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April 26, 2014 |
I'm nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants? "I'm going to be such a Nazi," the daughter of a co-worker announces. "I'm going to be the perfect compromise of the two," predicts my older daughter, lovely and patient and - at 30 - eager to start a family of her own. Not even a mother yet, and you can spot my daughter's maternal instincts starting to kick in, softening her feisty, bossy-pants exterior.
April 23, 2014
Re "Vegas' water drying up," April 21 "Future droughts and a warming climate … could spell trouble for the city's 2 million residents" - that strikes me as a monumental understatement about what lies ahead for Las Vegas. Climate forecasts published years ago in respected scientific journals clearly predicted increasing dryness over the next several decades, a pattern that will eventually become devastatingly severe. Long-lasting drought has been predicted for most of Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, most of the Americas, Australia and Southeast Asia.
April 22, 2014 |
It is about the size of a dime and light as a feather. But in the eyes of the broadcast television industry, an Aereo antenna might as well be a hundred feet tall and weigh a thousand pounds. The big networks claim it is illegal and could destroy everything they hold dear. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides, and the results could have major implications for the future of television. Launched in 2012 by Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia, an Indian-born engineer with 14 patents, Aereo enables consumers to stream and record on the Internet the over-the-air signals of local broadcasters via remotely stored antennas.
April 22, 2014 |
Wearable fitness trackers are in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Touted as the next big thing in technology, wearable tech has spawned a dizzying array of Internet-connected wristwatches and head-mounted devices. Leading the fledgling industry are fitness gadgets that count steps taken, calories burned and other measurements of activity. But in racing to meet the hype, many companies may have outpaced demand and rushed out products too soon. Nike said Monday that it plans to lay off a small number of employees who work on its line of FuelBand fitness accessories to "align resources with business priorities," signaling that the sporting equipment giant is scaling back its wearable hardware efforts.
April 18, 2014 |
There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video. In the new clip for "I Won," Future extrapolates on that old women-as-prizes-for-music-success canard. While decked out in a Tom Wolfe-worthy white suit ensemble, he promises a potential amour, "Ever since I been with you, I feel like I won me a trophy. " Well, it seems like Future means that as a genuine compliment. And heck, if you play with OutKast at its Coachella reunion, you probably deserve a medal of some sort. PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 Kanye West also shows up for a guest verse, promising to "Take you to the south France / so you can run around without them pants," and declaring the hotness of the entire extended Kardashian clan.
April 18, 2014 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Early Friday morning in the high desert outside of Palm Springs, menacing Baltimore synth pop band Future Islands was responsible for a memorably challenging, if ultimately victorious, sold-out gig. Drawing a wild bunch of uber-fans to journey up a winding, moonlit road to Pappy & Harriet's, the far-out roadhouse at the edge of cellphone coverage, the quartet performed one of its typically rambunctious...