So yesterday we conducted an in-depth analysis of Best Coast's lyrics, to chart the frequency with which she sings the words "boy," "love," "summer," "weed," and "cat," as compared to the frequency with which her critics/admirers use those same words to describe her. General findings: The general pu ... More >>
The Berkley-based rapper Lil B plays the Highline Ballroom on Thursday; for curious New York gawkers, it's a chance to see the world's foremost proponent of a new movement you could kindly term train-wreck rappers -- those artists whose every youthful indiscretion, ill-advised comment, physic ... More >>
The least conclusive (but most fun!) study of the day is probably the one from Carnegie Mellon University, which says that Twitter has "geographical dialects," but only sometimes. Researchers dug through 380,000 messages from one week back in March 2010, and concluded that you could sort of s ... More >>
A mysteriously inflammatory tweet appeared yesterday by @Bristol_Palin criticizing Sarah Palin's Twitter use. Unfortunately the real Bristol Palin does not use Twitter, as evidenced by the fact that if Bristol Palin really wrote that, it would already be deleted and she would be on Fox News d ... More >>
• New Yorkers (and Americans in general) are eating worse than they think they are, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. 90 percent said their diets were healthy, and yet ate a bunch of crap. And then there are those of us who know full well our diets are not healthy. Two slices of col ... More >>
In his inaugural address on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo called the New York state government "a national punchline." And "the joke's on us," he said. Over the weekend, the joke was actually just on the new Gov. Cuomo as his fresh official website, which went live this weekend, unveiled hi ... More >>
Not a Columbia gradThe School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University sent out an email warning students not to talk about WikiLeaks on the internet if they hope to ever work in the State Department. The school, which aims to construct new diplomats from scraps of old diplo ... More >>
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we've finally joined the 21st Century--please like us on Facebook, where we've just signed up, after seeing a little movie called The Social Network. And, as always, you can follow us on Twitter too, at @soundofthecity. If you don't, we'll shoot this adorable baby p ... More >>
Taï's superb sabich.At long last, and just in time for Hanukkah, Taïm Mobile will hit the road tomorrow. According to the truck's Twitter feed, it's "hoping to be out 2morrow" following an "exciting soft-opening over the weekend." And like every other four-wheeled food venture, it w ... More >>
Food NetworkDoes Marco Canora use this knife to cut turkey sandwiches? Yesterday we chatted with Marco Canora about his appearing on The Next Iron Chef. Today, the Hearth chef and co-owner of Terroir and Terroir Tribeca predicts the next big trends in dining.
So Beatles-on-iTunes day is almost over. We all survived. No sales records were broken -- in fact, Dr. Luke would like to point out that Ke$ha remains atop the charts. And yet the day was a rousing success in terms of Twitter Comedy -- join us now as we survey the best of the #beatlesasMP3s hashta ... More >>
ViaIf there's a possibility that you care, then you already know: today is Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington D.C. A bunch of liberals and reporters are currently making their way to our nation's capital by any means necess ... More >>
It seems like everyone is "joining" Twitter or "getting" a Tumblr these days. Especially in the case of certain New York City landmarks, who are taking to social networking like digitized screen-saver fish to a watery stream of information.
VICTORY! for a New York City newspaper, while the rest are going down, down, in an earlier round. A new, familiar byline at New York's Vulture, and a new, familiar byline at AgencySpy. The iPad is still just The iPad, but Twitter is definitely still Twitter. Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast is sti ... More >>
Poor LiLo is now cut off from not only drugs, booze, and any number of bad-influencing enablers, but also from email and Twitter, which, apparently, she has an compulsion toward as well, addictive personalities being what they are. Sources say that she can only use the phone for two hours a d ... More >>
Let us all take a moment in honor of irony, that cute little concept that makes awkward things so funny, like when Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell takes a giant crap on Twitter in his recent New Yorker interview and blog post, and shortly thereafter, has his working methodology outed by Jo ... More >>
Here he is with the flight attendant who allegedly had a lot to say about Puffy's bathroom regimen50 Cent's Twitter page is going to get someone arrested. Possibly him. Possibly you. It's no surprise, of course, in this age of the Twitter-obsessed rapper, that 50 would take to the format with ... More >>
A couple days ago, zeitgeisty rapper B.o.B stopped by Chelsea Handler's talk show. There, he disclosed an interesting detail: despite the fact that he and Paramore's Hayley Williams share dual billing on what is far and away the biggest song of his career, "Airplanes," the two have never met ... More >>
via the Committee to Protect Journalists Kosuke Tsuneoka, free from Afghanistan prison after five monthsAfter five months of imprisonment in Afghanistan, Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka is a free man. His captors, an Islamic militant group, set him free this weekend, and while the exact r ... More >>
Goodbye to all that. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week one of our team successfully transitioned into the "expert" phase of her juggalo fascination, the rest of us just kind of got silly. Hence: the top ten songs named "Fuck You" or the immediate equivalent; Jay-Z's ten most shameful rock and r ... More >>
The Oxford Dictionary of English really, really, really wants to be cool. Its latest edition, out now, includes 200 new phrases, from chill pill to staycation and more! This is not the Oxford English Dictionary, by the way, which presumably would never deign to include "chillax" on its pages, ... More >>
On Saturday, a bug with a new Twitter URL-shortener shook the fabric of the universe, allowing tweets to go well over 140 characters if you were nerdy enough to a) be at home and online during the small window of time and b) get it to work. Scrambling on weekend hours, the good folks at Twitt ... More >>
Kanye's teeth next to Steven Holme's former profile pic. Coincidence? We think not. Kanye West joined Twitter last week. Elaborate Web Shenanigans ensued. Here are our favorites.
