Monday

Today in History 19 September



1928 – Mickey Mouse’s screen debut (Steamboat Willie at Colony Theater NYC). Bugs Bunny comes along later, being much cooler kicks mousey ass!

1982 – Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.

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Friday

A very good idea

My friend Charlie Stross has a very good idea:

    I'm going to turn the TV off on September 11th. And close all the web browser tabs I have open on news sites.

    This isn't to belittle the events of ten years ago, or to show disrespect for the victims and their bereaved: rather, it's to avoid the narcissistic and indecent media feeding frenzy that battens onto popular sentiment and attempts to jerk every tear from the emotional aftermath of tragedy, the better to milk the advertising revenue stream.

    If the media really wanted to mark the occasion respectfully, they'd do so by holding a minutes' silence at 8:46am EST this Sunday.

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