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  • Allergen free Mt. Prospect Easter egg hunt Mar 28, 2015 5:04 PM
    Many children with allergies have never attended an Easter egg hunt, according to Sonia Walker, co-owner of Nutphree’s Bakery. The bakery in Mount Prospect held its first food-free egg hunt Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Prospect. “We had to close advanced registration after only six hours due to the maximum of 100 kids signed up and we now have 100 more on a waiting list,” Walker said Saturday.

     
  • How the golden age of domain trolling was born Mar 28, 2015 7:38 AM
    The 2016 race has scarcely begun, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz already has an image problem. Typing tedcruz.com into your URL bar returns a black page that says “SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA” in unequivocal all-caps. Tedcruzforamerica.com redirects to Healthcare.gov. TedCruz.ca confirms that the U.S. senator from Texax was, indeed, born Canadian. Tedcruz2016.com is pretty harmless -- a carousel of scenic photos, with the promise that a real site is “coming soon” -- but its owner has nothing to do with the Cruz campaign, and who knows what he or she is actually up to. Never fear, Cruz fans: Your champion did eventually find an open domain name, in the cold and less-trafficked waters of the .org domain. But the fact that his trolls conquered so much ground speaks to how popular this type of Internet tomfoolery has recently become. And in two short months, it’s going to get even worse: That’s when three of the most controversial new top-level domains -- .porn, .adult and .sucks -- are released to a merciless public. Taylor Swift already snapped up Web addresses on those domains to make sure no one uses them against her. But as ICANN, the group that oversees and regulates domains, continues to make more of them available, the Internet is only getting bigger and more troll-able. New domains -- .singles, .holiday, .guitars, .buzz, .gripe -- have rolled out almost every week since ICANN began this latest round of domain expansion in October 2013. If you’re trying to protect your brand or reputation, good luck: T. Swift may have taylorswift.porn, but that still leaves taylorswift.sexy and taylorswift.pizza. What is domain trolling, exactly? And how is it even legal? Given the strong anti-impersonation protections that most social networks supply, the ability to register an entire website in someone else’s name seems kind of ... medieval. And yet, there’s very little stopping jokesters, investors or less scrupulous entrepreneurs from buying up desirable Web addresses and either holding them for ransom or using them to straight-up troll. “You can register anything you want in a domain name,” sums up Karl Kronenberger, a partner at the Internet law firm Kronenberger Rosenfeld. Ihatethewashingtonpost.com? Yep. Caitlindewey.sucks? Unfortunately. These rules can vary by domain, of course, since each domain is managed by a different company. (Monolith Registry, the company that manages .vote and .voto, bans deceptive names and swears to vet all site registrants diligently.) And, to be clear, a lot of so-called domainers have legitimate business motives: They buy, develop and “flip” domains the way you would any other asset. But even when domainers aren’t quite so upstanding, using their domains just to harass or troll, there’s not too much their victims can do. Kronenberger says that if a domain name contains a registered trademark, like Kleenex or Crock-Pot or “I’m Lovin It,” the trademark holder can file a lawsuit for infringement. But there are several variables you have to prove, and that process is expensive. Plus, since individual names are very rarely trademarked, litigation doesn’t help actual people. Not even famous ones. (Except, naturally, Donald Trump.) And thus domain trolling proliferates unchecked. The 69-year-old owner of Nets.com has used that domain to tease the basketball team. JebBushforPresident.com is owned by a pair of self-described “bears” who use the site for pro-LGBT messaging. Surprisingly few trolls have gotten in on the Obama game -- though you can sign up for a vanity inbox on obama.email. (Obama URLs that are still available, as of this writing: obama.cash, obama.zone, obama.reviews. Someone get that last one, the potential is huge.) Clearly the moral of the story here is that there’s nothing like a good offense; if you want to save yourself future pain and annoyance, better buy up your domain names before someone else. Alas, that’s getting more and more difficult as the 500+ new domains roll out. But Ted Cruz is running for president. He might wanna lock tedcruz.sucks down. • Dewey writes The Post’s The Intersect web channel covering digital and Internet culture.

     
  • Is the Internet giving us all ADHD? Mar 28, 2015 7:36 AM
    It’s no secret that the Internet presents a bevy of distractions. Many of us have grudgingly accepted perpetual scatterbrain as a hallmark of modern life, as unavoidable as Facebook and the Kardashians. But in a lecture at SXSW last week, University of Chicago psychologist Michael Pietrus floated a provocative hypothesis: Maybe these aren’t just Internet-age annoyances but something approaching an actual pathology. Maybe the Internet is giving us all the symptoms of ADHD.

