Jan 8, 2010

Gay Marriage Defeated In New Jersey [Gay Marriage]

The New Jersey Senate tonight voted 20-14 against a bill that would legalize gay marriage. Gays: Think of this as a good excuse to get the hell out of New Jersey. (Whoops, double-posted. How embarrassing! -ED) [NYT]

Live Blogging Jersey Shore , Week Five with Special Guests Sammi and Ronnie [Jersey Shore]

It's always nerve-wracking having company over. Is the house clean enough? Will we have enough food? When will they get here? Will they show at all? Like a good party, it's going to be a blast watching Jersey Shore together.

As you might have heard the king and queen of Seaside Heights, Sammi and Ronnie, are scheduled to be joining us tonight. I've set up commenter accounts, so they should be all ready to go. Now we just have to wait for them to get here. Ho hum...what's taking you guys so long?

While we wait, I'll explain what this whole shindig is all about. We're all going to watch Jersey Shore, the most important sociological study of our time, together on MTV. The show starts at 10pm, but in the hour before, we'll just be hanging out in the room sharing tanning tips and trading ham recipes. If you'd like to join in or make a comment about the show, type your message in the box below and press the share button. Then everyone can see it and they can respond and you can respond to others by pressing the arrow that says "reply" next to their comment.

As you're doing this, also refresh the page often so you can see all the new comments and all the responses you get.

What kind of party games are we going to play? Charades is boring and Scrabble has too many pieces, so here's what we're going to be talking about:

  • Nicknames: The nicknames we give these kids can't be any better than the ones they give themselves, but we're going to try. Leave us any suggestions in the comments.
  • Drinking Games: A shot of Jaegger ever time Snooki takes a shot at using the duck phone? A sip of punch whenever a punch is throw? A sex on the beach whenever anyone has sex on the beach? What is appropriate?
  • T-Shirt Slogan Scavenger Hunt: Maybe Sammi and Ronnie can fill us in on what all the shirts on the wall at the Shore Store say. We know there are hidden gems.
  • Quotes and Definitions: Share your favorite quotes as they happen and let us know what words and phrases confuse you, so we can define them for you. I'm compiling them all for the recap tomorrow, so if you pick out a good one, I'm totally going to steal it.

There's a 30-minute "after show" special tonight starting at 11pm, so we'll probably stick around for that too, if you'd like to stay late. Alright kids, the company is almost here. Clean up, and meet us in the comments!

Mashable Hunk Not Ready for Heavy Petting with AOL [Blogging For Dollars]

Responding to rumors he might sell his tech blog to AOL, Mashable CEO/babe magnet Pete Cashmore says he's gone to first or second base with some company, and flirted with others, but isn't about to close a deal.

Here are Cashmore's exact, carefully chosen words, via Business Insider:

We're very open to partnerships and always talk with those that get in touch. We've certainly spoken to lots of potential partners, some of those conversations more significant than others. But I don't feel that any of those conversations reached a point at which Mashable is likely to cease being independent.

Translation: "You probably can't afford me." Playing distant and unobtainable with the suitors? No wonder this one drives the ladies crazy.

(Pic: Cashmore, by Brian Solis.)

Yay! We're getting White House pool reports ... [Pool Reports]

Yay! We're getting White House pool reports again. Boo! "Nothing on Orszag's love child."

Hall of Monitors [Pic Of The Day]

[Samsung puts on quite a display of displays for their booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which opened today. Image via Getty]

Jan 6, 2010

Giving Birth to an ATM [Save The Children]

Most troubling line from the New York Times' article about child-prodigy gameshow Our Little Genius: "...it is the parents of the contestant who decide whether to advance to the next question or to stick with the money they have already won."