Chapter Four: Wining and Dining

Article: Chapter Four: Wining and Dining

So you made it past the gate and got yourself a date – good for you! Now, to quote my spirit animal RuPaul: Don’t Fuck It Up!

The Push Girl Rules
No, we’re not talking about that silly book which told women everywhere how to act like a lobotomized, manipulative ninny in order to score a husband. We’re talking about the Push Girls Rules, which will teach you how to score a fun, fabulous dude without putting up with any crap!

Keeping up with KimKierkegaardashian

Article: Keeping up with KimKierkegaardashian

What do you get when you cross one of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, the father of existentialism, with one of the greatest reality television stars, who has dated anyone-who-is-anyone in hip-hop, R&B and professional sports and who occasionally makes a sex tape or totally dumped Paris Hilton? You get a Twitter account, naturally. We’d like to introduce you to KimKierkegaardashian, the lovechild of Soren Kierkegaard and Kim K. And, to put it mildly, she is dropping knowledge.

Let your tweets paint a watercolor version of your city

Article: Let your tweets paint a watercolor version of your city

Color Coordinates is a fun website where “tweets mentioning colors are plotted on their coordinates of origin.” This social cartography is a unique live visualization of tweets which incorporates the watercolor maps designed by Stamen Design and available for public use as part of the City Tracking project and funded by the Knight News Challenge. In addition to this watercolor template, Stamen Design created one that mimics the outmoded black-and-white toner scheme and an ecological one labeled as Terrain.

Top 30 #VaginaMovieLines tweets

Article: Top 30 #VaginaMovieLines tweets

To follow up on our Vaginagate roundup post from yesterday, now that the trending on Twitter had died down, here are our top 30 picks for best #vaginamovielines Tweets of the past week, so you can avoid scrolling through the endless stream of mediocrity and get straight to the good stuff:

Chat with the ladies of PUSH GIRLS during (and after) tonight’s premiere

Article: Chat with the ladies of PUSH GIRLS during (and after) tonight’s premiere

Want to know what the PUSH GIRLS think of the premiere? They’ll be tweeting throughout tonight’s two episodes, so make sure you are Twitter and

Crowdsourcing smoothies on Twitter

Article: Crowdsourcing smoothies on Twitter

Here’s a working smoothie-making machine that mines Twitter looking for tweets mentioning specific fruits or vegetables such as blueberry and pineapple for instance. This working prototype then produces a smoothie with a proportional blend of those flavors that were mentioned in the collected tweets. This brilliant machine was conceived “during a one-week visualization course at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design” by Kat Zorina, Ruben van der Vleuten, and Kostantinos Frantzis. This needs to be installed in my apartment um, stat. As a guy who can never figure out what he wants to eat or drink (I really just gluttonously want it all), I’m all in favor of a machine that makes this decision for me.

Top 10 pickup lines for 2012

Article: Top 10 pickup lines for 2012

Most of the contributions to the recent Twitter hashtag #2012PickUpLines were pretty uninspiring. (Exhibit A: “I’d like to buy a new router for you and your friend. And ‘Route Her’ and yourself into my bedroom tonight.” Er, okay, Beavis.) But we were inspired by Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson) of THE OFFICE, who tweeted, “Can I piggy-back on your WiFi?” Okay, we didn’t exactly pee our pants laughing, but something about imagining Dwight delivering that line worked for us. So here are our best attempts at 2012 pickup lines:

Putting a face on the homophobic bile of #tomyunbornchild

Article: Putting a face on the homophobic bile of #tomyunbornchild

Who would have thought the Middle American, saccharine sweet hashtag #tomyunbornchild would be co-opted into a trending hate topic. But that’s kind of the ironic danger of the Internet. At its core, the online world is an adult playground. And sometimes adults act like terrible mean spirited monsters bent on hurting strangers because, oh I don’t know, someone didn’t love them enough when they were young, they can’t score a date, or they’re just afraid of anything different. Whatever the senseless and irrational motivation to spread hate, there are still mature people around town, and online, trying to curb ill-intentioned behavior. A virtual neighborhood watch, as it were.

Top Ten: Tweeting Power Couples

Article: Top Ten: Tweeting Power Couples

If you thought Judd Apatow produced some pretty funny movies, wait until you see the father-daughter Twitter banter he and his offspring Maude get up to in their spare time. Catch up on the most hilarious pairings in the Twitterverse and check out the top tweeps who are teaming up to blow out the re-tweet factor.

