“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
– Isaac Asimov
But they say the selfie is passe and going the way of the mullet. Has it’s partner-in-crime the selfie stick (or the narcissi-stick) gone with it? Apparently it has mutated to the belfie and belfie stick.
Okay, here are some definitions to help you catch-up
A picture of yourself taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone usually with the device held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror and often shared on social media.
A device for those who have no friends to take their picture and don’t have access to a mirror. The selfie stick is a telescoping wands that extends a phone camera to get a better shot when taking a selfie.
A selfie of your butt
A selfie stick designed to take a better belfie of your butt
The selfie has become core part of the social media culture. But let’s be honest, we have a love-hate relationship with the selfie.
For example, here’s why we love the selfie:
And now the hate:
Sorry Bieber fans, but even you have to admit this one is bad. Someone needs to take his selfie stick and spank him with it.
But where will this belfie/beflie-stick trend go – probably south. But for now the belfie stick appears to be the hottest stick in town. Yikes!
The belfie stick can help you get just the right angle to take flattering images of your best asset. But the belfie stick will set you back $79.99. Who can afford that bedsides Kim Kardashian? But it does seem like the perfect gift for the person who has everything and/or for someone wanting to spice-up their Tinder profile (or Grindr, no judgement here).
But if you don’t want to get left behind you can pre-order your belfie stick here:
FYI – the overuse of the word “but” was done on purpose – get it (wink).
But a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that your tablet and other devices might be keeping you up at night — and making you sleepy the next morning.
The study points to the blue light emitted by mobile devices as the guilty culprit. This short wavelength light can disrupt circadian rhythms, suppress levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, reduce the amount and delay the timing of REM sleep, and reduce alertness the following morning.
An author from the study was quoted in the The Wall Street Journal saying, “Many people read things to help them fall asleep. They probably don’t realize that this technology is actually making them less likely to feel sleepy.”
But fear not, can still keep reading as a part of you bedtime ritual, you can read a book – a traditional book – you know, those things made of paper. For the digital junkie who can’t let go of their tablet habit there may be a loophole with the original Kindle, specifically the one with no back-lighting.
Reading in bed is still a good way to wind-down, but you should use traditional printed materials, such as a bound book, printed magazine. or newspaper (yes, they still exist).
In a story that almost seems like a movie, the police find a 13-year-old boy behind a fake wall in his father’s house four years after his mother reported him missing. But what makes this story even more spectacular is how this tech savvy kid showed some clever tech skills to help the police with his rescue.
This young man, who has been identified as Gregory Jean, Jr. was being abused and held captive in a hidden room of a southern suburb house in Atlanta, Georgia. According to police, this secret chamber was behind a false wall that had been “camouflaged with towels.”
But how this smart young man engineered his own rescue is impressive. The police report that the boy managed to install the magicJack app (call magicApp) on a smartphone to which he had access. Using that app, which allows free phone calls, he contacted a family member in Florida, saying where he was and that he was being beaten by his father. This family member, reportedly his sister, then told his mother.
At first the police did not find Gregory, Jr. because the father and step mother had hid him in a secret room above the garage, accessed by a false plywood wall at the back of a closet.
However, Gregory, Jr. kept his cool and used the phone he had configured to call his mother directly with directions to the the hidden room. The police returned for a second visit as he was on the phone live with his mom, giving her instructions, when police finally located him.
The result is a tearful reunion with his mother and a story with a happy ending thanks to Gregory, Jr.’s smart use of technology.
Police have arrested the boy’s father, 37-year-old Gregory Jean Sr., and stepmother, 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, charging them with false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstruction. The other three people arrested were juveniles that were helping cover-up the kidnapping. The couple has been denied bond and are in jail.
For the father and stepmother, it’s going to take a lot more than a “magic app” to get these two off the hook for this heinous crime.
For Gregory Jean, Jr., keep an eye on this tech savvy kid as he is surely going places.
Photobomb: Any time the background of a picture hijacks the original focus.
Photo tip: Make sure the background of you picture stays in the background!
Here are some awesome photobomb backgrounds:
Let’s turning back the tech clock and time warp to 1983. It was the year Apple introduced the Lisa, their first graphics-based PC with a hefty price tag of $9,995. And it was the year a young Kevin Costner was featured in a Lisa commercial.
Wow! What a difference three decades make, for Apple and Kevin Costner.
Lisa Fun Facts
- Lisa was officially short for “Local Integrated Systems Architecture”, but was also named after Steve Jobs’ daughter.
- The expensive price tag of almost $10,000 was because each Lisa was handmade. The robot-manufactured Macintosh introduced in 1984 was about a third the price of the Lisa.
It was also in 1983 that the “The Big Chill” came out where Costner played the corpse (and was never really seen). Both Apple and Kevin Costner have come a long way since 1983.
Creepy Umbilical Cord Charger
The Grow Cable is an iPhone charger shaped like an umbilical cord. And just to add to the creepiness, it pulses and throbs while charging. Check-out the video:
I feel like I need to take a shower after watching this.
Got Wood – Get Charged
Woodtec makes docking stations made from different types of wood. Perfect for the mountain cabin where you go to get away from everything but can’t part with your iPhone.
The iCharger in The Rye
Booksi has made J.D. Salinger’s beloved book “The Catcher in the Rye” into a iPhone charger for the bibliophile. I’m so sure J.D. Salinger would approve. (Where’s my sarcasm sign?)
Everyone knows the famous Star Trek line, “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Now the Internet is penetrating the final frontier of privacy – your underpants – literally. Fundawear is technology that “beams” your touch to someone’s private places using a Smartphone App and Internet connection. Oh yeah, you also need specially made female lingerie and/or male underwear with tiny vibrating motors.
Durex in Sydney, Australia invented Fundawear—underwear allowing your partner (or yourself, we don’t judge) to remotely operate sensors sewn into undergarments to simulate touch over the Internet. It seems fitting that Fundawear comes from “the land down under.” (Sorry, it has to be said.) But they are serious and marketing this as the next big thing for relationships. Here’s a promotional video that tries to make this seem legitimate:
Fundawear claims that it allows you to transfer touch over vast distances. But let’s get real – this is high tech foreplay. And it can take masturbation to a whole new level. Not to mention the practical joke potential. Simply replace your friend’s underwear with Fundawear. Later in the day when they are at a business meeting you can provide them with some surprising stimulation!
There is also the potential to make otherwise mundane tasks A LOT more exciting. Imagine how Fundawear could spice up a day at the DMV waiting to get your license renewed. Your partner (or yourself) brings up the Fundaware app and the next thing you know you are smiling at the DMV, something you hardly ever see.
Will Fundaware bring a whole new universe of exotic fun? Or will it fall in the black hole of creepiness such as products like the Stadium Pal.
FYI – The Stadium Pal is an apparatus that attaches a tube to your “manhood” that connects to a bag attached to your leg. So you can drink all the beer you want and pee without having to actually go to a toilet. You don’t miss a single second of the game because of pesky bodily functions. And your legs stay warm to boot. Weird, right!
Not sure if this tingly tech for underwear is cool or creepy? But it is, as Spock would say with a raised eyebrow, “Fascinating.”