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Home Screen - Is this the real life? Is this just phantasy?
By The Verge • Issue #11 • View online
Hello again, internet friends.
The newsletter is back after a little break. I had a great time staring wistfully out of my window and listening to the natural sounds of New York City: birds chirping, helicopters whirring, and people banging pots and pans each day at 7 PM.
How are you?
Remember: I love to share readers’ work from home setups in the newsletter. If you want to show us your quarantine office, send pics to homescreen@theverge.com.

🎨 Photo Phanatics
This item in today’s newsletter is enough to get you all the way to Tuesday.
Websites rise and fall, but some linger on like moments of internet culture trapped in amber. Something Awful — a pillar of the 2000s internet — is still pumping out a lot of the same stuff it was two decades ago. And while some corners of its content empire may seem cringeworthy now, it remains a strong example of how to moderate online communities.
Of course, I really only bother with one section of Something Awful: “Photoshop Phriday.” Each week the goons of SA take a topic or original image and remix it in hilarious and subversive ways. The first thread in the archive, posted on November 11th, 2001, is a competition to edit an infographic about Osama Bin Laden’s mountain fortress.
If you’ve seen an altered image on the internet sometime in the past 20 years, there’s a good chance it came from Something Awful. I suggest you spend the rest of the day working your way through this twisted time capsule from beginning to end.
📃 How Photoshop Became A Verb
While we’re on the subject of Photoshop, you should read my colleague Jake’s piece on how the image-editing software became a verb, much to the chagrin of its maker, Adobe. The company is known for pestering folks over the years for saying things like “photoshopped,” and has an entire section on its website dedicated to policing the use of its trademarks:
Trademarks are not verbs.
Correct: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software.
Incorrect: The image was photoshopped.
lol, Adobe
🏁 Coming Soon: The Home Screen Internet Scavenger Hunt
Today’s newsletter is short and sweet, but I’ll have a big one on Wednesday, May 13th at 10 AM sharp (GMT-05:00, Eastern Time): the first Home Screen Internet Scavenger Hunt.
The scavenger hunt will be a 20-question contest that will send you around the internet searching for answers. The first person to respond to Wednesday’s contest newsletter with a correct answer to every question will win $100 from me, personally, delivered to your PayPal or Venmo account. It’s like winning Ben Stein’s money without having to ever talk to Ben Stein.
I will announce when someone has won by tweeting from my Twitter account @chillmage, so watch this space. 
Now, here are some things our Vox Media lawyers made me say (they’re really great lawyers, thank you lawyers!):
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Contest begins at 10 AM ET on Wednesday, May 13 and ends at 10 AM ET on Wednesday, May 20. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C., who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, have access to the internet, a valid email address, and a valid Paypal or Venmo account. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. The Contest is subject to Official Rules and additional eligibility restrictions apply. See Sponsor Privacy Policy for privacy information. The full Official Rules, which govern, can be viewed by clicking the following link: Official Rules.
Sponsor: Vox Media, LLC, 1201 Connecticut Ave., 11th Floor, Washington DC 20036.
💸 See You Wednesday
Good luck, everyone!
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