Fortunately, aspiring Batpeople can lock down their own Batmobile to be ready the next time Gotham's chief of police puts out the Batsignal.
On Monday, November 25, two days after the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special debuts through simulcasts around the world, I will pick up two young Whovians and drive to the local theater for a special 3D encore presentation of the show.
I will go wearing a brown floppy hat, a 10-foot-long striped scarf from Etsy, and a red velvet frock coat with a sonic screwdriver in the pocket. And I will carry a bag of jelly babies. All my years as a "Doctor Who" fan have been leading up to this moment, and I couldn't be happier to share it with the new generation of fans.… Read more
"Betas," Amazon's second original series, may stretch the truth when it comes to Silicon Valley, but it was dead serious about the wardrobe.
"The hoodie work on this show is spot on," said Joe Dinicol, who plays the leader of a band of tech-star wannabes in "Betas."
The show, which debuted Friday on Amazon Instant Video, turns to another industry town after Amazon's first series, "Alpha House," dove into Washington, D.C. With "Betas," Amazon put the spotlight on a city closer to home. Seattle-based Amazon was always mindful of getting Silicon Valley and the tech world right, said Evan Endicott, one of the creators and writers of the show. … Read more
If you downloaded a song in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you most likely did it with Winamp. This week, the world said goodbye to the legendary media player with plenty of nostalgia, but for me, Winamp's death means the end of a very personal era. Here are some of my memories of working at Nullsoft, the company that created it.
When I first started there in 2001, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. America Online had just bought the company, and Nullsoft employees weren't thrilled with the prospect of being told what to do by a large company with a lot of rules. Many of us were young and full of "piss off" energy.
Nullsoft's story started way before I arrived. In 1996, Winamp -- short for "Windows Amplifier" -- was created and released by computer programmer Justin Frankel. He went on to start his company Nullsoft (a parody of Microsoft's name) a year later. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft pens playful doctor's note for Xbox One gamers.
- Xbox One just as sleek (on the inside) as PlayStation 4.
- This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars.
- FCC considers lifting cell phone ban on planes.
It's a simple premise. All the Doctors, including new Doctor Peter Capaldi and the War Doctor, are brought together in an outdoor arena. Only one Doctor will be allowed to leave in the Tardis. Welcome to the "The Doctor Games."
In this bizarre alternate world where both Mockingjays and the Master co-exist, the Daleks round up all the incarnations of the Doctor, deposit them in a forest clearing and, let them duke it out "Battle Royale"-style.… Read more
One of the ongoing visual jokes in the animated Fox show "Bob's Burgers" is the Burger of the Day, a pun-tastic food-stravaganza on a bun, written on a small blackboard behind the counter. (You can see the burgers here thanks to another enterprising Tumblr blogger who's screencapping them all.)
A 10-month-old Tumblr blog by the name of The Bobs Burgers Experiment is going a step further -- by bringing Bob's Burger of the Day into the real world. Initially, the updates were slow, and then the blog went dead for seven months -- coming back a month ago, when it promised a new burger every Tuesday. … Read more
Generally, Americans are trained to pour their beers down the side of a glass, minimizing the foam. The makers of the Sonic Foamer, a bubble-inducing beer gadget, are on a mission to change all that. The device claims to improve the flavor of beer by boosting the aroma through the power of ultrasonic frequencies.
The first thing I had to do before testing the $39.99 Sonic Foamer was get rid of my preconceived notions about avoiding a big head on a beer. I had to mentally embrace the foam. I then took the device over to the most expert beer taster I know: my home-brewing scientist brother.… Read more
Microsoft certainly has its hands full in the fight for console supremacy versus Sony. The battlefield will finally be fully populated with the launch of the Xbox One Friday. The console is certainly loaded with enough new features that you might need a cheat sheet to remember them all.
Let's start with the heart of the system: the games. The Xbox One sports an attractive roster of exclusive launch titles. Some of the highlights include Ryse: Son of Rome, which should appeal to fans of "300;" zombie-themed Dead Rising 3; and racing epic Forza Motorsport 5. More … Read more
Last week, San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City and subjected to a crime spree only the likes of Christopher Nolan could conceive, and only the bravery of Batkid could subdue. But instead of a multimillion-dollar special-effects budget and Christian Bale (let alone Ben Affleck), the show came courtesy of the city of San Francisco, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, thousands of local volunteers, and a 5-year-old named Miles.
You probably know the story by now. Miles is battling leukemia, and when the Make-A-Wish folks put out the call for help to make his dream of being Batkid for a day come true, the Bay Area went bat-bonkers. More than 10,000 people signed up to participate, including the mayor and chief of police, who put out the official call for help.… Read more