First things first, what Twitter-team stream is complete without a few furry friends? Read on to get the scoop…

We can resist anything except temptation – and Twitter

Article: We can resist anything except temptation – and Twitter

Researchers out of Chicago University’s Booth Business School recently conducted a study on people’s ability to resist their desires. It turns out that people can resist cigarettes, they can resist alcohol, they can resist sex, and they can resist the urge to spend money… but what they really really can’t resist is the urge to engage in social and other types of media. In other words, checking email, browsing Facebook, posting to Twitter, etc.

5 better ways to express your intimacy

Article: 5 better ways to express your intimacy

A recent survey by Pew Internet and the American Life Project found that one in three teens had shared a password (email, Facebook, etc.) with a friend or boyfriend or girlfriend. Apparently sharing your password is the new way to express intimacy, to prove to your partner that you have nothing to hide. Um, hello Facebook hacking! (Aside: Did you know that if you work at Facebook HQ and accidentally leave your FB account logged in when you leave your desk, some jokester colleague will update your status to say that you are pooping? Apparently it’s a company tradition.) Anyway. Maybe teens don’t have any credit card digits to lose just yet, but identify theft (or even just unauthorized identity borrowing) can suck in junior high too. We hope we don’t need to explain what a terrible idea this is.

Follow the Sundance Film Festival Awards LIVE!

Article: Follow the Sundance Film Festival Awards LIVE!

Still bummed you couldn’t make it out to Park City? Well, Sundance Channel will be at the awards ceremony tonight and we promise to bring you up-to-the-minute reports on the winners, the losers and who is passing out from “altitude sickness”. Make sure you are following @SundanceChannel so you don’t miss a thing. And, if you’re really committed, you can watch a

Top 10 dirtier books

Article: Top 10 dirtier books

A few weeks back we jumped on the Twitter hashtag #lessambitiousbooks bandwagon, with a list of our Top 10 Less Ambitious Sex Books (The Joy of Dry Humping, Slight Hangup About Flying, etc.). This time around we figured we’d create our own damn hashtag — #dirtierbooks — so that nobody could accuse us of being late to the game. The trick with #dirtierbooks is to be clever without sounding like a cheesy porno (The Da Vinci Load, A Tale of Two Titties, et al). Below are our top 10 best attempts. So, er, anyone want to jump on our bandwagon? (That came out dirtier than we meant it.)

GOP candidates summarized in hand signals

Article: GOP candidates summarized in hand signals

BuzzFeed (going increasingly political with their recent hiring of Ben Smith from Politico) has a hilarious photo recap of the recent GOP debates that’s focused on simply their hand gestures. My favorite is the one above of Romney displaying the “He Was THIS Tall” expression.

Green tech finds: the monster trade shows edition

Article: Green tech finds: the monster trade shows edition

CES and the Detroit Auto Show are going on this week, and we’ve got finds from both!

The tiny electric pick up: Need to haul stuff? You won’t get much into the Smart For-Us, but, as Charis Michelsen at Gas 2.0 points out, it’s awfully cute, and may serve the actual hauling needs of most truck drivers.

Your plants are Tweeting: And they’re thirsty. That’s right: the Botanicalls gadget (not sure what else to call it) sends you a tweet when your plants need watering. Only marginally green, but kind of cool. (via Crisp Green)

Top 10 less ambitious sex books

Article: Top 10 less ambitious sex books

We’re suckers for a good Twitter hashtag — they can make everyone feel like a stand-up comedian for a few minutes (not to mention giving us all a break from reading what our colleagues ate for breakfast). We particularly loved the #lessambitiousbooks hashtag that was trending this week, and of course we jumped on the bandwagon, finding ourselves hilarious @EMandLO. We were planning on publishing a round-up of our favorite sex- and love-related entries found on Twitter, but as it turned out, we had more fun coming up with our own. So here are our top 10 less ambitious sex (or sexy) books:

GWLBWLB Nashville Premieres TODAY– Only on Twitter

Article: GWLBWLB Nashville Premieres TODAY– Only on Twitter

Sundance Channel just can’t wait to share the new season of GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS with you. So, we’ve teemed up with Twitter to host the first ever television show premiere via tweet!

