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Monday, March 17, 2014

Y@ Speak: bad luck

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

... like "I just got traded from the Saints" or "someone just gave birth at a donut shop" and even "Lil Boosie looks high... ly motivated about the election." Whether that's the luck of the Irish or not, this week's Y@ Speak goes out to the latter. And that baby's future. Also: New Orleans goes to SXSW, and Rob Ryan gets around.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Y@ Speak: Give it up for Lent

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Here it is: let's give a great big Y@ Speak welcome to our friend Lent. Give it up, people.

This week we indulge in Mardi Gras leftovers, sacrifice the New Orleans Saints, free Lil Boosie and letters from Loyola, and find and eat kale.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: Mardi Gras Mambro

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Let's look back at the last week before Fat Tuesday, from beer pong bros and Krewe of Chad bros to NOPD bros and "Blurred Lines" bros — even Pierre the Pelican can't resist bro-ing out. Also: King Cake Baby, Hannibal Buress, Hugh Laurie and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Yelp's 100 Top Places to Eat in the U.S. includes no New Orleans restaurants

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

The #nomnom list, from Yelp.
  • The #nomnom list, from Yelp.

Oh, Yelp. You're so useful when it comes to addresses and hours of operation, and so un-useful when it comes to anything resembling good advice.

Witness Yelp's new Top 100 Places to Eat list ("100 must-try spots in the US to get your #nomnom on") which includes not a single New Orleans restaurant, bar, deli counter, food truck or second-line barbecue rig.

The website uses something called a "Wilson score" to determine its findings: 

click image The "Wilson score." - WIKIPEDIA
  • The "Wilson score."

Very scientific, and a formula that results in a Haleiwa, Hawaii food truck called "Dat Cajun Guy" outranking every place in Louisiana. (No shade to "Dat Cajun Guy," whose food looks pretty good.)

It could be worse: Portland, Ore.'s Willamette Week points out that a closed food cart in Portland outranked New York's Le Bernardin, and a Portland establishment called "Waffle Window" topped New York's Per Se.

Our #nomnom must be off.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Where to pee on Mardi Gras: the app

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM


A web app launching today lists nearby available bathrooms along Carnival parade routes. AirPnP designers Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine made the site live Monday, and dozens of businesses have made their bathrooms available. The "entrepeeneur" sign-up page went live yesterday, and more than 30 people have listed their home bathrooms. More than 2,000 people have signed up to receive notifications about the site's progress.

"On the city side and public service side, it definitely serves a need — no pissing on the street kind of thing," Gaudin says, noting that Laurendine is currently walking on the parade route getting people to sign up. "We want to have fun with it, but we're definitely doing something real with it. ... It's kind of like the weather — something everyone can talk about."

The city is setting up 700 "portable toilets" (the worst phrase) along parade routes this year. With new restrictions on port-o-lets preventing the foul yellow tombs from over-sprinkling parade grounds, it's a matter of time before mercenaries list bathrooms on Craigslist. Signs have been spotted advertising balcony/bathroom rentals in the French Quarter with hourly rates.

AirPnP joins the ranks of other bathroom assistance apps, including RunPee, which tells users when a good time might be to step out of a movie theater.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Y@ Speak: a wintry mix

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

As certain doom approaches, we reflect on last week: Pierre's makeover, Sissy Nobby live-tweeting the Grammys, and, yes, the city's sneak preview of this week's rare winter weather.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Y@ Speak: the bright side

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

We spent a week dealing with cold weather, killjoys ruining our king cakes, new Carnival rules, Seattle in general, and finally, this:

Saints, go home, you're drunk. on Twitpic

How does one recover? In this week's Y@ Speak, our experts on Twitter help us learn to run into traffic in cutoffs, party with Beyonce, cure a cold, and the best way to ensure your Sunday paper delivery.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Y@ Speak: resolutions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Welcome to Y@ Speak: 2014 Edition. We looked to Twitter for our resolutions in the New Year: learn appropriate bartender etiquette, cure "not from here" syndrome, eat a Danish baked around a He-Man doll, accept verbal hugs from everyone's uncle Ronnie Lamarque, and #BringTheChicken.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Y@ Speak: what did you get for Christmas?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Lance Moore did Hingle McCringleberry's thrusting TD cel... on Twitpic

As Christmas wrapping blows in living rooms like tumbleweeds of ungratefulness, Y@ Speak looks back at a week of scratch-off tickets, bowl games, odd gifts, Ray Nagin's season greetings, and Lance Moore breaking the three-pump rule.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Very Y@ Speak Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, and through many tweets, Phil Robertson got fired and Garrett Hartley returned his cleats... Wait. Sorry, folks: Y@ Speak regrets to inform our readers that Fletcher Mackel has canceled Christmas. See you next week.

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