Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bitcoins: beginning of the end or end of the beginning?

It was reported today by CNET that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have launched a criminal investigation against Mt. Gox – the largest bitcoin exchange provider.

ICE, part of the US Department of Homeland Security, seized the Dwolla account of Mt. Gox which meant that transactions relating to bitcoins have been severely impacted. Dwolla is a payment processing startup based in Iowa and they have stopped processing any bitcoin payments whilst the criminal investigation is ongoing. The account was able to be seized as the alleged crime was operating an “unlicensed money transmitting business”.

The question now is what will happen to bitcoins and the philosophy behind it? It is clear that the US government is keeping an eye on developments and some senators are seriously concerned at the anonymity of it as a platform. Personally I don’t think it will go away but I do think it will have to alter somehow. It is a completely new idea that hasn’t really been tried before. Governments are skeptical, probably rightly, because there is no overall control structure with it and that can be a dangerous thing. Currently the price of a bitcoin fluctuates too rapidly and is far too unstable for it to challenge any real currency. It does however allow for criminals to transfer funds without being exposed – at present there doesn’t appear to be a way to get around this and so the chances are they won’t want this to be closed down without a fight.

Time will tell what happens but I think this is probably just the beginning….

H&M’s New “Plus Size” Swimwear Line

H&M’s new summer swimsuit line H&M+ Swimmies revealed their “plus size” line and it’s anything but. I saw the pictures of model Jennie Runk, who is a size 12, on Buzzfeed and thought “I’m fatter than that girl”. Not 100% true, if you can even measure “fatter”, because Jennie and I have very different bodies. For one I’m a size 8, so technically I’m not “fatter” (I hate that word but I can’t think of a nice one, bigger?). But I look bigger than Jennie in areas, my stomach for one. Jennie also has about seven inches of height on me so that helps. This girl is not plus size though. While looking at the pictures of Jennie in swimsuits and in regular clothes I thought wow this is what H&M clothes look like on a human being, not a model. Not that Jennie isn’t absolutely model gorgeous, but to me her body matches much more of the women I see everyday and she looks great.

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I want those black swim bottoms because they look like they’ll cover my muffin top and I can wear any of my bikini tops and they’ll match. I don’t usually shop in plus size section though because it won’t fit me. My question is this? Why does this have to be the “plus size” line? Why can’t it just be part of the swimwear line? I don’t think putting size 12 swimsuits in the regular section is that misleading. What do you think?

What Are This? Wednesday? Why Not Friday??

Hello welcome to the middle of the work week, if you, like me, are sad it’s not yet Friday never fear because Kermit the dog’s here to make you smile

I’m sorry that the title of this post and the above intro is goofy beyond reason but you know it’s Wednesday. And this video makes my day everytime so I wanted to share it with all my internet friends!

If you aren’t already in love with Jenna Marbles you should be. Watch her videos, she has puppys!

Won’t You Be My Buddy?

Budweiser is launching some new drinkware this summer. Forget the iconic red solo cup, that was so last century, now we have the Buddy Cup. A glass complete with a computer. This new cup is connected to your Facebook account and anytime you clink glasses with someone you become their “friend” on Facebook.

This is a really cool idea, in theory. The problems though are many. First off usually when I go to a bar I go with a group of my real life friends, who are already my friends on Facebook. Second, after my first drink I become everybody’s best friend. I am admittedly the girl at the bar that is annoyingly like “heeeeey guys, yeah bff, *clink* whooo”. And I can already imagine opening up my Facebook the next day and seeing “Julie Sutherland is now friends with John Barguy and 58 other people” and hearing my exasperated groan as I defriend all these random people or worse just get overwhelmed and leave it, because it doesn’t really matter. Unless one of them decides to stalk me.

Here I’m going to sidetrack myself to say this: I like Budweiser. I like Bud Light and Bud Light Platinum, and Bud Light Lime, I cried at the super bowl Clydesdale commercial and I absolutely love the St.Louis Cardinals (if this looks out of place to you click this link).

However, this Buddy Cup brings up not only Facebook privacy issues (not their first rodeo in this area) but also safety. I’m already aware that if you are my Facebook friend, even if we haven’t spoken in fifteen years, you know or could find out everything about me. I have my school and work listed along with my age, I’m listed as living in New York, I add photos of me in Central Park and the kicker I have checked in at my apartment and surrounding restaurants and bars before. But I have my privacy settings high, meaning only my approved friends can see these facts. Except when drunk Julie starts clinking classes with the entire bar. And that’s the big issue, is the Buddy Cup opening up our Facebook’s to people we barely know? Yes. Is this a privacy problem? Absolutely.

Also on a less scary stalker note, I know Facebook execs. want me to have a million “friends” and download Facebook Home and check Facebook every five seconds, but don’t they also want me to like my Facebook? I can’t help but wonder if watering our Facebook’s down with thousands of “friends” is going to have the opposite effect and continue to push our feet out the door? Is this the beginning of the end? What do you think?