Google doodle celebrates International Women's Day

You might wake up on Saturday and imagine it's just another Saturday.

How could you forget it's International Women's Day?

The feast of March 8 was originally celebrated in Eastern Europe as International Working Women's Day, a positively cheery hosanna to women who worked the fields and stood in meat queues, while the men drank themselves silly.

It has since been expanded to be a worldwide lean-in for which some people wear purple ribbons.

Google's doodlers have leaped to join the celebration a day early.

This, I am sure, has nothing to do with recent … Read more

Joy! Google Glass app tells you how other people are feeling

If you happen to believe that Google Glass is a fine idea in search of a use, I have finally found one for you.

For a wise and forward-thinking company called Emotient has created a Google Glass app that tells you how other people are feeling.

One of the characteristics of many Google Glass Explorers is that they seem not to care a whit what others might feel.

They become disoriented when, say, asked to leave a restaurant for refusing to remove their goggles.

How thoughtful, then, of Emotient to release its "Sentiment Analysis" prototype app. … Read more

New LG G Flex ad: Gag reflex?

There are some things you shouldn't do before breakfast.

Examine your bank balance, for example. Or listen to a discussion at the United Nations.

To this list, I feel we can surely add a new ad for the LG G Flex phone.

Should you have been too busy searching for a Mr. Bit who founded Bitcoin lately, the LG G Flex is a rather interesting phone that wraps itself around your face like a lover who thinks you have money.

To those tasked with advertising it, there might have been many ideas immediately rattling in their brains.

Instead, LG … Read more

Court rules cell phone upskirt pics are legal

"May it please the court if I place a cell phone up this court's trouser leg and take a picture or two?"

These words might have been the temptation of many after hearing an interestingly thought-out decision in Massachusetts.

As The Associated Press reports, the highest court in Massachusetts decided that one of the lowest forms of behavior -- taking upskirt cell phone pictures -- was legal.

The reasoning might cause some to rend their clothing and toss it in the direction of the court. For Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court declared that as the women whose skirts … Read more

Judge: We can't have kids suing parents for an iPhone or Xbox

In New Jersey, things tend to get emotional.

I am not merely referring to "The Sopranos" and the spontaneous traffic jams. I am referring to family life, as it's being exposed in a court case that is gripping the nation.

In one corner, we have high school student Rachel Canning, who allegedly moved out of her parents' house.

In the other, we have her former police chief father and his wife, Rachel Canning's mother.

Rachel is suing her parents because she believes they abandoned her, ergo they owe her for tuition fees, medical expenses, and other … Read more

Winklevii buy Galactic tickets with bitcoin (because pioneers!)

Do you spend every day trying to remove pain from your life? Does friction affect your ability to stay calm, focused, or even yourself?

Well, you've come to the right place. I have a solution for you. Go and buy $200,000 worth of bitcoins and then slap them down on a seat into space with Virgin Galactic.

You don't believe this will work? Oh, but please heed the words of possible Facebook-creator Tyler Winklevoss, one of the famous flying Winklevii.

In a post Wednesday on the Winklevoss Capital site, he wrote that he and his twin had indeed bought two tickets to fly on Virgin Galactic by tossing bitcoins at Richard Branson.… Read more

So 11 percent of Americans think HTML is an STD? Really?

As many a despot will tell you, when you're taking over the world, you have a tendency to believe everyone appreciates it.

The truth may well be, however, that many think they just can't do anything about it. So they let you get on with it, knowing that, sooner or later, there'll be a party to celebrate the rotting of your hubris.

On reading the statistic that apparently more than 1 in 10 Americans believe that HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, I feel sure that a collective guffaw will roar around the mouths of our future … Read more

Science declares this is the funniest joke in the world

Science is poking its nose into every part of human life.

While some laugh at the very notion of us all soon becoming robots, the Googlies and their ilk continue toward their serious goal of coding humanity.

Sadly, there has to be a collision. Thankfully, science has taken it upon itself to discover which joke is truly the funniest in the world.

As the Huffington Post reports, British researcher Richard Wiseman worked hard to understand the core of humor. His story is told in a new book by Scott Weems called "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why." … Read more

Godzilla is actually a nice guy

I know that many pulses are already racing at the prospect of a new "Godzilla" movie, due to be released May 16.

Somehow, humanity cannot get enough of wanton destruction, murder, and terror and the Statue of Liberty with her jaw knocked out.

Well, I am here to disabuse you of your fantasies. Because Godzilla is actually a perfectly decent creature who suffers just like you do. How can I know this? Why, because I occasionally watch commercials for candy bars.

Should you have missed this commercial spectacle on the airwaves recently, a new Snickers ad reveals the … Read more

Couple hospitalized after trying to save flat-screen from fire

On the generous side, none of us knows what we'd do if our homes suddenly caught fire.

On the less generous side, there's been a series of incidents in which people risked their lives -- and in one case lost it -- by trying to retrieve electronic items from burning buildings.

The latest comes from St. Paul, Minn. As the Pioneer Press reports, firemen were called to a burning basement apartment.

Inside the smoke-filled living room, they found a couple grappling with their flat-screen's wires, in a desperate attempt to take it with them.

As St. Paul … Read more