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Meanwhile, on the Internet
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'Meanwhile' is a collaborative blog about all the crazy stuff on the Internet. Here, reporters from various Tribune desks tell you what you (almost) need to know about topics ranging from technology to YouTube sensations. Contributors: Jim Dalrymple, Vince Horiuchi, Michael McFall, Dave Newlin, Matt Piper, Brennan Smith, Erin Alberty. Edited by Sheena McFarland.
Updated on Apr 19, 2014 06:53PM

Salt Lake’s Comic Con FanX event is in full swing this weekend and the gallery above shows what it’s like through the eyes (and cameras) of the attendees. And if you want to s...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 09:21AM

“If I could pretend to have your attention for just a few moments, my ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features of this...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 09:10AM


The Great Salt Lake is a little less great than it used to be.

Back in the mid-1980s, the West’s bi...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 11:33AM

Ever dreamed of flying through downtown Salt Lake City?

A GoPro camera attached to a Blade 350 quadcopter shows you what that would be like. Ben K...

Updated on Apr 8, 2014 12:30PM


A funny thing happened late last week: people on Twitter started talking about cars the way we normally talk about bikes.

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 11:23AM

“Either one of you know where The Smithsonian is? I’m here to pick up a fossil.”

Obviously everyone was joking around in this early scene from “Ca...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 10:16PM

Don’t know how many of you heard, but aliens invaded the Wasatch Front Saturday, and absolutely enormous shelter dogs were our only hope. You may have missed it.

Updated on Apr 4, 2014 07:09PM

Utahns trust their state government more than the residents of almost any other state.

In a recent Gallup poll, Utah ranked third for having the ...

Updated on Apr 3, 2014 12:40PM

Salt Lake City had the 9th best economic performance during the recession and the recovery. Home prices dropped 19 percent over that same period. And the number of jobs increa...

Updated on Apr 18, 2014 02:47PM

Utah’s indigenous bro (young, image-assimilated male) “is a preening, hair geling, gym ratting, thick necked doofus who dresses like an Abercrombie ad and burns through Crest ...

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 12:10PM

Yet again, the hottest and smartest people are going to Brigham Young University.

That’s according to new rankings published by Forbes and based ...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 07:36PM

Warning: Potential spoilers ahead.

The end is (finally) upon us. On Monday night we will see the conclusion of “How I Met Your Moth...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 05:17PM

Pokémon hunting just went to the next level. Google announced Monday an augmented reality challenge that involves using Google Maps and your smartphone to find the floppy Nint...

Updated on Mar 29, 2014 10:34PM

Ever wondered what the Salt Lake Valley would look like if Lake Bonneville suddenly came back?

Sam Funston was curious too, so he took a photo of ...

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 09:57AM

He’s the former Murray software engineer who gutted every “Jeopardy” contestant in his path during his record-setting run on the popular game show in June 2004.

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 09:32AM

On Thursday, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for the upcoming reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and you be the judge: Is it going to go down like a good ...

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 11:00AM


Last night, Stephen Colbert caused an uproar with a racist tweet. The tweet read “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by...

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 08:31AM

Today’s young adults go by a few different names. Collectively, those of us in our 20s and early 30s are typically known as “Generation Y” or the “Millenials.” But these desig...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 04:31PM


Facebook announced today that it’s buying Oculus Rift, a company that makes a virtual reality headset beloved by these white guys...

Updated on Mar 22, 2014 10:58PM


What the heck is going on at BYU?

Over the last few days, the Provo school — and my alma mater — has...

Updated on Mar 21, 2014 07:31PM

A prescribed burn turned into a fiery hellscape last week in Colorado.

The video above shows what was supposed to be a normal, 150-acre prescribed...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 12:07PM

The grand chandelier of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, still lit, dangles inches above the murky water. Ivy winds around the Walker Center, rising high above the tall gra...

Updated on Mar 13, 2014 02:17PM

A slice of Park City is one of the richest neighborhoods in the U.S.

The Park Meadows Country Club area of Park City came in at number 982 on a n...

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 10:01AM

While the Internet world was abuzz with Obama’s appearance on Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns,” Gov. Gary Herbert was chilling in his office, taking online quizzes. Specific...

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 08:09AM


Demolition is underway in downtown Salt Lake City on the site of the future Utah Performing Arts Center. The building is set to o...

