if u cn rd this, ur smrt

There’s an article in the New Yorker that talks about the death of reading, and the effects of reading on the human mind. It covers a lot of interesting ground. For example: In a study published this year, experimenters varied the way that people took in a PowerPoint presentation about the country of Mali. Those who were allowed to read silently were more likely to agree with the statement “The presentation was interesting,” and those who read along with an audiovisual commentary were more likely to agree with the statement “I did not learn anything from this presentation.

Quote of the week

Texan straight talk: Let’s face it, we’re not changing the world. We’re building a product that helps people buy more crap—and watch porn.” —Bill Watkins, CEO of Seagate But I still say they’re the best hard drives.

How would you like your McNuggets?

Quote of the week: “People are pretty freaked out,” said porn webmaster Jim McAnally, who estimates that more than half of hard-core websites, including some of his, will have to dump significant numbers of photos and videos. —WIRED News Porn webmaster Jim McAnally. Please tell me that’s not a pseudonym…

Is it viscous?

Now you can learn to talk dirty in English, with the aid of Adult English, Porno Smallbook Speaking, Let’s Go!

Pay-per-view monkey porn

Scientists at Duke University came up with an interesting experiment. They set up a system to let monkeys pay in fruit juice to see pictures of other monkeys. They discovered that male monkeys would pay good juice to see crotch-shots of female monkeys. They were also willing to pay to see photos of high-status monkey celebrities, but had to be paid to look at pictures of low-status monkeys. I guess we’re not all that distant from our genetic cousins after all.

Holy crap

A porn spammer actually unsubscribed me and sent a genuine-looking unsub notification based on my automatic bounce message. I still don’t think I’ll be signing up for pictures of women with donkeys, however.

I have your porn, L MACKAY!

Someone called L MACKAY has signed up to receive a mail order catalog of porn DVDs from a company in Gary, Indiana. I know this because he signed up using our address. Actual porn movie titles from the catalog Octo-cock. Loving Thick Women. (Because it’s not brains men go for?) The Biggest Pussy In The World. (Tubcat?) Unusual Objects. (Not, in fact, a documentary about the Roswell incident.) Girls Who Cum Like Men.

Found on FARK

Porn star Asia Carrera has posted some pictures of herself in Doc Martens and shorts, disassembling and reassembling PCs in her (rather untidy) computer room, and snuggling her cats. For the record, she also played Carnegie Hall at 13, is a member of MENSA with an IQ of 156, knows UNIX, and does her own Photoshop work. Oh, plus she’s made over 250 hardcore porn movies… (The link probably isn’t safe for work, of course.