A first look at Google’s astonishing and adorable completely self-driving car

May 28, 2014 | 1 comment

Google has been working on driverless cars for some time, but until now what we’ve seen are clips of their technology being used to operate otherwise ordinary cars. Here, however, is a peek at the first car they’ve built from the ground up to only be a self-driving car — no pedals or steering wheel.

And not only is this vehicle utterly amazing, it’s cute, too…

Everyone share your most humiliating pic so no one will be embarrassed. Here’s a start… [20 pics]

May 22, 2014 | No comments

Some people think that embarrassing stuff about them on the internet can be eradicated, but as it turns out, trying to erase stuff from the internet just draws more attention to it. There’s another tactic that’s more effective in downplaying embarrassing internet moments — own them. If everyone did this, no one would have anything to be ashamed of.

And John Oliver is ready to start this trend.

After taking the media and politicians to task for their internet ignorance about deleting content from Google, he suggested that people embrace their embarrassing moments by posting the worst picture of themselves online with the hashtag #MutuallyAssuredHumiliation.

Oliver kicked off the trend by posting this photo of himself…

Mutually Shared Humiliation 03via @iamjohnoliver

Fortunately (or unfortunately?), it didn’t take long for the rest of the internet to follow suit. Here are some of the best worst photos posted so far…

Mutually Shared Humiliation 01via @_luuucy_

Mutually Shared Humiliation 26via @_lieutenant_

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Young teacher does the impossible, persuades teenagers to abandon their phones for an entire week

May 21, 2014 | No comments

Kimball, Minnesota, has just 762 people, but the kids there are just as attached to technology as their big city peers. Kimball Area High School allows teachers to set individual policies on cell phone use in class, leaving first-year math teacher Katie Pettit with 70 distracted students to decide how to deal with.

In an effort to help her students focus during class, she offered them a deal — they had the option of giving her their cell phones for one week, day and night, and in return, she’d let them skip their final exam. Pettit would also be giving up her own cell phone for the remainder of the school year.

The young teacher believed the students would learn more by ditching technology in the classroom than they would by taking a single exam. Based on interviews they gave Minneapolis’s KARE 11, the students appear to have learned a lot more than just math…

A perfect take-down of that viral “Look Up” video that was huge recently

May 19, 2014 | 1 comment

I’m assuming in the last few weeks most of you have seen “Look Up,” that patronizing and flat-out inaccurate diatribe against social media that everyone shared and liked before actually thinking about.

Well, it seems like at least one person besides me had (what he describes as) a “weirdly strong reaction” to that video. Jarrett Sleeper wrote his own poem in response which comes much closer to representing reality than the condescending, kids-these-days complaining of the original…

Related… Sesame Street and Zachary Levi hate on Facebook in the happiest way possible

John Oliver mocks the media for internet ignorance, offers *very* self-effacing solution

May 19, 2014 | No comments

The European Union ruled last week that Google and other search engines must remove links to search results if they’re asked to do so, referring to it as “the right to be forgotten.” Of course, there are numerous problems with this, as John Oliver hilariously showed us during his latest episode of Last Week Tonight

(Brief NSFW language)

20 of the most ridiculous domains available on the web — and where you can find more of them

May 13, 2014 | No comments

Web developer Glen Maddern created Dumb Domains, a site that auto-generates silly domains available to purchase. Thanks to new top-level domains like .farm and .directory, a whole new world of terrible domain possibilities have been unleashed on the internet.

Here are 20 of our favorite domains from the site…

Dumb Domains 14

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What clients really mean when they talk to a web designer

May 9, 2014 | No comments

The people at Plato Web Design have worked with enough clients to know what they’re really asking for when providing feedback on a project, so they made this handy cheat sheet that allows any designer to quickly interpret client requests…

Design Feedback

(via Design Taxi)

Previously… Designers graphically represent awful client feedback [30 pictures]

Twitter account has been getting funnier and funnier for 7 years…very slowly

May 8, 2014 | 1 comment

Like many others @JPBimmer joined Twitter back in 2008 with a simple Tweet about the service itself…

jpbimmer - 01

Simple and straightforward. Not funny, though. Then there was his next Tweet…

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Still not that funny…until you notice the date — a full year after his first post. That’s a long debate.

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You should know what “net neutrality” is. If you don’t, here’s a quick, fun way to catch up…

May 5, 2014 | 2 comments

We’ve all heard the term “net neutrality,” with most of the internet telling us to oppose it. But a lot of us are still confused about what the term even means.

CGP Grey’s quick video is all you need to feel like a know-it-all about this hot-button issue…

Now that you know what net neutrality is, you can let the FCC know what you think or petition the White House to provide an official response on the issue.

Google asked kids nationwide to draw Google Doodles of their world-improving inventions [21 pics]

May 1, 2014 | 2 comments

Every year, Google holds a children’s art competition called Doodle 4 Google in which kids from Kindergarten through high school are invited to draw their own Google Doodle. The grand prize winner gets their doodle featured on Google’s homepage for a day along with a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for their school.

This year, kids drew their concepts to make the world better under the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” A winner from each state has been chosen, with ten winners in each of five age categories.

Here are some of our favorite doodles from the finalists…

Healthy Kids

Emily Stockand, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, AR, K-3

The picture shows how schools can have gardens and they can take the food they grow and it can be used in their cafeteria so it is healthy.

Kids Google Logos 10

Space Traveling Tunnel

Hailey H. Kim, Providence Spring Elementary, NC, K-3

I want to see many things and family on the other side of the earth. By inventing space tunnel to travel quickly, many people can meet, talk, love, and touch face to face. Like google did using internet. I want to connect the world.

Kids Google Logos 09

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