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RIP Playgirl Magazine

I was not a huge reader of Playgirl Magazine, the companion periodical to Playboy that catered to (in theory) the needs of the fairer sex to look at porn.

One issue — I just bought one issue, when I was sixteen, it felt like the thing to do. Kept it under my bed, natch. Didn’t do a lot for me, but it felt “wrong” and  dangerous, so it satisfied my need for “rebellion.”

The print edition of Playgirl is finally shutting its doors
— and will exist online-only. Its Jan/Feb 2009 issue — out in November — will be its last in paper.

Is print pornography “dead”?

Is it easier to clean out the history on your browser than hide a stack of nudie magazines in your closet?

How about the convenient “hands-free slideshow” feature of many porn sites?

And finally — video.

And can the relatively tame material from a Playgirl or Playboy compete with the extremity out there in teh porn Internets?

Anyway, so long Playgirl nudie magazine for women (and certain men). You brought me a memory there in my teenage years, and convinced me that I had an inalienable right to possess pornography on par with any man.  Best of luck to you.

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Fail Blog Gives You Your Daily Dose Of Fail

Have you ever found yourself in a situation in which a Fail pic would come in handy? A forum dispute, an emailed “Dear John” letter, or just something for personal entertainment?

Well look no further: the Fail Blog will give you your daily dose of Fail.

All entries in the Fail Blog are submitted by users, and are guaranteed to be filled with 100% FAIL and no Win.

(actually, there are a few Win. but it’s frowned upon)


Sampling Digital Music Culture With Sound Unbound

The phenomena of sampled music, mashups and other audio fruits of the digital revolution are explored in Paul D. Miller’s “Sound Unbound.” Boasting a forward by Boing Boing guru Cory Doctorow and essays by talents such as Chuck D, Jonathan Lethem, Brian Eno, and Vijay Iyer, Miller — also known as DJ Spooky — has put together a book that captures the zeitgeist of the age in music.

Plus, you get an audio CD with tracks from such diverse sources as Sonic Youth, William Burroughs, and Philip Glass.

“Sound Unbound” is s must-read for digital music enthusiasts and people who just want to understand this phenomenon better.

Read the table of contents and sample chapters here, and purchase here or through the book’s website.

Viral Link Top Ten

10. Retro Gaming On Real Backgrounds

A series of awesome pictures matching classic video game graphics to real backgrounds.

9. The Evil PedEgg

The Smoking Gun reports on the hot water the makers of the foot care product PedEgg is in. You know, the one in those cheap infomercials with all the dead skin shavings that look like cocaine?

8. The Lyrics To Daft Punk’s “Around The World”

I think Bob Dylan wrote this.

7. The Worst Website Of All Time

Do not click if prone to seizures, nauseate easily, or are afraid of WTF sites that look like virus factories.

6. Guitar Hero Action Figures By McFarlane Toys

All your favorite characters from the popular game will be represented, along with little models of their fake-ass guitars.

5. “This Is Not A Pipe” Super Mario Print From Threadless

Magritte weeps, then says f**k it and moves on.

4. “Fat Guy Stuck In Internet”

Self-explanatory.

3.“Finding Nemo” Leads To Endangerment Of Clownfish Population

So a film about rotten little kids who imprison clownfish creates legion of rotten little kids imprisoning clownfish. Nelson says: “Ha-Ha!”

2. Dragon’s Lair Turns 25 Years Old

Which means that I’m 100.

1. No Ice On North Pole This Summer

We’re screwed. Enjoy your weekend!

Employee Laid Off, Hired To Blog About It By Former Boss

Copy editor Brayden Simms is blogging about being laid off — for his former employer!

It takes a brass pair to sack a person and then ask him or her to write about it — but the Miami Herald did just that. But, it gets better — they hired Mr. Simms to blog about having no money since he was let go. I thought that sort of thing was illegal under the Geneva Convention.

From Simms’ blog:

“You may like the club life and spend a hefty percentage of your paycheck entertaining yourself. You may at least admit to coveting the iPhone or Nintendo’s Wii.

But that doesn’t mean you aren’t interested in an economic tune-up. After all, if you save and don’t fritter away your pay, then you’ll have money for the things that really matter.”

And he learned that valuable lesson when he got laid off from the company he is now blogging for. His misfortune is the Herald’s gain.

Hidden Message In Washington Post Writer’s Last Article

The writer has apparently left the Washington Post, and this was his last article for them.

Read the first letter at the beginning of each paragraph for his hidden message!

(via reddit)