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Mad Scientist Club

In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows. | Originally published in The Magazine, June 19, 2014.  [...]

September 3, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio
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Blue Ant > Origins of the Gabble Ratchets

Originally on Blue Ant blog. Gabriel Hounds is a brand of jeans in the same sense that Zero History is a book about fashion. Both statements are technically accurate, but only as a gateway to something…slippery. In Gibson’s 2010 novel, the Gabriel [...]

June 9, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek
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Uber is Driving Us to Thunderdome

Originally published at Futures Exchange. There are few things more satisfying than watching new technology and creative people conquer entrenched industries. Whether it’s Etsy, Zipcar, Airbnb, Napster, you name it. There is something deeply appealing about seeing an underdog make a [...]

March 16, 2014 Geek, Science & Environment
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Best Music of 2013

When I look back at my 2012 list, and how great that year in music was, it’s probably not surprising that 2013 seemed to be a year of disappointments. That’s not to say it was a year of bad music. [...]

December 22, 2013 Arts & Culture, Blog
Rattan Palm (Calamus rotang) trunk, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia

Blue Ant > Rattan bone grafts, or cyborg sheep with wooden legs

For all of technology’s efforts to improve upon nature, sometimes the most challenging feat is simply matching it, or even coming close. Take, for example, the endlessly versatile muscle, or the light and load-bearing bone. Imitating the latter poses a [...]

November 6, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Science Fiction Can Save Environmentalism

With public interest in the gutter, the green movement needs a shot of futurism | Essay originally published on Futures Exchange, via Medium, on October 22, 2013. [...]

October 31, 2013 Geek, Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Reviews of 15 horror movies I watched this month

I was an easily scared child. [...]

October 29, 2013 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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Brick on a String: review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Originally published in Souciant on August 15, 2013. | Lauren Beukes transcends genre mashup with a gut punch portrayal of violence against women. [...]

August 23, 2013 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Bill McKibben’s 350.org Organizes Protest and Mass Arrest at MA Power Plant

Originally published in Open Media Boston. by Tate Williams (Staff), Jul-24-13 Cambridge, Mass. – The climate movement is a unique one, longtime activist Bill McKibben told an audience in Cambridge Sunday night, because it doesn’t gain its strength from a few [...]

August 8, 2013 Potpourri, Writing
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Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Return to Cambridge City Hall to Celebrate Defeat of DOMA

Originally published in Open Media Boston. | It was right here on the steps of Cambridge City Hall, on May 17, 2004, where it all started. [...]

July 12, 2013 Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing