At age 27, Joel Stein was hired by Time magazine as a staff writer. In many ways, Stein quickly turned the decades-old publication — revered, traditional, dry — on its head, infusing it with youthful energy and sardonic humor....more
Here’s something I haven’t seen before. An interesting, really interesting, web series featuring America Ferrera. Is this the direction of television though? Will we watch video series online that are not funny, that are not meant to stand alone? These are dramatic and well done with eight episodes posted so far out of twelve total....more
Meet Next Issue Media: a newsstand tablet app that will allow you to read multiple magazines from a five major publishers all in one place.
The app will start out with 32 titles–including big names like the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Time, Elle, Wired, and Fortune, but hopes to gain more....more
In an interview at the New Statesmen, photojournalist Don McCullin reveals his thoughts on image fatigue, his age, religious convictions, and voting habits.
“Where I grew up, most of the people gravitated to becoming criminals. I was surrounded by criminal elements and violence and things like that....more
A few weeks ago, I made arguably the biggest splash of my modest writing career: a paid publication on the virtual cover of the lefty web magazine, Salon.com. The piece was a pared-down version of a narrative essay I had been shopping around for some time, the story of a Woofing (volunteer farming) trip my girlfriend and I took two summers ago to Alabama, Texas, and New Mexico....more
Moral problems that do not fit tidily into preconceived ideas are fascinating and a good way to occupy oneself in the years of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Moral problems, when sufficiently complex, require complicated sentences, and I enjoy complicated sentences....more
The New York Times has published a fascinating (and heartbreaking) three-part examination of the life and death of professional hockey player/enforcer Derek Boogaard....more
So apparently Siri’s (the new iPhone software) inability to direct women to an abortion clinicis just an *accidental* glitch.
This ridiculous anti-piracy video (which compares bootlegging digital media to child labor & drug trafficking) is basically Reefer Madness, 2011.
Google’s revenue this year is more than the GDP of the 28 smallest countries combined… and other interesting tidbits....more
This software can tell you how dramatically a photo has been digitally altered. The editors of fashion magazines are shaking in their boots.
Apparently your printer could be hacked and set on fire....more
Apple now owns several porn domains that could potentially be affiliated with the company’s trademarks. Somehow I doubt they’ll be making their own iPhone porn.
The US public is willing to accept experts’ consensus on climate change, for the most part… sadly, most of the public just doesn’t know what the consensus is....more
Should the FCC carry the Emergency Broadcast System over to social networks? Common sense says yes.
It’s easy to forget the Internet actually comes from somewhere, namely data centers like these.
This “flirtatious” dress changes the transparency of its fabric based on the heart rate of the wearer....more
The government thinks it can track anyone using GPS 24/7 without a warrant… here’s hoping the Supreme Court says differently.
Republic Wireless unveils a new, contract-free $19/month cell plan that relies heavily on existing WiFi networks… AWESOME.
British computer whizzes begin a cutting-edge computing project… oh wait, no, they’re building a 1830’s Babbage analytical engine....more
Life is the one disaster that is also a miracle. Or perhaps life is the one miracle that is also a disaster....more
Hactivism fail: Even Anonymous won’t take on the Mexican cartels.
Don’t worry about the toilet flusher … gas pump handles are way more bacteria-laden & disgusting....more
“Back in the seventies, feminists touted the slogan ‘the personal is political,’ arguing that women had been trained to dismiss their own struggles as personal matters with no greater meaning. If women could share stories, they would find patterns. They could be allies instead of rivals.”
NY Mag studies how blogging has helped feminism....more
NYPD reportedly telling drunks to “take it to Zuccotti.”
Some banks are renouncing their plan to charge debit cards.
Winter is coming… and also #OccupyWallStreet has “custom made bicycle generators that charge batteries.”
Not only did the protesters’ permit application get ignored by the city, but police brought in bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond....more
“Author Steve Almond shows Marc that writers can be just as tortured and self-doubting as comedians. The two of them discuss the highs and lows of a writer’s creative process.”...more
A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star, right? Well that’s what New York Times book reviewer Glen Duncan thinks.
In his Sunday Book Review of Colson Whitehead’s complex new zombie novel, Zone One, Duncan sets the parallel between dating porn stars and what he initially perceives as slumming in genre fiction, and lets the rest of the review ride on the back of this comparison....more
Another volte-face: Research now suggests that your cellphone isn’t giving you cancer.
If constantly tweeting just isn’t enough for you, maybe you need a portrait made out of your tweets....more