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Climate Activists Push Harvard to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Dec-21-12 Cambridge, Mass. – With climate change policy deadlocked, there’s a rapidly growing movement on campuses nationwide to convince universities to yank their investments in fossil fuel companies. And at [...]

December 23, 2012 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Is There a Punk Aesthetic?

Originally published in Souciant Magazine on December 12, 2012. The back cover and spine of Punk: An Aesthetic are almost entirely white, with a clean, black typeface. Seen from a distance on a bookshelf, it could be any modern art book. But the [...]

December 14, 2012 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Junot Díaz talks sci-fi, Hollywood and oppression of, and within, the geek community

In a recent interview on the terrific Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, Junot Díaz takes a remarkably clear-eyed look at the state of the geek community and its relation to mainstream entertainment. The Dominican-American author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao goes after [...]

December 9, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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LCD Soundsystem makes fans dance and cry one last time

Kerouac was cool because had no idea he was, Dennis Miller once said. That may be true, but James Murphy is painfully aware of how cool he is, and often isn’t, and that somehow makes him about as cool as [...]

November 20, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
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99% Invisible episode on Dazzle camouflage

The great podcast and radio show “99% Invisible”  featured the Picasso-zebra camouflage of World War I ships called “Dazzle” or “Razzle Dazzle” in its most recent episode. The story of Dazzle is really cool, and I did a post about [...]

November 17, 2012 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Adrian Tomine brings alt-comics sensibility to highbrow illustration in ‘New York Drawings’

An underground comic book artist at heart, it’s clear that Adrian Tomine isn’t quite comfortable in the role of highbrow magazine illustrator. And a Sacramento-born Californian at heart, he isn’t entirely comfortable identifying as a New Yorker either. And yet, [...]

November 15, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Ekranoplan, the Russian behemoth that didn’t survive the Cold War

“Ekranoplan,” said Gareth. “A ground effect vehicle. He’s mad.” … The ekranoplans reminded Milgrim of the Spruce Goose, which he’d toured in Long Beach as a high school student, but with its wings largely amputated. Weird Soviet hybrids, the ekranoplans; [...]

October 21, 2012 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Can playlists ever replace mixtapes?

From 2001 to 2004, I created one mixtape every two months, compiling the best of the music I had been listening to at the time. The idea, inspired by a Cameron Crowe interview, was to make a diary in music [...]

October 7, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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How my computer crisis was like a predator attack

Having never experienced a true computer emergency, it’s been easy to consider myself immune from them. It’s like how I had never missed a flight until I was almost 30, and thought I had some kind of superpower. But once [...]

October 3, 2012 Blog, Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Blue Ant > Dazzle Camouflage

How do you camouflage an inflatable mylar drone in the shape of a penguin? You really can’t, but for the climax of Zero History, one character opts for a disruptive paint job known as “dazzle” as a way to break [...]

October 2, 2012 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing