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Duke sucks, a new iPhone app for Fark, and some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 3/21 - 3/27 
Posted by Drew at 2010-03-29 1:15:13 PM, edited 2010-03-29 4:07:48 PM (109 comments) | Permalink
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Folks have been asking me forever about a Fark iPhone app. A few months back we realized we weren't likely to have time to work on one in-house, so we opened development up to third party folks. A couple friends of mine cranked one out called Fark Not News that I really like, mainly because there's a Fark Locator component on there that makes it easier to see where other Farkers are and where Fark parties are (all opt-in features, by the way). So if you get a chance check it out, you can see that I'm currently in Charleston, South Carolina right now.

There are a few other Farkers working on Android apps, and no doubt others that are working on iPhone apps. If you're interested in doing anything like that as well, drop me an email and I'll give you the details. Our API is kinda primitive at the moment, but it's workable.

In the news this week, the arrest of members of the Hutaree group mean that some of the earlier investigative pieces done over the last 30 years get to be dusted off and updated for 2010. They're suddenly relevant again, so you'll be hearing a lot more about them for a few weeks. The investigative pieces are usually well-researched, but it'll jump the shark the moment your local news network starts the paranoid inquiries on how to spot militia members that MAY BE LIVING NEXT TO YOU.

Hats off to West Virginia for playing well and defeating the Kentucky Wildcats. It hurt, but not as much as seeing Duke advance (yes, I know I rooted for them, but only long enough for Kentucky to knock them out of the tournament). Hopefully West Virginia will step it up against Duke, who really, really, really sucks. Just not enough to be defeated. Yet.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-03-21 to Sat 2010-03-27:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Two religious figures missing from their graves. Is it Easter already? [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Skeptic extraordinaire and scientific investigator "The Amazing Randi" comes out of the closet. I'll be in debunk  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  German diocese probes sex abuse allegations, choir boys  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  "A shirtless man thrashing a large sword and armed with throwing knives gave himself up outside a lumber-supply store." This headline oozes testosterone  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Old Bridge old bridge repair repairs fragment fragments, state State Police police speaker, speaking  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Sixteen railway cars and whaddaya get / A runaway train and deeper in debt / St. Peter don't ya call me 'cuz no one's on board / They crashed into an Oslo fjord  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Sydney residents warned to be on the lookout for the woman who has been indecently assaulting men before robbing them. Subby was a victim of this on Tuesday and Wednesday, but couldn't find her when he went back yesterday

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Playboy models =36-25-36. Al qaeda models = C4-25-36  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  I'm not sure what the warning signs of a problem drinker are, but "tried to revive a dead possum" has got to be one of them  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Psychologist invents butt bra. Hmmm. Nouveau cheek?  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Grocery store customer gives kidney to cashier. Why don't people use a debit card like everyone else  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Sports:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Michelle Wie signs endorsement deal with McDonalds, meals will now be really good at the beginning then make you choke at the end  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Those observing him practice in advance of The Masters agree that Tiger Woods' driving is better than ever. About four months too late, I'd say  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Tiger Woods pairs up with Couples. Kinky  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Geek:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Smoking and dyeing your hair are linked to liver disease. So it's a case of liver dye  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Bullies pick on unpopular kids, according to study by nerdy, friendless, pimpled, weird scientist with a squeaky voice and four eyes  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Scientists find first ever southern tyrannosaur. Say it's distinguished by its love of NASCAR, tendency to monophthongize diphthongs  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Showbiz:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Columbo to sue construction company. Behold the power of Falk  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Susan Boyle eyes new house, presumably of the international pancake variety  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Bono is the worst investor in America. What would you expect from a guy who can't count to four in Spanish?  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Politics:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Joe Biden uses the f-word during the signing of the healthcare reform bill, which by law automatically revokes the bill and means Sarah Palin is now president  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  The small print: tampons fall under taxable items with ObamaCare. Republicans warned you there'd be strings attached  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  A coffin on your lawn isn't a "threat", it's a "prayer vigil". You know, a prayer vigil where we all get together and pray that you die  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Music:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Interview with GWAR frontman, who discusses upcoming crack-a-thon concert to raise money to pay off existing crack debts and, ideally, begin new ones  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  KC and the Sunshine band co-founder arrested by Milwaukee police, because the way (uh-huh uh-huh) he liked it (uh-huh uh-huh), was with underaged boys  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl was hospitalized for drinking too much...........coffee. ROCK AND ROLL  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Business:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Baby slings to be pulled from the market after consumers complain that the slings aren't even elastic enough to shoot the babies over the roof  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  China says Google is not God. Oh yeah? If I ask Google to find me porn, it does. Has your God ever found you porn, China?  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  SEC regulators criticized for watching porn on their computers while the economy was tanking. Regulators deny guilt, claim that watching people get mercilessly screwed is their job description  [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]
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2010-03-29 09:03:21 PM  
The "On Air" icon is used to let the user know when their location is being shared with other users. If you utilize the Home Location function to protect a specific location, the On Air icon will disappear when in the protected radius.
 
