While I'm sure the month and day were pulled at random, did they have to pair up May 19th with "dad's birthday"? My own dad was born May 19, but died several years ago. Seeing the pairing on the Apple site's iPhone 4s page brought me a quick sad moment, but then again it was nice to think about him.
Do you ever suspect that other folks are having more fun than you? Now there's an app that can prove it.
Take this as you will: "Husbear" in autocorrect is "gushers".
I imagine this goes without saying, but...before you jump on that Verizon iPhone bandwagon (Oop! Too late?) know what you're getting into, hear?
As Tai Chi (my sister-in-crime) pointed out, Verizon's iPhones won't be usable in Europe, currently. For the rest, Lifehacker gives you the whole rundown of what you are and aren't getting with Verizon here.
Me? I think I'll wait until next year (so long as my aged 3G holds out!) for the iPhone 5 with its CDMA/GSM/UTMS chipset (I'm spouting words whose meanings I can only guess at! Thanks, NYT & ReadWriteWeb!) and - likely - the lower cost/wider options available data plans resulting from the fallout of the Verizon/AT&T competition between now and then (Right? RIGHT!? That is how this'll all play out - in favor of us consumers, I mean - isn't it??)
I love statistics. And statistics drawn from a dating site are always fascinating. In their latest aggregation of data comparing camera data with the amount of attention the picture resulting from that camera drew, the folks at dating site OK Cupid found a few things:
The full report has more so you can perfectly plan your profile picture so well as to be completely unrecognizable. (Oh, wait, that could be a problem too.)
The MOMA iPhone app is pretty user friendly, with calendars, audio tours built in, an index of the collection, basic museum info and other features. You can even use the index to pick out a new "ironic" Grindr profile pic.
The Grindr experience is what it is. You have a picture; you have a few hundred characters. Based on those you decide to chat, maybe exchange pictures (possibly of your penis) and then possibly meet up and fuck make rewarding connections. Fabulis is taking that idea and expanding on it with their new iPhone app.
Instead of just thumbnails and quick descriptions of the members, you get full names and profiles along with general distance. More interesting is the ability to view events going on near you in that location at that time. So, imagine you are in a place where you don't really know many folks or what's happening. (Perhaps "Boston" or "Hell's Kitchen".) The app could tell you where the party's at and who's attending.
Fabulis Creative Director (and FYF friend) Bradford Shellhammer replied to an email where I asked for some clarification:
Plans right now can be sorted by date and popularity. Popularity is based on RSVP numbers. ... You can see the people who have said they're going to an event and you can message them in advance.
Soon we're also working on enhancements which will make it easier to know who is actually at an event or a bar or a restaurant RIGHT NOW. So you can see if Amanda Lepore is having a party, who is actually there now and who is planning on attending.
In the converse, you could also see who is attending a party and make the decision not to attend. Or make decisions about a person regarding the parties they attend. Useful!
While no fan of the word "fabulous" or any other non-specific adjective, or of misspellings, or of overly-rounded fonts, I am a fan of utility and efficiency. In this case, the latter certainly outweighs the latter.
Remember all the gay chat lines that used to exist? There was one guy that was almost always on a full page ad for every gay (porn or regular) magazine. In porn magazines I would eschew the pictorials just to hunt out this one chatline ad. He was "my type" with dark eyes and hair and a killer smile and a really nice build to him. I named him "Lucky" and looking at his ad would help me to masturbate very efficiently.
Everything old is new again with iPhone 4.0 FaceTime. One first thought most have had about FaceTime is how phone sex will now be able to compete with "camming". The primary concern would be for privacy as you don't want your number out there like that. So "helper services" will allow you to dial in for a set fee per minute, keeping your private data private.
Once again showing why I'm heavy on ideas and light on cash, someone is already doing this for the straight peoples:
There is still a market niche for the gays though. So gather around me investors, and let's make this happen! Maybe "Lucky" will be available. (I google searched for him fruitlessly, but really would want him to usher us into the next wave.)
A quick search for "FaceTime" on Flickr this morning returns exactly what is expected, as seen in this picture from thikstache. Almost every person that was in line yesterday has already taken a snapshot of themselves using the (what is expected to be wildly popular) FaceTime feature. It's so Jetson, it's Judy.
You look at the picture and say, "Hey, that line's not so bad." But it's a picture from 4 p.m. yesterday, outside the Meatpacking District's Apple Store as captured by SuaveMaeve.
At 8am (above), the line stretched past La Perla down 14th Street. By 9am, according to Apple employees, the line stretched down to 10th Avenue and up 10th to 18th Street.
Special Note for potential lemmings...I mean, buyers: If you have an outstanding balance on your account that is equal to or greater than the cost of the phone you're trying to buy? You'll need to bring your account current in order to complete the upgrade.
And someone at Gizmodo found it, dissected it and wrote all about it. (Is it really that simple? Someone left it in a bar? It doesn't seem very Gawker media property to pay someone off for something like this, as the payoff would have to be huge, so I'm tending to believe the bar angle.*)
Highlights of the Gizmodo analysis:
* - Updated: It seems that John Gruber, quoted in the Gizmodo article, plainly calls this "finding in a bar" bit to be malarky: "It's been an open secrret to those of us in the racket that Gizmodo purchased this unit about a week ago, from those who claimed to find it. ... It is my understanding that Apple considers this unit stolen, not lost." Is receivership of stolen goods a crime in California?
When you logged into Grindr today (don't be coy, I just admitted to it, so you can too), you might have noticed the quick message at the beginning noting changes in the Terms of Service. Included were changes as to what can and cannot be put in profile pictures and texts. Essentially, in their goal to create a wholesome, sexless homosexual utopia they have added several items to their "thou shalt not" list.
Presented with commentary in italics are some highlights of the new and improved Grindr user guidelines:
According to Grindr, the application is to be used by guys to meet guys that live nearby:
Thousands of gay, bi, and curious guys in your area are chilling out on Grindr. It’s easy to find a nearby guy in no time. Whether you’re in the mood to chat, a date, or a buddy to grab a drink with, Grindr makes it happen. Guys into other guys are just a quick download away. And with Grindr they’re also right around the corner—just waiting for you to show up.Apparently when they show up, you can show them your ankle, and perhaps play cribbage. You would think something named "Grindr" wouldn't be eschewing sexuality so much, right? The desexualization of the gay man continues.