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Around the Web July 12, 2013

It’s time for another awesome Friday’s Around the Web wrap up.

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is not impressed with the Iron Throne depicted on the HBO series. While I still think it looks pretty badass, George disagrees and he is, of course, the expert.


Please don’t kill another Stark because of me! Please!!!!

An announcement from the co-founder of Pirate Bay. Peter Sunde is now working on an encrypted messaging app that will supposedly make messages unreadable to the Big Brother folks over at the NSA. At least in concept this is pretty cool. The end-to-end technology is fascinating.

I will admit to being a bit skeptical though. This is all coming from one of the founders of Pirate Bay, a site which is used to trample on copyright law all the time. I hate to say it but while it may be more disturbing when the government does it, it doesn’t matter if it’s a private person or a government agency, breaking the law is still a problem.

Lastly, a rather interesting article from Wired.com talking about people shopping from that place we all go to from time to time.


Not surprisingly, more and more people are shopping from their toilets and those online retailers who are working to improve their tablet/phone apps are the ones best able to take advantage of those shoppers in the “thinker” position. This is the kind of thing that worries me a little (ok, a lot!) about the future of the human race.

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Around the Web June 28, 2013

This story is pretty interesting, both because of how much influence technology has on our lives including our political process and because of how cyclical history can be. Just sit back and watch the pendulum swing. Hopefully we can take a few of these lessons and protect ourselves again.


Somehow the black windows make this place look just a bit more sinister.

Some of these pictures are far more clever than anything I could come up with.


Still not sure I’d want to do any of these things. 30 years from now I don’t know if I’d want to look back on this.

What would the internet be without Bear Grylls?¬†Will he drink his own urine? ¬†Guess you’ll just have to watch and find out. As a side note, my friends and I actually did this while trying to park in Manhattan.

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