Leavin’ Blogs is Hard to Do

When I first read NYU Local’s mission statement back in the Spring of ’08, I considered it one of the most laughable and brazenly arrogant things I had ever seen on the internet. Vocally critical of WSN on my blog, I saw Local as nothing but a wannabe Gawker offshoot; I believe my exact phrasing was, “It is, as most things at NYU are, a participatory academic circle-jerk for rich kidz …

Your Favorite Sites, Geocities Style

Some wonderful internet soul has invented a site that allows you to plug in the URL of any site you like and view what it would look like had it been built on everyone’s favorite 90’s web platform, Geocities. Their tagline is, “Make any site look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996!” The result is a hilarious combination of key tone 90’s music (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something!), sparkly animated GIFs and hideous background images. …

New Proposed Filming Permit Fee Means Your Student Film Could Need a Bigger Budget

For Tisch film students, one of the great things about filming in New York is the lack of permit fees. Cities like LA have long charged filmmakers for permits, so it’s no surprise that a cash-strapped New York would eventually follow suit. The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting has proposed a one-time permit fee of $300 in an effort to make up for recent budget cuts. Obviously $300 isn’t …

Comp Sci Professor Bans Laptops on Last Day of Class

It had been brewing all semester, and finally, on the last day of class before the final, all hell broke loose: my computer science professor decided it was time to ban laptops from class.It was to be a review session “discussion” type class, and she didn’t want us absorbed in our screens. The professor (who shall remain nameless since I haven’t taken the final yet) had long despised the 60% of …

In Which We Revive Our Xangas for Your Reading Pleasure

Yesterday Blogger shut down The Style Rookie, a highly lauded fashion blog written by a middle schooler named Tavi, for posting a high fashion picture of a topless model. We at NYU Local were so outraged by this censorship that it inspired us to look back into the annals of our middle school Livejournals and Xangas in an attempt to remember what it was like to blog at 13. Behold, some …

Attack of the NYU Spammers

NYU is such a hip, plugged-in campus that we have text message alerts set up in case of emergencies! We also have an estimated 894032 listservs, which unfortunately is just one way of saying that your inbox gets spammed approximately ten times a day with info on NYU events that you probably don’t give a shit about. (Hint: we list the good ones for you). Below, some of the worst spammers …

Girl, You So Fine You Make the Earth Shake

Following the declaration by an Iranian cleric that women’s provocative dress is to blame for earthquakes, Purdue University senior Jennifer McCreight decided to launch a campaign in an attempt to prove just the opposite. Today, folks, is Boobquake, or #boobquake, if you’ve been following the Twitter trending topics. To celebrate this holy holiday, all you have to do is wear a cleavage bearing dress and pray that an unfortunately timed earthquake …

If Your Bike is Missing, The NYPD May Have Taken It

Remember how Obama was at Cooper Union yesterday? Well, I hope you didn’t have your bike anywhere in the general vicinity, because according to Gothamist, the NYPD confiscated hundreds of bikes, fearing they could contain hidden pipe bombs. So, instead of, you know, informing the public by putting up signs about removing your bike before President Obama’s arrival, the NYPD decided to just cut a bunch of bike locks and sloppily …

Comp Sci Courses To Help You Code Your Cool Little Heart Out

See this lady? She is an engineer at Google!Last weekend the New York Times ran a fascinating piece exploring the major gender deficit that exists in engineering fields, particularly in regards to Computer Science. As someone who’s about to move out to San Francisco and wade my way into the male-dominated Silicon Valley tech world, the piece immediately piqued my interest. I absolutely despised math and science in grade school, and yet–in …

How to Personalize Your Mac Dock Icons

One of the things I love most about Macs is the ability to optimize your user experience by making your GUI as pretty as possible. In my mind, nothing makes writing that final 10-page paper on your Macbook more pleasing than personalizing your Dock icons. Clicking on a unicorn instead of the Microsoft Word “W” is just plain awesome. Here are instructions on how to make your dock pretty, adapted from …

President Obama at Cooper Union

President Obama is set to speak at Cooper Union any minute now. A police officer I spoke to on the scene this morning told me that President Obama would be landing around 11am, speaking around 11:30-noon, and flying back out around 1pm. While the event is closed to the public, we sent NYU Local reporter Myles Tanzer to try to take some pictures. I just came from Astor Place, and the …

For Just $495, You Too Can Learn the Complicated Ways of Facebook and Twitter

What is a tweet? What is the Facebook? For $495, a Columbia J-School professor will teach you just that, fretful technophobes! Professor Sree Sreenivasan is teaching a 4-week workshop at Columbia that will teach students how to use social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. While your parents could probably benefit from the course, the Observer stresses that it’s mostly old media folks attempting to adopt the newfangled ways of the …