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Six Months with the iPad: Apple’s Life-Changing Tablet

Robert Bee's picture

I’ve always wanted one of the tablets Captain Kirk and Picard use on the bridge of the Enterprise. Kirk authoritatively signs the small electronic device and still has time to leer at the yeomen in her red miniskirt. Picard is more – introspective – as he sits at his desk studying the slim tablet before encountering a Dyson sphere. A few years ago, I wrote a science fiction short story, and one of the gadgets in the story was a tablet media device that everyone carried around to get their news and entertainment. I thought the gadget was quite clever, but sadly Apple has surpassed me.

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Recycling: It's more lazy than green

Republibot 3.0's picture

I know I announced that we weren't going to run content on weekends anymore (Excepting current reviews), in order to save myself for important stuff and reviews, but it has been pointed out to me that we have a *ton* of old content that went online in our first year, long before we became popular. Most of our current crop of readers haven't seen any of that stuff, and some (Definitely not all) of it is pretty good and deserves to be dug up and looked at.

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Happy New Year, and Thank You

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Well, our second full year online has come and gone, and as usual we've learned a lot. For instance: I can dress myself now! But I won't bore you with a whole lot of life lessons and zoning board regulations here.

Bottom line, it's been a really good year. We've quadrupled our traffic (on average), we've built quite a little community of people here, we're well regarded by most of the people who check us out, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they're on.

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The Unfortunate Link Between Cold, Hard Science And Cold, Hard Hatred

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[NOTE: This was something Neorandomizer wrote a while back. I thought it was rather snazzy and deserved more attention than it would have gotten as a mere comment, so I (R3) am reprinting it here:]

The nature vs nurture debate has been around as long as old guys have had time to sit around and BS while the young go out to hunt the Mammoth. The debate picked up steam in the 19th century after Darwin's book on evolution and Doctors started to study human behavior from a scientific angle.

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Trolls

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In the twenty-or-so month we've been online, we haven't had too many trolls, surprisingly. I wasn't until early June that we got our first outraged Trekie, who claimed I made him vomit with rage (I'm still pretty proud of that). We've gotten a few leftist types who pop on, scream, and are never heard from again. Really, we've been pretty lucky, truth be told, and I don't know quite how we managed it. I mean, we're pretty openly insulting to a lot of sacred genre cows, and we *are* right wing. You'd think there'd be more of that. I guess we're still rather low profile.

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The Fear of Space

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The other day I found a movie on the web called ‘The Day the Sky Exploded,’ a French film made in 1958; one of many that shows a fear of man exploring space. This is not the fear of space that some people have like the fear of the ocean, which is a form of agoraphobia. No, I am speaking of the fear of the consequences of man exploring space.

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Does Joseph Campbell Talk Out Of His Butt? Signs Point To 'Yes'...

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It seems somehow appropriate to discuss this on April Fool's Day.

Joseph Campbell was a Mythologist - a student of mythology, and to some extent, comparative religion. He became famous for popularizing the concept that all myths - all stories, really - are simply variations on The One Story. That is to say, that there's a certain framework that all myths fall into, which is a way of showing the fundamental psychological interconnectedness of all things blah blah blah blah. It's the kind of thing that wild-eyed accademics in the mid-19th century went even wilder-eyed about because it's basically reductive thinking: It turns big, scary, inscrutable, and generally (Gasp!) non-Caucasian societies into something you can dismiss with a wave of your pseudointellectual hand. The beauty of this is that it allows white folks to tell non-white folks what non-white folks believe and think without ever botheirng to ask them, nor even considering their opinions in the first place.

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