Last year, I asked a friend for some advice. He admitted, first, that he was underqualified to give it. (This is how happy people preface everything.) Then he sent me a lyric from a Los Campesinos! song from 2008, implying that I should go ahead and consider it applicable to my present romantic imbroglio. It went like this: “I taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love / is to like the other slightly less than you get in return.” “Hmmm,” I told him. “Yeah.” Yeah. “This advice is not only cynical but also titanically stupid, and bad news for the people who love you,” I thought, quietly. Though, it would be less than two weeks before I’d sit across from that friend in a purple-lit bar with a name I forgot before I finished walking in the door, tapping cocktail napkins to a knee gushing blood and gravel bits, pinning a lemon wedge to the bottom of a rock glass, growling a half-hearted thanks for the compassion and … [Read more...] about The Verge Playlist: The only way to get along in love
Romantic ways to say i love you
This is part of CNET's "It's Complicated" series about the role technology plays in our relationships. Love letters have been dead so long it's not worth giving them a eulogy. Gone are the days of living vicariously through the saccharine letters exchanged between Ronald and Nancy Reagan. And gone is the paper trail that gave us way too much insight into the depth of James Joyce's affection for his wife Nora. Times have changed, and our romantic exchanges have evolved from infrequent letters fraught with longing and desire, to quick, GIF-laden, emoji-rich text messages. There are probably one or two Cyranos left out there, but let's be honest: The world lives in bite-size chunks, and we all seem to prefer it that way. People are reading more short stories on their pocket-size screens. Snapchat's success rests on the backs of 5-second messages. Even the NBA is considering speeding up games to accommodate for shorter attention spans. It's only natural we'd … [Read more...] about What a love letter looks like in 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s almost Valentine’s Day again. But the most romantic holiday on the calendar can also be the most frantic, with lovers racing around trying to find that special gift for that special someone. Well, put down that pathetic teddy bear and box of chocolates, because we’ve got you covered with items they’ll actually want. Check out these hand-picked tech gifts with a thoughtful twist. Gifts for herSuck Mix Tape USB ($30)Nostalgic for a time when sharing music with loved ones took a lot of time and energy? Here’s a way to revisit those days … without using too much time or energy. The Mix Tape USB, from British company Suck, looks like a cassette tape but opens up to reveal a 1GB flash drive. Just load a heart-felt playlist complete with “Kiss from a Rose” and “Waterfalls,” and wrap it up in one of six retro designs. Blank space in the jacket lets you write a personal message or list of songs so … [Read more...] about 10 Valentine’s Day tech gifts to warm hearts with cold silicon
You know that feeling you got as a kid the night before the first day of school? It was just like any other day, except that it wasn’t at all. You were excited and nervous and anxious, wondering what it was going to be like to see all your friends again, what – if anything – would be new or different. And even all the things that were the same, you were sort of looking forward to the pre-nostalgic comfort of returning to it all. Yeah, all that. That’s sort of what yesterday was like for all of us Catfish fans out there. That’s right, the documentary-inspired show is back for a second season. So go ahead and don your snuggie that smells like regret and self-deprecation, grab a box of cereal for you to mindlessly eat, settle in, and take a trip with me into Season 2, Episode 1 – thusly to be referred to as maybe the most messed up Catfish episode ever. Let’s experience this together, shall we?First things first – Max and … [Read more...] about ‘Catfish’ is back and fueling our addiction to watching Internet love go wrong
Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean the love has to stop there.Indeed, judging by the emotion that gushed forth through the Linux blogosphere on and around the holiday, Linux geeks have a serious pent-up supply of love to share. Interestingly, a remarkable amount of that affection was expressed through -- or even for -- Linux itself!Alivad.com's David Williams, for example, wrote a very touching article titled "Linux, the Language of Love" in which he described all the many ways Linux can help people show their love for one another.Using the banner command to say "I love you," for instance, was one big method Williams predicted would be "met with squeals of delight and praised for its pure creativity" by that special someone.Don't try this at home, Windows users!Creating something with open source software such as Audacity, Open Office, Inkscape and Scribus was another technique Williams recommended for wooing your heart's desire, as was telling some old Unix jokes, such … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Linux, How Do We Love Thee?