Under ordinary circumstances, the final evening of a cruise aboard the luxury turbo-electric ocean liner SS Morro Castle was a splendid event. Hundreds of lady and gentlemen passengers would gather in the Grand Ballroom in their finest evening attire for the customary Farewell Dinner, where veteran sailor Captain Willmott would captivate his guests with salty tales from his years at sea over endless glasses of champagne. Reality, bills, hangovers, and economic depression were all far away, on the other end of tomorrow morning’s gangplank in New York. But on the night of Friday, the 7th of September 1934, circumstances aboard ship were not ordinary. Passengers were indeed draped in their finery in the ballroom, yet the captain’s chair at the captain’s table was conspicuously vacant. He had somewhat suddenly felt unwell. And atop the typical worries lurking outside were two near-hurricane-force storms, one approaching from the north and another from the south. The agitated sea and gusty winds were beginning to cause some sway in the decks, putting already-eaten entrées in danger of unscheduled egress. The surly weather was bound to be a considerable distraction.
This is the picture taken and tweeted by Twitter user dogboner (I hate those things). It’s a shot of Neil DeGrasse Tyson using his laptop on a New York subway. Dogboner thought it would be funny to pretend he doesn’t know who Neil DeGrasse Tyson is (links to a whole explanation of the situation written by dogboner on Gawker) and post the pic along with the caption, “Some guy using his laptop on the train like a Dumbass nerd lol.” That’s when all hell broke loose as folks came out of the woodwork to tell dogboner to die, kill himself and die, kill himself and die then reanimate himself with black magic so he can kill himself and die again, etc.
May work for the females, I always thought it kills us guys
Betty Dodson is back. The pensioner once dubbed the “godmother of masturbation” thanks to her 1973 bestseller, Sex for One, is relaunching her masturbation masterclasses in New York. Now 85, Dodson wants to help the post-Sex and the City, post-Girls generation of women that she believes are not nearly as liberated as they think they are. “Most of them haven’t even seen their genitals in a mirror. You show ’em and they go ‘eek!’ Or ‘ugh!'”
Climate deniers have attacked a philosopher for pointing out that the funding of the climate deniers could be said to be criminally negligent when there is a 99% consensus amongst scientists that climate change is real.
Here’s a few things that US-based philosopher and academic Lawrence Torcello has been told about global warming over the last couple of weeks
It’s a “lie straight from the Jews”, it “isn’t real”, it’s a “hoax” designed to “enslave people” and it’s an artifact of scientists engaged in a “worldwide collusion to hide the truth”.
Torcello himself was told he was both a “faggot” and a “maggot” but not in the same email. Poets, these correspondents were not (he was also called a fascist and a Stalinist – another chance at a rhyming couplet criminally missed).
Torcello is an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state who a few days earlier had written a story for The Conversation website.
Artist Jordan Wolfson’s imagination brought this animatronic figure to life with a little help from his friends at Spectral Motion. The piece is currently being exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. The figure, who wears a grotesque green mask, incorporates facial recognition technology which allows her eyes to focus on, and unnervingly follow, visitors at the exhibition.
Victoria Brodsky’s phone went missing this past August, when she and some friends went to a street fair in Brooklyn.
Then, one week later, a series of photographs of a nude couple began popping up in her Dropbox account, which automatically uploads photos from her phone. By the end of day, a video of the couple having sex showed up, too. Not that she found the pictures appealing:
“Sex looks very boring in their house,” she told the New York Daily News, who she turned to for help in catching the porn loving culprits.
Christopher Schaeffer, a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” was sworn in as a member of the Pomfret Town Council in New York wearing a colander, the Observer reported.
“It’s just a statement about religious freedom,” he told the Observer. “It’s a religion without any dogma.”
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was formed to poke fun at organized religion.
Spaghetti Source with thanks to Nosfer2d2
If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt. Sounding both aggressive and whiny, the billionaire investor warned that he and his overprivileged friends might withhold their millions from church and charity unless the pontiff stops preaching against the excesses and cruelty of unleashed capitalism.
According to Langone, such criticism from the Holy See could ultimately hurt the sensitive feelings of the rich so badly that they become “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.” He also said rich donors are already losing their enthusiasm for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan — a very specific threat that he mentioned directly to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
Some shit news outlets are reporting this.
