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Happy #420day: Today in Tweets

Have you ever, like, really looked at your paws?

By David Futrelle

Enjoy your 4/20, however you choose to celebrate it! Or not celebrate it! (Does anyone outside the US know what it is?) Some tweets.

Also, like all Today in Tweets posts, consider this an OPEN THREADDDDDD.

https://twitter.com/TurdyMcFergy/status/986614052339290112

https://twitter.com/lesander_/status/987268137665159170

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PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
3 years ago

The Brigid Finch one about Comey’s notes was taken directly from @drmistercody from a year ago. It is even the same note he wrote.

https://twitter.com/drmistercody/status/864618372553506816?s=19

Otherwise, Jessica Lange?

Nice.

Nice.

Nice.

Nice.

Nice.

tim gueguen
3 years ago

There are people celebrating 420 in Canada as well.

tim gueguen
3 years ago

In more unpleasant news former Smallville actress Allison Mack has been arrested on sex trafficking charges. The charges are in connection with her involvement in Keith Raniere’s NXIVM group.

Fellow Smallville alum Kristen Kreuk was also involved in NXIVM, but claims to have left the group five years ago. She claims she didn’t see any “nefarious activity” while a member.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@PeeVee, yeah I saw that this morning. He was quite subtle: “nice tweet, Brigid” 😀

I’ve seen a lot of people online asking the same “does anyone outside the US even know what 4/20 is?” and it’s weird.
I know it originated in the US, but it’s literally a global thing now. Our Greens party here used the day to launch their new cannabis legalisation policy, frex.

Z&T
Z&T
3 years ago

420?

Have burned ’em before, and will burn ’em again. Like right after dinner digests a bit. I just fried us up a mess o’ cheeseburgers! 😀

(Which of course included seasoned hamburger, toasted buns, and all the condiments.)

Friend said: Damn, this is better than Portillos!

I am a pretty good cook, if I do say so myself 🙂

And, a discovery I recently made: Arby’s “curly fries” are now sold in bags at grocery stores. We had some of these too. And of course beer.

I think it was a good “420 feast” 🙂

PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
3 years ago

@Mish, I figured you might…we follow a lot of the same folk, I think. 🤗

(Because, GMTA. 😉)

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
3 years ago

Our POTUS:

Spelled “shady” s h a d e y.

Referred to a “Wendy Wasserman-Schultz”.

Spelled it “Special Council”. Twice. In the same tweet.

I couldn’t be prouder. /s

Bakunin
Bakunin
3 years ago

Anyone else getting these CRTV ads lately? Buncha white dudes in front of American flags, talking about rants, and not being PC, and and saying it so you don’t have to. Latest one I saw was blatantly Islamophobic.

I get the feeling Philip K Dick was being over-optimistic with the targeted ads from Minority Report.

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

Counterpoint: I’ve lived in several countries and the only people who cared about 420 in any of them were dudebro expats.

(Also, there aren’t twenty months in the year and even if there were, it’s not the fourth of any of them.)

Nikki the Bluth Wannabe
Nikki the Bluth Wannabe
3 years ago

I don’t really have any desire for pot or even most alcohol-is a selection of (at least marginally) pot-themed musical numbers, 1 from Family Guy and 6 from Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical an acceptable 420 contribution?

“A Bag O’Weed”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaZwkDgz_Ek

“Reefer Madness”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P_qjLhtA74

“The Stuff”-original:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTvqFhrWOTw

“Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK9NCWQdBp0

“Little Mary Sunshine”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSKxv6Dgyjs

“Murder!”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2J7SKcsWnw

“The Stuff (Reprise)”:

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@Jo

(Also, there aren’t twenty months in the year and even if there were, it’s not the fourth of any of them.)

The whole backwards date thing drives me mad too, I will confess. Different spelling of certain words – don’t care. Metric or not – don’t care. But why switch the day and month, whyyyyyyyy? *sob*

Shadowplay
3 years ago

The whole backwards date thing drives me mad too, I will confess.

