Some things require explanation. Some merely leap into the mind and boggle it.
Such is the effect of the circumstances surrounding the arrest yesterday of Marissa Mark of Jersey City, N.J.
Mark, 28, is accused of hiring a hitman to kill a woman five years ago when Mark was living in Allentown, Pa. The reasons Mark allegedly wanted the woman dead aren't exactly clear, but a man's love--or a lack thereof--may have something to do with it.
Yet Mark's case is made far stranger in that she stands accused of turning to Hireahitman.net.
When she was in high school, all of her friends wanted to work at Google.
So offered Lady Gaga as she wandered into the Googleplex and showed them what true domination really looked like.
The purpose of Gaga's visit was to sit with Google's Marissa Mayer and answer questions offered on something called Google Moderator. This, oddly, is not a new Google tool specifically designed to dampen China's enthusiasm for censorship.
It's a thingy that allows your audience to decide what is most important to them. So there sat a hoarsely nervous Mayer asking questions offered … Read more
Of course you love Facebook. You love the way it makes you feel to have so many friends. Yes, thousands of them. You love the fact that you can have open, personal interactions with all of those who mean something to you.
And then there's what you really think about them. Which, should you be human, can be something a little more critical, a little more personal.
A new site called AboutEveryone.com understands your feelings. It purports to offer you the opportunity to vent your real feelings about your Facebook friends, with a security that Facebook cannot possibly … Read more
They always tell you in business that you should never burn your bridges. This is actually very difficult, as you will sometimes come across such dreadful people that you will find it very hard to do anything but raise your longest finger in their directions.
However, what must the nice people at T-Mobile USA be feeling, now that news has emerged they will be acquired by AT&T?
You see, T-Mobile seems to have spent quite a bit of time and money telling us all that AT&T's service is, well, worse than a lobotomy in the … Read more
The scientists are NASA seem so concerned about Internet speculation that supermoons cause natural disasters that they've released a video that's supposed to reassure you on this March 19th supermooning night.
NASA's YouTube video goes out of its way to reassure you that nothing will happen, that supermoons are merely fascinating events in which the moon is ever so slightly closer to the earth.
For example, the video says, a supermoon in 1983 passed without incident. There's something faintly touching, though, when the video's narrator feels the need to refer to an "almost supermoon&… Read more
Relationships are complex. And I'm not sure that Facebook, for all its cleverness, is ever the right environment for complexity.
Which is why some might feel a certain twitch of brotherhood with Richard Leon Barton Jr. According to the Grand Rapids Press, Barton Jr. got married last July. It was, by all accounts a happy event.
These days, people do feel a terrible urge to display a record of happy events on Facebook. And, well, these records might not make everyone else so happy. So it appears in this case. For pictures of Barton Jr.'s wedding reportedly materialized on the Facebook pages of some of his family members.
Regretfully, one family member reportedly saw these pictures. And she happened to be a woman in New England to whom he was still legally wed. She reportedly went to the police and told them she suspected something might be amiss when her husband had defriended on Facebook. (That is always a warning sign in any marriage, one imagines.)
Apparently, hell hath no fury like a woman bigamized. So you will be stunned into a permanently single life when I tell you that Barton Jr. has been charged with polygamy.
Michigan, unlike certain areas of Utah, tends to look down on polygamy. The maximum sentence is four years (and/or a $5,000 fine). In Barton's case, things are made even more complex by the fact that he reportedly has something of a criminal record already.
Police told the Grand Rapids Press that they were told the first wife (whom he had met online) had discussed divorcing Barton Jr., but that somehow this happy event had failed to occur.
Oh, what a complex web the Web can weave.
So please, should you be considering leaving your spouse over the next week or two, don't forget to go through with the proceedings before getting married again--and most certainly before defriending him or her on Facebook.… Read more
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.