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How a Hashtag Brought a Frisco Teen Virtual Worldwide Fame

If you spend any reasonable amount of time online, you likely encountered mention on Monday of the #AlexFromTarget hashtag — which was tied to a photo of a teenage boy at work as a checker at Target — having gone ridiculously viral. It was chalked up to being one of the great mysteries of the Internet age. A picture of a handsome but otherwise unremarkable-looking young man in the midst of the most mundane of activities somehow got passed from user after user after user on Twitter — and no one could say for sure why.

On Tuesday the CEO of a social media marketing/branding/something startup in Los Angeles gave an interview to CNET in which he took credit for having spawned the hashtag that launched a million tweets by using his network of “social influencers.” But the girl in the UK responsible for the original tweet, Target, and Alex himself all say they’ve got nothing to do with the company, as Buzzfeed reports. So this will likely remain one of the great inscrutable unknowns of this new world in which we live.

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Wired Looks at Ladar Levison’s Secure Email Project

In case you missed it (I did), on Friday Wired published a story about our favorite alliterative email service provider, Ladar Levison. Ladar is currently holed up in a house in North Texas, cranking away on his next project, a super-secure email system called Dark Mail. The Wired story goes into how this new email system will work, but more interesting is Ladar’s collaborator Stephen Watt:

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American Blogger: The Most Important Film in the History of Cinema, Ever

Chris Wiegand of Dallas is a visionary filmmaker. Don’t take my word for it. Take his word for it. The trailer he posted recently for his new project, American Blogger, describes the deep spiritual apotheosis one is likely to experience upon watching this “beautifully filmed and artistically crafted” film.

Inspired by the blog of his own attractive blonde wife Casey, Chris drove across this great nation of ours, fighting for freedom and meeting with other beautiful female wordsmiths — mavens of fashion, style, and interior design. They’re part of a movement that could, potentially, change our world. Good-looking women will no longer have to put up with being ignored. At long last they have a means for commanding the attention that they deserve but have never received often enough.

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D Magazine Online Seeks Web Designer

We’ve got a job opening. Here’s what you need to know: Interactive Designer We’re looking for an experienced web designer to help build D’s online properties by designing microsites, various online graphics, and the presentation of our magazine content online. This position will also play an integral role in the redesign of dmagazine.com. The online designer […]

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Twitter Reacts to Elizabeth Escalona Sentenced to 99 Years For Gluing Daughter to a Wall

Elizabeth Escalona, the Dallas mom who brutally beat her 2-year-old daughter and super-glued the child’s hands to the wall, was today sentenced to 99 years in prison. Reaction from the Twitterverse: Escalona got 99 years with possibility of parole in 30 years. Proud day for Dallas’ judicial system – Turo (@r2omtz) October 12, 2012 When […]

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Yet Another Digital Magazine Thing Launches in Dallas

CultureMap has outposts in Houston and Austin. The Dallas version will launch this fall (helmed by a former D Magazine publisher and a former D Magazine managing editor). Here’s how it describes itself: CultureMap will keep you plugged in, enlightened and entertained about culturally relevant news and information. We deliver real-time coverage, breaking news and […]

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