2010-03-29 09:24:00 PM  
SurfaceTension: make me some tea: I would like to see a Blackberry app as well.

I would as well

/ME TOO


Word.
 
2010-03-29 09:26:27 PM  
Weaps: missmarsha:

i see you on the locator thing!

Well, yeah that's kind of the point of it. Also I see YOU on the locator thing. Nice to prove that I'm at work, if my Boss was a Farker. And had an iPhone.

Also, what I see of you on the locator thing kind of doesn't really match where your profile says you are ;)


yes I know, I am in Florida for the winter and return to Canada in 2 weeks. I travel a lot so I am trying to figure out what I would need to do to have my face for my locator pin :)
 
2010-03-29 10:54:18 PM  
Namahs: To those that say "Why can't you afford 1.99$"

Well, because you can just open the browser and view Fark FOR FREE

Why the fark would I pay someone 2$ for something I can access just as easily for free? That would be like charging someone a dollar to go in through the main door, when there is a 2nd door 10 feet away that costs nothing.


Following that logic, why are there iPhone apps for any website? Gee, maybe the app offers convenience? Possibly $2 worth of convenience?
 
2010-03-29 11:39:54 PM  
I downloaded the iPhone app and it's pretty good. The usernames in the comments section could move over to the right just a touch. When I first loaded the comments I tried to swipe my screen over because I thought it was cutting off the left of the screen but that is just the way it looks. The Fark Locator is interesting but I don't exactly want the world to know where my house is and when I'm not home!! The app definitely makes navigating around on a tiny screen easier. Thanks.
 
2010-03-30 01:38:14 AM  
Its better to see West Virginia advance than to see those big orange suckers from Rocky Flop get into the Final Four. The only thing that sucks worse is Duke.

GO BIG BLUE!
 
aba
2010-03-30 02:15:19 AM  
HaywoodJablonski: Namahs: To those that say "Why can't you afford 1.99$"

Well, because you can just open the browser and view Fark FOR FREE

Why the fark would I pay someone 2$ for something I can access just as easily for free? That would be like charging someone a dollar to go in through the main door, when there is a 2nd door 10 feet away that costs nothing.

Following that logic, why are there iPhone apps for any website? Gee, maybe the app offers convenience? Possibly $2 worth of convenience?


If TF was included, maybe it'd be worth it.
 
2010-03-30 08:16:38 AM  
aba: HaywoodJablonski: Namahs: To those that say "Why can't you afford 1.99$"

Well, because you can just open the browser and view Fark FOR FREE

Why the fark would I pay someone 2$ for something I can access just as easily for free? That would be like charging someone a dollar to go in through the main door, when there is a 2nd door 10 feet away that costs nothing.

Following that logic, why are there iPhone apps for any website? Gee, maybe the app offers convenience? Possibly $2 worth of convenience?

If TF was included, maybe it'd be worth it.


Actually, it is included.*

* - requires $5/month cnvenience charge. Void where prohibited by law. Side effects may include bloating, nausea and ana leakage. Do not anger Happy Fun Ball.
 
2010-03-30 12:06:15 PM  
BOTAK: http://www.fark.com/pda/

you're welcome

\your welcome
/your welcome

so there, I'm covered.


I've been using this on my BB Storm and it works just fine and I can log on to TF.
 
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