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Hump!, the online porn fest that wouldn’t have happened without quarantine

Hump!, the online porn fest that wouldn’t have happened without quarantine

However cooped up you may feel after months of bingeing films and TV series in quarantine, it's not entirely likely that you'd look at this article's headline and say, "Yes, I need to kick my viewing habits up a notch with a curated selection of homemade porn." The people behind , the United States' best-known amateur-pornography festival, certainly didn't want things this way, either."One thing about Hump! is, if you couldn't get to a theater, you weren't going to see it," series curator and sex columnist Dan Savage tells me over the phone from his Seattle home. "Ever since the first...

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It’s official: E3 2020 has been canceled [Updated]

It’s official: E3 2020 has been canceled [Updated]

Update (3/11/2020, 12:18pm ET): In a message sent Wednesday morning, the ESA cited "growing concerns over [the] COVID-19 virus" in officially canceling this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The organization says it is "exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020," but nothing concrete has been announced on that score."After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry—our fans, our employees, our exhibitors, and our longtime E3 partners—we...

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A peanut butter brand has put its spoon into the GIF pronunciation debate

A peanut butter brand has put its spoon into the GIF pronunciation debate

Last week, an email popped into my mailbox with a simple subject: "Jif vs. GIF." Its sender asked if I was interested in hearing about a peanut butter producer's interest in "setting the record straight on how to pronounce GIF."That's not quite what I got. The powers that be at Smucker's advertising department thought we at Ars Technica might bite on their proposal that a new jar of Jif would put the years-long pronunciation debate to rest. Instead, I ended up spending too much time talking about, contemplating, and researching the pronunciation of the letter G—and of other invented brands...

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