Bill Gates Writes Home

America’s first nerd has issued his first annual letter since he took up a full-time position at his eponymous foundation. He held a press Q&A this morning (afternoon here on America’s time-shifted eastern coast), and I got a print copy FedExed to me first thing this morning. It’s a classy package: brown and cream, wide margins, bound …

Now In Paper-Vision: The Future of Books. And TV.

I wrote two articles for Time this week. Two. Because that’s how I roll. I roll prolific.

Article #1: A piece about the great switchover to digital TV — the “analog sunset,” if you will — which is supposed to happen on February 17. Except now, maybe not. My advanced polling techniques suggest to me that this event will not affect …

An Open Letter to Albert Uderzo

Dear Mr. Uderzo,

You do not know me, but I am a huge fan of the Asterix comics that you have drawn, and later written, for almost fifty years. Ever since I was a child, I have been delighted by the adventures of Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, Dogmatix, and all of the indomitable Gauls as they use their magic strength potion to bravely

The Remnants

There’s a Web video pilot making the rounds called The Remnants, about a bunch of nerdy people who band together in the wake of a near-species-ending catastrophe and scavenge through suburban homes in search of leftover Pringles and video game consoles and such. It’s here.

(It’s a Vimeo video, which means I can’t embed it here because …


As if fist-bumping Spider-man wasn’t dorky enough, now Barack Obama is having every detail of his inauguration detailed by the master builders at LEGOLAND California. (Even a Lego Rick Warren, who opposes same-sex Lego marriage, and a Lego Dick Cheney, hiding out in a Lego bunker five feet under Lego Washington D.C.)

Now that …

Goodbye, Circuit City! I Will Not Miss You

Well, Circuit City died. And I want to be clear about something: it is a terrible, terrible thing that those people are losing their jobs. I would hate for that to happen to me or anyone I know. The fact that I loathed Circuit City is a completely separate thing.

They all felt the same, those windowless caverns crammed with consumer …

Meet the Doozies

If you’ve enjoyed the feeling of laughing while watching TV over the last 20 years, it’s probably thanks in part to comedy writer Tom Gammill.

Tom and his writing partner, Mitchell “Max” Pross, started out on Saturday Night Live in 1979, and went on to be hilarious for It’s Gary Shandling’s Show, a memorable run on

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