Anyone noticing that American couples started calling each other bae? Why are they doing that, is babe too difficult to pronounce? They both contain only a single syllable. Is hun for hunny/honey too quaint these days? That last b at the end of the word causing difficulties?

Of course, intimate couples haven’t called each other by names for decades. They use words like darling, sweety, honey, cupcakes, and in the 90s and 2000s, they try to scare each other by using the word boo. Remember that song by Usher and Alicia Keys, My Boo? That song comes up, my head gets filled with images of that ghost from Super Mario.

Anyway, they already shorten homeboy to homey or homes, so I guess if they call their significant others bae because babe is “old”, then they’re gonna call their friends ho? – Read on Path.

According to Indonesian newspaper Kompas, that’s Daenerys Targaryen and Jaime Lannister.


Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Related to my previous post, this would convince me the wearable era is progressing faster than perhaps most people expected.


Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Related to my previous post, this would convince me the wearable era is progressing faster than perhaps most people expected.

I haven’t worn a watch since the year 2000 but prior to that, four or five years went by when I didn’t wear a watch. The last time I remember wearing one regularly was back at high school when my gym teacher always shouted in my ear to remind me to take it off during gym class. So after a few weeks, I decided to just dump the watch.

At first it was noticeable, not having a watch on my arm, but it didn’t take long before I got used to it. There were clocks almost everywhere I go and there’s always someone to ask for the time when a clock wasn’t around, so it stopped becoming a big deal.

Not having a watch was made even less significant when I got my first mobile phone upon starting university. The phone lasted several days on a single charge, unlike today’s smartphones, and it was always on. I didn’t have to bring a charger anywhere. A portable battery pack was unheard of, perhaps even laughable at that time.

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So Couple had this for April fools

They posted this and the corresponding blog post on March 31 but the email announcement didn’t arrive in my inbox until this morning. Almost a week late. In the meantime, on April 2 they put up another blog post saying that Alice, and her male version Alex, had discovered each other and ran away, leaving only a chat record of what happened.

You can go to to see the intro. The whole thing does look straight out of the movie Her, except you don’t get Scarlett Johansson’s voice.

That’s cute.




I found this, so I thought I’d chime in on this.


Yup, it really happened.

(Source: captianrum)



are you guys okay

I didn’t mean for this to get this many notes I’m just genuinely concerned for these people

I had this drafted for a Path post but what the hell, I’ll put it here instead. Probably going for a longer post some other time.

Messaging apps are a dime a dozen and there’s zero financial cost of switching or adopting one app over the other although it’s always about who’s on which service. My latest post on DailySocial about the subject addresses this fact. It’s so easy to sign up to and use each one, it’s no big deal to have multiple messaging apps installed although some people may prefer to stick to one or no more than two or three to keep things simple.

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"In the world of ad-supported media, traffic volume is everything. Too often that means sacrificing quality for quantity and prioritising stories that generate clicks. In the subscription world, quantity doesn’t move the needle. Quality does."

The Australian Associated Press emailed me asking my views on the role of social media in this year’s Indonesian elections and the role of digital natives as first times voters.

My long answer below

I don’t think social media can make or break a candidate by itself. Presence on social networks certainly help raise their profiles but it also opens them up to attacks.

While use of social media in Indonesia seems massive, the majority of things I see about this upcoming election and even Indonesian elections in the past, is about making fun of elections and candidates.

The primary driver of political campaigns remains television. The influence of TV is still significantly much larger than the likes of Twitter or Facebook but TV and other “traditional” media also take their news from social media, therefore social media presence and activities can help spearhead the image or intention that the candidates want to project. Television can amplify what is being said or what is happening on social media.

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