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?
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!
Things aren’t going so hot for the US Postal Service right now: they’re fending off a barrage of angry emails & phone calls from me on an almost weekly basis, and seeing their customer base shrink by the day. Don’t weep for them, though — much of this is self-inflicted, as they continue to lose or just not deliver mail that people (hey, I’m people!) want, while simultaneously stuffing our mailboxes with junk, excuse me, direct marketing mail that most people don’t want.
Thankfully, Readabl has come along with an app designed to help put the USPS out of our collective misery a little more quickly: PaperKarma.
PaperKarma is available for iOS and Android phones (as well as something called Windows Phone. Apparently Windows forgot about the fate of the Zune. That’s OK, so did everyone else! *tech-zing!*) and allows users to take photos of the junk mail they no longer want to receive. PaperKarma then contacts the mailer and unsubscribes users from those distribution lists. Pretty sweet, amirite?
One hiccup, though — this app only works for junk mail addressed specifically to you. Sorry, Current Resident(s)!
Still, less junk is always a good thing. Unless you’re a hoarder. Or an extreme coupon-er. Well, even then it’s a good thing — who needs three lifetime supplies of store-brand cola and toothpaste?
A lot of digital ink gets wasted on the supposedly awesome TV ads that debut every February during the Super Bowl, but let’s be honest, only 1 or 2 of the ads each year are worthy of the hype. And even those pale in comparison to this nugget of brilliance:
What’s so amazing about this?
• Gratuitous profanity
• A great tracking shot
• A random bear that can’t catch
• Using a machete as an office supply
• A humorous reference to polio (those are not easy to come by!)
• The sly dig at Gillette in the tennis bit
If you live in the San Francisco Bay area and would like to learn the proper usage of a LASER-SWORD, please feel free to join the Golden Gate Knights, a group created to offer experienced instruction in saber choreography. You’ll learn proper techniques for:
• Stretching & warming up
Classes meet every Sunday from noon until 3:00 PM (must not be a lot of overlap with the 49er or Raider fan bases…)
(Via Thrillist.com. Image courtesy of LucasFilm Ltd., oh-please-God The Force-don’t-sue-me-George!)