If you like interactive art AND being woken up in the middle of the night, you might want to look into joining Call In the Night, an “experimental radio show and telephone network documenting the nighttime experience” created by Carnegie Mellon student Max Hawkins.
Here’s how it works:
1. Sign up and provide your phone number
2. Once a week, you’ll be connected to another member of the network sometime after 2AM EST and have the ensuing conversation (which can be more or less about anything, but they seem to largely be about dreams and nighttime activities) recorded
3. Select conversations are then included in the Call In the Night podcast
Now, I’m all for engaging in some good, clean dream analysis, but woe be to those who would wake me from my slumber. That said, here’s a recent entry from my own lobes:
I had a dream a couple weeks ago in which I was President Obama, but in the dream, President Obama is an anthropomorphic elephant (irony!) wearing a killer three-piece suit and tooling around the U.S. on a motorcycle in order to better understand the concerns of ordinary Americans and craft policy accordingly. You know, standard POTUS taking-care-of-business. It’s no Denim Chicken, but really, what is?
I have to say, I kinda love this story from BBC news. In short, this dad got fed up with his unemployed 23 year old son spending all day playing online video games, so he hired virtual assassins to kill his son’s avatar.
You know you’re spending too much time gaming when your parents are virtually trying to kill you.
Hiccups, they are really goddamn annoying and whenever I get them they seem to hang out forever. Thirteen year old Mallory Kievman thinks she has a fix though: hiccupops! These lollipops are made of cider vinegar and sugar, ingredients that over-stimulate nerves and cancel out the message to hiccup.
They’re not on the market just yet, but once they are I know I’ll be placing an order.
Guaraná Antarctica is a Brazilian soft drink company. They’re also revolutionizing post-breakup back-slides and social media shaming with their Ex-Lover Blocker app.
Here’s how it works:
You “convince” your newly-single friend to download and install the app on their smartphone. They then designate the former lover’s number as “blocked”, and in the event of a moment of weakness, the app prevents the ex’s number from dialing and also alerts selected friends of the attempted contact in order for them to prevent further attempts. If the forlorn dump-ee still elects to deactivate the app and call the dump-er, the app announces their weakness on Facebook to invite public shaming. You know, the way all good friends do.
After literally months of work, I can proudly present my new line of billfold wallets! They’re made in the U.S.A., 100% cruelty-free, and super-durable — not to mention quite stylish! The interior features a large billfold slot for cash, as well as four smaller slots for ID and credit cards.
We decided to start small with the number of designs, but will be adding to these inaugural six in the coming months. A very big thank you to all of the friends and fans we tapped for feedback and help with the design choices and color selections!