When fans of established bands discover that their favorite front man has gone solo, it's generally a moment of extreme trepidation. Many would agree that The Stones, Genesis, and The Police were far greater than Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, and Sting on their own. But then you have artists like Neil Young, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, who really matured as artists once they struck out on their own. As much as I adore 311, I also love Nick Hexum's new project, Nick Hexum Quintet, which finds the singer, backed by a stellar group of musicians, including his … Read more
"Star Wars" celebrations are known for offering exclusive merchandise as special lures for attendees. Sometimes, those exclusive items sneak out and become available to the general public. That's what happened with the limited-edition Death Star soccer ball.
ThinkGeek is selling a small quantity of these exclusive balls that were originally offered at "Star Wars" Celebration Europe. Naturally, they were originally called the "Celebration Europe Death Star Football." Other European items may be destined to stay exclusive, like the Death Star paper lantern and Endor speeder bike floaty pen.… Read more
Like a Republican congressman with the government, Bill Nye's doctor tried to shut him down.
At the end of last week's breathless, insane attempt to be the body double of Beethoven dancing the paso doble on "Dancing With The Stars," Bill Nye injured himself.
Lunging toward the lap of his partner, Tyne Stecklein, he tore his quadriceps tendon.
Like a good scientist, he went to see the doctor. The doctor cast a smug eye at him and said he wouldn't recommend anything other than a wheelchair.
Nye decided to eschew science for pure religious faith. … Read more
As was the case with many "Star Wars" fans, the prequels left me feeling cold. They just didn't have that sense of excitement, life, and pluckiness of the original films. I felt alienated by the CGI and the mere sight of Jar Jar Binks. I've had some difficulty putting my disappointment into words, but now Portland, Ore., ad agency Sincerely Truman has summed it all up for me in a two-minute video aimed at J.J. Abrams.
Abrams has accepted the major responsibility of carrying "Star Wars" forward. He has a massive legacy to live up to, but he also has to overcome the missteps of the prequel films. I don't envy him the task, but if anyone is up to it, he is. I sure hope he's paying attention to Sincerely Truman's sweet and simple, "4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again" video.… Read more
Since the 17th Century there have been many different iterations of legendary sexual libertine Don Juan. Today, in 2013, he is Don Jon, a sexually-voracious commitment-phobe, who takes greater pleasure from online porn than from his many conquests. But the "Jersey Shore"-inspired character (well played, written, and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who could teach "The Situation" a thing or ten about laying "9s," puts the one-night stands behind him when he meets a "dime" named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson). But can he do the same with his porn addiction?
"Don Jon&… Read more
If you've spent a couple decades studying, learning, and speaking Klingon, then you probably already know in your gut it's a real language. Linguist John McWhorter has your back.
McWhorter explains in a short Ted-Ed lesson how certain made-up languages can qualify as real languages. He investigates Elvish from "The Lord of the Rings" books and movies, Klingon from "Star Trek," Dothraki from the "Game of Thrones" world, and Na'vi from "Avatar." These all qualify as fantasy constructed languages, better known as conlangs.… Read more
In journalism, there's something called a lede, which is just another word for the main or most important part of your story. Normally you want to lay it out for the reader in the first sentence or two. Obviously, I'm hesitating here.
That's because I can't decide if it's more important that researchers at MIT and Harvard have just managed to create a previously unobserved form of matter by getting photons to bind together into molecules, or the fact that the result is basically a real-life lightsaber -- that could be part of a quantum computer one day.
Actually, I think what this story is really about is...friendship.… Read more
It's been three long years since Whitney Cummings' last stand-up tour. But between co-writing CBS series "2 Broke Girls" and starring on NBC's "Whitney" and E!'s "Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings," there just wasn't adequate time for touring. But now, with the cancellation of the latter two series (as well as two significant relationships), her schedule has opened up a bit. So she's hitting the road again with an entirely new act, inspired by a new attitude and lease on life. "People see me as a … Read more
Angry Birds Star Wars II (iOS|Android) is a sequel that continues the "Star Wars" theme as you fling birds at evil pigs, but this time the game explores the prequel movies, with new birds like Jango Fett, a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even characters from the "Pork Side." Whether you're playing for good or evil, this installment has all the same mechanics as the rest of the games in the franchise, but instead of getting boring or repetitive, it still manages to be fun.
By now just about everyone has played or seen Angry … Read more
Angry Birds Star Wars II (iOS|Android|Windows Phone) is a sequel that continues the "Star Wars" theme as you fling birds at evil pigs, but this time the game explores the prequel movies, with new birds like Jango Fett, a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even characters from the "Pork Side." Whether you're playing for good or evil, this installment has all the same mechanics as the rest of the games in the franchise, but instead of getting boring or repetitive, it still manages to be fun.
By now just about everyone has played or … Read more