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As Always, Life Imitates Arthur C. Clarke

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“DAWN OF THE DIGITAL ACTOR — STUDIOS SCAN BODIES,” the headline atop the Drudge Report screamed this morning, linking to this Hollywood Reporter article on Fast & Furious 7, and the filmmakers’ efforts to digitally replace star Paul Walker, who died (in grimly ironic fashion, alas) in a sports car accident midway during the production […]

‘You Had One Job, Lenovo: And It Didn’t Involve Sneaking Malicious Adware Onto Your Customers’ Computers’

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Quite possibly the single worst thing I have seen a manufacturer do to its customer base. … I cannot overstate how evil this is,” Slate notes: To recap: Since at least September, Lenovo has been shipping OEM Windows laptops preloaded with Superfish “adware,” which would rudely inject its own shopping results into your browser when […]

Raquel Welch Could Not Be Reached To Add, ‘Told Ya So’

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Drones could be used to seek out arteries to prevent heart attacks,” claims the London Telegraph: Scientists have carried out trials using microscopic drones that could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries, preventing heart attacks and strokes. Researchers have completed the first successful tests of nanoparticles – which are targeted to go where […]

#GamerGate: The Videogames of the Anointed

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Attention Peasants: The Show Trials Have Been Cancelled Until Further Notice!” shouts Brian Cates of the Draw and Strike blog, as he takes Thomas Sowell’s classic Vision of the Anointed playbook diagramming coordinated leftwing activism and its aftermath and applies it to GamerGate: THE FOUR PATTERNS OF SOCIAL POLICY FAILURE “STAGE 1. THE ‘CRISIS: Some situation […]

This Post Brought To You By The Words ‘Quality Designer Resin’

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy,” the Wall Street Journal reports: “With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog,” Mr. Wiley said. The increase in the number of airlines providing Internet access “resulted in additional competition from e-commerce retailers and additional competition for the attention of passengers, […]

Answering the Important Questions

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

. @allahpundit @lileks Gif = Giff, with a hard-G. #thescienceissettled on this, back in 1996. pic.twitter.com/hlH8LDdNNQ — Ed Driscoll (@EdDriscoll) November 26, 2014 — Ed Driscoll (@EdDriscoll) November 26, 2014 Back when men were still men, and Wired, then still owned by founder Louis Rosetto, was still Wired.

Nobody Expects the Guy Caballero Democrats!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Texas Democrat At Wendy Davis Event Said Greg Abbott ‘Just Rolls Around’ In His Wheelchair,” as spotted by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller: Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis shared the stage at a recent campaign event with a fellow Democratic state lawmaker who mocked the disability of state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is […]

10/4! It’s National CB Radio Day

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Regardless of your feelings toward Jimmy Carter, I think we can all agree that his finest act as president was the creation of National CB Radio day. Carter designated October 4, 10/4, as a day to honor the citizens band,” Road and Track notes. CB radio was hated by elites back in its faddish heyday, […]

Making Sense of #GamerGate

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“I’m a political writer and I don’t pretend to be more than a casual gamer,” Ashten Whited writes at Pocket Full of Liberty, which puts her one up on me. As I’ve said before, I largely retired from videogames when I unplugged my ColecoVision — there are only so many hours in the day. (Though […]

Asking the Important Questions

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Are video games sexist? Christina Hoff Sommers takes on the social[ist] justice warriors who, as she says, “wants the male video game culture to die.” It’s also a good introduction to #Gamergate, if you’re still trying to make sense of it all. Of course, as we’ve noted in our previous post on the topic of […]

‘An Open Letter to the Video Gaming Community from a Self-Confessed Right-Wing Bastard’

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

I haven’t really followed “GamerGate,” because the last videogame I purchased had an Atari logo on the boxtop — or was it ColecoVision? (Which isn’t meant to sound condescending to those who are into videogames. Like a reformed heroin addict or model airplane builder, I just know I’d lose thousands of hours of my life […]

Sky Captain and the Derps of Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Important clarification from the Daily Mail. http://t.co/laGH7pqVm6 (Via @jim_edwards) pic.twitter.com/BreLrJfBhx — Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) September 3, 2014 Update: Still though, pilots should remain ever vigilant, as the Daily Mail’s Fleet Street rivals at the London Telegraph warn:

‘Chubby Checker, HP Settle Lawsuit Over Penis-Measuring App’

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Greatest. Headline. Ever. Courtesy of Reuters and Yahoo: The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man’s penis. HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name […]

Through a Google Glass, Darkly

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

In the mid-1960s, George Plimpton signed an insurance waiver, donned an NFL helmet and uniform, went through training camp, and played a few downs of preseason football for the Detroit Lions to describe what it was like to see the world through the eyes of an NFL quarterback. In the new issue of the Weekly […]

A Long Time Ago, in a Blogosphere Far, Far Away

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

@instapundit Blog map I created 6/3/02. Want to see if anyone knows of any earlier; I think 1st of its kind. RT? pic.twitter.com/xh1g3QPOJx — Rob Neppell (@rneppell) April 17, 2014 I never posted anything to mark the 12th anniversary of my blog last month, but this Tweet by Rob Nebbell, aka N.Z. Bear, found by […]

Breaking News From 1977

Monday, April 14th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands,” Wired magazine’s UK branch reports: Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde  promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product. One […]

Publishers Without Borders

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins attacks the conservative book publishing industry, part of the usual ongoing BuzzFeed hits against the right in general (and the left are eating it up, not surprisingly), but downplays how dramatically in flux the entire publishing industry is. Borders is no more, and Barnes & Noble has essentially become, like Best Buy, […]

Have a Coke and a Simile

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

Multiple problems, solved by one simple polypropylene solution:

Sony Says Sayonara to Vaio

Monday, February 17th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Sony Now Predicts a $1.1 Billion Loss, Shuts Down PC Business,” Reuters reports: Sony is shuttering its computer business, refocusing its TV division on high-end units and laying off 5,000 people. It is also predicting a massive loss of 110 billion yen, or $1.1 billion, for the fiscal year, a drastic change from its prediction […]

Mozilla Plans to Sell Ads in Firefox Browser

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox Internet browser, will start selling ads as it tries to grab a larger slice of the fast-expanding online advertising market,” Reuters reports: Novice Firefox users now see nine blank tiles when they open up the browser, which fill in over time with their most-visited or recently visited websites. Now, […]