Headline: Yelp is in a 'death spiral,' industry expert says. Why? Cnet:
It started when Yelp became tangled in a bizarre case involving a Minnesota dentist who has come under fire for allegedly traveling to Zimbabwe and killing a beloved lion named Cecil. People who were incensed with the dentist spammed the Yelp page of his practice, River Bluff Dental, with scathing reviews. Yelp had to step in to delete some of them.
While this isn’t the cause of the Spiral of Death, apparently it’s symptomatic of the problems they face. Internet torch mobs will go anywhere to burn down a virtual house, and nasty Yelp reviews have become something of an art form, just like fake Amazon product evaluations. I don’t find them particularly interesting, aside from showing how miserable people can be, but then again I like reading bad motel reviews. To each his own.
DROP EVERYTHING It’s a sad comment on today’s society when stories like this are confined to the small backwaters of the internet. Attention must be paid! DangerousMinds:
No one is taking 69-year-old Robert Palmer—who claims to have found a caterpillar with a human-like face—seriously. According to reports, Toutle, Washington-based Palmer discovered the supposed human-faced caterpillar a few weeks ago on the side of a trough while giving his horse water. “My first thought was to crush it with my cane, then I thought, no, it looks so strange, I’m going to take a picture of it, ” said Palmer.
Go here for the picture. Looks like Poe’s older brother.
Because I couldn’t stop clicking on Dangerous Minds links, here’s another necessary story: that Human League song reduced to its essence.
UPDATE The reason Arlo and Janis turned into “Love Is” cartoon characters was the strip’s way of celebrating its 30th birthday. All is clear. Meanwhile, there’s still a lot of skink-related action going on.