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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Fake Online Reviews Cower in Fear at New Fake-Detecting Software

JohnConnell via Flickr/Creative Commons

Part of my job at NHPR is to moderate web comments. We get quite a few, so it takes time, but it's not too tough to spot spam, seeing as how real posters rarely post 701 times in a row about essay writing services.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Here's What's Awesome Today...

Wanna stay in my Awesomator loop? Then check these links out:

Google Plus - first impressions, where it can make an impact, what comes next.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20082013-93/more-hints-of-google-gaming-crop-up/

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon July 25, 2011

The Bike That Can Read Your Mind

flow_br via Flickr/Creative Commons

Psychic bikes? Not quite (though Psychic Bikes would be a great name for a Robert Pollard side project). But the concept bike here is brainwave-powered. If you need to shift to a different gear, you think it and the neuro-sensing helmet sends a signal to the gear mechanism. The bike changes gears - no levers required.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Sat July 23, 2011

....Better Than I Ever Did.

I'm still standing.

A few months ago, we aired a segment with this super smart guy who basically said that sitting down all day is killing us...literally. I don't want to die. So I decided to try standing at work, using this incredibly snazzy standing workstation I borrowed from a company called Ergotron.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Your Very Own Batphone - Or, A Phone You Can Use To Track Bat Populations

The Itsy Bitsy Spider via Flickr/Creative Commons

Ok, you don't get to wear a cape, and you don't get a butler named Alfred, but you can have a Batphone of your own and become a superhero - to endangered bat populations, anyway.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Your Face Looks Very Helvetica Today

11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue July 19, 2011

11 for '11: Bruce Levine and Political Participation

This month’s installment of our 11 for '11 series of big picture conversations on the issues of our times. Today, we talk with psychologist, author and blogger Bruce Levine, a radical progressive calling for the resurgence of an active and energized democracy. Polls show that politicians are out of step with the will of the citizens on issues like the wall street bailout, health care reform and the current deadlock over raising the debt ceiling.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Steotch: Where The Internet Leaks Into Cross-Stitching

steotch via Flickr/Creative Commons

A website has not made me laugh this hard in a long, long time. STEOTCH collects "fine New England Needleart" that is a little off the beaten path - a lot of viral web references, a lot of rap lyrics ("Bless This Hizzy, Fo Shizzle"), and the uncategorizable, as seen above in the Judge Judy pattern

Stitch on, friends.

So, There's That
12:00 am
Wed July 13, 2011

All About VP...

Let's just get this cat out of the bag right away...I'm a 30-year-old intern.

I decided to take the leap back into school last year and I'm half way through my Masters degree in Journalism, hence, my flashback to summer internship-hood. I must admit, I pretty much nailed it when I applied for an internship with Word of Mouth. I can't imagine a better experience.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Tue July 12, 2011

The First Day I Stood...

A few months ago, we aired a segment with this super smart guy who basically said that sitting down all day is killing us...literally. I don't want to die. So I decided to try standing at work, using this incredibly snazzy standing workstation I borrowed from a company called Ergotron.

It's only day one...and to be fair, it took Taylor Quimby quite a while to put this thing together.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Survivor: Intern Edition

How does she make torture look so stylish????

Word of Mouth intern Hanna Goldberg is smart, sassy, funny, and exceedingly stylish...and those are just a few of the reasons I'm totally jealous of her. So when she got the chance to interview one of her favorite musicians, John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats, I did what any nurturing and supportive mentor would do...made it as scary as possible.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Why? Because he's Shatner, that's why.

Yup, there it is.

Be afraid, especially if you're wearing a red shirt.

Starting next week, we'll be debuting occasional content from our brand new beat, The William Shatner Desk. Why, you may ask? Well, if you have to ask, just watch this, and it will all become clear:

How could we not embark on this worthy endeavor? Wouldn't you if you could?

So, there's that

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Wheelchair Friendly Mosh Pit is the Hardest of Hardcore

The accessible mosh pit proves that aggressive can also be accessible. Rock on, you guys.

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Now it's your turn. Head over to the comments field and slam into us with an awesome link or two

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri June 24, 2011

You Can Get Through an Airport Terminal in Two Minutes - With Wheeled Shoes

Now this is an airport run. Two guys with two minutes to make their gate - only the gate is a half-mile away So they break out the wheeled shoes and make the boarding line like they'd been there the whole time.

Then, apparently fueled by endorphins, they sort of flake out and start screaming at the camera and burning things. We'll just leave it at that.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Headlines That Are Too Weird Even For The Onion

A while back we mentioned a blog that found headlines from The Onion that people didn't realize were satire. A new blog goes in the opposite direction - Onion-like Headlines in Real Life.

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