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
“#OccupyWallStreet, the movement’s dominant hashtag, has never once hit the New York TTs list. Similarly, #OccupyBoston has trended all across the world, but never in Boston, which only saw the phrases ‘Dewey Sq’ and ‘Dewey Square’ trend.”
Last month, we posted a Wikileaks Ted Talks video on how the internet was not randomized (main subjects included Google and Facebook)....more
Siri voice command is like that personal secretary you dream of to support you in everyday life.
The other significant changes? “iOS 5: Exploring 7 Hidden New Features”
All iPhones (not just 4) can also upgrade to iOS 5! That is just one of 6 reasons this article gives you to be content with your iPhone 4....more
“I asked Crane what becoming a writer has meant to her personally. ‘When you’ve become so seasoned at shutting down your feelings because your survival depends on it, you need a crowbar to excavate them. Writing is the crucible.'”...more
The Believer is out now and some of this month’s fantastic, wide-ranging collection of literary articles are posted in their entirety online (including an online exclusive interview with artist David Shrigley). Among them, Jonathan Lethem defines and redefines in his fierce defense of postmodernism....more
BART cops now have to wear cameras that record their interactions with the public … but how effective will they really be?
The Euthanasia Roller Coaster … name says it all....more
There are a bunch of new Kindles if you’re into that whole e-reader thing.
Your car will soon be able to read your mind if Nissan has its way....more
A small segment of you may be very excited that the iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in October....more