If Westworld were real, we'd all be fucked. That much was clear when I attended New York Comic Con's Westworld: The Experience, an immersive activation that makes guests feel like they're visiting the fictitious park that encourages you to "live without limits." In part of the experience set up to look like the Mariposa Saloon, a "host" asked one of my fellow attendees what they planned to do first in Westworld. "Shoot someone," this person said. It was a joke, and the spectacularly poor timing, given recent events in Las Vegas, didn't strike me until later. In that saloon, it really felt like we were part of Westworld, and the reality outside didn't exist. Out here we have our rules, our codes of conduct, and still we struggle. On HBO's Westworld, the park brings out people's darkest impulses...so perhaps only a taste of Westworld is safer for now. SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we're hyped about at New York Comic Con 2017 Westworld: The Experience opened Thursday in conjunction with New … [Read more...] about NYCC’s ‘Westworld’ activation is too real yet not real enough
Fall is here, and you know what that means: it’s finally time for the re-emergence of the dumb Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. I, for one, cannot stand the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I don’t need all that fancy shit, for crying out loud! I'm a regular guy, and I’ll just take a regular, plain old triple half-caf chocolateccino with extra whip cream, like a normal person. SEE ALSO: I am the founder of Starbucks and I am begging you to stop buying the Unicorn Frappuccino Seriously, you’re not impressing me, just because you drink a pretentious "fancy drink" while all of us regular schmoes make due with our boring old caramel two-pump vanilla macchiatos and double mocha frappes with a side cup of pure cane sugar to chase like when you take a shot of tequila with salt. You’re gonna tell me you need a FLAVORED spice and then STEAMED milk? What happened to the world? As for me? I'll take my caffeine like my grandfather did, thank you very much: in the form a … [Read more...] about Pumpkin Spice Latte? Whatever happened to simple drinks, like my triple foam half-caf chocolateccino
Major League Baseball executives are complaining about a California "Got Milk?" campaign, soon to roll out nationwide, that satirizes the sport's ongoing headaches over steroid use. The new campaign, which ran throughout the World Series on television and online, is made up of mock newscasts in which players are accused of using a "performance-enhancing substance." That substance, naturally, is the same one that leaves a white mustache after drinking a tall glass of it. Although baseball's top executives were not amused, they've stopped short of asking the milk moguls to pull the ads. "There is nothing humorous about steroid abuse," Tim Brosnan, the league's executive vice president for business, said in a statement. "I would think that the California Milk Processor Board and their advertising agency would know better regarding an issue that threatens America's youth." The league's irritation was amplified by the fact that the ads quickly spread outside … [Read more...] about Milk, baseballs next scandal?
When it comes to the ability to eat cheese, geography is destiny. Researchers at Cornell University have shown in a recent study that lactose intolerance is largely a factor of cultural evolution. That is, members of ethnic groups that emerged in regions where raising cattle was common often are more genetically predisposed to digest milk products. Meanwhile, people whose ancestors came from regions where extreme temperatures, short growing seasons and dangerous animal-borne diseases made animal husbandry expensive and difficult often feel cramped and nauseous after eating dairy products. In cheese-happy Denmark, for instance, only 2 percent of the population studied was lactose intolerant. In Zambia, near the equator, 100 percent of the individuals studied were lactose intolerant. "The implication is that harsh climates and dangerous diseases negatively impact dairy herding and geographically restrict the availability of milk, and that humans have physiologically … [Read more...] about Gene research offers cheesy insights
Two coffee shop unicorns are sharpening their horns to wage a legal battle. NYC cafe The End is claiming that Starbucks stole the idea of a unicorn-themed beverage from them. Back in January, the Brooklyn-based cafe garnered major headlines as word spread about their colorful and sprinkle-laden unicorn latte. The drink is served warm and contains no actual coffee. It's made with ginger, lemon, coconut milk, and e3 live blue green algae. Needless to say, Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino contained none of those ingredients. However, The End claims that the Unicorn Frappuccino was too similar in outward appearance to their unicorn latte. Both drinks prominently display bright colors, pink and blue in particular. The End also felt that Starbucks' product launch was designed to overshadow their unicorn latte, with the lawsuit also noting that The End has had a trademark pending on the drink name since January. Starbucks, of course, stated that the accusations have no grounds. And while part … [Read more...] about NYC cafe accuses Starbucks of stealing their unicorn drink
