Good Morning, RVA: Internet, you’re weird

No more snow (but another snowday), llamas, and dresses.

Photo by: Tambako the Jaguar

Good morning, RVA! It’s 31 °F and today is snow-free. Of course, low temperatures overnight and some errant fog may have coated the entire world in a thin sheet of ice. Be careful if you’re driving early this morning.

Public schools are closed, but UR, VCU, and VUU all resume normal operation.

Water cooler

The FCC OK’d Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Net Neutrality plan, and to celebrate, the Internet did a thing about some llamas and a different thing about a dress. Yesterday was the Internet at full speed, bright and blazing, 100% unadulterated. I’m amazed at how quickly and fully both of these things spread through all parts of the Internet that I come in contact with–this probably means that I am old.

Sally Bell’s Kitchen has won a James Beard Foundation 2015 America’s Classics Award. Karri Peifer from has more, including a bit about their plans after they relocate in a couple of years.

First, read Michael Paul Williams’s piece on Selma for Students RVA. Then think about maybe helping to send 10,000 local kids to see Selma.

Movies! They are super important (see above for evidence). This is your friendly reminder that the Richmond International Film Festival continues today and through this weekend. Last night, I saw the fantastic Swedish Force Majeure and plan on seeing a trillion more films over the next couple of days.

If movies aren’t your thing, we’ve got a special 10-item list (twice the regular amount!) of stuff to do this weekend.

Apropos of internet llamas, here’s a fantastic iOS game about catching llamas on a snowboard.


  • Caps travel to also snow-covered Carolina to take on the Hurricanes tonight at 8:00 PM.
  • #1 Randolph-Macon moves on to the semifinals tomorrow at 1:00 PM against Eastern Mennonite.
  • #22 Rams battle the Dayton Flyers to maintain their top spot in the A-10 on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
  • #2 Wahoos host the Hokies this Saturday at 4:00 PM.
  • Spiders head north to face the St. Joe’s Hawks on Saturday at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

Old-Fashioned Snapchat

A great and businessy look at why Snapchat really is a thing.

And so we are back to Snapchat’s rumored $19 billion valuation; it has nothing to do with “stealing teens” from Facebook, but rather the decline of TV viewership.

This morning’s Instagram

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