Etsy: The Summer Squid Report

I’ve written about octopuses in art before, but today I bring you their cousin, the squid. Squid typically have two tentacles and eight arms, which most people confuse. We often refer to all cephalopods as having tentacles, but that just isn’t the case. A tentacle is a long projection with suckers only on the end; […]

Comic Con 2010: User Submitted Pictures

Comic-Con is over, and attendees have been back to the real world for a few days. Meanwhile, we’ve had a chance to look at some of the pictures that our readers sent in, taken at the event. Here are some of our favorites! From Daniel, a stormtrooper with a new batch of hardware (and a […]

How Low Can They Go? New Kindle Priced at $139

While the publishing industry, and indeed readers themselves, are still figuring out just exactly what to do with e-readers and e-books, Amazon’s certainly not flagging. Engadget, and about 200 other media outlets, reports that Amazon’s new Kindle—in WiFi only format, of course—is going to be a paltry $139, just in time for the new school […]

This is Why the Internet was Invented [Picture]

Behold: A picture of Chewbacca fighting Nazis while riding a giant squirrel. [Via Huffington Post]

Why Video Game Designers Are Missing The Mark With Women

A Growing Demographic The statistics and the research may vary, but it’s quite clear: girl gamers are here, and they’re here to stay. Especially in the online realm, women make up a growing demographic of gamers who are just as passionate about playing as your typical gamer guy. But as a girl gamer myself, it’s […]

TED Talk: The Art of Choosing [Video]

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. In the following video, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

New DMCA Exemptions Legalize Phone Jailbreaking & DVD Ripping for Fair Use

If you’re in the United States you might know that there’s this very confusing copyright law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, that (in short) criminalizes certain means of circumventing copyright protection (i.e., digital rights management, or DRM, i.e., that stuff that wouldn’t let you play your MP3s wherever you want). The DMCA […]

REMINDER: Send Us Your Comic-Con Pictures!

You may recall that last year after Comic-Con we scoured Flickr for some of the best pictures from the event. Which isn’t exactly a chore as far as looking through a ton of neat photographs goes – and living vicariously through those of you who can actually be there. But since we’re sure that some […]

Guédelon Castle – Reverse Engineering Medieval Archaeology in the 21st Century

If you’ve noticed, I’ve got a thing for swords and castles and whatnot. My love of all things medieval is, as far as I can tell, the springboard for geekery in my life. In fact, the whole medieval vibe is so strong with me that I followed it all the way through graduate school. (My […]

Comic Con 2010 Cosplay [Pics]

Just like last year at the end of Comic Con 2009, we scoured Flickr for some of the best CC cosplay photography of the event. Once again, we were not disappointed. By the way, these pictures are not the ones we asked you guys to send last week. You have until Wednesday for that. Must […]

Comic-Con News: Link Round-Up

Even if you weren’t at Comic-Con this past weekend, you probably saw a good bit about it – especially on Twitter. Though if you missed some of the excitement, here are a few tidbits from around the web, as a follow-up to our earlier more in-depth coverage. Avengers casting. In what seems to be one […]

2010 Comic Con Coverage

[Special Comic Con Coverage provided by Mike Templeton, for those of you who aren’t able to make it out this year, or have never been able to take part.  This is a breakdown of the first day of the San Diego Comic Con 2010.] Getting Started The day began by camping out in line for […]