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.
Her full name was Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad, and she was considered the best known and most influential woman in the history of Cuban music by Billboard Magazine and many others. However, she spent much of her career living in New Jersey and touring around the world following the rise of Fidel Castro in her homeland. … Read more
From funny felines on film to broadcasting international events like the Olympics to the world, the engineers behind YouTube's impact on culture has been acknowledged with the pre-eminent award in television, the Emmy.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is awarding five Technology and Engineering Emmys on Wednesday, including one to be given to YouTube. The academy, which has a history of being an early recognizer of engineering achievements, is tipping its hat to YouTube for the impressive volume of video processing that the site manages. … Read more
Ever since you've moved into your new place, things haven't gone quite right, have they?
You didn't get the promotion to senior office librarian. You suspect your lover is seeing someone else. And then there's those weird feelings when you go into the second bedroom.
It's not that you get a shiver down your spine. It's that something doesn't seem quite right, as if your possessions have been moved a few inches away from where you left them.
Let's be honest about a possible cause here: someone might have once died in … Read more
The past is a great place to live.
There, everything is tainted with a certain beauty, a soft-focused purity which the present cannot match.
There, there was more justice and more sense.
There politicians didn't take photographs of their nether regions and mail them to unknown women. Or, if they did, people didn't hear about it.
Because in the past, there was no Web.
Anthony Weiner, a recent candidate to be the Democratic mayor of New York, seems wistful about the past.… Read more
A bank robbery is like an IPO.
You have to prepare carefully. You have to make sure you don't leave traces of evidence that someone afterward might point to and say: "Aha!"
I wonder, therefore, about the evidence that police say they collected after a bank robbery in Weymouth, Mass.As CBS Boston reports, police say Sarah McLoud, Robert Owens, and Daniel Murphy are the guilty parties in the robbery.
They also say a perusal of McLoud's computer offered traces of incriminating Google searches.… Read more
Wi-Fi can now be found in Africa's grasslands, around the glaciers of the North Pole, and in airplanes flying high above the Earth's surface, but underwater is one place the Internet still can't go... until now.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York are developing a "deep-sea computing network" that can beam data from submerged sensors in oceans, seas, and lakes to users' wireless devices in real time.
The goal of creating underwater Internet is to help people get a better gauge of what's going on in the oceans' depths. For example, … Read more
If you think it's enough to have a few fetching profile photos to secure your presence on the Web, then you're really deluding your selfie.
One of the great growth areas of self-presentation is constant self-presentation in pictorial form.
Your selfie today isn't your selfie yesterday, so you're obliged to ensure that your newest look is a complement to -- and an advancement on -- your yesterday look.
Those who reside permanently at the top of the world understand this. In a touching acceptance of their own imperfections, they are realizing that they can't trust … Read more
There's nothing like a good protest, is there?
People get together. They screech and they scream. Then they go back home and everything stays the same.
The latest public movement appears to be in protest of Google's decision to make its services (even) more like Facebook.
In a stunningly predictable decision, Google has decided to use your name and profile to bolster the blinding authenticity of its advertising.
Yes, without paying you. Well, this is the free economy, isn't it?
You could plug in your old Nintendo Entertainment System, load up a vintage Super Mario Brothers cartridge, and play one of the greatest games of all time. Or you could just pop over to Full Screen Mario and get your fix online.Josh Goldberg is behind this perfectly reproduced Super Mario remake done entirely with HTML5. If you're looking to switch things up and you like surprises, then you can play through randomly generated levels. Purists can stick with recreations of the levels from the original game.… Read more