Tate Williams

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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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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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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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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