12 September 2015

Joshua Ryne Goldberg

Back in August, right-wing web site Brietbart ran a number of articles from Milo Yiannopoulos claiming that Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King was secretly white. One of Yiannopoulos’s sources was Joshua Goldberg, aka MoonMetropolis, a GamerGate supporter since mid 2014 and hater of Anita Sarkeesian for years before that who e-mailed Yiannopoulos what he considered evidence of King’s faking his race. MoonMetropolis also offered Yiannopoulos tips on other stories. ... Read more

4 September 2015

Metal Gear Tits (spoilers for Metal Gear Solid games)

I skipped “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes” because of the disgusting misogyny. I played “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” instead, only to discover borderline pedophilia. I was desperately hoping that “Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain” would be less creepy, but it seems those hopes have been dashed: Taken captive, she’s dressed in prisoner garb – trousers and a shirt – and, because she breathes through her skin, she’s slowly suffocating. ... Read more

26 August 2015

Designing for telephobia

Everybody has a phone with them all the time, but they rarely use it for voice calls. For people who’ve always hated telephone calls but wanted a pocket computer, like me, it’s great news. For people who enjoyed (comparatively) high fidelity voice calls, it’s not so great. The best phone I ever owned, from a physical design point of view, was a variation on the Bell Trimline, a classic designed by Henry Dreyfuss in the early 1960s. ... Read more

24 August 2015

How Kodak invented digital photography but went bankrupt

Eastman Kodak employee Steven Sasson invented the digital camera — in the mid 1970s. Management at the time were not impressed: “They were convinced that no one would ever want to look at their pictures on a television set,” he said. “Print had been with us for over 100 years, no one was complaining about prints, they were very inexpensive, and so why would anyone want to look at their picture on a television set? ... Read more

18 August 2015

The Sheep Look Up

PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as C8, is a surfactant used in the production of Teflon® or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the non-stick substance found in a billion kitchens. It was also used to make Gore-Tex, fast food wrappers, pizza boxes, and microwave popcorn bags. Related chemicals are released if you overheat your Teflon cookware; they can kill birds in seconds, which is why we eliminated all the Teflon from our kitchen a decade ago. ... Read more

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