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Hide Comments and Trolls with Shutup.css

We have always figured that internet trolls were sadistic psychopaths, but now we have data proving that “people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).”

There are a number of sites which I love to visit for the articles, but loathe to scroll because their commentator communities are often filled with trolls and other stupidity. To keep my sanity, I have been using Shutup.css to hide comments everywhere, and I highly recommend it. Shutup.css is a custom stylesheet and browser extension which hides all known comment areas, and the extension adds a whitelist feature so you can still read comments on sites where the community doesn’t give you an aneurism.

If you’re tired of trolls or general stupidity on your favorite sites, give Shutup.css a try today!

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Music Nostalgia Video

Valentine’s Day with Batman and Catwoman

Before you settle down to celebrate Valentine’s Day by binge-watching the second season of House of Cards, here’s a true love story featuring Batman and Catwoman with music by Lolita Ritmanis.

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Coworking in Ventura

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I’m coworking today at Connect Ventura with fellow Automatticians Bryan, Ryan, Erick, Konstantin, and Kevin.

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Simperium: Real-time Syncing from Automattic

simperium300Earlier, I had mentioned Automattic’s two great acquisitions of 2013, Cloudup and Simplenote. Part of the Simplenote acquisition was the data layer behind it, Simperium.

Simperium is technical magic. It’s a data layer which, as simplified as I can make it, provides real-time syncing. If you were to open the Simplenote app on your phone right next to the app on your computer (or the web app), you could type on one device and see the letters appear instantly on the other screen in real-time. Simperium isn’t limited to just text, and you can tie it into any application or service you’re developing. I won’t get into the technical aspects of Simperium, because I wouldn’t do it justice, but please watch the video embedded below for more details.

Without Simperium, Simplenote wouldn’t be what it is today, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing Simperium as the backbone of more top applications and services in the years to come.

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All Clear

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The Southland Ghostbusters have cleared Sarah at Brave New World Comics.