his great talent is undiminished by his difficult experiences. I had wanted to say to him back then what I will now offer to Charlie. You can’t win. Really. You can’t. When executives at studios and networks move up to the highest ranks, they are given a book. The book is called How to Handle Actors. And one principle held dear in that book is that no actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit. And, in that regard, they are often right. Add to that the fact that the actor who is torturing their diseased egos is a drug addled, porn star-squiring, near Joycean Internet ranter, and they really want you to go.

Granted, it didn’t get real until you insulted them. And your suit may have real grounds.

.. Sober up, Charlie. And get back on TV, if it’s not too late. This is America. You want to really piss off Chuck and Warner Brothers and CBS? Beg for America’s forgiveness. They will give it to you.


Bad Publicity… and Charlie Sheen

While popular wisdom is that any publicity is good publicity, academic research has largely shown that negative word of mouth hurts company brand and sales. For example, negative movie reviews decrease box office receipts to the point that Hollywood pundits believe that it is “almost impossible to recover from bad buzz.” Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone estimated that negative publicity cost the move Mission Impossible 3 more than $100M in ticket sales.

Despite this, there are a surprising number of counter-examples. The Wall Street Journal reported that a wine described “as redolent of stinky socks” increased sales 5% after it was reviewed by a popular website. Similarly, reported a “300 percent increase in requests for information about Kazakhstan” after the movie Borat made relentless fun of the country.

It turns out that bad publicity might even be a reliable way to generate increased traffic – and sales – on the Web. In an article entitled ‘A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web,’ the NY Times provides a horrifying account of how one on-line eyewear site encouraged customer complaints to improve their Google page rank. The higher a site is in Google results, the more likely someone will click on it. More clicks lead to more sales. This is new, and obviously controversial, approach to search engine optimization.

.. In short, as a well-known brand, Charlie Sheen should worry but the stinky obscure wine can count on increased sales.

Demotivational poster – No fat chicks

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Monday, March 14, 2011

Академической музыке запрещено быть скучной,

Posted in amazing, culture, entertainment, joke by questionabletopic on Monday, March 14, 2011

или “Rachmaninov had big hands” в исполнении дуета Igudesman & Joo, эпизод из “A Little Nightmare Music.

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

white guys can’t jump

white guys can’t wrestle

Посмотрите в эти заплаканные глаза.

Posted in anthropology, consumerism, internet, motivation by questionabletopic on Friday, March 4, 2011

Эти дети пережили страдания и лишения, соизмеримые с Мубараком, утратившим власть.
Вину всему можно искать во многих углах: рецессия в США, плохое качество ванн, принцип “жесткой любви“.

Суть этой драмы, достойной экранизации и трех сиквелов, такова:

1. На иБэе появляется листинг “Selling 8 Beyblades to replace destroyed baththub” (Продаются 8 игрушек “Beyblade“, деньги идут на ремонт ванной), размещенный матерью этих славных хулиганов.
2. Краткое описание листинга: “Продаем 8 штук. Как видите, они не слишком этому рады. Но они додумались устроить боевую арену в ванной, а Beyblades + ванная = Разрушение. Следствие – сбитая эмаль, сколотый слив и отломанный держатель мыла. Мы получили счет за ремонтные работы на сумму $500.00. В их копилках было около $125.67, эти деньги и выручка с торгов пойдут на покрытие расходов”.
3. Информация об этом попадает в колыбель всех Интернетов, на 4Чан. При стартовой цене в $69, скоро цена листинг превысила $9,000. (Что, впрочем, совершенно логично, учитывая то, что клок волос Джастина Бибера ушел за $40,000).
4. Интернет-детективы довольно быстро узнали контактные данные матери, и начали досаждать ее с предложениями продать следующие товары: пузырек со слезами сыновей, синюю футболку старшего, записать 3-минутный трек ихних рыданий.
5. В то время, совместными трудами Адвокатов Счастливого Детства(tm) с 4Чана цена листинга подошла к совершенно абсурдным $999,999. Далее листинг был снят, предположительно по просьбе матери, которая и разместила его.
6. Потом мать выступила с заявлением о том, что это было высшим проявлением заботы – жесткой любовью, и больше она так делать не будет.

Вот вам ссылки на текст (1 и 2), статья о матери на ЭД и графическое представление событий.

Если ваше детство не было омрачено такими событиями – мысленно поблагодарите своих родителей и воскурите фимиам колеснице Будды, за то, что она на заградила сияние Солнца от вас.

Charlie Sheen is a man with zero regrets.

Posted in alcohol, amazing, anthropology, culture, debate, entertainment, health, lifehack, motivation, opinions, PR, prominent persons, self improvement, story by questionabletopic on Thursday, March 3, 2011

охуенная статья о том, почему Чарли Шин важен и клев.
His appeal is that, while most guys — especially post–college — must reign in their ids and demure to society’s expectations to advance rung by rung up the soul–crushing ladder of corporate mediocrity, Sheen has reached the ultimate apex of manhood eternal: doing whatever he wants and speaking the complete truth, consequences be damned. (Even if the complete truth, as he perceives it, is “I got tiger blood,” “I have a 10,000–year–old brain,” and “I’m an F–18, bro.”)

сопливая статья о том, почему Чарли Шин шовинист и женоненависник (as if there was anything wrong with it)
Sheen’s m.o. seems to be to invalidate these women’s claims by accusing them of being money hungry or fame hungry. It’s interesting for him to consider women looking for money, particularly at the end of a relationship with him, as some kind of character flaw, considering his well–known practice of paying women to party with him, as well as his penchant for hookers. According to a recent GQ article, Sheen lost his virginity at 15 to a hooker in Las Vegas whom he paid for with his father’s stolen credit card. Kacey Jordan tells GQ of Sheen’s obsession with sex workers, “He is unhappy, and he probably relates to the porn girls, thinking they’re unhappy, too.”

вдумчивая статья о о том, почему Чарли Шин важнее Джастина Бибера в медиа–мире
If you didn’t hear, yesterday Charlie Sheen joined Twitter. Today he very well may reach 1 million followers (as I type he’s already passed the 900K mark).
How did it happen? Why all of a sudden did he wake up and decide it’s Twitter time? And how was it that Charlie Sheen went from non–twitterer to hardcore twitterer overnight? Short answer: he got a lot of help from a team of experts at, a small Beverly Hills start–up that focuses on celebrity endorsements via Facebook and Twitter.