Thoughts Upon Playing the Wolverine Video Game. I Had Some!

The thing I always noticed about Wolverine in the comics is, he’s running around waving these massive adamantium claws, and he never seemed to cut people all that much. I mean seriously, I can’t peel a potato without removing the tip of my thumb (true story, thank God for my mutant healing factor). You’d expect panels with him in it to …

The canonical list of fake Facebook names

About 18 months ago, a few of my buds and I were ovulating a scheme for something we were calling the Social News Network.

The idea was pretty simple: How could we use Facebook to create a news network? I figured we’d start with a website, baited with news items that were irresistible to Facebookers, who’d then link to them and …

Nobody Ret-Cons Da Blob!

Hey dere! It’s everyone’s favorite fatso Da Blob here, with my review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As a whole, Da Blob liked dis dere picture. Dere was plenty of brawlin’ and bashin’, and what else do youse guys need? And da fans got to see da origin of Wolverine’s leather jacket, which was something we was all a-wonderin about. He …

An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin

The other day I took a subway to the Upper East Side where I met Ursula K. Le Guin in the lobby of a Courtyard Marriott. We agreed that it was one of the most depressing hotel lobbies we had ever seen, but she was in town to speak at the 92nd St. Y, and her regular hotel was under construction, so there we were.

Which is quite …

Seven iPhone Apps for New Moms

From games that keep toddlers busy while they wait, to sounds that capture a babies’ smile, to nursing trackers that help make feeding newborns a little easier, Time.com picks the top apps to download for a new mom this mother’s days.

The New Star Trek: A Fan’s Notes

As I’m not a real movie critic, I like to do my reviews in the form of thoughts-I-had-while-watching. Also that saves me the trouble of having an argument, or putting in transitions between paragraphs. Here goes. Minimal spoilers before the jump, bigger spoilers after.

(For thoughts I had before watching, click here.) (Also, we do …

Chris Ware: Genius or Not-Genius?

I know I’m supposed to say “genius.” But I can never quite decide. After watching this video I’m no closer to making up my mind. But I kind of want to watch it again.

I like the part where the severed head cries.

Update: Well, they took it down for some reason. Maybe the awesome traffic from Nerd World crushed their server. Please …

The Time 100 Gala: A Nerd’s Perspective

Last night I went to the “gala” dinner for the Time 100. It’s always a bizarre experience — this video is not actually unrepresentative. Basically it’s like you’re standing next to a woman who looks a lot like Claire Danes, and you look over at her, and instead of it turning out to not be Claire Danes, it actually turns out to be Claire …

Zombie Tolkien Releases New Book 36 Years After Death

Truly, J.R.R. Tolkien is the Tupac Shakur of the literary world. His son Christopher has once again raided the fell barrow where his corpse resides and found still another unpublished manuscript there, entitled The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. It goes on sale today.

That sounded sarcastic. The new book is definitely a legitimate, …

The iPhone: Bringing Back the Art of the Pickpocket

 

April 30th, 6:35 pm. Crowded C train into Brooklyn. I finish my umpteenth round of Wurdle, failing once again to make a high score, and conclude that my former self is more intelligent than my present self. An inevitable consequence of the aging process. I drop my iPhone into my (external) jacket pocket. Two stops later I’m off …

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