I know it's going on a month late now, but I've been meaning to share my story of this year's Tokyo Game Show. I had planned on attending the show as a fan, maybe catching some sights while I was in town, and then writing about my experience for those who could not make the trip across the Pacific. That all changed when I was hired as a freelance writer by Chris Kohler of Wired Game|Life. Suddenly I had a four-day commitment to see and write as much as I could, so all other interests took a backseat. So if you don't mind reading last month's news today or if you're curious what I went through as a newbie member of the press, pull up a seat and read on. It's a long story but I think it's worth telling. Besides, most of these games still haven't hit the shelves yet! First of all, I want to reiterate that it is a big deal whenever I visit Tokyo. It's not that far away and I'm hardly living in the sticks here in suburban Kansai, but each time I go to Tokyo I experience a sudden rush. I'm … [Read more...] about Tell a (Belated) Tale of TGS
I have never been the most physically active person on the planet. The thought of running for fun is paradoxical to me and the number of times I have entered a gym to exercise is equivalent to the temperature water freezes in Celsius. On the other hand I do not lead a completely sedentary existence either. Once upon a time I lived in close proximity to mountain ranges and I would go snowboarding every weekend in the winter, or hiking in the summer. I enjoy outdoor activity and occasionally my work takes me on some fairly exciting world travels that require some amount of physicality. I am not a total couch potato, and yet one spring day I began to wonder how I transitioned from a slim potato wedge into a fat-filled heaping of hash browns. This is the true story of how I used my Wii to slim down over the course of one year. A Little History When I first started graduate school I was a fairly lean 6'1" 160 lbs with decent but not great eating habits. I was a bit heftier in high … [Read more...] about How I knocked 80 lbs off my HP
Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before — but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they’re going to keep up. But luckily, there’s a range of new technologies that might make it possible. In this series, we’ll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world. In Thomas Malthus’ seminal — though oft criticized — 1798 work, An Essay on the Principle of Population, the economist took a long view of human history up to that point, observing that human populations, when they have an abundance of food, grow until they strain their resources, at which point scarcity sets in. “Famine seems to be the last, the most dreadful resource … [Read more...] about Automated agriculture: Can robots, drones, and AI save us from starvation?
What is the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse by De’Longhi? Dolce Gusto has long experimented with the idea of what a coffee machine should look like. The Eclipse takes this concept to a new level, styled as a loop that transforms into an eye-catching twist. But it’s not just the shape that’s striking – this machine is incredibly feature-packed. It has a used-pod alert light, an XL function for longer drinks, and automatic opening alongside touch controls, descaling alerts and an auto-off function for saving energy. There’s also a mini capsule basket to save you from endless trips to the bin, and the Eclipse's varied pod options mean it can make more than 40 different hot and cold drinks, preventing beverage boredom. Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse by De’Longhi – Design and Features In a world of boxy and bulbous coffee machines, the Eclipse changes the pace with its elegant design. Its shape is neat when closed and it opens smoothly with a touch of a … [Read more...] about Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse by De’Longhi
¡Bong! While I was flying from Davos to DC for the inauguration of President Trump, a quiet revolution was being planned in the heart of the American countryside. Now, I can't say I've always seen eye-to-eye with my nephew Zachary Bong-Toynboyalé, aka Zac. I rather lost touch with him as he turned his back on entrepreneurialism to explore frameworks for implementing collaborative transgender safe space, first the Ford Foundation, and then at Open Society Institute. But yesterday Zac sent me his Diary – and I can share it exclusively with you now. At first I was astonished. Then amazed. And ultimately moved and proud. It's the Diary of a Badass Park Ranger. HAILMARY NATIONAL PARK, WY. DAY ONE: 10:02am The fascist Goons in the White House have forbidden the use of social media by government employees like me without authorization. To us Millennials, taking away our Twitter is like taking the insulin off a diabetic. Twitter is a platform. We've been literally No … [Read more...] about AND YOU CAN’T STOP MY FACTS, MR PRESIDENT!’ • The Register