Updated on Mar 5, 2014 01:27PM

In 2012, Salt Lake City’s economy was slightly smaller than Cuba’s and slightly larger than Azerbaijan’s.

Salt Lake City metro area’s gross metrop...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 02:20PM

If you’re looking for cheap healthcare, look no further than Utah.

The American Communities Project crunched the numbers last month and discovere...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 09:01PM

Brian Smith spent Valentine’s Day cherishing the love of his life: speed.

On a runway built for landing Space Shuttles, the single Miller Motorspo...

Updated on Mar 1, 2014 09:41PM


Astraphobes take note: you’re more likely to be hit, and killed, by lightning in Salt Lake County than anywhere else along the Wa...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 04:06PM

Ohio insurance analyst Arthur Chu is the hottest game show contestant on Earth right now. And for all the wrong reasons.

His unusual play style on...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 12:29PM

Did you know that the sunlight you see and feel on this beautiful Utah day is not only the welcomed rays of an early spring — that light is also thousands of years old! You ar...

Updated on Feb 27, 2014 12:20PM

They always talk about how Macs and iPhones never have malware or viruses and that they’re machines are as secure as Fort Knox.

Not so. This last ...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 08:55AM

Another Olympics has come and gone and with it, a whole ton of tweets. The map above captures those tweets, hinting at what we were talking about and when.

Updated on Feb 24, 2014 07:17PM

Utah is getting worse.

In 2012, Utah was the fourth-best state for well-being. But in 2013 it fell all the way down to number 12. Ugh.

Updated on Feb 24, 2014 07:17PM

If you’re reading this, you probably love Utah Gov. Gary Herbert*.

According to the Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake, Utah’s top ma...

Updated on Feb 18, 2014 11:20AM


The second season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” premiered Friday and ignited the Internet. Among other things, the show about pol...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 10:42AM

Those crazy Taiwanese animators from Next Media Animation, the ones who made a name for themselves for their over-the-top animated news shorts of Steve Jobs, have a new item f...

Updated on Feb 13, 2014 07:41PM

Avalanche warnings have been omnipresent in Utah over the last couple of weeks, leaving backcountry winter activities sketchy at best and dangerous at worst.

Updated on Feb 13, 2014 03:02PM

Now that we’ve all seen journalists’ tweets about unfinished/lousy/weird/stray-animal-inhabited accommodations at the Sochi Olympics, a new genre has risen from the rubble: Cr...

Updated on Feb 12, 2014 11:55AM

Have the Sochi Olympics seemed a little boring this year? Have the wipe outs seems a little tame, the crashes a little soft?

If so, the problem ma...

Updated on Feb 12, 2014 11:09AM

Shaun White finished fourth in the halfpipe Tuesday. It was a surprising failure for the reigning snowboard champion, but one that shows why White should be celebrated.


Updated on Feb 11, 2014 03:18PM

More than 53,800 people along the Wasatch Front might have qualified for Medicaid if Utah had opted into the program’s expansion.

Those numbers c...

Updated on Feb 11, 2014 09:38AM


The results of our structure survey are in, and the outcome clear: the Shilo Inn is the ugliest building in Salt Lake City.


Updated on Feb 10, 2014 03:49PM

Tech executives from Silicon Valley have been opening their mouths and getting in a lot of trouble lately.

First there was AOL CEO T...

Updated on Feb 8, 2014 03:53PM

This isn’t your grandpa’s BMX riding.

Salt Lake City resident Tate Roskelley grinds a tree that hangs limp after being hit by a car. His rides off...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 06:07PM

Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated “Her” tells the story of Theodore Twombly, a lonely man in a futuristic Los Angeles who falls in love with his computer operating system. ...

Updated on Feb 6, 2014 03:58PM

The U.S. Department of the Interior would like to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” with this short film that is a montage of marriage proposals done at some of the national...

Updated on Feb 5, 2014 11:13AM

In my piece on bike safety earlier this week I mentioned Salt Lake City’s strategy to increase bike ridership and called it a “crazy-sounding” safety plan. It can just sound s...

Updated on Feb 4, 2014 12:57PM

Bicyclists on the sidewalk can be super annoying. And sometimes dangerous.

In an effort to keep my recent story on auto-bike collisions manageabl...

Updated on Feb 3, 2014 09:27PM

In the course of reporting yesterday’s story on bike accidents I found a report with a surprising finding: dedicated bike lanes actually generate economic growth.

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