John Scalzi says smart things about the Macmillan/Amazon spat: "If Amazon is willing to play chicken with my economic well-being — and the economic well-being of many of my friends — to lock up its little corner of the ebook field, well, that's its call to make. But, you know what, I remember people who are happy to trample my ass into the dirt as they're rushing to grab at cash."
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
Don't look now, but that car next to you on the road may not have a driver. Thankfully, with the advent of the self-driving vehicle, that's not the panic-inducing moment it used to be. A self-driving shuttle has been ferrying customers in Las Vegas for three years. Tesla head Elon Musk says beta testing on… READ THE REST
For the past few years, we've seen a stampede of build-your-own handheld gaming devices hit the market. But if you're like us, you see those kits and all their tiny pieces and intricate instructions and think, why can't I just get a cool retro-themed handheld gamer that I don't have to put together myself? Your… READ THE REST
Jesse Pinkman was right —magnets are awesome. From high-speed trains and rollercoasters to what's on your refrigerator to the planet Earth itself, the power of magnets has been helping and fascinating us for centuries. In addition to all their nearly magical properties, magnets also make another significant contribution to the world — their hold can… READ THE REST