Meteorologists Did "Robot Journalism" Before It Was Cool

Something that shook-up the media more than the media getting shaken-up in Monday morning's 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles is the revelation that the Los Angeles Times has a set of code written to automatically post an article when the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that an earthquake occurred in… » 3/19/14 1:45pm 3/19/14 1:45pm

Seinfeld… in the Oculus Rift

Like millions of hapless people around the world, you have the apartment set from Seinfeld emblazoned on your eyelids. You blink and there it is, waiting. You'll never not know what it looks like. Now, if you own an Oculus Rift headset, you can strap it onto your head and walk around it. It's almost like you're inside… » 3/03/14 5:03pm 3/03/14 5:03pm

Thousands of People Just Won a Game of Pokémon Together

Right now, as you read these words, hundreds of thousands of people are celebrating a victory over Pokémon Red/Blue. Not individually, each holding a GameBoy loaded with an eighteen-year-old game cartridge. » 3/03/14 7:55am 3/03/14 7:55am

Fax Machine Creates Found Poetry Masterpiece

What happens when the garbled datastream of a fax machine is transcribed by one of those increasingly popular voice-to-text services? Web developer E.J. Brennan says this is what was produced when a fax machine called his number and left a voicemail on Twilio, which offers automatic transcription service. » 2/11/14 3:27pm 2/11/14 3:27pm

#FreeJahar: When Conspiracy Theorists and One Direction Fans Collide

Up until last week, "One Direction Infection," a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader we'll call Claire, looked like any other 14-year-old's Tumblr: a bright pink background, a default font that resembles cute handwriting, an embedded MP3 player playing Daddy Yankee and Jesse McCartney, and scores of… » 2/11/14 3:27pm 2/11/14 3:27pm

From Otherkin to Transethnicity: Your Field Guide to the Weird World of…

Like a lot of teenagers and 20-somethings, "Eric Draven" used to keep a Tumblr. The microblogging platform has a strong community aspect, and it's easy to find people who like the same things — or are undergoing the same struggles — as you. There aren't many people undergoing the exact same struggles as Draven (a… » 2/11/14 3:26pm 2/11/14 3:26pm