I Declare War On The Incredibly Shaisty Amazon Instant Video

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I hate to do this to Amazon. They were the first company to sell my book, years before it was commonly recognized as the great American novel by “associates” of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. But this game they’re running with Amazon Instant Video is mad shady. In short, as detailed in the exchange above, they allow you to watch a ton of free movies and shows until their computer system finds out that you actually want to watch them, at which point they charge you extreme amounts. (To be fair, I consider an extreme amount to watch a movie at home to be anything over $1.62, which is what Redbox charges for Blu-Ray rental.) Even worse, they won’t even acknowledge that they’re trying to rip you off by getting extra money on top of the recently increased to $99 a year subscription fee.

You can’t play a player, man! Do these fools have any idea how many times I’ve gotten over on the much more powerful IRS, at least for a few years until they caught up with me. Anyway, Amazon, as I wrote on your Facebook page, and what is now my mantra going forward in this battle, “God willing, Netflix will destroy your company and roast its innards.” Good riddance.

-Dewan Gibson

New Study: Facebook Updates Can Reveal Psychopaths

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My definition of social media psychopaths: Women who post screenshots in an attempt to embarrass men who send perfectly reasonable questions to their inbox like, “What that box hittin’ fo?” From The Locals (Sweden):

The study, carried out by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg and Lund University in southern Sweden, involved an analysis of Facebook status updates by 300 Americans, combined with personality tests.

“We looked at people’s Facebook status updates and analyzed whether there was a relationship between the texts and people’s personality traits,” Lund University psychology professor Sverker Sikström told The Local.

The researchers first had the Facebook users answer a survey designed to test for a number of personality traits, including extrovert, narcissistic, psychopathic, or neurotic. Test subjects then submitted a selection of Facebook status updates that were analyzed with an algorithm developed by Sikström that measures the significance of words.

The researchers discovered that people’s Facebook status could provide clues about their personalities.

“The status analyses could indicate which Facebook users demonstrated psychopathic and narcissistic personality traits in the personality tests,” Danilo García, a researcher at the Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health at Sahlgrenska Academy, said in a statement.

He added that those with a psychopathic personality posted “negatively charged or odd formulations more often”, including entries about prostitutes, decapitation, pornography and butchers.

-Dewan Gibson

Black Planet Wants You Back

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I last used Black Planet years ago when I was looking for white women that were opening to dating any ol’ black guy. My time on there was short. It turns out my stereotypes were wrong. White women with Black Planet accounts didn’t want any ol’ black guy, they wanted any ol’ nigga.

Today I got a marketing email from Black Planet describing what’s trending on the now anti-social network among the 10 or so people that still use it. Nothing much stood out, Drake was quoted loosely once or twice and a “thick” woman described how she loves all 245 pounds of herself. And this may have been the case before, but instead of “liking” someone’s status you simply give them props. That’s what’s up. Even better, you can easily get a topic trending because there’s only like 20 people posting per hour. No way in hell can Twitter compete with that.

-Dewan Gibson

Life In Chula Vista: Lowrider Car Shows At The Mall

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These are just some of the whips I saw this afternoon at Xavier The X-Man’s Cruise For The Cause Blood & Bone Marrow Drive Car Show at Otay Ranch Mall in Chula Vista. There may have also been a grip scantily clad women there whom I caught my oldest son looking at. I don’t know. Enjoy the pictures.

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Obesity…Sorry, ‘Thickness’ Is Reflected In Facebook Likes

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This is groundbreaking research. If you pay attention to her “likes” you won’t get fooled by the much too common above the shoulder pictures. From Huff Post:

A new study from Boston Children’s Hospital researchers shows that the more people in a certain area or region who “like” or share information on healthy activities on Facebook, the lower the likelihood of that area having a high obesity rate. Similarly, the more people in a certain area or region who “like” or share information about TV on Facebook, the higher the likelihood of that area having a higher obesity rate.

“The tight correlation between Facebook users’ interests and obesity data suggest that this kind of social network analysis could help generate real-time estimates of obesity levels in an area, help target public health campaigns that would promote healthy behavior change, and assess the success of those campaigns,” study researcher John Brownstein, Ph.D., of the Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, said in a statement.

