Happy 25th Birthday Super Mario Bros!

25 years ago, on September 13, 1985, the original Super Mario Bros. game was released in Japan. Happy Birthday Mario! To celebrate the occasion, here’s a short video outlining some of the game’s most notable tricks and and easter eggs. Enjoy! Edit: Had to change the video because the other one got pulled. Sorry folks! […]

QUESTION: Are Atheists Really Smarter?

A dating website has implied that atheists are more educated or intelligent than religious people. But applying the rationality that is supposed to accompany atheist thought highlights some major caveats. It’s not often you can release a set of statistics comparing the reading levels of people of different religions and it be among the least […]

The British were playing D&D on Television in the 80s.

Here’s an odd one from the past. Around the same time that Double Dare was being shown in American households, British television had “Knightmare,” a game show where one contestant would play a “dungeoneer,” traveling through an animated dungeon of chromakey rooms. He would be guided by three other contestants, hunkered over a television screen, […]

A First Look at Captain America

These stunt shots were taken in London at the official Captain America movie set. Enjoy! [Via TheSuperficial]

Border technology searches challenged in court

The age-old struggle between security and liberty has a new battle: the way border officials deal with electronic devices. The American Civil Liberties Union is leading a lawsuit over the Department of Homeland Security’s policy on laptop searches. It is challenging the DHS’  right to search electronic devices, copy data and even seize the equipment, […]

Has the takedown of Craigslist Adult Services hurt abused women?

We’ve already covered Craigslist shutting down the Adult Services section of their website after controversy that a murder victim met her alleged murderer through the section. Now, Danah Boyd, writing for the Huffington Post, suggests that if the goal is to protect women, shutting down Craigslist Adult Services is counterproductive. “Rather than helping those who […]

‘At any moment Justin Bieber uses 3% of [Twitter’s] Infrastructure’

“Racks of servers are dedicated to him.” Kind of depressing, isn’t it? [Via Gizmodo]

The beauty of data visualization [Video]

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

Have we lost the plot on social networking?

I’m on Facebook. And I don’t want to be. If I had my choice, I’d completely and utterly scourge my Facebook account from the web, with its horrible user interface, problems with privacy, and extremely annoying “gifts,” “pokes,” and “scams.” (Oh, wait, that last one didn’t need the irony quotes.) But I’m on it because […]

Ghost Busters, Gremlins, and Goonies Oh My!

The 80’s were a fertile time for film making, but there are few cult classics from that era that have such a resonating impact as The Ghostbusters, Gremlins and The Goonies. That’s why 1988 Gallery in Los Angeles is having the 3G Show which is going to feature pieces inspired by these iconic cult classic […]

Luke Skywalker Comes Home: A Talk with Mark Hamill at Celebration V

By Mark Edlitz Guest Blogger Mark Hamill was met with deafening applause when he took the stage in August for a rare personal appearance at the Star Wars Celebration V that was held in Orlando, Florida. He charmed the audience by calling them “UPFs”–his term for ultra-passionate fans. He said his goal was to make […]

Feature: 16 of the Best SciFi Cartoons

Science fiction and animation are a natural combination. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper to draw an alien landscape covered in space ships than it is to create one in a studio. Too often forgotten as just “kid’s stuff”, there have been some truly excellent cartoons that combine science fiction and animation in absolutely […]