Last week I wrote a piece about CAPTCHAs, which is the name for those images of wavy, distorted letters that you sometimes have to retype in order to make the Web give you something you want, like an email address or whatever. The point of them is to prove that you’re not a bot run by spammers, since software is very bad at reading …
OK, forgotten’s probably putting it too strongly. But listen: when I was growing up in the 1980s (cue Grandpa Simpson voice) we didn’t have the Interweb. So when I started reading Alan Moore I read him in almost total isolation — it was my brother who hooked me up, but apart from him I didn’t really have any perspective on Moore’s …
The non-surprise is, obviously, 3G. Everbody wanted 3G, everybody knew they were putting in 3G, then they put in 3G. Yay!
I think the push-style syncing of mail, contacts and calendar, while not all that sexy, will make a huge difference to users. Though boo that you have to pay for it. And ditto the GPS, better audio, better price, …
I’ve never really been one to follow comics writers and artists too closely. It’s a pure laziness thing. When all the smart, informed comics fans were like, Chris Claremont’s scripting on the Dark Phoenix saga is so being outstripped by Byrne’s powerful linework, I was all like, when I grow up I’m going to be Kitty Pryde’s boyfriend. …
Saw it last night, and man, what a snooze. I almost would have preferred a Temple of Doom-style catastrophe — this wasn’t even bad, it was just dull. Since not a single other person on the Internet has blogged about Indy 4, I will now enrich world culture by posting my whining complaints (spoilers follow):
I don’t know if you guys have noticed this audio artifact, which is deeply weird, but almost so deeply weird that it kind of necessarily has to exist. In an effort to promote the forthcoming 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons (when did D&D stop being Advanced? Don’t answer that), Wizards of the Coast got the two dudes from Penny Arcade and …
The following is an unedited transcription of one of Matt Selman’s actual eighth grade homework assignments.
Massively comic-book loving
Actively comic-book collecting
The the [sic] avid
Hater of Wonder Woman
Wolverine is a
Teacher’s comment: “Fun!”
I don’t know about you, but my contact with contemporary X-Men continuity is pretty sporadic. There are so many different media and alternate worlds involved, and there are all these catastrophic events occurring all the time. Every time I even try to figure out who’s in the X-Men anymore I get tired.
Which was why I was relieved the …
Editor’s Note: Matt Selman is busy this week with his commitments to the world of television and movies. In his absence, please execute the following high-concept internet comedy piece: How would the guys who brought you The 40 Year-Old-Virgin, Knocked Up and SuperBad cast and change the plot of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit?
I remember when I interviewed the Homestar Runner guys back in 2003. I was sure they were on the brink of founding a whole Homestar Runner entertainment empire. Christmas specials, parade floats, novelty mudflaps, the works. They were the Charles Schulz’s of the Web. After the interview ran I would get calls from publishers begging for …
On a very overscheduled day I just want to take a moment to raise the possibility — which Ain’t It Cool has already voiced in terms that a clean-living Time writer like myself can only dream of using — that Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted might signal the Western debut of a major action auteur. Anybody seen it?
Below is an excerpt from a truly excellent book called American Nerd, by Benjamin Nugent. I know Ben — he used to work here at Time years ago. But that’s not why I’m posting this excerpt. I’m posting it because it’s truly excellent.
coronation, or why group nerd events are necessary
From AMERICAN NERD by Benjamin Nugent. Copyright …