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Review: The Swords

In August of last year I flew out to China to begin teaching English for six months. In the first week of our orientation, we were taken to one of …

The Problem with Programming - MIT Technology Review

In the 1980s and 90s, Bjarne Stroustrup designed and implemented the C++ programming language, which popularized object-oriented programming and …

Apple vows to resist FBI demand to crack iPhone linked to San Bernardino attacks

Tech giant Apple and the FBI appeared headed for a deepening confrontation Wednesday after the company’s chief pledged to fight federal demands to help mine data from an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s terrorist attacks in San Bernardino.<p>The clash reflects wider debates in the …

Privacy

'Private Citizens' Is a Brilliant New Novel About Porn, Tech Culture, and Millennials

We spoke to the author about personal branding, comparisons to Tao Lin, and his virtuoso debut novel about San Francisco millennials, <i>Private Citizens</i>.<p>Tony Tulathimutte is a virtuoso of words, and not just the big ones that have you Googling definitions on your smartphone. He's a copy …

150,000 penguins perish after giant iceberg traps colony

<b>(CNN) —</b> About 150,000 penguins have died since being stranded by a vast iceberg that became lodged off the coast of Antarctica six years ago, according to the journal Antarctic Science.<p>Combined with expanding ice, the B09B iceberg, which at 1,120 square miles is almost the size of Rhode Island, has …

Antarctica

Watch Betty White Give a Brief, Funny DEADPOOL Review

UN Attempts To Mandate Japanese Culture

Latest posts by Kyle Wallace (see all)<p>Earlier today I read an article on NicheGamer, stating that the UN Committee on the Elimination of …

In the new 'Archie' comic spin-off, Jughead comes out as asexual

After 75 years of rebuffing advances from Big Ethel and being known as Riverdale's resident burger enthusiast, Forsythe Pendleton "Jughead" Jones III …

Comics

Ryan Reynolds dares studio staff: Try to take the Deadpool suit back from me. Try

From the way Ryan Reynolds talks about “Deadpool”, it’s clear he’s in love with the character, to the point where he actually took the suit from the …

First Look at the New Anime from One-Punch Man's Creator

The manga <i>Mob Psycho 100</i>, from <i>One-Punch Man</i> creator One, is getting an adaptation. A sweet-looking one at that.<p><i>Mob Psycho 100</i> follows a junior high …

Anime

Jakub Rozalski's Art is an Exercise In Alternate History Contrasts

Giant mechanical men lumber through a winter forest while War machines watch over farmland. Jakub Rozalski’s artwork is a study in contrasts: the …

Love And Hate For…. Hipster Shaggy

Of all the revamps of Hanna Barbera characters that DC Comics announced today, none has been taken up more than the redesign of Shaggy in <i>Scooby</i> …

Hipsters

Fire Emblem: Fates is a family tiff on an epic — and pricey — scale

Corrin has some choices ahead of them.<p>The customizable protagonist for Fire Emblem: Fates, Corrin is thrust into the middle of a brewing family conflict.The decisions you make will guide how you play through the most recent entry in the grid-based tactical-role-playing Fire Emblem series when it …

Top Democratic rivals offer contrasting views on presidency

DES MOINES — The two leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday offered contrasting views of what matters most in the Oval Office — with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton citing her experience, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders saying that his judgment has proven …

Once again, lack of diversity bemoaned in Oscar slate

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood's "best and whitest," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and …

The 10 Scariest, Weirdest, Coolest Robots of 2015

2015 was an insanely wild year in robotics: From leaps in AI technology to piloted, Gundam-like battle machines. We’re living in a bizarre, sci-fi …

Robotics

They Won't Let Naruto Die

The Naruto manga ended this year. I was happy about that.<p>Now they're bringing it back for some reason. That reason is probably money.<p><b>Warning:</b> Anime …

#NoChill! The Craziest Memes to Come Out of Miss Universe 2015

<b>Miss Universe 2015</b> is one for the history books! <b>Steve Harvey</b> accidentally announced Miss Colombia as Miss Universe, when all along it was actually Miss Phillippines who had won.<p>Of course, the Internet with it's #nochill status went crazy and came out with some of the most hilarious memes making fun …

Miss Universe

Barnie Sandlers — Yes, ‘Barnie Sandlers’ — Is the Meme Enthusiast’s Choice for President

As the presidential race heads into the first round of primaries and candidates do their best to woo voters, one major demographic has been largely …

'Star Wars' animator says 'I took LSD' while working on 'Return of the Jedi'

He started in stop-motion animation with the original 1977 "Star Wars," creating the masks of the Cantina aliens. That started a relationship with George Lucas that then branched out into work in visual effects on "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "RoboCop," and more recently the "Twilight" …

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Release Date Revealed

Coming sooner than we thought!<p>Electronic Arts has announced that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will be coming to North America on February 23, …

Punk, Politics, and Paranoia: '2000AD' Is Still Britain's Most Subversive Comic

The comic that brought us Judge Dredd is still going strong after nearly 40 years.<p>In 1995, Sylvester Stallone put on a plastic codpiece designed by Gianni Versace, then smirked and bellowed his way through 96 minutes of nearly 20 years' worth of Judge Dredd comic storylines mashed together into a …

Fallout 4 Release Leads to Dip in Pornhub Traffic

On November 10, the day that Bethesda's long-awaited role-playing game Fallout 4 finally arrived on consoles and PC, traffic on Pornhub fell by as much as 10 percent, the site announced this week.<p>Pornhub released the chart below. It shows that traffic was actually up 5 percent among gamers in the …

Friday the 13th Game Closes With $800,000-Plus

The Kickstarter campaign for the new Friday the 13th: The Game has ended, bringing in a total of $823,704 from 12,218 backers. The campaign closed on Friday, November 13 (see what they did there?), having met its $700,000 funding target two days earlier.<p>Friday the 13th: The Game, as it's being …

Cats Defeat Internet, Set Sights on Print Media: Welcome to Purride and Purrejudice

It is a given that cats rule the internet. Their powers of cuteness seduce us away from doing anything productive, as we coo over the jelly beans of …

Reddit Proves Once Again That Bill Nye Is A Goddamn Meme Machine

A recent Reddit Photoshop Battle tasked users with making something hilarious out of one of the unusually dark promo stills from Bill Nye’s current …

Bill Nye

Viral Reddit theory posits Jar Jar Binks is Jedi master, biggest 'Star Wars' villain

Queen Amidala, played by Natalie Portman, stares at a cityscape of the galactic capital Coruscant in this scene from "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace." Jar Jar Binks, right, comforts the queen in the George Lucas film opening May 19, 1999.<p>In a "Star Wars" conspiracy theory gone viral, a …

Whatever Happened to Bleach?

Roughly ten years ago,Tite Kubo's Bleach was among the most popular manga franchises in the world. Online debates raged constantly, with Bleach, …