Yep. Me too. Gets really damned annoying at times. I wind up sharing a lot of docs with US colleagues and nearly every time there’ll be a clarification note needed. To be fair, that runs both ways, but still. Irritating.

TreePerson
TreePerson
3 years ago

Amusingly 4/19 (U.S.) was bicycle day which celebrates the first intentional acid trip by LSD’s inventor in 1943 (to be honest I only noticed because some psychedelically colored ‘adult novelties’ crossed my tumblr feed and it was a celebratory promotion).

re: date formats
I’m an American and even I think our system makes no sense.

In other news I’m planning on walking/running my first 5k on Wednesday,
I’m doing a virtual race with this app called “Zombies, Run!”.

Moggie
Moggie
3 years ago

Seen multiple times on twitter: “Writing 4/20 is best because we say ‘April 20th'”. No shit? “We write it this way because we say it this way” isn’t much of an argument! Why not just say “mm/dd/yy and dd/mm/yy are both arbitrary, and yyyy-mm-dd is clearly superior, so let’s not fight”?

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

Don’t Americans ever say ‘the twentieth of April’?

(Also, perhaps it’s my bias, but there is a pattern in big-endian and little-endian that I don’t see in middle-endian.)

I like the fact that we are all smack talking US date formats while they’re sleeping…

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

I guess I “celebrated”, in a way, since I smoked, but then I do that everyday anyway so…

I did wanna take it outside and maybe try and find folks to enjoy the stuff with but social anxiety kept me in. Not to mention cops likely all over the fucking town because to them it’s an all-you-can-harass buffet. I can’t exactly afford to let them racket the stuff off me (and no I don’t give a shit that fucking Macron took down the fines for possession, just because I get slightly less shit because of something I need to stay alive and somewhat sane still doesn’t make me like him).

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
3 years ago

Re: date formats, the thing I find funniest is the number of Americans who absolutely insist on mm/dd/yyyy, but won’t stop talking about the fourth of July…

Also, can someone explain the Ben Shapiro thing? I have absolutely no idea what’s going on there, except that I assume Shapiro is an idiot, on the grounds that he’s being praised by the type of person who says “XX destroys YY.”

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@Rapid Rabbit,

You mean that pearl of wisdom on pot-smoking that’s being shared around reverently?
Not sure what’s worse: that he thought it was worth posting, or that people have turned it into an actual shareable thing. Actually, now I think about it, the latter is worse.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
3 years ago

@Mish

Whatever the thing in the OP is about. I can’t bring myself to click on it.

DawnPurityseeker
DawnPurityseeker
3 years ago

@Tim Gueguen

I’ve never heard of NXIVM so I decided to look it up. From https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/nyregion/nxivm-women-branded-albany.html;

“During her visit, Ms. Salzman said she had something “really amazing” she wanted to share. “It is kind of strange and top secret and in order for me to tell you about it you need to give me something as collateral to make sure you don’t speak about it,” Ms. Edmondson recalled her saying.

The proposition seemed like a test of trust. After Ms. Edmondson wrote a letter detailing past indiscretions, Ms. Salzman told her about the secret sorority.

She said it had been formed as a force for good, one that could grow into a network that could influence events like elections. To become effective, members had to overcome weaknesses that Mr. Raniere taught were common to women — an overemotional nature, a failure to keep promises and an embrace of the role of victim, according to Ms. Edmondson and other members.

Submission and obedience would be used as tools to achieve those goals, several women said. The sisterhood would comprise circles, each led by a “master” who would recruit six “slaves,” according to two women. In time, they would recruit slaves of their own.”

O_O

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
3 years ago

Is there any way to keep my phone from being hijacked from those “congratulations! You’ve been selected!” sites? It’s happening more and more and I’m getting really tired of it.

Talonknife
Talonknife
3 years ago

I’m really thankful that 4/20 is over and I hopefully won’t have to interact with all the incredibly obnoxious people that celebrate it for another year.

Binjabreel
Binjabreel
3 years ago

@PeeVee:
You can turn off JavaScript. That will also take out a lot of random website functionality but will also shut down every miserable pop up and even the legitimate ads that still hijack your browser.

