So the Toronto International Film Festival
is going on as I write this. Their twitter hashtag is #TIFF13
. But if you'd rather, Patton Oswalt and his followers have been making a little mischief with it
, firing off a string of hilarious and brilliant never-to-be-made movies.
Your scientific Twitter hashtag of the week: #overlyhonestmethods [more inside]
(I've seen the term floating around for a bit, so I figured I'd write up a quick summary. My apologies if its too dumbed down; just trying not to leave anyone behind! Please note, most links NSFW due to language.)
Hashtag rap, previously also known as yoda raps (noun, not verb), was officially coined by Kanye West
on Funkmaster Flex's HOT97 radio show on November 2. The term--a nod to the way online posts are tagged (especially on Twitter, which Mr. West is a noted user of
) using hash symbols in order to categorize the post's content--refers to the recent rise in rap lines which drop the usage of "like" and "as", and instead substituting those words with a pregnant pause (which is sometimes dispensed with), thus truncating what is normally a simile or metaphor into a sort of short setup followed by a (hopefully) funny punchline. [more inside]
"Security officer demonstrates how to easily hack into every imperial computer system with a simple jail-breaked R2 unit. #wookieeleaks"
to the leaks of top-secret military documents concerning the war in Afghanistan
earlier this week on Wikileaks
, (covered previously on MeFi
) Twitter users started posting their “Star Wars”-themed parodies of the scandal
days later using
the hash tags #Wookieleaks
. [more inside]
What the Hashtag?!
is a Twitter wiki (a twiki?) that explains most of those inscrutable acronyms and helps users find the sweetest tweets on any given topic. If you set up the TwitterBot
, you can investigate hashtags on the fly. For other topics, though, you may wish to tweet your local librarian