May we all look this relaxed in this situation. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week the words "Kanye West" became synonymous with social media, the rapper performed at Facebook while dissing Twitter, performed at Twitter while dissing his mother's old boyfriends, then joined Twitter, a thing he t ... More >>
Yesterday, Kanye West traveled to tech world, baffling a crowd of cellphone-toting Facebook employees by performing in their Palo Alto cafeteria, a cappella, in a sharp suit and matching scarf. Why they couldn't get him some sort of beat-delivery apparatus is unclear, though these raps sound more ... More >>
via Daily NewsOn Friday night, for a 15-minute period, we were hunkered down in our windowless bathroom (just in case!) as our Twitter flashed "Tornado WARNING" from New York's Office of Emergency Management, NotifyNYC, and, of course, the National Weather Service. (A warning, for future refe ... More >>
Yesterday, much to this blogger's shock, a Twitter account claiming to be much-revered former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan made its presence known to me. This is funny, because I've closely followed two other iterations of Kaplan on Twitter, @CrankyKaplan and @WiseKaplan since early Marc ... More >>
Hey! Have you seen or heard about this awesome new mural of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets' quirky Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov and smaller-shareholder-but-nonetheless-awesome co-owner Jay-Z? It's right above Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks play! Know what both teams h ... More >>
Late last night, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff informed the world that he gave the go-ahead to execute Ronnie Lee Gardner via firing squad ... via Twitter. Minutes later, Gardner was shot, but it was Shurtleff's Tweet that was heard around the world. Twitter often lends itself to off ... More >>
Okay, so it's the 3rd "real person" from Twitter, but still: ABC News White House correspondent Jake "The Octagon" Tapper celebrating talking to the public, putting "real person" in scare-quotes, even having this be a notable occasion -- a reporter! Talking to real people! -- and also having ... More >>
via People.comAll of this recent news about Lindsay Lohan's SCRAM bracelet possibly outing her as an unreformed boozebag made us wonder about the SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) itself. How does it know the difference between spilled alcohol and alcohol that exits through the ... More >>
So Saturday night Yeasayer played a free show at Governors Island (first of the season) that was apparently a summer-heralding alt.utopia for all those fortunate to get in before the ferry situation became untenable. For those who missed out (and a few who didn't!), however, well, let's just ... More >>
For most people looking for jobs in the food and restaurant industry, Craigslist is, for better or worse, a one-stop shopping destination. But while it lists plenty of opportunities for would-be line cooks, servers, shot girls, and social butterflies, it's lacking in gigs that don't involve t ... More >>
The ego-fulfillment-potential with Twitter's a strange one: you can opt-in to receive emails to notify you of new follows - people who'll now hang on your 140-word burst transmissions about how you bushed your teeth with deodorant this morning - but not the sad side of things: People Who're T ... More >>
Given the number of local/artisanal/seasonal Brooklyn businesses that have sprouted over the past few years (to say nothing of the past few months), it was only a matter of time before someone noticed that a) there were a lot of them and b) barring Twitter, attempting to keep up with their pr ... More >>
If your Twitter followers are all gone (NOOOOO!) it's because Twitter is working on fixing a bug that can force one user to follow another.
Actual Twitter background of Tweeter #8 When it comes to L Train service, Williamsburg's skinny-jean choked underground thoroughfare, you never know what sort of experience you'll encounter--homeless dude Aladdin sing-a-longs (saw it yesterday), public drunkenness across the spectrum, and, most reli ... More >>
Yesterday, Twitter's media blog hinted about releasing an actual way to embed Tweets in blog posts that's less annoying and more functional than doing screen grabs. "This will change the way we blog forever!!!" we said. Today, they introduced the questionably named, but seemingly quite useful, Blac ... More >>
Last week, we learned that the Library of Congress was archiving every single public Tweet since the dawn of Twitter in their National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The Twitterverse, while largely pleased that its words were going to be immortalized by the U.S. Govern ... More >>
The Library of Congress announced this morning that it has acquired the complete archives of Twitter and all the brilliant insights therein. That's every single Tweet, regardless of relevance or potential usefulness. Yup, even yours. Now future generations can learn how #youknowitsarecession and po ... More >>
If you're planning on a frolic in a field of flowers, bring along some Kleenex.If your eyes are all red and swollen and scratchy and you're feeling generally like you got hit by a truck, or maybe a large, blooming plant of some sort, it's not because you drank too many glasses of the good stu ... 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 >>
Today, in our daily Twitter roundup, there're lots of people getting shitfaced in New York for St. Patrick's Day, and...we could care less about them, here. More important is the beef we smell cooking up between a familiar gossip columnist and a familiar New York rock act. Where is it? And wh ... More >>
From her Twitter"Not sure whose fantasy this is," notes friend-of-SOTC Ryan Dombal on his indispensable, visually arresting Twitter feed. Our obsession with this fine lady only grows. Let this also serve as notice that Oscar the pink monkey has been safely recovered.
With the caveat that humans must take Diplo's Twitter updates with a grain (several grains, probably) of salt--although his version of what happened the night of the Grammys was probably way better than anything that actually did happen--everyone else in the above Tweet is definitely on the real p ... More >>
Oh boyTwitter don't lie, folks. Or at least, the verified NKOTB account doesn't. Tune in to Jimmy Fallon tonight for the funkiest version of "The Right Stuff" ever.
When New Yorkers travel beyond the local transit system -- which, during this festive holiday season, generally means to the airport -- we suddenly devolve into a world-weary Scrooges, darting through terminals and over tourists. Luckily Twitter, our ultimate venting venue, gives us beleaguer ... More >>
And so the 1000TimesYes Twitter record review project ends, not with a bang but with a Boyle. (What do you want, it's a holiday week, our A material is on a plane somewhere.) Seriously though Chris, 2009 is wondering why after it made you a viral video star and the go-to representative for music c ... More >>