By Geoff Olson Last December, scientists announced the discovery of an Earth-like world out beyond our solar system. A Harvard university astronomer who helped find the planet is seeking a better name than GJ 1214b, its clunky scientific designation. For a short time, Wired magazine solicited readers for suggestions, but I think we’ve had the … Continue reading WHO’S FOR PLANET ZIGGY?
By Geoff Olson As a preemptive New Years resolution, I recently ditched my 11-year old cell phone along with it’s bare bones, $30 monthly mobility plan. The candybar-style “Nokia Shorty” is a lozenge-shaped mobile that predates flip phones. I had grown fond of its stupidity. The device’s archaic interface kept me from joining the hordes … Continue reading REQUIEM FOR A NOKIA SHORTY
by Geoff Olson She’s got a wasp-like waist, missile cone boobs, and a corona of blonde plastic hair. And she’s packing a microchip full of trouble, say critics who’ve painted “Hello Barbie” as the most disturbing Christmas gift of the year. The doll is toymaker Mattel’s effort to rebrand their plastic role model for girls … Continue reading HELL NO, BARBIE!