As if dating wasn’t hard enough – you throw in a portable, typed-word machine and suddenly it’s pandemonium. Tones, intentions, invitations all get jumbled in this lawless land of shorthand communication. Suddenly the guy you’re dating’s “C u later” message means he’s dumping you when he really just wanted to let you know he’d see you at 8p.m. for Chinese food.
Oh texting, how you make things much, much more complicated than they have any right to be. I can’t tell you the hours my friends and I have spent reciting, decrypting, bemoaning, and conjuring up an honors thesis on a five-word text message.
Personally, I don’t like to be too harsh a judge on a guy’s texting style if I don’t really him. Everyone has their faults, after all. But there are some serious warning signs in the form of text messages. Below, the types of texters who warrant anything from healthy skepticism to restraining orders: Keep reading »
It’s no secret that fewer girls than boys go into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). But Jean MacDonald, the founder of App Camp For Girls, is doing something great to start to change that. Inspired by Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, App Camp aims to make women currently involved with designing iPhone and iPad apps into mentors for girls interested in technology fields.
MacDonald got the idea for creating this non-profit while she was at a software conference and realized that she could not even see another woman in the room from where she was sitting. The goal of the program is to begin to shift the gender imbalance in the software field so that more women are involved. The camp is a great way for girls 12-14 to gain self-esteem, interest, and knowledge while having fun. Keep reading »
Yes, with your phone. Because who doesn’t want to explain to the gal at the Android store that you cracked your screen whacking someone on the ass so you could measure the intensity of a spanking? A $1 app called Spanking Meter— which “doesn’t support violence against mobile phones, tablets or women,” mind you — features three modes to measure a spank: one smack (the free version) or more smacks and birthday spanking. Sensors on your gadget then measure the intensity of your spanking on a scale and saves the high scores in your phone. Of course, you’re not really incentivized to spank too hard because then you’d crack the screen. (And the app’s creators are not responsible for that, either.) The kicker is that Google claims the Spanking Meter app is a “high maturity” level. But I beg to differ on that point. [Play.Google.com]
Pizza people, never stop trying to make pizza bigger, better and more delicious, okay? That’s what the folks at Domino’s have done, with a new DVD disk that smells like pizza. Brazilian advertising firm Artplan created the disks, which somehow make a pizza smell when you stick them in your DVD player. Right now, the pizza disks are only available in Brazil (so lucky) at a few different video stores around Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but hopefully they’ll make their way up north soon, so I can have some snack-o-vision in my life.
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“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations … They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”
– Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF and winner of a Webby award, expresses his irritation at the bastardization of the word. I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to change the way I pronounce the word. JIF is peanut butter, not an animated image of Tanning Mom modeling a bikini. But that may have been the point. Fun fact about GIFs: A website called the GIF Pronunciation Page suggests that the GIF was purposefully named to make it sound like the popular brand of American peanut butter, “one of the principal three programmer foods (the other two being Pepsi and nacho cheese Doritos).” Still not going to change the way I say it. [BBC]
When I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a brand new smartphone, I knew it was only a matter of time until I broke it, and sure enough, two weeks after I got it, I was touring a house my best friend was considering renting, and dropped my phone while attempting to take a photo of the view from the deck. The screen was shattered, but miraculously the phone still worked perfectly. I couldn’t afford to replace it right away, so I’ve been making do with a cracked cellphone screen ever since. The first couple days–when sending a simple text would coat my fingertips in bits of glass–were a bit rough, but after that, I’ve actually come to realize there are some unsung benefits of a cracked cellphone screen. Here are five of them… Keep reading »