You can also wipe the browser memory in your phone but that will also take out stuff like stored passwords and cookies and stuff like that, so be cautious.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

AdBlockPlus totally gets rid of those ads.

I know there’s not a prayer of this happening in the US right now, but I really think there should be some regulation of this. An ad that redirects your browser and won’t yet you leave the page is entirely not okay.

PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
3 years ago

Binjabreel,

I’ve already deleted my browser history, but the problem persists.

EJ (The Other One)
3 years ago

I know there’s not a prayer of this happening in the US right now, but I really think there should be some regulation of this. An ad that redirects your browser and won’t yet you leave the page is entirely not okay.

This.

I’m coming to the belief that there’s a lot of stuff that internet companies are doing right now which will be illegal in future; some of which will be jail-time illegal, and some of which will be your-shareholders-will-do-jail-time illegal. I think our current situation is the technological equivalent of those nineteenth-century factories, with shitty and harmful practises being cheerfully indulged in as long as they make money.

Maybe Cambridge Analytica will one day be spoken of in the same context as the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. That’s a comforting thought.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
3 years ago

I know there’s not a prayer of this happening in the US right now, but I really think there should be some regulation of this. An ad that redirects your browser and won’t yet you leave the page is entirely not okay.

Yes! And it happens multiple times in a row, always with a different “reward” – new Samsung phone, gift card from Amazon, Walmart and the like, and those phony ones from Facebook, which I’m not even *on*.

The latest is my phone buzzing loudly and a voice telling me “Congratulations!” First couple of times it did that, it startled the crap out of me.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
3 years ago

My desktop browsers are all equipped with both NoScript and uBlock Origin. I almost never see an ad, and am at almost zero risk of malware via advertising, whether browser hijack or much more serious consequences like ransomware.

As for mobile, I have one device with Chrome but I use that browser sparingly and do not keep large amounts of irreplaceable and important data on that device.

If anything, my ad blocking is doing everyone a favor anyway as I’m a particularly poor sales lead. I don’t make much, do very little discretionary spending, and for obvious reasons what discretionary spending I do do involves heavy research and comparison shopping as a rule. If I want it and it exists, I’ll discover it and decide whether or not to get it independently of any ads. Brand choice will likely be much more strongly influenced by product quality and price, especially the latter, than any ad I may or may not see.

Advertising to me pretty much won’t budge your sales figures an iota … unless you’re obnoxious enough about it that you land on my shitlist, in which case they’ll go down slightly, if anything. (Obnoxious ranges from somehow sneaking a popup past my ad blocker to convincing a TV station to display your ad ON TOP OF THE SHOW I’M WATCHING instead of drawing neatly inside the lines surrounding the three-minute breaks that are where all TV advertising is supposed to go. If you do that I won’t buy from you for months, if ever again. And that clock restarts from zero if I see another popup with your logo on it blocking part of my screen during a show.)

The one type of ad I might actually pay attention to and that might actually lead to a sale is a movie trailer aired properly during a break. My main way of knowing that/when something like, say, Infinity War is coming out in theaters is the TV spots. Which is probably due to my lack of a social life, which is probably due in turn to my lack of enough money to be tooling around everywhere in my very own car (or enough to be able to afford downtown bigger-city rents in locations where one might actually have social opportunities without a car).

Even then, the two types of ads I get exposed to still have little effect. Mobile ads that apps throw at me get the back button instantly enough I usually don’t know what the heck they were peddling. And the appearance of TV ads sends me to the fridge, bathroom, computer, or etc. for three minutes. If there’s a trailer for a movie I might actually be interested in I only know about it because of the audio.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
3 years ago

I guess there is no easy fix for the redirection problem I am having on my phone, which is what I use near exclusively for my online activities. Poop.

MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
3 years ago

Treeperson-

In other news I’m planning on walking/running my first 5k on Wednesday,
I’m doing a virtual race with this app called “Zombies, Run!”.

Congrats on your first 5k! Good luck! “Zombies, Run!” sounds like a fun app. I must get it!

