A 16-year-old boy in Ontario, Canada, says he met and fell in love with a 42-year Texas mother of four while playing World of Warcraft. Their chats were sexually explicit, she flew to Toronto, he snuck off there to meet her and escape in her rented car. He's home now, and reportedly playing WoW again. The response from parents and police seems remarkably mellow. Would things have been handled differently if genders/ages were reversed?
On YouTube, you may now watch the entirety of The Chipmunk Adventure with the chipmunks' voices returned to the actors' normal pitch. "I can't believe I did this," writes editor NerdRush. Granted, a full 80-minute movie of this is asking a lot, so here's some of their "classic" chipmunkfied covers slowed to reveal the normal… READ THE REST
Folks on Twitter are imagining what some of the crazier highlights of 2020 would be like to explain to someone in 2019. I had to add a few: Previously: Humorous video: Now-self explains the pandemic to past-self READ THE REST
Dungeons & Dragons is great. It also, unfortunately, has long-fed into the inherently colonialist tropes that have long dominated the fantasy genre. Wizards of the Coast has recently made some strides to disentangle their tabletop role playing games from these harmful stereotypes — things like the essential racial traits of Orcs, which peg them as… READ THE REST
The web is a lot like outer space. For all its amazement and transcendent wonder, it's ultimately cold, dark, and endless. While that may seem harsh, consider the consequences of your identity or other critical information about you or your family is stolen and used by dark forces hiding all over the Internet. The impact… READ THE REST
Learning a new language is almost like doing a trust fall. You have to have confidence that you've chosen a sound, respected, effective system for acquiring the knowledge you seek. Babbel Language Learning has the stats and testimonials to help put that concern at ease. Earlier this year, the service announced it had reached the… READ THE REST
In most of the top technical fields, certifications are like currency. A seal of approval from a key body can serve as the ultimate gatekeeper to helping you get into a new career like the cloud computing sector. If you want to work on cloud-based systems, it certainly helps to know the industry leader intimately,… READ THE REST