The Nintendo Switch is the first video game console I've loved as an object on its own terms. I recognize how ridiculous this sounds.Did I love the Super NES? Yeah kinda. Did I love the PlayStation or the Xbox 360? I guess. More than anything, I loved the games I played on those consoles. Not the console itself.The Nintendo Switch is different. Sure, the Switch is a conduit to brilliant video game experiences, but it's more than that. The Switch is an experience in and of itself. It's an object that's transformed the ways you could interact with home consoles. It's different.I'm a time-poor parent of two, and the Switch is the console that gave me back my video games. I can play on the bus, on the train, in bed before I sleep. This is traditional handheld fare but, again, the Switch is different. It bends to my will. On the few occasions I do have time to sit on the couch and play video games the old-fashioned way, the Nintendo Switch pours itself into the gaps of my life … [Read more...] about Why the Nintendo Switch Lite makes perfect sense
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Avengers: Endgame isn't the first, and certainly won't be the last, onscreen presentation of time travel. But maybe in the future it'll be the past's best representation of the clearest dissection of time travel. Because Endgame does good work to make sure its rules of time travel make sense, both scientifically and within Marvel Cinematic Universe canon.Those of you who've already seen Avengers: Endgame are already aware the major plot point of Endgame involves time travel -- that's how they bring back the "snapped". As my colleague Stephen Shankland explains, according to science, "Marvel's massive superhero movie bends the rules of the universe" with this movie. But it's called science fiction for a reason."Should be fine if we strictly follow the rules of time travel," says Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd) as the surviving Avengers discuss the perils of changing what once was. "No talking to your past self, no betting on sporting events." Tony Stark (aka … [Read more...] about Avengers: Endgame and time travel: Why it all makes perfect sense
In 2007, the first person to buy the newly introduced Apple iPhone at an Apple store in London was Graham Gilbert, a 22-year-old student from Manchester, England. Andrew Parsons/PA Images/Getty Images For many of us, the 21st century and the new millennium began on Jan. 1, 2000, because that's the moment that we began to use a 2 as the first numeral in a year rather than a 1. That probably seems like it makes perfect sense, except that as chronological purists will point out, the century and the millennium actually began a year later, because Western civilization uses the Gregorian calendar, which started with the year 1, not 0. So for those who really want to be a stickler, the 21st century technically began at precisely midnight GMT on Jan. 1, 2001. That moment was dictated by an international conference back in 1884. What Defines a Decade? But calendar years can have a tenuous connection to what's really happening in human society and culture. After all, when we think of the … [Read more...] about Why the 21st Century Actually Might Have Started in 2007
Meet Richard, William, Sarah and Charles — or as they're otherwise known — Dick, Bill, Sally and Chuck. Adam Jeffery/Bettmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Nicknames or "pet names" — shortened forms of standard names — exist in every language and every culture dating back to the first written records. In English, some nicknames make perfect sense: Dave for David, Pete for Peter, or Liz for Elizabeth. But others are totally weird: Margaret somehow becomes Peggy, Charles becomes Chuck, and Richard, quite famously, becomes Dick. There isn't any overarching reason as to why nicknames develop that seem to make no logical sense. But there are some good stories behind some of the them. We reached out to Cleveland Kent Evans — psychology professor, author of "The Great Big Book of Baby Names", name columnist for the Omaha World Herald and former president of the American Name Society — to clue us in on the surprising origins of some of the most perplexing … [Read more...] about Why Is Chuck the Short for Charles and Bill the Short for William?
It's no wonder the name of this Southern grocery store often makes people laugh. Matt Lemmon/(CC BY-SA 2.0) In the 1975 movie "The Sunshine Boys," an aging vaudeville comedian explains a classic truism of comedy to his nephew: The "k" sound is always funny. "Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things. You know what words are funny and which words are not funny," says the comedian, played by Walter Matthau. "Alka-Seltzer is funny. You say 'Alka-Seltzer,' you get a laugh... Casey Stengel, that's a funny name. Robert Taylor is not funny. Cupcake is funny. Tomato is not funny... Cleveland is funny. Maryland is not funny. Then there's chicken. Chicken is funny. Pickle is funny." And it's true! If you need a place name for a punchline, you're guaranteed to kill with Kalamazoo, Schenectady or Rancho Cucamonga. But why? Psychology professor Chris Westbury at the University of Alberta has a fascinating theory, and it's based on perhaps the two unfunniest words in the … [Read more...] about Why ‘Poop’ and ‘Wiggle’ Are Funny Words, According to Science