Zachary Di Stefano

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'Stranger Things' re-created as an adventure video game

The creepy-yet-endearing Netflix series "Stranger Things" -- which debuted July 15 -- is a kind of throwback to '80s creature features like "Evil Dead" and "Alien" as well as the kid-centric adventure films "The Goonies" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."<p>So when game designer Jacob Janerka decided …

When my dog died, I didn’t understand why it felt like a human had died. Then I read the research.

I picked the dog I wanted in the same way I picked a favorite Pokémon. I looked in the classified section next to the automotive ads and found a breed named "Peekapoo," which was close enough to "Pikachu."<p>No one ever tells you that begging for a dog as an 11-year-old could affect you deeply as an …

Das Keyboard is crowdfunding a cloud-connected mechanical keyboard

Everything’s internet-connected, so why not your keyboard? Das Keyboard launched a Kickstarter yesterday for its 5Q, which it hopes will be the first cloud-connected keyboard on the market. What exactly does a cloud-connected keyboard do? It allows users to retrieve information online and color …

Crowd Funding

Vietnam captain recalls trick that faked the enemy, saved lives and earned Medal of Honor

Army Capt. Paul “Buddy” Bucha faked out the enemy while leading a motley crew in Vietnam.<p>The Medal of Honor recipient was hailed as a hero after he made North Vietnamese fighters believe his 187th Infantry Regiment was much bigger than it really was. The combination of bravery and cunning helped …

Thirty Minutes of Jerry Lewis's The Day The Clown Cried Released Online

Footage from Jerry Lewis’s never-before-seen film has been cobbled together and leaked online.<p><b>Jerry Lewis’s</b> controversial film, <i>The Day the Clown Cried</i>, has always remained hidden from the public. Although Lewis wrote, directed, and starred in the 1972 film, he chose to bury it. According to the May …

Film Festivals

A Giller-shortlisted Craig Davidson drives a bus

Craig Davidson’s Precious Cargo tells a tale of growth and redemption<p><b>Precious cargo</b><p><b>By Craig Davidson</b><p>From the start, this book is unique: the …

Everybody should read Gen. John Kelly's speech about 2 Marines in the path of a truck bomb

Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives. With this particular shred of hell bearing down on them, they stood their ground.<p>Heck, they even leaned in.<p>I had heard the story many times, personally. But until today, I had never heard then Marine Lt. Gen. John …

'Zootopia' is quite simply a beastly good time at the movies

Bursting with a rich blend of timely themes, superb voice work, wonderful visuals and laugh-out-loud wit, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia" is quite simply a great time at the movies.<p>At its heart, the film is a classic oil-and-water buddy comedy but set against a unique, animals-only …

You wouldn’t be able to pause your video games today without Jerry Lawson

Lawson was a pioneering black engineer back when it was even harder in Silicon Valley.<p>You've gotta step away from the crowd and go do your own thing. …

‘I see Garry in heaven surrounded by parrots’: Ottawa’s ‘parrot whisperer’ was a one-man tourist attraction

You might not have known Garry Allen by name, but you would know him to see him. Six-foot-four, 300 pounds plus and sporting long tufts of white Hulk …

Birds

Alejandro González Iñárritu: I made 'irresponsible decisions' on The Revenant shoot

Mexican film-maker, whose production for the Oscars favourite has been called a ‘living hell’, insists opting to shoot in remote, freezing Canada was entirely justified by film’s acclaim<p>Alejandro González Iñárritu has admitted to making “bad” and “irresponsible” decisions as director of The …

Adolf Hitler the artist: Watercolours and drawings sold at auction, in pictures - Telegraph

For 'Prescription Thugs' filmmaker, drug abuse hit close to home

While making a documentary on pharmaceutical companies and prescription drug abuse, Chris Bell was drinking heavily and trolling urgent-care clinics for Xanax in an unraveling of addiction and delusion similar to the slide that had killed his brother years earlier.<p>Bell's life was a lie and an …

