The Same Coin, Chapter Six - "Yoink!"

The first thing to hit Gisele was the noise. Los Angeles was a cacophony of automotive sound. The chaos of the sheer volume of cars was overwhelming. Cars honking, the roar of the highways and main thoroughfares, buses braking, semis downshifting, ambulances screeching, fire trucks blaring, cops whining. As she and… » 10/30/14 8:31pm Yesterday 8:31pm

5 Myths About Gamergate

There's been a lot of talk about Gamergate recently. What is is, what it isn't. Who's involved in it, what they're fighting about, that sort of thing. It even got featured on The Colbert Report last night. Naturally, when there's so much information being thrown around, a few misconceptions are likely to arise. I'd… » 10/30/14 4:22pm Yesterday 4:22pm

The Comprachicos: Did Victor Hugo Invent This Monster-Making Cult?

Audition, The Human Centipede, Tusk ... the forcible transformation of anatomically "normal" people into grotesquely deformed monsters has been a motif in horror movies at least since Tod Browning's classic Freaks first shocked audiences in 1932. But where did this bizarre trope originate? » 10/30/14 3:29pm Yesterday 3:29pm

Fascinating #Gamergate Twitter Breakdown

Andy Baio, a long time Twitter user and my kind of math geek, wrote a Python script to capture 72 hours of tweets using the #gamergate and #notyourshield hashtags. His findings are really interesting. He was providing the raw data for others to play with, but unfortunately Twitter sent him a cease and desist. » 10/30/14 2:01pm Yesterday 2:01pm

Holy Crap! Spider-Man, Married With A Daughter?!

One of the stupidest storylines in the last decade has definitely been "One More Day," the Spider-Man story where Peter Parker traded his marriage (and unborn child) for the life of Aunt May. Even though the story was quietly shelved afterward and never referred to again, it was never reversed - Spider-Man is still… » 10/30/14 2:01pm Yesterday 2:01pm