Nigeria’s Home-Made Helicopters

You couldn’t pay me to ride in it, but speaking as somebody who couldn’t make a pile of old car parts out of a pile of car parts, this seems pretty cool:

Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters

Is Steve Jobs Going Soft?

I couldn’t quite muster the energy to be upset, or even surprised, when Apple released a software update earlier this fall that crushed iPhones which users had modified in unauthorized ways. I mean, I feel bad for anybody whose phone got bricked, but honestly: what did they think was going to happen? Apple is very very cautious about …

The Wilhelm Scream: An Anthology

This hypnotic artifact, marbled with rich thick veins of nerdiness, comes to us from YouTube via Ain’t It Cool. “I’ll just fill my pipe.”

(It includes a clip from the horrific-but-oddly-riveting basic cable staple Small Soldiers, a movie I’ve seen parts of dozens of times, though I never knew its title till now…)

Halo 3: Here’s What Sucks

I know you guys are all out there rolling around in your Orange Boxes and haven’t thought about Halo 3 in weeks. But I’m not done yet. Yeah, I know, a real games journalist would have whipped the Brutes on legendary by now, but I just got to the part where the Flood shows up. Shut up.

That’s why I’m just getting around to posting my …

The Bar Exam

Every morning when I get to work the first thing I do is mash down the COMMAND key with my left thumb (we’re in Firefox/Mac-land here) and click on each of the websites on my toolbar. That opens each site in a different tab, the end result being a nice fat windowful of twenty tabs all loaded up with delicious morning content.

Does …

iPod Touch: The Last Review

Photo courtesy of Apple

Whenever a new product comes out there’s a massive rush by the media to get the first review up. Which makes sense, because we-the-media are like that, but it’s also kinda lame, because everybody knows you have to live with a gadget for a while to truly grok its tiny electronic soul. That’s why I imagine a series

Futurama: Not Dead Yet!

I can’t believe this is actually happening, but it looks like there’s a feature-length straight-to-DVD Futurama product coming for the holidays:

Sightings: drunk Amy, talking Nibbler, hypnotoad, Fry’s ass. Good stuff. Though the narrator sounds so much like Phil Hartman it’s almost creepy. Do they have his reanimated head in a jar?

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