I know it sounds a little trite, a little stereotypical, a little girly, etc., but I really did find the idea of learning the ropes of mobile poker to be slightly more accessible when I was told that I could have a pedicure in the process. That was the thinking behind an event to publicize Hands On Mobile's latest release, World Poker Tour: Texas Hold'em 2, which introduced a handful of curious females to the seemingly boys-only world of poker by providing lessons and demonstrations in the context of an afternoon of spa treatments at midtown Manhattan's … Read more
Our esteemed CNET reviewers are always making those "First Look" videos, in which they talk about the latest smart phone or LCD flat-screen TV or overpriced home theater system. Well, here's a look at one of the First Looks that the CNET overlords deemed unworthy of a second look. It's somewhat shocking, really. I had no idea that our seemingly mild-mannered reviewers could stomach that sort of thing. If you don't believe me, I guess you'll just have to watch it.
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Would you accept a free ringtone from a billboard? Westin hopes so. They've installed a Bluetooth-enabled billboard in the subway stop below Grand Central Station in New York City. The billboard beams a free ringtone to those passing by.
The interactive ad is part of a $30 million push for their "This is how it should feel" campaign. Instead of pictures of plush beds or in-room workstations, there are steps converted into waterfalls, image shifting ads with a boardroom meeting on one side and sky diving on the other and the entire insides of subway cars transformed … Read more
There's a storefront in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood called Grand Opening, home to a table tennis venue that's actually a design studio, but won't be a table tennis venue for too long because then it's going to be turned into something totally different after July 1.
Oh, and there's a live webcam.
Confused? Just watch the video.
The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU is very close to my heart. First, because it's one of those few magical places where you can say something like "That is so steampunk of you!" and actually have people know what you mean. Second, because its winter 2006-2007 student show was the setting of my very first video blog. Awwww!
So, this time around, I went over to the ITP spring semester show, which was held in one of NYU's building spaces on Tuesday and Wednesday, to see what the students over there have been coming up … Read more
Well, um, I'd like to treat you to some interesting footage that I took on Friday afternoon while hashing over a bunch of random Apple rumors that had surfaced throughout the course of the week. It was kind of driving me nuts. iTunes subscriptions? Leopard delays? The Beatles? I mean, I've got stake in this. I'm a potential iPod buyer, as you'll see in the video. I'd like to be confident when I purchase a new iPod that Jobsy won't just roll out the next generation of 'em the next day. (Knowing my luck, … Read more
So, that Grindhouse flick has made the phenomenon of the 'double feature' totally cool again, and lucky for me, I was able to hit up a double feature of casual gaming competitions last weekend. In this edition of the Craving NYC video blog is a look at a Cooking Mama: Cook Off tournament at the Nintendo World store, to commemorate its launch for the Wii; and a Guitar Hero II showdown at NYCLAN, a video gaming center in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. (I wrote about their Halo players a few months ago.) It was really cool to see the … Read more
Everybody loves robots, despite what Mike Yamamoto may tell you. And these crazy musical robots at LEMURplex in Brooklyn are especially cool. These homemade 'bots are controlled by a single Mac, according to LEMURplex's Eric Singer. Cool stuff. Check out the video to see them in action. Happy watching!
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Green tech is red-hot: just ask Al Gore's Oscar. So this week, I decided to take a look at how some people are living green by moving into specifically eco-friendly buildings like The Solaire in lower Manhattan. I met with Anthony Pereira, president of altPOWER, which supplied the Solaire with its photovoltaic solar energy system. So, what are the pros and cons of environmentally-friendly high-rises? Just push "play."
PS: On my computer in the background, you can see my latest obsession: the Electric Sheep open-source screensaver by Scott Draves. Check it out!
OK, so I'm delinquent this week. The Craving NYC video blog usually goes up on Wednesdays, but it's...Friday. Oops. I don't even have a good excuse, either. But next week we should be back to our regular Wednesday time slot.
This week's adventure takes place primarily at the New York Comic Convention. I thought I'd share some of the weirdest highlights with you. And considering it's a comic convention, the weirdest highlights are pretty freaking weird.
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