Google Fiber Slows Down


Google is slowing down the expansion of its fiber network. Independent sources suggest Google Fiber was proving too expensive to install.

The project involves installing fiber directly into homes and businesses, mainly in specific neighborhoods that have shown a large degree of interest in the product. Customers can choose between a 100 Mbps connection and a 1Gbps connection, with the option of a TV service. There’s also an option for a free, low-speed internet connection.

Craig Barratt, who headed the project, is stepping down. He announced that while Google will continue installation in cities where work has already begun, it’s going to “pause our operations” in other cities where it had begun talks with local officials to bring the service, including Chicago and San Diego. There’ll also be job cuts both at these locations and centrally.

Barratt offered no specific details of why Google has made the call, simply saying “we have refined our plan going forward” and noting a “focus on new technology and deployment methods.”

Analysts have inferred that the cost of installing the cables was proving too expensive. One theory is it may instead look at getting large fiber hubs in neighborhoods and then use wireless to get the signal into homes.

While that may be more efficient, it might be a struggle to reliably and consistently get the speeds available through wired fiber connections. Of course, it may be that Google has figured out that simply having an alternative to traditional cable company broadband is the real selling point rather than the maximum speed.

Street Fighter Chun-Li Hoodie


From Thinkgeek:

Our Street Fighter Chun-Li Hoodie features her iconic yellow design across the chest and sleeves. A white fabric stripe across the lower torso mimics her white obi-like sash. And, of course, it has those fabulous puff sleeves of hers, because we could never leave those out. And if you thought we wouldn’t include her hair buns, which we put on top of the hood itself, you’d be as crazy as M. Bison!

[Street Fighter Chun-Li Hoodie]

Nomenclature [Comic]


Ahhhh nomenclature, such an important thing! When talking about a species, it’s important to use the proper name.


Reptiles are tetrapod animals in the class Reptilia, comprising today’s turtles, crocodilians, snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards, tuatara, and their extinct relatives. The study of these traditional reptile orders, historically combined with that of modern amphibians, is called herpetology.

Because some reptiles are more closely related to birds than they are to other reptiles (e.g., crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards), the traditional groups of “reptiles” listed above do not together constitute a monophyletic grouping (or clade). For this reason, many modern scientists prefer to consider the birds part of Reptilia as well, thereby making Reptilia a monophyletic class. [Source]

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Meanwhile on Mars: The Fate of ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli Lander [Comic]


In case you haven’t heard, The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars Schiaparelli Lander was scheduled to land on Mars last week, and shortly after the descent procedure started, all communication with the lander was lost. This comic by Commitstrip sheds some light unto what might have happened.

It was launched together with the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) on 14 March 2016 and attempted a landing on 19 October 2016. Telemetry signals from Schiaparelli, monitored in real time by the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope in India, were lost about one minute from the surface during the final landing stages. On 21 October 2016, NASA released a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image showing what appears to be the lander’s crash site. The telemetry data accumulated by the TGO and ESA’s Mars Express orbiters are being used to investigate the failure modes of the landing technology employed [Source].

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A Spoiler Free Review of Doctor Strange [Video]

Here is a spoiler free review of Marvel’s Doctor Strange by Youtuber Mr Sunday Movies. The movie is good (one of the best origin movies Marvel has ever released!), The visuals are spectacular. The acting is great. It seems we have a winner on our hands! I’ll be heading to the theater on November 3rd or 4th for sure to check it out.

[Source: Mr Sunday Movies on Youtube]

What Would A Parallel Universe Even Be Like? [Science Video]

You might think that our universe is HUGE, but have you ever considered that it might not be the only universe in existence? In this video, the folks from Life Noggin explores the idea of a multiverse.

The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of finite and infinite possible universes, including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical laws and constants that describe them.

[Life Noggin]

BIG Thinkgeek Clearance Sale: Up to 75% Off on HUNDREDS of Items!


Thinkgeek is currently holding a big clearance sale just before the holiday season starts, and they’re offering up to 75% off on HUNDREDS of items! You can check out the sale right here, and hit the links below for more specific products:

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Doctor Strange: They’ve Got Injuries, He Has the Cure [Video]

Watch as Benedict Cumberbatch (As Dr. Strange) prescribes various treatments to members of the Avengers after getting injuries in Captain America: Civil War. A great promo video for Dr. Strange, will will hit the big screen on November 4th, 2016! Finally a Marvel film that looks completely different from anything they’ve released so far!

[Source: Marvel Entertainment on Twitter]

Beat Down Boogie Releases Two Awesome NYCC Cosplay Videos!

A few weeks ago, our friends over at Beat Down Boogie were at NYCC to film a lot of awesome cosplayers attending the event. These guys truly make the best cosplay videos on the web (along with Nick and Gary from Sneaky Zebra, of course!) Check out part I (above) and part 2 (below.) I’d love to attend NYCC next year, the con looks amazingly fun!

And here are a few pics:

[Source: Beat Down Boogie on Youtube]

The Legend of Zelda: New Horizons [Comic]


Now thanks to the Nintendo Switch, you will be able to bring the power of console gaming directly to the bathroom! In this comic, the artist forgot to mention “The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass,” which allowed to do exactly the same thing, but this version of TLOZ can’t really be described as a console game after all.

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Deal of the Day: Save Up to 50% Off on Watches, 4TB External Hard Drive, and More!


For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, here are a few great deals we stumbled on while browsing the web this morning:

Up to 50% off Fossil, Skagen & More Watches for Men and Women

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Save BIG on seasons of “Veep”, “The Newsroom”, and “The West Wing”

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Stunning, Minimalist Horror Movies Posters by Jason Edmiston


With Halloween right around the corner, if you are anything like me you are spending the next week watching horror movies. Speaking of which, artist Jason Edmiston has made a series of minimalist art prints based around some very iconic horror flicks, and his use of only monochromatic colors with splashes of crimson really adds something unique and special to these already unforgettable horror movies.


The best part is, you really don’t even have to say out loud which movies these are for, though some are more subtle than others, like The Thing homage seen below.


But all of them would make a fantastic addition into the house of any horror fan out there. Order these bad boys here and maybe you can still get them in time for Halloween.


(H/T to SuperPunch)