Ah, the beautiful people. Stylishly waving their finger food rings around whilst delicately balancing the perfect canap?. Champagne glasses reflect off of the crystal chandelier above, bathing the fancy party-goers in intricately refracted light. Yet amidst the swirl of delectable excitement, a small group huddle in a corner, obviously too uncouth to join in the festivities. It is not the garish party hats perched upon their heads that has banished them, nor is it their propensity to wear leisure suits to black-tie affairs. No, it is their greasy fingers and crumb-crusted attire that give them away as the boorish step-cousins … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Since I was one of the first people to arrive Friday night for a preview of this weekend's cocktail robots exhibition here, I was going to get the first drink.
David Calkins, one of the organizers of the San Francisco version of Roboexotica--an event that has been taking place in Vienna, Austria, for a decade--had set up his robot, Chapek, and, determining it was ready, asked me to tell the machine what I wanted to drink.
This was after, of course, Calkins had finished getting Chapek ready to go.
"Let's see if it turns on and … Read more
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Even with all the quantum advances in digital gaming, there's something undeniably comforting in old-fashioned; comforting, perhaps, because we can play them sitting down.
Whatever the reason, Dream Arcades--an outfit that's never been shy to push the envelope--has gone back in time to create its "Dreamcade 2.0" cocktail cabinet. The four-player table has a 21-inch monitor with tinted glass (so '70s) and includes 145 licensed games from the likes of Atari and Midway, according to Engadget.
It weighs in at $1,899, though that'… Read more
I learned on Wednesday night that it's fun to play "grill the Google exec." There's also now a little purple lava lamp in my kitchen. You can blame the press cocktail party that Google threw at its New York headquarters at the iconic former Port Authority building in Chelsea.
What you have to understand is that the "Google media party," targeting consumer and lifestyle reporters, had been shrouded in notoriety for the past month. The always classy Page Six section of the New York Post, after all, had described the shindig as "more … Read more