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“The world is carnage.” Whether or not you agree with it, that phrase has become a familiar refrain—almost comforting, despite its gloomy message—to fans of @Henderzones,…
Length: 6 minutes (1553 words)
New York’s 2012 Olympic Games kicked off with a series of runners hoisting the flaming torch high above their heads, pursued by excited New Yorkers, surrounded by spectators and a police…
Length: 6 minutes (1610 words)
The nuclear bomb has been detonated over 2,000 times since the start of the Cold War, but it was used on people only twice. This week marks 67 years since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima…
Length: 15 minutes (3824 words)
Frank Morris was only 23 when he ended up in rehab. But he was already a full-blown junkie, smoking crack on the streets of San Francisco, and nearly losing his left arm after accidentally pumping a…
Length: 18 minutes (4589 words)
It’s impossible to grasp the consequences or outcomes of new technology, especially when that technology is developed by a twenty-something hacker. That much was already clear in January 2010,…
Length: 26 minutes (6727 words)
Depending on whom you ask, I’m about to be sucked into a Hell portal that allegedly sits in caverns somewhere around NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. The place looks almost calm from here…
Published: Oct. 29, 2012
Length: 16 minutes (4048 words)
The Problem with Christopher Nolan? He's Fundamentally Uninterested in Cities
What a difference four years make in the discourse of hope and change—and the course of cinematic urbanism. When The Dark Knight was released in July 2008, the junior senator from Illinois had…
Length: 22 minutes (5718 words)
Copycats, Takedowns, and Ass Rainbows: What Does Copyright Mean for Internet Memes?
To get a sense of how messy copyright protection has become in the age of Internet meme-dom, start by traveling back in time with me to last year, right after a very famous cat was e-born.…
Length: 12 minutes (3039 words)
The Rhino Horn Crisis and the Darknet
Image: Hein Waschefort, art by Colin Snyder Last fall, I logged into an underground message board in the anonymized recesses of the Internet they call the deep web or the dark web, in search of…
Length: 30 minutes (7550 words)
Determinism and Its Enemies Are Still Waging War over the Soul of Science
Opponents of genetic determinism argue that it ignores the effects of colonialism. At either extreme of the nature vs. nurture debate, each proposes there are things in life we cannot control,…
Length: 10 minutes (2625 words)
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