What I’d do in a zombie apocalypse

In honor of the apocalypse that didn’t happen yesterday (it’s already Saturday morning in my timezone), I though I’d answer a question that’s near and dear to the hearts of many people of my generation: what would you do in a zombie apocalypse? [Read more...]

From the archives: Why so serious? Notes on the rise of seriousporn, with reflection on the human condition

I haven’t done a “From the archives” post in awhile, but decided to re-post this one (from March 2009) after seeing the movie poster for next year’s Star Trek movie–which is not only making an unsubtle attempt to announce itself as darker and edgier with the title “Into Darkness,” but also blatantly rips off The Dark Knight [Read More...]

Let Us All Unite! Charlie Chaplin’s “Great Dictator” speech autotuned

This is just made of awesome: [Read more...]

In a non-futurismic world, human-level AI changes everything forever

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I just finished reading Cory Doctorow’s excellent essay collection Content, which included one essay that introduced me to a term I’d never heard before: “futurismic” (Doctorow talks as if the word was coined by someone else, though he doesn’t say who, and he seems to be the top search result using the word in his sense): [Read more...]

Follow me on Twitter! (currently: tweeting Ezekiel)

This is just a quick reminder that I tweet. I’ve been meaning to write a post about how I’ve fallen in love with Twitter, but the short version is that if you’re not on Twitter, you should be. Among other things, I’m currently tweeting my way through Ezekiel, which is easily the most misogynistic book in [Read More...]

Tyrion Lannister on books

This is one of my favorite quotes from the entire Song of Ice and Fire series. Image source here: [Read more...]

Gangnam? I’ve been there

It’s bad form to brag, but this is too good not to brag about: Apparently, the South Korean pop song “Gangnam Style” has crossed over to being a huge hit in the US. “Gangnam” refers to a neighborhood in Seoul–one I’ve been to. When I get back to the US in 6 months, I’ll have [Read More...]

Real-world science in A Game of Thrones

I’ve been reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones to those watching it on HBO), and loving it (except for feeling some parts could’ve been cut to make it shorter). Among other things, I’ve slowly begun to suspect Martin did quite a bit of work to make certain parts of the book scientifically accurate, [Read More...]

Batman sucks

I saw The Dark Knight Rises last week, and was disappointed to say the least. I’m not exactly sure what went wrong. Part of me thinks Nolan must have had some much better plans for the third movie in his trilogy that got ruined by Heath Ledger’s death. But this may have been a case of failing [Read More...]


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