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June 16, 2009

Overnight Open Thread – (genghis)

Item #1: Is there anything the intermesh can’t do? Apparently not as CNN introduces us to a new site called Hunch.com which claims it can make decisions for you. Well, sort of.

”(CNN) -- Stumped on a tough decision? New Web sites are there to help. Hunch, a site that launches for the public Monday, will consider your quandary by getting to know you, asking you a series of questions and then spitting out three decisions. Another site, Let Simon Decide, makes a similar attempt. Caterina Fake, co-founder of the photo-sharing community Flickr, says she created Hunch not because people need help with emotional decisions but because it's too tough to find smart information online. You often have to replicate someone else's research, which is a waste, she said.”

There’s some caveats and qualifiers so YMMV. Click through the article or the direct link to Hunch is here.

Item #2: I’m not really sure what to make of this next one. It’s an article from Parenting.com via CNN titled Dad Feels Cheated on Father’s Day.

”Parenting.com -- One Mother's Day, I bought my wife what she had wanted for years -- a weeping cherry tree -- and I threw in a bird bath, so that when the tree matures, our feathered friends can happily splash and drink under its loving protection. For Father's Day, my wife gave me some boxer shorts and a tiny reading light, so I can flip through a book in bed without disturbing her. My wife is the first to admit it: For her, and for many people, Father's Day is an afterthought, a holiday just a few steps above the one that celebrates the groundhog and that other one that promotes trees. If Mom's Day and Dad's Day were in a prize fight, we all know which holiday would wind up lying in the corner of the ring, knocked-out teeth on the mat, dazed head stuck in a bucket.

Draw your own conclusions from the rest of the article about whether this guy is serious or making a joke. I’m just gonna’ toss this little stink bomb of a story through the ONT door, lock it securely and run like hell. I suspect that when I check back on the thread later I’m going to walk in on a scene of pure horror and utter carnage, with blood and guts decorating the walls and dismembered body parts everywhere. And the only people left standing will be the female commenters who have had kids, drinking chardonnay from the skulls of the male commenters and discussing shoes or something. It’s just a hunch (as Hunch.com might say!)

Item #3: Since the overnight thread sponsorship has been pretty erratic lately, maybe this’ll make up for it a little bit. From “Environmental Graffiti” we have a list of Vegetables that Look Suspiciously Animal. So they can collectively be the sponsor of tonight’s thread. You just know that half of these are going to show up on plates soon at the most insufferably hip and trendy restaurants across the country.

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