Good Morning, RVA: Sun, sun, sun

Here it comes!

Photo by: MICOLO J

Good morning, RVA! It’s 53 °F, and rain clouds are moving through the region and will do so for a bit of the morning. As the day progresses, the sky will clear up, and we’ll head into the Best Weekend Weather Ever. Get excited, get outside, do a physical activity.

Water cooler

First, some bad news, my friends. Shakey Graves, one half of tonight’s Friday Cheers billing is bailing due to “unforeseen personal circumstances.” Like showbiz, this show must go on, and supporting act Yarn will play a double set. The weather looks to be fantastic, and they’ll have beer to drink–still sounds like a great night to me!

You may have heard, a Richmonder is one of the top four finalists in this season of American Idol. Rayvon Owen will return to RVA today for a parade that begins at City Hall at 11:30 AM and finishes with a concert at the James Center. Maybe grab some tacos and listen to some free tunes on your lunch break?

WTVR’s Lane Casadonte has a video piece up remembering the Richmond Renegades’ 1995 ECHL Championship. Riiiiiiiichmond Renegaaaaaaades!

Bernie Sanders is running for president and Vox has the best headline about it: “The socialist with the most-cialist.”

The first round of the NFL draft took place last night, and you can add this story about Jameis Winston to your increasingly long list of things that bum you out about college athletics.


  • Kickers host Charleston Battery tomorrow at 7:00 PM. Get your tickets now.
  • It’s a new month and a new chance for the Squirrels to break their losing streak. They play New Britain tonight at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats beat the Mets, 8-2, and have started to put a bit of a winning streak together. The series continues today at 7:10 PM and finishes up tomorrow at the same time.
  • Caps scored with 1.3 seconds remaining to down the Rangers 2-1 in the first game of their playoff series. They’ll face off tomorrow at 12:30 PM.

What to expect

Today on The Site:

  • Fear Of Missing Out, but for parenting
  • We wrap up Neat Week with my thoughts on keeping your digital spaces nice and tidy
  • A list of all the dang festivals in May
  • Beer

This morning’s longread

Game of Fear: The Story Behind GamerGate

By August 16, Gjoni had assembled his semantic pipe bomb. He first planted it on two video-game sites, Penny Arcade and SomethingAwful, and it quickly found its way to a third, 4chan, whose online communities had a history of harassing women gamers. But moderators at the first two sites deleted it almost immediately. Gjoni had anticipated that might happen, so he moved to Plan B: He posted it himself, on a WordPress blog. Gjoni visited his friend Rachel Martin, a freelance designer, and sat at the edge of her bed as she proofread it one last time to make sure that “The Zoe Post”–which was packed with Quinn’s personal information–didn’t violate the website’s terms of service. At 12:42 a.m., on August 16, Gjoni clicked “publish.”

For the next several hours, he sat enrapt by the glowing screen before him, watching the bedlam he’d created explode and explode and explode.

Boston Magazine interviews the guy who basically created #gamergate.

This morning’s Instagram

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