There are a few rules of thumb about making a good fictional movie. “Introduce character, introduce conflict, show resolution” is common when it comes to structure. Avoid excessive exposition (using dialogue as a shortcut for explaining background) is another. Now a physics professor has a proposal for another rule: only break the laws of physics […]
There seem to be two main requirements for a social-based internet site to catch on with the online public: it should do one task very simply, and it should attract enough users to reach a critical mass. Chatroulette.com is not a particularly great site, neither is it a useful one. It will probably never change […]
Procrastination: Because sometimes, the only way you can get something done is to do something else first. Procrastination was made in 2007 as a graduation film project by a team of student from the London-based Royal College of Art. Enjoy! Congratuations, by watching this video, you just exercised your right to procrastinate!
E! Online reports that Joss Whedon’s next project might involve getting some of his legions of fans in front of the camera. Word is that he’s teaming up with Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock to create a documentary about Comic Con, following some convention goers from the months leading up to it through the con […]
How can fictional stories incorporate technology? What does the future hold for Wikipedia’s sister projects? And is it fair to say that social media sucks? These are just some of the questions which were under discussion at the latest meeting of Brrism, a group based in Bristol, England, which brings together people from a diverse […]
For those of you who are fans of geeky cakes, check out this absolutely amazing Jabba the Hutt cake made especially for Flickr user icruise_flickr’s birthday. This is my birthday cake this year — Jabba the Hutt. A friend of the family kindly made this for us and I think she did a fantastic job […]
A four hour cyber-war simulation suggests the United States response could be severely lacking if such an event became reality. The Cyber Shockwave event, organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center, says that new laws are needed to give the federal government greater controls over privately controlled computers in the event of an attack. It also […]
In this age of broadband, more and more jobs — particularly those of a geeky nature — can be, and are done from home. While homeworking has its benefits, there are also some downsides, most notably the risk of feeling isolated and the potential to procrastinate with daytime television. One solution is co-working: renting a […]
The way we eat in the developed world is causing needless death — and shortening the lives of the next generation of kids. Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.
Mattel just unveiled Barbie’s 125th and 126th careers – and by popular demand, Winter 2010 will bring us (along with News Anchor Barbie, much less interesting) Computer Engineer Barbie! The Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering worked with Mattel on designing her wardrobe and accessories. It’s a little over-the-top (binary and […]
The card payment industry has rejected claims by British researchers that a system used for validating in-person payments has a major security flaw. Computer scientists at Cambridge University have been investigating the “chip and pin” system. That’s a branding name used in the country for EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa), a technology used increasingly around […]
By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Back in April we published “The Cure for Cancer“ and got a fantastic response from our readers. It seems you folks are really interested in the topics of cancer science and cancer research. Maybe because, unlike other diseases, cancer eventually effects everyone because it is a “disease of […]