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Sep
25th
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AN APOLOGY LETTER TO MY IPHONE 4S

Dear My iPhone 4S,

I’m sorry, but the time has come. You knew what this was when this first started. You knew that, eventually, I’d be seeing other phones. That’s why I made sure things didn’t get too serious. Sure, I bought you that nice case, but that, frankly, was as much for my protection as for yours. 
We had great times, though. I’ll admit, before you, I had never even thought about talking with a mobile phone, and with you I ended up having whole conversations! I turned to you for everything: helping me find places to eat, settling bar bets and tabs, helping me keep track of my appointments. 
And my God were you good looking! Your screen was always a head-turner. 
But, as they say, you’re not getting any younger. Every year a new crop of hot new phones come out and hey, I’m only a consumer. And before you ask, yes there is someone else. I won’t say who, but you can probably figure it out from my social media feed. 
But don’t despair. You’re still a great phone, with lots to offer. I’ve got a friend who has had his eye on you. You’ll like him. I’ll set you two up.
Yours,
DG
Sep
14th
Fri
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THE SODA DEBACLE COMES TO A HEAD

Hold on to your supersized slurpees, kids. New York City’s Board of Health has officially passed the “thou shalt not soda more than 16 ounces” rule, according to the New York Times.

After months of debate, the heavily controversial ban was passed yesterday morning, putting into place the “sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters” beginning next March. The ruling, of course, has not gone unnoticed – according to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel, the city fielded 38,000 comments from concerned – or ecstatic – citizens.

 

Strong opinions? Comment here, let us know – we promise there’s some else who agrees.

 

Photo Credit: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/09/bloomberg-soda-ban-approved-by-nyc-board-of-health.html 

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THE SODA DEBACLE COMES TO A HEAD

Image via Vox Efx

Hold on to your supersized slurpees, kids. New York City’s Board of Health has officially passed the “thou shalt not soda more than 16 ounces” rule, according to the New York Times.

After months of debate, the heavily controversial ban was passed yesterday morning, putting into place the “sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters” beginning next March. The ruling, of course, has not gone unnoticed – according to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel, the city fielded 38,000 comments from concerned – or ecstatic – citizens.

Strong opinions? Comment here, let us know – we promise there’s some else who agrees.

Jul
8th
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INTRODUCING THE FIRST EVER LEGO HAUNTED HOUSE

 Video via youtube

Strange but true! Lego has never released a haunted house set. But now the new Monster Fighters (a set of Victorian-inspired heroes who vow to take down zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc.) have a battleground.

The three-story Haunted House has over 2,000 pieces. The designers were challenged with the problem of making shiny, new plastic bricks look old and spooky. Their solve? “Broken” floors, crooked shutters, and an attic complete with stacks of newspapers and boxes. Other details include deer horns above the bed, a gramophone player with records, and spider web stickers.

 If you’re wondering… yes, the kitchen has a zombie chef. The best part might be the two glow-in-the-dark Lego ghosts that have been redesigned to look pretty dang scary. Watch a video of the Lego designer as he speaks about his creation then read more over at GeekDad.


May
26th
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wired:

A little outtake of the [Wired] Magnificent Seven’s paceline during yesterday’s ride.

Follow along with the adventures on Twitter [@wiredbike] and at Wired.com!

(Source: Wired)

May
14th
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fred-wilson:

in five years, i bet there will be a lot of red from astoria to red hook. the next big growth sector for tech is the other side of the east river

fred-wilson:

in five years, i bet there will be a lot of red from astoria to red hook. the next big growth sector for tech is the other side of the east river

May
10th
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The Culturazzi loves this jam:

©2012 OWSLA/BigBeat. Artwork by ROBOTO.

Apr
1st
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BIGGER IS BETTER, AND GIANT IS BEST

Image via WIRED

While everything is cuter in miniature proportions, everything is even better when it’s bigger. Especially toys. Here are three larger-than-life projects that take the classics and blow up the fun just a little bit–ok a lot bit.

Giant Rubik’s Cube

It’s more than 2 feet by 2 feet and the man who created it uses it as a coffee table. Considering that it’s fully functional, you might not want to set anything on top–until the puzzle is fully completed of course.

Giant Lego Car

This 1997 Volvo went from boring to dorktastic–in a good way–with just a little paint and a studded hood. Buy this Amsterdam-based car or recreate the look on your own ride.

Giant Chess Set
If you have a black-and-white tiled kitchen floor, you know it’s good for only one thing–giant chess. These slot-together pieces can be broken down for easy storage after playing. Checkmate.

Mar
2nd
Fri
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Wear Your Data Everywhere

Image courtesy of Mohzy

USB drives are awesome. They’re small, portable, and hold tons of data. The ubiquity of them make floppy disks seem like an ancient relic, we wonder how we ever got by with such limited storage capability (only 1.4 megabytes?). They are by far the most convenient devices in terms of physical storage products.

