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England recruiting spies via Facebook


Apparently this is for real. MI-5, England’s national security service, is using Facebook to recruit spies to join its intelligence agency.tjndc5-5c7zva1krg0ufndh4rs_original.jpg

Here’s their recruiting page.

“The Secret Intelligence Service’s open recruitment campaign continues to target wide pools of talent representative of British society today,” an MI-5 spokesman told G4 today. “A number of channels are used to promote job opportunities in the organisation. Facebook is a recent example.”

By the way, there’s a great spy show on the BBC called MI-5 (called “Spooks” in the U.K.) that I highly recommend. You can get it on Netflix.

Nerd note: The character James Bond is a spy for MI-6, which handle’s the country’s foreign intelligence.

(AP Photo/Sony Pictures)

Posted by Aman Ali on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
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Pac-Man furniture son!


I came across this little nugget while looking for some decor for my lair.615×360_prodotti_poufman_base-bianca-seduta-bourdeaux.jpg

This Italian designer has created a line of Pac-Man inspired furniture, cleverly called “Poufman.”

Now that’s a spicy meatball. It’s a bit tacky for my place, but I still think its a pretty nifty idea.

Now if this designer creates a Mario Bros. inspired toilet that makes the pipe noise every time it flushes (perhaps even a fireball sound everytime something plops in there), I will whip out my credit card right now son!


I have no idea how much these Poufman seats cost because the vendor’s site is in Italian. But the furniture comes in all different colors, which you can check out on the designer’s site here.

(Photo provided by Qayot Design)

Posted by Aman Ali on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 11:22 am |
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Lame! Guitar Hero studio won’t allow covers


Part of the reason I was incredibly excited for Guitar Hero: World Tour (comes out on Oct. 26) is its music studio — where you can create your own songs and post them online for people to download for free.tjndc5-5ix4da42dna76g2ucbl_original.jpg

I was looking forward to it because I assumed all these nerds would upload covers to my favorite songs. But Activision has announced that it will pull down songs violating copyrights.

So much for my hopes to play “MMMBop.”

That being said, I’m still pumped for this game. The song list blows Rock Band 2 out of the water and the new instruments look pretty slick too.

(Photo by Kathy Gardner / The Journal News)

Posted by Aman Ali on Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
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Xian Glynn: A 20-something living an artist life


When most 20-somethings are trying to break into the corporate world, Xian Glynn is all about producing beats. The 26-year-old artist, rapper, songwriter, dancer, guitar player and slam poet ‘s main goal is to perfect her art.

“I am trying to bridge the gap between the corporate world and what I want to do. I don’t want to compromise myself,” she said.

Raised in the Bronx, Glynn graduated from SUNY Potsdam with degrees in speech communication and employment relations. However, she said she always had a love for music and her father played disco records in her house.

“My parents are both into music and my mom sings.”

While in school, she interned for radio personality Wendy Williams for a year and for Atlantic Records, which is the home of rappers Diddy, T.I. and Missy Elliot. She said that she always kept her love of music first.

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Posted by Danielle De Souza on Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 12:30 pm |
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Are 20-something men intimidated by their female counterparts?


Here’s a happy hour topic of discussion. Do 20-something men feel threatened by 20-something women? asks 22-year-old blogger Carla Blumenthal.

tjndc5-5lu0p9udqit134oc7f7z_layout.jpg I recently wrote about a column in Newsweek in which the writer argued that 20-something and I would argue even 30-something dudes are the most immature and downwardly-mobile generation of men in history.

As more women earn college degrees and rise in the ranks (exhibit A and B: Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton), are men biologically wired to feel weirded out by women who are more interested in being career-driven leaders than stay-at-home moms?

Society has evolved, but are men, who spent thousands of years hunting ferocious animals to bring back to the cave, still not totally comfortable with women who can now also throw a spear (in the form of an amazing project idea or slick sales pitch)?

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Sunday, September 28th, 2008 at 3:28 pm |

Hip-hop artists encourage voting (even when they can’t)


I love hip-hop and rap. But do I really need T.I. (who can’t vote because of a felony conviction) or Russell Simmtjndc5-5loeu3htz461f337f5s3_layout.jpgons to inspire me to vote?

Newsweek describes this how hip-hop and rap, once the mavericks to the machine of the mainstream, is now using clever campaigns to get young people into voting booths.  (Diddy did the same in 2004 with his “Vote or Die” campaign, which had the unfortunate contribution of Paris Hilton, who later admitted she wasn’t even registered to vote.)

Spewing the general message of “Voting is  important” is indisputably a plus, but aren’t the excesses of  celebrities and the even louder message that “more is better” precisely what has brought down our country these days?

Aren’t the same celebrities who are advocating to the close the rift between the rich and poor also the ones who worship unbridled affluence?

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Sunday, September 28th, 2008 at 9:04 am |


Political party like its yo’ berfday


You don’t have to be a political junkie to make following the elections fun. Now that the debates between Obama and McCain have started, you now have the perfect opportunity to throw some baller parties at your house. capt39f63de796944b4d9c4c86027db05f6bpresidential_debate_msab116.jpg

The best way to watch the presidential debates is to rock out like you’re watching the Super Bowl. What better way to see McCain and Obama go at it then watching it on a big screen in hi-def while munching on nonstop grub with your buddies?

Even though Friday’s debate wasn’t all that spectacular to watch, my buddies and I still had a blast yelling at the screen after each of the candidates threw an occasional zinger.

I’m not the drinking type, but some of my friends even came up with presidential drinking games. Every time John McCain says “my friends” or refers to his service in Vietnam, everyone in the room does a shot. Same goes for Barack Obama when he mentions the word “hope” or “change.”

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Posted by Aman Ali on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
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20-somethings to lead the next Renaissance?


Oh dear. Not another buzzword for our generation — or a collection of generations. RenGen. How post-moderntjndc5-5lbvs7uhsax9f0gr7lt_layout1.jpg.

Author Patricia Martin tells The New York Times that we’re on the cusp of a social explosion that will make way for a new way of life. Call it a Cultural Big Bang.

She points to the Wall Street meltdown combined with the creativity energy unleashed on the Internet as signs that our civilization is on the brink of massive positive change.

Who will propel this movement? RenGen, short for renaissance generation, which includes both Baby Boomers and us young folks, will be the entreprenual and collaborative ones leading the way.

First sign of re-invention? Printing new money for the new world we plan to  build.

One question remains: if we’re the ones leading it, what will be the next Great Idea motivating us?

(AP Photo)

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Friday, September 26th, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
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Is the economy negatively affecting you?


Doing what we do best, we hunted down some 20-somethings in downtown White Plains today to find if the current economy scares them and why they might be cutting back on cups of Starbucks.

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Karen Narang, 27, works in equity sales

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Garrett Jones, 20, Jesus of Latter Day Saints missionary

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Troy Jenkins, 21, works in retail

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 6:52 pm |


Guitar hero controllers for girls (and me)


Teen rock stars Aly and AJ will release their own line of controllers compatible with the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games next month.aly-ajguitarcontrollers-sb.jpg

Apparently the girls designed the controllers themselves. Not gonna lie, I sort of want one.

Now you can say you’re strumming your whammy bar to an Aly and AJ video — without having society frown upon it.

(Photo courtesy of PDP Games)

Posted by Aman Ali on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
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