Forget Moore's Law

“In its relentless pursuit of the power curve of Moore’s law, at the expense of the much less interesting price curve, the entire electronics industry may be unknowingly trapping itself in a giant and attenuated version of the dot-com bubble–living years into the technological future, only to be painfully snapped back to the human and economic present.” Michael S. Malone –Forget Moore’s LawRedHerring) Moore’s Law observes that computers become twice…

People of Earth: We Come in Search of Quality Name-Brand Footware at Reasonable Prices

“We are a powerful race, but we are not a violent one. The wars you wage on your planet are an outdated notion to us, as we prefer more intellectual pursuits. We also enjoy jogging, hiking, basketball, and golf, so we will accept nothing but the best in athletic footwear from Adidas, Reebok, and Converse. The citizens of our planet are in need of all manner of sport shoes, from…

Creative Player Actions in FPS Online Video Games: Playing Counter-Strike

“When you play a multiplayer FPS video game, like Counter-Strike, you enter a complex social world, a subculture, bringing together all of the problems and possibilities of power relationships dominant in the non-virtual world. Understanding these innovations requires examining player in-game behavior, specifically the types of textual (in-game chats) and nonverbal (logo design, avatar design and movement, map making, etc.) actions.” Talmadge Wright, Eric Boria and Paul Breidenbach –Creative Player…

Suspect device 003: Band-Aid Liquid Bandage

“Remember, too: you’ve just been wounded, and in addition to the adrenaline that’s just been dumped into your system, you’re likely looking at anywhere from a few drops to a steady flow of your own blood – a highly upsetting experience for many. Which means you’re shaking, and most likely trying to do this all one-handed. Under the circumstances, the odds of you landing four successive drops of liquid on…

Most People Kiss the Right Way

“Over the next two and a half years, Güntürkün recorded 124 scientifically valid kisses in public places across the United States, Germany and Turkey.” –Most People Kiss the Right WayNature) The story cited above is a puffy little version of an academic article called “Adult persistence of head-turning asymmetry”