The new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, involved comparing obesity rates around the U.S. with TV- or activity-related interests on Facebook. Researchers found strong correlations between obesity and activity-related or TV-related Facebook “likes.”

For example, researchers found that the highest number of activity-related “likes” were in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and that the obesity rate is 12 percent lower in this area than in Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas, where there was the lowest number of activity-related Facebook “likes.”

-Dewan Gibson

Bill Gates Offers $100,000 For ‘Next Generation Condom’

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is backing a $100,000 challenge to develop the next generation condom. You have until May 7th to submit a proposal. Don’t even think about stealing my idea to create a nearly invisible retractable condom worn all day that expands to only cover the tip as the penis becomes erect. No Amaechi. It’ll look like a stringless doo-rag for your joint but slightly more stylish. From Grand Challenges:

Condoms have been in use for about 400 years yet they have undergone very little technological improvement in the past 50 years. The primary improvement has been the use of latex as the primary material and quality control measures which allow for quality testing of each individual condom. Material science and our understanding of neurobiology has undergone revolutionary transformation in the last decade yet that knowledge has not been applied to improve the product attributes of one of the most ubiquitous and potentially underutilized products on earth. New concept designs with new materials can be prototyped and tested quickly. Large-scale human clinical trials are not required. Manufacturing capacity, marketing, and distribution channels are already in place.

We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use. Additional concepts that might increase uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply. In addition, attributes that address and overcome cultural barriers are also desired.

-Dewan Gibson

Shock Your Friends With An iPhone Stun Gun Case

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The Yellow Jacket iPhone case can deliver a 650,000 volt shock to attackers or women who won’t give you their phone numbers. It’s only $139.99 and will also be available for the Samsung G3. For a cheaper form of self-defense that’s equally as discrete and effective consider keeping a razor beneath your tongue like Tupac did in “Above The Rim.” Carrying pool balls in an old sock also works great, or a throwing star dipped in botulinum bacteria.

Dewan Gibson: The Imperfect Blog

You Can’t Help But To Pull Women In This Ride

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The Buffalino is a scooter transformed into a camper, complete with a bed and mini-fridge. It’s designed for the burgeoning serial killer or lonely traveler. Remember, if she gets in this car with you that’s considered foreplay.

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Use Facebook Time Wisely With The ‘Bang With Friends’ App

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Simple concept: Signup for the app and select friends with whom you’re “Down To Bang.” This changes his or her status to “Awaiting Bang.” Then you go to church numerous times that week and pray that she’s accepted your offer. If so, you two (or three!) can have quick and intense sex–like the preview for a straight-to-DVD of “Wild Things Part Whatever They’re On Right Now.” The anonymous app creators claim that over 30,000 people have signed up, I’m thinking 29,999 of them are men.

Dewan Gibson: The Imperfect Blog

Accused Hacker Extorted 350 Women With Their Nude Pics

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So much for nerds being cool nowadays. There’s no reason to hack and end up facing 105 years in the booty house (not the good kind of booty house) when all you have to do is log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instragram around 9pm, when young women are posting scandalous pictures before they go out in hopes of boosting their self-esteem via likes and retweets . From the L.A. Times:

Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, who was arrested without incident Tuesday by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, the U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday. He faces 105 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.

The 30-count federal grand jury indictment alleges that the Glendale resident hacked into the victims’ Facebook, Skype and email accounts, and changed the passwords, locking victims out of their own online accounts. He then allegedly searched emails or other files for naked or semi-naked pictures of the women, as well as other information, such as passwords and the names of their friends.

Kazaryan then posed online as those women and sent instant messages to their friends, coaxing them into removing their clothing so that he could view and take pictures of them, according to the indictment.

When those victims found out someone else had posed as their friend, Kazaryan used the “fraudulently obtained” photos to “again coerce the victims to remove their clothing on camera,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Federal agents said Kazaryan repeatedly contacted his victims and demanded that they expose their breasts to him on Skype. Kazaryan also allegedly posted nude photos of some victims on their Facebook pages when they failed to comply with his demands.

Dewan Gibson: The Imperfect Blog