BE CAREFUL what you Google. This is the clear message after an incident this week when a New York couple had an unwelcome visit from counter-terrorism authorities.
Blogger and journalist Michele Catalano was Googling pressure cookers. She wanted a pressure cooker to cook quinoa, which is that South American grainy stuff you can buy in the health food section of the supermarket. It was a harmless Google search.
Turns out this is not true.
Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”
After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.
Source with thanks to Xythan
An American Airlines pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s hit song I Will Always Love You.
The solo performance began shortly into the flight from Los Angeles to New York and her crooning quickly became too much for passengers and staff on the domestic flight last Thursday.
The pilot was forced to change course halfway through the six hour flight and make an unscheduled stop at Kansas City so officers could escort the woman from the plane.
Some may say overkill. I say that she should have been ejected while the plane was in flight.
A US man plans to give people living in high-crime New York neighbourhoods free shotguns and weapons training as part of a controversial new initiative.
Kyle Coplen, 29, founded the Armed Citizens Project in January, the New York Daily News reports.
The group, which is privately funded, aims to give New York residents in high-crime areas free weapons training and a $200 shotgun.
“We’re coming, and we’re going to get shotguns into the hands of responsible citizens,” Mr Coplen said.
But Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the city’s strict permitting process would be a roadblock to Mr Coplen’s plan.
“Australian rock legend Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the singer of the Divinyls, has died in New York aged 53.
The charismatic frontwoman was surrounded by family and friends at her home when she died this morning.
Her husband of 14 years, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, says Amphlett died of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.”
The wildly anticipated new record from French electronic music superstars Daft Punk will be given its global launch at the Wee Waa show on May 17.
Thousands of fans are expected to join the locals at the annual show in Australia’s cotton capital – about 8 hours from Sydney in north-western NSW, for the first playback of the Random Access Memories album in the world.
As the sun sets on the local showground, Sony will start playing Random Access Memories from a purpose-built stage as the town gears up for the weekend-long show festivities.
Mobile phone technology has come a long way since the first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago – but there is a lot more innovation ahead, according to one expert.
It was on 3 April 1973 that Motorola employee Martin Cooper made a call in New York on a Motorola DynaTAC – dubbed a “brick” due to its size and weight – which was widely regarded globally as the first public mobile phone call.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled his grand design plans to build a modern-day replica of the doomed Titanic, confirming the cruise liner would make its maiden voyage in 2016.
At a press conference in New York on Tuesday, and following a rendition of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, “Professor” Palmer told the world’s media construction of the 835-cabin ship would begin in China later this year.
He said 40,000 people had already registered for tickets on the first voyage, which will retrace the fateful 1912 trip from Southampton to New York, in which more than 1300 passengers and crew died.
The world needs more crazy rich people doing shit like this. Mr Palmer, I salute you. But there is no fucking way I am going on that ship.
By 11pm this evening, the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios in New York will be thronged with specially-invited tech journalists.
Those lucky few have been invited by Sony to what promises to be the biggest launch in gaming since Microsoft revealed the XBox 360: the launch of the PS4.
The long-sleeved T-shirt had the words “Jihad, born on September 11″ emblazoned on the back when he turned up at his nursery school in the southern town of Sorgues near Avignon on September 25.
His mother and uncle are charged with condoning a crime over the alleged reference to the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. The uncle bought the top and the mother dressed her son in it when she sent him to school that day.
Norman Woodland, co-inventor of the bar code, the inventory tracking tool that transformed global commerce in the 1970s and saved shoppers countless hours on the supermarket checkout line, has died, his daughter said.
Woodland, 91, died Saturday from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease in Edgewater, New Jersey, said Susan Woodland of New York.
Today, five billion products a day are scanned optically using the bar code, or Universal Product Code, or UPC, according to GS1 US, the American arm of the global UPC standards body.
The handheld laser scanner inventories consumer products, speeds passengers through airline gates, tracks mail, encodes medical patient information, and is in near universal use across transportation, industrial and shipping industries worldwide.
A subway passenger has been crushed to death by a moving train in New York after a crazed beggar hurled him onto the tracks.
Ki Suk Han, from the borough of Queens, was seen trying to clamber back to the platform seconds before he was struck by the train as it pulled into Times Square station.
Police have released a video, handed to them by a bystander, showing the 58-year-old father-of-one arguing with his suspected attacker moments before the fatal incident yesterday afternoon.