10 crazy things that tweet

Tweeting brain interface by University of Wisconsin-Madison

Whoever said that Twitter is reserved for the living and literate? Certainly not the folks that invented these tweeting products. From the useful to the absurd, here are 10 devices making 140-character waves – from before the cradle to after the grave. #1: Tweeting straight from mommy’s womb Expectant father Corey Menscher was perhaps more expectant than most – rather than waiting for…

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Phone addiction: comic edition

Phone addiction comic 2 - The Joy of Tech

It’s not exactly a secret: pretty much all of us are addicted to our smartphones and other internet-connected devices. Gizmodo recently posted a real-world game where everybody at your lunch meeting / romantic dinner / non-LAN-party social gathering stacks their phones face down on the table; the first person to check their phone pays the entire bill. Saturday Night Live poked fun at…

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Then and now: comic edition

Modern birthdays: Tweets over Twister

This week marked a first in my 17 years of internet use: my mom forwarded me a legitimately funny email (and one that originated on Reddit, to boot). The email in question contained a bunch of then and now comics and, coming from somebody whose leisure internet usage consists of family photos on Facebook and prolonged solitaire battles (I love you mom), it…

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The impossibility of a screen-free life

Screen overload

When was the last time you went screen-free for a day? I’m not even talking about a whole week or a month here – just a single day. When was the last time you went screen-free for a whopping 24 hours? Spending any amount of time without a screen is getting harder and harder with each year that goes by. So how exactly…

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Owning vs. renting in the digital age

Holiday presents, physical belongings

Ah, the holidays. ‘Tis the season of giving, the season of receiving, the season of packing our homes just a little more tightly to accommodate all of our new toys and keepsakes. ‘Tis the season of pushing last year’s stuff further into the backs of closets and storage bins, of reveling in the new and forgetting about the old – unless, of course,…

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Book excerpt: Mr. Bro

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“What’s ‘dude?’ Is that like ‘dude ranch?’” “Dude means nice guy. Dude means a regular sort of person.” – Easy Rider, 1969 “Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not ‘Mr. Lebowski.’ You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into…

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How the police took Occupy’s privacy away

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With just a few hours remaining until its forceful eviction, the scene at Occupy Wall Street bordered on the serene. An unusually mild November evening had brought protesters out of their tents and into the open, blissfully unaware that the New York Police Department was actively preparing to descend upon and shut down the Zuccotti Park encampment. Despite weeks of preparation involving hundreds…

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Instant Hipster: Just add PBR

Tom Selleck would be proud

Do mustaches a hipster make? Skinny jeans? Leggings? I set out on a hunt through Flickr to see just how much fashion effort it takes to be labeled a hipster. The answer: not very much at all.   The hipster scarecrow comes to us from the Portland Nursery, carrying a few of the best-known identity markers of the hipster: thick-rimmed glasses, a mustache…

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The rising freelance ethos

business man takes the day off

Clearance aisles don’t lie: standalone GPS units are on their way out. The same goes for MP3 players, consumer-level cameras, TVs and now even cars. Single function is passé. Multifunction is in. As hardware technology matures, more and more functionality is being built into standard devices. Whether it’s in your pocket, your lap or your car, today’s devices are expected to perform a…

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Are there memories without pictures?

smartphones at show

Less than twelve hours after the last guest left, the first question was already being asked: did anybody take any pictures? The question itself was rhetorical. Of course people took pictures. Most of them, in fact. The real question was this: did anybody take any pictures with me in them? The event in question was a Halloween masquerade thrown by respected New York…

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