Thursday, June 1, 2017

Certified Fresh

Alien Covenant has a Tomatometer rating of 71%.  It is "Certified Fresh."

Beauty and the Beast has a Tomatometer rating of 71%.  It is NOT "Certified Fresh."

How does that happen, you may ask?  Well, a movie is labeled "Certified Fresh" under the following conditions:
To receive a Certified Fresh rating a movie must have a steady Tomatometer rating of 75% or better. Movies opening in wide release need at least 80 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). Movies opening in limited release need at least 40 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). 
So I'm assuming there was a greater concentration of "fresh" reviews for Alien Covenant during the first week of the film's release, and after 80 reviews the score was over 75%.  As time went on, and as more "rotten" reviews came in, the Tomatometer dropped.  In the case of Beauty and the Beast, the Tomatometer must have been below 75% when the 80th review came in.

They've got nearly the same number of reviews, too.  Alient Covenant has 281 reviews, of which 199 are positive (for a score of 70.82%).  Beauty and the Beast has 277 reviews, of which 196 are positive (for a score of 70.76%).

It's weird how movies will sometimes use the "Certified Fresh" label in their marketing, but the label itself is kind of arbitrary.

Shit, though, what if Alien Covenant keeps getting bad reviews...?
If the Tomatometer score drops below 70%, then the movie or TV show loses its Certified Fresh status. In some cases, the Certified Fresh designation may be held at the discretion of the Rotten Tomatoes editorial team.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Vidbiz.me

Vidbiz.me is another site whose homepage is cribbing from iPlayerHD.  Here's an archive of the homepage:  http://archive.is/ne7Vu.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

VirginiaNews.co redesign and Imgnet.co

The VirginiaNews.co homepage no longer resembles a TEGNA website.  Now it resembles the "Virginia newspapers" section from AllYouCanRead.com.  Here's an archive of how the page looks now: http://archive.is/pJAdI.

And there's another website, Imgnet.co, which is mimicking the homepage of iPlayerHD.com.  Here's an archive of the Imgnet.co homepage:  http://archive.is/zaIIi.

What are the odds the same person is behind both sites?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Man sues girl over movie ticket

Brandon Vezmar:  Petty asshole, or an American hero?  My vote is for American hero:




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Medium authors: Fred and Sue

I like to browse the TwoXChromosomes subreddit.  It's where I get all my feminism news and commentary.

Yesterday, the #1 link was an opinion piece from Medium, titled "Abortion Rates Drop When Birth Control Usage Goes Up, Yet Republicans Want to Limit Access to Birth Control."  It was posted by a user named gitssa.  It's a breezy, two-minute read, well-written, and with no indication of being plagiarized.  Heck, there's even a line about how a 2016 Gallup poll found 87% of Republican voters approve of birth control, and that statistic is true: http://www.gallup.com/poll/192404/birth-control-divorce-top-list-morally-acceptable-issues.aspx.  

And yet...

At the end of the article is a random hyperlink, embedded in the phrase "women's health services," for KnockYourHealth.com.  It's a website which sells medical machines, and the machines don't have anything to do with contraception.  They're actually lipo laser machines.  So why would the author of an article about birth control link to a site about lipo machines?

The author of the Medium piece is named Fred.  Just "Fred."  The URL of Fred's profile shows the name @lifred.

Fred wrote another Medium post on May 8, titled "Advances in Medical Technology are Giving Obese Women a Better Chance at a Healthy Life."  That article was linked on Reddit, again in the TwoXChromosomes community, by knifeandforrk.  (Knifeandforrk later deleted the link, and I originally tried to save a cache of it.)  That Medium post also contained a hyperlink to KnockYourHealth.com.

Curiously, there was another author on Medium who wrote an article titled "Advances in Medical Technology are Giving Obese Women a Better Chance at a Healthy Life."  That Medium user is @lifeshine, aka "Sue."  Sue later deleted her post, but you can see the removal message here.

Sue wrote one other post back in December titled "Lipo Laser Buyers: 3 Critical Factors You Cannot Afford to Ignore."  That article also contained links to KnockYourHealth.com, and Sue acknowledged working for KnockYourHealth.com.

Sue's second article was submitted to Reddit by HollaDouble2.  HollaDouble2 later deleted his link, but that's what archives are for.

The contact number on KnockYourHealth.com is 1-888-547-5296.  Their about page says:
KnockYourHealth.com is a fully owned website run by CWGLive, under its KnockYourHealth vertical. CWGLive has been successfully reviewing products since 2009, and has been successfully running its product reviews since its inception. 
Founded and led by Sudeshna Dey Nee Choudhury, we have been able to perform, through our trusted business associate network, a number of trials to experience different health products. In this website, we summarize the experience of the distributed team and its business associates. 
WhoIs information for KnockYourHealth shows it was registered by Sudeshna Dey (nee Choudhury), in Rampurhat, West Bengal, India, using the e-mail address brishti1007@rediffmail.com.  I assume it's really based in India and Sudeshna Dey really is the owner.

