It was only a matter of time before people started trying to make money off of “Gossip Girl.” A New York City company that hosts “Sex and the City” bus tours has added a “Gossip Girl” outing to its offerings. For $40, you can visit the Palace Hotel, see the mansion where Lily and Bart got married, shop at Bendel’s, and get “spotted by that most ubiquitous blogger.” A complete list of locations isn’t included, but it doesn’t look like the tour visits Rufus’s Williamsburg gallery or Vanessa’s coffee shop. Just like on the show, Brooklyn gets marginalized. How authentic! [via Cityfile] Keep reading »
For long distance couples who rely on ancient technology like telephones and webcams to keep the spark alive across the miles, there’s a new device that might make reaching out and touching each other a little more fulfilling. A Scotland-based technology lab has created a prototype of a device they’re calling Mutsugoto, which “allows couples, who are separated by distance, to draw in light on each other’s bodies or beds.” Designed to give couples an “alternative to text and e-mail massaging,” couples lie on their beds, miles away from each other, and wear touch-activated rings visible to a camera mounted above their beds. A computer inside the camera tracks the movements of their rings, then transmits and projects those strokes as beams of light onto their partner’s body. So, if you want to stroke your partner between the legs, you’d have to stroke yourself between your legs in order for the light to be transmitted and projected onto your partner where you want it. The creators of Mutsugoto (what’s with that name, anyway?) are looking for three long-distance couples located in Scotland to try out the prototype. So, if that’s you, and the idea of strategically-flashed beams of light stroking your body turns you on, give them a ring. [BBC.co.uk] Keep reading »
Police have arrested the alleged “Craigslist Killer,” who terrorized at least two women in Boston in the last 10 days, leaving one of them dead. This computer-age Jack the Ripper suspect is 23-year-old Philip Markoff, a second-year med student at Boston University. The clean-cut creepster is accused of trolling for “massages” via the interweb, then tying up said masseuses and torturing them in fancy hotels. [AP via Yahoo!] Keep reading »
“There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality — and it’s entirely misplaced. Girls “going wild” aren’t damaging a generation of women, the myth of sexual purity is. The lie of virginity — the idea that such a thing even exists — is ensuring that young women’s perception of themselves is inextricable from their bodies, and that their ability to be moral actors is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. It’s time to teach our daughters that their ability to be good people depends on their being good people, not on whether or not they’re sexually active.” — Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth”
I love Jessica Valenti. Can I just make that clear? The founder and editor of Feministing.com and author of Full Frontal Feminism has a new book out this month: The Purity Myth. It’s about the confusing and dangerous messages sent to women and girls about their sexuality. Namely, if a girl has sex before she’s married, she’s a whore, but those same “whores” are the ones celebrated by the mainstream media for making money and attracting men. Keep reading »
Sometimes, it seems as if furniture designers don’t keep our bums in mind when they create chairs. Italian architect Fabio Novembre certainly did. His butt-shaped chair appears at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy this week. [Milan, Italy, 4/21/09] Keep reading »
The New York Times‘ Modern Love column is something many simply adore — and others love to hate. Each week, readers learn intimate details about someone else’s relationship, and sometimes learn lessons about human nature, relationships, and love. The column has helped several writers launch their careers by way of book deals; now it may help The New York Times‘ wallet. Former “Sex and the City” writer Jenny Bicks is working on a pilot script for a TV show based on Modern Love — not a specific column, the whole shebang.
The show will revolve around a fictionalized male editor’s life, which includes a messy divorce, a rocky relationship with a teenage daughter, and a reentry into the dating scene. Stories and people from the newspaper column will be woven into the show’s storylines. Even though BermanBraun optioned the rights to the column from The Times last year, Bicks isn’t sure whether she’ll be able to set the series at the paper, or if it will become a fictional news organization.
Meanwhile, the real editor of Modern Love, Daniel Jones, lives in Massachusetts with his family. No word on how he feels about having his life made into a TV show. [Variety] Keep reading »
This week, we’re saying, “Thank you, Earth, for giving us life, and a home, and stuff,” by celebrating folks trying hard to save the planet. Yesterday, we looked at freegans, people who dig their food out of the trash. Today, let’s learn about Locavores, who live by the mantra: “Think globally, eat Locally.” Not to mention deliciously. Keep reading »
If you’re to believe the hype, Twitter can help you with everything from finding a job to keeping abreast of surprise sample sales. Now, Twitter can even assist you in unloading the burden of your deepest secrets. Secret Tweet, the latest “craze within a craze,” is a cyber-confessional where users can anonymously post secrets, from the hilarious and weird to the poignant and creepy. If you think this sounds exactly like PostSecret, the site that skyrocketed to Internet popularity shortly after it was launched in 2007, you’re wrong. See, PostSecret is all about the postcard, the detail of the artwork, and Secret Tweet is — well, it’s about 134 characters or less (yes, even fewer than normal tweets). Secret Tweet was started by 21-year-old graphic designer Kevin Smith as a way for him and his friends to “amuse themselves.” Eve though he doesn’t make a profit off it, he says he’ll continue the project as long as he finds “personal happiness.” After the jump, a few of the Secret Tweets that amuse Kevin and make him personally happy. Keep reading »
After an excruciating hiatus, “Gossip Girl” is back! On last night’s episode, Passover was in the air, and Blair’s Jewish stepdad was back onscreen for Seder in the latest installment of your favorite meaningless teen dramedy. Also, other things happened. Keep reading »