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Posts by Dan Van Winkle

Dan Van Winkle — Associate Editor

Dan is an avid gamer who enjoys modding games as much as he enjoys playing them. He is also a ninja who lives in New Jersey with his disproportionately beautiful fiancée.

  1. Entertainment

    China Isn’t Having Any of Your Science Bros., They’ve Arrested 20 Slash Fanfiction Writers

    I'm no huge proponent of fanfiction, but arresting people is taking it a bit far, China. Well, for China, it really isn't. Their Internet and media in generally are broadly censored, but a new report suggests that the country's police have arrested at least 20 people for writing romantic tales starring their favorite fictional male characters.

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  2. Gaming

    What Does Your Favorite Video Game Genre Say About You?

    Mario or Zelda? Plants vs. Zombies or Farmville? MMO or puzzle game? These days, there's a video game genre out there to fit everyone's tastes, but if there's a game custom tailored to hit every possible market, what does a game genre say about the players who choose to play it? PBS Game/Show has some ideas.

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  3. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks 4/21

    Bioshock Infinite Easter eggs, Winter Soldier visual effects, kitties accidentally shipped in the mail who aren't even Nermal, and more in today's Geekolinks!

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  4. Entertainment

    Scientifically Accurate SpongeBob SquarePants Reminds Us That Real Nature Has No Sense of Whimsy

    Oh, hey, you weren't using that childhood thing you left lying around, right? Good, because Scientifically Accurate SpongeBob SquarePants just completely destroyed it. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? No one, because that's nonsense, and everything is just a gross, carnivorous nightmare.

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  5. Entertainment

    Dan Harmon Talks Six Seasons and a Movie, Donald Glover’s Return, and More With Hulu’s The Morning After

    Community's future was left in limbo with last night's finale, so the show's got about as much chance of coming back for another season as it's ever had. Hulu's The Morning After sat down with showrunner/creator Dan Harmon to talk about the show's future, what he would've done differently in the "gas leak year," and

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  6. Space

    SpaceX Is Launching Robonaut’s Legs and More Supplies to the ISS Today Starting at 2:15PM ET

    Robonaut's transformation to Doctor Octonaut was delayed on Monday when a helium leak forced SpaceX to scrub their ISS cargo launch. Fortunately, they're going to get another shot today, and you can watch the live coverage from NASA and SpaceX starting at 2:15PM ET. The launch is scheduled for 3:25PM ET.

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  7. Entertainment

    Community Report Season 5 Episode 13 “Basic Sandwich”

    Last night was part 2 of Community's season(?) finale, and it hit predictably hard with the self-referential, "we're constantly on the edge of destruction but who cares?" stuff. Seriously, save Greendale, everyone. We're only one season away from completing the first half of six seasons and a movie! Here's how the fifth season wrapped up.

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  8. Uncategorized

    Geekolinks 4/18

    Shhh, the vegetables are sleeping, but you're awake, so check out William Shatner battling Shakespeare with a giant robot and more in Geekolinks!

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  9. Entertainment

    Start Your Day off in a Nerd Rage by Watching Everything Wrong With The Desolation of Smaug

    Remember when you were young, and you just liked movies because they were fun? Me neither. There's nothing more fun than pointing out problems in movies, so let's all let CinemaSins point out all the reasons we should be annoyed at The Desolation of Smaug, because we're a bunch of overcritical nerds, and we like it that way.

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  10. Entertainment

    Prepare for Tonight’s Community Finale by Watching Joel McHale Scream at Billy Eichner and Play in the Mo’Lympics

    Community's finale is tonight, and hopefully that will be season finale and not series finale. #SaveGreendale, guys. So, here's Joel McHale being hilarious with Billy Eichner on Billy on the Street. The Mo'lympics are entertaining on their own, but stick around to the end to see the two have an incredible insult shouting match.

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  11. Science

    Scientists Discover Female Insects With “Inflatable,” Spiny Penis

    In the animal kingdom, gender is decided along different rules from just who has what kind of situation going on in their pants, and science has found the first animal that has a penis on the female members of the species instead of the males. The female penis also does a lot more in the way of function than ones you might be more familiar with.

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  12. Gaming

    Live Preview of Wolfenstein: The New Order Straight From Bethesda at 2:00PM ET [Replay Added]

    The classic Wolfenstein is getting a sequel from MachineGames, and they're giving everyone a preview of all the Nazi-shooting fun today on Twitch. Unlike a lot of modern shooters, Wolfenstein is going to focus entirely on its single-player campaign set in an alternate 1960s where the Nazis won World War II, and it looks bananas.

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  13. Science

    Science Has Found a Cure for Optimism in Case You Were Feeling Good About Today

    People often have a problem with "unrealistic optimism," which is an underestimation of the likelihood of future misfortune also known as "what gets us through the day." Don't worry; science has found a way to turn off that optimism and make you realize that the world is an empty hole of misery and death. Thanks, science!

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  14. Weird

    Russia Now Has Firefighters Flying Around on Firehose-Powered Hovercraft

    Russian firefighters made a hovercraft like those jet ski-powered jetpacks. I don't know what's happening in Russia that they needed to invent flying firefighters, but they can now levitate with the power of water to save you wherever you are. (Provided "wherever you are" is a few feet off the ground and relatively nearby.)

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  15. Entertainment

    Jean Claude Van Damme Hated Being the Predator, Because Its “Green Screen” Suit Looked Dumb

    Did you know Jean Claude Van Damme was in the Predator cloaking suit? Maybe not, because no one properly explained to him that the bright red rubber suit he was wearing wouldn't actually appear on film, and he went uncredited. Thanks to this video, we now know the truth behind Van Damme's quest to finally show off his martial arts skills.

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