Monthly Archives: September 2013

My Real Puppy Teaches Kids Responsibility And That We Live In An Uncaring Universe

The teaching opportunities of a virtual pet don’t extend beyond a minor amount of detached responibility. In an effort to bring a deeper, worldview-altering lesson to the world of animated animal ownership, Comedy Hack Day virgin Benjamin Apple created My Real Puppy this past weekend at our Comedy Hack Day …

Comedy Hack Day’s Runner Up Sly Sound Is “Hipster Shazam”

Knowing about music makes you cool, but looking up music makes you uncool; that is the paradox at the center of Sly Sound. Created by Trevor Burnham and Wes Hazard, the mobile app that works like Shazam without looking like Shazam took second place at this weekend’s Comedy Hack Day …

Why Detroit Is The Perfect Place to Kickoff Our Crowdfunding Web Series

Although I’ve been visiting my sister in Lansing, Michigan for over seven years, I only got a good look at Detroit for the first time one year ago. I had been invited by MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito to be part of a four-day innovation hackathon involving the Lab, …

Truth For Humanity Revealed At Comedy Hack Day

It only took three Comedy Hack Days to finally expose the truth. The MIT Media Lab played host to this weekend’s hackathon, which brought together 14 teams of comedians and developers in a contest to crown the most hilarious app, site, or musical toilet. The five-person team that called itself …

Vote Via Retweet For Comedy Hack Day’s “Pseudo-Democratic Champion”

Cast your vote for your favorite demo at Comedy Hack Day by retweeting one of these: RT if you think #BreakerBot should be declared the Pseudo-Democratic Champion at @CultivatedWit‘s #ComedyHackDay — Cultivated Wit (@CultivatedWit) September 22, 2013   RT if you think #FatBit should be declared the Pseudo-Democratic Champion at …

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Toilets, Hammers, & Confetti Cannons: A Day 1 Recap Of Comedy Hack Day

“I think this is the most dangerous thing I’ve done at the Lab.” “More dangerous than the lasers?” “Yeah.” These were not comforting words for the man seated closest to the confetti cannon. A minute later, an explosion of red, pink, and white tissue paper bits filled the conference room, …

Why Comedy Hack Day Makes Sense For The People Of Boston (And Cambridge And Somerville And Maybe Medford)

We all know technology is changing nearly everything. It has affected food delivery, personal navigation, and the rhetoric of our mayoral candidates. I’ve been a tech junkie all my life, and a lot of that passion developed in the 12 years I lived in the Boston area (1995-2007). This is …

We Talk To The Verge About The Evolution Of Comedy And Technology

Comedy is important! Technology is important! Comedy and technology are important together! I recently sat down with Nathan Cykiert at The Verge. Mostly we just sat there, but after 53 minutes of silence and mindful eye contact, we talked about all sorts of fun things in this wide-ranging interview. Then …

It Would Be A Good Idea To Vote For Our SXSW Panel On Good Ideas

Editor’s Note: This post, while enlightening, is first and foremost a plug to have you vote for our SXSW panel. If you would prefer to be a mindless drone who simply takes orders rather than reading or contextualizing, you can follow that link right now. Thanks drone! Science has taught …