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BNet

Brian Feldman
a newsletter about the internet and computers or whatever
Created 20 Apr 2020
  • Spider-man: Turn On the Videos
    04 May 2021 • 5 min read
    By Joey Sims “Footage from the original climax of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark—as Arachne tries to convince Peter Parker to either have sex with her, or allow Mary Jane to die.” That is the entirely ...
  • Premium Dog Pics April 2020
    01 May 2021 • < 1 min read
    It got warmer in April so Catherine spent more time in the backyard. The backyard kinda sucks: it used to be covered in really cheap turf mat and then I asked for my landlord to get rid of it after a ...
  • the great debate
    30 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    Some time in 2002 or 2003, I acquired a Digital8 camcorder. I also got a FireWire card for my computer and a copy of some Windows-based editing software called, I think, Pinnacle Studio, which was a s...
  • mystery of the coconut
    28 Apr 2021 • 1 min read
    Check out this very legible image posted by Tumblr user tibbles99. Or this one, from Redditor xX_SickMedicMain_Xx 017. You only need to read about half a dozen pieces about how video games are made to...
  • sometimes the internet makes you feel bad
    23 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    On Tuesday, Yahoo! began the process of shuttering its question-and-answer forum, Yahoo! Answers. Nobody can ask questions anymore and at the end of next month, nobody will be able to read it either. ...
  • what's trending
    20 Apr 2021 • 2 min read
    There are many different ways to explain the internet, and nobody has settled on a good way to do it. There used to be really good blogs that did this, now there are "internet culture reporters" and s...
  • switching to a modern OS
    16 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    Last year, I decided to replace my MacBook Pro from 2013 with one from 2020 — the new ones with an Apple Silicon chip that I understand is “really good” but please don’t ask me to explain why. I know ...
  • neil @ 15
    14 Apr 2021 • 1 min read
    It’s ~10:33 p.m. as I write this, and that feels like the best possible time to test out my new publishing strategy: writing the shortest posts possible. We’re doing this as an A/B test. Half of my su...
  • memes about dead people
    10 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    Two guys died today. Or we found out they died today. I’m not sure. The first guy who died was Prince Philip. He was married to the Queen (of England) and by most accounts was a pretty traditional rac...
  • without downloading any new pictures
    06 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    This one’s gonna be shorter than normal. Why? I have a perfectly good reason. You see, what happened was, I uuuuuhhh could not think of anything really good to write about, and the day kinda got away ...
  • asynchronous omegle
    02 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    There’s a fun thing happening, online. Here’s what happens: someone, usually a TikTok user, creates a video of themselves reacting to something. They are not actually reacting to anything in particula...
  • Premium Dog Pics March 2021
    01 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Once again, it is the last day of the month and it’s time for you to receive pictures of Catherine, who is my dog. What happened in March? Not much, although we did take a couple of trips to New Jerse...
  • the types of tweets
    30 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    One could say that, if they wanted. This past week, Lil Nas X, the musician, released “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” in which he hangs out with the devil and then kills the devil to become the devi...
  • ships update
    27 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    One of the most underrated things about the internet is that it lets everyone know where every single airplane and boat is at any point in time. “If a vehicle has an identification number on it, it wi...
  • bill gates vertical
    23 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    “Hard-working, modest, easygoing — it would seem, to a fault. Of course, he does have at least one secret, but we’ll fix that,” Connie Chung says near the beginning of a 1994 segement of her news prog...
  • mobile game hell
    19 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    I have nothing to back this up but a general feeling, but I think clips of video games make up about 25-75% of all video content on the internet. A lot of the clips are for popular games, like Minecra...
  • a high-low split
    16 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    Yesterday, #TheCumPipe was trending on Twitter, along with #ThePissPipe and #TheGayPipe. Why this happened and how is at least a little interesting. The first bit of context you need is this video I h...
  • ratbehavior.org
    12 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    An interview I wanted to do for today’s newsletter hasn’t come through and might never, so today I want to introduce you to ratbehavior.org, which I love. Officially titled “Rat Behavior and Biology (...
  • some good stuff
    10 Mar 2021 • 1 min read
    I’ve only got a bunch of half-baked ideas in my head right now so we’re doing another one of those newsletters where I just send you some funny stuff I found. As a reminder, I am soliciting pitches fo...
  • lola bunny
    05 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    🚨 you have just one more week to send pitches in for BNet’s please god any writing but brian’s may spectacular” 🚨 Space Jam — 2! (dedicated readers have all the knowledge they need to understand thi...
  • another bowling mystery
    02 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    I was reminded last week about one of the funnier things to happen in the history of broadcast television, “Who do you think you are? I am!” ESPN @espn "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? I AM!" This legendary...
  • Premium Dog Pics February 2021
    28 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read
    It snowed a few days in February, and that was nice because I got to see Catherine use her tiny, stubby legs in the snow. I carried her out to the backyard and dropped her into snow that was about as ...
  • the job capital of america
    26 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus stuff and everyone’s like, “So much has changed,” but what’s weirder to me are the funny quirks that still exist even though we’re a year...
  • new internet parables
    24 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    There’s a tweet I still think about, that I’ve definitely brought up in here before, about the Problems Clown. Need a refresher on what the Problems Clown is? ♠️Joshua Obi 🇳🇬 @Only_1_josh This speak...
  • opening night
    20 Feb 2021 • 2 min read
    Thanks to the internet, things that once premiered in movie theaters or on primetime television slots now appear whenever the hell they want. This is terrible. The situation has only been exacerbated ...
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