A 21st-Century Rip Van Winkle: What Changed In My Decade Behind Bars

When the New World was two centuries newer, Washington Irving set a fable, "Rip Van Winkle," in the oldest parts of New York State, where the original Dutch settlers' culture still lingered. Life was European then—just set in America. But progress stops for no man. The story's hero evades his nagging wife in the wilds… » 3/18/15 2:53pm 3/18/15 2:53pm

A Bizarre Statistical Fact About Patents in San Francisco

I have discovered something extremely strange about San Francisco. It has to do with how many patents the city has produced in the past 25 years. » 2/04/15 6:07pm 2/04/15 6:07pm

My Three-Year-Old Just Wrecked Star Wars for Me

My younger son and I have ongoing and endless discussions about Star Wars, the principal folktale in which he finds meaning. When his brother was around the same age, he demanded that I tell him and re-tell him the story of the Three Little Pigs. This one waits for a pause in the dinner conversation every day, then… » 12/09/14 5:33pm 12/09/14 5:33pm

Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it. » 10/16/14 12:15pm 10/16/14 12:15pm

Julian Assange Is Here to Discuss His New Book

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks. A wanted man, he recently began his third year living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He joins us now to answer your questions about his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks. » 9/15/14 11:53am 9/15/14 11:53am

Why Kids Today Are So Much Better With Computers Than You Were

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering pointless airline rules, broken legs, meeting Fred Smoot, and more. » 8/05/14 4:13pm 8/05/14 4:13pm

10 Worst-Case Scenarios of Computers Controlling Your Emotions

The internet is still reeling from recent revelations that Facebook workers have been conducting weird experiments with the emotions of Facebook users. Now it's time to see what science fiction has to say about machines that control our feelings. Here are ten cautionary scenarios. » 7/01/14 5:51pm 7/01/14 5:51pm

Was That A Goal? The World Cup Tech That Calls The Close Ones

Last weekend, along with some really obvious, glorious and not so glorious goals, we saw one that was a little trickier. French striker Karim Benzema's shot hit the upright and then bounced off Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares toward the goal line. Vallardes thought he had saved it, Benzema thought he had scored,… » 6/20/14 3:42pm 6/20/14 3:42pm

Player-Tracking Technology Is Coming To Hockey. It'll Change Everything.

Nothing happens quickly in the NHL. Fighting still exists. Visors were only mandated for incoming players last year. But the league is reportedly preparing to test player-tracking technology, and if it takes, we're not far away from a complete and sudden revolution in how we understand the sport. » 5/13/14 2:27pm 5/13/14 2:27pm

Here's Why the U.S. Missile Defense System Is Utterly Broken

Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report: the system to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles doesn't work, and probably never will. But it gets worse. Congress then voted to expand the broken system, allocating money for a new, sub-par missile defense site. How did this happen? » 5/09/14 11:18am 5/09/14 11:18am

Fitness Is Not A Computer

Here is what you need in order to work out: your own body, something to wear, at least 64 cubic feet of space (though less will do in a pinch). Here is what you do not need: a computer on your wrist. Particularly not if that computer is trying to snitch on you. » 4/22/14 11:32am 4/22/14 11:32am

The Astounding Conspiracy Theories of Wall Street Genius Mark Gorton

Mark Gorton is a prominent financier and a respected entrepreneur. He founded the music sharing site Limewire, and he runs Tower Research, a famed high-frequency trading firm. Gorton also believes that the "ruthless" secret cabal that assassinated JFK and planned 9/11 could be coming to kill his family. » 4/10/14 4:08pm 4/10/14 4:08pm

The High-Tech Case For Bringing Back The Draft

As drones, cyberattacks and other high-tech developments change the nature of war, two prominent scholars argue that we must also rethink who fights our wars: the time has come, they say, to bring back the draft. » 4/03/14 11:18pm 4/03/14 11:18pm

I Tried BroApp and It Did Not Turn Me Into an Awesome Boyfriend

Every day on my way to work, I spend the entire train ride deleting inane press releases from my email inbox. Diet pills? Delete. A series of seminars on how to convince your boyfriend to propose? Delete. The launch of a new cake flavored vodka made especially for tampon soakage? .... Archive. But the other week, one… » 3/05/14 6:04pm 3/05/14 6:04pm

Mike Shanahan Says He Doesn't Use Email, Is Probably Full Of Shit

Here's a partial transcript—flagged by DC Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg—of a meeting Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan had with reporters on Monday night: » 7/30/13 11:01am 7/30/13 11:01am

Your Cable Company Is Smugly Giving You Second-World-Quality DVR

Over at Slate the normally amiable Josh Levin is lighting torches and sharpening farm implements, trying to foment a revolution — and he needs your help! All it takes is a few minutes of your time to hector your cable company into offering you a basic service that such benighted Podunks as Ireland and Australia… » 6/22/13 2:45pm 6/22/13 2:45pm

MLB's Crappy Replay Tech: It's A Miracle Umps Ever Get A Call Right

Much has been made of umpire Angel Hernandez's botching of replay review in last night's Oakland-Cleveland game, a mistake that might have cost the A's the game. You've doubtless already seen the play numerous times on your home TV or computer screen, but you've probably never seen it the way Hernandez did—or how… » 5/09/13 5:23pm 5/09/13 5:23pm

Here's How Playing Basketball Looks Through Google Glass

Here's Noble Ackerson, a so-called "Glass Explorer," trying out his Google Glass in a gym session yesterday. The view sure looks a lot like a dude wearing a mounted camera like a GoPro while he shoots hoops (there has to be an option to record the "robot view" eventually, right?), but if this makes for a more… » 5/02/13 4:25pm 5/02/13 4:25pm