The top Twitter trend yesterday, #FailedTechBands, is a hilarious play on words that includes some clever imaginary band names.
LAS VEGAS--Many world champion Tetris players claim to see falling bricks in their dreams (see: Tetris Effect), and now players of all skill levels can wake up to the puzzle game with their own Tetronimo wall graphics, thanks to a collaboration between Tetris and Walls360.
Walls360 is a start-up co-founded by Tavia Campbell, John Doffing, and Yiying Lu, the artist responsible for the famous Twitter Fail Whale. Their wall graphics first caught my eye when they hosted a kick-off event two years ago to launch the company, and since then they've partnered with brands like Star Trek and Paddington Bear to create high-quality adhesive wall images.… Read more
Have your online-shopped gifts already arrived? Or did you order at Best Buy, where they appear to have experienced a few problems?
I ask merely because I believe your local FedEx courier will be extra careful over the next 24 hours.
For the company has issued a video apology for the behavior of its most famous employee.
Should you have been buried beneath a pile of Christmas ornaments recently, you might not have heard that one particular FedEx courier tossed a Samsung monitor over a fence instead of, say, delivering to the recipient's front door.
FedEx's apology, entitled &… Read more
On the way to our digital world, a strange thing happened--analog became cool again. How else can you explain something like Twitter-by-post?
The idea is simple, the execution not so much. Freelance writer Giles Turnbull decided to take his tweets offline by responding to his Twitter feed using physical postcards. He laid out the mechanics of the experiment--done with the help of about 15 "volunteers" from among his Twitter followers--in The Morning News:… Read more
I wonder which member of the "Mythbusters" production team was told to go to a nice suburban California house and ask: "Can we have our cannonball back, please?"
You see, it seems as if there was a slight miscalculation on the part of the science-meets-stunts show when it fired a cannonball on a bomb disposal range in Dublin, Calif., yesterday.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the projectile was supposed to hit some rather large trash cans filled with water before piercing a wall.
Strangely, it missed the trash cans, tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced … Read more
One's presence in a McDonald's parking lot tends to signify one's enthusiasm to spend a dollar on something that might get one through the afternoon.
Ashley McDowell, from Spartanburg, S.C., however, appears to have managed to spend $180 on something that might heat her living room for part of an evening.
The only problem was that she thought she had bought an iPad.
When large egos meets instant criticism, sparks tend to fly in real time.
So it proved in a Houston restaurant the other night when the management took exception to a customer's socially networked opinion.
She overheard a conversation in which a bartender said something none too flattering about another Houston bar-owner.
The culinary world in Houston--with which I have some small familiarity--is at least as touchy as it … Read more
Is Britain turning into a police state? You know, a little like San Francisco.
Both places seem to have influential factions--in Britain's case, politicians seeking votes; in San Francisco's case, the people who run the trains--that wish to monitor and control the means of communication in slightly Mubarakian ways.
You might remember that the Brits, after last week's riots, were overcome with the urge to monitor BlackBerry's Messenger service, as well as every other imaginable social-networking system.
Well, now they've gone and arrested someone for allegedly trying to organize a water fight.
I have … Read more
I know that when you hear this story, some of you will ask yourselves: "Why didn't he do it on Google+?"
Still, these troubling events occurred on Facebook, currently the most stickily social network. There, Facebooker Ruben J. Burgos allegedly decided to test the power of the network, as well as the intelligence and irritability of the police.
According to the New York Daily News, Burgos allegedly thought it might be fun to post this on his Facebook page: "Catch me if you can. I'm in Brooklyn."
It seems that Burgos has a place … Read more
Perhaps nothing even remotely associated with Rupert Murdoch could possibly be funny this weekend. Perhaps nothing even remotely associated with Rupert Murdoch could go right either.
The producers clearly had a great idea. They had their presenter at the San Diego Yacht and Boat Show standing next to a man with a revolutionary aqua jet pack.
They were going to start the show by having Aqua Jet Pack Man take off. So very cute. And then.
Well, and then the JetLev R200 jet pack proved to need a little more rehearsal.
Or, more likely, it was the operator who wasn't quite ready to push the right button when the producer told him he was live.
Whatever the reason, there is something so very charming about the way that John, the man with pack, plummets straight into the water, almost taking the very fine and brave Fox 5 presenter with him.
I defy anyone who can still see and feel their feet not to lose a little equilibrium at the beginning of this video. Clearly, the JetLev R200 is a fine, fun machine that many will enjoy on future summer vacations. Indeed, the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker enjoyed one a few days ago in Saint-Tropez.
But he's merely a point guard, not someone who has to open what is, no doubt, San Diego's finest morning news show.
And no, I don't believe you can remotely hack an aqua jet pack.… Read more