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Game designer will turn a skyscraper into the world’s largest Tetris game

Frank Lee likes to level up. So on April 4, the Drexel University game design professor will turn a Philadelphia skyscraper into a giant game of Tetris. Observers at the upcoming Philly Tech Week event will be able to play a working version of the famous Nintendo block-puzzle game through a …

Raw: Big Mardi Gras Crowds Expected Despite Cold

Our glorious golden era of nepotism

The way to get ahead in business and media: Be a child of a member of Congress (or someone else famous)<p>The Daily Beast last week ran a damning, necessary piece on nepotism and the symbiotic relationship between Congress and corporate America. The story is in part a lengthy list -- though by no …

Our Supercomputer Overlord Is Now Running A Food Truck

These days, there's a lot of pressure on chefs to think up the most fantastical, cutting-edge dishes. We live in an age of cronuts, PB&J fries and pecan pie potato chips.<p>Yet even the greatest of culinary masterminds are merely human, at the end of the day. And strokes of genius can be few and far …

Bright Ideas for Incandescent Bulbs

The incandescent bulbs that shone so merrily in the Queen's palaces all her life and yours, Dear Reader, is going to be phased out by the federal …

DIY: How to Make a Wallet Out of an Old Cowboy Boot!

14 Comments<p>We are thrilled today to share with you another lovely tutorial from the talented Alicia Jepsen of Jepsen LeatherGoods LLC. Last month she …

Porsche's first vehicle found in shed after a century

First vehicle was electric and made in 1898<p>The first Porsche ever made has been recovered from a shed in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. The vehicle is called the "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model" — nicknamed the "P1" for short — and was created by Ferdinand Porsche …

Courtney Love Cries in Court Over Mishandling of Kurt Cobain's Memory

Sometime-Hole frontwoman is being tried for libel<p>Courtney Love broke down in tears yesterday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, where she is being …

Kurt Cobain

LogMeIn ditches free accounts, asks users to pay up or it'll LogYouOut

If you've been using LogMeIn's free account, you might, nay <i>will</i>, need to find another option. The remote desktop service is no longer offering its gratis service, forcing existing users to either migrate to one of the paid accounts, or move over to a competitor. Users who bought LogMeIn Ignition …

Netflix neutrality: Court ruling won't boost your Netflix bill. Yet

When a court quashed the FCC's Net neutrality rules, Netflix became the bull's-eye for fears of higher fees from broadband providers, but it doesn't have to be that way.<p>"It would be easy to make [a network] bad. It's hard to guarantee it being good." <br ></span>--Don Bowman, the chief technology …

Net Neutrality

Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.<p>"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the …

Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then

If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we’ll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn’t always a force for …

Dolphins' Jonathan Martin has second interview with NFL lawyer

Attorney Ted Wells was interviewing estranged Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin for a second time Thursday as Wells' NFL-backed investigation into issues of workplace conduct continues, a person with knowledge of the meeting told USA TODAY Sports.<p>The person spoke on condition of anonymity …