Dispatches from the front line of the internet


Thank you, evolution, for making me good at Super Hexagon
By Alex Hern - 29 January 12:25

A paean to pattern recognition and twitch gaming.

Iran's Space Monkey is the Saddest Monkey You Will See Today
By Alex Hern - 28 January 16:19

Unless you have looked up pictures of other space monkeys.

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Vine posts amateur porn as "editor's pick"
By Alex Hern - 28 January 14:23

Twitter's new "long photo" app goes x-rated.

What is Vine, Twitter's Hot New Thing?
By Alex Hern - 25 January 11:09

The return of the Long Photo.

Apple reports record quarter, stocks plummet
By Alex Hern - 24 January 8:40

Sales of Macs down 18 per cent, iPad sales up nearly 50 per cent, iPhone sales up 30 per cent.

Facebook's graph search is a creeper's dream
By Alex Hern - 23 January 10:05

Who wants to search for "single women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like Getting Drunk"?

Denmark was right to ban discrimination in hair salons
By Alex Hern - 22 January 16:03

If you're trying to end gender discrimination, then end gender discrimination.

Should New Zealanders kill their kittens to save their native birds?
By Alex Hern - 22 January 12:59

Domestic cats are furry murderers, argues a New Zealand businessman who is spearheading a campaign to get his fellow Kiwis to give them up.

The Presidential Inauguration (explained using only the ten hundred most used words)
By Alex Hern - 21 January 10:07

The White House for kids who can't read good.

Comics review: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
By Alex Hern - 19 January 11:07

A welcome embrace of the European tradition.

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Daily Express redirects searches to owner's lottery
By Alex Hern - 17 January 12:07

Heavy cross-promotion.

NASA signs $17m deal for ISS expansion
By Alex Hern - 15 January 12:55

Commercial partnership will deliver the new module.

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Comics Review: Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
By Alex Hern - 12 January 23:41

Hard to find and with a streak of weirdness.

Sorry Obama, there's no correct answer on the horse-sized duck question
By Alex Hern - 09 January 17:00

It's the perennial internet question. What would you rather fight: a horse-sized duck, or one-hundred duck-sized horses? So we took it seriously. Maybe too seriously. Warning: biology ahead.

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Monopoly to replace an iconic piece – but which is most iconic?
By Alex Hern - 09 January 12:53

Hasbro has announced a vote to drop a piece from the standard monopoly set. But it's not as immutable as you may remember.

The anniversary of the London Underground isn't when you think
By Alex Hern - 09 January 10:29

Do we celebrate a corporate dinner, or opening to the public?

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Reddit provides cancer sufferer with early showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness
By Alex Hern - 07 January 8:00

"The last thing he got to do that gave him pleasure was watch the new Star Trek movie."

Pinterest acquires and shutters Punchfork
By Alex Hern - 04 January 17:22

The mayfly life of a 2010s start-up.

RoboRoach + Twitter = Crowdsourced cockroach steering
By Alex Hern - 02 January 16:05


The Lengths, Howard Hardiman.
Comics review: The Lengths by Howard Hardiman
By Alex Hern - 23 December 6:23

A love story about a male escort, told with dogs. What's not to like?

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Birdwatchers are angry about the fake "eagle v baby" video
By Alex Hern - 19 December 15:22

"Damaging mythology re: raptors"

Instagram's ToS
Instagram backs down, won't use photos in adverts
By Alex Hern - 19 December 8:53

Despite legal language used, "we do not have plans for this" says Kevin Systrom.

Literally unbelievable video of golden eagle snatching baby is literally unbelievable
By Alex Hern - 19 December 7:19

Via basically everyone, this video is unbelievable. A golden eagle tries – and fails, thank god – to fly away with somebody's baby:

Instagram asserts the right to sell your photos
By Alex Hern - 18 December 8:39

You are not the customer, you are the product.

Working hard for money off from Danone.
How hard-working is that Tory family?
By Alex Hern - 17 December 9:24

Definitely some strivers, that's for sure.

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Don't boycott Google because it's evil. Boycott it because it's terrible
By Alex Hern - 13 December 14:10

Google's dodging taxes. But its worst crime is messing around with search results.

Londoners, time to put your Oyster card in a different wallet
By Alex Hern - 12 December 17:58

You could be in for a nasty surprise tomorrow.