Doughbot is the stuff the American Dream is made of: for only 99 cents, you can have at your fingertips access to the exact location of any and all doughnut sellers near you. I don’t love paying for apps, but sometimes you just need a fix, you know? The app works by scanning Instagram, Yelp and Yahoo and determining which artisanal doughnut is within the shortest distance of your current location. Yes, the word “artisanal” makes me sigh heavily in most contexts too (I live in Brooklyn, so it happens a lot), but we must acknowledge that artisanal doughnuts are more delicious than your run-of-the-mill franchise pastry. Doughbot understands the importance of quality artery-crushing treats without bringing a snooty attitude to the party. Their promo video is way too cheerful for food snobs. Can I swim in doughnuts like their little cartoon robot does? Someone sign me up! [Gothamist]
Banksy’s latest work sure hits close to home, doesn’t it? The painting was posted to the artist’s website on Monday, and then the original was finally found by a number of fans in Bristol, England, where he allegedly grew up. The British press has already given the painting the name “Mobile Lovers,” but I think we should call it “Jared Leto & Friend,” inspired by the infamous photo of Jared Leto texting while making out with Scarlett Johansson (see it after the jump). Clearly that was Banksy’s inspiration, right? Obviously. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Have you ever written a truly hilarious, perfectly constructed, exceedingly clever tweet, sent it out into the Twittersphere, and then felt like, “Damn, that’s it?” I mean, 10 retweets and 15 favorites is nice and all, but what if you want your tweet to have a more lasting legacy, to exist in the actual physical world, to be dug up by archeologists 200 years from now, who will surely chuckle at your adept wordplay? Enter #PermanentRetweet, a service that turns tweets into etched wood or metal decorative pieces. Username, Twitter icons, time stamp, and all. Keep reading »
The race to find a silver bullet to solve the “Where are all the girls in science and engineering?” puzzle is fast and furious. And as someone who works to encourage and support women studying in science and engineering fields, I worry our efforts often end up pitting the “pink sparkly girls” against the “digging for worms on a rainy day” ones.
I was one of the girls digging for worms. Rainy days were awesome when I was a kid: I would throw a swimsuit under my play clothes and hit the street. My mom use to talk about her horror of finding me building a mud dam in the street, trying to keep the river of storm water from getting to the sewer system. (Of course, that is also one of my favorite memories from childhood.) For me, science has always had a hold on my brain and heart. From archeology to the space program, I loved it all. Okay, maybe not genetics. Fruit flies were sooooo boring. And with my gift to kill plants, botany was a huge failure for me. But as a biology major, I had to take it all. Keep reading »
You may have noticed by now that you can text a koala, the Mexican flag, sushi or a space alien, but when it comes to depictions of humans, iPhone emojis are not exactly racially diverse. Both Miley Cyrus and Tahj Mowry have mentioned the racial disparity, and MTV Act blogger Joey Parker recently wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook about making a change.
The vice president of Apple’s corporate communications gave Parker a response :
“Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.” Keep reading »
Karl Lagerfeld’s regal kitten/veritable princess is the perfect way to start or finish any text message conversation. If I could, most of my text message convos with my best friends would be pictures of Choupette. And now, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld’s new emojis app for iPhone and iPad called emotiKarl, you can “Karl-ify” any conversation about black gloves, private jets, or Paris. Or any conversation, really. The best part is that these emojis are FREE! Although I happilly would have paid 99 cents to contribute to the cost of Choupette’s personal maids. [iTunes]
Lindsay Lohan may keep track of her sexual conquests on paper, but in the 21st century, we can all use an app on our phone. It’s called Nipple.io and it’s a spreadsheet containing detailed information about all of your sex partners. All the fuck-data is collected on the main Nipple.io site (which, by the way, is so riddled with typos — they may speak the language of love, but English is not their first language), which also features a “Tiger Woods Award” for the most active users each week. It looks to me like this will go from beta to bust: not even bros are anal enough (no pun intended) to input every handjob and fingerbang. And unless your list has Heath Ledger and James Franco on it, like Lindsay’s does, who cares? [Nipple.io via Nerve] [Image of a sex app via Shutterstock]