Sébastien Cormier

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Ars Technica’s ultimate board game buyer’s guide

Need to buy a board game? Our 2017 guide has you covered.<p>The holiday gift-buying season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: it's time to …

19 Summer Salads to Serve as a Main Course

Now that summer is in gear, I'm all about salads. I'm not talking side dishes—this is the season to make whole meals out of salad. A summertime dinner salad should be light and refreshing, but also filling. Greens can fit the bill if they're bulked up with ingredients like tofu and eggs, but I find …

Cooking

Three Epic Board Games Worth Your Whole Day

It’s undeniable that some board games just go too long and wear out their welcome. While there isn’t one game that has a <i>Monopoly</i> on this problem (see …

Board Games

Red Posole with Pork

6 servings<p>If you’ve never made posole, this is a good starter recipe. There are no hard-to-get cuts (like the pig’s head called for in many traditional versions), and most of the process is hands-off.<p>May 2017Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 pounds pork shoulder (Boston butt)<p>1 large white onion, halved through …

Recipes

7 Things I’ve Learned From Making Pizza Every Sunday

I made all the mistakes so you don’t have to.<p><b>Fresh Dough Will Always Make a Better Crust Than Frozen</b><p>While nothing beats a homemade crust (we made it …

There are more new science fiction and fantasy novels than you can handle this February

Stories of revenge and revolution<p>One of the things that I like about the winter months here in Vermont is the cold. It’s a bit of a stereotypical thing, I realize, but every time I end up going to my parents, I find myself sitting in a comfortable chair, inching closer and closer to their cast iron …

NASA's 4K Footage Of Earth From Space Is Utterly Spellbinding

If you only watch one video today, make it this.<p>If your commitment to the planet has wavered this year, NASA’s latest 4K footage might just be the …

The 9 Cocktail Recipes Everyone Should Memorize

1 of 10<p>Click through to learn these essential drinks...<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>Manhattan<p>3 of 10<p>Martini<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 10<p>Negroni<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 10<p>Old …

Cocktails

Roleplaying Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2017

The tabletop roleplaying game industry is driven by crowdfunding these days, which means that in years when there have been great Kickstarters for …

Runner, a Unity C# Tutorial

By now we have a functional game, but it feels a bit empty. Let's add some dust particles to fill the empty space and enhance the sense of depth and …

Game Development

Best Mac accessories of 2016

We value our Mac computers. Whether on a desk or in a lap, they help us complete many life tasks. But you and your machine wouldn’t make it without reliable accessories — especially now that we live in the USB-C era.<p>Storage drives, hubs with extra ports, a good pair of headphones, maybe a bag to …

Scientists simulate an asteroid impact in the ocean, and it’s not good

If you’ve ever had a nightmare about an asteroid or other large extraterrestrial object crashing into the Earth, you probably imagined it hitting …

The MacBook Pro reviews are in and they’re categorically “meh”

After about four years, Apple has finally overhauled its flagship laptop, the MacBook Pro.<p>The new machines are thinner, lighter, and potentially faster than their predecessors. They also come with a fancy new tiny touchscreen sitting atop the keyboard, called a Touch Bar, which replaces the …

People Rave About This Pulled Pork Every Time We Make It!

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork<p>Save<p>We’ve tried (what feels like) every variation of slow cooker pulled pork, but this stuff blew us away. …

4 D&D-inspired Games You MUST Try

Thanks to the Open Gaming License, Dungeons & Dragons has seen a thousand flowers bloom beneath its banner. We here at Geek & Sundry have picked out …

Get Your Math Geek On with This A Capella Hamilton Parody

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the <i>uber</i>-nerdy A Capella Science series on YouTube. And now it’s back with another super-clever geeky video, …

Quantum Mechanics

Stardew Valley Finally Comes to Mac, Linux

Stardew Valley set to conquer Mac, Linux after huge PC debut<p>Stardew Valley has been a huge hit on PC, and now the long, painful wait is finally over …

Everything—Yes, Everything—Is a Harmonic Oscillator

Everything is blocks on springs. Pull the block, let go, and, as far as friction-agnostic physicists are concerned, it bounds back and forth forever. …

Physics

Three Terrific Two Player Tabletop Games From Someone Who’s Played Them All

If you haven’t met Richard Ham, YouTube’s Rahdo, you really should. This prolific gamer and game designer has been making great tabletop gaming …

Sega Acquire Amplitude, Will Publish Endless Space 2

Sega have acquired Amplitude, creators of the Endless series of strategy games. Endless Legend was our game of the year in 2014 and its predecessor …

PC Gaming

A Brief Explanation of Planck's Constant and the Birth of Quantum Physics

Planck's constant put the "quantum" in "quantum mechanics."<p>Planck's constant is a pretty important part of modern physics, but it's also pretty confusing. Maybe you were wondering what it was while reading about the new kilogram definition. Well never fear, because this video from PBS Space Time …

Quantum Mechanics

How To: Brew Your Own Ginger Beer Like a Boss

Step aside, ginger ale; ginger beer is here, and it's delicious.<p>Ginger beer is made by fermenting a combination of ginger simple syrup, yeast, and …

Watch Powerful Electromagnets Rip a Pathetic Soda Can in Half

This can cannot stand up to the forces of electromagnetism.<p>Electromagnets are strong. They might be able to power railguns and hyperloop trains, but they can also blow stuff up. Like soda cans.<p>An electric current always creates a magnetic field. As the current increases, the it gets stronger. …

Physics

Watch Electromagnets Explosively Shred a Soda Can in Half

Everyone knows you can do some crazy stuff with magnets, but things get really insane when you start playing with <i>electro</i>magnets. When you run an …

Magnetism

The perfect gin: where to drink it and which to buy

Gin is in. Not news. Unless you don’t drink or are serving a stretch for murder, you should be aware gin is enjoying an extraordinary renaissance.<p>So popular in fact, that gin has its own day on June 11, ingeniously named ‘World Gin Day’. With a profusion of annual ‘days’ that include ‘Yorkshire …

It’s Time You Learned How to Make an Old Fashioned

Few recipes in the cocktail kingdom are as divisive as the Old Fashioned. Originating in the early 1800s, two centuries of experimentation have bred …

The Secrets to A Perfect Margarita

<i>Ever wonder how to make restaurant style margaritas at home?! These fruity, slushy margaritas are made using real fruit and are an absolutely perfect cocktail for sipping on!</i><p>Knowing how to make margaritas is a very important skill in life. These are such easy drinks to make. They are so refreshing, …