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Thursday, April 24, 2021

sweetz gig
Who knew that a slightly-creepy cat humor site did enough business to need an office staff? But it’s true: “I Can Has Cheezburger” is hiring, and is getting more of a challenge than anticipated in the screening process.

Apparently, looking at Lolcats all day is an appealing job. Ben Huh, founder of the site and chief executive of Seattle-based Pet Holdings Inc., has received 250 applications since the job was posted on Monday under the headline “Kittehs Want Moar Workerhumans.”

“I got a stack of resumes that I can’t even go through,” Huh said. “You know how they say, ‘Spell everything correctly because the people reading your resume will toss it out otherwise?’ Well, we can’t even do that. We won’t knock you out for spelling…. The traditional resume screening methods don’t apply here.”

The winning applicant will join three other people who moderate ICHC and a few related Pet Holdings sites (think dogs with funny captions). A big part of the job will be selecting from the 7,000 submissions the company receives every day of captioned photos, plus 2,000 uncaptioned ones.

I really hope they have some sort of sensory-overload specialist on-hand, to guard against surefire burnout. Really, how many bizarro photos can someone sift through before their mind rebels in protest?

I’ve got no plans to relocate to the Emerald City, so regrettably, I’ll have to decline this (questionable) opportunity. However, just to show I can flow with the cryptic content, I offer up my previous two posts on the LOLcat phenomenon. Specifically the post titles:

- IN UR FACE, DOMOKUN KITTEH

- ON UR DETHBED, FEELIN U DIE

Actually, in a way, this fractured diction might need more stringent editing than you’d expect. Right up my alley, skills-wise.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/24/2008 10:38:07 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet
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Weardrobe is an online, largely phototag-driven clothing-catalogue community, designed to create a huge virtual fashion closet via the aggregation of millions of users’ wardrobe choices.

Not really my kind of thing.

But I found out about it by peeking at the guest list for tomorrow’s Jelly coworking session in Brooklyn, which I’m attending. Weardrobe founder Suzanne Xie will also be there, and so I’d love to pitch the following add-on to her site:

Weirdrobe. Like, weird items of clothing, or donned combinations of such, that elicit puzzlement and awe from onlookers. Or something like that.

Hey, I’m a sucker for puns. Weardrobe got the ball rolling, so I’ll give it another push.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/24/2008 10:01:26 PM
Category: Fashion, Internet, Wordsmithing
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Appropriately enough for a gambling mecca, Las Vegas is taking a double-down approach to urban revitalization: Instead of rehabbing its existing downtown, it’s building a sparkling-new replacement, right next door.

[T]he city will formally inaugurate a new urban core on a 61-acre, undeveloped parcel of land — a project that some experts say is unprecedented in city planning. Called Union Park, its supporters hope it will revive the historic downtown just to the east, where the region’s courthouses, government offices and oldest casinos are clustered…

“It’s quite unusual that there’s a big swath of downtown ground just sitting there without having to go through a whole rigmarole to acquire,” said Bill Hudnut, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington. Mr. Hudnut, the former mayor of Indianapolis, recalled that acquiring just three blocks of that city “involved some legal fights and eminent domain, the demolition of buildings, numerous deals with numerous owners.” In Las Vegas, he added, “they’re just building new stuff.”

And I suppose if Union Park fizzles out after it goes up, they can just pick up another several adjacent acres and take a third stab at it. All that desert terrain is just a blank slate anyway, right?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/24/2008 06:43:56 PM
Category: Politics, Society
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