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July 01, 2014

Dating app executive calls his co-founder a whore, demotes her because he's so insecure he thinks women devalue tech offerings

And who says Silicon Valley has a misogyny problem? Tinder sexual harassment suit: Former executive claims she was called a "whore," demoted because she was a woman.
The annals of virulent tech-world misogyny have a new chapter this week, thanks to everybody’s favorite hookup app, Tinder. Whitney Wolfe, the company’s former vice president of marketing, filed a sexual harassment and discrimination suit against her former employer on Monday, and it’s a stunner. “Tinder’s Chief Marketing Officer Justin Mateen repeatedly called Ms. Wolfe a ‘whore,’ including in front of CEO Sean Rad, and he told Ms. Wolfe that he was taking away her 'Co-Founder' title because having a young female co-founder makes the company seem like a ‘joke’ and ‘devalues’ the company,” the complaint alleges. And all that’s just in the first paragraph! . . . At a company party in Malibu on April 6, 2014, Ms. Wolfe noticed that Mr. Mateen was unwilling to say “hello” to her, while he eagerly greeted Ms. Wolfe’s friend, Kate Wilson, who accompanied her to the event. When she eventually asked him what was wrong, Mr. Mateen responded: “You’re a whore.” He accused her of being with a boy and insisted he knew all about what her “disgusting self had been up to.” He said this in front of Mr. Rad. He went on call her “a gold digger,” and “a disease” and “disgusting.” As Ms. Wolfe began to head toward the exit, she was accosted by Mr. Rad’s guest at the party who spat in her face. This was witnessed by Ms. Wilson. Mr. Mateen went on to ask Ms. Wilson if it were true, referring to Ms. Wolfe and her possible involvement with another man. Mr. Mateen’s younger brother repeatedly accused Ms. Wolfe of not being “a good girl.” . . .

June 17, 2014

My strawberry ice cream recipe

A friend asked for this, and so I'm sharing it here. It being strawberry season right now here in Northern California, this seems like a good time to make boatloads of amazing strawberry ice cream. Ingredients: 1 carton fresh, organic strawberries--washed and hulled (use as many as you can, it only make the recipe better) 2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp salt (a dash of vanilla, or balsamic vinegar, or bourbon, or whatever you want to add) The How: Puree the strawberries into oblivion. I use an immersion blender, but whatever you have on hand is always the best option. (you can strain the puree through a sieve, if you dislike seeds in your ice cream, but I also dislike picking a million seeds out of my colander so I skip this step. Pour the obliviated strawberries and all the other ingredients into a bowl and mix well. I use a stand mixer that was a loyalty award from Lexis-Nexis, from like a month before they laid me off. It makes the ice cream bittersweet. Mix well. Pour into your ice cream maker and run it for as long as the maker's instructions suggest. 30 minutes works for me. And then freeze the results. Or eat the whole thing. Freedom. * This recipe is adapted from the one in the godawful Humphrey Slocum ice cream cookbook.

May 31, 2014

Today's Tumblr: Texts From Straight Boys

Seeing this makes me ashamed of my sex. And also SO GLAD we didn't have texting when I was a teenager. Single Topic Tumblr of the Day: Straight White Boys Texting is a Thing of Beauty - Cheezburger

May 09, 2014

Disruptive jerks find new way to be complete jerks about parking in San Francisco

Have you been moving your car for free like a sucker? Why not use this douchebag app and sell your parking space to some rich schmuck before you drive off to the Mission? New App Innovates New Way For People In SF To Be Dicks Via Parking
San Francisco is a lovely city, but it's getting a pretty nasty problem with douchebag infestation, and this new app, MonkeyParking, sure as shit isn't helping. Essentially, the app lets you auction off whatever public parking spot you find. You know, just like a real monkey, only more of a greedy asshole. There's so many problems with this idea, even upon just the tiniest bit of reflection. Can you even, legally, "rent" a publicly-owned land like a parking space? Won't this just make the parking situation worse as greedy or desperate people would just roam around taking all the good spots and holding them until they get the money they want? Can't you assholes just knock it the fuck off and not try to "monetize" everything?