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 years ago

RE: Date formats. I think dd/mm/yyyy makes more sense. My logic: The day is a subset of the month. In turn, the month is a subset of the year.

RE: Internet ads. I guess they’re preferable to all the junk mail I used to find in my physical mailbox.☺

Sort of related to internet ads: Sometimes I wonder why I receive certain article recommendations in my browser. For example, for months I got recommended one ‘sad doggy’ story after the other. I found it odd, because I’ve never owned a dog, and never buy dog food.

These brief articles were mostly about neglected and abused dogs. Some of them were really heart-rending, and, to me, extremely angering, to read about how some people abuse animals.

Talonknife
Talonknife
3 years ago

@Dormousing_it

“In the arms of the angels…”

MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
3 years ago

Surplus-I’m the same. I’m not particularly financially well off, so l don’t waste money buying anything from ads. The only ads I am interested in are ads about an up coming movie. I also hate ads with a burning passion. They are obnoxious and they are a threat to my computer/phone. Many of them contain viruses and other malware. Some even hijack my browser with popup messages, ranging from asking me if really want to leave, to trying to get me to put in my computer’s password. The fake Microsoft “your computer has alerted us that it is infected with a virus” ads (why the hell would my computer alert a third party about a virus? The only person my antivirus software/computer would alert is me) do this and are very hard to get out of. People say that ads are the price we pay for free access to websites, but if ads are a threat to my computer/finaciancial information, why should I put up with it? Advertisers better learn to make ads less obnoxious/dangerous, because people will keep using adblockers and their business will keep suffering.

Z&T
Z&T
3 years ago

Internet advertising….

I don’t get that much, or what does come up is pretty much what I was recently looking at. I comparison shop also.

Shoes, the boots I’m wearing. Bought online. Until I cleared the laptop here, I was getting shoe ads.

Economic state. I was online shopping for a used (like 5 years old) car in the $12 thousand range, I’m now seeing a bunch of used car ads.

They pitch to the low bucks too. Some of these things I might even look at. But not after the fact. You have to clear the system. The only net I have is an old (er) mac laptop. It works fine. Mostly. It could be that a lot of ads don’t interface with it. I know little to nothing about these things.

I’m not a fan of advertising, I was just wondering if they couldn’t target people better? For instance, if I happened to go look at a “home depot” type of site online, and something specific, like maybe a particular pipe for under a sink or something.

Well then you’ll get more ads for these same pipes! From the same stores. Wouldn’t it be better to put out a more broader ad for these stores? Like Hey Pipe Shopper, here’s our weekly ad, we have a variety of things you may be interested in.

Instead of – more pipes. Which I have probably now purchased.

Or shoes. No I don’t need to see those exact same boots again, – I just bought them. Not that they should know that, but, if a person did not buy at their site, why not put out a more broader ad that shows other things a person might be interested in?

They even do this at the bottom of shopping sites – “similar products you may be interested in”.

I don’t do a lot of online shopping either, plenty of “window shopping”, comparison shopping, you’ll get enough of advertising. Used cars! Go look, at say a site like Auto Trader, look at any used car you may want. Quit that and go back to looking at whatever, watch the ads pop up. For not only used car sellers, but the specific car.

This actually doesn’t bother me that much. And I glance at some, and in this case, if it was a local seller or something, I might look at it. Or something like furniture or clothes, some vary their ads anyway. Didn’t buy the blue sofa? Backed off that page? Well here’s a green sofa you may be interested in, plus our sales ad.

They could vary their ads a bit. Or, – No, I do not need to see that same toilet pipe again. Til the end of eternity, any time I look at your site. Nor do you need to put it on all the ads of whatever other site I look at, nor do you need to send me a gazillion emails about it.
(I don’t give out my working or personal emails to anyone. I should set up a better shopping only email, for certain things, you might get some coupons.)

No giving out email randomly anyway, unless it would be dedicated to that.

For the most part this isn’t a big issue for me. And if you “clear the system” which I do about daily, that seems to work.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

I think our current situation is the technological equivalent of those nineteenth-century factories, with shitty and harmful practises being cheerfully indulged in as long as they make money.

