Fun and Games

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Starlog

Before there were internet trolls, there was Starlog. It was a pop-culture magazine that specialized in sci-fi movies and TV shows, back when it was rare to have more than one available at a time. So, it…

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FUN FRIDAY: Lemmings and…

A generation ago, PC gamers didn’t have the option to explore photo-realistic universes and interact with artificial intelligences. It was a simpler time, and games were simpler as well. They were also incredibly addictive, and if…



Someone INVENTED it: the Zipper

For most people it’s impossible to imagine life without a zipper. Really. How would you close your pants? Buttons? What about your purse? What about your laptop bag? Zippers are everywhere. Yet, believe it or not,…


Someone INVENTED it: Emoticon

You might use this 100 times a day, depending on your age: You probably type it as a colon followed by a parenthesis, like this: : ) That may not have been part of your…


FUN FRIDAY: Building a Death Star

So, yeah, I’m decidedly mixed when it comes to my feelings toward Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. If you don’t believe me, here’s the proof: I wasted an hour of company time writing a review of it….



FUN FRIDAY: Desktop Computers

This old beige box may not have been the first device to use the term “Personal Computer” but it was the one that cemented the term “PC” in people’s minds, a term we still use today…



COMMUNICATIONS PIONEERS: Sputnik

Literally, the beep heard around the world. In 1957, 55 years ago, the world changed forever when a 585mm (23″) diameter chrome ball became the first man-made object to leave Earth’s atmosphere. It carried with it…