Last year, the inaugural Internet Cat Video Festival was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, wherever that is. While Minneapolis’s handful of residents primped their whiskers in satisfaction, the legions of devoted feline fanatics in ManCattan and Brooklyn were left feeling more dejected than Grumpy Cat.
Thank heavens this year’s festival will be taking place where it Read More
The Future is Here
Harper’s Magazine officially relaunched their website yesterday, despite publisher Rick MacArthur’s earlier public misgivings on the whole Internet thing.
“This redesign is overdue, we realize—a delay not in keeping with what was once a fairly distinguished digital reputation,” associate editor Jeremy Keehn wrote in a blog post last week. “Harper’s was one of the first magazines to build a website, way back in 1996.”
The new website will be more searchable and have more blog-like content. This is all part of a strategy to build up the venerable magazine’s online presence. Looks like the Internet is not the fad that publisher Mr. MacArthur predicted. As recently as last spring, Mr. MacArthur compared the threat of the Internet to the Xerox machine.
It’s like that old saying: Give a man a thousand dollars, and he’ll eat for a day. But teach a man how to earn a thousand dollars–well, not earn it exactly, but win it–and then … um … well, this metaphor just fell apart on us.
In any case, NerdWallet wants you to win a thousand dollars and two free financial planning sessions. The only qualification for participating in this new web series is that you already be so deeply in debt that $1,000 couldn’t possibly make a dent in your student loans/credit card bills/etc.
So You Think You Can Finance? No, seriously, that’s the name of this show.
Elizabeth Warren:why won’t she just leave conservatives alone? Why does she insist on keeping her campaign running, despite the fact that she’s revealed herself to be either part Native American or an opportunistic liar? (Follow-up question: Which of those two traits do Republicans find more disgusting?)
In an effort to squash the Massachusetts Senate candidate’s campaign, racist conservatives have taken to their new best friend, Twitter, to express their outrage over something other than the fact that Rue from Hunger Games was so not black in the books. Today’s trending hashtag? #ElizabethWarrenIndianNames. Hey, she started it!
Some of our “favorites” from the social networking hate-bubble, below.
At the same time that some apartment buildings are emphasizing those weird pre-technological places called libraries, others are boosting up their tech teams to plug you in when you move in.
Related, the real estate developers behind MiMA and One MiMA Tower, has implemented a technology concierge service that will handle tasks from hanging televisions to troubleshooting a home office network, The New York Times reports.
We’re sorry…we know this is super embarrassing, but someone on Reddit found the crazy letter from that investment banker you were dating. You know which one…the guy you met at the Philharmonic who started stalking you after Date One because you wouldn’t call him back, so he was forced to Google your name till he found your email? Remember?
The guy who essentially created a spreadsheet detailing how you led him on because you played with your hair during dinner and said “It was nice to meet you” after your first date?
Anyway, we hate to be the ones to tell you, but that letter is all over the Internet now, and we thought you would like to know since you two are keeping the engagement kind of a secret right now.
Looking forward to the wedding,
Update: By the way, you might want to go check on your ex. He’s not doing too well either.
The moral of This Beautiful Life (Harper Collins, 240 pages, $24.99) is the same as that of The Odyssey: If you have a good life in Ithaca, think twice before leaving it behind. Also, watch out for the sirens. Plug your ears with wax, cover your eyes, break your laptop, do whatever it takes Read More
The Times reports that Internet users are less likely to remember information that they believe exists in easily accessible form online. In one instance, subjects in a study were better able to remember into what computer folder they had placed information than the information itself. “That kind of blew my mind,” said a researcher. Read More
Tech and the City
Dumbo, the impossibly hip haven conjured by David Walentas two decades ago, has become the first area of New York City where the parks and the plazas are covered by free wireless Internet access. Don’t expect it to spark a trend, though, as Adrianne Jeffries at our sister site BetaBeat reports:
We can’t imagine sitting Read More
It turns out launching a blog without publicly acknowledging its existence may not be the best way to attract an audience, after all.
On Wednesday, Village Voice Media gave its sex blogger Jamie Peck notice that the racy sex-news site she’d edited for eight months, Naked City New York—the curiously unheraled existence of Read More