“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. ClarkeHome automation. Smart house. Advanced home control. If those words conjure images of lights mysteriously flashing on and off at random times, fat piles of cash, and sweaty technicians huddled over their laptops programming for weeks at a time, then you need to read on. The truth about home automation today is that technology, competition and innovation have all ravaged its high-priced visage, putting it within virtually anyone’s grasp.Unless you’re Amish and out on your once-in-a-life Rumspringa (if you are out on Rumspringa and you’ve decided to read this site instead of snorting crank off the bellies of strippers and washing it down with bottles of Jack, then, bless you), then you already have some form of automation in your life.Whether it is a garage door opener, an alarm clock, or a glorious pile of remote controls strewn pell-mell across your … [Read more...] about Your home is dumb, but making it smart is cheaper than you think
Romantic ways to say i love you
Jeep WranglerThe Wrangler, strangely, is a rather romantic rig for something targeted at bearded he-men wearing suspenders and toting chainsaws. Just looking at it conjures images of backwoods stream crossings, remote hikes, and scenic vistas. The Wrangler singly embodies the American spirit unlike any other car perhaps ever built. It’s no wonder, then, that women love the Wrangler as either the owner – or the passenger.As Click and Clack from Car Talk once pointed out: it’s an adventure every time you fire up the Wrangler, especially on those days when it fails to fire up at all. This brings up a good point: despite the romanticism surrounding the Wrangler, it’s a tough truck to live with day in and day out. The Wrangler stands as perhaps the antithesis of what studies conclude women value in a car.The Wrangler suffers from a less-than-ideal reliability rating. It’s not very safe: it includes easily removable doors, so hopefully you weren’t … [Read more...] about Top 5 cars that women love
Looking to kick that lovely evening with your special someone into high gear? You could spend a ton on a romantic dinner out and a big bouquet of flowers, but the next day all you’d have are leftovers and some dying plants.Instead, toast a different kind of flower, and develop a different kind of hunger with a pair of free, limited-edition Pax 2 vaporizers. This powerful herbal vaporizer is portable, discreet, and boasts a sleek design. Like you, it has high standards, with efficiency that will leave you breathless, and a battery that keeps it going all night long.This limited-edition version is the same as the one that took home an Editor’s Choice award when we reviewed it, with a key difference. The red case is marked with a white, laser engraved heart on the front, developed in limited numbers for a Valentine’s Day giveaway. It’s the only gift that simultaneously says “I love you” and “Let’s get baked.”If that sounds like you, or … [Read more...] about DT Giveaway: Pax 2 vaporizer (Valentine’s Day edition)
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
The Internet is a wonderful if confusing world – and that’s why you sometimes need to be pointed in the right direction. Lucky for you, some of us spend far too much time online and logged in – and that wealth of experience translates into some social networking know-how. Consider Miss Netiquette (who you can reach at [email protected]) your guide to Web manners, and this week, she’s got all the advice on Craigslisting.Craigslist is one of the most helpful websites around and also hands-down chock-full of some of the creepiest stuff I’ve seen since Scott Disick tried to grow a mustache but it turned out to be a bunch of baby spiders in one of my dreams. It’s an interesting digital destination where you can say “Wow, what a fantastic deal on a bike,” and “Is that a penis?” within a few seconds of clicking. Here are my tips for using Craigslist without succumbing to its freak-a-leek underbelly.Dear Miss Netiquette: … [Read more...] about Miss Netiquette’s guide to using Craigslist without acting like a total weirdo
Missed Connections has become a phenomenon unto itself. The Center for Missed Connections (which focuses in New York City) collects these moments, turning the wistful postings into charts and graphs, visually exploring trends within the database, as well as high-traffic locations. “Analysis of Craigslist Missed Connections postings and communities offers a glimpse into the loneliness and sexual tension that serve as the linchpin of any thriving metropolitan environment,” the center explains. “The CMC seeks to understand the longing, both poetic and banal, within public spaces.”The project was started in 2009 as a result of Ingrid Burrington‘s curiosity. “I wanted to know where was the loneliest place in a city. Missed Connections seemed like a pretty obvious way to build a dataset on loneliness in cities. It kind of just snowballed from there,” she tells me.A few of the CMC’s projects have been taking data from Missed Connections … [Read more...] about How does the chaos of Craigslist love endure in an eHarmony world?
It’s starting to feel like there are more dating apps than there are people to date. There are apps for hookups, for romantic nights, for couples, for double daters, for twins, for dopplegangers – if you have a “type,” trust that the Internet will engineer a way for you to try and find it … er, them.But what if all the Tinders, Flikdates, and OKCupids were an unnecessary construct? Many of these apps build off of preexisting social networks; what if they’re just adding an extra step to the whole thing? Maybe in these complicated times, less can lead to more. And what social network has a setup simpler than Instagram?Elizabeth Wisdom and Dennis Lafargue would argue as much. The now-engaged and newly Internet famous couple met over the app, traded flirty comments and eventually numbers, and even documented their engagement on the app. When Lafargue made their relationship official, he even called Wisdom his “instalady,” saying … [Read more...] about First comes Instagram, then comes love: Why Instagram is displacing dating apps
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
Not everybody is cut out for dating – and singledom can be hard, especially if you’re not exactly a social butterfly. Fortunately, the Internet has been a great (and inventive) tool for the shy and introverted among us to connect with that cute stranger across the metaphorical room.For anyone who’s done it before, those generic, boy-meets-girl (or boy-meets-boy … or girl-meets-girl … you get the picture) dating sites are full of options. But what if it’s a very unique type of love you’re looking for? Well fear not, because the Internet has your back. And then some. Regular dating sites, with a twist Skyecandy This service takes the tediousness out of developing an online romance with someone over a long correspondence (although that’s a pretty good way to establish a solid foundation). Think of Skyecandy’s video feature as virtual speed dating: You can make yourself available for up to 10 video dates at anytime, and after … [Read more...] about Trust us, the Internet can find love for each and every one of you weirdos
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?