Category Archives: Fun

Gaming the Apocalypse

Sun­day night, I dragged a fel­low gamer to see Con­ta­gion. She didn’t want to see it at first, but in the end we both enjoyed the film. Don’t wor­ry: I’m not adding movie reviews to this blog. At least not as such. And I don’t reveal any spoil­ers. I have enough trou­ble keep­ing up with […]

Ready Player Fun

Ready Play­er One is the first-per­­son nar­ra­tive of Wade, a geek, a pre­dictably dis­af­fect­ed young man who spends most of his life under the pseu­do­nym Parzi­val. (Rest assured, no spoil­ers will be giv­en away here.) Who is Parzi­val? He’s an avatar inside the vir­tu­al meta-MMO named OASIS. Wade named his char­ac­ter for the Grail knight […]

Top 100 Lists Are an Order of Magnitude Dumber than Top 10 Lists

What’s worse than top 10 lists? Top 100 lists. Of sci­ence fic­tion and fan­ta­sy books. Deter­mined by inter­net vot­ing. Death to you, mediocre pop­u­lar opin­ion! And as far as NPR goes, did you guys real­ly need to up your geek pageview count? All right, so fine.… what’d it get wrong? In the wtf are you on […]

Watson may win Jeopardy, but does it matter?

Con­tin­u­ing a short-lived fas­ci­na­tion with Skynet’s immi­nent takeover, recent­ly I saw that IBM has designed a com­put­er to win at Jeop­ardy. The asso­ci­at­ed com­pe­ti­tion begins air­ing, odd­ly enough, on Valentine’s day. And hey, that’s neat. This par­tic­u­lar man vs. machine skir­mish is a lot more approach­able than Deep Blue vs. Kas­parov. But there’s some­thing odd […]