Dream of the ’90s

Self-washing fabric, underground NYC (literally) and recycled-magazine Nikes round out this week's look at the web

This video teaser for the upcoming comedy series “Portlandia” gets a lot about the city hilariously right. With SNL’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, we’re looking forward to the show’s debut 21 January 2011 on IFC.

The Wilderness Below Your Feet

Self-washing fabric, underground NYC (literally) and recycled-magazine Nikes round out this week's look at the web

Writer Alan Feuer takes on the endlessly-fascinating world of underground NYC by spending a few days adventuring through the city’s sewers and transit tunnels and chronicling the experience for the New York Times.

Pulp-Based Computing

Self-washing fabric, underground NYC (literally) and recycled-magazine Nikes round out this week's look at the web

By incorporating “electrically active inks, conductive threads, and smart materials” into paper, this new material developed by MIT’s Media lab has all sorts of potential applications.