Yes, I wrote an article about bowling technology for WIRED. You can see the web version here or purchase the November issue of the magazine. Say, why not do both? You're a mover and a shaker with disposable income despite the current economy.
Which element on the Periodic Table best defines you? Hydrogen? Magnesium? Gold? Nickel? You don't know, do you? That's because you haven't been onto Facebook and added the "What Element Are You?" app from the diligent team over at WIRED Science Labs. The show may have passed away but you'd never know it if you lived on Facebook!
You (2007) - Facebook has apps! You (2008) - Facebook sure has a lot of apps.
True, but this one is really fun. Working on a more complex model than "What kind of drunk are you," WiSci's braini-app allows you to not only define yourself elementally but to then take it one step further by forming compounds with your friends. Will you be table salt? Will you form a hydroxide? Will you create some new compound that by its very union defies the very laws of Nature itself? Because you are a sack of firecrackers with a "can-do" attitude, I'm confident you'll find out. By the way, I'm Sodium! What Element Are You?
*CREDITS: My friend Liz Burr over at KCET Interactive wrote the algorithm, while Princess Imoukhuede mapped out the elements and I wrote the content. The app was developed by Pure, Inc. and graphically designed by Nick La.
I look very serious in this picture. Let's all just admit that. I'm "up to something." Clearly it's the kind of conspiratory hijinks one might find in an X Files or a Cold Case. Whatever the reason for the faux intensity, it shouldn't eclipse the fact that EVERY EPISODE of PBS's WIRED Science is now freely available on the digital broadcast museum of Hulu. Sadly, WiSci (as we call it in the WiSci biz) is never coming back to PBS because the flashy colors and forward-thinking science programming triggered pulmonary embolisms and uncontrolled urination in its core demographic, that being Elderly Cranks, 80-112 (as categorized by Nielsen Media).
But their life loss is your life gain in the way of Edutainment! Now, you can get all of your favorite WIRED Science shows! Like, Episode 1! Episode 2! And who could forget that thing that happened in Episode 6! Don't forget, it's all FREE (a bargain at twice the price!)! Long live exclamation points!!!
Thank you, Hulu, for resurrecting the maggoty corpse of the coolest show I ever hosted and putting it on display like a caged zombie! No go forth and be WiSci-ed!!!*
*WARNING: WIRED Science may inspire brain activity and feelings of "awesomeness." Pregnant women should consult their physician before prolonged viewing regarding Neuro-Fetal Ejection, a disorder which can occur when excessive levels of dopamine in the brain induce labor just to have someone to tell about the amazing thing that was just seen. Symptoms of NFE include acute verbal effusiveness and sudden childbirth.
Whether you've recently been plucked out of your 19th century timestream and are trying to adapt to our technology's sterile aesthetic or you're just a busybody with a lot of free time and brass, the Steampunk Movement may be just the thing you're looking for to replace those annoying friends of yours that keep bugging you to get out of the house. Originally, this piece was supposed to air on WIRED Science but was cut for time. Now it airs exclusively anywhere you can imbed flash video.
Late last year I interviewed rogue geneticist Craig Venter for WIRED Science aboard his awesome research sloop Sorcerer II (Sorcerer I was devoured after failing a saving throw against an Owlbear). The next day I found out that the boat was actually available for purchase so I wrote a thing in the mag about it. That's some tasty exposition! Here's the piece:
Yes, technology bleeds into every little crevice of our lives, like a zombie virus. Here's my Wired article for the June issue. I particularly enjoy the characterization of me, which is way cooler than I actually am.