1. Science

    How and Why I’m Donating My Body to Science

    I might die some day. I know. I'm bummed too. Hopefully not anytime soon, but I started thinking about my post-death options recently after a relative's funeral. While "never die ever" is still at the top of my list, I've decided that donating my body to science should be my alternative. It's not like I'm going to be doing anything with it after I'm dead. I might as well help science.

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  2. Entertainment

    My Hate Watch Begins: On Angel, Hate-Watching, and the Irresistible Lure of Terrible Television

    For the last two months, I've been kind of stuck in my house due to a stress fracture. While I'm nursing the broken foot that's kept me from doing a whole host of things I would rather be doing with my summer, I am playing Xbox and watching a lot of Netflix. This has brought me to a rare first in my long TV-watching career: I'm hate-watching my first show, and I kind of love it.

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  3. Gaming

    Review: Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick by Brick Reminds Me of Why I Love Video Games

    Books are rarely written about a single video game. There have been many written about fictional video games, or takes on gaming culture in general, but texts devoted to one particular game are few and far between. Bob Chipman, or MovieBob, is known on the Internet for his critical analyses on films and games alike. So it’s only fitting that he attempted this very thing with his new book, Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick by Brick. But does it work?

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  4. Weird

    It’s All Connected, People! Our Theory on the Pronunciation Book Mystery

    The Internet has been following a YouTube series that started out as a pronunciation guide, became a slightly weirder pronunciation guide, and went off the rails two weeks ago and started a portentous countdown. Theories have been springing up, but any evidence you derive from interpreting Bob Dylan lyrics isn't exactly reliable. What if they're entirely off the mark?

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  5. Entertainment

    Review: Axe Cop Will Make You Believe in the Power of Imagination, Then Chop Your Head Off

    Imagine seeing something you thought of when you were five become a mainstream animated series. That's the world Malachai Nicolle lives in. He co-created the webcomic Axe Cop with his older brother Ethan at that age, and Axe Cop the series premiered on Fox this past weekend. I went into the premiere with high hopes, and the show did not disappoint.

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  6. Entertainment

    Review: The Age of Ice is Part Tolstoy, Part Postmodern Magic

    J.M. Sidorova's first novel, The Age of Ice, is not what I anticipate from epic fantasy, nor is it for everyone. In fact it seems to be the latest classical Russian novel: A story of Russian history told through the eyes of a strange hero, his unique conception and corresponding condition the main mark of "fantasy" found within. While it spans wars and ages and loves, The Age of Ice is not an adventure story.

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  7. Tech

    Yes, Alan Turing Deserves a Pardon, But Not Because He Was a National Hero

    There's a new movement gaining steam in England to officially pardon British cryptographer and godfather of modern computer science Alan Turing, and it appears likely that this one will finally end in a formal pardon. Now, ordinarily, we'd be all for that, but for one fact. If Turing is issued an official pardon, it will be for the wrong reasons, and runs the risk of ignoring why he actually deserves an apology from his government -- and why many other Britons who were similarly affected by a bad law deserve the same.

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  8. Weird

    A Polite Discussion on How to Properly Throw a Raccoon

    As you may or may not be aware, Digg founder Kevin Rose made waves on the Internet over the past couple days by posting a security video where, in an effort to save his dog Toaster, he tossed a raccoon down a flight of stairs. Part of this interest comes from the inevitable group calling his actions "animal abuse," but the other segment of viewers are surely tuning in simply because, well, it's Rose tossing a raccoon. It's with this in mind that we present a polite discussion on how to properly throw a raccoon.

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  9. Entertainment

    When It Comes to Science Fiction and Fantasy, Multiple Levels of Realism Are Necessary

    How many times have you complained with something along the lines of, "How did Character A survive that gaping chest wound, or get from Point A to Point B so fast, or figure out the mystery with no clues?" And how many times have you gotten the response, "You're expecting realism from a book/show/movie with dragons/time travel/vampires?" Clearly, that's too easy a comeback. It can be used to dismiss virtually any complaint about a work, and yet you somehow have to answer it. Why are you okay with a story about time-traveling vampire dragons -- my idea, don't steal it! -- but bothered by relatively minor elements in the story? The answer is that rather than coming from a desire to nitpick the story to death, our reaction is natural, and it's no big deal if we have multiple types of 'realism' in our fiction.

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  10. Science

    What Happens to Your Body During a Hunger Strike

    This morning in California, nearly 30,000 inmates in prisons throughout the state's penitentiary system entered the second day of an apparent hunger strike. While the beginning of Ramadan -- during which Muslim prisoners do not take meals during daylight hours -- has complicated an exact count, it's becoming clear that thousands of the prisoners who refused meals yesterday did so not out of religious obligation, but in solidarity with prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison who are protesting what they call abusive policies that can find prisoners suspected of gang ties locked in solitary confinement for decades at a time. While this isn't an official hunger strike yet -- the state's policy is not to deem a prisoner on hunger strike until he or she has missed 9 meals -- this looks a lot like the beginning of the largest one seen in America in some time. With that in mind, we bring you this primer on what happens to the body during a hunger strike. Just a warning: It's not pretty.

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  11. Gaming

    Should a Developer’s Moral Character Influence Your Decision to Buy a Game?

    Kickstarter has been host to a number of very promising games that Internet denizens have been avidly supporting. A handful of recent video games that have attempted Kickstarter campaigns are claymation adventure Armikrog, cel-shaded platformer A Hat in Time, and Eternal Darkness successor Shadow of the Eternals. While the games look shiny and exciting, the men behind them each have histories of extremely unethical, at worst, to shady, at best, behavior. If pop culture personalities like Paula Deen are getting heat for their ideals and actions, then why does it seem like game developers are exempt? Should they be? And furthermore, is it morally acceptable to buy one of their games?

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  12. Gaming

    In Memory of Ryan Davis, the Internet’s Own

    It's difficult to describe how deeply affected you can be by the passing of someone you've never actually met. It can even be embarrassing to explain to other people who maybe don't get this whole Internet thing. Screw all that. Ryan Davis was a big part of my life, and I'd venture to guess maybe yours as well, now he's gone, and goddammit I'm crying about it. It's okay if you do too.

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  13. Entertainment

    Oreo-Separating Genius David Neevel on His New MTV Other Show Practically Useful

    David Neevel likes to build things, but he doesn't like the creme in the middle of Oreos. That's why he built a machine that removes it with a hatchet. It was one of a series of videos Oreo released showing interesting ways to separate the creme and the cookie. Now Neevel has his own show on MTV's new online outlet MTV Other called Practically Useful. On the show he builds things you never knew you needed -- like a coffee cup with a level indicator.

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  14. Tech

    Goodnight, Sweet Google Reader, and Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest

    The digital world is full of the discarded husks of formerly useful services. The reasons for their closure are many: Too niche, too broad, too expensive...the list goes on and on. For Google, it always comes back to data. The more data they can glean, the better ads they can serve. Google Reader apparently did not serve this purpose, or did not serve it well enough, and as of tomorrow it will be gone. In preparation of this event, I have written a eulogy to be read at Google Reader's virtual funeral.

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  15. Entertainment

    Three Years Later: Adam WarRock Takes the Stage Again

    If you've been on the Internet, especially if you're reading Geekosystem, chances are good that you've heard the "unique brand of pop cultural rap" made by Eugene Ahn a.k.a. Adam WarRock. He's been featured numerous times here since entering the game back in 2010. We interviewed him back then, but we decided it was time to do so again and see how three years of releasing music for free managed to become a business model.

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