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Kelvin Bruce, WTF?

Recently, someone (or some bot, more likely) used my email address to create a profile for KelvinBruce77. The profile is for a man seeking a woman, in Los Angeles. The profile is completely empty, but he still somehow gets "matches."

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My first thought was to contact and tell them about this weird error. But of course, these are noreply emails and frankly, I can't be bothered to hunt down their customer service.

So, my next thought was to close the account and be done with it. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to cancel the account. You can only "deactivate" it, a la Facebook. All it takes to reactivate is to log in with your password (which, luckily for me, was sent to me in plain text via email).

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It occurred to me that whatever bot created the profile could also reactivate it using the password I have. So, I first have to change the password on the account before I can "deactivate" it. I also changed the email address to ""

This sucked.

I was just listening to some TED talks while puttering around the house and clicked on the enticing filter, "Rated jaw-dropping."

It struck me immediately that about a quarter of the talks on the front page of this category have the word "magic" in their titles.


Interestingly, if your search the site for "magic" only 7 of the talks in the first 30 results have the word in the title.

Does having the word "magic" in your title make it more likely that people will rate your talk as "jaw-dropping?" Is the word "magic" somehow important in TED's jaw-droppingness algorithm?

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