Calling all YouTube Stars! On Friday at VidCon, a 3-day online video industry conference, YouTube announced it will begin paying amateur video creators to create content to attract mainstream advertisers. Awesome. The ubiquitous giant of a site is not hurting for traffic, but it's a quality v ... More >>
In case every other New York headline hasn't already warned you, it's fucking hot today. And with hot weather comes even more heated news: Air conditioners are bad for you, the environment, and politics; air conditioners may be violating the law; and, after all that, you might not have power ... More >>
If one requires definitive proof that food blogging has reached its hoary, self-referential apex, here it is: Bitter Feast, a film about a chef who kidnaps and tortures a food blogger who has killed the chef's career with a bad review.
"Cute nerd alert!" notes Daily Intel's assessment of Bed-Stuy resident Mark Suppes, a guy who, the BBC explains, works on web-development for Gucci by day and his homemade nuclear reactor by night. Which is great, because what we really need to do is encourage him.
The bro who iced the New York Times set his sights on greedy bloggers in Sunday's Week in Review. He presented shameless shillers with a 22 oz Smirnoff Twisted Rasberry -- metaphorically. "As blogs take their place alongside traditional media," writes J. David Goodman, Times blogger, "their w ... More >>
More refreshing without the natural gas drilling.While oil drilling has made a sorry wreck of the Gulf coast, another kind of drilling could threaten New York's water supply.
Apple reports that 2 million iPads have been sold since the device hit the market a mere two months ago. Last Friday, iPads finally rolled out for a bunch of jealous countries including Australia, Britain, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In July, Austria, Belgiu ... More >>
Alfalfa: Not yet genetically modifiedThe U.S. Supreme Court, which has nearly hacked Miranda to death, may very well swing its scythe at environmentalists and consumers. The court's making noises as if it will strike down the current ban on Monsanto's genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant alfa ... More >>
This demonstrates matter and antimatter and purple and pink. Purple pretty.The New York Times reports that physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a new clue that could help us understand "why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, a ... More >>
Corrections sources are telling the Voice that rapper Lil Wayne was caught today at Rikers in possession of "unauthorized earphones and a charger" during a search. An investigation is underway to find the missing device (almost certainly an iPod or other kind of MP3 player) that goes with the ... More >>
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Hello, brave new world. This week, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send "an army of microorganisms into space" in an effort to learn how to prevent the spread of bacteria clusters that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts.
Couric: Partly cloudyOn Monday night, Katie Couric swung from CBS's coverage of the oil spill to the Tennessee floods by saying she was moving "from a man-made disaster to a natural one." That's one big and unproven assumption. How does Couric know that the worst Tennessee flooding in history has no ... More >>
space.com graphicIf you're out early tomorrow morning and look at the sky in the direction of the ocean, you may see the Discovery space shuttle fly by on its way to meet up with the International Space Station in orbit. Tomorrow's launch, one of only five to take place during morning twiligh ... More >>
That sound you heard was a few thousand reporters shitting bricks of varying volumes, and it gets louder by the day with each Tweet. Literalized, it would sound something like a someone throwing a boulder the size of a small child into a calm river. The Tweets and Twitterers are coming for yo ... More >>
"I get DMCA takedown notes almost every other week," Pop Tarts Suck Toasted proprietor Patrick Duffy told us on Tuesday, after Google's Blogger service, which hosted PTST, had summarily deleted the blog. "It's ridiculous, but I always remove the offending mp3's ... it seems that I hit the max ... More >>
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myspace.com/ztbrooksZach Brooks, definitely not in midtown. Four years ago, Zach Brooks walked into Hing Won, a Chinese restaurant near his office in midtown, and noticed two lines. On his left, a bunch of white guys in business suits waited next to a steam table to order Americanized Chines ... More >>
Dan Winters for the New YorkerJohn Mackey eats his vegetables, denies global warming You might remember the brouhaha when Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey came out against government-backed health care reform this summer. You may also recall the incident about two years ago when it ... More >>
