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Facebook saw fit to block marijuana advocacy ads -- what does this say about public discourse on the Internet?

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culture@sfbg.com

We're not sure what troubles us most about this story: the suppression of marijuana imagery, a corporation impinging on our buzz, or the serious threat of private companies shaping public discourse.Read more »

You reached a website that is broken, hell yes

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Never before has a 404 "website missing" page been endowed with such joy. Thank you, Moldovan freelance designer Anatoly Sivachenko.

Don't say mommy blogger, but mommies should be blogging

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There is good and bad about the rise of the "mommy blog," says mother and author Kate Hopper. Good: women should write! Writing spreads one's voice, motherhood can be an intense time. Bad: why must we qualify them as something apart from any other blogger, memoirist, etc. Hopper promises to discuss these topics -- and more saliently, how you can get started on a chapter of your own -- at her upcoming appearance at Good Vibrations' mothers-specific hang-out, which also features Carol Queen speaking about post-natal nookie, on Wed/1. We caught up with her before she hit SF to get a sneak peek at her relationship with the written word. Read more »

Crew love: Dating en masse, courtesy of Grouper

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The scene would not have seemed unusual to the average passerby: the three of us, 20-something-year-old women, had just stepped into Madrone Art Bar for drinks after work. We sipped pale ales and chatted up three male strangers in a booth. But this was no chance meeting. Tonight the air tingles with curiosity and expectations because the meeting is predestined – not by fate, but by the new group dating website Grouper.  Read more »

On how the Internet tricked us with a racist cake

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If you freaked out about that photo of the Swedish minister of culture cutting a cake in the form of the cartoonishly lurid female blackface cake this week, you might want to take a look at offending artist Makode Linde's interview on Al Jazeera today.

And you might want to think about how you're reacting to the Internet. Read more »

The shape is turning me on! See the Apple-rejected "Geometric Porn"

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In a world where iFart is an acceptable product, you would think that pretty little abstractions of bodily functions would pass muster. But multimedia visual artist Luciano Foglia encountered resistance in Appleland when he tried to make his "Geometric Porn" app available via iPhone -- it was rejected on the grounds of being "excessively objectionable or crude content." Check out this preview video of GP to see the shapes Apple deemed too hot for your phone screen. Read more »

Cherry bombs away: Write up your first time for a good cause

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Today I wrote a story about my sexual initiation. I forwarded my story to my friends, we discussed, they wrote down theirs. Turns out one of my loved ones did the deed over half an ecstasy pill on Staten Island. Another's first time was with a boyfriend so unmemorable that she couldn't remember identifying characteristics. Apparently they had a hard time getting it in.  

Is there a moment in life that is as important, yet less talked-about than the dismissal of one's virginity? Hardly. So few things equaled the cheap thrill I got from handing over my own story to local author turned filmmaker Laura Goode to publish on her film's new fundraising website. Read more »

Tumblr king: An interview with the co-author of 'All My Friends Are Dead'

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Perhaps it's indicative of our societal aversion to life's end that Jory John just finished an email interview with the Guardian. How else would one explain the meteoric success of his tiny book, lightly filled with illustrations of dinos, Yetis, and ponies bemoaning their dead friends in deadpan one-liners? Seriously, they he and co-author Avery Monsen hold Tumblr records, and Ellen DeGeneres once tweeted about them, and their book is now available in Catalan. Surely, in All My Friends Are Dead they have crafted the most Internet-ready nugget known to humankind. 

Small surprise then, that All My Friends Are Still Dead (Chronicle Books, 108 pages, $9.95) is now tromping about, introducing us to the rolling 'bot of eternal isolation, a Godzilla with daddy issues, and a real bitchy toothbrush-toothpaste duo. We hollered at John to find out how life has changed since he became a ruler of the Internet. Read more »

5 reasons to attend this weekend's online porn convention

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Looking for a reason to spend this unseasonably warm weekend hovering over your computer? The sluttiest ticket of them all: the Adult Virtual Convention, an online version of the time-tested, fan-approved pornography fan expo that will go live from Fri/24-Sun/26 on your computer. Yes sir, just as the DVD porn industry has mourned the loss of revenue to low-budget Internet blue film, soon porn conventioneers might be feeling the pinch as well. Here's a list of reasons why cyber conventioneering just might be better than the real thing: 

1. No need to agonize over which that baseball cap makes you look like a slobby creep, or whether you should wear the tee with your favorite starlet's face on it: AVC is being conducted through Utherverse, an "online adult social center" that to the untrained observer seems a lot like Second Life. Like that site, you're welcome to concoct your own avatar that may have very little to do with your meat physique. Goodbye wardrobe issues, hello black chaps and a bikini (one of the default 'fits for women -- you can also opt for flame pants or "Hit Me Baby One More Time.") Read more »

Weblining

The Internet you see is based on your visual portrait -- who do advertisers think you are?

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Something to make you feel better about all your compulsive newsfeed scanning: Facebook is watching you, too. And just like you as you click through so-and-so's party photos from last weekend, it's getting judge-y.Read more »