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The September issue of Handshake magazine

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Here it is. The September issue of Handshake magazine. So much to read. So much to do. Cory Doctorow. Bionics. Legos. Puzzles. Missions. Accordions. Finding love in the age of the Internet. There’s molecular gastronomy and the power of cow poop (unrelated). We suggest our five favorite violent video games for the Supreme Court to […]

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New feature: Dystopian death match to the death

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Notice how all the viral videos these days are previews of the world after the near-annihilation of humans by some terrible catastrophe? Well, we did, and we collected our favorites to go head-to-head with their fictional counterparts. Compare, contrast, and freak out in our newest feature.

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Dystopian video death match to the death

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Everybody knows the doomsday nightmare apocalypse is still at least a few years from becoming a full-blown reality, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a sneak peek at our terrible end-of-the-world, people-eating-people, countries-falling-apart, no-Internet future. Handshake decided to put 5 real world videos up against 5 of their cinematic counterparts. Horrible, post-apocalyptian dystopia preview: […]

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Justin Bieber explained. Taiwanese-style.

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Like most people I hate successful children. They’re always running around flashing their awards and telling people how they became millionaires when they were 4 years old. But I’m not sure why people hate Justin Bieber so much. They troll him on youtube. They try to send him to North Korea. They make inappropriate last.fm pictures and post it to his profile. Heck, they even start rumors of his death.

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Back to the Future shoes. Finally.

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Despite recent Internet hoaxes, we still have 5 years to achieve all the greatness of the 2015 Back to the Future II world.

But if we’re going to actually live in the Hill Valley of the future, inventors really need to kick it up a gear.

Last week the Associated Press claimed our hovercar was just around the corner. And now Instructables inventor blakeblevin is showing off a neon Nike with self-tying laces.

Shoe-attaching technology has seen little progress since Velcro, and I for one, think it’s high time my sneaks stopped being so lazy and tied themselves. Obviously this means the double-necktie is just around the corner. Wouldn’t hold out much hope for the hoverboard though.

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BRAAAINS! The Current State of Zombie Research

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For swooning teen girls, there are the hairless-chested vampires of Twilight. For college English students, the wizardry of Hogwarts Academy is prime. The nerdsters have robots. The hipsters have the beats.

But for a certain group of researchers, nothing can be more alluring than the tasty study of that great, brain-chomping, ankle-biting, blood-spewing,
walking dead device — the zombie.

He reads an article in The New York Times science section, and he wonders: How does this relate to my research? He wants to know how the decomposition of human bodies works. His Twitter account whirls a constant stream of scientific dis- covery: Reuters updates, Science Daily blurbs, The National Science Foundation an- nouncements. He wonders what happens to the eye if a person never blinks, so he calls the head of the American Academy of Optometry.

He reads an article from the BBC News on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), and it gets him thinking about viruses, incubation periods, the effects on the brain, so he calls the Scripps Research Institute. When he calls another researcher, he introduces himself.

His name is Matt Mogk, and he is the founder of the Zombie Research Society.

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It’s [foursquare] Time

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The foursquare mayor of the Holy Cacao drinks for free. The Austin, Texas, dessert shop peddles its confectionary wares out of a short, yellow trailer, but for the mayor, the thick, $4, European-style hot chocolate is gratis. On the other side of Lady Bird Lake, the troupe that holds residence in the Hideout Theatre offers […]

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Oil Spilled In BP Gulf Coast Disaster Could Power A Moped To Uranus

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The tragedy happening in the Gulf of Mexico right now is terrible. Every day more and more oil leaks out.

The New York Times suggests 35 million gallons of oil has already flowed into the ocean. When Handshake saw this number, we thought, “Hey, we should find a way to represent that.” Originally, we thought we’d make a post called Moped to the Moon.

Then we thought, “Hey, maybe we can do Moped to Mars.

And then we did the math. Man were we wrong.

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