Want to watch the first episode TODAY? All you have to do is follow @SundanceChannel on Twitter and stand by for an exclusive link to the first episode! You’re welcome.

Today's top hashtag: #ThatsWhatHoesDo

Article: Today's top hashtag: #ThatsWhatHoesDo

The #ThatsWhatHoesDo trend follows the same basic premise of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck if…” jokes. In fact, it might as well read, “You might be a hoe if…” Apparently, hoes are quite dexterous where social media is concerned, strategically changing their Twitter location and Facebook relationship status. These are some of the best I found (even Betty White and Harry Potter chimed in), but it got about 100 new tweets per minute (for realz) so if I missed one, add your fave in the comments.

#undatableinlit: Publishers learn how to use the Internet

Article: #undatableinlit: Publishers learn how to use the Internet

Would you go for this man of few words?
Now that an increase in book sales has officially been reported (5.6% increase in revenue and 4.1% increase in book sales), we can all stop perpetuating the doomsday message that print is dead. No other phrase is guaranteed to irk me (and my fellow fiction grad students) more. Part of the reason those numbers are on the rise is because the publishing industry has finally become web savvy, or at least savvier, by reaching out to readers through a variety of decidedly un-bookish social media outlets like Twitter. Avid Tweeters are a choosy and demanding bunch, though – there are thousands of 140-character blips to read. Publishers have upped their game accordingly, supplying their followers with more than just book announcements and reading event listings.

How Twitter was almost named Twitch, and other titles that suck

Article: How Twitter was almost named Twitch, and other titles that suck

Earlier this week I heard a story on my local NPR affiliate about how Twitter – a word that has transcended the confines of a brand name to become part of our everyday vernacular, even spawning its own verb conjugations of the infinitive to tweet – was almost named Twitch. Co-founder Jack Dorsey explains, “We wanted a name that evoked what we did. We wanted something that was tangible. And we looked at what we were doing and when you received a tweet over SMS, your phone would buzz. It would jitter. It would twitch. And those were the early names, Jitter and Twitch. And neither one of them really inspired the best sort of imagery.”

Comedy gold: tweets in a Peanut universe

Article: Comedy gold: tweets in a Peanut universe

Peanutweeter is my current favorite website for chuckles: the site takes tweets from various people offering their insights, observations, and some thoughts better left unsaid and matches it with a frame from a Peanuts comic. For all of us bloggers, this is a great question asked by Lucy.

Twitter invasion

Article: Twitter invasion

Does the new Tweetseat make a compelling case for connecting digital and physical communities or is this an example of technology and social media gone too far? Designed by Chris McNicoll, the Tweetseat is a park bench at the Botanical Gardens in Dundee, Scotland that takes two pictures each time someone sits on it. The first picture, taken from the bench, captures the point of view of the sitter, and the second is a photo of the person/people sitting on the bench taken from a nearby tree. This set of pictures is then automatically uploaded to the Twitter feed @Tweetingseat.

Tweet Roundup: Joe Zee

Article: Tweet Roundup: Joe Zee

@mrjoezee: Snow white, snow bright, will my flight take off tonight? #Goodmorning @mrjoezee: More info! RT @Styleite Introducing the designers on @MrJoeZee‘s new show, “All on the Line.” @mrjoezee: IT’S OFFICIAL: All On The Line will premiere @Sundancechannel on Tues March 29 at 10pm. LIKE this page for updates. Joe’s packing up his…

Cory Booker, hero with a snow shovel and a smartphone

Article: Cory Booker, hero with a snow shovel and a smartphone

The efforts of Newark Mayor Cory Booker to clean up his city feature prominently in the Peabody-Award-winning Docu-Series BRICK CITY, the second season of which will premiere on Sundance Channel on January 30. Those efforts are also capturing major attention this week, thanks to Booker’s use of Twitter to come to the aid of Newark citizens trapped in the aftermath of the blizzard that brought the Northeast to a standstill.

Twitter's top 10 most powerful tweets of 2010

Article: Twitter's top 10 most powerful tweets of 2010

Twitter rounded up their list of the top 10 most influential and powerful tweets this year. Although they might not be world leaders, nationally recognized reporters, or celebrities, here is my recommended short list of must-follow people on Twitter due to their excellent linkage or humor (or both!): jennydeluxe (memes, news, and lolz), CardiffGarcia (financial),…