Thursday, November 19


Wednesday, November 18


Tuesday, November 17

The Debunker: Did Delilah Cut Samson's Hair?

by Ken Jennings

Bad grooming in November: it's not just for the fellas anymore! It's been over a decade since the birth of Movember, the famed mustache-growing event that benefits men's health charities. Now there's No-Shave November, in which of both sexes can show solidarity with cancer patients by skipping the razor or waxing appointment, and donating their usual hair expenses to cancer research. Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame will be with us all month, untangling all manner of hairy misconceptions and follicular falsehoods.

The Debunker: Did Delilah Cut Samson's Hair?

You don't have to be a Sunday school regular to know the story of Samson and Delilah, or at least the broad strokes. Samson is a big strong muscleman who falls for the beautiful Delilah. She's bad news and betrays him. It's a tale as old as time. It's a pretty misogynistic tale as old as time, I guess, but today there are feminist readings of the story as well, if that's what you're into.

read more…


Monday, November 16

Music Monday: Unexpected Cyberpunks

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Some people say that the reason we gave up the cyberpunk genre is that we just caught up with ourselves, and cyberpunk fiction just became plain ol' fiction. In our world full of wi-fi and iPhones, there might be something to that. Today Scott's celebrating the world of cyberpunk with five artists who explored the genre when it was still mostly new. Today, though, it's all just retro-tech.

Billy Idol - Heroin


Billy Idol's brief dive into "cyber" music could have actually been a good thing. In 1993, industrial and techno and all that stuff were actually on the cutting edge, and a Velvet Underground cover wasn't a bad way to start his new career. It was just that, well, he decide to jump in 100% and tell everyone how much of a computer nerd he was, and doing that in 1993 meant the real nerds knew what to ask him. Unlike David Bowie two years later, Billy didn't exactly know how to respond to tech questions at all. And that meant he was pretty much despised by the Usenet hordes who called him a fakerpunk. He never really came back to this persona again.

More unexpected cyberpunks ahead! Can you guess them all? NO. YOU CAN'T. DON'T LIE.

read more…


Sunday, November 15


Saturday, November 14


Friday, November 13