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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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