     
  • App reviews: Meerkat, Crossy Road Mar 28, 2015 7:37 AM
    Meerkat Every year, the buzz at the technology and artistic confab known as South by Southwest seems to crown an unofficial app of the year. This year, that app is Meerkat — an app that lets you live-stream whatever you want over your Twitter account. The app is easy enough to navigate, and a breeze to set up. So if you want to share your spot at the concert or want to tune into someone else’s broadcast, you can do it with very little instruction. Obviously, if you’re at all uncomfortable with the idea of letting people watch you or what you’re doing, this app is not for you. It needs access to your camera, asks for access to your location and, well, streams what you’re doing publicly and in real time. But if you have an experience to share — or just want to try out the latest fad — then give it a shot. Free, for iOS. Crossy Road Why did the chicken cross the road? Because you tap-tap-tapped him across the highway. Crossy Road is a sort-of update to the old game Frogger. You’re put in the “shoes” of an animal or person who has to cross the road by dodging vehicles, jumping on logs and avoiding trains at all costs. And if you stay in one place for too long? Let’s just say the game doesn’t like it. As you play, you unlock more characters that take you quickly beyond the default chicken avatar. A black sheep, wizard and duck add their own flavor to otherwise identical game play. You can buy different characters, but that’s an aesthetic decision only. The real joy is in playing, and Crossy Road definitely has the mix of fast fun and addictive play that could tide you over for a few minutes or suck you in for an hour. Free, for iOS and Android.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Wild’ Mar 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch brings vulnerability and warmth to a chilly, slightly off-putting intellectual oddball in "The Imitation Game," a handsome, if gently smoothed-over portrait of World War II cryptanalyst Alan Turing. The film comes to DVD Tuesday, March 31, along with "Interstellar" and "Wild."

     
  • Author appearances: Tim Gunn signs newest book at Naperville’s North Central Mar 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    Fashion consultant and TV personality Tim Gunn, of TV's "Project Runway," discusses his new book, "The Natty Professor," at 7 p.m Thursday, April 2, in Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

     
  • Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards Mar 28, 2015 10:31 PM
    Different is good: Angelina Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Award

     
  • 15,000 eggs up for grabs at Mooseheart Easter egg hunt Mar 28, 2015 4:05 PM
    Mooseheart Child City & School’s fifth annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning featured 15,000 plastic eggs sprinkled on the field for four different age groups eight and under, allowing for everyone to have plenty of eggs and other Easter-related items. “It’s probably our quickest event, especially for the size of it,” Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler said.

     
  • Cosley Zoo hosts Great Egg Scramble Mar 28, 2015 3:35 PM
    If you're going to hold an Easter egg hunt, one of the first things you need to do is come up with a witty name. The folks at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton did just that.

     
  • Weekend picks: Simplistic Urge back on stage Mar 28, 2015 6:30 AM
    Hard-rocking Simplistic Urge from Lombard takes the stage for an album preview show at Q Bar and Grill in Darien. Singer-songwriters Jeff Brown and Justin Yates bring their guitars to Grayslake's Light the Lamp Brewery. And TV star Dustin Diamond shows off his standup comedy skills at the Comedy Shrine in Aurora. All this and more in this weekend's Time out! entertainment section.

     
  • Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ seeks to fix problem social media created Mar 28, 2015 7:33 AM
    Facebook is the latest to get into the nostalgia game; on Tuesday, the company announced a new feature called “On This Day,” which will surface past status updates, photos and posts you’ve been tagged in to a designated page that only you can see. The feature is rolling out gradually, and not all users have access yet. (If you don’t want access, too bad: There’s apparently no way to entirely opt out of it.)

     
  • What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you Mar 28, 2015 7:34 AM
    Algorithms are now so widespread, and so subtle, that some sociologists worry that they function as a form of “social control.” (That is, at least, the title of a keynote at an upcoming academic conference called Theorizing the Web, where technologists and sociologists will discuss “algorithms as a type of social engineering.”)

     
  • Midwest travel: Hyatt makes a splash with Shedd package Mar 29, 2015 10:17 PM
    Hook overnight accommodations and special VIP tickets for priority entry to Shedd Aquarium with the Hyatt Regency Chicago's newest package. Plus, if you find that a handcrafted truffle or a bar of single-origin cacao rocks your world, get to the Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting in Evanston April 11-12. These and more adventures await. And they're all close to home, too.

     
  • Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film Mar 27, 2015 7:00 AM
    Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in six-hour PBS film

     
  • Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co. Mar 27, 2015 10:11 AM
    Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical and Dominique Morisseau coming to Atlantic Theater Company

     
  • Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical Mar 27, 2015 10:18 AM
    Bill Clinton's 'flaws' the subject of off-Broadway musical just as his wife contemplates a run

     
  • Ron Onesti: Ya Mon! Reggae is really good stuff Mar 27, 2015 12:00 AM
    I recently had the pleasure of producing a concert with the band of the “king” of the Rasta men, Bob Marley. His band, The Wailers, appeared at The Arcada, and rarely have I seen an entire audience bop in unison the way I did on that night.

     
  • Students at Libertyville school treated to classical Indian dance during lunch break Mar 27, 2015 3:57 PM
    Students at Butterfield Elementary School were treated to a classical Indian dance performance during their lunch break Friday in Libertyville as part of the school’s Arts As We Lunch. The children are treated to an artist performance every day during the week before spring break.

     
  • Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation Mar 27, 2015 5:47 PM
    Taraji P. Henson apologizes to police department, officer, over racial profiling allegation

     
  • Elgin Theatre Company to audition for “Beau Jest” Mar 27, 2015 11:55 PM
    The Elgin Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for its production of "Beau Jest." The comedy, written by James Sherman, will be directed by Julie Price. "Beau Jest" is the final production of Elgin Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season.

     
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