• Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Google Loves George Carlin. Apple, Bing, Mapquest -- Not So Much

    About this time last week, New York City was preparing to dedicate part of a Morningside Heights street in honor of comedian George Carlin. The dedication came and went. Tributes poured in. We wrote about it. So did everybody else. By Wednesday afternoon, a block of West 121st Street -- between Amst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Borderline Personalities: Rightbloggers Vs. Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

    [Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature] A whole lot of kids from Central America have been dashing over the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, and rightbloggers blame them on Obama. (They also want them sent back to the hellholes they fled, but mainly they want to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    The Super Bowl's Biggest Winner: Jon Daly's Chili Peppers Parody

    On Wednesday morning, a cavalcade of comedians and musicians started posting a link to the site, claiming that it hosted a brand new single by Super Bowl halftime performers Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song, titled "Abracadabralifornia" is a spot on parody of the non-sensical lyrics and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Machine Gun Kelly on Lace Up Being His Reasonable Doubt, Refuting Purists and Why Microsoft "Needs Jesus"

    It's the eve of his debut album release and Machine Gun Kelly is in the middle of the requisite new rapper media blitz, which, quite frankly, he hates. Right now though, he's grappling with a bigger problem: Does he order Delicatessen's brioche French toast or cheeseburger mac and cheese? It's befor ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    The Worst Tweet I Ever Read! It Hurt!

    If you "" yourself, then press "News," various tweets with your name in them pop up, messages that you may not have seen by clicking on your Twitter account. And lordy, how I wished I hadn't Binged myself yesterday. Because a guy from Canada -- a country I've visited and been celebrated in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Jimmy Castor, R.I.P.

    Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>

  • Music

    November 30, 2011
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    October 6, 2011

    My 13 Favorite Duets Of All Time

    "It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    American Idol: Jacob Lusk, You Were Too Good For This Show

    Michael Becker/FOXFarewell, Jacob. ​It always happens. My end-to-end favorite contestant has never, ever won American Idol. They usually do pretty well, but they always flame out within a few weeks of the finish line because of some combination of nerves, bad choices, mass bad taste, and the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About the New York Times Paywall, But Were Too Poor to Ask

    ​Big news in the world of meta media news today! Details of the long-awaited, vaguely teased New York Times paywall have arrived via a press release from the Paper of Record. It's sort of expensive, compared to free! It's also sort of reasonable, if you feel inclined to support the making of good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Did The Huffington Post Win the SEO Game With Today's AOL Acquisition?

    ​The Huffington Post, which was just bought by AOL for $315 million, is really good at what media mind Jeff Jarvis calls the "black art" of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. That means, when people Google (or more rarely "Yahoo" or "Bing," which are not quite verbs) a term on a search engine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2010

    Rupert Murdoch Bans Google For Bing

    ​News Corp.'s own Darth Sidious, a.k.a. Rupert Murdoch, has had it up to here with the Google and their world domination. In fact, he's gone ahead and set the computer homepages in the new Sunday Times offices to Bing, the poor man's Yahoo!, which pays Uncle Rupe for his content. "None of us k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    NY Tech MeetUp Showcases Some Useful New Technology, Some Not

    ​NY Tech MeetUp is a monthly event for the technology community in New York that allows emerging companies to demo their new ideas in front of a large audience of like-minded techies. It's a safe place for these tech geeks, but it's open to outsiders like us, too. We went last June as well, took J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Murdoch Forces Google to Change "First Click" to "First 5 Clicks" Free

    Looks like Rupert Murdoch is getting some traction in his quest to keep "kleptomaniacs" like you and us from getting his content for free. Google senior Business Product Manager Josh Cohen says at the Google News Blog that his company is "updating" its First Click Free program, which had previously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Agency Sues to Defend Its Horrible, Soul-Deadening Product Placement Idea

    A little firm called Denizen is suing the J. Walter Thompson ad agency because its recent creepy TV ad gimmick closely resembles a creepy TV ad gimmick they showed JWT years ago. The offending ads, for Microsoft web engine Bing, have characters from the NBC show The Philanthropist talking about ho ... More >>