• To an Earth of Green Purity: Technology and Environmentalism in Miyazaki’s Films

    To an Earth of Green Purity: Technology and Environmentalism in Miyazaki’s Films0

    “I don’t understand,” I said one Friday evening as I stuffed crinkle-cut potato chips and French onion dip into my mouth and watched Princess Mononoke with my roommate during my first winter away from home at university. “Why are the animals so big?” I protested. “Why’s everybody yelling all the time? Ashitaka! San!” We laughed at

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  • The Worst Possible Game: Maki Naro and Matthew Francis’ “Are We Living In A Computer Simulation?”

    The Worst Possible Game: Maki Naro and Matthew Francis’ “Are We Living In A Computer Simulation?”0

    Artist Maki Naro teams up with writer (and physicist) Matthew R. Francis for his latest comic for The Nib, which explores the the age-old question: Is reality real? Elon Musk–CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, leader of various interesting projects, and full time public futurist–recently made the case for philosopher Nick Bostrom’s simulation argument. Bostrom

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  • Remote Role-Playing: Keep the Dice Rolling

    Remote Role-Playing: Keep the Dice Rolling1

    • October 4, 2016

    My favorite kind of social event is a good role-playing session with friends, when we’re sitting around a messy table cluttered with books, maps, papers and dice, littered with snack wrappers and empty coffee mugs. But this idyllic kind of gatherings have become increasingly hard for me to arrange: as we grow up, schedules become

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  • Geek Mystique: Lifestyle News for September

    Geek Mystique: Lifestyle News for September0

    It’s that time again! The Lifestyle section Editor’s–that would be me–monthly round-up of carefully curated (meaning stuff I like) geeky lifestyle links! Hide your wallet now.

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  • Mom’N’Pop Culture: 5 Games My Kids Would Rather Play Than Pokémon GO

    Mom’N’Pop Culture: 5 Games My Kids Would Rather Play Than Pokémon GO0

    There have been many instances in my parenthood thus far in which I’ve known exactly how I mishandled my mothering know-how. For example, when my four-year-old son told me to “go love myself,” I knew right away allowing him to listen to the Beibs was my mistake. I understand my kids are their own people, meaning

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  • Apps We Love

    Apps We Love0

    This past month for lifestyle, we talked a lot about helpful and favorite apps. Both Melinda and Catie reviewed meditation apps, while Jessica talked about the productivity app Trello. At the beginning of the month, Ray reviewed Litsy, a book app. I then asked for a few more recommendations for apps we love, especially ones

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