It has been established many times that relationships are complicated.
You can be dating a self-described humanitarian who ends up treating you like a farm animal. You can believe that your liaison is anything but dangerous, and then you discover a casual faithlessness that assaults your craw.
This seems to happen even in the case of Netflix use.
If you really love the one you're with, you'll wait to watch a TV show that's in your Netflix queue, so that you can watch it curled up in beautiful unison.
Research from Netflix suggests, however, that more than … Read more
The past is a cockroach.
It never truly goes away. It simply makes more copies of itself, each a little different from the last.
How quaint, though, of Qantas to think that its fliers should read a book.
No, not a book on some fancy machine. A paper book, with a cover and a booky smell, given to you if you're one of its fancy passengers.
These are, allegedly, no ordinary books. As Ad Age reports, Qantas claims they are "bespoke." Yes, like a hunting jacket.
The company has teamed with publishing house Hachette to offer high-fliers … Read more
Please play a game with me.
Who dislikes whom more? Google or Microsoft?
I only ask because at Wednesday's I/O conference Google's chief preacher, Larry Page, bemoaned what he believes is Microsoft's reluctance to do what Google wants.
No, he didn't quite phrase it like that. It was more berating Redmond for allegedly milking Google for its own profits.
Yes, just like Google milks you.
I think of it less as a cell phone than as a self-phone.
So in a land so fond of the individual's primacy over the group, it's inevitable that having a gadget that contains the whole of your life is more mesmerizing than, well, anyone else or anything else.
The proof of this in public places is constant. And yet some choose to fight back.
In the very latest incident of someone using a cell phone when they should have been watching a cultural performance, Kevin Williamson decided he'd do something about it.… Read more
I had always imagined that attendees at sci-fi conventions were peaceable sorts.
I know they turn up waving lightsabers and other implements of war, but I imagined that these served no greater threat to society than an elongated ball-finder at a golf course.
And yet word reaches me that fans of "Star Wars" were embroiled in a confrontation with aficionados of "Doctor Who" at a sci-fi convention in the U.K.
It … Read more
It's more enjoyable when sense doesn't prevail.
It allows for so much more humor and head-shaking.
However, Kiera Wilmot has probably shaken her head enough lately and will now be grateful for a little stillness.
Should you have been unaccountably arrested for expectorating in your high school cafeteria recently, you might not have heard about Wilmot.
One morning at Bartow High School in Florida, she put toilet cleaner and aluminum foil in a water bottle to see what might happen. It was just, she said, an experiment.
Even her school principal admitted that it merely sounded like a … Read more
Cell phones seem to be causing the police increasing unease.
It's quite easy for ordinary people to film officers in the line of duty, and sometimes that duty can seem to be excessively dutiful.
This seems to be the view of Maria Melendez, who says she used her phone to film a case of what appeared to be fatal police brutality, only to have it confiscated without a warrant. Worse, reports are now emerging that some of the footage may have been deleted by the police.
I had always thought Americans were willing to try something new -- at least once.
This sense of adventure often explains the nation's predilection for naivete, war, and forgiveness.
So I had imagined that from Alaska to New York, there were people desperate to adorn their faces with the new intellectual's makeup: Google Glass.
"You people are all s***. Yelp s***, Reddits s***. Every s***. Come to here, I will f***ing show you all."
On reading these words in isolation, you might imagine they were written by someone whose senses had departed for chillier climes. Or perhaps merely by an exposed politician, contemplating a loss of fame and privileges.
But, no. These words actually adorn the Facebook page of Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The name is something of a mouthful, but the sentiments expressed by its management (yes, these words are from the management) … Read more