The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo bl ... More >>
Last week the President delivered a health care speech to a joint session of Congress. The most newsworthy part of the event, from the rightblogger perspective, was Representative Joe Wilson's cry of "You lie" during a section having to do with coverage of illegal immigrants. (Whether the still ... More >>
Don't eat him! You might remember the interview published here with journalist Charles Clover about his new documentary, End of the Line. Part of that movie reports on a study by a group of scientists led by Boris Worm at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Using world catch data, they ... More >>
Friday's unexpected announcement by Sarah Palin that she would resign the Alaska governorship came as a surprise to everybody -- including the rightbloggers who have supported her most strongly since she came to national attention. Some assumed that she had abandoned the cause, but a healthy remn ... More >>
"Snowflake" babies, embryo "adoption," and being pre-born again
Oh brother. Here we go again with the evolutionary psychologists.There's no denying that evolutionary psychology has a sort of hip cache -- the general idea goes that we humans act the way we do because of the way we evolved on the African savanna millions of years ago, even if those inherited behav ... More >>
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I don't even know what Twitter is, but I say to hell with it! I'm just recovering from the organized movement of people begging me to drink the Kool-Aid and join Facebook, and now THIS has become the hot communal cult activity--a "social networking service" of "tweets" and "microblogging". As certai ... More >>
Pajamas Media, a consortium of mostly rightbloggers, was founded in 2005. Its "eventual goal," reported National Review at the time, was "to replace the established media sources with a network of what [co-founders Charles Johnson and Roger L. Simon] call 'citizen-journalists.'" They felt good about ... More >>
The Post follows up on that strange taxi story we told you about last week, in which a cabbie forced a young woman whose credit card wouldn't work in his reader to surrended her iPod as recompense for the fare. The cabbie is identified as Mohammed Islam, and says he's willing to return the iPod in e ... More >>
Since last year's Department of Health report found that one-fourth of our sexed-up citizens have herpes, New Yorkers should be exceptionally interested to learn that a Harvard Medical School researcher has found a "topical treatment" that, via RNA interference (RNAi), disables key genes necessary f ... More >>
The 12 months of the internets sultriest sharers
'If they're waiting for the next Thriller to come along and save everything, they're really, really misguided. I hope they've figured it out by now.' This week in the hopelessly antiquated print version of the Voice, I chat with veteran Rolling Stone editor/reporter Steve Knopper, whose new book ... More >>
The New York Times has an interesting little piece today about how astronomers have discovered a fascinating paradox: as the expansion of the universe picks up, development of stars and galaxies is actually slowing down. For the literary set over at The Observer, however, thinking about this science ... More >>
When Klaus Jacob talks, important people take action. Except the important people paying him.
Don't tell me this blog doesn't start international trends with every poisoned syllable! Recently, I wrote about the fact that everyone is desperate for me to join Facebook, which I find a useless exercise in making more time-wasting "friends" who would walk over your corpse in a cyber minute if the ... More >>
Rupert Murdoch's pride and joy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not
Mayor Bloomberg's looking to harness the power of the earth, sun, and wind to meet our energy needs. He announced in a speech to the 2008 National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas that the City is soliciting firms "with strong track records in producing renewable energy" to send their "best ideas" - ... More >>
[Editor's note: After penning the popular "The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere," Roy Edroso has made dissecting those blogs into a weekly feature that appears here every Monday. ]KNOCKED UP: SLUTFISHING IN GLOUCESTER WITH THE RIGHTBLOGGERS Culture war ai ... More >>
Are we entering an era of ubuntu? Barry Obama's apparent victory over Hillary Clinton helps loosen a painful 16-year headlock on Americans. Practically all that's standing in his way is John McCain. At least McCain is wiser than George W. Bush. But then, who isn't? McCain, however, is a supporter ... More >>