Oculus Grift: Kickstarter As Charity For Venture Capitalists

There is a standing presumption when one backs a Kickstarter project: you may lose your money. But there's a new—or at least now proven—angle to consider, in light of Facebook's acquisition of the virtual reality company Oculus: people may use your money to make a lot more money without ever properly starting a… » 3/26/14 9:46am 3/26/14 9:46am

How To Grow a Media Network: Let Beautiful People Kiss Each Other

Thanks in large part to Sploid's post on stranger's kissing, "Watching complete strangers kiss for the first time is really beautiful", yesterday was one of the biggest days in the network's history. It's another great example of video repackaging, something that has served us well in the past. (And an indicator,… » 3/12/14 12:17pm 3/12/14 12:17pm

Editorial Wrap-Up, Week of Feb 17th

Here is a new leaderboard showing the top 120 users on Kinja, by uniques, on a rolling 30-day count. You'll notice that it's not just Gawker Media employees, but anyone on Kinja, including our partners like Playboy and Roadtrippers. And that there are directional arrows that show how you're trending relative to other… » 2/21/14 5:34pm 2/21/14 5:34pm

Honda Grom: City Commutes Should Always Be This Fun

Pound for pound, there's no bit of technology that made me happier last year than the brand new Honda Grom motorcycle. Is it cheating that it's not strictly a gadget? I don't care. Even if the Grom still breaks fast on old-fashioned dino juice, its diminutive size paired with 50-state street legality changed the way I… » 1/21/14 2:00pm 1/21/14 2:00pm

What's Better? A $1,200 Motorcycle Helmet or Cheap Earbuds?

The Schuberth C3 Pro is the best motorcycle helmet you can buy. Sure, there are caveats. I haven't worn that many helmets. There's really no such thing as a "best" helmet, considering individual needs and applications—an open-faced off-road helmet isn't going to be great on the track—but for the average rider looking for … » 10/09/13 10:00am 10/09/13 10:00am

Testing Kriega Motorcycle Dry Bags On the Long, Wet Road

If I have one complaint about the dry bags that Kriega let me borrow for a two-week, 3,500-mile motorcycle trip, it's that they sent me too many. I'd original asked to try out the Kriega Overlander 60 Pannier system, entranced by the promise of being able to quickly snap off the luggage off the racks at any stop. But… » 4/30/13 11:50am 4/30/13 11:50am

Riding motorcycles into storms, and other inefficient therapies

Death ain't exactly the most auspicious theme for a motorcycle trip, but it's not like life's really given me a choice. I should have been heading back to Missouri months ago, but no good. A blizzard dropped on me right before a flight. Then I was waiting for a better time for me financially. After a while, I just… » 4/17/13 8:15am 4/17/13 8:15am