Twenty years ago the German research group Fraunhofer IIS conducted an internal poll to settle on the three-character suffix that would become the standard file name extension for digital audio coding format that engineers there had developed. Show More Summary
So I've made a bit of progress on Zombology this week, posting blind playtesting copies to the Leeds and London Playtest UK groups, I'm hoping to get initial feedback from those groups in a week or two, once they've met and had a chance to get a game or two in. Show More Summary
As a kid one of my favorite TV sitcoms was Hogan's Heroes. Set in a German POW camp during World War II, a group of really sharp Allied prisoners of war (most of them fliers who were shot down or parachuted to safety) were humorously and cleverly outsmarting their dimwitted and bumbling Nazi jailers. Show More Summary
Ricoh is addressing an anomaly found on a small group of its Pentax K-3 II digital SLRs in which the camera will not turn off, even when the power lever is in the 'off' position. Ricoh will service any K-3 II within a specific range of serial numbers at no charge, regardless of whether the camera is having the issue. Read more
This is the 14-foot LEGO Starcraft II battlefield built by a group of international LEGO/Starcraft fans. It includes all three races and a ton of buildings and battle units. It made me think about how LEGO should create their own tabletop game like Warhammer and sell a ton of different sets of armies and stuff. Show More Summary
When the disembodied voice of the Protoss commanded you to construct additional pylons, this is not what it had in mind. A group of eight Lego artists have been working on a crazy 14-foot […]
Building StarCraft units from LEGO is always awesome. Building an entire map, with all three races with their buildings and units included, is really awesome. An international group of LEGO builders just did that: A huge set featuring everything StarCraft. Read more...
The Canon 35mm f/1.4L expected to be replaced in the near future, and after previous reports claimed the Mark II was being tested in the field by a select group of photographers, we’re now hearing that the lens is ‘done’. A release date is unknown at the moment and is said to be dependent on [...]Show More Summary
A group of South Korean women who were forced into sex slavery by Japan during World War II in order to serve its soldiers announced on Tuesday that they will sue the Japanese government for $20 million in a California district court on July 1 unless it makes suitable amends before then. Show More Summary
Russian art group in[visible] studio created a miniature real life version of the bloodiest battle of World War II. They used projection mapping to bring a small-scale model of the city ruins to life with planes and soldiers fighting. The result is incredibly realistic. Read more...
Last week, we took a listen to the Grateful Dead in their so-called "primal" stage. We’ll pick up the thread seven years later, to find the group climbing to an experimental, unclassifiable plateau. In 1974, the Dead were making some truly strange sounds—and stranger still, they were making them in packed stadiums full of rock'n'roll fans. Show More Summary
G. C. Cameron is the lead vocalist on The Spinners' breakthrough hit "It's a Shame" in 1970 but because of a contractual obligation to Motown, he was unable to remain with the group when they signed to Atlantic in 1972, and began their fabled run of hits with producer Thom Bell. Show More Summary
Hooray! Net neutrality is finally, well and truly, the law. The courts did not uphold industry groups’ requests to press pause on the implementation, and so as of right now, ISPs are common carriers under Title II and are not allowed to mess around with your connections. Does that mean they’ll all behave perfectly well in perpetuity and we can … [More]
For the final installment of our future icon prospectus (see Part I and Part II), we’re changing it up a little bit. Because today we take on the most important group of all—the bubble guys. These are the fellas who might seem obvious at first glance, but are missing a crucial element or two that would otherwise make them no-brainers. Show More Summary
ALISON HAYWARD ON THE IRS: From today’s Tea Party to the pacifists, socialists & anti-tobacco groups of America before World War II, the tax man has a long history of trying to shut people up. Yet another reason to get rid of the income tax. Or to abolish official immunity for government employees.
The Palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, pictured in 2007. The Islamic State group reportedly bulldozed the city in March 2015( M.chohan / CC BY-SA 3.0) The cultural war being waged by the Islamic State most recently provoked international...Show More Summary
“‘We sang songs of hope in that strange time after World War II, when already the world was preparing for Cold War,’ Ms. Gilbert recalled in ‘The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time,’ a 1982 documentary about the group. ‘We still had the feeling that if we could sing loud enough and strong enough and hopefully […]
My previous post began a series of posts focusing on teaching, writing, and youth. The new anthology Please Excuse This Poem is the catalyst for this investigation, and I shared poems and reflections from a group of minors charged as adults who are currently… Continue reading ?
A group of bikers in Arizona are planning to hold a protest outside an Islamic center on Friday -- but local clergy hope to head them off with a message of inclusivity. The bikers' protest, dubbed “Freedom of Speech Rally Round II,” is scheduled to take place outside the the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Show More Summary
Next week, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings begin one of the summer's biggest tours. The two groups – plus opener Doyle Bramhall II – aren't playing stadiums or arenas, but they're both bringing double-digit ensembles that could crowd even the country's largest stages. "There's not many groups that...