I Can’t Believe Twitter Is Winning

I just had to put that on the record. I assumed Twitter was one of those stunt-start-ups — like, oh no they di’n’t, I can’t believe they went there, let’s see how long it takes people to figure out that this Twitter thing is a stone cold joke. How long can it last? The answer is, almost 3 years, and counting. Now John Hodgman uses it.

Gaming & Culture

Growing Up Star Wars


Looking for a hardcore dose of un-ironic Star Wars nostalgia?  Want to remember what young-you felt for Star Wars, before Jar Jar, Jango and Jedi Younglings?   Before the 800 million billion Star Wars parodies where the only joke was that something not Star Wars said …

Windows 7? I’m Not Through Hating Vista Yet!

There appears to be some kind of pan-industry collusion going on in the tech world, whereby nothing interesting can happen, ever. MacWorld was pretty ho-hum, and Ballmer’s keynote at CES last night was mighty drab as well. (A true technology journalist would have written that it “failed to excite.”) The only thing that stuck with me is …

Nerd World Top 10: Portals to Other Worlds

Some days reality is just intolerably repugnant, and there isn’t anything very interesting coming out of MacWorld, so you start looking around for an alternative. A top 10 list of places to look:

1. The Wardrobe, from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The original, all-time champeen.

2. The Gate of Hell, from Dante’s Inferno.

Top MacWorld 2009 Expo Rumors

New iPod Shuffle to weigh 6 pounds and only hold one song – but it is a really, really great song.

Pixar’s new movie:  “Bill Gates, The Boy Who Showers With His Bathing Suit On”

Apple has purchased Infocom, and is getting back into text-based, interactive fiction.  New “even-textier” versions of Zork to be released in 2011.

I’m Back from Australia

In 1982, when my friend Joel got cable, and we sat in his dad’s office watching MTV and waiting for them to play “Land Down Under” once an hour, I had no idea that a) that song was about Australia, and b) I would one day in fact go to Australia, a place where winter is summer, night is day, beer is measured in units called “schooners,” …

A Letter from Richie Rich

To:  The Employees of Rich Enterprises, Inc.

From:  Richie Rich, President and CEO

My loyal employees,

There is no other way to say it, so I’ll just say it.  We are broke.  I unwisely invested all our company’s funds with Bernard Madoff, and now the money is now gone, never to return.  As of January 1, 2009, Rich Enterprises …

Nerd Year’s Resolutions – Nine for 2009

1) I will watch the movies from my Netflix queue that have been sitting around the house for weeks now.  Look out Crank, you’re about to get mailed.

2) I will read at least one book written by a woman.  That book will be, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by Joanne Rowling.

3) I will successfully consume a 34-course tasting menu known …

The “Only Ten” Lists

The Time culture critics have just come out with their Best of 2008 Top Ten Lists. This is useful. These guys know what they’re talking about. It’s their job to have thorough knowledge of their areas of expertise. Movie critics see every movie. TV critics watch every TV show. Music critics listen to every album. Then these worthy …

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