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Infuriating Guardian Writer Slags Off Technology While Writing on the Guardian Website

“Oh technology is awful, isn’t it? How terrible that we live our lives under the jackboot of the Enlightenment, with all of its individual rights and medicines which actually work”, so says Mark Boyle in the Guardian today. I’m paraphrasing, slightly. Read More >>

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A Look Back at Star Trek: Nemesis, the Film That Killed a Franchise

This year happens to be the same year as that Star Trek: Nemesis’s 15th anniversary. So I decided to rewatch it to see if my memory of this film as a complete disaster was true. Read More >>

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Smartwatches Are Dying Because They Are Worthless

Back in April, I dropped £200 on a gadget that had me feeling that gadget love again. You’re familiar with the feeling too; the thrill you get walking into a  shop or thumbing through a catalogue. It’s that sense that you’re seeing a small glimpse of the future neatly packaged and commoditised for the present. Read More >>

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The Grand Tour is Broken, and Needs a BBC Executive to Fix It

We're now four episodes into The Grand Tour, and despite the massive budgets and great expectations... it appears to be skidding off the tracks. Read More >>

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The Snowden Movie Illustrates Why I’m So Pessimistic About The Future

Last night the cybersecurity firm F-Secure hosted a screening of Oliver Stone’s latest film, Snowden - a dramatisation of how the eponymous hero went from working deep inside the American Intelligence apparatus, to becoming an internationally famous whistleblower who has been lionised and demonised in equal measure. Essentially, F-Secure probably couldn’t have asked for a better sales pitch. Read More >>

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Fact-Checking Jeremy Clarkson’s Stupid Opinions in Episode 3 of The Grand Tour

Three episodes into The Grand Tour, and Jeremy Clarkson has finally gone full Jeremy Clarkson. The first couple of episodes might have featured the odd 'jokes' about gypsies or other nationalities, but it was this week's show that reminded us why we have a hate/hate relationship with Clarkson. Read More >>

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Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut Is the Movie 2016 Deserves

Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut is the cinematic equivalent of a train wreck. Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut is the physical equivalent of a train wreck. Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut is 2016 in movie form. Read More >>

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The Grand Tour Episode 2 is Terrible: Clarkson, May and Hammond Challenge Our Incredulity in Jordan

I always had a hate/hate relationship with Top Gear. I hated the presenters: I hated how they would seemingly cast doubt on the reality of climate change, how they would undermine the necessary transition to electric cars, and how they would position themselves as heroes of Daily Mail readers -- by appealing to their sense that there's something wrong with political correctness. Read More >>

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Black Friday, Obesity, Grey Squirrels and the Other Worst US Imports

Check the internet tomorrow and you'll likely be flooded with suggestions that you buy things you don't need, as this previously vacant day of our calendar has been hijacked by internet retailers -- thanks to the importation of the American phenomenon known as Black Friday. Read More >>

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The New Star Wars Canon Presents a Fascinating Paradox of Storytelling

Modern Star Wars storytelling is balanced on a beautiful paradox. On one side, everything is part of the same story, giving even the smallest addition a huge responsibility. On the other side, that responsibility requires fans to almost completely shift their mindsets about the franchise, which can be difficult. Read More >>

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Nobody Wants a Modular Smartphone

Google has reportedly killed its long-delayed, much-hyped modular smartphone initiative, Project Ara. I say good riddance. Read More >>

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No, Game of Thrones’s Sexual Violence Isn’t ‘Nonsense’

An executive from Sky came out this week and said concerns about sexual violence against women on the show are “nonsense.” Excuse me while I roll my eyes to Moon Bay. Read More >>

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The 21st Century Didn’t Start Until 2001, You Dunderheads

Did you see the BBC’s new list of the 100 best movies of the 21st century, chosen by film critics from around the world? Like any movie list, scores of film geeks are tripping over themselves to declare it all wrong. David Lynch’s 2001 Hollywood fever dream Mulholland Drive took the number one spot. But honestly, the selection of movies didn’t bother me so much. Read More >>

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Memes Are Dead

Look at the above image. Soak it in. Become one with the abomination. Read More >>

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Serious Academics Are Full of Shit

Last week, a Serious Academic™ exhausted hundreds of words denouncing the use of social media by his colleagues while insinuating that selfie culture poses an existential threat to academic life. The social media backlash from other serious academics was swift and on point, reminding us that many scientists are voluntary participants in the broader experiment of human society. Read More >>