Medicine

Metallica apologise for cease and desist letter sent to tribute act

The rock group have come out in support of Canadian cover band Sandman, and told them to ignore 41-page letter they received about copyright infringement<p>Metallica have distanced themselves from a cease and desist letter sent on their behalf to a Metallica cover band, attributing it instead to an …

This Band Changed Their Lyrics To Condemn David Cameron To His Face On Live TV

Squeeze sang about Cameron being "hell-bent on the destruction of the welfare state" as the PM looked on.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>On <i>The Andrew Marr Show</i> on Sunday morning, Cameron was forced to look on as the band sang: "I grew up in social housing, part of what made Britain great, there are some …

Former NASA Engineer Explains the Fastest Way to De-Fog Your Windshield

Science proves you can blast away the fog twice as fast.<p>Winter's here, and for lots of us, that means dealing with a foggy windshield full of condensation when we go to start our cars. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't take <i>that</i> long for your defroster to clear your windshield, but if you're …

Why tech-savvy Indians are mad at Mark Zuckerberg

Free access to the Internet might sound like a nice holiday gift — especially in developing countries, where billions of people still can’t get on the web.<p>But in India, when Facebook tried to give away limited Internet access through its “Free Basics” app, activists said they didn’t want it. In …

‘It’s something I wish had never happened’: Kevin Vickers shares untold moments from the Ottawa shooting

In the days following Oct. 22, 2014, former sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers chose to pray for the man he helped shoot dead, ending a terror attack in …

Canada

2,000-Mile Mistake

<b>2000 Mile Mistake: Ontario, CA is NOT Canada</b><p>When you board a flight, you imagine reaching your destination, departing through the jetway, and meeting friends, starting your vacation or getting to work. Well, it doesn't always work out that way.<p>Nearly once a month, Traveler's Aid volunteers at …

'We had to get out': mother talks about son's viral California wildfire video

Julie Wolf was two cars behind her son when he filmed their infamous escape from an explosive wildfire in Anderson Springs, California. She is the only member of the three-car convoy to speak out about footage that has gone viral, after providing a window into the dramatic blaze ravaging the …

The Wedding Day Cop Killing

A recently issued body camera to a Muskogee, Okla., cop shows the value of openness, especially when guns are drawn.<p>We should all be Okies from …

Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple's iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they're also good for hiding secret messages.<p>Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple's terms and conditions for iCloud and found a …

See your favorite movies and games transformed into adorable tiny worlds

Your favorite movies, games, and TV shows just got a whole lot smaller.<p>As part of a new exhibition at art house Gallery 1988, Nicole Gustafsson has turned her favorite works of pop culture into tiny, adorable terrariums. The wonderful collection covers influential works from her childhood, so it's …

Are Police Stealing People’s Property?

Our asset forfeiture laws are a mess, and they’re letting cops confiscate property. Left and right ought to agree on this one.<p>“Don’t even bother …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

The Brain

Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked

A medical first<p>Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the <i>BBC</i>. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn't involve a …

Twitter introduces a way to play audio inside tweets

Soundcloud will bring its full catalog to new audio cards<p>Twitter has built a new card for playing audio inside tweets, and its first partner is a company it once considered buying. Soundcloud will bring its full catalog to Twitter Audio Cards, the companies said today, the first of many partners to …

Thousands of spiders 'bleed out of the walls' and force family from home

A family was driven from their suburban St Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.<p>Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007. Soon after that, they …

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Were Wed in a Moated Manse

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Were Wed in a Moated Manse<p>As tales from the joyous <b>Dwyane Wade</b> and <b>Gabrielle Union</b> nuptials continue to make their way around the internet—rumor has it that the actress and high rolling Miami Heat player's celebration included roaming chickens—the greatest intel of all …

Disney plans for 'significantly' more 'Star Wars' at its theme parks

May the force be with funky Boba Fett<p>It's been said countless times before but it bears repeating: Disney did not buy Lucasfilm solely to make <i>Star Wars</i> films. For better and for worse, the Mouse House is far too good at building a larger multimedia universe out of all its various franchises (be it …