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The Half Brick
Managing Editor, Boing Boing
As seen in:  Wired
Covers:  Culture, Games, Technology, Fiction
Doesn't Cover: Social Networing, Apps That Aren't Games

Managing Editor of Boing Boing

Why did you become a journalist?

To tell stories.

"Anomaly" reported in Virgin Galactic test flight — Problems experienced during a test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two may have claimed the life of one of its two crew, according to early and unconfirmed reports surfacing on Twitter.

Tim Cook proud to be gay — In an editorial published at Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains that he is gay. For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation.

Zombies would lose the war because Vultures would peck them to bits — David Mizejewski with the National Wildlife Federation explains why birds would help us make short shrift of the Zombie apocalypse: "Many birds feed themselves by scavenging on dead things.

Twitpic to vanish, taking 800 million images with it — Imagine you live in a big town, in the pre-internet era. For years, a local newspaper has provided a neat service: it'll process your photos, so long as you let it publish them and keep the prints in its permanent archive. Of course, most people throw away the negatives.

Hitler coffee creamer for people who like theirs even whiter — "Migros, Switzerland's largest grocery and cafe retail chain, is apologizing after consumers discovered images of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini on their coffee creamer packages."

Adobe walks into Gamergate, staggers around confusedly — Adobe is the second major US tech firm to blunder into Gamergate, the hashtag crusade aimed at female game developers, feminists, and the journalists accused of helping them ruin manly game culture. The company publicly named and shamed Gawker--a frequent critic of Gamergate--after a staffer there tweeted an ill-advised joke about bullying and requests were sent to @Adobe to remove its advertising from the website.

Best placeholder chyron text — 'the internship is going well,' quips Michael J Hudson.

Top Saudi cleric: "Twitter is the source of all evil" — And devastation, warns Abdul Aziz Al-Sheik. [BBC]

Intel apologizes for "inadvertently" taking sides in Gamergate — "We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone," says Intel, though it carefully avoids admitting having anything to apologize for--and has no intention of restoring the ads it pulled from a site that was sharply critical of sexism in game culture, a significant market for the chipmaker.

Far-right UK party releases excruciating, racist comedy song — Mike Read, a former BBC disk jokey, has recorded "UKIP Calypso", a song named for the British anti-immigrant party and the style of music stereotypically associated with immigrants, complete with terrible "Jamaican" accent.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @jswatz: That’s @Xeni and me, trying to see SS1 in the morning light. It felt like standing on the threshold of the future.

Oct 31, 2014

@TheRealTavie I believe the traditional internet answer is “all of them simultaneously”

Oct 31, 2014

Watching tech bloggers become aerospace experts and rocket fuel critics in realtime

Oct 31, 2014

RT @BLGranucci: A helicopter in Kern County, California has found an individual who had landed by parachute standing upright. #SpaceShipTwo

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