This company tracked Iowa caucusgoers through their phones

Ad networks: completely legit and not even a little disturbing.

For most ads you see on web browsers and mobile devices, there is an auction among various programmatic advertising firms for the chance to show you an ad. We are one of those buyers, and we are sent a variety of anonymous data, including what kind of phone you have, what app you are using, what operating system version you're running, and sometimes -- crucially for this study -- your latitude and longitude (lat/long).

We identified the caucusing locations prior [to] the Iowa caucus and told our system to be on the lookout for devices that report a lat/long at those locations during the caucus. [...]

To build out that rich information set that you are referring to (we call them 'Crafted Audiences'), we need to see a device several times across many different sites. We then use some pretty sophisticated machine learning techniques to extrapolate behaviors. We can only do this because we see such a broad view of digital behavior. In other words we know that seeing you on sites A, B and C mean that you are likely a New Mom, but seeing you on A, D and E mean that you are Health Conscious.

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SOMA Nature Walk, Apocalyptic Monument Edition

This place is not a place of honor.
No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein our bathroom sign rides eternal, shiny and chrome.

A while back, some fine, upstanding citizen snapped the arm off of the women's room sign. Thanks, jerk, those signs are expensive. So instead of having the whole sign re-cut, I drew a Furiosa arm and had just that manufactured. The color isn't quite right and the glue is messy, but I guess it gets the idea across.

Some photos are up. Star Girls was really funny, and, like I may have mentioned before, if "Star Wars burlesque" is not something that makes you drop everything and go then we can't be friends.

On the other end of the spectrum, oh look, we had Dirt Nasty. I'm deeply fucking embarrassed that we booked this show, but the contract was signed before I got wind of it, so I couldn't put a stop to it. I just don't have any tolerance for that kind of fratboy "dirtbag" act, "ironic" or not. If you're a "pretend" dirtbag -- you're still a dirtbag.

Just like Death in June: if you've made your career out of "ironically" "pretending" to be a nazi, guess what buttercup, you're a nazi.

But hey, almost twice as many of you showed up for Dirt Nasty as for Star Girls, and I weep for the future.

Star Girls
Point Break Live
Fritz Montana
Mickey Avalon & Dirt Nasty
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jwz mixtape 163

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 163.

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Current Music: as noted

Today in Dialup Visualization News

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Digital Sundial

This is a pretty good trick:

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Hey, look who has a DNA Lounge t-shirt on her wall!

SF Supervisor Demands NFL Reimbursement For Super Bowl 50 Expenses

Supervisor Jane Kim is fighting to get the National Football League, not San Francisco taxpayers, to foot the nearly $5 million bill for the costs associated with upcoming Super Bowl 50 events. [...]

"City departments have been requested by the Mayor's Office to identify $4,375,765 of surplus in their General Fund allocations and/or redirect staff time and other resources from planned projects to support this extraordinary special event," the analysis states.

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I have altered my curtain automation. Pray I do not alter it further.

Arduino-Based Curtain Automation, Mk 2:

Come for the not-quite-competent hardware hacking, stay for the snark about the Arduino Ethernet library!

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What Happens When You Drink an Entire Bottle of Weed Lube

"I woke up with potato chips all over my body."

I woke up the next morning and cried at my boyfriend about how badly I didn't want to go to Disneyland, despite the fact that we had no plans to go to Disneyland that day or ever. After calming me down, he tucked me back into bed with a big bag of salt and vinegar potato chips and turned on Gilmore Girls. After hallucinating that Lauren Graham's face was morphing into Ryan Gosling's face for just a few seconds at a time, such that nobody besides me had ever noticed, I proceeded to nap for four hours. I woke up with potato chips all over my body, then asked my boyfriend to help wash me off in the shower because I didn't feel capable of doing that on my own. I also vaguely remember having a mild panic attack about the fact that I didn't know where our cat was. We don't have a cat.

The next few days are a blur of snacking and crying. There are 10 text threads on my phone that I don't remember typing and mysterious empty bags of Cheetos strewn about my apartment.

The Peril of Working with Psychoactive Drugs Is Accidentally Tripping

With the former, I began to notice something wasn't right on my walk home from the lab for a dinner break. The people across the street took on the appearance of a Mexican day of the dead festival. While Dock Ellis may be able to pitch a no hitter while under the influence of LSD, I was not as confident in my abilities to work on LSM-775 and rather than returning to the lab I decided to take the evening off."

"The evening was spent staring at a wall while periodically monitoring my vitals.

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'We Sell a Lot of Dicks': Inside a Factory Making Male Sex Dolls

The creators of the Vajankle are now making nearly life sized, meticulously crafted sex dolls for women.


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