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Life Dream Status: Desperate For A Doughnut Right Away? There’s An App For That!

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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 Takes Aim At Cellphone Addiction

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 »

Preserve Your Best 140-Character Zingers For All Eternity With An Etched Wood “Permanent Retweet”

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 Soapbox: I Know How To Get More Girls Interested In STEM Fields

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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 »

Some Good News For Once: Apple Will Create More Racially Diverse Emojis

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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 »

You Can Actually Hire Someone To Live Tweet Your Wedding For $3,000

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In case simply posting wedding pics on Facebook isn’t enough — and these days, apparently that isn’t enough for most people — you can now have someone LiveTweet your wedding for the oh-so-reasonable fee of $3,000. “Just in time for wedding season,” W Hotels in New York City will offer up “social media wedding concierges” to manage all things digital on your special day. Keep reading »

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