Now in Paper-Vision: The 4chan Guy

This week’s Time has my profile of moot, the 20-year-old founder of 4chan. I first became aware of 4chan when I failed to credit them as the creators of lolcats, and they got in touch en masse to point that out. Now I see their influence everywhere — 4chan is like a black hole, invisible to the naked eye, but its gravity field is …

Nolan Vs. Selman — Part I

Jonathan Nolan’s The Dark Knight will be relased on July 18, 2008. Matt Selman’s A Prologue to the Dark Knight was written on April 27, 1986, months away from his fifteenth birthday. Whose work is truly, “an ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity”? You be the judge.

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Enter Batman and …

Futurama Fans, I Give You Bender’s Game

I’m pretty sure Fox is taking these down as they come up, so if this is gone, just search YouTube. (I’m also pretty sure there’s a copyright lawyer somewhere who earns money every time somebody says that.)

This is a must-watch for me, as is all Futurama-related filmed entertainment. Though I continue to believe that Bender is the …

The “Knowing” Trailer; also, What Ever Happened to Donnie Darko?

This trailer is coming in for some mocking around the Internet. You know how those Internet people like to mock. To be completely honest, I found it kind of chilling. Maybe because it’s set in my home town of Lexington, Mass., a place where nothing interesting has happened since 1775, when we invented liberty.

I had a moment of weird …

My Alternate History Novel

The Founding Fathers of the United States successfully develop space travel. George Washington is the first man on the Moon, and immediately asphyxiates.

The Nazis win the Civil War.

Batman’s parents are never murdered, and Bruce Wayne grows up to be Spider-Man.

World War II never happens – resulting in the following movies: …

Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder: The Nerd World Interview

I have not in the past been shy about the love I feel for original nerd-rockers Nerf Herder. And this is no time to start, because I am in possession of an interview with Nerf Herder frontman Parry Gripp, which we conducted via e-mail. It was originally supposed to come out to coincide with the release of their latest album, Nerf Herder …

Friend of Nico B.

Video Games are as much a drug as heroin or crystal meth, in that when you play them, you feel GREAT. I defy any to drug user to say the sensation of sitting back in your couch as that first game of Grand Theft Auto IV loads up doesn’t compare to a veinful of the finest black tar street horse.

Who knows if these games are really bad …

Why Aslan Is the Worst Thing About Prince Caspian

Since I live in a sub-dimension that’s time-shifted a month after your Earth world, I didn’t go see Wall-E this weekend. Instead I finally saw Prince Caspian. When I went to buy tickets from practically the only theater in New York that was still playing it, I was like “Prince Caspian, please!” and the woman was all, “I’m sorry, that …

The Top 5 Greatest Magic Systems Ever

One reason I haven’t been blogging with much regularity lately is that I’ve been working on a book, a fantasy novel. (Also: I am a lazy puke.) One of the great things about writing a fantasy novel is you get to roll your own magic system. Because every fantasy fan I know has always harbored the secret belief that nobody has ever gotten …

Why I Love EVE Online and Why I Don’t Play It

When I was little I assumed that all video games were eventually going to look like Star Wars. Massive spaceships with chunky irregular outlines, white with the occasional colored industrial markings, would hang in the inky void with tiny fighter ships flaring and dying around them by the dozens. Pink and orange planets and multiple …

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