The downside to being so convenient, though, is that I seem to lose them all the time. Thankfully, Mohzy has designed USB loops that will prevent me from ever losing my data again and will also act as a stylish accessory. It’s bendable magnetic body allows me to clip it to virtually anything, and it can also act as a bracelet. In addition to its fashionable functionality and data storage capabilities, it also acts as a charging cable for Apple devices (excluding the iPad 2) and Micro USB devices. Get yours here, and your data will feel pretty inside and out.   

Feb
14th
Tue
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Education App Helps Students Learn Digitally

Image Via GoSoapBox

Many educational experts argue that technologies such as smartphones and tablets are a distraction during school hours. With students able to constantly text each other, watch YouTube videos, or play Angry Birds, it’s no wonder schools are wary to allow technology into the classroom. 

GoSoapBox hopes to change these attitudes with their web-based app. Used in classrooms, students can ask questions, participate in discussions, take quizzes, and let the teacher know if they are confused or comprehending the material. Most importantly, this is done in real time to ensure instant feedback.

This can be a viable way of increasing student participation and interest. Those who may be intimidated to ask a question publicly can easily do so by typing it. Communication styles are changing, and many Millennials are most comfortable expressing themselves digitally. GoSoapBox hopes to caters to this by providing a clearer channel of teacher-student interactivity. 

Feb
6th
Mon
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Must Have Notebook: Lego+Moleskine

Image via Moleskine

According to this classic advertising handbook, one of the best methods for generating ideas is to brainstorm on index cards, get all the facts out of your head, and then walk away and let your subconscious do the rest. But when your mind spontaneously generates a kickass idea, you need a place to put it before it evaporates. Sometimes typing it out on your tiny smartphone keyboard just doesn’t cut it—there’s no substitute for the utility of good old fashioned pen and paper.  

If you’re going to keep a notebook in your bag, you might as well make it a good one. Do yourself a favor and pre-order one of these Lego Moleskines. They’re limited edition and come with Lego-themed labels. Plus, since it’s a pre-order, you’ll forget that you ordered it and it’ll just show up in the mail—a little surprise for you, from you.

Dec
13th
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The Man. The Legend. The Deiter.

Dieter Rams is for me what Joss Whedon is for sci-fi nerds or Michael Jordan is for sports fans, a larger than life character who basically changed the game. Rams almost literally designed the modern world. He worked for decades at Braun making coffee makers and shavers into works of functional art, and now he has a retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 


Check out this great interview on Dwell as he discusses his essentials of design. According to him, products should be “easy to understand” something designers like Apple have clearly taken to heart. Need more proof that this dude knows his stuff?

Check out his sweet wooden cane!


Sep
18th
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MAKE MAGIC WITH THE FLICK OF YOUR WRIST

Image courtesy of TheWandCompanyLtd

While I love a good movie replica, a plastic prop is never fully satisfying. My lightsaber – no matter how many noises it makes – isn’t a true laser sword. From what I can remember, that proton pack of my childhood never really caught ghosts. And even though I can walk into Olivander’s at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, whichever wand I choose is not going to make magic.

But The Wand Company is changing that. This isn’t your average reproduction movie prop.

The Kymera Magic Wand is a universal remote control in disguise. Make your iPod play music, eject a DVD, crank the volume on your TV, or turn on a lamp all with a little flick, twist, push, or pull. It recognizes 13 gestures and any electronic device can be controlled as long as it has an infrared signal. Add this one to the “Toys that are meant for kids, but every adult wants one” list.  

 

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STUDENTS COMPETE TO BUILD MOST GREEN HOME IN DC

Video courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy

It’s like the Olympics, but for eco-nerds.

Washington, D.C. is currently filled with maker-minded collegiate folk as they take on the ultimate challenge: building a home. The catch? It has to be energy-efficient, affordable, and – oh yeah – good looking. It’s a brutal race to win the U.S. Department of Energy’s biannual Solar Decathlon.

The contestants have seven days to bring their vision to life before the solar village opens to the public on Friday. But once the global contests complete construction, the competition has only begun. Teams will be ranked on performance, education, and promotion in addition to design, architecture, and engineering.

Stop by West Potomac Park September 23 through October 2 to gather inspiration for making your own homes – and pockets – a little greener, and you might catch a free workshop as well. Find the complete schedule here.

Sep
12th
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You’re Fired, Congratulations!

Photo via WIRED

 Did you enjoy this week’s high-profile firing? Poor Carol Bartz of Yahoo! never really had a chance. With Yahoo’s stock in the tank and the Dow Jones doing its schizophrenic freak-out routine this month, only Steve Jobs could’ve kept that job. But she went out just like she came in, with a short email displaying all the authenticity and candor she was known for.  And if history’s any guide, Mrs. Bartz now has some terrific opportunities to look forward to.

 Big-time tech executives tend to fire upwards, or at least sideways, thanks to their experience and good connections. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd was out of work for less than a month after his termination, jumping right over to Oracle as co-president. Carly Fiorina almost became a US Senator. Heck, even John Sculley, the guy Steve Jobs saved Apple from, now enjoys seats on the boards of several tech firms. Seems like CEO’s can also be too big to fail.