Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From

On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

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Three Crazy Ways Web 2.0 Companies Tap Into Humanity’s Innate Need for Organization

Have you ever wondered why lists, and listicles, are so popular on the Internet? Between BuzzFeed­-style GIF-­filled “Top 10 Reasons Why ______ Means _______” pieces to The Awl’s gently mocking “Listicle Without Commentary” series, the format is unarguably a huge driver of Internet traffic, so much so that legacy media companies are scrambling to keep up (see The Washington Post’s Upworthy­ inspired Wonkblog spinoff, KnowMore). It turns out the reason for their insane popularity isn’t any techy, SEO stuff—it’s simply that lists tap into an inherent human desire for order.

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Google Wants Balloon Internet for Everybody

“Balloons. That’s right. Balloons,” says the voice of a young girl in a video for Google’s latest endeavor: bringing the world online with massive balloons. The initiative, called Project Loon, comes from Google X, the experimental lab within the company whose sole purpose is to dream up big, borderline insane, ideas. Google X created self-driving […]

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Whatever & Ever Today: Google Takes WiFi to the Sky, Bob Dylan’s Songs Mapped Out, & Canadian Money Smells Canadian

Google wants blimps to connect Asia and Africa, every location in Bob Dylan’s music gets mapped, and Canada’s new $100 bill smells like Maple Syrup.

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On the Internet, Everybody Knows You’re an Asshole

Life online is measured in likes, retweets, comments, favs, follows, friends, and retweets. The more you have of these digital token of affirmation, the more important you are. And importance feels good, right? Why not try to get more and more of it (it’s not all that hard to get a like after all)? This […]

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Immigrants Ditch Church, Marry on Skype

Proxy marriages, or marriages that take place over a video chat service, are a truly 21st century phenomenon. Now what was once a rare occurrence is quickly growing into a full fledged cultural renaissance as immigrants take advantage of the internet to marry distant loved ones, and the government is struggling to ascertain the legality […]

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On Air Issue 002: Boy Scout’s Coming Out, Cloud Atlas, Internet Society, & The Value of Cinematic Flops

The second issue of The Airspace’s digital periodical On Air is now available. In this issue writers Jon Catlin, Hamid Bendaas, Christopher Smith, and Max O’Connell cover the Boy Scouts of America’s policies toward gay scouts, the complex inner-workings of the near-epic film Cloud Atlas, the reality of technological society, and how seemingly awful blockbuster films are actually important. The four articles contain a total of 13,000 words of insightful and tested prose. Excerpts of Issue 002 are available below.

On Air is the result of our efforts and what we believe is the next step in making the world a better and more intelligent place. Every two weeks, a new edition of On Air will be published containing at least four pieces of completely original high-quality journalism, essay, or fiction. Our articles center in topics on culture, technology, and scholarship and are written by college and university students around America who are burgeoning professionals in the areas they write in.

For $2.00 a month, the newest issue of On Air is delivered to your email inbox every two weeks. You can read it in your email, or on the web. It looks great on a computer, tablet, smartphone, and on paper. No advertisements or gimmicks. Just great writing from students across the country. Subscribe to On Air, it only takes a minute.

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Kanye Wes Anderson // The Tumblr Fusion

Fantastic Mr. Fox / “Runaway” The powers that be, or some bored person on tumblr, have bestowed upon the world one of the greatest tumblr mashups to date. Kayne Wes matches Kanye lyrics with screen captures from Wes Anderson films—which makes sense because West and Anderson hang out. West’s at times irreverent lyrics mix well […]

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Real-time Cyber Attacks, Visualized

Cyber security is the will likely remain one of the most in demand services, with more and more valuable information and goods being stored on computing devices. Now, the Honeynet project from the IT Security Research Group is attempting to visual the real and rather scary obstacles facing those who want to keep their data […]

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The Internet Was Always Social: Exposing the True History of the Web

The trajectory of the internet is thusly understood in the popular consciousness: the Internet started as a RAND-like project and slowly grew to incorporate research. With the introduction of the World Wide Web, businesses and blogs grew—aided by search engines—as users gradually adopted. And then, in the 2000s was the rise of the social networking […]

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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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