By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Did any of you tweeps notice a flurry of tweets about “#spymaster” the other day? Whether you did or didn’t, here’s the scoop on that phenomenon. An online Twitter game called Spymaster opened up to the public on Friday and it took the network by storm. Essentially, every follower [...]
Did you know that chipmunks are not native to planet Earth? In fact, they come from a very distant galaxy, and were encountered a long, long time ago by soldiers of an evil empire who used the docile mounts to roam around forested planets. Ok, ok, I just made that up. I thought it would [...]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] The longest-running arbitration in Wikpedia history has come to a close, and it’s bad news for the Church of Scientology. Based on a 10-0 vote (with one abstaining) from the Arbitration committee, there is now a ban on Wikipedia contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the [...]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] An Iowa man recently pled guilty to one count of “possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children” and to one count of mailing obscene material. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. This obscene material? Manga. Christopher Hadley, 39, ordered [...]
By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining, the frogs are croaking, and the Apples are slowly ripening. Not the kind that you eat, but the kind with which you listen to music! On June 8th, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will return to San Francisco and [...]
In the following video presentation, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification — and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Could Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans’ dreams of the series coming to the big screen finally be true? Well, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. You may recall that Buffy didn’t originate with the television series in 1997, but rather with a really terrible 1992 [...]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] You may recall that last Fall we gave you the heads-up on some new, potentially geeky TV shows. Of course, as a whole that batch didn’t fare so well; Eleventh Hour, Life on Mars, My Own Worst Enemy, and Knight Rider (shocker!) all got the ax. Only two turned [...]
In the following video presentation, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] A recent study in the UK revealed that geeks are good in bed – or at least, less selfish than, for example, gym rats. Four out of five geeks agreed that your partner’s pleasure is more important than your own, as opposed to less than half of respondents who [...]
By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Spotting silly vanity license plates is always a fun activity, especially double-innuendo or borderline-obscene ones. But some of the best still come from those who show their geek pride on their bumpers. Kudos to the clever Flickr photographers who make a hobby of spotting geeky license plates! And of [...]
Once upon a time, a French entrepreneur named Romain Jarry woke up one morning and thought: What could I invent today that no one has ever thought of? An automated washing machine for dogs of course! Ok, maybe he’s not the first person who thought of the idea, but it’s the first time I’ve heard [...]