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MD woman charged in Snapchat stabbing

snapchatOn Thursday 4/21, the Aberdeen Police Department announced they were looking for a suspect in a stabbing of a 17-year old juvenile during an “altercation” about Snapchat that took place Wednesday (4/20/16) evening.

The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview and was in stable condition the next day.

The Baltimore Sun reported earlier today (Friday) that the stabbing was related to an argument over Snapchat and that a suspect was arrested on 4/28/16. The suspect who was arrested is Gabrielle Joyner of Havre de Grace. Joyner was charged with attempted murder (both first and second degree), reckless endangerment, and charges relating to possessing a concealed weapon and a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Specifically, The Sun reported:

The week-long investigation revealed that Joyner and the victim had argued over posts on the image messaging application “Snapchat” prior to the assault, police said. The argument was allegedly about Joyner’s boyfriend.



George Takei’s latest slur

George TakeiGeorge Takei’s latest racial/ethnic slur happened today on Facebook.

Earlier this afternoon I tweeted about a Facebook post made by George Takei. Please retweet it when you get the chance.

Specifically, here’s just the graphic he posted on Facebook this afternoon:

George Takei

The use of the term “gypped” is a slur against people of Romani origin, who are often called Gypsies. AP Style says the terms Gypsies and Roma be used to interchangeably to describe the ethnic groups.

You would think Takei would know better, but there appears to be a lot of ignorance and indifference about the usage of the term. If the Roma were a bigger ethnic group in the US, maybe there would be more awareness of the issue.

Takei is usually a pretty consistent advocate on issues of equality, whether it be because of his own captivity in a Japanese interment camp in the U.S. during World War II or his activism for gay “marriage.”

In fact, Takei changed it to the text below (an even worse pun) without updating the status itself to indicate it was changed. Instead he made a comment pleading ignorance buried in the thread on the status saying: “Oh myyy, that was not something I was aware of. Thanks for pointing it out. I certainly will keep it in mind.”

Generally the rule with blogs, newspaper articles, and social media is that you put any apologies and what was updated in the original post or status itself. Only if you’re trying to hide it do you react like George Takei did.

George Takei

George Takei’s Past Use of Racial Slurs

Takei’s strident activism on the same-sex “marriage” issue is what got him in trouble before.

Here’s a report in The Hill from July 2, 2015:

Actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is slamming Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after his dissent to last week’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide claimed that the government can neither give nor take away human dignity.

“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry,” the former “Star Trek” star said in an interview with Fox 10 this week in Phoenix, standing alongside his longtime partner and husband.

That same day The Federalist reported on Takei doubling down on his remarks and saying they weren’t racist. In his explanation, he compared Thomas to a black buffoon and said he was a traitor to his race.

Takei later apologized publicly for the original remarks.

What do  you think? Do you really think George Takei was ignorant of “gypped” being a slur? Do you find it hard to believe in light of his previous comments Clarence Thomas?





Candidate built campaign website on Homestead


You remember Homestead don’t you? As a free web-hosting site back in the 1990s, they were a slightly more upscale version of Geocities and Tripod. When I built websites for state and local candidates in the mid-to-late 90s , candidates invited mockery for building on these hosts.

One of the 14 candidates for the U.S. Senate in the Republican Primary is hosting her website through Homestead.

Lynne Richardson, a candidate who claims to be a “social moderate” and a “fiscal conservative” is the head of the Perry Hall-White Marsh Business Association.

The fact she is running, along with most of the other candidates in the primary, show that the filing fee ($290) is too low for that office (as well as the other lower ones for other offices.)

Getting back to the point, the site is awful and could’ve been so much better using something as simple as Squarespace. It makes me wonder about Richardson’s business, which supposedly offers website design and redesign services.

In addition to questioning their web services, I’d question their marketing materials and copywriting services as well, based on the website copy that is sorely in a need of a proofreader.

The site has links to Homestead’s services at the bottom, which is likely part of their requirements.

More importantly, when you get to the main page on the site there is absolutely nowhere telling the visitor where they can donate online.

If you happen to click on the contact link on the top nav of the site you will go to a page that includes a contact form and a PayPal donation link. However, that’s the only place I see any way to donate on the site.

It doesn’t appear Richardson has raised enough money to even be required to file a report with the Federal Election Commission yet, which isn’t a surprise based on the lack of optimization of the site for acquiring email addresses or contributions.

I know this is low-hanging fruit, but it’s important to look at and I’ll do the same for other sites over the next week and a half.

Smithsonian bans selfie sticks

From a Smithsonian press release:

For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, March 3, monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy.
This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions.
We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences—and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.

Good move and I guess it must’ve become a problem at other museums if not the Smithsonian yet. 

You’re Doing Twitter Wrong


Rusty Blazenhoff of CNET has the details on a video by the comedy duo Tripp and Tyler:

In their latest video, sketch-comedy duo Tripp and Tyler confront each other on all the offensive ways they’ve been using Twitter. Yes, they are speaking to each other, but make no mistake, this eye-opening piece is really directed at you, dear self-proclaimed social-media guru.

Here’s the video: