Sunday, November 19, 2017

Websites and online resources increasingly disappear over time

I’ve written a fair amount about the lack of permanency on the web. It’s a sad fact that in the digital age, information and other data stored on the World Wide Web doesn’t have staying power.
For instance, between August 2009 and March 2015, I spotlighted 250 websites that I found interesting or entertaining. Of those, 40 are no longer available. That’s 16% of the websites I wrote about.
Of the 300 websites to which I’ve called attention over the past nine years, 41 are no longer online. The more time passes, the more likely a website or online resource will disappear.
Every so often, I run a scan on Tech-media-tainment to remove links to websites or articles that no longer work. This weekend, my latest scan discovered about 30 bad links mostly to news articles that were no longer available. It was five months since my last scan using

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Favorite websites in review, part 12

Over the past nine years, Tech-media-tainment has shined a spotlight on 300 interesting and entertaining websites.
What follows is the latest roundup of 25 websites given the seal of approval by Tech-media-tainment.

276. Phil Grishayev: Movie locations revisited (
277. Empty Pressers (
278. Arsenic (
279. Thrillist (
280. Google Plus Collections (
281. Literally Unbelievable (
282. Post-Apocalyptic Media (
283. Seph Lawless (
284. SuspiciousMinds (
285. (
286. Chicago’s Extinct Businesses (
287. Rich Kids of Instagram (
288. Rich Kids of London (
289. Rich Kids of Singapore (
290. Boyfriends of Instagram (
291. Passenger Shaming (
292. Can I Stream It? (
293. JustWatch (
294. HoaxEye (
295. HoaxEye on Twitter (
296. Hoax of Fame (
297. Hoax of Fame on Twitter (
298. This Is Not Porn (
299. PicPedant (
300. Aydin Buyuktas (

Photo: Disgusting picture from Passenger Shaming.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The trippy photography of Aydin Buyuktas

I adore the photography of Istanbul artist Aydin Buyuktas.
He has created a trippy style of imagery that feels like it’s from the movie “Inception.”
He bends the landscape in his images so objects in the distance are pulled forward at a 90-degree angle so you can have an overhead view of the terrain while looking at the horizon. Like I said, it’s trippy.
Check out his website and Instagram page.

Photos: Samples of artwork by Aydin Buyuktas.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Crusaders in the fight against fake photos online

The flood of fake news and information online is scary. From lying clickbait to bogus material shared via social media, the problem has become almost overwhelming.
Thankfully the problem has created a cottage industry in websites to debunk false information.
I’ve called attention to the problem of misleading and erroneous photos used with clickbait, but there are other websites tackling the spread of phony pictures and misidentified photos on social media.
HoaxEye identifies fake photos distributed online. HoaxEye is a project of product security professional Janne Ahlberg of Finland. HoaxEye has a Twitter page and Facebook page. HoaxEye also has a website.
Hoax of Fame has created a database of internet photo hoaxes. It is a project of journalist Nicolas Filio of Paris. Hoax of Fame has a Twitter page and a Tumblr website.
PicPedant is a Twitter feed that exposes Photoshopped fakes, misidentified pictures and photos appropriated without attribution. PicPedant is a project of by Paulo Ordoveza of Washington, D.C.
Historical celebrity photo website This Is Not Porn has a section titled Debunking Fake Celebrity Photos. The site is run by Patrik Karlsson of rural Sweden.
Check them out and support them.

Photos: Tweets from HoaxEye.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

President Trump depicted as creepy clown, wrecking ball on latest magazine covers

As Donald Trump nears the one-year anniversary of his election to U.S. president, magazine covers still mostly depict him in a negative light.
The New Yorker pictured Trump as a creepy clown like Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It” for its Oct. 30 cover.
Time magazine illustrated Trump as a wrecking ball for its Nov. 6 cover.
Newsweek showed Trump straddling an airplane and throwing money in the air for its Nov. 10 cover. The cover line says “Snakes on a plane: Trump’s jet-setting White House may be the most corrupt in U.S. history.”
Esquire depicted Trump as a diseased creature for an alternative online cover for its November issue.
It was an illustration for the article “The Pox Americana: Martin Amis takes on Donald Trump.”
News magazine The Week pictured Trump as a vandal destroying President Obama’s legacy on its Oct. 27 cover.
Forbes was the outlier, presenting Trump in a positive light for its Nov. 14 special issue on the richest people in America.
German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel continues to hammer Trump with its covers.
Its Oct. 21 issue on powerful men sexually abusing women featured Trump’s trademark long red tie draped over a woman’s shoulder.
Its Nov. 4 issue showed Trump as a massive wave flooding Washington, D.C.

