Grinding is an intoxicating experience. I was first introduced to it on the roof terrace of a bar in east London by my friends J and W. J launched the app on his iPhone and I got palpitations as the grid of portraits (ordered in terms of geographical proximity – your nearest Grindr user is posted at the top left) instantly unfurled itself across the screen. All these men, effectively coming on to – well, not me, but still… It is literally a sexy app and the overflow of that sexual potency, the decadence, sweeps you along on a wave of lust, regardless of who you are and what your gender or sexual orientation might be. I was reminded of the first time I entered words into the search criteria on Google, of the first time I downloaded music from iTunes – I knew I was engaging with a bit of technology that would alter things on a profound level. … [Read more...] about Grindr: a new sexual revolution?
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One Saturday in my late teens I went to the Glee Club in my home town of Birmingham to see a mixed bill of standup with my friends. On the bill that night was the great Canadian comic Tom Stade and we watched as he turned us – essentially a room of drunks – into willing puppets, intoxicated by the pure and human pleasure of shared laughter. From that point on I didn’t want to be anywhere else but in a comedy club. … [Read more...] about Standup has thrived without subsidy but now comedy clubs need urgent support
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At their anniversary this week, Faez and Shaza couldn’t afford to give each other traditional gifts, such as flowers or gold jewellery. But Faez has a car now – a battered old Mazda – and a job, working the overnight shift in the grocery section of a Walmart. His English is improving and the family is on the path toward green cards and eventually citizenship. … [Read more...] about ‘My body is in America but my soul is in Syria’: a refugee family’s journey to US
Europa Clipper may launch on a Falcon Heavy. One of the big questions in recent years has been how NASA will get its multibillion-dollar Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter's moon. In the past, Congress has said the spacecraft must go on NASA's Space Launch System rocket, but this came with downsides. For one, the SLS rocket likely will cost NASA at least $1.5 billion more than a commercial rocket. Also, because building the large rocket takes so long, an SLS will probably not be available for the Clipper before 2026, Ars reports. … [Read more...] about Rocket Report: Surprise Israeli launch, Britain decides to bail out OneWeb