In the fall of 1996, as a high school senior at Colorado's Lakewood High School, I stripped off my shirt, donned a coconut bra and a hula skirt (for reasons that I can't remember or have perhaps willfully forgotten), and helped lead a pep rally in the school's gym. This week, pop star Katy Perry will take the stage in that same gymnasium -- likely wearing something similar -- and reward the Lakewood Tigers of 2013 for their mastery of the art of the lip dub.
The first time I received an emoji, it was of an angry bald man.
It was followed by one of a smiley face, with one eye closed and its tongue hanging out.
I assumed this was some sort of encouragement to mingle intimately. I also assumed this was very modern.
Though it's hard these days to judge which music is modern, I know now with certainty that Katy Perry is no Drunken Uncle Rick of the music world.
For she has just released a music video in which all the words are in SMS and emoji.… Read more
As one who has been dumped by Skype, registered mail, Pinot poured on bald head, head-butt, intermediary, and sudden marriage to another, I wondered what could possibly remain.
Then I read Katy Perry's plaintive revelation that the very humorous star of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Russell Brand, had allegedly told her to forget their marriage by text.
I had heard that this might be a method employed in middle school to end what wasn't meant to be.
However, I wasn't aware that those designated as adults might also believe this was appropriate etiquette. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ad creep creeps are getting creepier -- a couple of the strangest ad-placements ever.
- You know Best Buy is doing poorly when a positive customer review is news.
- How manufactured smells are making people shop longer and kill better.
Justin Bieber has wowed his way to the top of the Twitter ranks.
The teen singer now has the highest number of followers in the Twittersphere, according to data from Web site Twitter Counter. Wooing 33.38 million fans to follow his every tweet, Bieber has shot past fellow singer Lady Gaga with 33.36 million followers.
Gaga's reign as the queen of Twitter lasted two and a half years, a spokesman for Twitter Counter told Reuters yesterday.
Bieber is also high on the list for the sheer number of tweets posted at 20,545 so far, an average … Read more
A friend in need is a friend indeed, they say. And this is 249 times as true as Perry the platypus will become your friend as soon as you start playing Where's My Perry?, an iOS game signed by Disney. We were impressed by the great design, wonderful scenario, and easy-to-use interface that glues you to your iPhone.
Where's My Perry? follows the same format as another Disney game, Where's My Water? This time, however, the protagonist is Perry the platypus, a secret agent who, instead of being able to save the world, gets stuck in transportation … Read more
After some push and pull with the Texas authorities, it looks like Apple might have finally sealed the deal on its plans to expand its Austin campus. According to the Austin Business Journal, county records show that three tracts of land near its existing campus were sold to Apple on June 21.
"It's unknown how much Apple paid for the land or how many acres it bought, but officials at two real estate brokerages, which did not want to be identified, confirmed that the long awaited deal had closed," the Journal reports.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced … Read more
I often write about action games in my collections, and it's no secret I'm a fan of the racing-game genre as well. But another genre I like to play while on my commute is mind-twisting puzzle games. A new game was released a few days ago that has jumped to the top of the charts at iTunes App Store and it has all the bells and whistles to remain a hit.
Though puzzle games come in a lot of different forms, one of my favorite types is those that use realistic physics. Some of the best I have come across use liquid physics and require you to experiment in order to solve each puzzle.… Read more
BURBANK, Calif.--Back in the dark ages of modern 3D filmmaking -- meaning more than a year or two ago -- the process of aligning imagery coming from the two cameras required to shoot in 3D could be slow, methodical, and frustrating work. But one company thinks it has done away with those days forever.
At 3ality, an outfit here that is among the leaders in the nascent new era of 3D filmmaking -- as opposed to the horrible 3D films dating back a few decades -- there's no reason to labor over the optimization of such imagery after … Read more
It would seem that when a presidential candidate posts a slick new ad on YouTube, he or she wants people to see just how popular that ad is. At the very least, they almost certainly don't want it to be obvious that people hate it.
So it is somewhat befuddling that viewers of a new ad called "Strong" that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry posted on YouTube on Tuesday are still being allowed to rate it: As of this writing, 120,376 people had said they disliked the ad, while just 2,888 had said they liked … Read more