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Instant nostalgia

Instant nostalgia

As our media gets richer and less static, our advertising has to keep up. Now you’re not looking forward to the movie — you’re reminiscing about the hype.

W00t! WTF?

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In 1828 Noah Webster published An American Dictionary of the English Language. Webster, believing that the Brits had complicated spelling, simplified things down and removed just about as many Us from the language as possible. That’s why we’re all fortunate enough to spell color correctly instead of the baffling colour.

Unfortunately, despite his efforts, Webster was only able to sell 2,500 copies and mortgaged his home to publish the second edition, which didn’t fare much better.

GeekGifts

GeekGifts

Now that Christmas is less than two weeks away, Chanukah has come and passed, and you still don’t know anyone who actually celebrates Kwanzaa, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Note, though, that these suggestions will be applicable for the less-than-orthodox of any faith.

I am Bon Jovi

I am Bon Jovi

Even though we set up rules to play games by, they’re different rules from the normal world. In life, you rarely get $200 for passing go, and if you jump head first into a floating brick, it probably won’t supply you with a magic mushroom that makes you get bigger. Usually.

Political football

Political football

“Every invention that man has managed to create to communicate is bundled up on the Internet. And when you combine that with the imagination of virtual worlds, that’s where this power comes in. We can say, ‘let’s really understand what we’d like to see in a senator.’”

Violence in games, movies, and Shakespeare

Violence in games, movies, and Shakespeare

How different is it to watch a soldier be riddled with bullets in a movie than to pull the trigger in a video game? Society obviously thinks the latter is more damaging.

Why pay nothing when you could download illegally?

Why pay nothing when you could download illegally?

Free from any contracts with record labels, Radiohead offered its new album, In Rainbows, for download at whatever price listeners thought reasonable, from nothing to hundreds of dollars.

Learn to pick tech stocks just by watching TV (and movies)

Learn to pick tech stocks just by watching TV (and movies)

If you wish you’d bought Google stock in 2004, it might be time to start looking for that virtual worlds purchase now.