thought catalog
3d printing
In terms of “Is it the future yet?” 3D printers are somewhere between a LaserJet and a Star Trek style replicator.

Jun 30, 2014 at 6:00pm | 49 comments

I logged on and sifted through a number of very strange people -- naked men, people in masks, teenagers until I finally found somebody who was relatively normal.
This list is largely based on my inability to hold my life together without intense technological support.
Hey, tech developers: Can we make this happen, please?

Apr 1, 2014 at 4:00pm | 34 comments

Somehow, I've become dependent on my smartphone. And yes, I do get nervous when I'm without it. Think of the email I'm missing, the breaking news I'm late on. The plans being made without me.
People are going to be raped whether or not the iOS dictionary offers a spelling suggestion for “rapd.”
As my friends swirl around the dating scene with the googling of potential dates, the background checks, I always get a sense of sorrow about how horribly unromantic we’ve become.
Tell Siri you want to kill yourself, mention specific methods of suicide, or ask about suicide assistance, and Siri will bring up the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Even though I love sleeping, it’s obvious that I’m doing it wrong. Normal people don’t feel like puking every morning, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one I know who actually cries when presented with a wake up time that is before sunrise.
We think that knowing someone via social media is the same as knowing who they really are, so we dismiss the value of face-to-face interaction.
family reunions
I wouldn't let my kid drown in front of me while I texted on my phone, but I can see how that could happen.
Blaming women for taking private, nude photos of themselves is tantamount to blaming them for being nude in the privacy of their own showers, what with the potential for window treatments to billow in the wind, or the possibility of a fire breaking out.
Or should I just keep handing him twenty dollar bills?
As much as I love technology and the convenience and connectedness that go along with it, I get weary of looking at screens.
I decided to talk to some disabled researchers, academics, and more to find out more about the specific problems disabled STEMers face -- and how to fix them.
bad ideas
This is a case where a horrible idea opened up possibilities and ideas that people could repurpose for their own uses; a case of a gold nugget inside a shit sandwich, if you will.