Denali Once Again Officially Known By Its Proper Name

Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that in answer to a request made 40 years ago by Alaska’s then-governor Jay Hammond, the name of the highest mountain in North America has now officially been changed back to the Native Alaskan term, Denali, meaning “high one” or “great one.” The change… » 8/30/15 9:19pm Yesterday 9:19pm

Review: Karen Memory

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book: a steampunk romance. It’s filled with excitement, action, a unique voice and mech sewing machines.

Why mech sewing machines? I have no idea, but I kind of want one.

The story involves Karen Memery, a prostitute in one of the nicer brothels… » 8/30/15 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

What is code?

I recently finished reading Paul Ford’s “What is code?”, an opus on software development that started out as an article and became a short book consuming an entire double issue of BusinessWeek (to which I subscribe), resulting in the best selling issue in that publication’s history. And it’s brilliant. Accessible.… » 8/30/15 8:55am Yesterday 8:55am

The current Enterprise crew salutes Leonard Nimoy.

In their campaigning to raffle bit parts for fans in the new movie in exchange for donations, this video, lead by Zachary Quinto, focuses on Quinto’s predecessor in the iconic part and a cause he supported, [EDIT] Namely the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - Go to blackpanther’s comment, if you want to find out… » 8/30/15 4:42am Yesterday 4:42am

This Vintage Atari Spot is a TRON-Era Treasure

Shown in select movie theaters in the summer of 1982, this two-minute ad, titled “The Fly,” features a man designing video games in his head — or hallucinating vigorously. (The two were not mutually exclusive among the company’s designers.) The effects were done by Abel and Associates, the pioneering computer… » 8/29/15 11:03pm Saturday 11:03pm

Dark Matter Season One: The Post-Mortem

So, after two mostly unrelated final episodes, Syfy’s other new outing is behind us. And while it looked poorer, it was significantly smarter than Crinjoys’ napkin-scribbled childish mess. Sure, it had some particularly weak spots and didn’t indulge in large-scale worldbuilding, but in its Raza-shaped bottle, it… » 8/29/15 7:26pm Saturday 7:26pm

Screenshots of Leaked Captain America: Civil War Footage from D23

So I woke up to find these on my Facebook feed, which I then traced back to this Imgur post made popular via Reddit, so I’m not sure how authentic it is, because I haven’t seen the footage in question which is from D23. However, the pics themselves seem to fit what we know of the movie so far. Possible spoilers to… » 8/29/15 1:29pm Saturday 1:29pm