• video

    Friday Video: Regolith

    by  • October 17, 2014 • Tech, video • 0 Comments

    Short documentary on the lives of young scrap workers growing up in the e-waste trade of central Accra, Ghana. A ImageFiction Films and Dazed Digital production Directed by Sam Goldwater Produced by Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman Facebook: facebook.com/ImageFictionFilms Twitter: @imagefiction imagefictionfilms.com samgoldwater.com

    Read more →

    Friday Video: Randall Munroe, “What If?” Authors@Google

    by  • September 26, 2014 • Fun, Tech, video • 0 Comments

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions.

    The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

    • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?
    • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?
    • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?
    • Are fire tornadoes possible?

    His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

    The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. (Published on Sep 24, 2014)

    Friday Video: Feminist Frequency: Women as Background Decoration

    by  • August 29, 2014 • video • 0 Comments

    In [these episodes] we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.

    Friday Video: Cybersecurity as Realpolitik

    by  • August 22, 2014 • Politics & Law, video • 0 Comments

    Power exists to be used. Some wish for cyber safety, which they will not get. Others wish for cyber order, which they will not get. Some have the eye to discern cyber policies that are “the least worst thing;” may they fill the vacuum of wishful thinking. Presented by Dan Geer at Black Hat USA 2014.