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When I was young, my favorite stores to go to were gaming stores. Wall-to-wall racks of D&D manuals, Warhammer 40k miniatures, and puzzles of every shape and size. But as the stores would get bigger and business would get better, they would start to expand their offerings in order to attract a broader customer base. Shelves that once held puzzles […]

WARNING: The “geek factor” of this post is a little high. Are you a Star Trek fan? If not, do you know one? In the days before J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the original series, there was a classic debate right down the middle: Who was a better captain of the Enterprise: Kirk or Picard?1 Every Trek fan I’ve met […]

Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson here in Milwaukee. He was charming, dynamic, funny, and (of course) brilliant. Due to my own biases regarding “technobabble” and other communication-blocking devices, I was frequently aware of the fact that he was discussing the secrets of the universe in language that I could understand without […]

iRobot, the company that brought us the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, has now created a new robot: the iRobot Create 2. Hackers have long been using the Roomba as a robot platform, and while the Create 2 has the same circular body as its older siblings, this green little kid was designed specifically for robotic creation. Created with STEM (Science Technology Electronics […]

Would drivers still cut each other off or act towards each other as they sometimes do if they weren’t enclosed in 2000 pounds of metal? Or is there something about being wrapped in automotive technology that detaches us from each other as people? Computers and telephones aren’t any different, are they? Do we treat people on the other end of […]

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda What better day to talk about fear than Halloween? I don’t have nightmares often, but when I do they tend to follow the same basic theme: I’m running away from somethings (Zombies, Borg, an Evil Empire, etc.) and if […]