I mean, work conditions are right back there, too with most jobs being eliminated in favor of year-round cyclical rotations of contracted employees with no benefits, employees expected to work 80+ hour work weeks during “crunch” times which are created by poor project management, employees pissing in bottles so they can meet their quotas and having to stay late unpaid to have their personal effects searched to ensure they’re not stealing. Plus employers paying less than minimum wage and getting away with it by giving out visa gift cards with fees attached (that they no doubt get a nice bonus from the card issuer for) in lieu of checks. And that’s before the wage theft and physically impossible to meet rules around start and end times, breaks, and overtime.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@kupo,

Your comment reminds me of a stupid argument I had recently. I noted that meritocracy was a cruel lie, and that no matter how hard we work, we will not “get rich” because that’s not how capitalism functions. Yada, yada, everyone here is familiar with this.
The response (somewhat paraphrased) was “typical lazy leftie, looking for handouts.”
Like most of us, I’m part of the precariat; I’m a contract academic with no job security, no sick leave, no health cover, etc. I work ridiculous hours, have far more contact teaching hours than permanent academics, haven’t had a weekend or day off in months (as for a holiday, just lol).
I seriously love my work, but the strain and the insecurity is increasingly hard to deal with.

The thing is, most people are in a similar situation. Unstable, short-term, long hours – more and more of us are living with this, so it’s not something that requires imagination or empathy to envision. And yet, to criticise it is still unthinkable.

(oh, and to top it all off, a certain make-the-dog-do-a-nazi-salute-for-lulz twerp weighed in, with “you’re all ‘gibs me dis, gibs, me dat'” which added a lovely racist layer of icing to the cake of stupid)

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@Mish
Ughhh

Shadowplay
3 years ago

@David

Not something I’d ask normally, a person’s finances are their own, but how about giving a target amount during the next fund drive? I’ve not noticed you do one before – and the work you do DOES definitely rate payment for, and payment more reliable than ad income (which is dying a death).

Fluffy Spider
Fluffy Spider
3 years ago

Yesterday was cops making jokes about arresting lids smoking pot instead of looking into much more harmful crimes in my state
Sorry with my bitterness it easily annoys me

Fluffy Spider
Fluffy Spider
3 years ago

Yesterday was cops making jokes about arresting lids smoking pot instead of looking into much more harmful crimes in my state
Sorry with my bitterness it easily annoys me

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
3 years ago

David,

When my phone gets hijacked, it’s almost exclusively your site. And I detest that because, well, I love this site.

Although maybe it *is* somehow connected to Google, because it did it to me on Google’s reverse image search.

Used TinEye, instead. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

@David

I get them so frequently that I had to completely give up on browsing WHTM on my phone. Ad blockers aren’t an option, unfortunately; there aren’t any for non-rooted Android because Google threw a greedy-ass temper tantrum and banned them all. (Conflict of interest? What’s that?) *rolls eyes*

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@SFHC
Have you tried the AdBlock browser from the play store? Works well on my Android phone and resolves the ads issues when I get them.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

House 420 is for sale in Iqaluit. It’s “cozy” they say. I’m sure it is, if you’re stoned.

https://atiilu.com/homes-for-sale/ (And scroll down, or search for 420)

DawnPurityseeker
DawnPurityseeker
3 years ago

That’s weird. Don’t think I’ve ever gotten a browser hijack ad from WHTM while using my android phone, although I’ll occasionally get them from other sites. And yeah, I’m usually using firefox with a couple of security extensions, but I’m not getting them when I use Chrome or other browsers either.

Any chance that there’s a phone virus involved?

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

I use stock Android and Chrome, I don’t get any unusual or problematic ads.

If you do see them, it should be possible to gather the URLs that led you there from your browser history and paste them in a comment or email to David. That should indicate what the culprit is.

Croquembouche, extrenely mamal omen
Croquembouche, extrenely mamal omen
3 years ago

I’ve been getting hijacked on lots of the last 10 posts of David’s, though not this or I think the last couple.

Will follow Jo’s suggestion and email some URL/s to David