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President Trump depicted as Nazi, racist, insane on latest magazine covers (Oct. 13, 2017)

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The neon snake in the grass and other lying clickbait tales

Those reptilian content distributors are at it again, spreading more lying clickbait.
What follows are the latest examples.

A Taboola-sponsored post titled “Their venom kills within a few seconds, see the deadliest snakes that exist” is wrong on a few counts.
First, it uses a photo of a California red-sided garter snake that had been Photoshopped to amplify the colors. The snake is indeed colorful, but doesn’t have neon shades of blue and red as this photo depicts. The original photo, by Flickr user Vabbley, features less vibrant, natural colors. (See the original photo below, followed by the altered version.)
Also, California red-sided garter snake isn’t venomous.

A sponsored article on Yahoo titled “Russia’s new tank is straight out of a sci-fi film” uses a photo of a model concept tank. The tank is available for 3D printing from designer Addvanced.

Revcontent posted an article titled “He was a huge star, but when he passed away nobody said anything.” It features a photo of the very-much-alive reality-TV star Ty Pennington. Even Pennington has commented on this “fake news” on his Twitter feed.

Lying clickbait purveyors love to misidentify people in photos with their articles to take advantage of the curiosity gap. These are some of the worst lies that clickbait companies do.

A Revcontent article titled “Angelina Jolie’s daughter used to be adorable, but today she looks insane” uses a photo of two girls who are not Jolie’s children. The children pictured are Russian sisters Irina and Serafima Veselkina, who have striking blue eyes. A popular photograph of the child models was taken by Vika Pobeda.

Another Revcontent article titled “Michael Jordan has pretty much given up on his son, here’s why” features a picture of Jordan with a photo of a man who isn’t his son. The mystery man has tattoos covering his face and is holding a machete. The man is actor Joseph Julian Soria in character for the Jason Statham action movie “Crank 2: High Voltage.”

An Outbrain-promoted article titled “After losing 70 lbs., Susan Boyle is unbelievably gorgeous” paired a photo of the British singer with British model Stephanie Arnott.

A clickbait post on Yahoo titled “The most unexpected couples in Hollywood” used a photo of actors Will Smith and Charlize Theron promoting their movie “Hancock.” They were never a couple. The clickbait says, “These stunning interracial couples are showing the world that love is blind. Read on to find out which celebs are dating who.” No thanks.

And finally a couple of odd ones.

A sponsored article titled “The wedding photographer just kept on taking pictures” uses a photo of plus-sized model London Andrews. It's not a wedding photo.

Another sponsored article titled “Amazing ‘fortunately’ timed photos” is just an excuse to run a photo of ridiculously busty Nadine Jansen.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Actresses who have played Snow White in U.S. movies and TV shows

The Walt Disney Company reportedly is working on a live-action Snow White movie following its recent successes with live-action retellings of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. No release date has been scheduled.
The Snow White fairytale story and characters have been popular for adaptations since the silent era of cinema. That’s because the material is familiar to most people and is in the public domain.
The following is a list of actresses who have portrayed Snow White in live-action U.S. movies and TV shows over the years. I opted not to include the many adaptations in Europe, especially Germany.
  • Marguerite Clark, “Snow White” (1916) 
  • Carol Heiss, “Snow White and the Three Stooges” (1961) 
  • Elizabeth McGovern, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” episode (1984) of “Faerie Tale Theatre” 
  • Sarah Patterson, “Snow White” (1987) 
  • Monica Keena, “Snow White: A Tale of Terror” (1997) 
  • Camryn Manheim, “The 10th Kingdom” (2000) 
  • Kristin Kreuk, “Snow White: The Fairest of Them All” (2001) 
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, “Once Upon a Time” (2011-2017) 
  • Kristen Stewart, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012) 
  • Lily Collins, “Mirror Mirror” (2012) 
  • Eliza Bennett, “Grimm’s Snow White” (2012) 
  • Shanley Caswell, “Snow White: A Deadly Summer” (2012) 
  • Stephanie Bennett, “Descendants (2015) 
  • Lauren Parkinson, “Avengers Grimm” (2015) 

Kristen Stewart in “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012).

Lily Collins in “Mirror Mirror” (2012).

Kristin Kreuk in “Snow White: The Fairest of Them All” (2001).

Ginnifer Goodwin in “Once Upon a Time” (2011-2017).

Camryn Manheim in “The 10th Kingdom” (2000).

As a bonus, here’s a photo of porn actress Riley Steele as Snow White from “Snow White XXX: An Axel Braun Parody” (2014).
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