When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: "Find out what he's actually like." The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, "Stratosphere," out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004's "Hollywood Zen" is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and … Read more
That's one of the details from "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products," a new unauthorized biography about Apple's designer in chief that hit stores today. It's chock-full of tidbits about the designer, but many of the interesting insights revolve around the details and personality of Apple's notoriously secretive industrial design group.
There are a lot of people who probably think that Burning Man is a game, but this year, it's actually true.
When the gates open this Sunday to the annual countercultural arts festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, each of the up to 68,000 people who enter will be initiated into a participatory game designed to make their experience at Burning Man just a little bit richer.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Anthropologist says Apple is definitely a religion.
- Google brings Street View to the Grand Canyon.
- Apple now owns the trademark to The Beatles' Apple Corps Logo.
- What I learned while live-tweeting a friend's funeral.
Video voice mail: Mossimo has a positive update on a previous video voice mail.… Read more
I am not sure that religions are really religions any more.
Fundraising and struggling for the attentions of the young have tended to force them into indecision between rigidity and compromise. Perhaps this is one reason why the real and the bedraggled have increasingly turned to material things in order to dedicate their beliefs.
There is something painfully unsurprising, therefore, in hearing that Dr. Kirsten Bell of the University of British Columbia believes that Apple is a cult-like religion.
In December 1998, a U.S.-based hacker group called Legions of the Underground declared cyberwar on Iraq and China and prepared to protest human rights abuses in those countries by disrupting their Internet access.
About a week later, a coalition of hackers from groups including Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc), L0pht, Chaos Computer Club in Germany, and hacker mags 2600 and Phrack issued a statement condemning the move. "We - the undersigned - strongly oppose any attempt to use the power of hacking to threaten to destroy the information infrastructure of a country, for any reason," … Read more
Apple's long-overdue white iPhone will finally hit the market in the spring, at least according to new placards apparently popping up in Apple stores.
Nestled amid the fine print on the signs is a brief line noting that the white iPhone will be available in spring 2011, according to Apple-enthusiast site 9to5 Mac.
The placards may be confirmation of Apple's late-October promise that the white device will go on sale in the spring following a series of delays. At the time, Apple issued a statement saying, "We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone … Read more
Earlier, we featured the 470-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, boasting more displacement and more power than the standard SRT8. But for pure bragging rights, the aftermarket can always do better. Enter the Cult Motorsports Challenger SRT8. This menacing custom, set to debut at the 2010 SEMA Show, has a look that borders on demonic and an estimated power output that you wouldn't believe.
Photographer Webb Bland of Not Bland Photography brings us the first look at the Cult Challenger. Details are slim, but the rumors circulating this matte-black beast point to an 8.3-liter blown V-8 replacing the standard … Read more
Perhaps you, like the hallowed eyes and minds of CNET's Buzz Out Loud, were made uncomfortably moist by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's rather peculiar performance at the D8 conference.
Certainly, as he fretted and sweated, you wondered just what was really going through his mind and how many cold beers and compresses he might have needed to return to himself after such a difficult experience.
Perhaps the most open, most connected (on a human level), and certainly the most erotically charged moment of the interview was when Facebook's CEO removed his hoodie. This revealed a logo on … Read more
I'm about three months late, but I finally got around to reading Andrew Keen's The Cult of the Amateur, in which he blames the current crop of Internet sites and users for eliminating the concept of expert knowledge, destroying the concept of intellectual property, and breaking down hundreds of years of Western culture. He even trots out the old "save the children" argument that we've been hearing since 1995--pornography, predators, and pedophiles, oh my! (People always seem to miss that fourth "p"--parental oversight.)
Keen has some valid points, unfortunately they're buried … Read more