China is in a frenzy for Airplane War, a cellphone game in which players wage aircraft battles and compete against their friends for high scores. Within two hours of its release in early August, the game was reportedly downloaded 180 million times. Stories of its addictive qualities have cropped up almost as quickly. According to one such tale, two drivers pulled over on a highway, one next to the other, just so they could finish their games. Another account describes serious thumb injuries; the South China Morning Post reported that two Hangzhou women were even hospitalized.
Airplane War’s success is the latest feather in the cap of WeChat, a Chinese messaging platform that has accumulated nearly 250 million users in less than three years. By combining games like Airplane War with free text-messaging, video chatting, and photo sharing—think WhatsApp meets Skype meets Instagram—WeChat has come to rival Sina Weibo, China’s most prominent social network.
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On July 31, Aaron Belz — author of three volumes of poems and editor of “Curator Magazine” — posted the following ad on Craigslist: “Poet available to begin work immediately. Capable in rhyme and meter, fluent in traditional and contemporary forms. Quotidian observations available at standard rate of $15/hour; occasional verse at slightly higher rate of $17/hour. Incomprehensible garbage $25/hour. Angst extra.”
The ad is funny, lampooning both American business English and the clichéd self-importance of too many contemporary poets (“Angst extra”). But Belz insists it is also part of real effort to earn some extra money in a tight economy. It has sparked some buzz on Facebook and Twitter, and a number of people have already responded to the ad. (In fact, his rates have increased because of it.) One individual hired Belz to write a poem insulting him. Political pundit Ben Domenech hired him to write a poem responding to actress Aubrey Plaza’s (Parks and Recreation) 2005 Sea Hag poems. (He did so here.) And a chocolatier in California requested he write a poem comparing mass-market and artisan chocolate.
But the ad also does something else.
Burglars Return Stolen Computers To Nonprofit With Heartfelt Apology Note (PHOTO)
When burglars in San Bernardino County, Calif., realized the computers they’d stolen were from a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual violence, they returned them — along with an apology note that may restore your faith in humanity.
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Burglars can be good people too.
Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN (CNN) — At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial. I wrote my first essay with a pen and paper, but by the time I graduated from college, I owned a cell phone and used Google as a verb.