Evening News: Hell is for ChildrenPosted: June 17, 2013
Well…Hell may not be for children, but there is a new app that is perfect for those of us who are the anti-social types. Hell is Other People: Anti-Social App Helps You Avoid Running Into Your Friends
Ever had a day where you just don’t want to have to deal with other people? Ever taken a different path than usual because there’s someone you really don’t want to run into on the way? Good news, an app developer has leveraged social media to direct you along routes where your friends aren’t. The app, called Hell Is Other People, is an experiment in anti-social media. It monitors your friends’ check-ins on Foursquare to figure out where they might be and then creates a map with “optimally distanced safe zones” to decrease the chances that you might cross their paths.
Its developer, Scott Garner, navigated around New York City for hours without having to worry about getting drawn into an awkward encounter with someone he knew on the way. Garner sees the project as a satire of social media and a commentary on his own disdain for it. “I actually really hate social media,” said Garner. “I had to sign up for a social media site and talk to people to get them to be my friends on that site so that I could avoid them.”
Hell is Other People does not work perfect, because it depends on the Foursquare service and if your friends use that service, but I do love the idea of the Hell is Other People app. It seems like something that would really take off in the big cities…or on college campuses.
In another interesting non-hard news story, a new world record was made recently. Paris Review – No Books Were Harmed, Sadie Stein
Herewith: the Seattle Public Library sets a 2,131-book domino-chain world record.
And finally, there is one last link for you tonight, but this one is very cool. NASA Astronaut Class 50% Women
Great news for gender and race equality! The new class of NASA astronauts is 50% female for the first time in history. The class of eight astronauts are an equal mix of men and women, but is also made up of a variety of racial backgrounds making it the most diverse astronaut class in history. Let’s take a look at the new astronauts.
NASA tweeted about the new class this morning:
The new class of astronauts will begin training in August at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The class is comprised of Josh A. Cassada, Ph. D., 39, Victor J. Glover, 37, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy, Tyler N. Hague (Nick), 37, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Christina M. Hammock, 34, Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Anne C. McClain, 34, Major, U.S. Army, Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., 35, and Andrew R. Morgan, M.D., 37, Major, U.S. Army.
This is an open thread…