Lights Off – The First Video Controlled by Your Light Switch

[GaS] reader Dustin just sent me a link to a really cool interactive video one of his pals produced to promote Earth Hour 2010. The action in the video can either be controlled via the light switch on the player (below), or if you have a webcam, via one in the room you’re in. Check […]

Switzerland Considering Video Game Ban

Historically, Switzerland has almost always been a non-violent country, having not been involved in military conflict for almost 200 years. Now it appears that this attitude will be spreading the world of video games. The Swiss National Council, the country’s parliament, has passed a law which gives the government the power to create rules over […]

Ministry of Silly Walks Would Approve: India / Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony

This is how the border between India and Pakistan is closed… every single day of the year.

Book review: Upgrade your life by Gina Trapani

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 […]

Gaming can make a better world

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.

Five Geeky Games for a Perfect Game Night

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 […]

A sobering reminder of our own mortality

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: […]

Facebook Surpasses Google This Week… Sort Of

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 […]

When “Friends” are Feds

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 […]

Mmm… Pi

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 […]

Wind-Up Carl Sagan

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]