Google “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away,” and you’ll see one of the better jokes that Google has hidden in its search code.
Instead of the usual Google (GOOG) list of blue-fonted links against a sterile white background, the search term from the famous opening movie line summons a “Star Wars” style opening crawl, with the yellow-fonted links receding into space. Continue reading →
(CNN) — Art enthusiasts ranging from aficionados to the causal tourist queued up in New York on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which went on display in Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art for a six-month exhibition.
After years of pregnancy rumors and months of due date whisperings, Beyonce has finally given birth to a baby girl. E! Online reports that multiple sources have confirmed that the couple welcomed their first child Saturday night.
Members of Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn’t calmed critics who say an effort to stamp out online piracy would create an unprecedented threat to free speech on the Internet.
Far from fading from memory, the Stop Online Piracy Act (along with a related Senate bill) has become a rallying point for Web freedom advocates in a debate that has pitted Hollywood and other business interests against some of the biggest titans of the technology world.
Will Wright, the designer behind successful video game simulations including “SimCity”, “The Sims” and “Spore”, is at it again. Only this time, rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of “HiveMind” is the actual player.
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“HiveMind,” a group of cross-platform, cross-media online applications, is designed to turn a gamer’s everyday life into part of the interactive experience by building upon Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and tapping into streams of personal information on phones, tablets, social networks and computers.
The world is changing fast–maybe faster than we ever thought. And within five years, science fiction is going to turn into non-fiction. We’ll be able to read each other’s minds, forget all our passwords, and create all our own homes’ energy.
While many celebrities sent prayers and dollars to Japan in the wake of Friday’s deadly earthquake and tsunami and urged their fans to do the same, one responded to the crisis by cracking a couple of ill-advised jokes.
“Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing,” rapper 50 Cent tweeted Friday morning. That afternoon, 50 (real name: Curtis Jackson) added, “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.”
Forget Monopoly A New Board Game Trades Marvin Gardens for Saudi Cattle Farms. If you’ve been dreaming aboutinvesting in a casino in Switzerland or a cattle farm in Saudi Arabia, you’re in luck. A new board game, Billionaire Tycoon, now offers you a chance to buy, sell and trade companies around the globe, and the fun of driving your friends into bankruptcy while you’re at it.
Actual billionaire tycoons are probably spending their time on other activities (“The goal is to make only $1 billion?”), but we imagine nerdy business majors will get red-faced defending their faux empires even after school is out in June, when the game is released in the U.S. Can’t wait? If you have the airfare (plus £34.99 for the game), you can hop the pond and buy it in Harrods in London. Or check out billionairetycoon.co.uk.
If shock jock Stern lands elsewhere, analysts say Sirius XM Radio should keep attracting listeners—and at lower cost
Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) may keep adding listeners, fueling a stock rally that has lifted the satellite radio provider by 74 percent this year, notwithstanding the prospect of losing famed shock jock Howard Stern.
Stern, 56, credited by Standard & Poor’s (MHP) analyst Tuna Amobi for attracting as many as 2 million subscribers when he
Jim Carrey was feeling no pain at the Casa de Don Julio party on Saturday evening in Dallas. An eyewitness tells Scoop that although he arrived at the party alone, he quickly rendezvoused with a buxom ladyfriend who “gave him lap dances, and was topless at one point,” according to the source. “No one seemed to really mind.”
Carrey didn’t just blend into the background — he took to the stage when Cee Lo Green started singing “F— You.” “He started singing with him, then started doing these really strange dance moves. Like he was channeling a strange version of Ace Ventura.”
In a bit of welcome news for “True Blood” fans, it seems actor Denis O’Hare, better known as Russell Edgington on the bayou-based series, may soon return to reprise his villainous role.
Viewers last looked upon the vampire king of Mississippi while he was busy being buried alive (er, undead) in a vat of cement courtesy of a rage-filled Eric Northman and a helpful Bill Compton. Good thing vamps are resilient, as O’Hare would welcome the opportunity to bring Edgington back.
“I left them on a high,” O’Hare told The Hollywood Reporter of his dramatic exit last season. “(The powers that be) have been very, very nice to me, and they tell me that they think I’m going to come back. And I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens.”
No doubt fans are waiting, too. The show is sure to be short on southern charm and random brutality until Edgington resumes his royal position.