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There Is an Academic Journal for Adventure Time Research

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Adventure Time, a show about the adventures of a “butt-kicking” human kid Finn and his dog Jake in the algebraic land of Ooo, is beloved by children, stoners, and Netflix bingers alike. Another audience for the show is the Internet’s cultural critics, who have sifted through its themes and characters in a smattering of essays.

Now, those essays have a singular home on the web: the Adventure Time Forum, which bills itself as “the Leading Journal of Adventure Time Research, Commentary, and Analysis.” Read More


‘Vaporware Is the New Minimal Viable Product,’ Declares Hype Up Weekend


“At some point, the hackathon bubble has got to pop.” That’s what Betabeat wrote 11 months ago in a story we called “Welcome to Hackathon Central!” about the astonishing abundance of these developer sleepovers, which now occur on a bus, on an island, with massages (all real examples!) and in increasingly shorter periods.

We don’t know about other “startup hubs,” but New York City is bonkers about hackathons. They’re social. They’re a great place for recruiters to meet developers. It’s a way to promote your brand new API. It’s a great place to slap your corporate brand and attempt to appropriate a cool DIY thing. Etc. There’s at least one every weekend.

We figured at some point, the people who attend these events would start to feel burned out.

Were we wrong? Is the hackathon bubble indestructible? A pair of Internet snarksters have launched an Eventbrite page announcing a new flavor of hackathon: the kind without a product.  Read More