In a sixth floor walk-up on New York City's Lower East Side, you'll find The Troll Museum
. Run by a woman in elf ears named Reverend Jen Miller
, along with her pet chihuahua, Reverend Jen Jr., it's dedicated to her admitted obsession
with vintage Troll Dolls and memorabilia. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3000
. [more inside]
If you've ever dreamed of making out with one of the villainous cats from Mappy
or getting into a love triangle with the spaceship from Galaga
and a talking Taiko drum
, enrolment at Namco High
is now open. [more inside]
The best of Jerome Jarre
, a hilarious young Frenchman who delights in singing on subways, violating personal boundaries, and grinning like a loon on Vine. Previously on MetaFilter
, co-founder of DoubleClick and current CEO of FindTheBest
files a RICO lawsuit
against Lumen View for trying to extort, via patent claims
, money from FindTheBest, not to mention claiming that calling someone a "patent troll" is a "hate crime".
Is A Troll
(SLYT x2 Combo)
is that magical blend between idiot and artist that really pushes all the buttons. Here
are his contributions to College Humor. [more inside]
Newegg uses prior art to defeat Soverain.
On appeal, prior art is actually considered
, years after the initial lawsuit, and patents owned by a company
that appears to be more than they are, are invalidated.
Network scanning do cost.
Recent patent lawsuits have been praised or condemned as fair or absurd. BlueWave Computing fights back against a lawsuit that initially attempted to charge the company $1,000 per employee for a license to some “distributed computer architecture”
patent, or basically, if your employees use a scan to email feature in the office, you have to pay a lot of money. Others have been targeted
. Stop Project Paperless
Last year, after Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel had parents troll their kids for cheap laughs by telling them that they had eaten all their candy. While many observers, including some Mefites
, felt that lying to your kids in this way was being willfully-mean, it garnered 34 million hits on YouTube, so naturally, he did it again.
Whether you think this is funny or not is definitely debatable; but if you're an old curmudgeon, like me, perhaps 3 year-old Madeline
might just restore your hope for humanity.
Turkish football fans have probably kept many flare companies in business over the years, but when the Turkish FA banned flares from stadiums, their brand of pyromaniac fun seemed to be over. The fans of Super Lig club Eskisehirspor had other ideas, though. [more inside]
When Patents Attack
. The team at PRI's This American Life
and NPR's Planet Money
bring you an hour long look into the growing "Mafia War" around software patents. Diving into the corporate filings, patent acquisitions, and office locations of Nathan Myrhvold's Intellectual Ventures
and it's shell companies, Laura Sydell and Alex Blumburg uncover a disturbing protection scheme which threatens to undermine the competitiveness of the US tech industry
[pdf]. [more inside]
The Persecution of Daniel Lee:
Korean rapper was a victim of an online smear campaign that said he didn't go to Stanford. But it gets worse... [more inside]
Trolling the Head of the TSA: Bruce Schneier [previously
], consummate voice of sanity on all issues of security, co-authors an article in The Atlantic
] demonstrating how weak and ultimately pointless most of the new security practices put in place at airports since 9/11 are by, among other things, boarding airplanes with large amounts of liquid, using fake boarding passes he printed off his computer, and wearing an "I <3 Hezbollah" t-shirt. TSA head Kip Hawley then responds
on the TSA's blog. Schneier then responds to the response
blog. Hawley then leaves a comment
to that post. Schneier fires back again
in his monthly newsletter. Quite an interesting and intelligent debate, despite both men humorously falling victim to the idioms of the medium and getting increasingly snarky with each passing post. [via this month's crypto-gram, a good read all the way around.]
Zeno of Elea, Socrates and Jesus, Weev said, are his all-time favorite trolls. He also identifies with Coyote and Loki, the trickster gods, and especially with Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction. “Loki was a hacker. The other gods feared him, but they needed his tools.”
The New York Times investigates the ever-evolving, LOL-corrupting, epileptic-seizuring, iPod-leaving-on-gravestone-ing phenomenon of major Internet trolling, featuring interviews with Jason Fortuny, Weev, and a gentleman named Christopher Poole (prev
). [more inside]
Potrait of an internet troll (with actual potrait of the internet troll).
Includes one-bedroom apartment, dead-end and part-time jobs, and not-so-secret underground lair.
Baseball fans heckle Vernon Wells, and he throws them a personally-inscribed baseball
which reads "Here’s your ball, now please tell me what gas station you work at so I can come and yell at you when you’re working. Please sit down, shut up and enjoy the game. From your favorite centre fielder, Vernon Wells." (See the followups at the bottom of that article, with pictures of the ball.) This past weekend, Ken Griffey Jr. throws his jockstrap into the stands
because a dude has been heckling him. (Everybody is laughing in both of these stories.)
Educational films about puberty... Then
, and now.
Where can a company that owns nothing but legal documents force another company that actually does make products to pay them? In the USA
! You too can be a patent troll. Just patent any dumb idea you have -- you'll certainly be awarded the patent -- then sue anyone who makes a product that looks remotely like it could be based on your idea. Congratulations! You made money by punishing
people who actually make things! Hooray!
College Girls: Unpaid Whores.
So you think you're a great troller. You think you know how to spin your words with absolute precision to force your opponents into a saliva-spewing frenzied rage. Well, guess what? You're a nobody, an amateur. It's time for you to bow down before the One True Master: Cornell University doctoral candidate Joseph J. Sabia
. I defy a single MeFite, of any ideology or political persuasion, to not find at least one statement in this article that doesn't completely infuriate them.
Laugh. It's funny.
French retards can sue their birth doctors for not killing them in the womb...
I thought the link I posted about a woman suing her boss when she crashed her car after driving home drunk from a staff party was the height of lawsuit insanity, but this takes the cake: in France, if you are seriously disabled, you have the right to sue a doctor who failed to recommend an abortion to your mother....