Monthly Archives: October 2017

Butt-hurt Nerds

Why did Apple let a few YouTubers scoop the first iPhone X reviews?: Apple’s iPhone X — its most anticipated new phone in a very long time — goes on sale this Friday, Nov. 3. So sometime this week, as usual, you’ll be able to read and watch a bunch of serious-sounding reviews, as Professional […]

Don’t Complain. Make.

Samantha Irby on complaining: Complaining is like spreading lotion on dry skin, and 2017 has been the ashiest year in recent memory. There is more than ever to complain about and also more reason than ever to believe your complaints might actually do something. Resist the urge to unload your economic anxieties on the dry […]

looking at art and creating it

How to Teach Your Children to Care about Art: To start, it’s a cornerstone of art education programs to cultivate a symbiotic relationship between looking at art and creating it. In museums, it’s become standard practice for educators to develop art-making programs that engage audiences with the works in a current exhibition or permanent collection. […]

Fallout

Robert Blakeley, Whose Fallout Shelter Sign Symbolized the Cold War, Dies at 95: You can still see Robert W. Blakeley’s ominous signs on old public buildings, rusted metal relics of an age when nuclear war was a clear and present danger. They marked the way to the fallout shelters where millions of Americans were to […]

Holden Shuts Down

Australia Mourns the End of Its Car Manufacturing Industry: Kane Butterfield started working for Holden at 19 in a small South Australian town built around making the distinctly Australian cars. But on Friday, after 17 years with the company at its Adelaide auto plant, he and hundreds of other employees bid it farewell, as the […]

“the way things were back then”

David Bowie and Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Statutory Rape Problem: We can dismiss all of this as just the “way things were back then.” We can pretend that we haven’t heard countless songs about young “Lolitas” who were “just seventeen—you know what I mean.” We can ignore the racial implications in the mainstream media’s relative silence […]

Microsoft zigs, while Apple zags

Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect: Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down. Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold ~35 million units since its debut in 2010, but Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to […]

“These are screens, or visuals, that the actor can see and, depending on the scene, physically interact with during a shoot.”

Throughout the movie, K visits a laboratory where artificial memories are made; an LAPD facility where replicant code, or DNA, is stored on vast pieces of ticker tape; and a vault, deep inside the headquarters of a private company, that stores the results of replicant detection ‘Voight-Kampff’ tests. In each scene, technology or machinery is […]

The Slow Death of Retail

Lord & Taylor Building, Icon of New York Retail, to Become WeWork Headquarters: From the moment it opened its doors more than a century ago, the Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan has stood as an icon of old-school retail. Its Italian Renaissance design, complete with grand entrance arch and copper cornice, […]

“Trump is the darkness.”

Josh Marshall on how Trump destroys everything he touches: I puzzled over this for some time. Eventually I sensed that Trump wasn’t inducing people’s self-destruction so much as he was acting like a divining rod, revealing rot that existed already but was not apparent. It may seem like an odd comparison. But I’m reminded of […]

An Essential Price Cut

Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile operating system, launched his own, new phone called the Essential Phone back in May and earlier today Dieter Bohn reported the Essential Phone dropped $200 in price (always a sign of a smash hit): Essential is slashing the price of its eponymous phone, down to $499 at […]

Lying Robots

Gizmodo contributor George Dvorsky interviewed the authors of Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence and they discuss why we might want to consider programming robots to lie to us: Gizmodo: How can we program a robot to be an effective deceiver? Bridewell: There are several capacities necessary for recognizing or engaging in […]