When Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly tweeted this from Ferguson, Missouri, he exposed himself to unmerciful teasing from the social media universe:


Twitter aggregator Twitchy wasted no time jumping on the hapless Huffpo reporter’s gaff: “That’s right. Huffington Post justice reporter Ryan Reilly confused rubber bullets with ear plugs. Yes, ear plugs. The mockery was swift and righteous (and side-splitting). But, to be fair, perhaps there is a snicker-worthy reason why the journo didn’t know the difference?”

Some of the funniest mockeries included these, and these and several more from illustrator Dianny at All the Right Snark.

The sharp eyes at Twitchy followed up with more online hilarity, noting that Reilly’s coworkers barraged their colleague with rubber earplugs: “We suspect Reilly won’t hear the end of it for a good while. Not even from his co-workers. Observed one Twitterer of Reilly’s work area: ‘Looks like a war zone.'”


#Ferguson on Twitter


As of Aug. 18, there were more than 7.8 million tweets with the hashtag #Ferguson beginning with the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to data from Twitter. #Ferguson tweets peaked in the evening of Aug. 13, with more than 4,400 tweets per minute.

An interactive chart using Twitter Reverb showed how #Ferguson spread. Twitter Reverb is a Twitter-owned tool that displays unfolding conversations on the social network. A blue line track tweets per minute. White pins depict an event’s timeline.

In the pop culture realm, how many Tweets were there about Emmy-nominated shows? Using Nielsen Social and Twitter Reverb, the average number of Tweets per episode or the average size of the Twitter audience per episode was able to be calculated and illustrated.


This is your brain. This is your brain online.

A new analysis supports the theory that the smarter you are, the faster your Internet access.

High Speed Internet.com collected 2013 average ACT scores for each state from act.org and compared them with the 2013 Internet speed data from Akamai recently highlighted in a Broadview article.

“We found … that students from states with faster Internet speeds have higher ACT scores on average,” the report stated.

The top five states with the fastest Internet speed have ACT scores in the top 15. They are Virginia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington.

The five states with the slowest Internet speed have average ACT scores in the bottom half of the rankings: Alaska, Montana, Kentucky, Arkansas, and West Virginia.

Have you taken the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Thousands have taken the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Why would so many willingly dump a bucket of cold ice all over themselves? Here is the reason.

Meet Pete Frates, the person who started it all. The former Boston College captain inspired the phenomenon that has raised awareness – and over $40 million – for ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Remember me

Though it was uploaded in 2006, a video made by then-15-year-old Lizzie Palmer is making the rounds again. With more than 31 million views and over 14,000 comments, the video seemingly never goes out of style and is especially relevant as we learn more about what’s happening in the Middle East and the possibility of U.S. boots on Iraqi ground again.

With music “Pacific Wind” by Ryan Farish, the video will move you. What’s it about? You’ll have to watch to find out!

What’s in your policeman’s locker?

Police in Boston and more recently in Ferguson, Missouri, were outfitted in SWAT/Special Response Team (SRT) equipment in response to terrorist threats or rioting. The military gear has been obtained by local law enforcement agencies through a free Defense Department program created in the 1990s.

Now you can see what military gear is being used by YOUR local law enforcement agency on this interactive map prepared by GitHub for the New York Times.

By running your cursor over counties all over the United States, you will see the equipment being used by your PD.

Blog of the week

Speaking of law enforcement, a 15-year veteran of a Missouri police department writes a touching blog about what it’s like to be an officer of the peace just outside of Ferguson. Meet Don of All Trades, our blogger of the week.

Mental gymnastics

Have you tried your hand … er, mind, at Lumosity yet? I did. I signed up to exercise my brain, or as Lumosity describes it, “challenge” my brain with games “designed by neuroscientists to exercise memory and attention.”

Lumosity gives simple tests to customize your personalized brain training program. They’re designed to expose your brain to increasingly harder training, with games that challenge your speed, memory, attention and more.

My test results? I forgot.

Just kidding. In the Speed Match, I scored higher than 94 percent of people in my age group. In the Memory Matrix, my score was higher than 26 percent of others, and in the Train of Thought, I scored 47 percent higher than others.

Try it. It’s a lot of fun, and its FREE!

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