An infinite scroll of captivating visual content, the online inspiration-board destination Pinterest might be the most popular web bookmarking site to date. But its popularity is fueling a smattering of other sites (with the familiar tile design) that make bookmarking, sharing, and organizing web finds an addicting experience. We've found seven notable bookmarking sites for every type of sharer.
Last week the New York Observer published a trend piece that concluded young New Yorkers are having less sex. A sweeping statement based on a handful of people noticing no couples pairing off at the dead end of night. From there, he hastily drew a familiar conclusion: everyone's a narcissist now. People would rather groom their online persona by posting where they're at than actually interact, but — I can assure you — nobody loves sex more than a narcissist.
Nobody knows how much sex people have without straight-up asking (and even then, who knows?), so I did the next best thing. I talked to someone who knows a lot about "young New Yorkers," their parties, and — for better or worse — their sex lives, Brooklyn-based writer Diana Vilibert. See what she thinks below.
I'm a little ashamed to tell you how much I spend on music every month — iTunes and my credit card are now BFFs. So if there were a way for me to get some money back just for buying songs, you know I'd be totally down with that. Enter Popcuts – a new music site that rewards you every time another customer buys the same song you did.
Stocked with emerging indie artists from around the globe, Popcuts knows you like to be on the cutting edge of music and rewards you with credits for buying songs, so the artists get some much needed bankroll, while you eventually get your music for free – sort of. To see how Popcuts works, just read more
When we think of gadgets, we think of shiny plastic, aluminum and man made materials, not natural wood. That may be the very reason we see wood gadgets popping up all over the place.
Recently, wooden gadget cases (like this iWood iPhone case ) have been generating web buzz, but the trend doesn't just apply to the gadget covers — some geeks have begun creating gadgets made entirely out of wood. It's a phenomenon that cannot be explained easily. Either projects like the 60-inch wooden plasma and the S-Series Cellphone are a study in opposites and what's expected (say gold, silver gadgets), or a way to prove yourself as a real geek. Whatever the case natural is in.
Scroll through the widget below to check out how wood is being used in the gadget world.
Yesterday I learned about the Apod, or Asthma Pod, which is a colorful plastic case that clips around your standard asthma inhaler. They cost about $20 (or £10 because it's a British company) and come in 7 colors. So why am I so bent out of shape? For the most part the devices are cute, brightly hued plastic that will hopefully make asthmatic children everywhere feel better about their illness, however, the name alone makes me worry and wonder about the day the "pod" epidemic will end.
From the Laserpod, "pod" Hotels to EnergyPods for midday napping, there really is no logic to the over usage of the word "pod," which sprang to popularity with the lionization of the iPod. Will three out of five plastic items that are shaped like a bean or iPod be labeled "i-something" or "pod" from here until eternity? Will we wake up one morning and find out "pods" are suddenly as uncool as Walkmans? Most importantly, when will it end?
Sure, brightly colored gadgets and desk accessories have their fun, flirty place, but you can never go wrong with classic black and white gear. It's calming, clean and won't leave your desk in a cluttered mess of different shades and styles. FabSugar noted the black, white and gray trend earlier this season, so it's no surprise we see simple black and white mousepads, iPod cases, desk accessories and geek paraphernalia popping up all over the web.
My favorite find is this adorable Black and White Ghost mouse, $38, which is not only perfect for Halloween, but would probably cheer you up whenever you look at it. The device is a modern 3-button optical wheel mouse, which can connect to a PC or Mac via USB port.
For some more black and white gear that brings simplicity back to the geekspace, click through the widget below.
That's right folks, even in this age of BlackBerries, Treos and iPhones, the old school Moleskine notebook is making a comeback. According to Buzz Feed, my source for all things hip and hot, leather-bound notebooks are gaining a cult following as a low-tech PDA. GTD freaks and creative types - and those who are both - love the mini form factor of the Moleskine.
Sure, they don't have spell check, a web browser, calendar and built in calculator, but Moleskine notebooks (pronounced 'mol-a-skeen'-a') offer a place for us to exercise our most important geek muscle: our minds. Of course it helps that Moleskine journals have a history of popularity with artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers. How trendy are they? Companies like Moleskine US have gotten into the game by creating collection after collection of notebooks, including a line named after trendy cities like Paris, Prague, Rome, New York City and Barcelona. They cost $16.
Camping used to mean sleeping in a tiny tent, eating over a fire pit and packing loads of mosquito repellent, but it seems the days of roughing it without electricity or the conveniences of modern internet-addicted life are over. It's a trend that must have been fueled by our inability to travel without our laptops or smart phones, but I think it points to a loss of those old school family camping trips we all love to hate.
ABC news recently took a trip to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where the tents are decorated with Persian rugs and they have electricity, heat and a thermostat. Unlike your average Costco-tent camping the resort isn't cheap - more than 3 days costs about $2,000 including a massage, water activities a few classes and of course, WiFi.
The resort, which overlooks the ocean and surrounding mountains, features tents with remote-controlled propane wood stoves, oil lamps, candles and rustic interiors. They also run on generators that provide electricity for light, hairdryers and wireless internet. Is it just me, or does this negate the entire purpose of camping, which is supposed to be about hanging out in nature and getting away from the office? If you want an electricity-fused trip visit one of the best WiFi hotels in Times Square and save your camping for real camping.
My boyfriend's college roommate Eric was a soccer player who would get up at 3:30 in the morning to go to practice, go to class, return home in the afternoon and game. I'm talking all-nighter, XBox live sessions where he would wear a headset and face off against some unknown person halfway across the US. Needless to say, despite being a fit athlete, these gaming binges went hand in hand with candy and caffeinated soda consumption.
A company called Uncommon Loot is banking on the fact that there are a bajillion men, women and children like Eric out there in the world. People so tuned into their gaming that they need Headshot, a chewy chocolate toffee bar "made for gamers by gamers." Despite only being moderate gamers, who willingly choose parties and sleep over Halo 2 marathons, PartySugar and I got a chance to test out the bars recently. For our review, read more
Gone are the days of sending doves or hand written notes announcing your engagement and alive are the days of broadcasting your proposal, nuptials and honeymoon online for the whole world wide web to fawn over.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Wedding Web sites, or "Wed sites," were initially created as a way brides and grooms to be to notify guests of wedding dates, plans and gift registries. Today, the sites are far more personal, offering stories, videos, photos and even up to the big moment journal entries.
I've been talking about wedding websites for months (I even offered a tutorial for making one), but I have always thought of the more traditional sites with simple announcements, directions and registry information. Boy are those passé. If you're not turned off by the idea of proposing via a widget or commercial, consider what you'd feel like if you had a website with videos of your proposal, planning and wedding ceremony. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 1,800 marriage proposals are on YouTube, which has to mean most people not only love the idea of the web publicity, but they plan on putting the video on a website.
To watch my favorite wedding video, read more