Today’s Cartoon: Like Father, Like Son

Monday, February 17, 2020. By Heather Loase, with cartooncollections.com. Why one writer monitors his teens’ electronic devices—and why you should, too. (And here’s a brief history of porn on the internet.) Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more Read more…

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

The site’s innovations have always been cultural rather than computational. It was created using existing technology. This remains the single most underestimated and misunderstood aspect of the project: its emotional architecture. Wikipedia is built on the personal interests and idiosyncrasies of its contributors; in fact, without getting gooey, you could Read more…

Cities weigh free public transit amid rising costs

Michelle Wu, a City Council member in Boston, wants everyone to ride for free on subways and buses that crisscross the region. Wu says the city is experiencing a “transportation crisis” as ridership declines, rush-hour traffic rises and the infrastructure of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority continues to crumble. The Read more…

Extinct Turtle Weighed 2,500 Pounds

A giant extinct turtle was discovered in the tropical regions of South America in the 1970s. It was given the painfully generic name of Stupendemys geographicus. The turtle lived five to ten million years ago, but only recently have fossils been found that are intact enough to give us a Read more…

One Week and 500 Voices

[embedded content] You know what Barenaked Ladies really needs? A mass choir explaining how to pronounce “sorry.” The band collaborated with 500 singers from Choir! Choir! Choir! for a fundraiser for Covenant House Toronto, and the result is a real hoot. -via Metafilter PREVIOUS STORY NEXT STORY Like this? Please Read more…

Dog Swallows Diamond Engagement Ring

Worried that her dog might have swallowed her missing engagement ring, a woman brought her German short-haired pointer puppy to an animal hospital in Pretoria. There, her fears were confirmed: Pepper, her dog really does have it in its stomach. Veterinarians took X-ray photos and quickly spotted the missing item Read more…

Tarantino’s Camera Angel

[embedded content] The slate operator is crucial to filmmaking. They make sure each piece of film is labeled with the scene and take number, plus codes for different camera angles. The loud clap is a marker to synchronize sound. A good slate operator will make each take easy to find Read more…