The New York Social Diary is a website about people of such fantastic wealth that they shouldn't really be considered members of the human species. It makes fascinating reading. My favorite part is called "The List," which features photos of the 100 or so most prominent socialites accompanied by fawning bios. The names of the socialites on the list are wonderful: Muffie Potter Aston, Topsy Taylor, Bunny Mellon.
Topsy Taylor is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Moses Taylor, born in 1805, the son of John Jacob Astor’s business manager.
Topsy has a bearing and accent which speaks “uppah-clahss” New York, one of the last mid-Atlantic accents, the result, no doubt, of upbringing and schooling.
She has a vice. It is ice cream – a special brand which is imported from Wisconsin and which comes in a variety of flavors often spiked with large (really large) chunks of chocolate. At the end of the day, she makes herself an ice cream cone with one of them. She once sent me a few pints of various flavors of this ice cream (shipped in dry ice fresh to my door). I am not an ice cream addict but this turned me into one. I thanked her for my gift and asked her not to send anymore.
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for escapist relief is perhaps more dire than usual right now. This fall, if it’s drama you crave, but the Hillary […]
Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery, but you’ll always get an exclusive t-shirt not found anywhere else, a full […]
If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]
This week’s top deals from the Boing Boing Store range from lobster to wine to desk organization. 1. Get Maine Lobster (50% Off)With these discounted packages from Get Maine Lobster, you can experience the sweet, fresh flavor of world-renowned Maine lobster right at your own dinner table. There are four options to choose from, each at […]