Go Home Science You're Drunk
While we were all losing our shit about teens sexting on Snapchat, those sneaky creatures moved on to a new terrifying trend. A CBS 2 I-Team investigation breathlessly reported that the newest “growing and disturbing” trend is huffing flowers to get high, and it’s ruining more lives than Selena Gomez.
Teens are seeking out flowers in the Datura plant family, which at least means they’re paying attention in biology. Because they’re FLOWERS, the plants are readily available and–when sniffed–ignite a feeling of hallucination that can last for days. Other spooky side effects include paranoia, vomiting and heart palpitations. (Frankly that sounds our lot like prom night.)
It's the Cops!
Talk about a dubious distinction: Wired reports that an Australian man named Paul Leslie Howard is now the first to be convicted of a crime involving Silk Road, the Mos Eisley of the Internet. Mr. Howard copped to importing hard drugs using the site, and he now faces as many as 25 years in prison.
But does this signal a coming crackdown?
Deliver Me From Evil
Sure, social networks may know you better than Seamless–Facebook knows what you like, Google knows what you search for, Twitter knows who you follow, OkCupid knows how you like it. But ordering meals to your door is still an oddly intimate experience. Often you’re sitting in your home hungry, lazy, vulnerable to your Read More
Back in the early aughts, when this reporter’s parents were fast asleep, we’d take one of those 500 Free Hours of AOL CDs received in the mail every other day, unplug the phone line in our bedroom, and hook it up to our laptop so we could log on to saucy chat rooms and browse AOL Teen. Our parents, competent as they were, had no idea we spent half the night surfing a sluggish, largely harmless web.
We assumed teens these days–born with a smartphone glued to their mutant flesh–have it much easier, especially without having to muffle the sounds of dial-up. We were wrong.
Life in 3D
3D printing aficionados eager for the new technology to disrupt the vice market were dismayed to discover this week that the much-hyped 3D printed gun fired six shots before falling the f*ck apart. But fear not: Kurzweil AI reports that a new 3D printer has been developed, and this one prints drugs.
If you’re on Etsy selling jewelry with real pot leaves embedded into it or bracelets that claim to cure all of your infertility woes, you better come up with a new marketing ploy ASAP. Because according to the Daily Dot, the twee-commerce site has begun cracking down on “drug-like substances” and products that make “medical drug claims.”
Sooo… no weed soap then?
Law and Order
Australian authorities have put supposedly anonymized users surfing Silk Road for weed and other sundries on notice: the coppers are one step ahead of you. A joint press release published by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on Wednesday may serve as notice to anyone who is happily booting TOR and using the miracle of the Internet to score weapons-grade kush:
On the NYC sub-Reddit today, a user who goes by the handle “onmach” submitted a sincere inquiry about startup culture in New York. Onmach and a friend were considering a move out East, but the friend had a bad experience at a startup interview that devolved into what sounds like your standard brogramming nightmare.
A secretive drug bazar delivering hard core highs to American school kids is bad enough. But when its operating using the untraceable digital currency known as bitcoin, politicians have to take action.