Additional sampling below.
Thoughts on his homeland.
We all want to be...superheroes @TEDxYouth Brisbane
Yes, the guy who would bone the Mona Lisa with his Leo-nards is not the epitome of class, but I still would generally consider Cracked content a lot less tasteless than most status updates, and a lot more entertaining to read at lunch.
The most obvious alternatives are Skype or Apple's FaceTime app, which in a weird way can even allow you and a friend to have dinner together in your own homes. There is also the much maligned Snapchat. Predominantly known as the amateur porn lovers app, like twitter it's forced brevity is it's greatest strength. Beyond the dirtier uses, the 10-second 'vine' type videos and captioned photos that disappear provide a way to send hilarious, sweet or just plain self-explanatory slices of life between friends. If you want to be able to quickly share moments without clogging your phone with data and you love surprises, I'd highly recommend it.
Back to the point. While I make no apologies for being a tech junkie (I have my own strange relationship with my favourite tools) I agree with Louis that, all benefits aside - believing text is just a convenient and necessary evil may leave some of us caught unaware when this small concession starts becoming just another quick fix for validation to stave off the gaping maw of existential loneliness, the "forever-empty". Whether it's triggered by Bruce Springsteen or a bad day at work, painting over that feeling with the constant gratification denies the development of crucial human coping skills (even if you're at the end of your rope and need to reach out to someone, it is after all a phone not a text machine). As Louis explains, it's more than just feeding a need for attention, it's the inability to just sit and be present without any stimulation.
While I know I'll acquiesce to my future children playing occasionally with tablets, I'd like to hope parents who see this aren't just having a laugh and do heed his advice. Especially his insights on children learning empathy through experimentation with meanness in real life versus via texting. Count on comedians to unapologetically cut to the core of the issue every time.
Texters Vs Talkers
Emoting By Numbers
My second favorite C.K.
Almost always used when it should be known very well that the previous statement being referred to does in fact "make sense". If everyone in the room is speaking English to each other, and you're not talking to middle school children or explaining complex computational problems, I'd say whatever you're discussing is making sense to the educated adults being addressed. Ask if they have any questions, or even simply if they understand and agree with all the points you've covered. Anything else. If you've used it more than three times in a given interaction it begins to feel like the worst kind of condescending corporate office meeting filler imaginable.
Other top nominations for elimination:
Warning: Graphic video
This is the reality of chemical warfare. The alleged chemical agent used is sarin.
Found via the Amnesty International Australia website.
President Obama's recent statement has far reaching consequences for all countries in the region.
Obama has become unwavering in his determination to move forward despite U.S having inconsistent support world-wide for military intervention.
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To many people, celebrities are fantastical creatures, and those fans enjoy knowing every detail, it's a living myth. For the most part the content is fiction and most of it's readership knows this and doesn't mind one bit. So is someone who supports tabloid news and celebrity media coverage more or less sane than one who doesn't? Maybe it's the more rational course of action to openly embrace the culture you're going to need to navigate, and indulge in tribally accepted practices because it's taken for granted that we understand they have no salient purpose. That nullifies objections and allows it to continue under the guise of a guilty pleasure, dismissed as an inevitable byproduct of this particular culture, and therefore never discontinued until the audience completely loses it's taste for it. Then the cycle can begin again with a new format. For instance, television creates it's own stars as cheaply as finding everyday people to attain status and become new fodder for television to report on. Around and around.