In an appeal to the coveted youth vote in the upcoming presidential elections, MySpace and MTV announced Thursday that they have joined forces for a series of "one-on-one dialogues" with all the major candidates from both political parties--televised and Webcast events in which presidential hopefuls will answer questions from MySpace members and MTV watchers. Formally, it's a collaboration between MySpace's "Impact" political channel and MTV's "Choose or Lose" election effort (which it has been operating since the dinosaur days of the 1992 election), and it's the first collaboration that the … Read more
Could this finally be what breaks Twitter out of the early-adopter geek set and into the population at large? The microblogging service has partnered with the inarguably mainstream MTV for its upcoming Video Music Awards (or VMAs), according to an e-mail sent to Twitter members by founder Biz Stone.
So far, the partnership isn't totally clear. A Twitter account has been set up for the VMA "Moon Man" mascot, the pop-culture awards' equivalent of the Oscar statue. In Stone's e-mail, he elaborated that the VMA Twittering will expand, too: "(MTV has) some fun ideas which … Read more
Urban travel blog Gridskipper has a great new list of geek hotspots in New York City: from bizarre curio shop Evolution, to comic culture megastore Forbidden Planet, to Barcade, which is exactly what you'd think it would be.
The list misses a few, like West Village gaming center Nyclan (coverage here) and the Manhattan outlet of Japan-inspired gallery and retail shop Giant Robot. But overall, this New Yorker thinks it's a decent and diverse selection that clearly indicates there's more for nerds to do around here than go for Water Taxi rides.
Parents may think that their kids are safe online as long as they limit their surfing to topics like squeaky-clean Disney star "Hannah Montana." Unfortunately, new research from McAfee points out that scammers hijack pop culture topics, so that when kids search for popular songs or stars, what they sometimes get is data-stealing spyware or porn-redirects.
McAfee research analyst Shane Keats was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog. Keats explains how an innocent search can go awry:
"When [kids] first get to an offer for a Hannah Montana screensaver, they just click yes. Three or four … Read more
New York-based dude-about-town newsletter Thrillist--I've heard its founders describe it as "DailyCandy for guys," though the two are not affiliated--will be expanding further beyond its Gotham roots very soon. Today's edition of the morning read announced that sign-ups are now open for the upcoming Thrillist San Francisco list.
Presumably, it'll be like its existing Gotham and Los Angeles brethren: a mix of restaurant and bar picks with a distinct penchant for high-quality barbecue and stiff cocktails; edgy shopping picks (don't worry, boys, it's O.K. to look dashing); and the latest in … Read more
Making the viral rounds today, thanks largely in part to a Boing Boing nod, is this groovy Mental Floss quiz: Scooby Doo: Ripped from the Headlines? Your task in the ten-question examination is to read a brief synopsis of a crime and determine whether it actually happened or if it was the plot of a Scooby Doo episode. Surprisingly, none of them involve pot busts.
A few of them are pretty easy. Others, not so much.
Me? I scored 8 out of 10. In both instances where I missed a question, it was a Scooby Doo plot synopsis that I … Read more
While I was at the three-day WonderCon convention in San Francisco this past weekend, not only did I get an eyeful of loads of comics books and celebrities like the original Lois Lane, Noel Neill; Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson; and Chase Masterson (Leeta from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). I also got some great schwag.
Standing toward the back of the hall at Moscone South was what appeared to be a majestic Borg cube-esque structure of T-shirts, hoodies and the like. It was there that I not only found a classic Amazing Spidey shirt, but a Namco Pac-Man belt. … Read more
There have been plenty of sites out there showcasing how to make Miis, the little avatars for Nintendo's Wii games, for various celebrities, even turning them into Coen Brothers-inspired machinima (Miichinima?) with a re-enactment of a scene from The Big Lebowski. Now it's gone a step further into the pop-culture realm, as I learned on Best Week Ever that someone with way too much time on his/her hands has created a Flickr gallery of Miis for most of the cast members of NBC's "The Office."
CHALLENGE: First person to make an "I'm … Read more
The iconic guitar has the traditional Hello Kitty script/logo scrawled across the back, like a criminal's calling card. But if you or your teenage daughter have outgrown your pink phase, Popgadget notes that there's also a black version of the "Fender Hello Kitty Stratocaster" that comes with ransom-note-style lettering to match your darker moods. Clearly, no one is safe.