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Blue Ant > HERF Gun

A HERF gun, or an otherwise-nicknamed personal electromagnetic device, is the fantasy weapon of anti-government drone-haters and corporate saboteurs. As in William Gibson’s Zero History: Bigend was telling a story…about someone using something called a “herf” gun, high-energy radio frequency, in [...]

February 8, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Anonymous Mourns Loss of Aaron Swartz, Demands Legal Reforms

Originally published on Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Jan-26-13 BOSTON/South Boston – Members of the Internet collective known as Anonymous took to the streets of Boston yesterday in memory of fellow activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own [...]

February 5, 2013 Geek, Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Boston City Councilor Pushes for More Access to Hubway Bike Sharing Program

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Dec-28-12 BOSTON/Government Center – Boston’s bike-sharing program is heading into its third year as a major success, exceeding ridership expectations and planning to expand. But one city councilor has expressed [...]

January 11, 2013 Science & Environment, Writing
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Cat litter parasites control the brain by hijacking immune system

The cat-loving parasite with a creepy reputation for hijacking its host’s behavior is using the infected body’s own immune system for transportation, but also to juice it with a neurotransmitter that can suppress fear. There’s a growing body of research [...]

December 28, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Best Music of 2012

This year I made a Top 15 List instead of a Top 10 list, a decision I stand by because of the sheer volume of great music this year. Not only that, the Top 5 was crowded by the same [...]

December 26, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
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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