Love and Nature and the Drone is in the Air

Just in case if you haven’t heard of the flying device, the drone is a newly adopted filmmaking tool that flies like a kid’s toy helicopter attached with an HD camera and accompanied with almost an old-school video game remote control.  You control it. It flies. It films in HD. Cool, right? While I’ve seen my fair share of drone videos, whether it’s for fashion, experimenting, or just cinematic shots that a filmmaker may want to use, this one truly takes the cake. A cinematic porno with the drone! Next level… 

First of all, I want to say that Brandon LaGanke and John Calucci, the filmmakers who conceived and directed the idea, shall be acknowledged for doing something first of its kind. It’s a groundbreaking cinematic achievement and wildly exciting experiment. The best part? It depicts all sexual orientations. Love and nature and the drone is in the air. 

#DRONEBONING // FEATURING TAGGART AND ROSEWOOD // NSFW from GHOST+COW FILMS on Vimeo.

Your Shopping Addiction Just Got Worse

Yes, soon it’ll be fall… but shopping is getting a makeover and everything is about to change — think of it as a retail refresh — Spring is here.

Prabal Gurung. Public School. Band of Outsiders. Nonoo. Frame Denim. Veronica Beard. Steven Alan. Suno. The list of brands you can shop directly from the Spring app is near 75, and there are 35 more coming to the app soon. All it takes is a scroll through your own personalized feed, a swipe right, and boom, fashion on your doorstep.

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Download Spring on your phone, then follow your favorite brands. Share your picks or swipe right to purchase. It’s as easy (and dangerous) as that.

What are you springing for?

Kindle Fire Allows More Annoying Multitasking With Added ‘X-Ray For TV’ Features

I don’t know about you, but it takes me roughly four to five hours to watch a two-hour movie in my apartment. It’s not because I live in some wormhole in which time is meaningless or anything; rather, I tend to sit in close proximity to my iPhone or laptop whenever watching TV, so that, at the drop of a hat, I can pause anything any go immediately to the internet to find the answers to queries like, "Who is that actress," "Is this guy actually British," and "Did this get an Oscar nomination for anything, because it shouldn’t have." Now it looks like I’d never have to do that, thanks to Amazon and IMDb.

Owners of the Kindle Fire are surely aware of the X-Ray feature when watching a movie on their device: with one tap, users can look up information on IMDb corresponding to the movie they’re watching. I haven’t used the feature myself—I have an old-fashioned Kindle, the kind that only lets you read books (boring!)—but I imagine you can look up all the goofs and the trivia and the soundtrack listings so much easier than, say, watching a movie on your BIG TV and, ugh, having to reach over and PICK UP A LAPTOP, ugh, and TYPING THINGS, ugggggh, what a nightmare. Now, all of the information you ever need is right there. And the big news today: Amazon and IMDb are expanding the X-Ray features to include TV shows

Honestly, I am conflicted about this. Can you imagine how David Lynch, who famously hates the idea of people watching movies on their phones, would feel about you clicking all over Naomi Watts’s face while watching Mulholland Drive to see if she’s done any other girl-on-girl scenes in film? Of course, I’m a big offender—there have been several instances of "NO PHONES!" being shouted before watching movies with friends in my apartment. Wouldn’t it be nice, maybe, to just sit back, relax, and watch a movie without finding other ways to cram our brains with content, content, content? 

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Tumblr, Vimeo Founders Talk Creativity At SXSW Brunch

Want to brunch with Tumblr founder David Karp? Split an omelette with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick? Have an espresso with the lead singer of OK Go? Yep, so do I. And maybe someday we will, but for now, we’re getting the next best thing: a video from GE’s two-hour Brilliant Brunch at SXSW, when eight leading creators of all things tech, media, & music came together to dine on waffles, sip Bloody Marys, and tackle how they got started, what challenges them, and how they stay on top.

In this video, the innovators discuss their “Path to Creativity.” Check out the full list of videos, sit back, grab a coffee, and get instantly inspired. Or at least hungry.

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You Can Quit Being Gay, but You Can’t Quit Grindr

Oh, how easily one falls down the path of shame and sin! Isn’t it strange how it often happens to high-profile religious people who make a point to never, ever, ever do bad stuff? Not like, murder-bad stuff, but buttsex-bad stuff. Such is the case of Matt Moore, a gentleman who beat the gay away with prayer and God and such, who was then discovered using Grindr. Grindr is hard to quit, you guys.

Blogger Zinnia Jones received a tip that Moore, a Christian writer who has written extensively about being an "ex-gay," showed up on the dating app. Of course it was actually Moore and not some imposter, because, duh, who would use a fake picture on an app that is designed to meet other people in person for various activities, ranging from hugging to boning? Moore admitted his error in typical ex-gay fashion:

The grindr profile was really mine. I’ve been on it on and off for the last couple of weeks.

Like I told the guy who sent you the picture, I am wrong in having been on grindr. I haven’t changed my views on homosexuality, the bible, etc.

Creating a grindr profile and talking to guys on it was major disobedience on my part….disobedience to Christ. Disobedience to a loving and gracious God. Thankfully, I believe that He forgives me for this disobedience. I believe the blood of Christ covers this disobedience. And I won’t be on grindr again….ever.

The pastor of my church and the church body I am a part of were informed about me being on grindr (I told them) before all of this came out, publicly.

Christianity is SO CONVENIENT! I love a good blank-slate, especially after being caught on Grindr. I’ll keep that in mind if the temptation ever hits me and someone catches me. "Oh, well, sorry! God and stuff. The end!"

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HeTexted.com: For All Your Romantic Communication Quandaries

It’s a regular scenario in this age of mostly digital communication. You go out, meet someone, have a great time, but then receive a text (or in some rather upsetting cases, a tweet) with vague or mixed signals. You go to your closest confidantes to try to decipher the message, but even that sometimes feels a bit uncomfortable, because ugh, why bother anyone with your feelings? Why talk to your close friends or regular sources of guidance when you can crowd-source complete strangers to decipher your text messages? Well, thanks to the Internet, now you can!

HeTexted.com is a new website where the romantically interested and unable to read between the iMesssage lines can ask their peers whether or not the gentleman doing the texting is into them or not. In most cases, the answer is “no,” and in most cases, it’s actually pretty obvious (“I love you but I have a tendency to screw up relationships;” “Sorry fell asleep last night…”). It’s almost a little uncomfortable to have such a public view of someone getting very clearly blown off by a guy they like. I mean, it happens, and it happens to everyone, but this site seems like it’s definitely more of an addictive, can’t-look-away work distraction than a source of real advice for real people.

For what it’s worth, not every text is a rejection. In one case, the sender screencapped an image of an IMAX film about polar bears narrated by Meryl Streep. “Sweet or creepy,” the recipient wanted to know. The results were 2:1 in favor of “He’s Into You.” So basically, ladies, polar bears are a good sign. 

You Can Hire a Fake Facebook Girlfriend for $5

Are you a man whose gone through a break-up and are sad and devastated enough to go to extreme and pathetic lengths to make your ex jealous?  Then Cathy01 just might be the gal for you.  More than a digital rebound, more than just Internet dating, you can hire her to act like your new girlfriend on Facebook for just $5.

Posting on fiverr.com, Cathy01 will pretend to be your new sweetheart on the social networking site for 10 days. She claims to be 23 and live in NYC.

“There’s a second option, by the way: If you want a few messages (3 max.) on your profile to make someone jealous that’s also possible,” she writes. “Just send me the message(s) and the facebook-link! byebye!x (I don’t! do any promotional stuff!”

There is no one offering to serve as a faux FB boyfriend just yet, but chances are someone will soon. For those actually considering this, I am sorry for you but I guess it’s a one-up from trolling Craiglist casual encounters in search of some feigned intimacy. Maybe. So far, she’s gotten 3 orders and also sells an ebook on "how to attrack [sic] women."  

Google Gets in the Holiday Spirit with ‘Jingle Bells,’ NORAD Santa Tracker

Google is in the holiday mood this season.  Last weekend, the search giant released its “Let It Snow” Easter egg along with an extra gift for its Hanukah celebrating users with a banner made of stars of David. Now, they’ve bestowed a Google Doodle that sings "Jingle Bells" for those who celebrate Christmas. And if keeping kids off the computer to spend time talking to relatives isn’t a big enough chore, they’ve added a Santa tracker. Take a look at how you’ll be spending your evening.

Google has partnered with NORAD, who spends the other 364 days a year tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships, to bring the latest Claus location feature. After clicking the squares under the Google Doodle and listening to the most familiar jam of the season, click "Follow Santa" below to see a map of where he has been and where is heading.  Right now he’s currently distributing his goods in Ambon, Indonesia and will be shimmying down chimneys in Koror, Palau next.  It’s a geography lesson with gift giving.

If watching isn’t enough, you can also call NORAD, who has been keeping tabs on Santa for 55 years, to speak with one of 120 people watching St. Nick’s progress or follow their updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

High on Santa spirit and can’t get enough?  Send your loved ones a personalized greeting from Santa through a gmail powered app

Don’t celebrate Xmas (or maybe you’re just a Scrooge-style hater)?  Happy Saturday!

Facebook Threatens to Sue ‘Mark Zuckerberg’

That’s right Facebook is suing Mark Zuckerberg.  Not the hoodie sporting, Adidas with socks-styled founder, but the guy who changed his name to mirror that of the tech titan and launched a store which ties into the site.  It’s a far cry from the ivy adorned, rowing-fueled litigations of the Winklevoss twins.

Rotem Guez is the founder of the Like Store, which peddles to those who shamelessly use this year’s top acronym “LMS” (Like my status) by selling those thumbs up to companies. The sale of digital approval violates Facebooks high, ahem, ethics code and they threatened to sue back in September.

In response, Guez legally changed his name to ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ on Dec. 7 and just a week later Facebook is again threatening legal action against the Like Store.  Zuck II is ready to play, taking trolling to a whole new level.  He has set up an Internet campaign to drum up publicity using his new persona including a Facebook Page and Twitter account, @iMarkZuckerberg. He is also using the site markzuckerbergofficial.com to tell his story.

Even if this doesn’t make it all the way to court it would make a hilarious, albeit mildly confusing, sequel to The Social Network.  Paging Aaron Sorkin.