Taiko no Tatsujin Drum 'n' Fun lives up to its name: Nintendo Switch game REVIEW

If you’ve ever made the pilgrimage to visit the spiritual home of video games in Japan, then you’ve doubtless encountered Taiko no Tatsujin. A rhythm action series that feels like it’s been around forever, Taiko no Tatsujin is one of those quintessentially Japanese properties that’s adored by fans of the country’s culture. And it’s not […]

The Haunting Possibility of Alternative Lives

The writer Elizabeth Kolbert’s grandfather, a refugee from Nazi Germany, was a huge fan of Westerns written by Karl May. They captivated Kolbert’s grandfather so much that when he immigrated to the United States, he took his kids out West for vacations. Later, Kolbert’s mother did the same. As a child living in Westchester, New […]

People want self-driving cars to prioritize young lives over the elderly

Today, MIT released the results of a global survey on the moral and ethical decisions that autonomous vehicles should be programmed to make. The survey reveals that general preferences include prioritizing human lives over animals, younger and healthier people over the elderly and saving more lives over fewer lives. People also preferred to spare bystanders […]

Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August. The venerable text-only chat system was first developed in 1988 by a Finnish computer scientist named Jarkko Oikarinen. Oikarinen couldn’t have known at the time just how his creation would affect the lives of people around the world, but it became one […]

Peggy McCay, Beloved Days of Our Lives Matriarch, Dead at 90

Emmy-winning actress Peggy McCay, who portrayed Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives for more than three decades, died Sunday from natural causes. She was 90. McCay’s longtime co-star, Deidre Hall, confirmed the news Tuesday on Facebook. “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us,” Hall wrote. “She was a friend, an activist and a real […]

The Paramilitary Leader Who Still Lives With His Mom

The vision of Andrej Šiško leading a group of masked men brandishing rifles, performing training drills and pledging to protect Slovenia was enough to spark international alarm after videos were posted on social media this month. But what to make of a right-wing paramilitary leader and the fringe presidential candidate who still lives with his […]

The Good Place Season 3 Premiere Recap: Earth Lives Ain't Easy

All four humans are back on Earth as The Good Place kicks off Season 3… so where the fork do they go from here? Thursday’s one-hour premiere begins with a flashback to Michael explaining his “experiment” to a less-than-amused “Doorman” (played by Glee alum Mike O’Malley) before he’s allowed to pass through a magical golden portal […]

Lives remembered: Fenella Fielding, 1927 – 2018

Sealing her fate as Britain’s first lady of double entendre, this appearance would eclipse the accomplished stage actress’s prior achievements and Fielding found it difficult to shake off the comedic reputation it bestowed upon her. Fenella Marion Feldman was born in the east London borough of Hackney to cinema manager Philip and his wife Tilly. […]