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.Full Story
Instagram offers snapshot-size peeks into its users’ live. Here are some of our favorite North Texans to follow.Full Story
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:Full Story
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.Full Story
With parents’ antennae raised about possible school closures, a battle is being fought on Twitter today over whether Dallas ISD’s official account is @dallasschools or @DISD_official. My money’s on the former because A) it has more than 4,400 followers as opposed to 65, and B) the latter is being propped up by a guy who […]Full Story
Later this week, while many of our loyal readers will likely be preoccupied by preparations for the great American feast of turkey, pumpkin pie, and football, we’ll launch an entirely new version of our website.Full Story
Here at D Mag HQ we’ve been hit with some spam of late. Our I.T. support engineer, Matt Shelley, issued a company-wide memorandum warning people to be careful about opening attachments from unfamiliar senders. As a public service, I pass along his note: Dear technologically in-touch staff members, It has come to my attention (and […]Full Story
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 ofÂ dmagazine.com. The online designer […]Full Story
This makes me really happy. An anonymous prankster has just made my morning. Every month, with the publication of each new issue of D Magazine, I write a letter to our good, strong advertisers. I let them know what’s going on at the magazine, the reasoning behind some of our editorial decisions, that sort of […]Full Story
Long-suffering readers of this blog will notice that we’ve deployed a new system for commenting. Commenters can now log in via Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, or accounts from a bunch of other social networks of which most of you have never heard. When you opt for one of these social log-ins, your comments will no […]Full Story
If you haven’t yet read the Gawker profile of Michael Brutsch, you should find some time today to do so. Brutsch is better known by his online handle, Violentacrez, which he used to post horrible stuff on Reddit just to rile people up. As Adrian Chen puts it in his story, “Violentacrez was the most […]Full Story
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 […]Full Story
Okay, the Cowboys aren’t really in the gay romance business. But Deadspin reports that Cowboys.com has launched as a — well, see for yourself. Once upon a time, the team actually won the URL at auction. But then team officials realized that they’d just bid $275,000 and not $275. They backed out of the deal. […]Full Story
Eric “Slouchy” Nicholson over at Unfair Park wondered if “Stuff Dwaine Caraway Likes” is officially a meme yet. Maybe. I’ve tried to help it become one after the jump.Full Story