Space the Final Frontier

Space, Man: From a New Cosmos to Galaxy-Print Leggings, the Heavens Are Having a Moment

Spotted in Times Square, the site of the Mars Curiosity livestream.

Every week, weather permitting, a crew of starstruck earthlings sets up camp on that agora of Bloomberg New York, the High Line, parking their telescopes just south of the Chelsea Market. “People like looking up,” said David Kauffman, one of the event’s organizers, sporting a blue windbreaker from a Long Island astronomical society at a recent gathering. “I think that’s a natural human thing.”

Even passersby slowed down to investigate.

The Observer watched three college-age women creep up to the telescopes. “That’s so cool,” one gushed as a stargazer explained that, if it weren’t so cloudy, she’d be able to see Jupiter. One of her companions rattled off “My Very Educated Mother” and tried to puzzle out why she couldn’t see Mars, prompting an explanation of planetary orbits.

“You’re here every Tuesday?” asked the ringleader. “Okay, we’ll be back.” Read More

The Final Frontier

Rovers Now Just Drawing Penises All Over Mars

(Photo: Reddit)

The Mars Rovers have been roaming around the red planet collecting important scientific data that could help NASA determine whether or not there are ALIENS. But as any high school student will tell you, sometimes science class gets boring after a while, and you just have to do what your (robotic) heart tells you: draw penises all over stuff. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Twitter Is Probably Working On Two-Step Authentication

WhatApp phone. (Photo: Nokia/BBC)

Twitter is reportedly working two-step authentication. Hopefully that means we don’t have to write “Look who got hacked!” stories anymore. [Wired]

Apple’s profits dipped 18 percent but were buoyed by the strong sales of iPads and iPhones. The company said its next big announcement will come sometime this fall. [CNet]

Move over Facebook Home, there’s a WhatsApp phone…sort of. Nokia implemented a “hard button” on its new phone for direct access to the app of the moment. [TechCrunch]

Reddit screwed up last week as it conducted a witch hunt to search for the suspected Boston bombers. However, there is a proper way to crowd-source a manhunt if Reddit looks at a 2000 NASA experiment called Clickworkers. [New Yorker]

The writers of Mad Men are pitching a show about the early days of the U.S. space program as seen through the eyes of journalists. Don Draper would even look hot in an astronaut suit, so we’re on board. [Wired]

Shapeways, a 3D printing marketplace, received a $30M investment from Andreessen Horowitz and Chris Dixon. [Launch.co]

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (NASA Hackathon, AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile, Startup Job Fair, PandoMonthly)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Last night I co-hosted the Big Apple Smackdown! (a.k.a. The Silicon Alley Ping-Pong Tournament) at Spin NYC with my friends Nihal of LocalResponse and Vijay of VSCPR. Congrats to Artsy’s Benoit Corda for emerging victorious! And a big thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun, memorable night! :)

Last week I was down in DUMBO, and I bumped into a Fox 5 News crew. They wanted to know the dealio with all the stickers on my red tie. “It’s advertisements, you know, like a walking billboard,” I explained. Minds blown, they decided to film a short segment about it. At this rate, my tie might need its own agent. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Elon Musk Can Have Mars, Jeff Bezos Will Take the Sea

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Not that long ago at a piano bar in Davos, America’s preeminent billionaires got together to divvy up dominion over the land, sea, and stars. The minutes of the meeting have been kept secret–so as not to offend the world’s governments quaint perception of “sovereignty.”

Elon Musk being Elon couldn’t help revealing his ascendancy to Mars. Quietly, it emerged that Yuri Milner was given the Earth’s molten core, Sean Parker got Coachella and Warren Buffet rules the Middle West. Now, thanks to AllThingsD, we know about Jeff Bezos’ slice of the galatic pie. Read More