An Easy Trick To Help You Remember Birthdays Offline

Facebook has basically made remembering birthdays meaningless. With automatic reminders, it's just as easy to wish a happy birthday to your own mother as it is to wish one to that random girl you think you maybe lived down the hall from you in the freshman dorms. But it doesn't take much more effort to show that you're … » 10/04/13 4:00pm 10/04/13 4:00pm

This App Wakes You Up at Your Stop If You Fall Asleep on the Subway

We've all done it. After a tough day at work or a long night of drinking, the gentle motion of the subway rocks you right to sleep, and the next thing you know, you wake up in the Bronx. It's a frustrating problem, but one app developer thinks he has the solution: a motion-based alarm clock that wakes you up at your… » 9/06/13 2:09pm 9/06/13 2:09pm

What the Proper Cell Phone Etiquette Is Around the World

My brain tickles itself when something brand new gets invented, like a smartphone, and how different habits and customs form in each culture around that new smartphone and a brand new form of etiquette specific to each country is created all over the world. Maybe in some countries they call more than they text. Maybe… » 8/15/13 1:00am 8/15/13 1:00am

Let's Not Use James Gandolfini's Death to Sell Sopranos DVDs Amazon

James Gandolfini, a terrific actor and by all accounts, a great guy, passed away today after suffering a heart attack. That's unimaginably sad news for his family, for his friends, for his fans, for acting and for anyone who hates to see good people taken away too soon. For Amazon though, it was a despicable chance to… » 6/20/13 12:19am 6/20/13 12:19am

What Emily Post Can't Teach Us About 'Netiquette'

True story: When I was in middle school, my mother sat my brother and me down at the dining room table to give us lessons from Emily Post's big blue bible called Etiquette. Fold your napkin when you leave the table. Start with the silverware on the outside and work your way in. A lot of those lessons still apply today. … » 6/14/13 4:00pm 6/14/13 4:00pm

You Don't Have To Be Cool on the Internet

Everyone wants to be cool, but no one wants to admit it. In spite of that, since the beginning of the internet, people have been formulating an ever-evolving script for achieving coolness. It's confusing, and often contradictory. We've certainly told you what to do and what not to do plenty of times. But maybe it's… » 6/07/13 4:20pm 6/07/13 4:20pm

It's Time to Stop Sharing Your Netflix Password

Streaming video philanthropists of the world: your generosity streak is probably coming to a close. Starting today, Netflix goes social: everything you watch can be beamed to Facebook. So it's time to cut off all your mooching friends » 3/13/13 11:09am 3/13/13 11:09am

How to Not Get Stuck Sitting Next to a Jerk at Dinner

Ugh, it never fails. No matter the size of the group, you always seem to get stuck sitting next to someone you'd rather not be—an overtly intoxicated uncle at your brother's wedding, a co-worker that believes closed-mouth chewing is more suggestion than rule, or the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with… » 3/12/13 4:40pm 3/12/13 4:40pm

It's Come To This: You Can Get Rewards Just for Not Texting During a…

Hey all you IDIOT KIDS. Don't text during a movie. Don't do look at your phone. Don't touch it. Don't even think about it. That's just basic common fucking courtesy you halfwit assholes. But because we're horrible creatures that can't resist checking Instagram once every 15 minutes, Cinemark will reward you for leaving … » 11/14/12 5:57pm 11/14/12 5:57pm

Counterpoint: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Using iMessage

Nobody enjoys being ignored. It is the worst, most loathsome feeling in the world. And being ignored via text message is the double worst, because your whole body is practically salivating for that familiar chime or buzz alert, and it just. never. comes. It's like the worst, most emotionally fraught, prolonged sneeze.… » 8/09/12 2:00am 8/09/12 2:00am