black holes and gray matter. in one thousand tangos.

             
“CYCLORAMIC Just when you think that nobody could possibly have another fresh idea for a phone app, Cycloramic ($1) makes 360-degree panoramic videos — without a tripod or swivel.
You stand the phone upright and tap the Go button. Incredibly, the phone, balancing on its end, begins to rotate itself. Freakiest darned thing you ever saw. Great for winning bar bets or establishing new religions.
If you’ve ever seen a phone scoot itself along a table when it is in buzz mode, you get the principle. The app triggers the phone’s vibration module at exactly the right frequencies to make the phone turn on the table. The phone’s sensors figure out how far it’s rotated.
It works only on shiny surfaces like glass, polished granite or laminated wood (like desks), and only the iPhone 5 has exactly the right balance. It’s a jaw-dropper.”
Pogie Awards for the Brightest Ideas of 2012 | NYT

CYCLORAMIC Just when you think that nobody could possibly have another fresh idea for a phone app, Cycloramic ($1) makes 360-degree panoramic videos — without a tripod or swivel.

You stand the phone upright and tap the Go button. Incredibly, the phone, balancing on its end, begins to rotate itself. Freakiest darned thing you ever saw. Great for winning bar bets or establishing new religions.

If you’ve ever seen a phone scoot itself along a table when it is in buzz mode, you get the principle. The app triggers the phone’s vibration module at exactly the right frequencies to make the phone turn on the table. The phone’s sensors figure out how far it’s rotated.

It works only on shiny surfaces like glass, polished granite or laminated wood (like desks), and only the iPhone 5 has exactly the right balance. It’s a jaw-dropper.”

Pogie Awards for the Brightest Ideas of 2012 | NYT

The Year in Style | NYT
"The Council of Fashion Designers of America has encouraged designers to pledge not to use models under age 16 on their runways. Vogue said it would no longer feature them in the magazine. And yet the entire industry is skewing so young that serious designers now spend hours analyzing the style of Suri Cruise, [top], and her age set, while Lanvin, Versace and Gucci have started selling four-figure frocks for 4-year-olds. And last week, Burberry introduced an ad campaign starring Romeo Beckham, the 10-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham. It’s enough to make you go aww. Or ew.”

The Year in Style | NYT

"The Council of Fashion Designers of America has encouraged designers to pledge not to use models under age 16 on their runways. Vogue said it would no longer feature them in the magazine. And yet the entire industry is skewing so young that serious designers now spend hours analyzing the style of Suri Cruise, [top], and her age set, while Lanvin, Versace and Gucci have started selling four-figure frocks for 4-year-olds. And last week, Burberry introduced an ad campaign starring Romeo Beckham, the 10-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham. It’s enough to make you go aww. Or ew.”

"amazeballs: You think it’s irritating that people overuse the word amazing, particularly when they pronounce it ah-mah-zing. But amazeballs makes you want to commit violence against your own eardrums. For realballs.

artisanal: If you have to listen to one more hipster brag about something being artisanal, you are going to snap their Ray-Bans in half. “Artisanal” has become such a commonplace label that it will soon have all the selling power of “MSG-free.”

cray: You thought it was cute at first, saying that crazy things were “cray-cray” and then walking it back to the more familiar “cray.” Unfortunately, cute is rarely a quality that endures.

Gangnam style: Heeeeeey, sexy lady! Stop it. Just stop it.

literally: You have figuratively had it up to here with people using literally when they mean, say, metaphorically. To paraphrase the great Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, precision is the very soul of communication.

meh: This was a fine reaction to the lackluster Republican field during the election. Now you’re over it — and think we could all do with a little less apathy in general. Employ some constructive criticism, people.

totes: Simply abbreviating something doesn’t make it cool. This word has totes magotes lost its staying power.

YOLO: You Only Live Once — so stop wasting your fleeting breath on this terrible acronym.

zombie apocalypse: What is it with the undying zombie fixation? You’d rather hear about almost anything else at this point: a werewolf apocalypse, a kraken apocalypse, a toaster apocalypse!”

Worst Words of 2012 Poll

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