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27

Feb

I hate that Brian Moylan is putting a picture of his guess on the Blind Items now. It just leads to idiots jumping in and patting themselves on the back for recognizing the photo and thinking they figured out the answer, like it’s a riddle. It’s still a blind. That’s just Moylan’s guess.

02

Feb

This seems like as good an occasion as any to celebrate the descriptions of Zooey that Gawker has been using in their daily Zooey Deschanel roundup:
Over-iced Funfetti cupcake Zooey Deschanel
Living Pinterest board Zooey Deschanel
Probable Yelp reviewer Zooey Deschanel
Novelty ukulele tune Zooey Deschanel
Possessed Anthropologie mannequin Zooey Deschanel (my favorite)
Animated Hipstamatic photograph Zooey Deschanel
Crocheted Etsy woman Zooey Deschanel

This seems like as good an occasion as any to celebrate the descriptions of Zooey that Gawker has been using in their daily Zooey Deschanel roundup:

  • Over-iced Funfetti cupcake Zooey Deschanel
  • Living Pinterest board Zooey Deschanel
  • Probable Yelp reviewer Zooey Deschanel
  • Novelty ukulele tune Zooey Deschanel
  • Possessed Anthropologie mannequin Zooey Deschanel (my favorite)
  • Animated Hipstamatic photograph Zooey Deschanel
  • Crocheted Etsy woman Zooey Deschanel

(Source: scatteredflashesofdelight)

06

Jan

tylercoates:

“If the site as a whole is growing in both audience and reputation, we can afford for some writers to take time off from the news grind to work on a story or opinion piece that will transform the debate or win the internet. It’s more satisfying both to writers and readers that way. Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul. Yes, I just said that.”
— Nick Denton, 1/5/2012

tylercoates:

“If the site as a whole is growing in both audience and reputation, we can afford for some writers to take time off from the news grind to work on a story or opinion piece that will transform the debate or win the internet. It’s more satisfying both to writers and readers that way. Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul. Yes, I just said that.”

— Nick Denton, 1/5/2012

16

Nov

Gawker's Nick Denton Hints at Product to Rid Sites of Boring Commenters

jessica-messica:

dr-wtfox:

thegoddessfoo:

heygirlheyyyyy:

Apparently Brian Williams reads Gawker?

 Maybe he shouldn’t have alienated his smart following? Just a thought.

I believe we have a winner, ladies and gentlemen.

“By way of example, he cited an April 2010 Gizmodo exclusive reporting on the features of an iPhone 4 that was recovered in a Redwood City, Calif., bar. The story drew massive traffic due to the publicity, but because of the old design, the editors had to stop updating the site for eight hours one day, since the story people were looking for would have dropped too low on the page to be found in the old format.”

Except for how the most commented and viewed articles were always above the banner at the top, sure.  Methinks if you’re catering to people too stupid to click something at the top of the screen because it isn’t six times larger than everything else, you’ve found your own problem with an unintelligent commentariat.

The way we all talk about Nick Denton, I’m always surprised when I see a picture of him and he’s not Darth Vader.

Also, I have no problem with him wanting to keep the big articles prominent; it’s all the other changes that suck.

27

Oct

Holy crap, Richard Lawson is leaving Gawker. AS OF TODAY.

… no more… Lawson… Trade Roundups…?

I… don’t have the gifs to express my feelings.

14

Sep

I really need to know when Top Chef comes back so I can be sure to take Thursdays off so that I can get drunk and liveblog the show on Wednesday nights like I used to. NEED IT LIKE AIR.

Except I’d have to figure out a way back into my Gawker account to participate in the liveblog. Stupid Gawker. NO I CAN’T JUST OPEN A NEW ACCOUNT I NEED MY STAR.

30

Aug

Say what you will about Gawker, but going back and reading through all the Trade Roundups I’ve missed over the past couple of weeks still makes me laugh myself stupid.

God bless you, Richard Lawson.

14

Jun

Alleged Earth human Tom Cruise has just gotten himself involved with a new project, this one based on a book series about “policeman-turned-drifter” Jack Reacher. Aha. Jack Reacher. Let’s see: About the role, Cruise said “The character’s pretty flat in the books, so I’d really like Reacher rounder. I said to the writers, ‘Please, give me Reacher rounder.’ It’s what I want so bad.” Yeah? Is that it? Is that the joke we do here?
Richard Lawson is my reason to wake up in the morning.

25

May

morninggloria replied to your photo: By the way, wasn’t the Gawker redesign supposed to…

It works best in chrome.

I use Chrome at home, but I’m at work right now and don’t have a choice. 

By the way, wasn’t the Gawker redesign supposed to make it run faster and more smoothly? Because this is what I get every single time I try to visit Gawker. Then I hit “refresh” and five minutes later the page is there. Then I click an article I want to read and go to the bathroom, and hopefully by the time I get back to my desk it’s loaded, but usually not. Piece of suck.

By the way, wasn’t the Gawker redesign supposed to make it run faster and more smoothly? Because this is what I get every single time I try to visit Gawker. Then I hit “refresh” and five minutes later the page is there. Then I click an article I want to read and go to the bathroom, and hopefully by the time I get back to my desk it’s loaded, but usually not. Piece of suck.

25

Apr

That awful righthand bar on the Gawker homepage has been stuck at that spot for days. Tyler Clementi and Gwyneth Paltrow. Has this been like this for anyone else? I’d imagine not being able to see any new articles for a few days would not be good for pageviews, Denton.

That awful righthand bar on the Gawker homepage has been stuck at that spot for days. Tyler Clementi and Gwyneth Paltrow. Has this been like this for anyone else? I’d imagine not being able to see any new articles for a few days would not be good for pageviews, Denton.

23

Apr

From the comments of that Awl list - “27 TV Shows They Killed Too Early, In Order Of Heartbreak.”
It’s like when immigrants would run into people in the tenements they knew back in the old country.

From the comments of that Awl list - “27 TV Shows They Killed Too Early, In Order Of Heartbreak.”

It’s like when immigrants would run into people in the tenements they knew back in the old country.

10

Apr

Oh, hey. Gawker got a shoutout on Californication.
This show is so douchey, and yet I love it. Much like Gawker.

Oh, hey. Gawker got a shoutout on Californication.

This show is so douchey, and yet I love it. Much like Gawker.

30

Mar

The Wrap is claiming that Jennifer Lawrence has officially landed the role of Katniss in the much-anticipated Hunger Games movie, based on the book series about a bunch of twentysomething adults becoming slobbery teen fiction addicts who can’t shut up about which hottie boombalottie is going to play sweetass Finnick. I can’t imagine I know anyone like that, no siree, but I’ve heard that some twentysomethings have been feverishly reading every post about this movie and having conversations in bars, actual bars where adults go to drink alcohol and have adult conversations, about this very topic. How embarrassing for them! (Also: at a restaurant for adults with another adult last night, I heard that Hunter Parrish might be in the running for the role of Peeta. If that’s the case, I’ll just say that, uh, hey Suzanne Collins. It’s not too late to add a thirty-page scene where Peeta is naked the whole time and does a lot of kissing with Gale. Just saying.)
At least they haven’t axed Trade Roundup yet.

Latest frustrating thing about neue-Gawker:

No easy way to go back and read the old Blind Items from while I was away. You click the Blind Items tag and the right hand sidebar gives you the list of articles. Click one and you can read it just fine, but no comments (guesses to the answers). Click “show comments” and the right hand sidebar goes back to the list of today’s articles. Now you have to find the tag again to find more articles, then you click to view the comments and you lose the links to the other BIs. Very frustrating cycle.