What is a hacker? Unfortunately, to most people, it’s a person who breaks into another person’s computer (or a nuclear command center if you’re making a movie.) But to Gina Trapani, it’s anyone who finds an unconventional way of doing things. That’s the philosophy of her site Lifehacker (which is a totally awesome site, if […]
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? In the following video presentation, Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
Okay, so maybe we have a little bit of a problem. Boardgames in this house have achieved a kind of holy status. At first it started out with just a few games. The Settlers of Catan, back in 2002, followed by Puerto Rico. But very quickly, it became apparent that playing board games — especially […]
From Wikipedia: In 1909, Mark Twain is quoted as saying: I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: […]
You may have noticed that Facebook isn’t exactly my favorite social media network. There are 100 reasons not to like Facebook, but now I have another one. According to the Financial Times, Facebook traffic has just surpassed Google. Over the last year the company has seen phenomenal growth, especially among the baby boomer crowd. But […]
A secret document has revealed US government officials have so many programs of agents working undercover on social networking sites that they have had to create a coordination program. The Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained the document under freedom of information laws. The document, “Obtaining and Using Evidence from Social Networking Sites” is authored by the […]
In celebration of Pi Day last Sunday, many pies were baked and shared. ScienceBlogs, together with Serious Eats, held a Pi Day Bake-Off. They received 35 entries, which have been narrowed down to ten finalists. Not only are these “pi pies” decorated in a mathematically clever way, they look scrumptious! See the full-size pictures at […]
In order to pay homage to one of the greatest man of all time (and one of our idols here at [GaS]), Etsy shop owner and artist John Larriva made this perfectly awesome (and a bit creepy) Carl Sagan wind-up toy. Check it out: [Via BoingBoing | Etsy]
The Internet grew 20% more hateful in the past year according to new figures. That’s not in terms of losers nitpicking on forum flame wars, but rather racist and other hurtful material, plus terrorist propaganda. The report comes from the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance, named after a Jewish holocaust survivor who later pursued those […]
You may have heard that Amanda Seyfried is going to be starring in a new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood helmed by the director of Twilight, but who cares about that when SyFy’s doing their own retelling that features both werewolves and Felicia Day? Here’s the description from SyFy for the upcoming Red: In […]
While nowhere as awesome as the picture located on top of this paragraph, the following video, which shows a bunch of crazy Indian people riding around a circular pit at the Diamond Maruti Car Circus in Delhi, India, is still really impressive. Check it out.
I would use the phrase the BBC did, but I’m sick of hearing of ___ killers in general. ( I’ll believe it when I see it, y’know?) But regardless of terminology, BBC News had a very interesting little piece in their technology section this morning about OnLive, an internet-based gaming company that essentially kicks the […]