Category Archives: Entertainment

My favorite video games of all time (an incomplete list)

It is not much of an exaggeration to say that I’ve been playing video games since the beginning.  I was one of those kids who spent tons of time in arcades throwing away quarter after quarter, and our family owned … Continue reading

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Artologica at ScienceOnline (and online)!

Update: Michele will be showing off her work tonight, Friday the first of February, in the Marriott hotel lobby between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm! This week I’m attending ScienceOnline 2013, the yearly online science communication conference in Raleigh, NC. … Continue reading

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Invaders from Mars! Reports from the 1938 invasion

Note: One of a couple of Halloween-themed posts for the season! While researching a post for my new Tumblr “Science Chamber of Horrors“*, I ended up reading the October 31st, 1938 edition of The Evening Independent newspaper of St. Petersburg, … Continue reading

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Movie sequels that completely miss the point

The recent release of the prequel “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” got me thinking about the very odd sequels to the original 1968 “Planet of the Apes” and about sequels in general.  Sequels are common in both literature … Continue reading

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“The Wicker Tree?” (Updated)

This one was an immediate WTF moment for me: Robin Hardy, the writer/director of the original version of the film The Wicker Man (1973), is “reimagining” his film as The Wicker Tree, slated for release sometime this year: For those … Continue reading

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Captain America has a tradition of social commentary

If you haven’t seen it yet, the most recent issue of the Marvel Comics series  Captain America has drawn the ire of teabaggers because of its negative portrayal of them.  Via Yahoo news, Since 1941, Captain America has been one … Continue reading

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Mythbusters were scooped — by 130 years! (Finger in the barrel)

During my first evening in San Antonio, I sequestered myself in my hotel room to polish up my presentation.  Fortunately, there was a Mythbusters marathon on the Discovery Channel at that time, so I was able to keep myself marginally … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to Bill Nighy!

Even as busy as I am, I can’t resist taking a moment to wish happy birthday to one of the coolest actors out there, in my humble opinion: Bill Nighy! Nighy has been acting since the late 1970s, though he … Continue reading

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Richard Garriott on Ultima V

(I’m still working hard on my book!  I’ll throw a few posts out here and there as I find the time.) As a follow-up to my post on “videogames as art“, I decided to buy “The Official Book of Ultima“, … Continue reading

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Video games as art: My favorite games that are more than just ‘point and shoot’

The other night, I stayed up way past my bedtime playing the finale of the video game DragonAge: Origins, the recently released fantasy role-playing game (RPG) by BioWare.  Though the game had a lot of technical limitations that drove me … Continue reading

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