"Let Us Make Good": Existentialism in Pop Culture (Part One)

Existentialism is a complex philosophy, the main gist of which is that the world is essentially meaningless and that humans must make their own choices in order to imbue meaning for themselves and the world. It's a complicated philosophy, but one that has been the subject of numerous books, as well as, surprisingly, a… » 11/29/14 12:54am Today 12:54am

They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast

The Eagles are rightfully maligned as being a bloated, West Coast, pseudo-country hit machine. I understand this. But even so, as with Kansas's Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son, a prolific, popular band infused with enough talent can feel their way to greatness regardless of how radio friendly their intent.… » 11/29/14 12:01am Today 12:01am

"[T]he yardstick of weirdness": William Gibson discusses his latest…

As it happens, the first time I ever heard Q with Jian Ghomeshi was a rerun interview of Margaret Atwood. Then, the scandal broke, and I assumed Q was going off the air.

Imagine my surprise this past Tuesday when, getting into my car after a late-night grocery run, I heard Q guest host Tom Power's interview of William… » 11/28/14 11:54pm Yesterday 11:54pm

Video Game Reviewer Is Contacting the Mothers of Her Online Harassers

It's a story as old as, well, the Internet. A woman is a video game journalist. She receives rape and death threats. The end. But in a delightful new take on the old story, said video game journalist has reached out to the mothers of her harassers, just to let them know what their sons are up to. » 11/28/14 6:29pm Yesterday 6:29pm

That New Star Wars Teaser Trailer

Wait, wait this in't a repeat post! I am not talking about the new one for Episode VII, I mean for Episode I. I have seen a lot of sentiment that, while the new teaser looks pretty cool, we have been down this road before and been burned with the prequels. While that caution is probably a good idea, it got me… » 11/28/14 6:01pm Yesterday 6:01pm

Nitpicks reveal the incongruity at the heart of Jurassic World

When the Jurassic World trailer dropped, reactions abounded across the Twitter, and none were so controversial as those espoused by Scientists. Dinosaur Nerds are going Mad over it. The surprising thing is not so much the criticism itself, but the quandary it reveals for anybody aiming to revive long extinct animals. » 11/28/14 1:12pm Yesterday 1:12pm

Friendly Notice: OnePlus One Sale! No invite required!

Apparently throughout the weekend and/or until stock runs out you can buy the OnePlus One without an invite, as long as you get your orders in you're guaranteed delivery by December 25th. Making this an excellent stocking stuffer, assuming you don't get a bad device. (If you do and OnePlus decides to be jerks about… » 11/28/14 9:56am Yesterday 9:56am

Which Characters Deserve More Recognition?

Have you ever read a book/film/series or even an ostrich reenactment of Wrath of Kahn and said, "hey, this character was pretty cool" or, "Man this will change everything, I wonder when we'll see him/her again?". Only to discover that the character never reappears again or gets very little recognition for their deeds? » 11/28/14 8:30am Yesterday 8:30am