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23 Feb 2012 19:27


Culture: Scifi author shares his series’ ending with terminally-ill fan

  • “You’re going to put him in a coma”: See what happens when one Reddit user surprises his terminally-ill friend with an item that he might not have otherwise lived to see. Prepare to have your faith in humanity restored….and to finish off a box of Kleenex. (h/t 14kgoldnycsource

16 Jul 2010 17:01


Tech: WTF? Apple has these weird rooms for testing antenna signals

  • Out of the many frank things that came out of Apple’s rage-filled press conference today was the existence of these rooms where they test the signals of their cell phones. They look like the dream chambers of a science fiction author, not a real-world cell phone testing place. We wonder if this place is available for parties or weddings or that sort of thing. It would be one of the most awesome spaces ever for something like that. source

26 Jul 2009 10:58


Tech: We’re living the plot of a movie where robots overtake humans

  • Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years. Technologists are replacing religion, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture.
  • Eric Horvitz • A Microsoft researcher who is also president of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Horvitz is talking like one of those crazy scientists who eventually gets killed by a robot in a bad science-fiction movie, which explains why he’s heading up a conference on whether humans should limit artificial intelligence for robots so that the robots don’t overtake their masters. Our friends at Inevitable Rise of the Machines have long been warning us of this fact. • source

16 May 2009 22:19


Culture: J.J. Abrams is like OMG about the “Star Trek” possibilities

  • The fun of this is that the destiny of these characters is in their hands — it’s not constrained by the pre-existing films or TV series. Believe me, whether it’s William Shatner or Khan … it would be ridiculous to not be open to those ideas.
  • “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams • On the nice part of having a major hit film based on a legacy franchise – specifically one based on an alternate reality – on your hands: Thinking about the possibilities of what you can do with it next. If they get Shatner on board, fanbois are gonna be like whoa. • source

17 Mar 2009 10:37


Culture: This just makes our head hurt. The SciFi Channel goes “SyFy”

  • We love being sci-fi, and we’re still embracing that. But we’re more than just space and aliens and the future – the three things most people think of when they think of ‘sci fi.’
  • Dave Howe • President of the SciFi Channel, on its name change to SyFy – which is destined to annoy the crap out of a bunch of BSG and SG-1 fans. We’re not even SciFi fans and we’re annoyed by it. And it takes a lot to annoy us, as you might have been able to tell by the nature of our blog. • source