Plot Point Does Not Compute: On laughably bad uses of computers in mainstream movies and shows, starting with the virus upload in Independence Day.

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Life Between Charges: Discussing the evolution of the rechargeable battery, and the flashlight that proved that there was a market for battery-powered devices you plug in.

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One Week Later: A rebuttal of sorts to the unreasonable anger over BNL's biggest hit, as portrayed in a popular column by a prominent critic.

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Where The Action Was: A list of social networks that failed to stick around in any real way, except as memories. Some of them were more influential than others. Others scored big paydays.

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We Value Your Feedback: How the suggestion box, once a simple tool for giving feedback, played a role in the weirder and darker data-hungry present for many companies.

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Immigrating to Your Dreams: Considering the surprisingly complex mechanisms that face talented athletes attempting to immigrate to another country for a professional team.

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Reflection, In Four Parts: Looking through the mirror at mirrors, in the hopes of seeing an interesting reflection, or maybe to figure out that weird mirage thing you see on the highway.

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Gaming The Charts: Pondering the way that gaps in Billboard’s music charts have, for decades, created opportunities for bands and artists to maximize their exposure.

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All Over the TV Dial: Like reading about odd broadcasting and television standards? Perfect—this post is for you. We’re starting in Jamaica.

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The Hard Pivot: Considering companies that ended up in a far different place from where they started. You know, like Samsung, Shell, Hasbro, and American Express.

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To Boldly Sing: Star Trek has inspired plenty of pop culture, but nothing is as bizarre as the musical fandom following its warp trail.

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Inventing Daylight: On the evolution and growth of fluorescent colors in modern culture—especially in bright, neon, DayGlo form.

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Social Imagineering: Despite what you’ve heard, the word “imagineering” is not unique to Disney. In fact, it’s a phrase that was first used in World War II corporate propaganda.

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Stumbled Into a Discount: Cheap Tickets, one of the first big digital travel companies, has a hell of a corporate history—one with nothing to do with the internet.

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Disposability Interchange: Considering the tension between disposability and interchangeable parts, and how right to repair opponents are trying to have it both ways.

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We’re getting one last hour of Norm—an hour of standup he shot in his living room, just in case it looked like he was going to die. hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-ne

Oh good, someone did a “rest of the story” with the ultra-rare Computer Reset IBM machine that the 8-Bit Guy famously had problems with. youtube.com/watch?v=Ah9Rh1xxWn

Shuffled By the iPod: The iPod is leaving the market, which means that now’s as good a time as any to consider the many audio players it vanquished along the way.

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