There's nothing outright insidious about the Medium article.  But it strikes me as weird how so many people can read a piece of commentary and not seem to care who the author was.

Anyway...we've got two Medium authors who linked to the same site:  @lifred and @lifeshine  And we've got three Redditors who linked to the Medium posts:  Gitssa, Knifeandfork, and HollaDouble2.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hanging???

I'm surprised no one has revealed the origins of the Facebook video that (supposedly) showed a black girl getting hanged: https://mic.com/articles/177032/video-of-a-black-woman-s-hanging-went-viral-on-facebook-the-site-marked-it-as-mature#.t1aIqVQU6

I remember several months ago, someone stumbled on an old YouTube video titled "Hi Walter! I got a new gf today!" and people freaked out, thinking it might be linked to the abduction of a Wisconsin girl.  Before long, police investigated and concluded the video was fake.

The hanging video is probably fake, too.  Perhaps it was produced by some porn/fetish studio.  Snopes looked into it, and said the video was unrelated to the death of a college student named Kendra Shanice Reid.  There was also speculation that the girl in the video was a porn actress named Trazcy Kush, but she shut down that rumor on Twitter.  GhettoGaggers has also denied responsibility.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Waxra

Come on, Waxra.com.  Who are you trying to fool?

Your article from May 9 was titled:  
"Discovery Of Two New Saturn-Mass Exoplanets"

Phys.org article from May 8 was titled:  
"Two new Saturn-mass exoplanets discovered"

Your first two paragraphs:
An international team of astronomers has discovered two new giant alien worlds rotating distant stars. The newly found planets are estimated to be as huge as Saturn and are orbiting M dwarfs beyond the snow line. The findings were published on 2nd May in an online paper on the arXiv pre-print server. 
The planets were discovered by researchers working as part of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) group and the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) collaboration.
The first two paragraphs from Phys.org:
An international team of astronomers has detected two new giant alien worlds circling distant stars. The newly found planets are estimated to be as massive as Saturn and are orbiting M dwarfs beyond the snow line. The findings were presented May 2 in a paper published online on the arXiv pre-print server. 
The planets were discovered by researchers working as part of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) group and the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) collaboration. 
You're just taking the words from Phys.org and changing a few of them.  AND you're making money with Google AdChoices?  That ain't right.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Eyes of the world

The eyes of the world are on New Hampshire.  That's what Concord resident Brian Harlow said at a legislative committee yesterday, regarding the controversy over Robert Fisher:
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/lawmaker-behind-misogynistic-forum-i-ve-never-hated-women/article_ff0d6bd6-2d76-577d-bb39-1c800680416d.html

Now, the committee will have to decide its course of action:
The legislative committee could recommend the full House reprimand, censure, expel or take no action against Fisher.
Meanwhile, The Daily Beast published another article on Monday laying out evidence that Robert Fisher is still the top moderator of r/TheRedPill, using the alias "RedPillSchool."  I glanced at the evidence, and if I had to answer the question of whether Robert Fisher and RedPillSchool are the same person, I'd say: "Probably...?"  Either they're the same person, or they're close buddies.

I think the onus is on Fisher to prove that he's NOT RedPillSchool.

Monday, May 8, 2017

ClickLancashire


It's titled: "66 percent of Americans under 30 disapprove of President Trump, poll finds."

And the first three paragraphs read:
There's an unconventional new president in the White House, but Washington is still up to its old tricks, engaged in familiar brinkmanship just days from a potential government shutdown. 
The latest University of Virginia Center of Politics survey found that 93% of Trump voters said they approved of the President's job performance. 
He also cited the 30 executive actions, many rolling back Obama-era orders, and one calling for the elimination of two regulations for every one added.
The title of the article is from an ABC News article.  The text of the first paragraph is from an AP bulletin.  The text of the second paragraph is from New York Daily News.  The text of the third paragraph is from BroadcastingCable.com.

When I checked the site, it had several AdChoices boxes, along with some content.ad boxes.  But it seems like the entire article was scraped together by some bot program.

ClickLancashire.com looked a lot different back in 2013.  Here's an archive from June, 2013, so you can see yourself: https://web.archive.org/web/20130621072431/www.clicklancashire.com.  It actually focused on news in Lancashire.  Now the header logo says "Click Lancashire--Independent News."

I wonder what happened?